Louisiana bowler Frances Plaia reaches 50 years at USBC Women's Championships

    06/13/15

    United States

    New leaders in Sapphire Doubles and Amethyst All-Events emerge at National Bowling Stadium

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    2015USBCWCFrancesPlaia.jpgFrances Plaia (pictured left) of Mandeville, Louisiana, made her 50th consecutive United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships appearance at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, on June 7.

    The 96-year-old right-hander started her career at the 1966 event in New Orleans, but she began her journey to fame at the 1969 tournament in San Diego, when she teamed with Linda Prattini to create the Zodiacs of New Orleans, now known as "The World's Best-Dressed Bowling Team."

    Every year since, the Zodiacs have returned to the USBC Women's Championships in hand-created costumes based on a theme. The theme for 2015 was Silver and Gold (pictured above).

    In her 50th appearance, Plaia rolled sets of 339 in team, 337 in singles and 302 in doubles for a 978 all-events total.

     


    More leaders emerge at National Bowling Stadium


    New leaders in Sapphire Doubles and Amethyst All-Events emerged at the 2015 USBC Women's Championships on June 7.

    Robin Cnossen and Terri Terry of Ponca City, Oklahoma, moved into the lead in Sapphire Doubles with a 1,088 total at the National Bowling Stadium, surpassing Arianne Sward and Janet Sward of Grasston, Minnesota, who previously held the lead with 1,063.

    Cnossen led the effort with a 585 series, while Terry added 503. Sapphire Doubles features teams with combined entering averages of 290-319.

    Julie Harter of Lakeland, Florida, seized control of the Amethyst All-Events lead with sets of 542 in doubles, 541 in singles and 441 in team for a 1,524 total. Carrie Hagedorn of Eureka, California, previously held the top spot with 1,515.

    Harter's singles performance also moved her into a tie for third place in Amethyst Singles. Hagedorn leads with 546. Competitors in the Amethyst Division have entering averages from 130-144.

     


    A look ahead


    Lucille Strauss of Richmond, Virginia, is scheduled to become the sixth bowler at the 2015 USBC Women's Championships to make her 50th tournament appearance when she takes the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium on June 12.

    The 85-year-old right-hander made her first tournament appearance at the 1963 event in Memphis, Tennessee.

     


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    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, Sunny Meadows, Kearney, Neb., 2,017. 4, The Incredibowl, Campbell, Calif., 2,000. 5, Middle Age Lousy Bowlers, Longmont, Colo., 1,990.

    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 I, Bennett, Colo., 1,844. 3, HJB Party Jumpers, Bastrop, La., 1,837. 4, Out Siders, Hueytown, Ala., 1,829. 5, CWE Inspirators, Bloomfield, N.M., 1,804.

     


    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, Bonnie Dirksen/Sherri Bucholz, Rapid City, S.D., 1,149. 4, Kindra Walls/Kelsey Farmer, Morris, Ill., 1,139. 5, Cathy Westrich, Boulder City, Nev./Linda DeCamp, Henderson, Nev., 1,130.

    Division 3 - Emerald
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 320-349)
    1, Michele Jansen, Oakdale, Minn./Lee Jorgensen, Woodbury, Minn., 1,180. 2, Liz Merritt, Big Piney, Wyo./Jerene Smith, Houston, 1,131. 3, Tracy Ditmars, Goshen, Ind./Isabelle Buitendorp, Elkhart, Ind., 1,106. 4, Nemia Moore, Fort Smith, Ark./Kimberly Tulo, San Clemente, Calif., 1,094. 5, Stella Powell/Geneva Smith, Durham, N.C., 1,089.

    Division 4 - Sapphire
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
    1, Terri Terry/Robin Cnossen, Ponca City, Okla., 1,088. 2, RosaMae Anderson, Lacey, Wash./Carolyn Smart, Olympia, Wash., 1,076. 3(tie), Janet Sward/Arianne Sward, Grasston, Minn., and Falena Cotton, Rockford, Ill./Shaleah Woods, Los Angeles, 1,063. 5, Margaret Monroe, Fowlerville, Mich./Dorothy Wisted, Maquoketa, Iowa, 1,058.

    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, Carol Mathiesen, Geneva, Neb./Jody Novak, Aurora, 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, Heather Hartman, Fort Benton, Mont./Janet Jewell, Carter, Mont., 919. 3, Brenda Hawker, Wellsville, Utah/Hollie Nisson, Pocatello, Idaho, 894. 4, Elizabeth McGough, Dora, Ala./Patti Rhodes, Cordova, Ala., 881. 5, Pauline Stanley/Emma Williams, Monroe, La., 879.

     


    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, Brittany Wilson, Chicago, 638. 4, Lou Stanton, Grand Junction, Colo., 624. 5(tie), Patricia Turner, Oak Lawn, Ill., and Terry Lena, Mahopac, N.Y., 623.

    Division 3 - Emerald
    (For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
    1, Barbara Frank, Battle Ground, Wash., 610. 2(tie), Kimberly Dauer, Mankato, Minn., Heather Zacharis, Mundelein, Ill., and Vivian Geary, Orlando, Fla., 602. 5, Christine Boothe, McMinnville, Ore., 601.

    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(tie), Julie Harter, Lakeland, Fla., and Randi Prater, Blanchard, Okla., 541. 5, Marlyn Bisnar, Henderson, Nev., 538.

    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.

    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, Julie Harter, Lakeland, Fla., 1,524. 2, Carrie Hagedorn, Eureka, Calif., 1,515. 3, Ellena Dominguez, Las Vegas, 1,503. 4, Rosan Hallstrom, Tillamook, Ore., 1,493. 5, Linda Johnson, Blaine, Minn., 1,486.

    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.