Eight Team USA spots up for grabs at USBC Team USA Trials


    Team USA News

    Sunset Station in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Jan. 13-18, 2008)

    2007PITTinaStickney.jpg When Tina Stickney of Phoenix was selected to join Team USA at last year's United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials, it was the culmination of years of work and the realization of a long-time dream.

    Heading into the 2008 USBC Team USA Trials, which will be held at Sunset Station in Las Vegas from Jan. 15-18, Stickney is even more motivated to remain a member of Team USA.

    With a recent rule change allowing professional bowlers to compete in international events, 13 of the best players in the country were selected to lay the groundwork for 2008 Team USA, creating what has been labeled as bowling's "Dream Team."

    At the Team USA Trials, more than 100 athletes from across the country will battle for eight spots (four men, four women) to join the elite group.

    "I have always looked up to and admired all of the players who were selected," said Stickney, who finished 11th at last year's Trials and was an at-large selection to join Team USA in 2007. "Now even the chance of being on the same team with them and possibly being able to learn from the best is something I definitely don't want to miss out on."

    The competitors in the Trials will bowl four nine-game blocks over four days with the top two men and top two women automatically earning spots on Team USA. An additional two men and two women from the remaining field will be selected to join the team. Those players will finalize Team USA for 2008.

    The men's team includes Denny's PBA Tour stars Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Parker Bohn III, Patrick Allen and Sean Rash as well as four players who earned spots at last year's Team USA Trials (David O'Sullivan, Bill Hoffman, Rhino Page and David Haynes).

    The women's team includes Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Wendy Macpherson, Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick, Kim Terrell, Diandra Asbaty and Missy Bellinder as well as four players who earned spots at last year's Team USA Trials (Lynda Barnes, Shannon O'Keefe, Tennelle Milligan and Shannon Pluhowsky).