2008 USBC Women's Championships produces interesting stats at halfway mark


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

    2008USBCWCCantonSuperBowl.jpg The 2008 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships hit the halfway mark this past weekend at Super Bowl Lanes and to this point has produced some interesting statistics.

    Since the April 10 opening, nearly 17,000 bowlers on 3,400 teams have traveled from 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and nine countries.

    Bowling Ball Express (BBE) reports that of all balls being shipped, the average weight is 14 pounds, with 10 pounds being the lightest and just under the USBC maximum weight of 16 pounds being the heaviest. The farthest a ball has traveled is from Puerto Rico, and the greatest number sent by one person has been six.

    Pins are changed every seven days and about 2,400 pins have been used. The Women's Championships lanes are oiled three times a day and between 90 and 100 gallons of Kegel lane conditioner (oil) has been used.

    More than 4,800 team and 7,900 doubles and singles photos have been taken.

    This year a record nine countries have been represented in the tournament, (Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and United Kingdom).

    The high individual game of the tournament was a 297 shot by Jen Richter of Sheboygan, Wis. The high series was a 752 shot by Kari Watson which helped her Bohn Zone Chicks Classic Division team take the lead on April 24.

    Two records were set by senior women. Emma Hendrickson, 99, of Morris County, N.J., tied the record for oldest participant in tournament history. Also, Mini Tvaska, 90, of St. Petersburg, Fla., broke the participation record by attending her 62nd consecutive Women's Championship. She marks the fifth woman so far this year who has participated in 50 or more Women's Championships.

    The last time Detroit hosted the Women's Championships was in 1953. That year 5,000 teams competed and there was a special appearance by movie star Jayne Mansfield which was captured in photos now on display. Mansfield's barefoot ball delivery while wearing a strapless party dress was one of the crowning moments for the tiered crowd seated behind her.

    It's tradition when participating in the Women's Championships for teams to bring and receive five gift bags to exchange with their lane-mates. The bags typically contain items reflecting the givers' home town or state, including t-shirts, pins or other small items.

    Best-selling food items include sandwiches and burgers, with chicken by far the most requested item overall. The total loaves of bread consumed by tournament participants was 672 and 5,040 buns were used. The most desired drink was bottled water, with 2,880 downed.

    Of the many Detroit-area attractions, two popular sightseeing destinations are Dearborn's Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village, and the Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, casinos.

    Looking ahead to the 2009 USBC Women's Championships in Reno, more than 4,300 teams already have registered. The 2010 USBC Women's Championships in El Paso will mark the first time the event will take place in an arena setting.

    "The USBC is implementing a lot of new ideas, many of which have come from the bowlers themselves," said Tournament Manager James Lamb. "A lot of women continue to love this sport and this tournament and we want to give them the best experience possible."

    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, WOW, Hillsboro, N.D., 2,690. 3, Sierra Roofing Supply, Reno Nev., 2,649. 4, Davison Land Surveying, Davison, Mich., 2,647. 5, Beer Factor, Warren, Mich., 2,640.

    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, Kathleen Brooks, Golden Valley, Minn., 629. 2, Brenda Matthews, Stockbridge, Ga., 623. 3, Mary Perunovich, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 608. 4, Ann Marie Schutt, Colona, Ill., 607. 5 (tie), Kim Corey, Carpentersville, Ill., and Michele Dawson, Tampa, Fla., 605.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Brenda Matthews, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,673. 2, Mechelle Nelson, Durand, Mich., 1,671. 3, Lucinda Griggie, Charlotte, N.C., 1,667. 4, Darla Moorhead, Perham, Minn., 1,660. 5, Mary Williams, Roselle, Ill., 1,651.


    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, The Travelers, Chapel Hill, Tenn., 2,368.

    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, Debbie Hook, Cabool, Mo., 1,548. 5, Monica Gray, Charlotte, N.C., 1,541.


    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, Okechobee Girls, Okeechobee, Fla., 2,054. 4, Look N For Trouble, Linwood, Mich., 2,025. 5, Abies Bar + 3, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,995.

    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, Atlas Boyer, Columbus, Miss., 511. 5, Dorothy Apgar, Pen Argyl, Pa., 509.

    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.