Two-time champion Anne Hjelmberg back on top at USBC Women's Championships

    06/06/15

    United States

    More leaders emerge at National Bowling Stadium

    2015USBCWCAnneHjelmberg.jpgTwo-time United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships titlist Anne Hjelmberg (pictured left) of Naperville, Illinois, entered this year's event as the reigning Sapphire All-Events champion and now is looking to share that winning feeling with her teammates after a successful weekend at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

    The 23-year-old right-hander helped Naperville's Fox Bowl Ladies into the lead in Ruby Team on May 31 and teamed with Katrina Raysby of Lombard, Illinois, to take over the top spot in Ruby Doubles on June 1.

    2015USBCWCFoxBowlLadies.jpgFox Bowl Ladies (right) rolled games of 711, 793 and 726 for a 2,230 total. Altitude With Attitude of Buena Vista, Colorado, previously held the Ruby Team lead with 2,176.

    Raysby, making her first USBC Women's Championships appearance, led the effort with a 584 series and was followed by Hjelmberg (563), Stefanie Quayle (557) and Tracy Wrase (526).

    2015USBCWCAnneHjelmbergKatrinaRaysby.jpgHjelmberg and Raysby (left, l-r) cruised past the leading Ruby Doubles score but had another doubles pair on the same squad nearly match their effort, before falling two pins short.

    Raysby led the duo with a 629 set, and Hjelmberg added 543 to get them to a 1,172 total. Sissy Christy and Debbie Strong of Oklahoma City finished just behind them with 1,170, while Kelsey Farmer and Kindra Walls of Morris, Illinois, previously held the lead with 1,139.

    "It was really exciting to be here," said Raysby, who added a 607 singles series for a 1,820 all-events total, landing her just inside the top 50 in Diamond All-Events. "I bowled pretty well in my first tournament. I think I got over my nerves pretty quickly."

    Hjelmberg, who made her third tournament appearance, now has the opportunity to add a third and fourth title to her quickly growing resume. She also helped Fox Bowl of Bartlett, Illinois, to the Diamond Team title in 2013 and could become the 10th bowler in Women's Championships history to win titles in three consecutive tournaments.

    She added a 481 singles series for a 1,587 all-events total, which is just outside the top 30 in Emerald All-Events. Tamara Smith of Poncha Springs, Colorado, leads with 1,699.

     


    More leaders emerge at National Bowling Stadium


    2015USBCWCHerbalifeofCozad.jpgHerbalife of Cozad, Nebraska (pictured right), now is the team to beat in Emerald Team after surging into the lead at the National Bowling Stadium on May 29.

    The team put together games of 669, 723 and 688 for a 2,080 total, surpassing The Incredibowl of Campbell, California, which previously held the lead with 2,000. Teams in the Emerald Division at the USBC Women's Championships have combined entering averages from 575-649.

    Jodi Myers led the way for Herbalife with a 570 series and was joined by Tonya Sayer (546), Michelle Schwarz (495) and Glenda Beenblossom (469).

    In the Sapphire Division, for individuals with entering averages of 145-159, Lori Tapparo of Strasburg, Colorado, found her way to the top of the all-events standings with sets of 557 in singles, 548 in doubles and 526 in team for a 1,631 total June 3.

    Gretchen Rieder of Richmond, Minnesota, previously held the Sapphire All-Events lead with 1,597.

     


    A look ahead


    Two bowlers will celebrate 50 years of USBC Women's Championships competition this week at the National Bowling Stadium.

    Frances Plaia of Mandeville, Louisiana, one of the original members of the famed Zodiacs team at the USBC Women's Championships, will make her milestone march down Center Aisle on June 7 at 10 p.m. Eastern, while Lucille Strauss of Richmond, Virginia, is scheduled to make her 50th appearance June 12 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

    The Zodiacs of New Orleans, founded by Plaia and Linda Prattini, made their debut at the 1969 Women's Championships in San Diego. The team wanted to protest the tournament's dress code and arrived at the 1969 event in full-length formal dresses that would break away at the knees once they were on the lanes and ready for competition.

    Each year since, the team has selected a theme that suits their personalities or the host city, and each team member is expected to create her own costume by hand. The theme has ranged from Uncle Sam to the Indianapolis 500, and the Zodiacs will reveal their latest creation during their team event at the NBS as Plaia, 96, celebrates 50 consecutive years.

     


    2015 USBC Women's Championships Team event


    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Division 1 - Diamond
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 725 and above)
    1, Bowlieve In A Cure (Lynda Barnes, Tennelle Milligan, Kendra Gaines, Shannon O'Keefe), Arlington, Texas, 2,634. 2, East Coast, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,588. 3, Eagle's Edge Pro Shop, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,511. 4, Striking is Fun 2, Oregon, Ohio, 2,505. 5, One More, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,484.

    Division 2 - Ruby
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 650-724)
    1, Fox Bowl Ladies (Anne Hjelmberg, Stefanie Quayle, Tracy Wrase, Katrina Raysby), Naperville, Ill., 2,230. 2, Altitude With Attitude, Buena Vista, Colo., 2,176. 3, CT Divas, Waterbury, Conn., 2,173. 4, Alaska Belles II, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,163. 5, ABT, Taylorsville, Utah, 2,152.

    Division 3 - Emerald
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 575-649)
    1, Herbalife (Michelle Schwarz, Tonya Sayer, Jodi Meyers, Glenda Beenblossom), Cozad, Neb., 2,080. 2, Maine Fish Market 2, Hampden, Mass., 2,037. 3, The Incredibowl, Campbell, Calif., 2,000. 4, Middle Age Lousy Bowlers, Longmont, Colo., 1,990. 5, That's How We Roll, Edgerton, Wis., 1,985.

    Division 4 - Sapphire
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 574 and below)
    1, Harbor Ladies (Deborah Smith, Stacy Rafferty, Carrie Hagedorn, LaDeena Gray), Eureka, Calif., 1,942. 2, Prairie Pals 1, Bennett, Colo., 1,844. 3, Out Siders, Hueytown, Ala., 1,829. 4, CWE Inspirators, Bloomfield, N.M., 1,804. 5, Turkey Club, Lennon, Mich., 1,802.

     


    2015 USBC Women's Championships Doubles


    Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Division 1 - Diamond
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 380 and above)
    1, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas/Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,404. 2, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La./Kristin Warzinski, Lincoln, Calif., 1,392. 3. Caryn Evitts, Waukegan, Ill./Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,377. 4, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio/Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,356. 5, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill./Jonquay Armon, Roselle, Ill., 1,339.

    Division 2 - Ruby
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 350-379)
    1, Anne Hjelmberg, Naperville, Ill./Katrina Raysby, Lombard, Ill., 1,172. 2, Sissy Christy/Debbie Strong, Oklahoma City, 1,170. 3, Kindra Walls/Kelsey Farmer, Morris, Ill., 1,139. 4, Cathy Westrich, Boulder City, Nev./Linda DeCamp, Henderson, Nev., 1,130. 5, Debra Klocek, Fort Atkinson, Wis./Shirley McCallum, Rochester, Minn., 1,129.

    Division 3 - Emerald
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 320-349)
    1, Michele Jansen, Oakdale, Minn./Lee Jorgensen, Woodbury, Minn., 1,180. 2, Tracy Ditmars, Goshen, Ind./Isabelle Buitendorp, Elkhart, Ind., 1,106. 3, Nemia Moore, Fort Smith, Ark./Kimberly Tulo, San Clemente, Calif., 1,094. 4, Stella Powell/Geneva Smith, Durham, N.C., 1,089. 5, Mary Webster/Linda Butler-Fisher, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,083.

    Division 4 - Sapphire
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
    1, Janet Sward/Arianne Sward, Grasston, Minn., 1,063. 2, Margaret Monroe, Fowelerville, Mich./Dorothy Wisted, Maquoketa, Iowa, 1,058. 3, Mary Fulton/Susan Lessley, Bozeman, Mont., 1,055. 4(tie), Melissa Atanacio, Morgan Hill, Calif./Lydia McKillip, Wilsonville, Ore., and Audrey Wardwell, Yoncalla, Ore./Allie Simons, Cottage Grove, Ore., 1,051.

    Division 5 - Amethyst
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 260-289)
    1, Debbie Sapp, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Betty Williams, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 992. 2, Tanya Henrie/Cindy Ramirez, Helper, Utah, 977. 3, Paula Howell/Julie Juvan, Fort Collins, Colo., 976. 4, Ellena Dominguez, Las Vegas/Marlyn Bisnar, Henderson, Nev., 970. 5, Jody Novak, Aurora, Neb./Carol Mathiesen, Geneva, Neb., 967.

    Division 6 - Topaz
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 259 and below)
    1, Kristin Caldwell, Mount Vernon, Wash./Kara Bonnema, Anacortes, Wash., 930. 2, Brenda Hawker, Wellsville, Utah/Hollie Nisson, Pocatello, Idaho, 894. 3, Elizabeth McGough, Dora, Ala./Patti Rhodes, Cordova, Ala., 881. 4, Meghan Foos, Nisland, S.D./Lynda Dowd, Winnemucca, Nev., 875. 5, Lois Moorman, Spencerville, Ohio/Linda Grant, Lima, Ohio, 864.

    2015 USBC Women's Championships Singles


    Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Division 1 - Diamond
    (For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
    1(tie), Darris Ruffner, Exeter, Calif., and Rochelle Roventini, Franklin, Wis., 742. 3, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 734. 4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 707. 5, Janice Rhoades, Sacramento, Calif., 704.

    Division 2 - Ruby
    (For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
    1, Nicole Ryan, Johnson City, N.Y., 654. 2, Rochelle Blasche, Washington, 639. 3(tie), Patricia Turner, Oak Lawn, Ill., and Terry Lena, Mahopack, N.Y., 623. 5, Patti Pope, Valparaiso, Ind., 622.

    Division 3 - Emerald
    (For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
    1, Barbara Frank, Battle Ground, Wash., 610. 2(tie), Kimberly Dauer, Mankato, Minn., and Heather Zacharis, Mundelein, Ill., and Vivian Geary, Orlando, Fla., 602. 5(tie), Angela Steeves-Stanford, Madison, Wis., and Karen Taylor, Akron, Ohio, 599.

    Division 4 - Sapphire
    (For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
    1, Michelle Brownell, Spearfish, S.D., 622. 2, Denise Bowerman, Browns Mills, N.J., 588. 3, Susan Hedges, Waterloo, Neb., 568. 4,(tie), Kay Hinson, Virginia Beach, Va., and Diane Hayes, Bigfork, Mont., 566.

    Division 5 - Amethyst
    (For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
    1, Carrie Hagedorn, Eureka, Calif., 546. 2, Rosan Hallstrom, Tillamook, Ore., 544. 3, Marlyn Bisnar, Henderson, Nev., 538. 4, Jackie Mihalovits, Springtown, Texas, 524. 5, Judith Woolf, Paget, Bermuda, 523.

    Division 6 - Topaz
    (For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
    1, Jerry Corbett, Mineral Wells, Texas, 547. 2, Michelle Jensen, Estherville, Iowa, 487. 3, Donna Bong, Brodhead, Wis., 486. 4(tie), Toni Graves, Parker, Colo., and Jennifer Conway, Hastings, Neb., 484.

    2015 USBC Women's Championships All-Events


    Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Division 1 - Diamond
    (For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
    1, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 2,169. 2, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,112. 3, Diana Zavjalova, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,102. 4, Kim Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,096. 5, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 2,094.

    Division 2 - Ruby
    (For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
    1, Patti Pope, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,778. 2, Jessica Roberts, Portland, Ore., 1,771. 3, Terry Lena, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,755. 4, Stefanie Quayle, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,749. 5, Ameliza Watcha, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,739. 5, Stacee Kosaka, Montebello, Calif., 1,732.

    Division 3 - Emerald
    (For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
    1, Tamara Smith, Poncha Springs, Colo., 1,699. 2, Heather Zacharis, Mundelein, Ill., 1,687. 3, Jodi Myers, Cozad, Neb., 1,677. 4, Vivian Geary, Orlando, Fla., 1,675. 5, Shawn Lovin, Puyallup, Wash., 1,671.

    Division 4 - Sapphire
    (For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
    1, Lori Tapparo, Strasburg, Colo., 1,631. 2, Gretchen Rieder, Richmond, Minn., 1,597. 3, Michelle Brownell, Spearfish, S.D., 1,581. 4, Denise Bowerman, Browns Mills, N.J., 1,578. 5, Penny Brown, Waukesha, Wis., 1,572.

    Division 5 - Amethyst
    (For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
    1, Carrie Hagedorn, Eureka, Calif., 1,515. 2, Ellena Dominguez, Las Vegas, 1,503. 3, Rosan Hallstrom, Tillamook, Ore., 1,493. 4, Linda Johnson, Blaine, Minn., 1,486. 5, Dorothy Wisted, Maquoketa, Iowa, 1,474.

    Division 6 - Topaz
    (For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
    1, LaDeena Gray, Eureka, Calif., 1,474. 2, Jerry Corbett, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,454. 3, Robyn Pagel, Strasburg, Colo., 1,409. 4, Michelle Jensen, Estherville, Iowa, 1,370. 5, Donna Bong, Brodhead, Wis., 1,341.