Ronnie Russell's Chameleon 300 a "hit" on YouTube


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    DJ Archer first in Rolltech strike stats; Tom Hess nips teenager in Chameleon "Selfie" Challenge; New Year will be Johnny Petraglia's 50th anniversary as PBA competitor; USBC Masters Pro-Am entries, tickets available

    2014PBA08RonnieRussell2.jpgIf you missed Ronnie Russell's (pictured) 300 game during the shootout round of the PBA Chameleon Championship on ESPN last Sunday, you can join the more than 325,000 who have already checked it out on YouTube.

    Russell, who made three television finals during the recent GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, will be among the five finalists who will compete for the PBA World Championship title live on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.

    The two-time PBA Tour champion from Marion, Ind., will be in the World Championship round field along with top qualifier Wes Malott, Mike Fagan, Todd Book and Stuart Williams.




    DJ Archer was first in Rolltech strike stats, fourth in Chameleon spares

    2014PBA09DJArcher2.jpgDuring the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, the PBA worked with Rolltech to record unique frame-by-frame, ball-by-ball statistics for the 14 qualifying games.

    Here's a look at some of the stats for the four players in the Chameleon Championship: top qualifier DJ Archer, Ronnie Russell, Sean Rash and J.R. Raymond. Archer won the Viper title, defeating Russell in the title match, 241-215.

    Strike percentage: top qualifier Archer (pictured) struck on 100 of 156 shots for a 64.10% success rate. Russell was second (60.13%, 95 strikes on 158 attempts), Rash was third (59.88%, 97 of 162) and Raymond was fourth (57.05%, 89 of 156). The 240-player field's strike percentage was 49.01% (9,923 strikes on 20,247 attempts).

    Spare percentage: Rash was the leading spare shooter (86.21% successful on 50 of 58 attempts) followed by Raymond (85.48% on 53 of 62 attempts), Russell (81.03% on 47 of 58) and Archer (70.59% on 36 of 51). The field's success rate was 73.48% (7,144 of 9,722 attempts).

    Single pin spare conversions: two players were perfect – Raymond with 39 on 39 attempts and Rash with 38 of 38. Archer made 27 of 27 (92.59%) and Russell made 33 of 36 (91.67%). The field's success rate was 94.12% (4,468 spares made on 4,7,47 attempts).

    Multi-pin spare conversions: Archer made 9 of 10 (90%), Raymond made 14 of 16 (87.50%), Russell 12 of 14 (85.71%) and Rash 11 of 13 (84.62%). The field converted 73.68% (2,394 successful spares on 3,249 attempts).


    Tom Hess nips teenager in Chameleon "Selfie" Challenge

    2014PBA10TomHess2.jpgIn the Chameleon Championship edition of the special "take a selfie" promotion sponsored by High 5 Gear during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, Scorpion Championship finalist Tom Hess (pictured left) knocked down nine pins to nip 17-year-old Cameron Collins' eight-count.

    The special promotion gave a lucky fan who "tweeted" a selfie an opportunity to participate in a one-ball "showdown" against a PBA star prior to each WSOB telecast. Despite losing the showdown, Collins received the autographed ball Hess used in the contest.


    On tap for Sunday: The PBA Scorpion Championship on ESPN

    2014PBA10Finalists.jpgGEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecast No. 4, the Scorpion Championship finals, will air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

    Top qualifier Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., bidding for his fourth PBA Tour title, will bowl the winner of a three-player shootout match involving No. 2 Scott Newell, Deland, Fla.; No. 3 Martin Larsen, Sweden, and No. 4 Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa (pictured left, from left to right).

    To view a preview of Sunday's telecast, click here.


    New Year will be Johnny Petraglia's 50th anniversary as PBA competitor

    2012PBASJohnnyPetraglia.jpgThe 2015 season will mark PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia's 50-year anniversary of competitive involvement with the PBA, including 14 titles won in 763 PBA Tour events, another nine titles in 85 PBA Regionals and eight titles won in 117 PBA50 Tour events.

    Petraglia (pictured) also served his fellow players as PBA President, and earned induction into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1982. The only player in PBA history to win national PBA titles in six different decades is still active, and will celebrate his 67th birthday on March 3.


    USBC Masters Pro-Am entries, tickets available

    2015USBCMastersLogo.jpgPro-Am entries for the United States Bowling Congress Masters at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., are now being accepted. Pro-am squads are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2.

    Basic entry fees are $50 for adults and $25 for seniors or youth bowlers, or entry fees including a new Brunswick bowling ball are $150 for adults, and $125 for seniors or youth bowlers.

    To enter the USBC Masters Pro-Am, contact Dave LaBar at 920-336-0400 or [email protected]

    Tickets for the Masters also are available from Ashwaubenon Bowl. For more information on daily and ESPN tickets, contact Matt Orvis at 920-336-0400 or [email protected]


    Quick Notes

    The starting time for the March 29 ESPN telecast of the PBA League Quarterfinals has been adjusted by 30 minutes. The new start time is 5 p.m. ET.

    Veteran PBA Regional competitor Sean Swanson received good news over the holidays about his on-going battle against a rare form of cancer. The 45-year-old Swanson's story was told in a feature written by Springfield, Mo., News Leader reporter Lyndal Scranton.

    Remindfer: Each month MOTIV is giving away a bowling ball to someone who signs up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). The ball-a-month promotion is a continuation of the MOTIV promotion which ran during the 2014 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI when MOTIV gave away one bowling ball a day for the six days of WSOB competition.

    Reminder: if you missed the ESPN telecast on Sunday, all GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts will be archived on Xtra Frame three days after they air on ESPN. Click on the "2014 WSOB archives" tab on the left side of the Xtra Frame home page for a complete listing of archived shows.


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