Team USA member continues success at National Bowling Stadium


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    Indiana bowler rolls fourth perfect game of 2010 USBC Open Championships

    2010USBCOCShannonPluhowsky.jpgTeam USA member Shannon Pluhowsky (pictured) of Phoenix has enjoyed many successes at the National Bowling Stadium, so it's no surprise to see her name atop the leaderboard at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    The 27-year-old left-hander took a step toward adding another piece of hardware to her trophy case when she moved into the Regular All-Events lead with a 2,083 total Sunday night.

    Pluhowsky opened with a 642 series in team and caught fire during doubles and singles. She posted games of 279, 193 and 268 for a 740 doubles series and kept the momentum going in singles, rolling games of 239, 268 and 194 for 701. Matt Smith of Altoona, Iowa, and George Kontos of Joliet, Ill., previously shared the all-events lead with 2,073.

    In all, Pluhowsky cracked the top 10 in four events this weekend. She helped Capri Lanes of Dayton, Ohio, into seventh place in Regular Team with a 3,073 total and teamed up with Megan Kelly of Huber Heights, Ohio, for a 1,361 doubles total, which is eighth overall. Together, Pluhowsky and Kelly helped Capri Lanes into ninth place in Team All-Events with 9,171.

    "It's exciting," said Pluhowsky, who made her sixth consecutive USBC Open Championships appearance. "I have been bowling pretty well the last three months, so to be able to continue that here was a great thing."

    Pluhowsky didn't know the all-events number during her doubles set, but decided to inquire about it right before singles began. When she found out, she was focused and determined.

    "I am not even sure what made me ask," said Pluhowsky, whose previous high all-events total was 1,958 at the 2007 event, also in Reno. "From there, it was about making good shots, and if it happened, it happened. If not, I still would have walked out happy because this is my best tournament to date."

    Pluhowsky's success at the Stadium dates back to her days as a youth bowler when she claimed the last of her three consecutive wins at the USBC Junior Gold Championships in 2001. That same year, she won the first of two consecutive National Amateur Championships titles at the NBS, before adding a third straight win in Las Vegas. Her most recent victory at the Stadium came at the 2006 USBC Queens.

    "Some people try to say the left is better here," said Pluhowsky, who is the general manager at Capri Lanes. "I just match up here, and my ball reaction is good here. I always try to take advantage when I am here and do the best I can."

    Outside of the Stadium, the former University of Nebraska standout owns three collegiate national championships, three Professional Bowlers Association Women's Series titles, two QubicaAMF World Cup titles and dozens of medals in international competition.

    While Pluhowsky was making her all-events run Sunday, Dayton's Mandy Wilson was a few lanes away making a run of her own.

    The right-hander started the day with a shot at the Regular Doubles lead, too, but a missed 2-8 spare in her final frame left her and Douglas Stone of Troy, Ohio, two pins shy of Terry Hall of Rocklin, Calif., and Andrew Udahl of Elk Grove, Calif., who lead with 1,421.

    Wilson was 14 pins off Pluhowsky's all-events pace heading into her ninth and final game, but finished with 184 and a 2,059 all-events total, which is fourth overall. She had 727 in doubles, 699 in singles and 633 in team.

    "My mindset in doubles is don't let my partner down, fill frames and make spares," said Wilson, who is a member of the Ohio USBC Hall of Fame. "I am happy about my finish, but unfortunately, I missed a couple makeable spares that hurt my doubles and all-events chances."


    Indiana bowler rolls fourth perfect game of 2010 event

    2010USBCOCBrianNicodemus.jpgBrian Nicodemus (pictured) of Akron, Ind., walked into the 2010 USBC Open Championships on Sunday a little unsure about what to expect because of his past struggles on the tournament lanes.

    Three hours later, the 35-year-old right-hander walked out of the National Bowling Stadium with his head held high after rolling the fourth perfect game of this year's event.

    Nicodemus started his 2010 tournament campaign with 12 consecutive strikes on the way to games of 300, 201 and 202 for a 703 series, his highest set in 13 trips to the USBC Open Championships.

    "It hasn't sunk in," said Nicodemus, who helped Barnabys Pizza to a 2,898 team total. "This is the achievement of a lifetime. It's a little extra special because of my past struggles and not being able to match up well. I have been working very hard this year with my coach, and I was able to practice on the pattern as well, so I guess it has paid off."

    Nicodemus entered this year's event with a 183.2 career average. He added a 693 singles set and 570 doubles effort Monday and finished with a career-best 1,966 all-events total. His previous high was 1,786 at the 2008 tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.


    2010USBCOCLogo_small.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2010 USBC Open Championships are Circus Circus, Eldorado and Silver Legacy Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other sponsors include Sands Regency Casino Hotel, official brackets sponsor, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, US Steltronic, official scoring system, and supporting sponsors Storm Bowling Products, UPS, Nationwide Insurance, Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, Harrah's Reno Casino and Hotel and Peppermill Hotel Casino.


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    107th USBC Open Championships

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls


    1, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1 (Terry Norton, Bruce Herreman, Scott Lindsey, Joel Carlson, Rob Bailey) Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,202. 2, Bluebird Lanes, Orland Park, Ill., 3,122. 3, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,102. 4, St. Charles Lanes, St. Charles, Mo., 3,085. 5, Central Saw and Mower, Racine, Wis., 3,081. 6, Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., 3,080. 7, Capri Lanes, Dayton, Ohio, 3,073. 8 (tie), Strive to Be Average, Colorado Springs, Colo., and J&J Pro Shop, Mount Crawford, Va., 3,066. 10, Pandorum, Buford, Ga., 3,063.

    1, Terry Hall, Rocklin, Calif./Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,421. 2, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio/Douglas Stone, Troy, Ohio, 1,419. 3 (tie), Jason Hale, Des Moines, Iowa/Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and Lana Schwab, Lake Villa, Ill./Davey Rosen, Northbrook, Ill., 1,411. 5, Brian Salapatek, Cortland, Ill./Anthony Jovanovich, DeKalb, Ill., 1,379. 6, Tony Buss, Milwaukee/Dave Gajewski, Franklin, Wis., 1,366. 7, Mark Henrichs, Edgar, Wis./Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 1,362. 8, Megan Kelly, Huber Heights, Ohio/Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,361. 9, Sean Mason, Brookings, S.D./Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,357. 10, Chad Goodwin, Omaha, Neb./Tyler Herreman, Hays, Kan., 1,356.

    1, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 766. 2, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill., 760. 3, Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, 742. 4, Anthony Woollis, Lubbock, Texas, 740. 5, Hank Jordan, Lubbock, Texas, 739. 6, Tony Biondi, Orlando, Fla., 734. 7, Mike Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 731. 8 (tie), Steven Vance, Stone Mountain, Ga., and Troy Kendrick, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 729. 10, Ron Davis, Orland Park, Ill., 727.

    1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 2,083. 2 (tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and George Kontos Joliet, Ill., 2,073. 4, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 2,059. 5, Davey Rosen, Northbrook, Ill., 2,048. 6, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 2,044. 7, Ray Struck, Orland Park, Ill., and Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 2,023. 9, Robert Phillips, North Ridgeville, Ohio, 2,017. 10, Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 2,016.

    Team All-Events
    1, Bluebird Lanes (Dennis Campbell, Ron Davis, Michael Dugan, Robert Flaws, Ray Struck), Orland Park, Ill., 9,602. 2, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 9,450. 3, Sign Producers 1, Winter Garden, Fla., 9,341. 4, Team USA, St. Louis, 9,223. 5 (tie), Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., and Pilat Design Elite, Auburn, N.Y., 9,214. 7, South Point Pro Shop, Antioch, Ill., 9,200. 8, Davy's Pics Com, Glenview, Ill., 9,180. 9, Capri Lanes, Dayton, Ohio, 9,171. 10, Super Bowl-Appleton, Kaukauna, Wis., 9,165.



    1, EWI/NPS/Denny's (Lawanda Scott, Lynette Crowther, Derek Arnold, Kelliann Frank, Phillip Savelli), Mentor, Ohio, 2,699. 2, Roadrunners, Las Cruces, N.M., 2,604. 3, Whitlow Furnace, Scobey, Mont., 2,602. 4, Stevens Seed, Clarion, Iowa, 2,594. 5, Who U Wit, Hayward, Calif., 2,578. 6, Stuart Bowl 3, Stuart, Iowa, 2,573. 7, Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., 2,567. 8, Minnow's Marine, Havre, Mont., 2,558. 9 (tie), Lucky Strike Lanes, Spearfish, S.D., and Daylight Donuts, Hays, Kan., 2,554.

    1, Tyson Sims/Scott Wilcox, Georgetown, Idaho, 1,182. 2, John Bishop/Dan Mosteller, Tooele, Utah, 1,175. 3, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo./Pete Fitzgibbons, Goodland, Kan., 1,173. 4, Greg Allen/Stacey Bauer, Ogallala, Neb., 1,166. 5, Holly Ventura, Harwood Heights, Ill./Bob Zurek, River Grove, Ill., 1,149. 6, Delmar Brownell/Dale Brownell, Spearfish, S.D., 1,148. 7, Scott Werner, Overland Park, Kan./Mark Klyn, Pella, Iowa, 1,145. 8 (tie), Terry Crowther/Monte Gebhardt, Roundup, Mont., and Richard Anderson, Julesburg, Colo./Dan Ford, Chappell, Neb., 1,141. 10, Terry Henkle, Garrison, Iowa/Larry Albers, Van Horne, Iowa, 1,139.

    1, David Garcez, Merced, Calif., 669. 2, Mark Plute, Montrose, Colo., 644. 3, Curt VanLaningham, Ogallala, Neb., 624. 4, Ryan Goettsch, Galva, Iowa, 618. 5, Flor Crowley, Oxnard, Calif., 611. 6, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 609. 7, Robb Waynick, Dunbridge, Ohio, 605. 8, Ryan Fritchen, Dakota Dunes, S.D., 604. 9, Ethan Buser, York, Pa., 601. 10, Mike Brevik, Des Moines, Iowa, 600.

    1, Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,766. 2, Jake Acuna, Pocatello, Idaho, 1,736. 3, John Stolarski, Waterford, Mich., 1,733. 4, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 1,732. 5, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,721. 6, Doug Boleyn, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,719. 7, Ken Hoffman, Durand, Ill., 1,718. 8, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,712. 9, Flor Crowley, Oxnard, Calif., 1,705. 10, Ryan Goettsch, Galva, Iowa, 1,702.