Wisconsin team takes All-Events lead at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

    2007USBCOCSmithBarney1.jpg After falling just short of the Regular Team lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Friday, Smith Barney 1 of Madison, Wis., returned to the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Saturday with only one thing in mind - taking over the top spot in Team All-Events.

    With such a lofty goal ahead of them, the group was motivated and determined to step up to the challenge and walked away with the tournament's highest Team All-Events total since the 2002 event in Billings, Mont.

    Mike Shady led the charge with 2,126 and was followed by Jeff Richgels (2,052), Steve Richter (2,041), Marc McDowell (1,964) and Gail Myers Jr. (1,857) for a 10,040 total. Tom's Rhinoplasty of Newton, Iowa, previously held the lead with 9,764.

    "The only goal for our team today was to take the Team All-Events lead," said Richgels, who helped the cause when he started his final game with nine consecutive strikes and finished his singles set with 276 and a 715 series. "We know that if we stick to our game plan and make the best shots we can make, then we get the job done."

    Smith Barney 1 also got the job done in 2005 when they took home the Team All-Events crown with a 9,698 total. In 2006, the group finished fifth, while the title went to Linds Lakers 1 of Minneapolis (9,940), the same squad that won in 2002 with a 10,339 effort. Lind Lakers 1 will be in Reno to try and defend their title on April 24 and 25.

    This year's event also proved to be a breakout appearance for Shady, who posted a career-high all-events total on the way to the top spot in Regular All-Events and teamed up with McDowell to move into third place in Regular Doubles with 1,437. Derek Eoff of Greenfield, Wis., and Richard Volhard of Rothschild, Wis., remain in the doubles lead with 1,467.

    But as a part of a group that focuses entirely on the team effort, Shady had no idea that his double in the 10th frame of his final game was just enough to push him over the top and into the all-events lead.

    The 41-year-old right-hander posted 731 in doubles, 708 in singles and 687 in team to edge past Dede Davidson of Buellton, Calif., who previously held the lead with 2,118.

    "Bowling well as a group is what we do best and it's the reason we're able to be so competitive year after year," said Shady, a one-time national titlist in the Professional Bowlers Association. "I'm thrilled to be in the lead, but I had no idea I was that close because we stay so focused on what we're doing as a team. Anything else that carries over from that effort is just a secondary result."

    Presenting sponsors for the 2007 USBC Open Championships are Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Sands Regency Casino and Hotel, official brackets sponsor and supporting sponsors Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa and Harrah's Casino and Hotel.

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls:


    1, S & B Pro Shop 1 (Joe Krajenke, Frederick Bauss III, Joe Jozwik, Jason Lewis, Mark Moore), Troy, Mich., 3,280. 2, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 3,261. 3, Rick Starbuck's Pro Shop, Dayton, Ohio, 3,233. 4, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 3,218. 5, Tom's Rhinoplasty, Newton, Iowa, 3,203. 6, Warrior Lanes, Des Moines, Iowa, 3,191. 7, Village Bowl 1, Mitchell, S.D., 3,175. 8, Team U S A, St. Louis, 3,167. 9, S & B Pro Shop 2, Troy, Mich., 3,156. 10, Team USA Support 5, Omaha, Neb., 3,148.

    1, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis./Richard Volhard, Rothschild, Wis., 1,467. 2, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis./Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 1,463. 3, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa./Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 1,437. 4, David Ewald, Macomb, Mich./Nicholas Wissinger, Utica, Mich., 1,434. 5, Darren Jones, Waldorf, Md./William Blaney III, Indian Head, Md., 1,424. 6, Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis./Jay Heinzelman, Madison, Wis., 1,408. 7, James Augustine, Grand Forks, N.D./Ron Zutz, Warren, Minn., 1,402. 8, Tim Reinke/Darin Zanke, New Ulm, Minn., 1,393. 9, Chad Pierce, Flowery Branch, Ga./Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., 1,386. 10, Mike Kruse/Mike Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 1,383.

    1, Chip Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 814. 2, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 3, Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 782. 4, Justin Smith, Bluffton, S.C., 774. 5, Michael Barron, Monroe, Mich., 770. 6, Benjamin Cleveland, Sheboygan, Wis., 761. 7, Greg Brooks, Sturtevant, Wis., 758. 8 (tie), Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Alex Aguiar, North Dartmouth, Mass., 751. 10, David Gift, Blandon, Pa., 748.

    1, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 2,126. 2, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 3, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,114. 4, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis., 2,106. 5, Robert Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,104. 6, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,102. 7, Bill Webb, Enfield, Conn., 2,095. 8, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 2,089. 9, Jerry Rapp, Grand Island, Neb., 2,087. 10, Chip Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 2,081.

    Team All-Events
    1, Smith Barney 1 (Marc McDowell, Steve Richter, Jeff Richgels, Gail Myers Jr., Mike Shady), Madison, Wis., 10,040. 2, Tom's Rhinoplasty, Newton, Iowa, 9,764. 3, S & B Pro Shop 2, Troy, Mich., 9,762. 4, Team USA Support 5, Omaha, Neb., 9,755. 5, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 9,654. 6, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,619. 7, Village Bowl 1, Mitchell, S.D., 9,562. 8, Team U S A, St. Louis, 9,554. 9, Ebonite & Friends, Roseville, Calif., 9,553. 10, Clone Huskers, Greenfield, Wis., 9,536.


    1, Roberts Repair (Dave Schmidt, Jerry Roberts, Rich Bucheit, Rick Rambo, Felix Salinas Jr.), Pontiac, Ill., 2,845. 2, Pfeifer Printing, Champlin, Minn., 2,820. 3, Winkeljohn Printing, Celina, Ohio, 2,743. 4, Galaxy-Dew's Crew, Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 5, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719. 6, Sportsman Bowling Club 3, Cerritos, Calif., 2,704. 7, H & J Chevrolet, Kerman, Calif., 2,696. 8, HGNB 1, Romeoville, Ill., 2,686. 9, Steel City Strikers, Rostraver, Pa., 2,675. 10, Marlleacres Dairy, Orland, Ill., 2,673.

    1, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn./Brett Pfeifer, Minneapolis, 1,232. 2, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 3, Frank Goff Jr./Issac Vidaurri, Kingsville, Texas, 1,181. 4, John Bassi/Michael Malgrat, Key West, Fla., 1,174. 5, Jonathan Carter, Seven Springs, N.C./Freddie Marshall, Kinston, N.C., 1,173. 6, Ralph Johnson/Dave Dahl, Ada, Minn., 1,170. 7, Dave Engelkes, Arnolds Park, Iowa/Greg Rolling, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 1,167. 8 (tie), Tom Holland, Dayton, Minn./Ronald Mead, Rogers, Minn., and Charles Meyer/Dave Schneider, Alexandria, Minn., 1,156. 10, Mike Lovelace/Neil Zink, Fargo, N.D., 1,154.

    1, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 664. 2, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 660. 3, Don Manhalter, Sterling, Colo., 652. 4, Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 650. 5, Joseph Paussa, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 649. 6, Glen Lupton, Tipp City, Ohio, 648. 7, Fred Berry, Glendive, Mont., 643. 8, Anthony Jacks, Moberly, Mo., 636. 9, Ron Hester, Lexington, N.C., 635. 10, Brian Wright, Buckinghamshire, England, 633.

    1, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 1,836. 2, Michael Tieden, Blaine, Minn., 1,809. 3, Anthony Kastle, Wilmington, N.C., 1,776. 4, Tate Ziglar, Lexington, N.C., 1,770. 5, Mike Godfrey, Meade, Kan., 1,762. 6, Mike Criswell, Yuma, Colo., 1,760. 7 (tie), Marvin Clark, Aransas Pass, Texas, and Duane Silseth, Fargo, N.D., 1,751. 9, Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,750. 10, Daniel Schott, Van Wert, Ohio, 1,742.