Alaska bowler takes All-Events lead at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    2009USBCWCOhSpareMe.jpgAfter helping her team into second place at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships, Sheryl Ishihara of Anchorage, Alaska, continued to bowl well and moved into the Division 1 All-Events lead at the National Bowling Stadium on Wednesday.

    Ishihara started off her 2009 tournament campaign with games of 188, 211 and 278 for a 677 series in team Tuesday and helped Oh Spare Me to a 2,627 total and second place in Division 2 (team averages from 746-845). MD Crabs With Attitude of Waldorf, Md., leads with a 2,649.

    L-R Wendy Bacher, Kim Barnes, Trancis Dees, Sheryl Ishihara and Jimmie Wilson. Photo by Studio By Design.

    The momentum and excitement from her performance carried over to Wednesday, and the 52-year-old right-hander added 608 in singles and 567 in doubles for a 1,852 all-events total. Rowena DeMesa of Daly City, Calif., previously held the lead with 1,781. Division 1 includes bowlers with averages from 170-189.

    2009USBCWCSherylIshihara.jpgIshihara (pictured right), who is a secretary in four different leagues in Anchorage, never let the pressure of the scores at the top get to her.

    "I just come to this tournament to bowl and have fun," Ishihara said. "It never crossed my mind that I was in position to take over the lead. I wasn't even paying attention to the big scores on the board."

    And even though they didn't know what the top scores were going in, there was plenty of excitement when their names appeared in the standings.

    "We were taking pictures of the leaderboard after team," Ishihara said. "I'm sure my teammates will be looking at the scores everyday, but I'm only going to look once in a while. I'm extremely happy with what how I performed, so if my score gets beat, it's all right."

    Another memorable moment for Ishihara at this year's Women's Championships was having her mother watching her compete.

    "My mother came all the way from Arizona to support me," Ishihara said. "She was the one who got me involved in bowling, along with my aunt. Having her here made the past few days quite special."

    Ishihara's success in team included Jimmie Wilson (510), Wendy Bacher (491), Kim Barnes (488) and Trancis Dees (461).

     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, It's a Little Thang (Kandace Little, Esther Vann, Leeanna Little, Gloria George, LaToya Tull), Bronx, N.Y., 2,792. 2, X-Out 2, Lorton, Va., 2,787. 3, TEAM 27133, Calgary, Alberta, 2,734. 4, Adams Apples, Liverpool, N.Y., 2,716. 5, Tahoe Girlies, Cave Rock, Nev., 2,701.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Marilyn Brown, Bellingham, Wash./Janice Eisenhut, Ferndale, Wash., 1,274. 2, Rebecca Swanson/Gloria Knatcal, Mankato, Minn., 1,208. 3, Ellie O'Connell/Arlene Hailey, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 1,196. 4 (tie), Estella Brown-Secrest/Wanda Pettigrew-Jones, Detroit, and Darlene Smith, Lakewood, Colo./Laurel Rhodes, Englewood, Colo., 1,182.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Linda Freeland, Dade City, Fla., 694. 2, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 668. 3, Teresa Bond, Gurnee, Ill., 648. 4 (tie), Karen DeSoto, Yorba Linda, Calif., and Brenda Smith, Brigham City, Utah, 641.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Sheryl Ishihara, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,852. 2, Rowena DeMesa, Daly City, Calif., 1,781. 3, Sheryl Spagnoletti, Howell, Mich., 1,779. 4, Nadine Gorman, West Fargo, N.D., 1,766. 5 (tie), Ella Parker, El Dorado, Ark., and Jodi Jones, Glendale, Ariz., 1,763.



    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, Oh, Spare Me, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,627. 3, We Are Family, Sacramento, Calif., 2,591. 4, Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa, 2,573. 5, Gary's Foodtown, Dix, Neb., 2,561.

    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 (tie) Lorinda Velazquez, Englewood, Colo., and 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, Lynn Simino, Claremont, N.H., 1,660.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Alley Oops (Cheryl Riviere, Carol Pomes, Judy Tabor, Peggy, Burge, Venora Galatas), Slidell, La., 2,419. 2, Friendship Squad-F 2,382. 3, Riley-Armstrong Plumbing, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 2,376. 4, Keyser True Value, Wakeeney, Kan., 2,364. 5, Tornadoes-4 Square, Glencoe, Minn., 2,361.

    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, Sandy Green, Virginia Beach, Va., 594. 2, Diane Davis-Cain, Covington, Ky., 590. 3, Marilyn Johnson, Temple Hills, Md., 577. 4, Carol H. Miller, Shreveport, La., 575. 5, Lois DuBois, Pine Bush, N.Y., 570.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Diane Davis-Cain, Covington, Ky., 1,597. 2, Beth Kraykovich, Alamogordo, N.M., 1,590. 3, Judy Hansen, London, Ontario, 1,551. 4 (tie), Stacey Harlow, Satanta, Kan., and Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 1,534.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (650 average and below)
    1 Bermuda Go Getters (Nicole Pearman, Gloria Ray, Pearl Young, Juliette Smith, Frances Baker), Warwick, WKBX, 2,163. 2(tie), Texas Tornados and Team Labatt 2,064. 4, Ten Pins, Anoka, Minn., 2,024. 5, A-Town Divas, Alex, La., 2,021.

    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, Keri Allen, Muskogee, Okla., 506.

    All Events (130 average and below)
    1, Lucy Drahota, Shelton, Wash., 1,429. 2, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn., 1,424. 3, Erica Brehm, Renton, Wash., 1,409. 4, Annette Hernandez, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,407. 5, Andrea Randall, West Jordan, Utah, 1,406.