Oklahoma Team shatters record at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City rolls games of 1,255, 1,188 and 1,277 for 3,720 team tally (248 average) to break the previous record by 159 pins




    2014USBCOCArtisticExpressions1.jpg Even with a half game to go, there was little doubt Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City was going to finish the day atop the standings at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with the highest score in 111 years of tournament history.

    The only question being asked at the National Bowling Stadium was how high the bar would be raised. The group answered with a 1,277 final game and 3,720 team tally (248 average per game), 159 pins better than Motion Plus Lanes of Cudahy, Wis., which previously held the lead and top spot in the record books with 3,561.

    Artistic Expressions 1 started Monday's team event with games of 1,255 and 1,188 before closing with the sixth-highest game in USBC Open Championships competition. Team Turbo Grips of Fort Wayne, Ind., owns the single-game record of 1,318, rolled just three days ago.

    "We knew that if we worked together, eventually this was going to happen," said Pete Thomas, who is the veteran of the team with 16 tournament appearances.

    "We practiced on the shot this morning, we practiced a few times during the week and we put in the work. We made some good decisions and great ball choices. Before we started, I told them it was an honor to bowl with them. I knew it would be something special. But this special? No one could have predicted that."

    Ted Pritts led the way for Artistic Expressions 1 on Monday with a 768 series and was followed by Thomas (758), Xeno Garcia (752), Jimmy McMartin (736) and Anthony Lavery-Spahr (706).

    "It's just an amazing feeling," Pritts said. "To be a part of something so special is a testament to my teammates and the things we were able to do. For it all to come together for us is incredible. If somebody beats it, we'll all fly out here and shake their hands."

    The group will return to the lanes at the NBS across two squads Tuesday, with McMartin and Garcia bowling doubles and singles at 2 p.m. EDT and Lavery-Spahr, Pritts and Thomas hoping for a chance to complete a Team All-Events run at 1:30 a.m. Eastern/10:30 p.m. PDT.

    2014USBCOCJanzsHI.jpgJanz H.I. of Beaver Dam, Wis. (pictured right), leads Team All-Events this year with a 10,363 total, while Pollard's Bowl of Versailles, Ind., has held the Team All-Events record of 10,425 since the 1996 event in Salt Lake City.

    "It's like a dream come true," Thomas said. "To know that we've done something that no other team has done at Nationals, and by more than 100 pins, is beyond belief. We're excited for what the future holds. This team will be together for a long time, will continue to be humble about it and be excited for what's going to happen in the next few weeks."

    The 2014 Open Championships will end its 136-day run on July 13.


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    2014 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Artistic Expressions 1 (Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jimmy McMartin, Xeno Garcia, Ted Pritts, Pete Thomas), Oklahoma City, 3,720. 2, Motion Plus Lanes, Cudahy, Wis., 3,561. 3, Donovan's Bunch, Painted Post, N.Y., 3,551. 4, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 3,527. 5, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514. 6, Warriors, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,513. 7, Team Turbo Grips, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,511. 8, The 11thFrame.com 1, Oregon, Wis., 3,502. 9, Storm Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 3,501. 10, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499.

    1, Carl Poelzer/Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,465. 2, Chris Drewes/Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,463. 3, Angela Chirpich/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,445. 4, Steve Harman/Nicholas Hoagland, Indianapolis, 1,439. 5, Lonnie Waliczek/Justin Hromek, Wichita, Kan., 1,439. 6, Andrew Jordan, Dublin, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,425. 7, Marty LaVigne, Temperance, Mich./Mike Barron, Monroe, Mich., 1,424. 8, Joshua Schmehl, Seaford, Del./Casey Irvin, Selbyville, Del., 1,423. 9, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn./Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,403. 10, Brian Graham, Norton Shores, Mich./Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,398.

    1, Louis Jenkins Jr., Warr Acres, Okla., 826. 2(tie), Chris Murray, San Jose, Calif., and Jon Trzcinski, Lake Wales, Fla., 802. 4, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 5, Matt Riege, Waterloo, Wis., 792. 6, Jay Lang, Sterling Heights, Mich., 791. 7, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 8(tie), Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., and Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 10, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783.

    1, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273. 2, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 3, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 2,226. 4, Ben Canfield, San Diego, 2,209. 5, Dan Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,208. 6, Jon Trzcinski, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,196. 7, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 8, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 9, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,180. 10, Chris Kliczinski, Pinckney, Mich., 2,178.

    Team All-Events
    1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 10,205. 3, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 10,169. 4, Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., 10,144. 5, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 6, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 10,136. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 10,109. 8, Higgy's Crew, Westerville, Ohio, 10,106. 9, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 10, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061.


    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, RDU Rollers 3, Durham, N.C., 2,718. 8, Ten Pin Mafia, Bogota, N.J., 2,712. 9, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 10, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709.

    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Cory Baltunado/Rogelio Baltunado, Waipahu, Hawaii, 1,196. 3, Randy Taylor, Bennett, Colo./Ron Morgan, Strasburg, Colo., 1,180. 4, Don Allen, Eugene, Ore./Todd Vrooman, Tualatin, Ore., 1,165. 5, Melissa Sharp, Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,159. 6, Stacey Smith, Tomball, Texas/Stephen Kubis, Houston, 1,157. 7, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 8(tie), Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., and Bernie Adkins, Venus, Texas/Brenda Bassett, Cedar Hill, Texas, 1,149. 10, Catina Hansen/Darlene Hunter, Goldsboro, N.C., 1,148.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Peter Colangelo , DeLand, Fla., 662. 3, Jacob Ramos, Kapolei, Hawaii, 659. 4, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658. 5, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 650. 6, Christopher Young, Oakland, Calif., 635. 7, Howard Almond, Chesterfield, Va., 634. 8, Tim Despain, Redwood City, Calif., 633. 9, Alonzo Pikes, Chicago, 631. 10, Brian Hall, Tracy, Calif., 630.

    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, Tony Gannan, Chillicothe, Mo., 1,735. 10(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734.