Bowling Divas no prima donnas at USBC Women's Championships

    03/22/06

    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, USA - Feb. 14 through June 28, 2004

    2006USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg They call themselves the Bowling Divas, but they more resemble gypsy queens as they barnstorm bowl around communities in northwest Louisiana and northeast Texas a good deal of the time. This week, the Bowling Divas made a stop at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    "There are all kinds of leagues we bowl in those areas," says Anessa McKenzie, captain of the Divas.

    The women, who have been together for five years, live mainly in closely-knit communities typically found around the Arkansas-Louisiana border - the nearest city of some size being Shreveport, La., 45 minutes away.

    McKenzie's sister, Carrie Newton, is a teammate, as is Tooter Herring, who is mother to both. Ruby Mayfield and Sandi Burns round out the team that appeared at the USBC Women's Championships.

    "Everybody here's been so helpful and nice, really friendly," McKenzie says in a down-home drawl. "Of course, we've had to repeat ourselves a lot when talking to others."

    At least one of the Divas admits being superstitious when it comes to her bowling. When Reno's Atlantis Hotel assigned the team to rooms on the 13th floor, Ruby Mayfield opted out for lodgings a few floors down. More specifically, she refuses to bowl during a full moon.

    "She doesn't even want to see movies, leave the house, or have babies on the full moon," says McKenzie, who works for a company that makes computer software for the rent-to-own businesses. Teammate Sandi Burns is her boss on the job. "But when we're bowling," McKenzie points out, "I'm boss."

    Competing in Division 3, the Bowling Divas finished team event with 1,847.

    Presenting sponsors of the USBC Women's Championships are Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev.


    Top five division leaders with hometowns and pinfall:

    CLASSIC DIVISION

    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Deanna's Doggie Boutique, Independence, Mo., 2,532. 2, Google's Inn, Fond du Lac, Wis., 2,500. 3, Cookies-n-Cream, Willow Grove, Pa., 2,468. 4, Queen B's, Roseville, Calif., 2,462. 5, Vegas Aces, Canyon Country, Calif., 2,338.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Angela Sally/Trisha Marshall, Albany, Ore., 1,105. 2, Nettie Schmitz, Mt. Calvary, Wis./Carol Goebel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,089. 3, Lana Roben, Newhall, Calif./Debbie Willits, Canyon County, Calif., 1,082. 4, Lynn Coffin, Omaha, Neb./Ramona Bade, Ralston, Neb., 1,066. 5, Tiffany Best, Greenwood, Mo./Mary Jo Coan, Olathe, Kan., 1,031.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Trish Manna, Omaha, Neb., 612. 2, Erma McAlpine, Jackson, Miss., 599. 3, Jennifer King, Placerville, Calif., 583. 4, Sharon Frint, Green River, Wyo., 579. 5, Lynn Coffin, Omaha, Neb., 577.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Sherry Brusie, Warsaw, Mo., 1,808. 2, Suzy Minino, Omaha, Neb., 1,764. 3, Jenny Apple, Arvada, Colo., 1,728. 4, Jennifer King, Placerville, Calif., 1,708. 5,Tiffany Best, Greenwood, Mo., 1,704.


    DIVISION 1

    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Village Bar II, Omaha, Neb., 2,842. 2, Regency's W&C Ladies, Bakersfield, Calif., 2,598. 3, Westlane Trouble, Crystal Lake, Ill., 2,548. 4, Styles Unlimited, Davenport, Iowa, 2,438. 5, Crank'm and Spank'm, Belleview, Fla., 2,435.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Deborah Martin, Wamego, Kan./Rebecca Toman, Dale City, Va., 1,118. 2, Becky Hardwick, Bakersfield, Calif./Jackie Burrows, Lake Isabella, Calif., 1,116. 3, Michelle Roy, Belleview, Fla./Karen Trimble, Fridley, Minn., 1,097. 4, Barbara Graviss/DeLinda Alvidrez, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,096. 5, Rowena Mitchell, Atwater, Calif./Cathy Trujillo, Vallejo, Calif., 1,091.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Lazette Harris, Antelope, Calif., 620. 2, Karen Coffey, Rio Rancho, N.M., 592. 3, Toni Draeger, Bakersfield, Calif., 590. 4. Dorothy Ostrem, Redmond, Wash., 583. 5, Jennifer Thomas, Fort Worth, Texas, 578.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Lazette Harris, Antelope, Calif., 1,734. 2, Colleen McDermott, Crystal Lake, Ill., 1,715. 3, Karen Coffey, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,677. 4, Sheri Stone, Hesperia, Calif., 1,641. 5, Toni Draeger. Bakersfield, Calif., 1,637.


    DIVISION 2

    Team (746-845 average)
    1, Team 31233, Antelope, Calif., 2,578. 2, Team 30921, Honolulu, 2,529. 3, Women Rock, Riverton, Utah, 2,527. 4, Team 29156, Bakersfield, Calif., 2,492. 5, We Are Family, Albany, Ore., 2,462.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Linda Williams, West Plains, Mo./Lea Hilton, Springfield, Mo., 1,062. 2, Yvonne Madalena/Donna Yellowrobe, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,057. 3, Kimberly Summerlin, Durham, N.C./Kim Rigsbee-Powell, Timberlake, N.C., 1,056. 4, Marcia Richey, Mammoth Spring, Ark./Rosa Hudson, Thayer, Mo., 1,044. 5, Sarah Altman, Mora, Minn./Charlotte Norberg, Braham, Minn., 1,039.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Cheryl Orlowski, Lansing, Kan., 564. 2 (tie), Charlotte Niezgocki, Stillwater, Minn., and Rowena Mitchell, Atwater, Calif., 553. 4, Debbie Fulghum, Carson City, Nev., 550. 5, Michelle Stauffer, Oak Hills, Calif., 548.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Patti Manna, Omaha, Neb., 1,645. 2, Lisa Armborst, Rosemount, Minn., 1,627. 3, Jessica Anderson, Bemidji, Minn., 1,597. 4, Liz Silvers, Woodstock, Ill., 1,579. 5, Kim Schmidt, Omaha, Neb., 1,566.


    DIVISION 3

    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Cutting Edge, Glencoe, Minn., 2,417. 2, Mana Mana, Longmont, Colo., 2,320. 3, KP's Pro Shop 3, Suisun City, Calif., 2,295. 4, Austin Seniors, Austin, Texas, 2,285. 5, MIUP?, Kingsville, Texas, 2,276.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Darlene Frohm, Pittsburg, Calif./Renee Sykes, Vallejo, Calif., 1,013. 2, Pam Burrell/Sharon Beasley, Vacaville, Calif., 988. 3, Karen Bloemer, Bellevue, Neb./Deb Korth, Bennington, Neb., 983. 4, Kay White/Linda Spencer, Peoria, Ariz., 969. 5, Jami Berry, Kansas City, Mo./Dana Muffoletto, Lees Summit, Mo., 963.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Gayle Hortelano, Morton Grove, Ill., 539. 2, Velma Perry, Spring, Texas, 533. 3, Georgia DiGiacomo, Fernley, Nev., 530. 4, Sheila Jeffers, Sandy, Utah, 526. 5, Shawn Claycomb, Nunn, Colo., 524.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Sheila Jeffers, Sandy, Utah, 1,543. 2, Darlene Frohm, Pittsburg, Calif., 1,488. 3, Michel Woltemath, North Platte, Neb., 1,464. 4, Margie Rodgers, Fairfield, Calif., 1,443. 5, Gayle Hortelano, Morton Grove, Ill., 1,436.


    DIVISION 4

    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Oasis Chics, Fallon, Nev., 2,013. 2, Power Engineers, Hailey, Idaho, 2,000. 3, M&M Gas and Mini Mart, Westwood, Calif., 1,988. 4, Approach with Caution, Esparto, Calif., 1,956. 5, Jim Spence Auto Plex, Hobbs, N.M., 1,929.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Martha Mueller/Joanne Huberty, Mora, Neb., 884. 2, Janet Brown, Sparks, Nev./Evelyn Brown, Carson City, Nev., 858. 3, Amy Hinnant, Manteo, N.C./Ginger Reber, Wanchese, N.C., 855. 4, Vivian Breier, Fairfield, N.J./Dulcie Kieselbach, Fairlawn, N.J., 852. 5, Marilyn Murphy, Rochelle, Ill./Kelly Soost, Rockford, Ill., 846. 5, Michelle Nelson, Junction City, Kan./Judy Felvus, Abilene, Kan., 846.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Ashley Rivera, Kingsville, Texas, 536. 2, Maria Nelson, Heron Lake, Minn., 491. 3, Mary Weisenburgh, Jacksonville, Fla., 485. 4, Cheri McGee, Rochelle, Ill., 484. 5, Dulcie Kieselbach, Fairlawn, N.J., 481.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Ashley Rivera, Kingsville, Texas, 1,433. 2, Steph Schnitkey, Napoleon, Ohio, 1316. 3, (tie) Becky Ferry, Jackson, Mich., and Tara Rasmussen, Mountain Lake, Minn., 1,313. 4, Dulci Kieselbach, Fairlawn, N.J., 1,307.