Defending team champion falls short at 2014 USBC Open Championships


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    Arizona's Michael Tountas joins father in record books at USBC Open Championships; two live stream broadcasts this week

    2014USBCOCLodgeLanesToo.jpgThe members of Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., rolled the highest score in United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history, 3,538, on their way to the Regular Team title at the 2013 event, and they returned to the National Bowling Stadium on June 10 to put that title on the line.

    With the bar even higher this year, they knew it would take another record performance, but they fell short with games of 1,155, 1,067 and 1,099 for a 3,321 total. Motion Plus Lanes of Cudahy, Wis., leads with a new-record 3,561.

    L-R Jabczenski, Peterson, Gaines and Janawicz. Scott Newell, the fifth member of the 2013 team, was ineligible to return because of his win on the PBA Tour during the 2011-12 season.

    Two-time USBC Open Championships titlist Mitch Jabczenski led the way for Lodge Lanes Too this time with a 707 series and was joined by Vernon Peterson (694), USBC Hall of Famer John Gaines (660), Team USA member John Janawicz (652) and Ron Dixon (608).



    "It just shows how hard it is to win here," said Gaines, who made his 26th tournament appearance.

    2014USBCOCLodgeLanesKids.jpg"We set a record last year, and the same guys came back and bowled 200 pins less on an equally-playable condition. We definitely left some pins out there, but that's going to happen. I tell the guys that, but you can't dwell on it. You have to get all you can and put yourself in good position for tomorrow."

    Their companion team, Lodge Lanes Kids (pictured), made a run at the lead in Regular Team but settled into third place after games of 1,194, 1,156 and 1,177 for a 3,527 series, the fifth-highest team total in 111 years of tournament history.

    Jon Trzcinski led the way for Lodge Lanes Kids with a 752 set and was followed by Jeff Ussery (737), Shawn Lee (694), Aaron Lorincz (683) and Matt Gilman (661).


    Arizona bowler joins father in record books at USBC Open Championships

    2014USBCOCMichaelTountas.jpgMichael Tountas (pictured) of Tucson, Ariz., joined his father, USBC Hall of Famer Pete Tountas, in the record books at the USBC Open Championships after firing the 30th perfect game of the 2014 event June 9.

    The younger Tountas, a 47-year-old right-hander, rolled games of 247, 300 and 212 for a career-best 759 series during his team event at the National Bowling Stadium.

    Pete Tountas is a three-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist, and his success on bowling's biggest stage includes a victory over fellow hall of famer Buzz Fazio at the 1968 USBC Masters and a Regular Team title in 1976.


    A look ahead

    There will be two live stream broadcasts this week at the USBC Open Championships.

    On June 12 at 10 p.m. EDT, former Team USA member Fero Williams will lead his team onto the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium, and the group includes George Gohagan III, a member of the Browning Pontiac squad that claimed the Regular Team title in 2006 and Team All-Events crown at the NBS in 2007.

    On June 16 at 6 p.m. Eastern, two-time Open Championships titlist Steve Kloempken and his two talented teams will take their shot at the 43-foot Sport-certified team lane condition. The group includes past Team USA member David Haynes and 1981 Regular Doubles champion Ted Hannahs.


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    2014 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Motion Plus Lanes (Jeff Nimke, Chris Pierson, Chad Maas, Chad Kloss, Dave Beres), Cudahy, Wis., 3,561. 2, Donovan's Bunch, Painted Post, N.Y., 3,551. 3, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 3,527. 4, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514. 5, Warriors, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,513. 6, The 1, Oregon, Wis., 3,502. 7, Storm Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 3,501. 8, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 9, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,495. 10, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,479.

    1, Carl Poelzer/Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,465. 2, Angela Chirpich/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,445. 3, Steve Harman/Nicholas Hoagland, Indianapolis, 1,439. 4, Andrew Jordan, Dublin, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,425. 5, Marty LaVigne, Temperance, Mich./Mike Barron, Monroe, Mich., 1,424. 6, Joshua Schmehl, Seaford, Del./Casey Irvin, Selbyville, Del., 1,423. 7, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn./Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,403. 8, Brian Graham, Norton Shores, Mich./Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,398. 9, John Kempf/Cody Sonnemann, Menomonee Falls, Wis., 1,397. 10, Heath Haug, DeForest, Wis./Chris Pounders, Madison, Wis., 1,396.

    1, Louis Jenkins Jr., Warr Acres, Okla., 826. 2, Chris Murray, San Jose, Calif., 802. 3, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 4, Matt Riege, Waterloo, Wis., 792. 5, Jay Lang, Sterling Heights, Mich., 791. 6, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 7(tie), Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., and Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 9, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783. 10(tie), Neil Cooley, Fremont, Neb., and Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 782.

    1, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273. 2, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 3, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 2,226. 4, Dan Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,208. 5, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 6, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 7, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,180. 8, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,175. 9, Dean Richards, Tacoma, Wash., 2,173. 10, Robert Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,172.

    Team All-Events
    1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 10,169. 3, Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., 10,144. 4, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 5, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 10,136. 6, Higgy's Crew, Westerville, Ohio, 10,106. 7, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 8, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061. 9, JB Mechanical 1, Brookfield, Ill., 10,040. 10, Turbo Grips 3, Chesterfield, Mich., 10,001.


    2014 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Scotty's 1 (Tom Lee, Dave Fremling, John Fremling, Dan Fremling, Jon Lee), Alexandria, Minn., 2,843. 2, Ten Spot Lanes, Mandan, N.D., 2,806. 3, Yeah Spare II, Sacramento, Calif., 2,795. 4, Kenn's Pro Shop, Frankfort, Ill., 2,755. 5, Chaser's Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740. 6, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 7, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 8, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 9(tie), Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa and Plymouth Club, Jonesboro, Ind., 2,676.

    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Randy Taylor, Bennett, Colo./Ron Morgan, Strasburg, Colo., 1,180. 3, Don Allen, Eugene, Ore./Todd Vrooman, Tualatin, Ore., 1,165. 4, Melissa Sharp, Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,159. 5, Stacey Smith, Tomball, Texas/Stephen Kubis, Houston, 1,157. 6, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 7(tie), Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., and Bernie Adkins, Venus, Texas/Brenda Bassett, Cedar Hill, Texas, 1,149. 9, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 10, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658. 3, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 650. 4, Christopher Young, Oakland, Calif., 635. 5, Howard Almond, Chesterfield, Va., 634. 6, Tim Despain, Redwood City, Calif., 633. 7, Alonzo Pikes, Chicago, 631. 8, Brian Hall, Tracy, Calif., 630. 9(tie), Trey Kolbo, Gothenburg, Neb., Kenneth Alberda, Longmont, Colo., and Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 628.

    1, Trevor Silva, Davis, Calif., 1,855. 2, Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,792. 3, Adam Martin, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,784. 4, Steve Johnson, Rosholt, S.D., 1,774. 5, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 1,773. 6, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 7, Kyle Homan, Celina, Ohio, 1,744. 8, David Williams, Mandan, N.D., 1,743. 9(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734.