USBC Women's Championships concludes 88-day run


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

    The 92nd United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships drew to a close Sunday at Super Bowl Lanes concluding the 88-day event which crowned champions in 20 events.

    2008USBCWCBohnZoneChicks.jpg With the help of a tournament high 752 series by Kari Watson, the Bohn Zone Chicks, won Classic Team with a 3,171 total. Other team performances included Kristin Nieter (632), Leslie Bohn (628), Chrissie Kent (589) and Laura Starbuck (570).

    2008USBCWCLizJohnson.jpg Liz Johnson (right) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., the 2007 U.S. Women's Open Champion, added another title to an already impressive resume. She won Classic All-Events with a 2,113 total, resulting from her scores of 699 for team, 708 in doubles, and 706 for singles.

    2008USBCWCCorrineHam.jpg Corrine Ham (left) of Cocoa, Fla., has waited over 15 years for a Women's Championship crown and it finally came. Ham moved into the lead in Classic Singles on April 25 with a 736 series (278, 236, 222) to beat Jennifer Murphy of Clarksville, Tenn., by one pin.

    "I have goose bumps right now. This is one of the highest honors I have ever received and by far the most exciting," said Ham. "I can't say I practiced physically more this year than in the past, but I can say I practiced more mentally. My mind was in it the whole time. It feels great to finally say all of the hard work has paid off."

    2008USBCWCGinaDaroszewskiJillAlbrecht.jpg Wisconsin bowlers Gina Daroszewski and Jill Albrecht earned the Classic Doubles crown with their 1,445 total. Daroszewski, of Franklin, fired a 748 series (233, 267, 248), while Albrecht, of Wind Lake, shot 697 (192, 259, 246). Their combined second game of 526 placed them third overall for highest doubles team game in the history of the USBC Women's Championships.

    Team High Hopes from La Mesa, Calif., won Division I team with 2,696. The team was led by Sunae Moree (662), followed by Maria Bacos (562), Jeanie Schmidt (516), Amy Gottlieb (501) and Wendy Brown (455).

    Illinois natives Betty Tucker of Chicago and Lila Newman-Davis of Dolton won Division 1 Doubles with a 1,227 total. Newman-Davis had a 615 series while Tucker contributed 612.

    Michelle Stahl's 657 in Division 1 Singles landed the Hillsborough, N.J., resident top honors, with a 191, 198, and 268 series. Kannapolis, N.C.'s Janet Smith secured a strong All-Events finish with her 1,820 total (585, 596, 639).

    A field of 7,330 five-player teams competed (more 36,500 bowlers) plus other friends and family members who poured an estimated $40 million into the Detroit area economy. Those bowlers came from all 50 states and a record nine foreign countries.

    Countries in addition to the U.S. represented in the Women's Championships were: Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

    2008USBCWCMiniTvaska62ndparticipation_small.jpg Two notable records were set by seniors. Mini Tvaska, right, 90, of St. Petersburg, Fla., broke the participation record by attending her 62nd consecutive Women's Championship. Emma Hendrickson, 99, of Morris County, N.J., tied the record for oldest participant in tournament history. She matched Ethel Brunnick of Santa Monica, Calif., who competed at 99 in 1987.

    The high individual game of the tournament was a 297 shot by Jen Richter of Sheboygan, Wis., which was shot on May 23.

    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, Ind., 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, Coral Lanes II, Nelsonville, Ohio., 2,695. 3, Phoenix Rising, Bronx, N.Y., 2,694. 4, WOW, Hillsboro, N.D., 2,690. 5, Girlfriends, Rochester Hills, Mich., 2,675.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Betty Tucker, Chicago/Lila Newman-David, Dolton, Ill., 1,227. 2, Judy Bodashefsky, Bowmanville, Ontario/Nora Thornton, Oshawa Ontario, 1,183. 3(tie), Tina Riedl, Brookfield, Ill./Sharon Klepacz, Darien Ill., and Lucille Coulombe, Cicero, Ill./Dawn Malewski, Oak Forest, Ill., 1,179. 5, Jacqui Simpson, Gary, Ind./Sheila Kincaid, Calumet City, Ill., 1,177.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Michelle Stahl, Hillsborough, N.J., 657. 2, Sharon Ryan, Davie, Fla., 653. 3, Martha Slaughter, Rochester Hills, Mich., 652. 4, Star Franzen, Shorewood, Ill. 651. 5, Regina Williams, Wilmington, Del., 642.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Janet Smith, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,820. 2, Valerie Carrillo, Montebello, Calif., 1,805. 3, Renee Saunders, Laurel, Neb., 1,758. 4, Diana Winningham, Orrum, N.C., 1,754. 5, Karen Linebaugh, Romulus, Mich., 1,744.


    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, Jenny Oliver, Palmer Lake, Colo./Stephanie Hamric, Peyton, Colo., 1,133. 3, Honey Juliano, Davie, Fla./Sherry Genuth, North Miami Beach, Fla., 1,132. 4, Melanie Moore/April Lemieux, Sacramento, Calif., 1,130. 5, Kate McClain/Bootnie Gray, Charlotte, N.C., 1,127.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Candy Jones, White Plains, Md., 633. 2, Kathleen Brooks, Golden Valley, Minn., 629. 3, Brenda Matthews, Stockbridge, Ga., 623. 4, Alicia Waters, Sheridan, Mich., 619. 5(tie), Mary Perunovich, Brooklyn Park, Minn. and Patricia Munoz, Sierra Vista, Ariz. 608.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Connie Beckwith, Howe, Ind., 1,675. 2, Brenda Matthews, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,673. 3, Mechelle Nelson, Durand, Mich., 1,671. 4, Lucinda Griggie, Charlotte, N.C., 1,667. 5, Nancy Burrow, Little Rock, Ark., 1,661.


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Sassy Ladies I (Sonya Ashby, Goldie Henley, Annette Gudson, Audrey Greenlee, Dawanna Lynn), Hampton, Va., 2,450. 2, Michael B's Foxie Ladies, Romulus, Mich., 2,409. 3, Westbrook VFW, Westbrook, Minn., 2,392. 4, USBC WBA Classy Ladies #2, Hackensack, N.J., 2,385. 5, Localboyzz Trucking, Bloomington, Ill., 2,382.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Leanne Marlow, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich./Laurie Clarida, Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, 1,085. 2, Geneva Billings, Bluefield, Va./Rhonda Blankenship, Princeton, W.Va., 1,082. 3, Dee Martin, Spokane, Wash./Sandy Taylor, Cedar City, Utah., 1,056. 4, Donna Benson, Mancelona, Mich./Elizabeth Allison, Alden, Mich., 1,045. 5, Evie Merchant, San Antonio, Texas/Misty Ervin Johns, Adkins, Texas., 1,044.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1(tie), Brenda Schafer, Grass Valley, Calif., and Xiomara Rojas, Bronx, N.Y., 589. 3, Donna Noland, Easton, Mo., 573. 4, Reginia Haynes, Hampton, Va., 572. 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, Nothin' But Fun (Barbara Philbrick, Dianne Chadbourne, Linda Higgins, Connie Bogan, Ann Duperry), Newburgh, Maine, 2,084. 2, Stinky's, Pandora, Ohio., 2,065. 3, Salisbury Mechanical SVC, Gardners, Pa., 2,064. 4, Young & Restless, Baton Rouge, La., 2,057. 5(tie), DL Styling, Loveland, Colo. and Okechobee Girls, Okeechobee, Fla., 2,054.

    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,(tie) Margaret Brown, Phoenix and 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, Christine Rabalais, Prairieville, La., 1,411.