Romeo's big series helps team into classic lead at USBC Women's Championships


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    Sisters take over lead in Classic Doubles

    2009USBCWCRobinRomeo.jpgRobin Romeo (pictured left) fired the second highest individual series in tournament history as she led Alpha Pool Plastering of Newhall, Calif., into the lead in Classic Team on Wednesday at the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    Romeo became just the third woman to break the 800 barrier at the Women's Championships, shooting an 805 series at the National Bowling Stadium and propelled her team to a 3,286 total, the second highest team score in the 90-year history of the tournament. Together Once Again of North Richland Hills, Texas, shot 3,350 in 2006 to set the record.

    A 16-time professional champion and USBC Hall of Famer, Romeo paced her team with games of 280, 280 and 245. Needing a strike on her second shot in the final frame to break the all-time series record, Romeo left a light 7 pin and fell just short. Kendra Gaines set the record in 2000 with 812.

    "I was really hoping to bowl well for the team today," Romeo said. "My heart was definitely beating faster going into those final frames, but I was more nervous on how the team was doing rather than me as an individual. But it's definitely more fun when we're all bowling well."

    2009USBCWCAlphaPoolPlastering.jpgRomeo was joined on the team by fellow USBC Hall of Famers Carol Norman, who fired a 648 series, and Jeanne Naccarato, who shot 626. Donna Conners added 625 and Beth Owen Cipielweski shot 582.

    L-R Carol Norman, Beth Owen Cipielewski, Robin Romeo, Donna Conners and Jeanne Naccarato.

    Although this collective group has won a handful of Women's Championships titles in various events over the years, they know it would be special to collect another title after five years of competing together.

    "Winning this title with this team would mean everything," Romeo said. "Bowling well, having fun and hopefully winning a team title with this group of girls would make it extra sweet."

    The team also bowled with a little extra motivation. Norman's mother, Loretta, passed away two weeks ago and the team remembered her by wearing the initials CLN embroidered on the back of their shirts.

    "When she passed away, our initial thoughts were to skip the tournament," Norman said. "Then we thought how she would have felt if we missed the tournament because of her, and she would have definitely kicked our butts. We competed in her honor today."


    Sisters take over lead in Classic Doubles

    2009USBCWCLeslieBohnChrissieKent.jpgSeeing the names Bohn and Kent at the top of a leader board is a common occurrence at any Professional Bowlers Association tournament. At the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships, Leslie Bohn of Jackson, N.J., and Chrissie Kent of Newark, N.Y., continue to prove that the bowling is not only left up to their superstar husbands.

    At the National Bowling Stadium on Wednesday, Bohn and Kent jumped into the lead in Classic Doubles (combined averages of 379 and over) with a total of 1,291.

    Bohn and Kent are not only members of the 2008 Classic Division team champions, the Bohn Zone Chicks, but sisters as well.

    "It's exciting to be at the top with my sister," said Kent, wife of PBA star Doug Kent. "We've bowled together for so many years as doubles partners, so it's fun to see our name at the top."

    "You always hope you can put it all together," said Bohn, wife of PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III. "The fact that I'm leading doubles with my sister makes it very special."

    Both women are extremely supportive and proud of their husband's accomplishments throughout their PBA careers, but enjoy just as much seeing those same names on the Women's Championships leader board.

    "It's nice to see Bohn and Kent at the top, and it be female for a change," joked Kent.

    Bohn put together games of 257, 203 and 232 for a 692 series in doubles, with Kent bowling 153, 231 and 215 for a 599.

     Presenting sponsors for the 2009 USBC Women's Championships are Eldorado Hotel Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Harrah's Hotel and Casino, Club Cal Neva, and Storm Products Inc.


    2009 USBC Women's Championships

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (March 28 - July 5, 2009)


    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Alpha Pool Plastering (Jeanne Naccarato, Donna Conners, Beth Owen Cipielewski, Carol Norman, Robin Romeo), Newhall, Calif., 3,286. 2, Capri Lanes/Shotmakers, Dayton, Ohio, 3,042. 3, U Can Bowl 2, Austin, Texas, 3,020. 4, Barry Ashers Embroidery, Arlington, Texas, 3,015. 5, Magic Of The Southwest, Slidell, La., 2,962.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Chrissie Kent, Newark, N.Y./Leslie Bohn, Jackson, N.J., 1,291. 2, Samantha Williams, Hunt Valley, Md./Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1,276. 3, Lori Wilkinson, Temecula, Calif./Lisa Nissen, Lakeside, Calif., 1,237. 4, Kristin Nieter, Homewood, Ill./Kari Watson, Kettering, Ohio, 1,227. 5, Brandi Hawkins, Boise, Idaho/Dawn Johannessen, Dixon, Calif., 1,212.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Christina Perez, Centralia, Wash., 706. 2, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 703. 3, Lindsey Siegel, Gurnee, Ill., 684. 4,Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, 678. 5, Christine Stevens, Renton, Wash., 662.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Gina Moura, Antioch, Calif., 1,891. 2, Tammy Sibley, Tehachapi, Calif., 1,824. 3, Tammy Lewis, San Jose, Calif., 1,801. 4, Rosie Soto, Hailey, Idaho, 1,782. 5, Jamie Beard, Centerville, Ohio, 1,780.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Dale's Weston Lanes (Joan Foster, Lynn Lehrmann, Kristine Beckley, Suzanne Soderberg, Dawn Thayer), Wausau, Wis., 2,696. 2, So Wheres Dinner, Pacifica, Calif., 2,680. 3, California Striking Divas, San Diego, 2,669. 4, Team Powerball 1, Daly City, Calif., 2,657. 5, Hawaiian Punch, Kapolei, Hawaii, 2,626.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Carolyn Oshiro, Honolulu/Janet Tabata, Hon, Hawaii, 1,145. 2, Jenifer Teper, West Valley City, Utah/Cindy Bertolina, San Diego, 1,131. 3, Heidi Banjoff, Sheffield Lake, Ohio/Beth Pranckunas, Lorain, Ohio, 1,122. 4, Amy Garrison/Colleen Baldock, Hayward, Calif., 1,121. 5, Kelly Dix, Newport News, Va./Estelle Wilson, Gloucester, Va., 1,119.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 668. 2, Sandie Ruskey, Everett, Wash., 640. 3, Lisa Ristau, Clarkston, Wash., 624. 4, Gwyn McClintock, Brighton, Mich., 623. 5, Hazel Pettit, Daly City, Calif., 622.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Rowena DeMesa, Daly City, Calif., 1,781. 2, Jodi Jones, Glendale, Calif., 1,763. 3, Hazel Pettit, Daly City, Calif., 1,762. 4, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 1,735. 5, Janet Tabata, Honolulu, 1,708.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (746-845 average)
    1, A Family Affair (Pat Walker, Brenda Probst, Sue Pagan, Dianna Kryzer, Sherill Borgstahl), Faribault, Minn., 2,556. 2, Murrey Girls, Elkton, Ky., 2,541. 3, Roadrunners, San Jose, Calif., 2,531. 4, Evergreen Woodcraft, Renton, Wash., 2,521. 5, Grandmas Girls, Fremont, Neb., 2,519.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Michele Anderson, Arlington, Texas/Aldaria Brown, Harbor City, Calif., 1,150. 2, Amanda Schlegel, Dayton, Ohio/Carmen Grey, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 1,077. 3, Michelle Post/Donna Keyser, Wakeeny, Kan., 1,073. 4, Janice Barnhill, Social Circle, Ga./Teresa Alexander, Conyers, Ga., 1,063. 5 (tie), Betsy Lehman, Fort Morgan, Colo./Ann Gremel, Glenwood Springs, Colo. and Pearlie Foster/Brenda Scales, San Diego, 1,061.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Nedra Cooper, Colton, Calif., 590. 2, Marilyn McCreary, Saline, Mich., 589. 3, Diane Nelson, Draper, Utah, 587. 4, Kelly Bell, Akron, Pa., 585. 5, Paula Huffer, Circleville, Ohio, 580.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Michelle Post, Wakeeney, Kan., 1,652. 2, Jayne Sonognini-Thurston, Keizer, Ore., 1,650. 3 (tie), Kathy MacDonald, Commerce Township, Mich., and Sherill Borgstahl, Faribault, Minn., 1,647. 5, Meg Peterson, Big Lake, Minn., 1,639.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Friendship Squad-F (Joyce Arbogast, Nettie Miller, Jewell Hutchison, Virginia Priestman, Michelle Schirer), 2,382. 2, Keyser True Value, Wakeeney, Kan., 2,364. 3, Tornadoes-4 Square, Glencoe, Minn., 2,361. 4, Friendship Squad-L, Fredonia, Kan., 2,303. 5, Gutter Gals, Port Ludlow, Wash., 2,302.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Pam R. Graham/Debbie Graham, Albany Ore., 1,043. 2, Christine Cotey/Melissa Cook, Elma, Wash., 1,017. 3, Leanne Watson/Susan Herron, Incline Village, Nev., 1,015. 4, Valerie Hathaway, Shelley, Idaho/Brenda Mosbrucker, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 1,002. 5, Kim Stark/Pamela Zindel, Wichita, Kan., 1,000.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Judy Barnett, Lemoore, Calif., 553. 2, Cindy Nerison, Maplewood, Minn., 550. 3, Stacey Culver, Howard City, Mich., 547. 4, Audrey Payton, Minden, La., 545. 5, Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 542.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 1,534. 2, Pam R. Graham, Albany, Ore., 1,506. 3, Kathy Kalis, Conyers, Ga., 1,498. 4, Lillian Hawkins, Newman, Ga., 1,495. 5, Lisa Lunsford, Reno, Nev., 1,490.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Texas Tornados (Kerri Niemeyer, Wendy Goodnight, Kim Mitchell, Jacqueline Langlinais, Jean Burns), Lorena, Texas, 2,064. 2, Ten Pins, Anoka, Minn., 2,024. 3, Comfort Inn, Manderson, Wyo., 2,018. 4, Dan Loose Pools, Reno, Nev., 1,989. 5, Foxy Ladies, Harbor, Ore., 1,970.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Tracey A. Reed, Sherman, Texas/Evelyn Green, Irving, Texas, 916. 2, Leah Olson, Byron, Minn./Jody Van Ostrand, Stewartville, Minn., 869. 3 (tie), Hilda Brock, San Jose, Calif./Linda Steward, Winfield, Kan., and Marie Twite/Nancy Hentkowski, Alpena, Mich., 867. 5 (tie), Jennifer Hawkins, Fresno, Calif./Candace Alford, Madera, Calif., and Cheri M. Runke, Columbia Heights, Minn./Maggi Runke, Ramsey, Minn., 866.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Sharon Goulet, Fowlerville, Mich., 499. 2, Carol James, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 494. 3 (tie), Iva Hopperstad, Fulton, Texas, and Cathy Salisbury, Somonauk, Ill., 490. 5, Melissa Patten, Springfield, Ohio, 479.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Erica Brehm, Renton, Wash., 1,409. 2, Melissa Patten, Springfield, Ohio, 1,369. 3, Pam Righetti, Harbor, Ore., 1,322. 4, Hilda Brock, San Jose, Calif., 1,310. 5, Tonya Wilson, Hailey, Idaho, 1,309.