Tvaska breaks record with 62nd Women’s Championships


    United States

    Super Bowl in Canton, Mich. (April 10-July 6, 2008)

    2008USBCWCMiniTvaska62ndparticipation.jpg With friends and family by her side offering their support, Mini Tvaska of St. Petersburg, Fla., competed in the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships on Tuesday for the 62nd consecutive time, breaking the event's all-time record for participation.

    Decked out in a jaunty black and gray cap and a pink bowling shirt, Tvaska, 90, savored every moment of her record-breaking trip. She was honored with a plaque, floral bouquet and candy and was congratulated by competitors from 17 states on her squad.

    2008 Women's Championships Director James Lamb presents Mini Tvaska with a plaque and other gifts, commemorating her record-breaking 62 years of participation in the annual event.

    "This is all too overwhelming for me, and I'm actually pretty nervous right now," said Tvaska, a former resident of nearby Dearborn, Mich. "It's really nice to come back to Michigan and break the record. I never thought I would make it this far."

    The crowd continued to grow as the time came to present Tvaska with her record-breaking award. By taking part in the 2008 Women's Championships, Tvaska moved into sole possession of the participation record. Mary Covell of Chicago competed in 61 events, the last coming in 1992.

    "I have all of my friends here who surprised me," Tvaska said. "They came from all over the United States and even Canada. No one told me they were coming. It really brings a tear to my eye when you see all of these people came to just see me."

    After her first tournament in 1947 in Grand Rapids, Mich., Tvaska knew she was in for the long haul.

    "The first year I decided to go to the tournament and try it out," Tvaska said. "It was so exciting, I decided to keep coming back. After a couple more, it turned into an obsession and I wanted to come to every single one."

    2008USBCWCMiniTvaska62ndparticipation2.jpg Along her 62 years there were some ups and there were some downs. Last year in North Carolina Tvaska was recovering from a broken shoulder and didn't know if she could compete.

    "I was pretty banged up last year, and I didn't think I could bowl," Tvaska said. "If it wasn't for my teammates helping me pick up my ball and helping me line up my shot, I do not think I could've made it."

    Mini Tvaska shoots a practice ball before team events for this year, triumphing over her 2007 shoulder injury.

    With this long journey comes some memorable moments as well. Tvaska had two instances that could have cost her the streak.

    "My 25th year bowling we got stuck in traffic and we were late to our team event," Tvaska said. "We were almost disqualified for that year, but luckily there was one open lane and they let us bowl on that lane. Also, my 55th year I didn't have a team. We waited until the last minute and no one wanted to bowl. Again, luckily someone picked me up as a substitute."

    After breaking the record Tvaska doesn't look like she is breaking her stride. She already has her sights set on Reno for the 2009 USBC Women's Championships.

    "A lot of people thought this might be my last tournament," she said. "It would be a great way to end it but I can't stop bowling. I have already booked my trip to Reno next year. I will keep on going every year until I'm not able to go anymore."

    The next person in line to try and beat Tvaska's record is Anita Cantaline of Warren, Mich. On June 2 when Cantaline comes to Detroit, it will mark her 59th USBC Women's Championships.

    Tvaska's team, The Mini Magic, finished with a total score of 1,971, in Division 3, to which Tvaska contributed a 273 series ((73, 97, 103). Teammates Cindy Gieschen (172, 129, 162), Sharla Loiacano (100, 144, 149), Sue Crook (109, 146, 168), and Nancy Nelson (119,138, 162) rounded out the score.

    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, Lucky Ducks 3, Kenhorst, Pa., 2,633.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1,(tie) Connie Kus/Jan Hrasch, Palatine, Ill. and Laura Wiltshire, Garden City, Mich./Gayla Barr, Detroit, 1,170. 3, Michele Chaney/Kelly Scalici, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,152. 4, Amy Zollitsch, Green Bay, Wis./Judy Zellmer, New Berlin, Wis., 1,146. 5(tie), Virginia Banks, Harvey, Ill./Gail Yeager, Lansing, Mich., and Donna Pavlovich, Schereville, Ind./Michelle Ballard, Country Club Hills, Ill., 1,145.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Sharon Ryan, Davie, Fla., 653. 2, Star Franzen, Shorewood, Ill. 651. 3, Regina Williams, Wilmington, Del., 642. 4, Janet Smith, Kannapolis, N.C., 639. 5, Karin Klawender, Gladwin, Mich., 635.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Janet Smith, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,820. 2, Karen Linebaugh, Romulus, Mich., 1,744. 3, Linda Curley, Elgin, Ill., 1,733. 4, Geri Zandi Zick, Waukesha, Wis., 1,731. 5, Michelle Busch, Waterford, Mich., 1,728.


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, Cathy's Hairshapers (Nancy Massengill, Cathy Simmons, Janet Smith, Angela Stallman, Cassandra Stephens), Kannapolis, N.C., 2,644. 2, All Star Bowl, Indianapolis, 2,629. 3, 4 Blacks & A Pink, Maryville, Ill., 2,568. 4, BJ Electric, Fitchburg, Wis., 2,543. 5, Family Fun #1, Apple Valley, Calif., 2,520.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Christine Wiley/Lucinda Griggie, Charlotte, N.C., 1,136. 2, Melanie Moore/April Lemieux, Sacramento, Calif., 1,130. 3, Kate McClain/Bootnie Gray, Charlotte, N.C., 1,127. 4, Nell Geddie, Ellisville, Miss./Linda Ridolfo, Columbus, Ohio., 1,115. 5, Paula Berlinger, Lapeer, Mich./Cindy Horton, North Branch, Mich., 1,112.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Mary Perunovich, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 608. 2, Ann Marie Schutt, Colona, Ill., 607. 3, Kim Corey, Carpentersville, Ill., 605. 4, Mechelle Foos, Nortonville, Kan., 604. 5, Janice Kruggel, Winthrop, Minn., 600.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Mechelle Nelson, Durand, MI 1671. 2, Lucinda Griggie, Charlotte N.C., 1,667. 3, Darla Moorhead, Perham, Minn., 1,660. 4, Mary Williams, Roselle, Ill., 1,651. 5, Vicky Spuhler, Lexington, Neb., 1,649.


    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, Just Made Up, Charlotte, N.C., 2,381. 4, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Wis., 2,373. 5, Fallen Angels, Granby, Colo., 2,347.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Leanne Marlow, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich./Laurie Clarida, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, 1,085. 2, Dee Martin, Spokane, Wash./Sandy Taylor, Cedar City, Utah., 1,056. 3, Donna Benson, Mancelona, Mich./Elizabeth Allison, Alden, Mich., 1,045. 4, Evie Merchant, San Antonio, Texas/Misty Ervin Johns, Adkins, Texas., 1,044. 5, Patricia A. Beachman/Catherine L. Bowman, Alamogordo, N. M., 1,040.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Brenda Schafer, Grass Valley, Calif., 589. 2, Ann Marie Cross, Muskegon, Mich., 588. 3, Donna Noland, Easton, Mo., 573. 4, Renee Ricks, Bluffdale, Utah, 566. 5,(tie) Sarah King, Fayetteville, N.C., and Leslie Farrell, Killeen, Texas, 564.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Nancy Massengill, Denver, N.C., 1,603. 2, Brenda Shafer, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,582. 3, Shelly Fera, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 1,550. 4, Monica Gray, Charlotte, N.C., 1,541. 5, Ann Marie Cross, Muskegon, Mich., 1,506.


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Stinky's (Judy Ruen, Linda Core, Mary Recker, Paulette Smith, Roxanne Dickey, Amy Gerten), Pandora, Ohio., 2,065. 2, Salisbury Mechanical SVC, Gardners, Pa., 2,064. 3, Look N For Trouble, Linwood, Mich., 2,025. 4, The Niners, Island Lake, Ill., 1,973. 5, American Legion Post 16, Lapeer, Mich., 1,961.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Beverly Noble, Prairieville, La./Jerry Burdette, Baton Rouge, La., 931. 2 (tie), Robin Pickens, Romulus, Mich./Theresa Caloia, Redford, Mich., and Wanda Blain, Carlisle, Pa./Tammy Smith, Dry Run, Pa., 916. 4, Gwen Barrie, Federal Way, Wash./Delores Wall, Seattle, 914. 5(tie), Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn./Brenda Finstad, Annandale, Minn., and Kathy Rodecap, Noblesville, Ind./Peggy Lamb, Westfield, Ind., 913.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Patricia Barrett, Arlington Heights, Ill., 544. 2, Kris Romain, Madison, Wis., 530. 3, Patricia Drexler Jones, Willis, Mich., 516. 4, Dorothy Apgar, Pen Argyl, Pa., 509. 5, Roxann McNellis, Annandale, Minn., 506.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Kris Romain, Madison, Wis., 1,469. 2, Lisa Irby, Coppell, Texas, 1,440. 3, Kay Czechanski, Two Rivers, Wis., 1,439. 4, Michelle Larson, Cozad, Neb., 1,429. 5, Dorothy Apgar, Pen Argyl, Pa., 1,394.