Threes are wild for Colorado competitor at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

    Northcross Lanes and AMF Carolina Lanes in Charlotte, NC (April 12 - July 2, 2007)

    20067USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg Lori Tapparo of Strasburg, Colo., has her fingers crossed. With only three weeks left in the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships, Tapparo is one of only two competitors with top three scores in three events.

    Tapparo fired a 661 series to propel her and partner Barbara Whitehead of Bennett, Colo., to first place in Division 2 Doubles (299-338 average) with 1,138.

    In the team event, Tapparo shot 604, which moved her team, Prairie Pals, into third place in Division 3 (651-745 average) with 2,379.

    Tapparo's high marks also have her near the top in Division 1 All-Events (170-189 average). Tapparo's two-day total of 1,788 ranks her second behind Veronica Minotti of Oviedo, Fla., who shot 1,867.

    As each day passes, Tapparo, an avid bowler for 16 years, knows she is a little closer to accomplishing a great feat.

    "It's very nerve wracking," said Tapparo, who has only competed in one other Women's Championships. "I'm constantly checking the leader board on to see if the scores hold up. It would be so awesome if they did!"

    Tapparo was a member of a team that took home a state championship in Colorado, but she has won on the national stage.

    "I have always bowled consistently," Tapparo said, "but to do so well in only my second appearance at a national championship felt great. It was a little surprising."

    Tapparo credits her husband Kenny who made the trip to Charlotte, N.C., to encourage his wife.

    "We had a late squad time for doubles and singles," Tapparo said. "So by the time singles competition began it was getting pretty late. My husband kept me focused and bowling consistently.

    "We looked at the oil pattern of the lanes on before we got to the tournament. It turned out not many other women were using my line. I just bowled consistent, stayed on the same mark and it held."

    The Women's Championships, which is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women, will continue through July 2. Northcross Lanes hosts the team event while doubles and singles competition takes place at AMF Carolina Lanes in Matthews, N.C.

    The USBC Women's Championships is sponsored by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev., as well as Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider.

    Top five division leaders with hometowns and pinfall:


    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Ebonite Bowlers Map (Shannon Pluhowsky, Lauren Takahashi, Sandra Terrell, Kim Terrell, Leanne Barrette), Roseville, Calif., 3,210. 2, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,165. 3, U-Can Bowl 2, Milwaukie, Ore., 3,153. 4, Together Once Again, North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,136. 5, Four Friends and the Sub, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,107.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y./Susan Jeziorski-Smith, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,385. 2, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City/Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,369. 3, Maxine Nable, Costa Mesa, Calif./Carol Gianotti, Henderson, Nev., 1,358. 4, Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah/Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Bay View, Ohio, 1,352. 5, Susanne Nawojski, Lancaster, N.Y./Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1,328.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 745. 2, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 739. 3, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 726. 4, Shari Wells, Louisville, Ky., 716. 5, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ariz., 715.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,161. 2, Leanne Barrette, Roseville, Calif., 2,093. 3, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 2,087. 4, Lil Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 2,078. 5, Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah, 2,031.


    Team (846-945 average)
    1, VA FL Friends (Dawna Taylor, Mildred Williams, Carole Staus, Marilyn Hatch, Rebecca Williamson), Palm Coast, Fla., 2,798. 2, It's All About Us, Melbourne, Fla., 2,777. 3, Flavor GA Style, Decatur, Ga., 2,756. 4, Rollin' Along, Mundelein, Ill., 2,744. 5, Mix 'N' Match II, Orlando, Fla., 2,731.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Kandace Little/Celeste Reynolds, Bronx, N.Y., 1,222. 2, Melanee Mangold, Stevensville, Mich./Jan Schaub, Eau Claire, Mich., 1,195. 3, Nanette Belk, Eagle River, Alaska/Carla Neffendorf, Wasilla, Alaska, 1,193. 4, Tracey Kellicutt, Lisle, N.Y./Rebecca Eynon, Newark Valley, N.Y., 1,178. 5 (tie), Dianne Kost/Rhonda Lykins, Aurora, Colo., and Cheryl Newman, Grapevine, Texas/Shannon McNeil, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,178.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Veronica Minotti, Oviedo, Fla., 676. 2, Kelly Scalici, Clinton Township, Mich., 652. 3, Melanie Kincaid, Spokane, Wash., 645. 4 (tie), Priscilla Agosto, Hinesville, Ga., and Sue Boutote, Wilbraham, Mass., 638.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Veronica Minotti, Oviedo, Fla., 1,867. 2, Lori Tapparo, Strasburg, Colo., 1,788. 3, Joyce McWhirter, Lake Station, Ind., 1,776. 4, June Dill, Bermuda, 1,775. 5, Carla Burke, Nevada City, Calif., 1,771.


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, The Quack Pots (Denise Dorothy, Annie Gallant, AnnMarie Robidas, Renee Martel, Karen Cronk, Kim Tourtellot), Coventry, R.I., 2,703. 2, First Security Bank, Fosston, Minn., 2,608. 3, All Star Bowl, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,580. 4, Divine Divas, Stone Mountain, Ga., 2,569. 5, Country Gals, Great Mills, Md., 2,560.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Barbara Whitehead, Bennett, Colo./Lori Tapparo, Strasburg, Colo., 1,138. 2, Kristi McKenzie, Cottage Grove, Minn./Krystal Kumpula, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 1,137. 3, Donna Thomas/Deborah Holland, Villa Rica, Ga., 1,131. 4 (tie), Mindy Mills/Janette Halsne, Boone, Iowa, and Susan Hemmen, China Valley, Ariz./Wanda Tucker, Phoenix, Ariz., and Kim Russell, Hamlet, N.C./ Lorie Locklear, Rockingham, N.C., 1,117.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Teresa Martin, Clinton, Ill., 641. 2, Joan Wilson, Westland, Mich., 632. 3, Carol Smith, Siloam Springs, Ark., 611. 4, Kelly Wright, Mooresville, N.C., 607. 5, Cathy Matteson, Cimarron, Colo., 605.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Cindy Lange, Lima, Ohio, 1,748. 2, Shelly Sweet, Pittsfield, Mass., 1,696. 3, Rosa Thompson, Gaffney, S.C., 1,692. 4, Cindy Reasbeck, Clarendon, Pa., 1,686. 5, Ida Hydrick, North White Plains, N.Y., 1,682.


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Margie's Munchkins II (Deb Cooper, Pam Noblitt, LuAnn Pelsor, Angela Crouch, MaryAnn Frakes), Columbus, Ind., 2,407. 2, Alley Cats Plus, Huntersville, N.C., 2,385. 3, Prairie Pals, Bennett, Colo., 2,379. 4, Ness County Five, Ness City, Kan., 2,367. 5, Disney's Characters, Ronceverte, W.Va., 2,366.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Sherri Thompson, Waldorf, Md./Lorraine Golson, Cheverly, Md., 1,065. 2, Alice Toivari, Virginia, Minn./Karla Schneider, Hackensack, Minn., 1,059. 3, Karen Luedtke, Watertown, Minn./Barbara Rolf, Hutchinson, Minn., 1,054. 4, Nora Heaton, Montpelier, Ohio/Mary Ruetz, Pioneer, Ohio, 1,050. 5, Mary Schwarz/Gwyn Doenz, Pine City, Minn., 1,044.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Alice Smith, Prescott, Mich., 620. 2, Robbie Thompson, Harrisburg, N.C., 595. 3, Yvonne Madalena, Albuquerque, N.M., 593. 4, Mary Cortani, Gilroy, Calif., 586. 5, Kristen Porath, Windom, Minn., 584.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Alice Smith, Prescott, Mich., 1,599. 2 (tie), Kathy Kean, Monument, Colo., and Gina Coles, Jackson, Tenn., 1,587. 4, Mary Cortani, Gilroy, Calif., 1,582. 5, Angela Wilhite, Princeton, Ind., 1,579.


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, We're Back (Amanda Degeis, Fredricka Robinson, Marla Parker, Mary Britts, Jessica Carpenter), Rockingham, N.C., 2,181. 2, T-Dyn 1, El Paso, Texas, 2,115. 3, Quarter Girls, Lakeland, Fla., 2,101. 4, Dizzy Dames, Tribune, Kan., 2,098. 5, St. Cloud Team 2, St. Cloud, Minn., 2,090.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Vivian Thompson, Blowing Rock, N.C./Angela Anstrom, Charlotte, N.C., 981. 2, Joyce Clarke, Stone Mountain, Ga./Paula Murray, Snellville, Ga., 939. 3, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas/Ann Schumann, Granbury, Texas, 936. 4, Elaine Tschirgi, Grand Prairie, Texas/Utona Brown, Arlington, Texas, 931. 5, Susan Pratt, Eaton Rapids, Mich./Susan Tobin, Lansing, Mich., 927.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Connie Parsons, Akron, Ohio, 589. 2, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas, 554. 3, Florine Raybon, Picayune, Miss., 541. 4, Carol Miller, Johnstown, Ohio, 527. 5, Anne Lorbeski, Hackensack, Minn., 519.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas, 1,471. 2, Traci Smith, Blacksburg, S.C., 1,464. 3, Amanda Degeis, Rockingham, N.C., 1,452. 4, Connie Parsons, Akron, Ohio, 1,451. 5, April Brown, Lake Ridge, Va., 1,432.