Minnesota team climbs into top spot at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    2006USBCOpenTeam11834.jpg Although Dennis Dicks of Des Moines, Iowa, has bowled 300 before and nearly added another at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Saturday, he only needed a near-perfect performance to help Team 11834 of Waterville, Minn., into the lead in Regular Team at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.

    Dicks, who opened the third game with 10 consecutive strikes and finished with 289, helped the group to an 1,119 final game effort. With 959 and 1,039 in the first two games, Team 11834 finished with 3,117, just passing Macanudos of Duluth, Ga., which held the lead since Feb. 11 with 3,110.

    Mike Longmire led the way for Team 11834 with 669, followed by Dicks (665), Don Breeden (643), Dave Mitchell (621) and Jerry Breeden (519).

    "We knew we had a chance at first place," said Dicks, a 46-year-old carpenter. "It kind of changes your outlook with such a big goal in mind. I can't describe how different it is trying to shoot 300 out here and help your team get into the lead, and I definitely can't be disappointed with how I bowled."

    Ohio bowler shoots 298 to close out singles

    2006USBCOpenJordanSchroeder.jpg Jordan Schroeder of Ottawa, Ohio, just missed posting the fourth perfect game of the 2006 Open Championships, shooting 298 to close out his singles event Sunday.

    Schroeder, who started with games of 223 and 211, left the 5-8 after opening the final game with 11 consecutive strikes. Despite the miscue, Schroeder finished with a 732 series and moved into seventh place in Regular Singles. Janette Piesczynski of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who owns one of the three perfect games at this year's event, leads Regular Singles with 789.

    With advice from his father, who bowled on Thursday and Friday, Schroeder came in with an idea about how to play the lanes, but it was his ability to make quick adjustments that led to his success.

    "My dad gave us a lot of advice about where to play and what to throw, and although it worked during the team event, today I ended up moving inside and started stringing strikes," said Schroeder, who made his second Open Championships appearance and added 622 in doubles and 568 in team for 1,922 all-events. "I love being able to string strikes, and I've been there before, but there's no atmosphere like this one. I got a little fast and missed a little right, and I know you can't do that here. No matter what, I had a great time."

    Minnesota bowler has strong showing in Classified Division

    2006USBCOpenRandSyverson.jpg Bowling on the 7 a.m. doubles and singles squad Sunday, Rand Syverson of Onamia, Minn., struggled in doubles, but a burst of energy helped him into second place in Classified All-Events with 1,774. Billy Haferkamp of Clifton, Texas, leads with 1,788.

    Syverson, who also moved into third place in Classified Singles with games of 231, 200 and 234 for a 665 series, added 626 in team and 483 in doubles. Steve Jacoby of Gowen, Mich., leads Classified Singles with 679.

    "I came in today hoping to shoot well, and it was nice to be able to see my name on the big leaderboard," Syverson said. "It was definitely a little early to be bowling, but once I picked up my speed, the shot was there. I had a couple of breaks, so that helped too."

    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:


    1, Team 11834 (Dave Mitchell, Mike Longmire, Jerry Breeden, Dennis Dicks, Don Breeden), Waterville, Minn., 3,117. 2, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 3,110. 3, Valley Lanes & Rec Center 2, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,104. 4, Columbia Action-Packed, South Barrington, Ill., 3,052. 5, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 3,046. 6 (tie), Rip The Rack, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Allied Traffic Equipment, Murrieta, Calif., 3,043. 8, Old Settlers, Racine, Wis., 3,032. 9, Maguire Tile 2, Lowell, Mich., 3,023. 10, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 3,016.

    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, Bruce Beach, Ottawa, Ohio/Todd Basinger, Bluffton, Ohio, 1,371. 6, Jay Heinzelman, Evansville, Wis./Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis., 1,364. 7, Travis Crittendon, Grand Rapids, Mich./Mike Smith Jr., Lowell, Mich., 1,355. 8, Matt Mariano, Hubbard, Ohio/Robert Alexander, Greenville, Pa., 1,348. 9, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill./Scott Gillenwater, New Lenox, Ill., 1,342. 10, Benjamin Hines III, Columbus, Ind./Scott Christian, New Albany, Ind., 1,333.

    1, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 2, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 788. 3, Joe Conrad, Melrose Park, Ill., 761. 4, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 750. 5, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 748. 6, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 7, Jordan Schroeder, Ottawa, Ohio., 732. 8, Leonard Ruiz, Diamond Bar, Calif., 731. 9, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 727. 10 (tie), Norm Loescher, Russel Township, Ohio, and Andrew Werner Jr., Gaithersburg, Md., 720.

    1, Dave Hewitt, Fremont,Calif., 2,130. 2, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 2,117. 3, Leonard Ruiz, Diamond Bar, Calif., 2,105. 4, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,061. 5, Ricky Corona, Yorba Linda, Calif., 2,029. 6, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 2,027. 7, Jason Polreis, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,014. 8, Mike Smith Jr., Lowell, Mich., 2,003. 9 (tie), Jerry Anderson, Dupo, Ill., and Benjamin Hines III, Columbus, Ind., 1,999.

    Team All-Events
    1, Hewitt's Hurlers (Curtis Cole, Dana Criswell, Dave Wijtman, Gary Ekman, Dave Hewitt), Reno, Nev., 9,686. 2, Maguire Tile 2, Lowell, Mich., 9,358. 3, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 9,354. 4, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 9,293. 5, Columbia Action-Packed, South Barrington, Ill., 9,253. 6, Beltoya's Pro Shop, Racine, Wis., 9,241. 7, Ten Pin Alley 2, Madison, Wis., 9,202. 8, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,145. 9, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 9,141. 10, Team Vise Az, Tuscon, Ariz., 9,140.


    1, Suburban Lanes (Gary Mead, Rodney Blehm, Mike Godfrey, Shane Vanderpool, Dale Vanderpool), Meade, Kan., 2,851. 2, Double D Statuary, Odem, Texas, 2,699. 3, Rainbow Rollers, McAllen, Texas, 2,697. 4, The Wacouns, Waco, Texas, 2,687. 5, Puppy Trails Kennel, Monroe, La., 2,672. 6, Bayview Bar and Grill 1, Isle, Minn., 2,668. 7, Mitchell Surgical, Mitchell, S.D., 2,659. 8, Sorcerers 1, San Antonio, 2,653. 9, No Weak Links, Gaffney, S.C., 2,642. 10 (tie), Fun Bunch, El Campo, Texas, and Town & Country, Sterling, N.D., 2,622.

    1, Steve Wade, Waco, Texas/Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,162. 2, Jeremy Hartpence/Steve Wedige, Lincoln, Neb., 1,156. 3, Christopher Koecher, Portland, Texas/John Hammersmith, Horton, Kan., 1,147. 4, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn/Caleb Baer, Princeton, Minn., 1,138. 5, Curt Hoffman, Benedict, Neb./Kevin Hoffman, Bradshaw, Neb., 1,123. 6, Chris Milligan, Mansfield, Texas/Ellen Chapman, Denton, Texas, 1,122. 7, Joseph Jellots, Starkville, Miss./Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,120. 8 (tie), Craig Kenyon, Hardin, Mont./Leroy Melville, Hardin, Mont. and Mark Rippen II, China Spring, Texas/Prentice Cross, Waco, Texas, 1,118. 10, Lisa Pounds, Shawnee Mission, Kan./Wayne Greenlee, Overland Park, Kan., 1,116.

    1, Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., 679. 2, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 675. 3, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 665. 4, Aaron Biagioni, Ottawa, Ill., 661. 5, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 637. 6, Lazarus, Aiken, Sioux Falls, S.D., 632. 7, Suzanne Guzik, Cedar Creek, Texas, 628. 8, Michael Bergstrom, El Campo, Texas, 624. 9, Wayne Mayon, Morgan City, La., 619. 10, Tom Kim, Fairfax Station, Va., 613.

    1, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,788. 2, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 1,774. 3, Lonnie Trevino, McAllen, Texas, 1,748. 4, Frank Goff Jr., Kingsville, Texas, 1,735. 5, Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,729. 6, Robert Cerny, Wharton, Texas, 1,728. 7, Gayland Frye, Green River, Wyo., 1,701. 8, Christopher Koecher, Portland, Texas, 1,691. 9, Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., 1,686. 10, Nekia Hayes, Belleville, Mich., 1,677.