Eoff, O'Keefe win USBC Team USA Trials


    Team USA News

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

    2008TeamUSATTDerekEoffShannonOKeefe.jpg After waiting anxiously last year to see if he would be one of the selections to join Team USA, Derek Eoff (left) of Greenfield, Wis., was determined to avoid that situation again this year.

    Eoff jumped from fourth place to first in the last game of the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials on Friday, claiming the title with a 36-game pinfall of 7,997 (222.14 average) and securing a spot on Team USA for the second consecutive year.

    Shannon O'Keefe (right) of Brookfield, Wis., came out on top in the women's division with 7,730 (214.72 average) at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.

    "Winning this tournament is something I've always wanted to do, and it's definitely nice to earn my spot on the team instead of waiting around to see if I'm selected," said Eoff, who tied a tournament record with five out of a possible six medals in his Team USA debut at the 2007 Men's American Zone Championships in Guatemala. "The field was tough and it's nice to know that I made most of the right moves and adjustments this week on four very demanding lane patterns."

    O'Keefe decided to compete in this year's event despite already securing a spot on Team USA in 2008 by virtue of her selection at last year's Team USA Trials.

    "Even though I already earned my spot on Team USA, I think anytime you come out and perform well and walk away with a win it means something," said O'Keefe, who won the singles gold medal at the 2007 Women's World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. "To start off the year on the right foot gives me a lot of confidence heading into the rest of the year."

    The top two men and top two women who were not already members of Team USA in 2008 earned automatic spots on Team USA.

    2007PITTinaStickney_small.jpg 2008TeamUSATTStefanieNation_small.jpg Since O'Keefe finished first, Tina Stickney (left) of Goodyear, Ariz., and Stefanie Nation (right) of Orlando, Fla., who finished second and third respectively, earned automatic spots on the team.

    Stickney earned a spot on Team USA for the second straight year while Nation made it for the fourth consecutive time.

    2007MAZCJohnJanawicz_small.jpg 2008TeamUSATTNathanBohr_small.jpg The men's division had a bit more drama as John Janawicz (left) of Winter Haven, Fla., and Nathan Bohr (right) of Wichita, Kan., tied for second place after 36 games with 7,988. In the one-game roll-off, Janawicz defeated Bohr, 231-210, to earn a second consecutive year on Team USA.

    Even though Bohr lost in the roll-off for the automatic spot, the National Selection Committee selected him and three others to join Team USA. Del Ballard Jr. of North Richland Hills, Texas, Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Brenda Viator of Lake Wales, Fla., were also selected.

    The additions to Team USA round out the team for 2008, bringing the final total to 15 women and 14 men.

     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, O'Keefe, Tennelle Milligan and Shannon Pluhowsky).

    Front row from left: Stefanie Nation, Brenda Viator, Shannon O'Keefe, Tina Stickney, Tish Johnson. Back row from left: Derek Eoff, John Janawicz, Del Ballard Jr., Nathan Bohr. Click on the imgae to enlarge it.

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    Women's Division

    Top 10 after 36 games (Block 4 on the Masters pattern)

    1, Shannon O'Keefe, Brookfield, Wis., 7,730. 2, Tina Stickney, Goodyear, Ariz., 7,675. 3, Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 7,605. 4, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 7,448. 5, Brenda Viator, Lake Wales, Fla., 7,435. 6, Crystal Schoneman, Orlando, Fla., 7,340. 7, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 7,338. 8 (tie), Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., and Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 7,300. 10, Adrienne Miller, Lincoln, Neb., 7,261.

    * O'Keefe earned a spot on Team USA for 2008 at last year's Team USA Trials
    ** Stickney, Nation earn automatic spots on Team USA 2008
    *** Johnson and Viator added to Team USA by the National Selection Committee

    Men's Division

    Top 10 after 36 games (Block 4 on the Masters pattern)

    1, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 7,997. 2 (tie), John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., and Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7,988. 4, Del Ballard Jr., North Richland Hills, Texas, 7,965. 5, Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 7,915. 6, J.R. Raymond, Lebanon, Mich., 7,830. 7, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Township, Pa., 7,801. 8, Cassidy Schaub, Polk, Ohio, 7,773. 9, John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., 7,731. 10, Mark Siders, Westerville, Ohio, 7,685.

    * Eoff, Janawicz earn automatic spots on Team USA 2008; Janawicz def. Bohr 231-210 in roll-off
    ** Bohr and Ballard added to Team USA by the National Selection Committee.

    2008 USBC Team USA Trials - Complete Results

    Men's Final Standings after 36 games

    Men Round 4 Results

    Women's Final Standings after 36 games

    Women Round 4 Results