California team raises the bar at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    2006USBCOpenChampionsBowling.jpg Last year, Tennelle Milligan of Costa Mesa, Calif., won one of the most prestigious women's titles in bowling. Now, she's looking to add a United States Bowling Congress Open Championships title to her resume.

    Milligan, who won the Women's International Bowling Congress Queens (now USBC Queens) last May, led Champions Bowling of Sacramento, Calif., into the Regular Team lead with 3,319 on Sunday night at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.

    The team opened with games of 1,074 and 1,101 before closing with 1,144, the highest team game of this year's event, to take over the top spot from Team 11834 of Waterville, Minn., which led with 3,117.

    "We have good team chemistry," said Milligan, who won the Professional Women's Bowling Association Players Championship and U.S. Open in 2000. "We work well together and move off each other. If somebody is struggling we turn around and pick them right back up."

    Champions Bowling became the second team to eclipse the 3,300 mark at the Open Championships (formerly the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament) since 2002, and the effort was the highest team score recorded since all teams began bowling on fresh oil in 2003. KR Strikeforce of Decatur, Ill., owns the other 3,300, shooting 3,302 to claim the Regular Team title last year in Baton Rouge, La.

    Robby Porter
    led the way for Champions Bowling with 734, followed by Doug Wilcox (706), Tennelle Milligan (657), Robby Callan (627) and Jason Milligan (595).

    Milligan, a Team USA member in 1999, added 714 in doubles and 660 in singles to move into sixth place in Regular All-Events with 2,031. The rest of her Champions Bowling team will make a run at the Team All-Events lead late Monday night.

    "We all grew up in junior bowling together," Milligan said. "But now we're a little spread out over California, so it's even more special when we all come together to bowl in this tournament."

    On the same squad as Champions Bowling, two other teams closed in on the top spot. Breakpoint Pro Shop 2 of Fargo, N.D., which shot 1,137 in its final game, finished with 3,242 and moved into second place. Companion team Breakpoint Pro Shop 1 of Fargo, N.D., posted a 3,127 to move into third.

    Chicago bowler fires fourth perfect game

    2006USBCOpenDanLyman.jpg With his father watching from home on the Web cam, Dan Lyman Jr. of Chicago became the fourth bowler to fire a 300 game at the 2006 Open Championships.

    "I knew my dad could see it on the Web cam," the 27-year-old left-hander said. "I can picture him pacing back and forth in the basement, clicking refresh every minute. It would have been a lot better to have him out here, but I can't wait to go home and give him a big hug."

    Lyman, who opened singles with 237 and closed with 224 after shooting 300, moved into a tie for third place in Regular Singles with 761. He also posted 709 in team and 625 in doubles to take over fourth place in Regular All-Events with 2,095.

    Janette Piesczynski of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who owns one of this year's four perfect games, leads Regular Singles with 789, while Dave Hewitt of Fremont, Calif., leads Regular All-Events with 2,130.

    "I didn't feel like I needed a big adjustment after team event," said Lyman, who works as a salesman. "I moved in a little and made sure to keep my ball speed up for good, solid carry."

    West Coast Duo moves into Classified Doubles Lead

    2006USBCOpenStephensMitchell.jpg Kevin Mitchell (right) of Millbrae, Calif., and Robert Stephens of San Francisco teamed up to take the lead in Classified Doubles with 1,214 Sunday night.

    Mitchell led the way with 623, while Stephens contributed 591. Stephens added 581 in team and 513 in singles to move into 10th place in Classified All-Events with 1,685.

    "We've technically been bowling together for almost 35 years, but this is the first time we've bowled together in this tournament," Mitchell added. "It's been on and off, but now that we're back together it's paying off. We're in the lead and we're happy."

    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, Champions Bowling (Jason Milligan, Doug Wilcox, Tennelle Milligan, Robby Callan, Robby Porter), Sacramento, Calif., 3,319. 2, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Fargo, N.D., 3,242. 3, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Fargo, N.D., 3,127. 4, Team 11834, Waterville, Minn., 3,117. 5, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 3,110. 6, Valley Lanes & Rec Center 2, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,104. 7, Columbia Action-Packed, South Barrington, Ill., 3,052. 8, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 3,046. 9 (tie), Rip The Rack, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Allied Traffic Equipment, Murrieta, Calif., 3,043.

    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 (tie), Joe Conrad, Melrose Park, Ill., and Dan Lyman Jr., Chicago, 761. 5, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 750. 6, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 748. 7, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 8, Jordan Schroeder, Ottawa, Ohio, 732. 9, Leonard Ruiz, Diamond Bar, Calif., 731. 10 (tie), David Scardaville, Houston, and Eric Ford, Rushville, Ill., 727.

    1, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 2,130. 2, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 2,117. 3, Leonard Ruiz, Diamond Bar, Calif., 2,105. 4, Dan Lyman Jr., Chicago, 2,095. 5, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,061. 6, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,031. 7, Jeff Smith, Little Falls, Minn., 2,030. 8, Ricky Corona, Yorba Linda, Calif., 2,029. 9, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 2,027. 10, Anthony Jovanovich, De Kalb, Ill., 2,019.

    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, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Fargo, N.D., 9,330. 5, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 9,293. 6, Columbia Action-Packed, South Barrington, Ill., 9,253. 7, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Fargo, N.D., 9,252. 8, Beltoya's Pro Shop, Racine, Wis., 9,241. 9, Team 11834, Waterville, Minn., 9,218. 10, Ten Pin Alley 2, Madison, Wis., 9,202.


    1, Suburban Lanes (Gary Mead, Rodney Blehm, Mike Godfrey, Shane Vanderpool, Dale Vanderpool), Meade, Kan., 2,851. 2, Sandhills Rollers 2, Aberdeen, N.C., 2,735. 3, Double D Statuary, Odem, Texas, 2,699. 4, Rainbow Rollers, McAllen, Texas, 2,697. 5, The Wacouns, Waco, Texas, 2,687. 6, Puppy Trails Kennel, Monroe, La., 2,672. 7, Bayview Bar and Grill 1, Isle, Minn., 2,668. 8, Mitchell Surgical, Mitchell, S.D., 2,659. 9, Sorcerers 1, San Antonio, 2,653. 10, No Weak Links, Gaffney, S.C., 2,642.

    1, Kevin Mitchell, Millbrae, Calif./Robert Stephens, San Francisco, Calif., 1,214. 2, Fernando Cahue, Orland Park, Ill./Art Schmitt, Palos Park, Ill., 1,185. 3, Steve Wade, Waco, Texas/Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,162. 4, Jeremy Hartpence/Steve Wedige, Lincoln, Neb., 1,156. 5, Christopher Koecher, Portland, Texas/John Hammersmith, Horton, Kan., 1,147. 6, Radi Cohanim, Beverly Hills, Calif./Matthew Risch, North Hollywood, Calif., 1,144. 7, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Caleb Baer, Princeton, Minn., 1,138. 8, Curt Hoffman, Benedict, Neb./Kevin Hoffman, Bradshaw, Neb., 1,123. 9, Chris Milligan, Mansfield, Texas/Ellen Chapman, Denton, Texas, 1,122. 10, Joseph Jellots, Starkville, Miss./Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,120.

    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, Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 1,685.