Ohio bowler still rolling at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    With 63 tournament appearances, Les Berry of Wooster, Ohio, entered the year as the active leader in tournament participation at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and added another successful trip to his record this week.

    The 91-year-old right-hander still has a long road ahead of him as he tries to catch late USBC Hall of Famers Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Joe Norris of San Diego, who each competed in 71 tournaments, but Berry has no plans to stop competing anytime soon.

    "I will continue to bowl this tournament until the day I can't physically get myself to the foul line," said Berry who has a 171 career average at the USBC Open Championships. "Every year, I am recognized in the squad room for my longevity, and sometimes there's even a standing ovation. That display of caring and support is what keeps me coming back."

    This year, Berry posted 416 in team, 382 in singles and 348 in doubles for a 1,146 all-events total at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and increased his career pinfall to 98,566. Berry has been to Reno for each of the event's record eight trips.

    Berry, who is one of only nine bowlers to compete in 60 or more Open Championships, made his tournament debut 70 years ago at the 1937 event in New York and has seen a lot of change along the way, including the transition from pinboys and manual scoring to automatic pinsetters and computerized scoring. The lessons he's learned over that time are countless.

    "One of my secrets is that I've always stayed active in my later years" Berry said. "I'm still playing golf, as well as rolling the ball on the lanes, and I think young bowlers who are just starting out should remember to keep at it and not get discouraged. Everybody has ups and downs."

    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, Barney's 1, Rogersville, Mo., (Tony Yarbrough, Ron Dixon, Chuck Gardner, Stan Garner, Joe Firpo), 3,368. 2, Browning Pontiac, Eminence, Ky., 3,358. 3, Ansara Restaurant Group 1, Detroit, 3,352. 4, Forgey Sports Medicine, Vancouver, Wash., 3,308. 5, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,287. 6, S & B Pro Shop 1, Troy, Mich., 3,280. 7, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 3,261. 8, Wichita Bowling Supply, Wichita, Kan., 3,259. 9, MoRich Enterprises, Ocala, Fla., 3,249. 10, One Part Bacon, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 3,240.

    1, Jeffrey Butler, Garfield, N.J./Jonathan Masur, West Orange, N.J., 1,544. 2, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis./Richard Volhard, Rothschild, Wis., 1,467. 3, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis./Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 1,463. 4, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky./Vernon Peterson, Winter Haven, Fla., 1,439. 5, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa./Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 1,437. 6, David Ewald, Macomb, Mich./Nicholas Wissinger, Utica, Mich., 1,434. 7, Alex Cavagnaro, N. Massapequa, N.Y./Mark Hugo, Windsor Locks, Conn., 1,430. 8, Darren Jones, Waldorf, Md./William Blaney III, Indian Head, Md., 1,424. 9, Charles Hall Jr., Elk Grove Village, Ill./Mike Thomka, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,416. 10 (tie), Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill./Craig Brown, Elgin, Ill., and David Cirligliano, Phoenix/Kelly Urrea, Mesa, Ariz., 1,411.

    1, Chip Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 814. 2, David Wilk, Upland, Calif., 804. 3, Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 793. 4, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 5, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 787. 6 (tie), Chad Gutzman, Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Robert Daugherty, Dayton, Ohio, 783. 8 (tie), Kurt Fay, Hudsonville, Mich., Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., and Matt McNiel, Chanhassen, Minn. 782.

    1, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 2,198. 2, Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 2,174. 3, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 2,164. 4, Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y., 2,141. 5, Jerry Rich Jr., Fairport Harbor, Ohio, 2,136. 6, Mike Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 2,134. 7, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 2,126. 8, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 9, Jerry Brunette, Rochester, N.Y., 2,115. 10, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,114.

    Team All-Events
    1, Browning Pontiac (Steve Fehr, George Gohagan III, Ken Jessee, Jon Murph, Ken Abner), Eminence, Ky., 10,071. 2, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 10,040. 3, Tom's Rhinoplasty, Newton, Iowa, 9,764. 4, S & B Pro Shop 2, Troy, Mich., 9,762. 5, Team USA Support 5, Omaha, Neb., 9,755. 6, Fiji Water, Rochester, N.Y., 9,751. 7, The BRD House 1, Dayton, Ohio, 9,723. 8, Lakeview Lanes, Fulton, N.Y., 9,676. 9, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 9,654. 10, MoRich Enterprises, Ocala, Fla., 9,652.


    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, All of Them, Warner Robins, Ga., 2,793. 4, Moeller Plastering, St. George, Utah, 2,747. 5, Winkeljohn Printing, Celina, Ohio, 2,743. 6, Galaxy-Dew's Crew, Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 7, Doug's Auto Service, Beach Park, Ill., 2,722. 8, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719. 9, Eagle's, Albany, Ore., 2,714. 10, The Insurance Center 1, Valentine, Neb., 2,711.

    1, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn./Brett Pfeifer, Minneapolis, 1,232. 2, Felix Fines/Paul Magaoay Jr., Sacramento, Calif., 1,230. 3, Debbie Hillygus, Dayton, Nev./James Ridgley, Sparks, Nev., 1,194. 4, Todd Christensen, Moncks Corner, S.C./Daniel Vassar Sr., Tonasket, Wash., 1,190. 5, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 6, Matt Mischznko/Clinton Taylor, Troy, Mont., 1,183. 7 (tie), Frank Goff Jr./Issac Vidaurri, Kingsville, Texas, and Gary Noteboom, New Holland, S.D./Eric Noteboom, Valentine, Neb., 1,181. 9, Joe Galloway, Interlachen, Fla./Eddie Dubeck, Palatka, Fla., 1,180. 10, John Bassi/Michael Malgrat, Key West, Fla., 1,174.

    1, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn., 673. 2, Matt Klenke, Coldwater, Ohio, 671. 3, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 664. 4, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 660. 5, Victor Martinez, Plainfield, Ill., 658. 6, Tim Frank, Hastings, Neb., 656. 7, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 653. 8, Don Manhalter, Sterling, Colo., 652. 9, Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 650. 10, Joseph Paussa, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 649.

    1, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 1,836. 2, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 1,824. 3, Michael Tieden, Blaine, Minn., 1,809. 4 (tie), Van Vasquez, Longmont, Colo., and Bob Chung, Alameda, Calif., 1,795. 6, Leroy Hayes, Cambridge, Neb., 1,794. 7, Frank Kostik, Ruffs Dale, Pa., 1,789. 8, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn., 1,779. 9, Judd Turner, Warner Robbins, Ga., 1,778. 10, Anthony Kastle, Wilmington, N.C., 1,776.