Nebraska bowler makes 50th trip to USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    2009USBCWCViolaBrannen.jpgViola Brannen (pictured) of Omaha, Neb., has accomplished so much in her bowling career that it's hard to imagine she is just 84 years old. This week, she added another milestone to her list of accomplishments when she made her 50th appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    Brannen was the second bowler this year to reach the milestone. The other was 100-year-old Emma Hendrickson of Morris Plains, N.J., who made her 50th consecutive appearance and also became the tournament's oldest participant.

    "I really started coming back to the Women's Championships each year due to the camaraderie found at these events," said Brannen, who made her first tournament appearance at the 1949 event in Columbus, Ohio. "At the time, I used to bowl and travel from Iowa with my mother, Ellen Odell, who had just taken up bowling. The tournaments provided a great chance to continue to see the friends we made over the years and visit cities we wouldn't normally have seen."

    Brannen dedicated more than 60 years to being a state and local leader within the bowling community and organized the Nebraska 600 Club, which she headed up for 40 years.

    In 1995, Brannen became the first recipient of the USBC Helen Baker Outstanding Association Volunteer Award, which is named for the fifth president of the Women's International Bowling Congress and annually recognizes an outstanding bowling leader who has made invaluable contributions to local and state associations. In 2002, she was recognized for her years of service at the state level when she was named Sport Director of the Year by the Cornhusker State Games, a division of the Nebraska Sports Council.

    Amid her guidance and leadership to benefit the sport of bowling, Brannen juggled a marriage and raising a family while working as an office manager for the telephone company. The soft-spoken right-hander additionally maintained bowling averages in the 180s for more than 10 of those years. Today, Brannen carries a 146 average, but wouldn't miss the tournament that has so enriched her life.

    "Bowling is a great sport and one that almost anyone can participate in," said Brannen, who received a plaque and gold medallion necklace to commemorate her 50th appearance. "It's good exercise, provides great camaraderie and can be adjusted for anyone with physical problems or individual differences. And I think it's helped to keep me young."

    Brannen currently sports a ribbon representing a group of which she is also proud, and for whom she serves as vice president - the Les Dames de 700 Bowling Club, Inc. Les Dames is an international organization of women who have bowled a three-game series of 700 or more in certified league or tournament competition with the USBC or Canadian Tenpin Foundation (CTF). They also are an affiliate of the National 500 and National 600 bowling clubs.

    At the National Bowling Stadium this week, Brannen's Division 2 team, Vanguard, posted a 2,122 total. Brannen led the way with a 467 series and was followed by Mary Dalske (466), Sharon Strawn (439), Sagda Flowers (374) and Trudy Bittick (376). Brannen added a 451 series in doubles and 417 effort in singles for a 1,335 all-events total. She was in Division 2 for doubles and Division 3 for singles and all-events.


     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)


    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (946 average and above)
    1, Together Once Again (Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Lynda Barnes, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Andrea Fleming, Tammy Boomershine), Keller, Texas, 3,322. 2, Alpha Pool Plastering, Newhall, Calif., 3,286. 3, Shootin' Nines, Indianapolis, 3,251. 4, Husky Shox, Wichita, Kan., 3,202. 5, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,143.

    Doubles (379 average and above)
    1, Clara Guerrero, Austin, Texas/Jenifer Larson, Tupper Lake, N.Y., 1,404. 2, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M./Lindsay Baker, Amherst, N.Y., 1,384. 3, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md./Kassy Golden, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,371. 4, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, Wash., 1,361. 5, Trish Manna/Suzy Minino, Omaha, Neb., 1,338.

    Singles (190 average and above)
    1, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 816. 2, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 761. 3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 758. 4, Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, 723. 5, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 720.

    All Events (190 average and above)
    1, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,172. 2, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 2,161. 3, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 2,160. 4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,139. 5, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,053.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (846-945 average)
    1, X-Out 2 (Cynthia BlairMcManus, Dorothy Copeland, Stephanie Gardner, Jolita Perry, Mona Wheeler), Lorton, Va., 2,787. 2, Adams Apples, Liverpool, N.Y., 2,716. 3, Tahoe Girlies, Cave Rock, Nev., 2,701. 4, Dale's Weston Lanes, Wausau, Wis., 2,696. 5, Spare Chasers, Ramsey, Minn., 2,681.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Rebecca Swanson/Gloria Knatcal, Mankato, Minn., 1,208. 2 (tie), Estella Brown-Secrest/Wanda Pettigrew-Jones, Detroit, and Darlene Smith, Lakewood, Colo./Laurel Rhodes, Englewood, Colo., 1,182. 4, Kristi LaCroix/Jamie Nelson, Spokane, Wash., 1181. 5, Kelly Scalici/Michele Chaney, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,174.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Linda Freeland, Dade City, Fla., 694. 2, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 668. 3, Teresa Bond, Gurnee, Ill., 648. 4, Sandie Ruskey, Everett, Wash., 640. 5, Jeri Espinoza, South San Francisco, Calif., 639.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Rowena DeMesa, Daly City, Calif., 1,781. 2, Sheryl Spagnoletti, Howell, Mich., 1,779. 3, Jodi Jones, Glendale, Ariz., 1,763. 4, Hazel Pettit, Daly City, Calif., 1,762. 5, Stephanie Laney, Warner Robbins, Ga., 1,740.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (746-845 average)
    1, MD Crabs With Attitude (Tracey O'Leary, Alice Lloyd, Amanda Lloyd, Barbara Peters, Wanda Jameson), Waldorf, Md., 2,649. 2, Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa, 2,573. 3, A Family Affair, Faribault, Minn., 2,556. 4, Magic Lanes, Seattle, 2,553. 5, Pink Ladies, Skokie, Ill., 2,546.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Lynda Woodall, Rainier, Ore./Kate Olson, Saint Helens, Ore., 1,178. 2, Marcie Bentti, Palmer, Alaska/Tracy Adams, Wasilla, Alaska, 1,164. 3, Nora Richardson, Alvin, Texas/Kerry Moreland, Houston, 1,160. 4, Michele Anderson, Arlington, Texas/Aldaria Brown, Harbor City, Calif., 1,150. 5, Heather Johnson, Waterford, Mich./Deanna Ish, Dexter, Mich., 1,135.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Nicole Evans, Buena Park, Calif., 646. 2, Linda King, Suffield, Ohio, 642. 3, Tammy Chenevert, Crosby, Texas, 641. 4, Dixie Fronk, Springville, Utah, 625. 5, Anne Phillips, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 623.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Sheree Addison, Camarillo, Calif., 1,745. 2, Marcie Bentti, Palmer, Alaska, 1,723. 3, Dorothy Cotton, Oakland, Calif., 1,704. 4, Janice Mitchell, Universal City, Texas, 1,677. 5, Dixie Fronk, Springville, Utah, 1,657.



    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, Riley-Armstrong Plumbing, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 2,376. 3, Tornadoes-4 Square, Glencoe, Minn., 2,361. 4, Tri-City Ladies, Lakeland, Fla., 2,342. 5, Ducks In A Row, Troy, Ala., 2,339.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Pam R. Graham/Debbie Graham, Albany Ore., 1,043. 2, JoAnn Legge, Phoenix/Liz Fallin, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 1,021. 3, Kris Romain, Madison, Wis./Ellen White, Middleton, Wis., 1,019. 4, Christine Cotey/Melissa Cook, Elma, Wash., 1,017. 5, Leanne Watson/Susan Herron, Incline Village, Nev., 1,015.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Diane Davis-Cain, Covington, Ky., 590. 2, Carol H. Miller, Shreveport, La., 575. 3, Lois DuBois, Pine Bush, N.Y., 570. 4 (tie), Deb O'Howell, Walworth, Wis., and Laura Lockett, Grangeville, Idaho, 566.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Diane Davis-Cain, Covington, Ky., 1,597. 2, Judy Hansen, London, Ontario, 1,551. 3 (tie), Stacey Harlow, Satanta, Kan., and Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 1,534. 5, Vicki Schoening, Alexandria, Minn., 1,520.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (650 average and below)
    1 (tie), Texas Tornados (Kerri Niemeyer, Wendy Goodnight, Kim Mitchell, Jacqueline Langlinais, Jean Burns), Lorena, Texas, and Team Labatt (Jennifer Carpentier, Susan Swartzer, Katie Anderson, Heidi Gongoll, Lisa Gabbert), Howard Lake, Minn., 2,064. 3, Ten Pins, Anoka, Minn., 2,024. 4, Westside Pharmacy, Capitola, Calif., 2,019. 5, Comfort Inn, Manderson, Wyo., 2,018.

    Doubles (260 average and below)
    1, Wanda Blain, Carlisle, Pa./Tammy Smith, Dry Run, Pa., 942. 2, Betty Campbell, Cottonwood, Idaho/Laura Lockett, Grangeville, Idaho, 930. 3, Jane Wright, Midlothian, Va./Melanie Mendenhell, Richmond, Va., 929. 4, Tracey A. Reed, Sherman, Texas/Evelyn Green, Irving, Texas, 916. 5 Chelsea Allen/Connie Turner, Chanute, Kan., 914.

    Singles (130 average and below)
    1, Joy Chauvette, Westbrook, Maine, 547. 2, Lois Keller, Milwaukee, Wis., 532. 3, Mandi Everett, San Bernardino, Calif., 531. 4, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn., 520. 5, Charlotte Gamble, Sylvan Lake, Mich., 500.

    All Events (130 average and below)
    1, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn., 1,424. 2, Erica Brehm, Renton, Wash., 1,409. 3, Annette Hernandez, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,407. 4, Andrea Randall, West Jordan, Utah, 1,406. 5, Suzanne Emerson, West Jordan, Utah, 1,385.