Reno teams shake up leaderboards at USBC Open Championships

    02/25/06

    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    2006USBCOpenLogo.jpg Although Dave Hewitt of Fremont, Calif., missed two spares to open his singles event Thursday, he quickly regrouped and strung together enough strikes to take the lead in Regular All-Events and move into second place in Regular Singles at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    Hewitt, who followed up his two misses with nine consecutive strikes, finished singles with games of 255, 266 and 267 for 788 and added 743 in doubles and 599 in team to take over the top spot in Regular All-Events with 2,130. Janette Piesczynski of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who owns the only perfect game of this year's event, leads Regular Singles with 789.

    "I bowl a lot of tournaments, so I know that when I make a mistake, I just need to move past it," Hewitt said. "The lanes were nice and they played just like the graphs said. Even though I started singles with two opens, I was confident that I could string some strikes, and I did."

    Hewitt, a 52-year-old right-hander, comes to the Open Championships each year as part of a 10-person group. On Wednesday, half of the group, Oxford Motel of Reno, Nev., moved into third place in Regular Team with 3,046, but Hewitt and his teammates refused to be outdone.

    With Hewitt leading the way, Hewitt's Hurlers of Reno, Nev., took the lead in Team All-Events with 9,686 Thursday, which is 332 pins better than previous leader Macanudos of Duluth, Ga., which led since Feb. 12 with 9,354. Oxford Motel is third with 9,293.

    Dana Criswell contributed 1,973 for Hewitt's Hurlers, followed by Gary Ekman (1,946), Curtis Cole (1,888) and Dave Wijtman (1,749).

    Criswell and Ekman also moved into second place in Regular Doubles with 1,381, while Hewitt and Larry Cooper, who bowled with Oxford Motel, slipped into third with 1,376. Oxford Motel's Anthony Thompson of Redding, Calif., moved into fourth place in Regular Singles with 748 and fifth place in Regular All-Events with 2,027.

    "I love this tournament and I love coming every year, and the overall feeling I'm leaving with couldn't be any better," Hewitt said. "I really enjoy going to a different place every year and it's a good opportunity for the 10 of us to travel and bowl together. These guys are like my family."


    Michigan man takes lead in Classified Singles

    Steve Jacoby of Gowen, Mich., posted the highest series of his life to move into the lead in Classified Singles with 679 Thursday at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.

    The 53-year-old used games of 267, 188 and 224 to slip past USBC board member Darlene Baker of Mahomet, Ill., who led the event since Feb. 12 with 675.

    Jacoby added 599 in doubles and 408 in team to move into sixth place in Classified All-Events with 1,686. Billy Haferkamp of Clifton, Texas, leads with 1,788.

    "I just come to this tournament to have a good time and see a new place every year," said Jacoby, who averaged 160.7 in nine previous tournament appearances. "It's not about the money or winning. I usually just try to hit my average, and today was just a really good day."

    Presenting sponsors for the 2006 USBC Open Championships are Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Texas State Aquarium, Majestic Ventures Yacht Charters, Inc., USS Lexington Museum and Texas Treasure Casino Cruises.


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls:

    REGULAR DIVISION

    Team
    1, Macanudos (Dan Smith, Lisa Wagner, Ed Ilano, Randy Russell, Chad Pierce), Duluth, Ga., 3,110. 2, Valley Lanes & Rec Center 2, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,104. 3, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 3,046. 4 (tie), Rip The Rack, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Allied Traffic Equipment, Murrieta, Calif., 3,043. 6, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 3,016. 7 (tie), Gene's Pro Shop, Petaluma, Calif., and Salem Bowl, St. Charles, Mo., 2,993. 9, Right Approach 1, Charlotte, N.C., 2,972. 10, A-Z Rental, Pekin, Ill., 2,964.

    Doubles
    1, Joe Baker, Billings, Mo./Jeff Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 1,399. 2, Dana Criswell/Gary Ekman, Fremont, Calif., 1,381. 3, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif./Larry Cooper, Reno, Nev., 1,376. 4, Wes Godwin, Monroe, N.C./John May, Iron Station, N.C., 1,372. 5, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill./Scott Gillenwater, New Lenox, Ill., 1,342. 6, Chico Aguon,Clarksville, Tenn./Kevin Jones, Oak Grove, Kent., 1,308. 7, Eric Johns, Niagra Falls, N.Y./Chris Jufer, North Tonowanda, N.Y., 1,306. 8 (tie), Howard Babbitt Jr., Millerton, N.Y./Barney Tuttle, Rhinebeck, N.Y., and Curtis Cole, Redding, Calif./Dave Wijtman, Santa Clara, Calif., 1,303. 10, Roy Turner, Stoutsville, Mo./Jeff Schaeffer, St. Charles, Mo., 1,298.

    Singles
    1, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 2, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 788. 3, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 750. 4, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 748. 5, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 6, Norm Loescher, Russel Township, Ohio, 720. 7 (tie), Wade Shromoff, Andover, Minn., Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., and Ricky Corona, Yorba Linda, Calif., 717. 10, Jason Tehee, Fresno, Calif., 716.

    All-Events
    1, Dave Hewitt, Fremont,Calif., 2,130. 2, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 2,117. 3, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,061. 4, Ricky Corona, Yorba Linda, Calif., 2,029. 5, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 2,027. 6, Jason Polreis, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,014. 7, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,988. 8, Billy Rohde, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,987. 9, Joe Baker, Billings, Mo., 1,985. 10, Wes Godwin, Monroe, N.C., 1,983.

    Team All-Events
    1, Hewitt's Hurlers (Curtis Cole, Dana Criswell, Dave Wijtman, Gary Ekman, Dave Hewitt), Reno, Nev., 9,686. 2, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 9,354. 3, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 9,293. 4, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 9,141. 5, Team Vise Az, Tuscon, Ariz., 9,140. 6, Gene's Pro Shop, Petaluma, Calif., 9,127. 7, Salem Bowl, St. Charles, Mo., 9,120. 8, Rip The Rack, Maryland Heights, Mo., 9,115. 9, Valley Lanes & Rec Center 2, Sioux Falls, S.D., 9,092. 10, Rolling Thunder 1, Lawrenceville, Ga., 9,082.


    CLASSIFIED DIVISION

    Team
    1, Double D Statuary (Donna Reyckert, David Reyckert, Juan Leal, Frank Lemon, Carlos Budd), Odem, Texas, 2,699. 2, Rainbow Rollers, McAllen, Texas, 2,697. 3, The Wacouns, Waco, Texas, 2,687. 4, Puppy Trails Kennel, Monroe, La., 2,672. 5, Sorcerers 1, San Antonio, 2,653. 6, No Weak Links, Gaffney, S.C., 2,642. 7, Fun Bunch, El Campo, Texas, 2,622. 8, Thomae Lumber 2, Laurel, Mont., 2,616. 9, Otte's Propane Inc., Morse Bluff, Neb., 2,614. 10, Faribault Foods, Cokato, Minn., 2,609.

    Doubles
    1, Steve Wade, Waco, Texas/Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,162. 2, Jeremy Hartpence/Steve Wedige, Lincoln, Neb., 1,156. 3, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn/Caleb Baer, Princeton, Minn., 1,138. 4, Curt Hoffman, Benedict, Neb./Kevin Hoffman, Bradshaw, Neb., 1,123. 5, Chris Milligan, Mansfield, Texas/Ellen Chapman, Denton, Texas, 1,122. 6, Joseph Jellots, Starkville, Miss./Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,120. 7 (tie), Craig Kenyon, Hardin, Mont./Leroy Melville, Hardin, Mont. and Mark Rippen II, China Spring, Texas/Prentice Cross, Waco, Texas, 1,118. 9, Lisa Pounds, Shawnee Mission, Kan./Wayne Greenlee, Overland Park, Kan., 1,116. 10, Dennis India, Barrington, Ill./Kenneth Bania, Algonquin, Ill., 1,113.

    Singles
    1, Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., 679. 2, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 675. 3, Aaron Biagioni, Ottawa, Ill., 661. 4, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 637. 5, Lazarus, Aiken, Sioux Falls, S.D., 632. 6, Suzanne Guzik, Cedar Creek, Texas, 628. 7, Michael Bergstrom, El Campo, Texas, 624. 8, Wayne Mayon, Morgan City, La., 619. 9, Tom Kim, Fairfax Station, Va., 613. 10, Al Hack, Tinley Park, Ill., 612.

    All-Events
    1, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,788. 2, Lonnie Trevino, McAllen, Texas, 1,748. 3, Frank Goff Jr., Kingsville, Texas, 1,735. 4, Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,729. 5, Robert Cerny, Wharton, Texas, 1,728. 6, Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., 1,686. 7, Nekia Hayes, Belleville, Mich., 1,677. 8, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 1,675. 9, Tom Kim, Fairfax Station, Va., 1,671. 10, John Moore, Houston, 1,664.