Johnson, Bohr surge into lead at Team USA Trials


    Team USA News

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

    2008TeamUSATTTishJohnson.jpg Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., put her experience to the test Wednesday at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials, firing a 300 game to roll into the lead in the women's division.

    Johnson (left), who used a different ball on each lane during the perfect game, fired 2,171 for nine games in Round 2, an average of 241 per game, to take the overall lead with 3,942 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.
    Former Denny's PBA Tour exempt player Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., had a Round 2 total of 2,332, an average of 259, and leads the men with 4,157.

    2008TeamUSATTStefanieNation_small.jpg Johnson, who is joined in the field by fellow USBC Hall of Famers Anne Marie Duggan and Dana Miller-Mackie, rebounded after opening the tournament with a disappointing 1,771. She's ahead of first-round leader Stefanie Nation (right) of Orlando, Fla., by 122 pins.

    "The experience is a factor because I know how to adjust faster than some of the younger players," Johnson said. "I tried to help some of them today while we were bowling. I explained you have to watch the ball, the way it's breaking and have to pay attention to the lane. A lot of the new kids are still learning how to make those adjustments."

    A 25-time winner on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, Johnson, 45, has always dreamed of becoming a member of Team USA. As a professional bowler much of her career, she was never eligible to join Team USA until a rule change in August allowed her to take a shot.

    "To represent your country in anything you do is pretty awesome as far as I'm concerned," Johnson said. "The people who are on Team USA are the best at that given time, and I feel I'm just as good as anyone."

    2008TeamUSATT2008TTNathanBohr.jpg On the men's side, Bohr (right) racked up a 108-pin lead on Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio. Bohr, who was an exempt player on the Denny's PBA Tour during the 2005-06 season and is the PBA Southwest Region points leader with one event remaining, is looking to join Team USA for the first time in his career after being a member of Junior Team USA from 2000-02.

    "I had a feeling that this was probably going to be my favorite pattern because of the way I like to see the lane," Bohr said of Wednesday's Short lane condition. "I was able to just be me today and do what I was good at. I was probably further right than almost everybody I bowled with and the spot I was looking at never broke down."

    Johnson and Bohr both earned $500 prizes for being squad leaders while Amanda Burgoyne of Newport, Minn., and Del Ballard Jr. of North Richland Hills, Texas, each pocketed $250 for second place. Burgoyne totaled 2,004 while Ballard closed the day with a 299 game for 2,158.

    Competition continues Thursday with the third of four nine-game blocks. After 36 games, the top two men and top two women will automatically earn spots on Team USA. An additional two men and two women from the remaining field will be selected to join the team.

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    Top 10 after 18 games (Block 2 on the short Pattern)

    1, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,942. 2, Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 3,820. 3, Shannon O'Keefe, Brookfield, Wis., 3,801. 4, Tina Stickney, Goodyear, Ariz., 3,782. 5, Crystal Schoneman, Orlando, Fla., 3,735. 6, Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 3,697. 7, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,681. 8, Brenda Viator, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,677. 9, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 3,665. 10, Rose Brown, Modesto, Calif., 3,624.

    Men's Division

    Top 10 after 18 games (Block 2 on the short Pattern)

    1, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 4,157. 2, Cassidy Schaub, Polk, Ohio, 4,049. 3, J.R. Raymond, Lebanon, Mich., 3,995. 4, Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,974. 5, Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 3,949. 6, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 3,945. 7, Jon Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 3,932. 8, John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., 3,917. 9, Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 3,911. 10, Mark Siders, Westerville, Ohio, 3,894.

    2008 USBC Team USA Trials - Complete Results

    Men's Standings after 18 games

    Men Round 2 Results

    Women's Standings after 18 games

    Women Round 2 Results