North Carolina team produces two new leaders at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

    Super Bowl Lanes in Canton, Mich. and Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich. (April 26-30, 2008)

    2008USBCWCCathysHairShapers.jpg When members of Cathy's Hair Shapers made the long journey to Detroit from North Carolina for the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships, they knew it would take a team effort and good scores to rise to the top.

    North Carolina bowlers from Cathy's Hair Shapers (l-r): Nancy Massengill, Cathy Simmons, Cassandra Stephens, Janet Smith, and Angela Stallman.

    That is exactly what happened as the group came together and posted the highest score thus far in Division 2 (746-845 combined average) team with a 2,644. Janet Smith led the team with a 585 series, followed by Nancy Massengill (579), Cassandra Stephens (562), Angela Stallman (530) and Cathy Simmons (388).

    "Me and her (Nancy) put up good scores, but we couldn't do it without the rest of the team," said Smith of Kannapolis, N.C. "We help each other out in every aspect of the game. We are the definition of team."

    Smith was not done yet. After she helped her team take first, she came back and bowled a 596 series in doubles and a 639 series in singles. Her singles score put her in third place in Division 1 (170-189 average) singles, while her combined total of 1,820 gave her the Division 1 all-events lead.

    "We look at the leader boards when we come into each tournament and we say to ourselves that we can beat those scores," said Smith. "Coming in and having that positive mind set gives us a sense of urgency to accomplish anything."

    Smith's teammate and mother Massengill also had a memorable outing at the 2008 USBC Women's Championships. She added a 490 series in doubles and 534 in singles, giving her a 1,603 total and the Division 3 (131-149 average) all-events lead.

    "I know I bowled well but I had no idea I would be in the lead. Standings were not up yet when we finished and we were about to leave," said Massengill. "Then my daughter did the math and told me the great news that I was in first. That's when shock and accomplishment settled in."

    Also on Wednesday evening Division 4 (650 and under combined average) had a new team leader. Stinky's from Pandora, Ohio., jumped ahead of Salisbury Mechanical SVC by one pin with a 2,065 total. Roxane Dickey led the team with a 449 series and was followed by Judy Ruen (434), Paulette Smith (429), Mark Recker (411) and Linda Core (342).

    Remembering Paula backs teams at the 2008 USBC Women's Championships

    2008USBCWCPaulasAngels.jpg Their bowling shirts used to bear testament to the Alamo, but now the four San Antonio-based teams instead pay tribute to their own homegrown hero, Paula Diane Wright.

    As a 28-year bowler in the St. Cecilia's Ladies league at what is now AMF Ponderosa Lanes, Wright spurred others to join bowling, organized their annual Women's Championships treks since 1999, and handily kept everyone in line, say her friends. Then, she lost her second battle with breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 58.

    The late Paula Wright, of San Antonio, was honored this year by each of her teammates' Paula's Angels shirts.

    Today, 20 of her bowling friends wear bright pink shirts highlighted on the backs by a silver winged bowling ball and the embroidered introduction to Paula's Angels. Originally known as the Classy Ladies, the group decided this year to pay homage to their teammate at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    As an avid seamstress who once even created a tuxedo for a large dog, she designed their annual team shirts, usually incorporating symbols from their hometown, like the Alamo and River Walk. Wright loved bowling and sewing so much, that her husband, Harry, made sure that she took them with her.

    "Harry worked for the city cemetery, and on her funeral day he took her bowling bag with ball, shoes and equipment to her gravesite and laid them under where her casket went," said Mary Jane Shelton, Wright's best friend and co-organizer. "He put Paula's sewing machine in there, too."

    Wright's teammates formed a double processional line around her passing casket at the burial, wearing the last shirts she designed for them. The Paula's Angels shirt was created by Team III's Carol Swan, and several ladies also wear handmade paper bowling shirt pins with Wright's photo on them.

    Paula's Angels I, II, III and IV headed back to Texas with input in two divisions. Team I finished in Division 3 with a 2,075 series; Team 2 rolled a 2,188 Division 2 series; Team 3 finished with a Division 3 series of 2,133; and Team IV completed their 2,235 series in Division 3.

    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 (Leslie Bohn, Chrissie Kent, Kristin Nieter, Laura Starbuck, Kari Watson), Kettering, Ohio., 3,171. 2, Kaizen By Diandra, Orlando, Fla., 3,110. 3, Del Rosa Lanes, 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 (Maria Bacos, Wendy Brown, Amy Gottlieb, Sunae Moree, Jeanie Schmidt), 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, Amy Zollitsch, Green Bay, Wis./Judy Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis., 1,146. 3, Joanne Pencola, Livonia, Mich./Sheryl Spagnoletti, Howell, Mich., 1,143. 4, Elizabeth Phillips, Melvindale, Mich./Carmeletha Allen, Highland Park, Mich., 1,128. 5, Julia Halve, Waco, Texas/Deb Jacobs, Dallas, 1,119.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Sharon Ryan, Davie, Fla., 653. 2, Regina Williams, Wilmington, Del., 642. 3, Janet Smith, Kannapolis, N.C., 639. 4, Karin Klawender, Gladwin, Mich., 635. 5, Judith Ernst , Muskegon, Mich., 617.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Janet Smith, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,820. 2, Karen Linebaugh, Romulus, Mich., 1,744. 3, Michelle Busch, Waterford, Mich., 1,728. 4, Shirley Watkins, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,724. 5, Teresa Speraneo, Greenville, Ill., 1,714.


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, Cathy's Hairshapers (Nancy Massengill, Cathy Simmons, Janet Smith, Angela Stallman, Cassandra Stephens), Kannapolis, N.C., 2,644. 2, 4 Blacks & A Pink, Maryville, Ill., 2,568. 3, Red Rock, Savage, Minn., 2,512. 4, Glad To Be Here, Romulus, Mich., 2,477. 5, Hoosier Hopefuls, La Porte, Ind., 2,470.

    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, Nell Geddie, Ellisville, Miss./Linda Ridolfo, Columbus, Ohio., 1,115. 4, Paula Berlinger, Lapeer, Mich./Cindy Horton, North Branch, Mich., 1,112. 5, Glenda Labenz, Papillion, Neb./Lorrie Painter, Omaha, Neb., 1,101.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Mary Perunovich, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 608. 2, Ann Marie Schutt, Colona, Ill., 607. 3, Mechelle Foos, Nortonville, Kan., 604. 4, Janice Kruggel, Winthrop, Minn., 600. 5, Mary Pat Kelly, Boystown, Neb., 599.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Darla Moorhead, Perham, Minn., 1,660. 2, Donna Sutherland, Macomb, Mich., 1,648. 3 (tie), Sheri Smith, New Bremen, Ohio., and Ann Marie Schutt, Colona, Ill., 1,638. 5, Jeannia Barnett, Quartzsite, Ariz., 1,635.


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Michael B's Foxie Ladies (Theresa Blizman, Karen Linebaugh, Rae Lipkowski, Sylvia Perecki, Cheryl Smith Tasco), Romulus, Mich., 2,409. 2, Westbrook VFW, Westbrook, Minn., 2,392. 3, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Wis., 2,373. 4, Nightingale Lanes, Holly, Mich., 2,331. 5, Tornadoes 4 Square Builders, Glencoe, Minn., 2,319.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Donna Benson, Mancelona, Mich./Elizabeth Allison, Alden, Mich., 1,045. 2, Evie Merchant, San Antonio, Texas./Misty Ervin Johns, Adkins, Texas., 1,044. 3, Crystal Backing, Saranac, Mich./Donna Wayman, Branch, Mich., 1,030. 4, Sharon Timgren/Nancy Boeck, Westbrook, Minn., 1,014. 5, Chris McNulty, Lincoln, Neb./Barbara Skillman, Denton, Neb., 1,012.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Ann Marie Cross, Muskegon, Mich., 588. 2, Mimi Hammond, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 555. 3, Robbin Wadleigh, Reno, Nev., 554. 4, Laura VanGilder, Rice Lake, Wis., 551. 5, Janine Poisson, Chatham, Ontario, 550.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Nancy Massengill, Denver, N.C., 1,603. 2, Ann Marie Cross, Muskegon, Mich., 1,506. 3, (tie) Janine Poisson, Chatham, Ontario, and Lorelie L. Blank, Buffalo City, Wis., 1,504. 5, Dawn Downer, Garden City, Mich., 1,502.


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Stinky's (Lina Core, Roxane Dickey, Mary Recker, Judy Ruen, Paulette Smith), Pandora, Ohio., 2,065. 2, Salisbury Mechanical SVC, Gardners, Pa., 2,064. 3, Look N For Trouble, Linwood, Mich., 2,025. 4, No Split!, Royal Oak, Mich., 1,956. 5, Custom Engineering, Bay City, Mich., 1,943.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Beverly Noble, Prairieville, La./Jerry Burdette, Baton Rouge, La., 931. 2, Wanda Blain, Carlisle, Pa./Tammy Smith, Dry Run, Pa., 916. 3(tie), Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn./Brenda Finstad, Annandale, Minn., and Kathy Rodecap, Noblesville, Ind./Peggy Lamb, Westfield, Ind., 913. 5, Willa Freelend, Marquette, Neb./Pamela Johansen, Central City, Neb., 891.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Patricia Drexler Jones, Willis, Mich., 516. 2, Dorothy Apgar, Pen Argyl, Pa., 509. 3, Roxann McNellis, Annandale, Minn., 506. 4, Kay Czechanski, Two Rivers, Wis., 501. 5, Michelle Larson, Cozad, Neb., 497.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Kay Czechanski, Two Rivers, Wis., 1,439. 2, Michelle Larson, Cozad, Neb., 1,429. 3, Dorothy Apgar, Pen Argyl, Pa., 1,394. 4, Willa Freeland, Marquette, Neb., 1,385. 5, Roxann McNellis, Annandale, Minn., 1,373.