Tennessee team slides into second at USBC Open Championships

    03/04/06

    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    2006USBCOpenGrogansDQ.jpg Despite a recent back surgery that will keep him out of doubles and singles at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, Terry Adkins of Dyersburg, Tenn., made sure he was on the lanes to help Grogan's Dairy Queen improve on it's 2005 effort in Classified Team.

    With last year's 50th-place finish as motivation, the group posted games of 896, 926 and 967 Thursday at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall to move into second place in Classified Team with 2,789. Suburban Lanes of Meade, Kan., which won the event when the tournament was in Corpus Christi in 1992, leads again this year with 2,851.

    "I feel great now," said Adkins, 55, who made his fifth Open Championships appearance. "But I wasn't sure I would have the strength to get through nine games. I'm satisfied with our team performance, but I'll be sitting out singles and doubles. Of course, the rest of the team knows they still have my support."

    The five men, who regularly bowl in league together just outside of Memphis, Tenn., came to Corpus Christi with big goals in mind, and Adkins' eyes never left the leaderboard.

    Mike Motley led the way with 586, followed by Britt Hendren (571), Terry Adkins (569), Shelton Jones (568) and Jeremy Attaway (495).

    "We knew that we were shooting for the lead," Adkins said. "I wasn't even sure if we still had a chance after the first two games, but the last game ended up a little better than we thought it would."


    Michigan bowler shoots 298 at USBC Open Championships

    2006USBCOpenRichHorodecki.jpg Rich Horodecki of Jackson, Mich., almost got the perfect 30th birthday present at the 2006 Open Championships, but fell just short of the tournament's eighth perfect game, shooting 298 in his second game of doubles at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall on Friday morning.

    Horodecki, who made his second Open Championships appearance, started doubles with 190 and closed with 188 to finish with 676. He added 546 in singles and 535 in team for a 1,757 all-events total.

    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, Champions Bowling (Jason Milligan, Doug Wilcox, Tennelle Milligan, Robby Callan, Robby Porter), Sacramento, Calif., 3,319. 2, Steve Cook's Bowling Supply, Sacramento, Calif., 3,318. 3, Team 11725, Klamath Falls, Ore., 3,292. 4, Shox U, Wichita, Kan., 3,243. 5, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Fargo, N.D., 3,242. 6, Ray's Pro Shop, Sacramento, Calif., 3,229. 7, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Fargo, N.D., 3,127. 8, Team 8 Ball, Klamath Falls, Ore., 3,126. 9, Team 11834, Waterville, Minn., 3,117. 10, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 3,110.

    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, 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, Mike Moore, Greensboro, N.C./Elmore James, Burlington, N.C., 1,345. 10, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill./Scott Gillenwater, New Lenox, Ill., 1,342.

    Singles
    1, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 2, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 788. 3 (tie) Randy Watson, Liberty, Mo., and Heath Hawkins, Toledo, Ohio, 763. 5 (tie), Joe Conrad, Melrose Park, Ill., and Dan Lyman Jr., Chicago, 761. 7, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 750. 8, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 748. 9, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 10, Lyndon Harrison, Lincoln, Calif., 742.

    All-Events
    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, Greg Newtson, Medford, Ore., 2,094. 6, Robby Porter, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 2,089. 7, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 2,086. 8, Lyndon Harrison, Lincoln, Calif., 2,063. 9, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,061. 10, Aaron Koch, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,046.

    Team All-Events
    1, Champions Bowling (Jason Milligan, Doug Wilcox, Tennelle Milligan, Robby Callan, Robby Porter), Sacramento, Calif., 9,784. 2, Hewitt's Hurlers, Reno, Nev., 9,686. 3, Team 11725, Klamath Falls, Ore., 9,603. 4, Steve Cook's Bowling Supply, Sacramento, Calif., 9,479. 5, Maguire Tile 2, Lowell, Mich., 9,358. 6, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 9,354. 7, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Fargo, N.D., 9,330. 8, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 9,293. 9, Columbia Action-Packed, South Barrington, Ill., 9,253. 10, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Fargo, N.D., 9,252.

    CLASSIFIED DIVISION

    Team
    1, Suburban Lanes (Gary Mead, Rodney Blehm, Mike Godfrey, Shane Vanderpool, Dale Vanderpool), Meade, Kan., 2,851. 2, Grogan's Dairy Queen, Dyersburg, Tenn., 2,789. 3, Sandhills Rollers 2, Aberdeen, N.C., 2,735. 4, Double D Statuary, Odem, Texas, 2,699. 5, Rainbow Rollers, McAllen, Texas, 2,697. 6, The Wacouns, Waco, Texas, 2,687. 7, Puppy Trails Kennel, Monroe, La., 2,672. 8, Lavallee Machine, Southbridge, Mass., 2,671. 9, Bayview Bar and Grill 1, Isle, Minn., 2,668. 10, Mitchell Surgical, Mitchell, S.D., 2,659.

    Doubles
    1, Kevin Mitchell, Millbrae, Calif./Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 1,214. 2, Ron Hester/Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,209. 3, Fernando Cahue, Orland Park, Ill./Art Schmitt, Palos Park, Ill., 1,185. 4, Steve Wade, Waco, Texas/Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,162. 5, Jeremy Hartpence/Steve Wedige, Lincoln, Neb., 1,156. 6, Christopher Koecher, Portland, Texas/John Hammersmith, Horton, Kan., 1,147. 7, Radi Cohanim, Beverly Hills, Calif./Matthew Risch, North Hollywood, Calif., 1,144. 8, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Caleb Baer, Princeton, Minn., 1,138. 9, Curt Hoffman, Benedict, Neb./Kevin Hoffman, Bradshaw, Neb., 1,123. 10, Chris Milligan, Mansfield, Texas/Ellen Chapman, Denton, Texas, 1,122.

    Singles
    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, Tate Ziglar, Lexington, N.C., 654. 6, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 637. 7, Lazarus Aiken, Sioux Falls, S.D., 632. 8, Suzanne Guzik, Cedar Creek, Texas, 628. 9, Michael Bergstrom, El Campo, Texas, 624. 10 (tie), Wayne Mayon, Morgan City, La., and Ronald Westfall, Mentor, Ohio, 619.

    All-Events
    1, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,788. 2, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 1,774. 3, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,766. 4, Tate Zigler, Lexington, N.C., 1,765. 5, Ron Hester, Lexington, N.C., 1,764. 6, Lonnie Trevino, McAllen, Texas, 1,748. 7, Gerald Blair Jr., Southbridge, Mass., 1,740. 8, Frank Goff Jr., Kingsville, Texas, 1,735. 9, Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,729. 10, Robert Cerny, Wharton, Texas, 1,728.