New leaders emerge in Classic All-Events and Singles at USBC Women's Championships


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    2008USBCWCLizJohnson.jpg A bowler who is always a threat to win any tournament she enters and another who hopes to break through for her first national title took the lead in two Classic Division events Friday at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    2008USBCWCCorrineHam.jpg Liz Johnson (left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., took the lead in Classic All-Events (190 and above average) with 2,113 and looks to add another title to her already impressive resume. Meanwhile, Corrine Ham (right) of Cocoa, Fla., bolted into the lead in Classic Singles with a 736 series.

    Bowling just lanes apart from Ham, Johnson fired 699 in team, 708 in doubles and 706 in singles to overtake the all-events lead.

    "My weakness is looking at the leader board, but I try and focus on my game and not anyone else's," said Johnson, who won the 2007 U.S. Women's Open and is an 11-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist. "You can't control what other bowlers do. You can only control what you do."

    In addition to her professional titles, Johnson, who took home the 2007 USBC Women's Championships Classic Doubles title with partner Sue Jeziorski, was the first woman in history to win a PBA regional and finished second in a PBA national tour event, the highest finish for a woman.

    On the other end of the spectrum is Ham, who has always considered herself a good amateur bowler who is capable of winning, but victories in major competitions have always seemed to elude her.

    By rolling a 736 series on games of 278, 236 and 222, to take the lead in Classic Singles, she hopes to break that drought.

    "I feel this is my best chance to win a national title," Ham said. "I've had a few top 10s here over the years but never have been really close to winning."

    Ham, the general manager for her family-owned bowling center in Titusville, Fla., posted her leading singles set after rolling 606 in team and 664 in doubles.

    "The more I bowled the more it seemed like the lane conditioning pattern came to my game," she said. "This year there was a nice inside shot which is really more conducive to my game. I haven't been able to take advantage of an inside shot in recent years."

    Ham, the daughter of two-time Senior Queens champion Shirley Levens, finished sixth in the 2005 Queens which she counts has her biggest career highlight to this point. She and Johnson will both take their shot at winning the 2008 USBC Queens, which starts tomorrow with the first round of qualifying.

    "The Women's Championships is a great event to get warmed up for the Queens," said Johnson. "It's a great stamina builder and has great competitors. I feel I'm ready for the Queens."

    2008USBCWCLogo.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2008 USBC Women's Championships are Eldorado Hotel Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno in Reno, Nev. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Shop Canton, Greektown Casino, ABC AirTrans, Max & Erma's Restaurant, Bacardi, Miller Brewing Company, CaraMagno Foods and the Michigan Lottery.

    2008 USBC Women's Championships

    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls


    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Bohn Zone Chicks, Kettering, Ohio., 3,171. 2, Kaizen By Diandra, Orlando, Fla., 3,110. 3, Team California, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,109. 4, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,088. 5, Together Once Again, North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,078.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Gina Daroszewski, Franklin, Wis./Jill Albrecht, Wind Lake, Wis., 1,445. 2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix/Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 1,416. 3, Corrine Ham, Cocoa, Fla./Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 1,402. 4, Susanne Nawojski, Lancaster, N.Y./Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1,365. 5, Lisa Graham, Centerville, Ohio/Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,356.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Corrine Ham, Cocoa, Fla., 736. 2, Jennifer Murphy, Clarksville, Tenn., 735. 3, Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 728. 4, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 724. 5, Kim Terrell, Dover, Del., 720.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,113. 2, Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 2,082. 3, Kari Watson, Kettering, Ohio, 2,061. 4, Brenda Viator, Franklin, Wis., 2,055. 5, Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 2,041.


    Team (846-945 average)
    1, High Hopes, La Mesa, Calif., 2,696. 2, Sierra Roofing Supply, Reno Nev., 2,649. 3, Davison Land Surveying, Davison, Mich., 2,647. 4, Beer Factor, Warren, Mich., 2,640. 5, Canadian Eh, Sarnia, Ontario, 2,629.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Michele Chaney/Kelly Scalici, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,152. 2, Joanne Pencola, Livonia, Mich./Sheryl Spagnoletti, Howell, Mich., 1,143. 3, Julia Halve, Waco, Texas/Deb Jacobs, Dallas, 1,119. 4, Heather A. Pedersen/Brandi Hawkins, Boise, Idaho., 1,117. 5, Rose Jung/Takiko Naganawa, Orange, Calif., 1,116.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Sharon Ryan, Davie, Fla., 653. 2, Regina Williams, Wilmington, Del., 642. 3, Tammie Lynde-Adermann, Sedalia, Mo., 612. 4, Liz Brinkman, Beatrice, Neb., 609. 5, LoriJo Turner, Sauk Rapids, Minn., 607.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Karen Linebaugh, Romulus, Mich., 1,744. 2, Michelle Busch, Waterford, Mich., 1,728. 3, Shirley Watkins, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,724. 4, Teresa Speraneo, Greenville, Ill., 1,714. 5, Vickie Carroll, Chesterfield, Mich., 1,713.


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, 4 Blacks & A Pink, Maryville, Ill., 2,568. 2, Red Rock, Minn., 2,512. 3, Glad To Be Here, Romulus, Mich., 2,477. 4, AMP Bowling Supply, Dekalb, Ill., 2,465. 5, Team Wisconsin, Warrens, Wis., 2,456.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Melanie Moore/April Lemieux, Sacramento, Calif., 1,130. 2, Kathleen Woods, Pasadena, Calif./Norvel Short, Altadena, Calif., 1,119. 3, Paula Berlinger, Lapeer, Mich./Cindy Horton, North Branch, Mich., 1,112. 4, Bonnie Hafermann/JoAnn Marti, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 1,088. 5, Rae Lipkowski/Karen Linebaugh, Romulus, Mich., 1,082.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Mary Perunovich, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 608. 2, Evelyn Beauchesne, Lawrence, Mass., 592. 3, Kathy Whittaker, Avondale, W. Va., 589. 4, Mary Laemers, Sterling Heights, Mich., 585. 5, Debra Wortman, Bozeman, Mont., 583.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Darla Moorhead, Perham, Minn., 1,660. 2, Donna Sutherland, Macomb, Mich., 1,648. 3, Jeannia Barnett, Quartzsite, Ariz., 1,635. 4, Carol Underwood, Odessa, Texas., 1,627. 5, Gail Rosenbrock, Linwood, Mich., 1,611.


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Michael B's Foxie Ladies, Romulus, Mich., 2,409. 2, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Wis., 2,373. 3, Nightingale Lanes, Holly, Mich., 2,331. 4, Tornadoes 4 Square Builders, Glencoe, Minn., 2,319. 5, Howard City Lanes, Howard City, Mich., 2,306.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Donna Benson, Mancelona, Mich./Elizabeth Allison, Alden, Mich., 1,045. 2, Christie O'Connor, Riverview, Mich./Martha M. Vargas, Detroit, 994. 3, Jennifer Milton/Judy Esplan, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 988. 4, Diana VanOeffelen, Kent City, Mich./Bert Anderson, Sparta, Mich., 987. 5, JoAnn Campbell, Doylestown, Pa./Joyce Larson, Morrisville, Pa., 986.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Mimi Hammond, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 555. 2, Laura VanGilder, Rice Lake, Wis., 551. 3, Janine Poisson, Chatham, Ontario, 550. 4, Jessica Anderson, Linden, Mich., 544. 5, Karen Book, Denison, Iowa, 540.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, (tie) Janine Poisson, Chatham, Ontario, and Lorelie L. Blank, Buffalo City, Wis., 1,504. 3, Dawn Downer, Garden City, Mich., 1,502. 4, Kylie Sedersten, Sutton, Neb., 1,496. 5, Santos Fletcher, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,495.


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Look N For Trouble, Linwood, Mich., 2,025. 2, No Split!, Royal Oak, Mich., 1,956. 3, Custom Engineering, Bay City, Mich., 1,943. 4, Day's Trucking, Wright City, Mo., 1,938. 5, Kens Barber Shop, West Branch, Mich., 1,930.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Beverly Noble, Prairieville, La./Jerry Burdette, Baton Rouge, La., 931. 2, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn./Brenda Finstad, Annandale, Minn., 913. 3, Willa Freelend, Marquette, Neb./Pamela Johansen, Central City, Neb., 891. 4, Cindy Meyer/ Karen Baldwin, Virginia Beach, Va., 888. 5, Alicia Stromski, St. Clairsville, Ohio/Joyce Brown, Cadiz, Ohio, 881.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Dorothy Apgar, Pen Argyl, Pa., 499. 2, Bonnie Labadie, Wallaceburg, Ontario., 492. 3, Midge Carlson, Hudson, Wis., 491. 4, Hope Oddonetto, Globe, Ariz., 481. 5, Alicia Stromski, St. Clairsville, Ohio, 479.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Willa Freeland, Marquette, Neb., 1,385. 2, Dorothy Apgar, Pen Argyl, Pa., 1,384. 3, Lori Thomas, Angleton, Texas., 1,369. 4, Keesa Ragsdale, Endicott, N.Y., 1,354. 5, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn., 1,346.