New Jersey woman takes Division 1 Singles lead at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    2008USBCWCMichelleStahl.jpg When Michelle Stahl came into the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships she had a couple things on her mind, be competitive, bowl well and have fun.

    Stahl did all of those things and a little bit more Tuesday morning at Super Bowl Lanes. She moved into first place in Division 1 Singles (170-189 average) with a 657 series.

    "I bowled so bad in team and doubles I was just shooting for a 600," said Stahl, a 31-year-old who averages 183.

    The Hillsborough, N.J., native bowled games of 191, 198 and 268. Stahl started her third game on a roll by firing eight strikes in a row, and she needed every little bit of that 268 to take first place by only four pins.

    "I never looked at the standings before I came to bowl today. I've never placed before in the Women's Championships so I didn't think today would be the day," said Stahl, who competed in her fourth USBC Women's Championship. "I'm so shocked right now. After I was done bowling people started coming up to me and saying I took first place. It's just so hard to grasp it all right now."

    The humble spoken Stahl will go back home and celebrate her accomplishment by watching the standings a day at a time.

    "I came into the tournament to just have fun. Its not about the money, I just like to bowl," said Stahl. "Being in first is just an added bonus for me. I won't lie to you, I hope my score does hold up for the rest of the tournament."

    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, Phoenix Rising, Bronx, N.Y., 2,694. 3, WOW, Hillsboro, N.D., 2,690. 4, Let's Do This, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., 2,655. 5, Sierra Roofing Supply, Reno Nev., 2,649.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Judy Bodashefsky, Bowmanville, Ontario./Nora Thornton, Oshawa Ontario., 1,183. 2,(tie) Connie Kus/Jan Hrasch, Palatine, Ill. and Laura Wiltshire, Garden City, Mich./Gayla Barr, Detroit, 1,170. 4, Phyllis Cornell, Charlotte, N.C./ Catherine Barnes, Roanoke, Va., 1,169. 5, Michele Chaney/Kelly Scalici, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,152.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Michelle Stahl, Hillsborough, N.J., 657. 2, Sharon Ryan, Davie, Fla., 653. 3, Star Franzen, Shorewood, Ill. 651. 4, Regina Williams, Wilmington, Del., 642. 5, Janet Smith, Kannapolis, N.C., 639.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Janet Smith, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,820. 2, Renee Saunders, Laurel, Neb., 1,758. 3, Karen Linebaugh, Romulus, Mich., 1,744. 4, Linda Curley, Elgin, Ill., 1,733. 5, Chris Dailey, Camp Hill, Pa., 1,732.


    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, Bermuda Spirit, Warwick, Bermuda, 2,589. 4, 4 Blacks & A Pink, Maryville, Ill., 2,568. 5, Meyers and James, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,556.

    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, Candy Jones, White Plains, Md., 633. 2, Kathleen Brooks, Golden Valley, Minn., 629. 3, Brenda D. Matthews, Stockbridge, Ga., 623. 4(tie), Mary Perunovich, Brooklyn Park, Minn. and Patricia Munoz, Sierra Vista, Ariz. 608.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Brenda D. 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, USBC WBA Classy Ladies #2, Hackensack, N.J., 2,385. 4, Localboyzz Trucking, Bloomington, Ill., 2,382. 5, Just Made Up, Charlotte, N.C., 2,381.

    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(tie), Brenda Schafer, Grass Valley, Calif., and Xiomara Rojas, Bronx, N.Y., 589. 3, Ann Marie Cross, Muskegon, Mich., 588. 4, Donna Noland, Easton, Mo., 573. 5, Jerri King, Ocala, Fla., 569.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Nancy Massengill, Denver, N.C., 1,603. 2, Brenda Schafer, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,582. 3, Donna Wagner, Wessington Springs, S.D., 1,565. 4, Shelly Fera, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 1,550. 5, Debbie Hook, Cabool, Mo., 1,548.


    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, Young & Restless, Baton Rouge, La., 2,057. 4, Okechobee Girls, Okeechobee, Fla., 2,054. 5, Look N For Trouble, Linwood, Mich., 2,025.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Priscilla Quinton/Tirsa DeJong, Olympia, Wash., 937. 2, Beverly Noble, Prairieville, La./Jerry Burdette, Baton Rouge, La., 931. 3, Evie Schoepp, Novato, Calif./Barbara Tarkington, San Rafael, Calif., 926. 4(tie), Robin Pickens, Romulus, Mich./Theresa Caloia, Redford, Mich., and Wanda Blain, Carlisle, Pa./Tammy Smith, Dry Run, Pa., 916.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Patricia Barrett, Arlington Heights, Ill., 544. 2, Kris Romain, Madison, Wis., 530. 3, Penny Graham, Tribune, Kan., 519. 4, Patricia Drexler Jones, Willis, Mich., 516. 5, Atlas Boyer, Columbus, Miss., 511.

    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.