United States sweeps Team golds at American Zone Championships; Cain wins gold in All Events

    09/26/05

    2005 AmZ Championship

    Metrobowl in San José, Costa Rica - September 18-28, 2005

     For the fourth consecutive time Team USA swept the gold medals in the five-player team event at American Zone Championships. While the women's team won in record-setting fashion, the men's team scored a dramatic come-from-behind victory to win the title.

    Down nearly 40 pins heading into the final game, Erik Vermilyea, Andrew Cain, Derek Sapp, Rhino Page and David Haynes saved its best game (1126) for last, throwing key strikes in the final frames to finish with 1126, the highest team game of the tournament. Their 6239 pinfall total an average of 207,97, was 38 pins lower than the Team USA women's score but good enough to win the men's gold medal.

    The United States trailed Venezuela up until the final three frames, but pulled away for 1126 in the finale to secure gold. Vermilyea led the team with 1295 for six games. Cain totaled 1289, Sapp had 1261, Page shot 1246 and Haynes contributed 1148.

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    "I think the word intense describes that finish the most," said Cain, who also won the men's All Events gold medal with 5199. "Being down there with those guys, knowing that we could win the gold and share it with the women meant a lot. We couldn't let the women go home with the only team gold."

    Since the five-player team format was instituted in 1981, the Team USA women have won all but one gold medal. The 1989 Team USA was beaten by the Dominican Republic to finish second in Wichita, Kan.

    Venezuela with Pedro Cardozo, Rafael Medina, Luis Olivo, Jose Ferreira, Hernan Ramirez and Arturo Hernandez took the silver medal with 6195. Mexico that has won the gold medals in Doubles and Trios rallied to win bronze. Daniel Falconi, Benjamin Corona, Enrique Calvo, Marcos Baeza and Alejandro Cruz felled 6056 pins to finish 23 pins ahead of Canada that had to settle for fourth place.

    Action now shifts to the tournament's final event - Masters. The top 16 men and women in the All Events standings will compete in round robin match play and a 3-player stepladder final Tuesday.


    Men Teams - Final Standings after 6 games

    Countries and Players with position, 6-game total and average


    1. United States, 6239, 207,97
    Derek Sapp, 1261, 210,17/Rhino Page, 1246, 207,67
    Erik Vermilyea, 1295, 215,83/David Haynes, 1148, 191,33
    Andrew Cain, 1289, 214,83

    2. Venezuela, 6195, 206,50
    Pedro Cardozo, 1172, 195,33/Rafael Medina, 1302, 217,00
    Luis Olivo, 551, 183,67/Jose Ferreira, 1198, 199,67
    Hernan Ramirez, 625, 208,33/Arturo Hernandez, 1347, 224,50

    3. Mexico, 6056, 201,87
    Daniel Falconi, 1266, 211,00/Benjamin Corona, 1185, 197,50
    Enrique Calvo, 1159, 193,17/Marco Baeza, 1241, 206,83
    Alejandro Cruz, 1205, 200,83


    4. Canada, 6033, 201,10
    Jack Guay, 633, 211,00/Lorry Ho, 590, 196,67
    Ray Vervynck, 1228, 204,67/Tyrel Rose, 1232, 205,33
    George Lambert, 1238, 206,33/Lionel Lewis, 1112, 185,33

    5. Dominican Republic, 5935, 197,83
    Rolando Sebelen, 1171, 195,17/Hilton Nunez, 560, 186,67
    Rolly Sebelen, 592, 197,33/Willie Javier, 1191, 198,50
    Victor Richards, 1163, 193,83/Rolando A Sebelen, 1258, 209,67

    6. Bermuda, 5707, 190,23
    Antoine Jones, 1112, 185,33/David Maycock, 1230, 205,00
    Damien Matthews, 515, 171,67/Kevin Swan, 563, 187,67
    Rickai Binns, 1197, 199,50/Dean Lightbourn, 1090, 181,67

    7. Brazil, 5693, 189,77
    Carlos E Cruz, 1155, 192,50/Paulo C Verly Da Cruz, 1164, 194,00
    Charles Robini, 1104, 184,00/Mauricio Maciel, 1088, 181,33
    Juliano M De Oliveira, 1182, 197,00

    8. Puerto Rico, 5643, 188,10
    Willy Navas, 546, 182,00/Edgardo Ruiz, 1114, 185,67
    Miguel Gonzalez, 1168, 194,67/Jose Leon, 1167, 194,50
    Minuer Dawhara, 502, 167,33/Edmanuel Ramirez, 1146, 191,00

    9. Costa Rica, 5566, 185,53
    Alejandro Reyna, 1122, 187,00/Alberto Lizano, 553, 184,33
    Pablo Pena, 510, 170,00/Fernando Gonzalez, 1148, 191,33
    Mario Valverde, 1160, 193,33/Marco Odio, 1073, 178,83

    10. Netherlands Antilles, 5468, 182,27
    Carlos Rodriguez, 1081, 180,17/Felix Ibanez, 1059, 176,50
    Francois Rigaud, 985, 164,17/Carlos Finx Jr., 1160, 193,33
    Javier Specht, 1183, 197,17

    11. Ecuador, 5456, 181,87
    Eduardo Garcia, 493, 164,33/Jose Carmigniani, 506, 168,67
    Diogenes Saverio, 1169, 194,83/Mario Lemos, 1048, 174,67
    Lauro Torres, 1044, 174,00/Mauricio Proano, 1196, 199,33

    12. Aruba, 5443, 181,43
    Alexander Quandus, 1005, 167,50/Jason Odor, 1068, 178,00
    Errol Brown, 1177, 196,17/Fransisco Oduber, 1069, 178,17
    Oswald Dijkhoff, 1124, 187,33

    13. Guatemala, 5436, 181,20
    Miguel Mendez, 1093, 182,17/Andres Herrera, 1163, 193,83
    Pablo Hernandez, 1113, 185,50/Juan C Morales, 1050, 175,00
    Mike Aguilar, 1017, 169,50

    14. El Salvador, 5384, 179,47
    Noorollah Ighani, 1069, 178,17/Mauricio Goldamez, 1007, 167,83
    Angel G Ortiz, 1029, 171,50/Giannino Cicala, 1133, 188,83
    Julio Acosta, 1146, 191,00

    15. Uruguay, 5304, 176,80
    Roberto Baranano, 1143, 190,50/Leonardo Rizzo, 959, 159,83
    Denis Arbulo, 1080, 180,00/Julio Sosa, 1050, 175,00
    William Rodriguez, 532, 177,33/Gustavo Garcia, 540, 180,00

    16. Chile, 5279, 175,97
    Pablo Basaez, 996, 166,00/Guillermo Garcia, 1070, 178,33
    Harold Galmez, 1019, 169,83/Eusebio Henriquez, 1104, 184,00
    Rene Borgeaud, 1090, 181,67

    17. Bahamas, 5162, 172,07
    Clarence Wallace, 1093, 182,17/Arthur Sawyer, 489, 163,00
    Dave Moxey, 988, 164,67/Cq Johnson, 454, 151,33
    Sonith Lokhart, 1073, 178,83/Lenny Powell, 1065, 177,50

    18. Honduras, 4873, 162,43
    Yvo Mass, 923, 153,83/Esteban Suarez, 1001, 166,83
    Mauricio Venegas, 1029, 171,50/Eduard Fuentes, 986, 164,33
    Fernando Kafati, 934, 155,67

    Team High Scores:
    1 Game: United States, 1126
    3 Games: United States, 3169
    6 Games: United States, 6239

    Individual High Scores:
    1 Game: Jason Odor, Aruba, 278
    3 Games: Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 697
    6 Games: Rafael Medina, Venezuela, 1302


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    USA leads Venezuela by ten pins in Team event; Cain widens lead in All Events

    All-events leader Andrew Cain shot a 666-series to help grab Team USA the top spot after three of six games in the men's 5-player team event at the 14th American Zone Championship at Metrobowl in San José, Costa Rica.

    The Americans totaled 3070, most of which came in a big second game of 1115, to lead Venezuela by 10 pins. Adding to Cain's total was Derek Sapp (619), Erik Vermilyea (611), Rhino Page (596) and David Haynes (578).

    Venezuela's Arturo Hernandez turned in the men's highest series of the day with a 697. He was helped by Rafael Medina (624), Pedro Cardozo (596), Jose Ferreira (592) and Luis Olivo (551).

    Canada with Jack Guay, Ray Vervynck, Ty Rose, George Lambert IV and Lionel Lewis sits in third with 3003. and Mexico is fourth with 2,995. Mexico that won the titles in Doubles and Trios is another 8 pins behind in fourth place with 2995.

    In All Events, Cain has nearly locked up a gold medal. He leads with 4576, which is 109 pins better than Benjamin Corona of Mexico, who is second with 4467. Corona will likely battle Hernandez, who is third with 4462, for the silver medal as Alejandro Cruz of Mexico in fourth place is 122 pins off the medals.

    Action continues Monday with the final three games of the Team event.


    Men Teams - Standings after 3 out of 6 games

    Countries and Players with position, 3-game total and average

    1. United States, 3070, 204,67
    Derek Sapp, 619, 206,33/Rhino Page, 596, 198,67
    Erik Vermilyea, 611, 203,67/David Haynes, 578, 192,67
    Andrew Cain, 666, 222,00

    2. Venezuela, 3060, 204,00
    Pedro Cardozo, 596, 198,67/Rafael Medina, 624, 208,00
    Luis Olivo, 551, 183,67/Jose Ferreira, 592, 197,33
    Arturo Hernandez, 697, 232,33

    3. Canada, 3003, 200,20
    Jack Guay, 633, 211,00/Ray Vervynck, 599, 199,67
    Tyrel Rose, 577, 192,33/George Lambert, 615, 205,00
    Lionel Lewis, 579, 193,00

    4. Mexico, 2995, 199,67
    Daniel Falconi, 601, 200,33/Benjamin Corona, 600, 200,00
    Enrique Calvo, 610, 203,33/Marco Baeza, 608, 202,67
    Alejandro Cruz, 576, 192,00

    5. Brazil, 2984, 198,93
    Carlos E Cruz, 615, 205,00/Paulo C Verly Da Cruz, 630, 210,00
    Charles Robini, 546, 182,00/Mauricio Maciel, 542, 180,67
    Juliano M De Oliveira, 651, 217,00

    6. Dominican Republic, 2930, 195,33
    Rolando Sebelen, 591, 197,00/Hilton Nunez, 560, 186,67
    Willie Javier, 584, 194,67/Victor Richards, 603, 201,00
    Rolando A Sebelen, 592, 197,33

    7. Costa Rica, 2894, 192,93
    Alejandro Reyna, 589, 196,33/Alberto Lizano, 553, 184,33
    Fernando Gonzalez, 580, 193,33/Mario Valverde, 665, 221,67
    Marco Odio, 507, 169,00

    8. Bermuda, 2872, 191,47
    Antoine Jones, 512, 170,67/David Maycock, 659, 219,67
    Kevin Swan, 563, 187,67/Rickai Binns, 602, 200,67
    Dean Lightbourn, 536, 178,67

    9. Puerto Rico, 2805, 187,00
    Edgardo Ruiz, 556, 185,33/Miguel Gonzalez, 578, 192,67
    Jose Leon, 590, 196,67/Minuer Dawhara, 502, 167,33
    Edmanuel Ramirez, 579, 193,00

    10. Chile, 2732, 182,13
    Pablo Basaez, 491, 163,67/Guillermo Garcia, 523, 174,33
    Harold Galmez, 563, 187,67/Eusebio Henriquez, 564, 188,00
    Rene Borgeaud, 591, 197,00

    11. Netherlands Antilles, 2715, 181,00
    Carlos Rodriguez, 559, 186,33/Felix Ibanez, 525, 175,00
    Francois Rigaud, 490, 163,33/Carlos Finx Jr., 581, 193,67
    Javier Specht, 560, 186,67

    12. Bahamas, 2630, 175,33
    Clarence Wallace, 539, 179,67/Arthur Sawyer, 489, 163,00
    Dave Moxey, 522, 174,00/Sonith Lokhart, 522, 174,00
    Lenny Powell, 558, 186,00

    13. Uruguay, 2629, 175,27
    Roberto Baranano, 568, 189,33/Leonardo Rizzo, 495, 165,00
    Denis Arbulo, 536, 178,67/Julio Sosa, 490, 163,33
    Gustavo Garcia, 540, 180,00

    14. Guatemala, 2622, 174,80
    Miguel Mendez, 518, 172,67/Andres Herrera, 576, 192,00
    Jimmy Lay, 501, 167,00/Juan C Morales, 519, 173,00
    Mike Aguilar, 508, 169,33

    15. El Salvador, 2557, 170,47
    Noorollah Ighani, 515, 171,67/Mauricio Goldamez, 467, 155,67
    Angel G Ortiz, 521, 173,67/Giannino Cicala, 527, 175,67
    Julio Acosta, 527, 175,67

    16. Ecuador, 2554, 170,27
    Eduardo Garcia, 493, 164,33/Diogenes Saverio, 543, 181,00
    Mario Lemos, 478, 159,33/Lauro Torres, 490, 163,33
    Mauricio Proano, 550, 183,33

    17. Aruba, 2472, 164,80
    Alexander Quandus, 478, 159,33/Jason Odor, 421, 140,33
    Errol Brown, 553, 184,33/Fransisco Oduber, 494, 164,67
    Oswald Dijkhoff, 526, 175,33

    18. Honduras, 2321, 154,73
    Yvo Mass, 446, 148,67/Esteban Suarez, 461, 153,67
    Mauricio Venegas, 483, 161,00/Eduard Fuentes, 495, 165,00
    Fernando Kafati, 436, 145,33


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