Wisconsin team makes run at lead at USBC Open Championships


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    2010USBCOCRedCarpetLanes.jpgWith all eyes on Linds Limited of Milwaukee, the defending Regular Team and Team All-Events champion, Red Carpet Lanes (pictured left) of Greenfield, Wis., quietly put together three solid games and nearly took the team lead at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Sunday.

    The companion teams came into this year's event planning to work together to break the lanes down, and as the defending champions struggled, things got progressively better for Red Carpet Lanes, which posted games of 1,034, 1,090 and 1,126 for a 3,250 total.

    That places the team second behind Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis., which leads with 3,298.

    "Those guys are a lot of fun to bowl with, and we really feed off of each other," said two-time USBC Open Championships titlist Jeff Nimke, who led Red Carpet Lanes with a 689 series at the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday.

    "We definitely had fun tonight, but we also left a lot of pins out there. I, myself, wish I would've made a ball adjustment in the second game, but we did what we could do and got what we could get."

    2010USBCOCLindsLimited.jpgLinds Limited (pictured right) finished with 994, 1,023 and 987 for 3,004 and will not become the first team in tournament history to claim back-to-back Regular Team titles.

    "I think we might've been trying a little too hard and pressed early with everyone watching and all," said Lennie Boresch Jr., who rolled a 300 game and lifted Linds Limited to the 2009 team title with a 3,449 effort.

    "We all struggled at some point tonight, and we made some bad equipment choices. Last year, some guys bowled well and we communicated, and this time, we were all kind of fishing and couldn't get anything going."

    Two-time champion Steve Brinkman added 680 for Red Carpet Lanes and was followed by Chad Maas (677), Dave Beres (629) and Scott Helm (575).

    Boresch led the way for Linds Limited with 642 and was followed by six-time champion Gary Daroszewski (608), four-time titlist and reigning USBC Senior Masters champion Dale Traber (595), four-time champion Gus Yannaras (580) and three-time winner Ryan Lever (579). All together, the group has combined for 20 titles in 146 years of Open Championships experience.

    "It's been a great year for us, and a lot of people around town were truly excited about our wins last year," said Boresch, whose 2,223 all-events score last year helped Linds Limited to the third-highest Team All-Events score in tournament history (10,372). "Especially at our ages, it felt great to go out there and prove ourselves, and it's something we'll never forget. And now, every time we go out there, we'll have the confidence that we can do it again."

    Nimke, the 1993 Regular All-Events champion and a member of the winning team in 1998, has enjoyed success on the tournament lanes and knows it's just a matter of time before things fall into place for his current team.

    "I think this team has what it takes, and we've been close the last few years," said Nimke, who helped Red Carpet Lanes to top 10 finishes in 2006 and 2007. "Now, it's just a matter of getting a few breaks at the right time, and I really think we could get there."

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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, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 (Marc McDowell, Steve Richter, Jeff Richgels, Gail Myers Jr., Mike Shady), Madison, Wis., 3,298. 2, Red Carpet Lanes, Greenfield, Wis., 3,250. 3, Up An Adam, Coral Springs, Fla., 3,247. 4, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,202. 5, Design Wizards, Mandan, N.D., 3,159. 6, Rip the Rack, Lake St. Louis, Mo., 3,131. 7, Bluebird Lanes, Orland Park, Ill., 3,122. 8, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,102. 9, St. Charles Lanes, St. Charles, Mo., 3,085. 10, Central Saw and Mower, Racine, Wis., 3,081.

    1, Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla./David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., 1,498. 2, Kenneth Stephens, Frankfort, Ky./Randall Montoya, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,434. 3, Terry Hall, Rocklin, Calif./Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,421. 4, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio/Douglas Stone, Troy, Ohio, 1,419. 5 (tie), Jason Hale, Des Moines, Iowa/Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and Lana Schwab, Lake Villa, Ill./Davey Rosen, Northbrook, Ill., 1,411. 7, Brian Salapatek, Cortland, Ill./Anthony Jovanovich, DeKalb, Ill., 1,379. 8, Tony Buss, Milwaukee/Dave Gajewski, Franklin, Wis., 1,366. 9, Mark Henrichs, Edgar, Wis./Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 1,362. 10, Megan Kelly, Huber Heights, Ohio/Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,361.

    1, Terrence Syring, Bay City, Mich., 833. 2, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 766. 3, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill., 760. 4, Christopher Webb, Racine, Wis., 755. 5. Jimmy Hilligas, Kettering, Ohio, 749. 6, Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, 742. 7 (tie), Anthony Woollis, Lubbock, Texas, and Michael Bourcier, Rhinelander, Wis., 740. 9, Hank Jordan, Lubbock, Texas, 739. 10, Tony Biondi, Orlando, Fla., 734.

    1, Terrence Syring, Bay City, Mich., 2,155. 2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 2,083. 3 (tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and George Kontos Joliet, Ill., 2,073. 5, Christopher Webb, Racine, Wis., 2,067. 6, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 2,059. 7, Marty Lavigne, Temperance, Mich., 2,049. 8, Davey Rosen, Northbrook, Ill., 2,048. 9, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 2,044. 10, Mike Calhoun, Wyandotte, Mich., 2,039.

    Team All-Events
    1, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 (Marc McDowell, Steve Richter, Jeff Richgels, Gail Myers Jr., Mike Shady), Madison, Wis., 9,609. 2, Bluebird Lanes, Orland Park, Ill., 9,602. 3, Professional Image Center 1, Coffeyville, Kan., 9,599. 4, Design Wizards, Mandan, N.D., 9,578. 5, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 9,450. 6, Sign Producers 1, Winter Garden, Fla., 9,341. 7, Roto Grip, Brigham City, Utah, 9,279. 8, Up An Adam, Coral Springs, Fla., 9,267. 9, Team USA, St. Louis, 9,223. 10 (tie), Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., and Pilat Design Elite, Auburn, N.Y., 9,214.



    1, Huikko's Bowling Center 3 (Pam Strong, Ronda Bauman, Jeanne Schmid, Jeffrey Schmid, Dale Bauman), Buffalo, Minn., 2,730. 2, EWI/NPS/Denny's, Mentor, Ohio, 2,699. 3, Wothe Bait 1, Perham, Minn., 2,684. 4, Garden Center Lanes 2, Alexandria, Minn., 2,683. 5, Garden Center Lanes 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,663. 6, Sportsman Bowling Club 5, Moreno Valley, Calif., 2,662. 7, Paradise Lanes, Walden, Colo., 2,648. 8, Red Carpet, West Union, Minn., 2,627. 9, Roadrunners, Las Cruces, N.M., 2,604. 10, Whitlow Furnace, Scobey, Mont., 2,602.

    1, Tyson Sims/Scott Wilcox, Georgetown, Idaho, 1,182. 2, John Bishop/Dan Mosteller, Tooele, Utah, 1,175. 3, Wayne Doney, Lamar, Colo./Jim Matusek, Hartland, Wis., 1,174. 4, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo./Pete Fitzgibbons, Goodland, Kan., 1,173. 5, Greg Allen/Stacey Bauer, Ogallala, Neb., 1,166. 6, Walter Cook, Inverness, Fla./Stephen Liik, Homosassa, Fla., 1,153. 7, Holly Ventura, Harwood Heights, Ill./Bob Zurek, River Grove, Ill., 1,149. 8, Delmar Brownell/Dale Brownell, Spearfish, S.D., 1,148. 9, Scott Werner, Overland Park, Kan./Mark Klyn, Pella, Iowa, 1,145. 10, Tyler Grabow, Twin Brooks, S.D./Gary Jensen, Benson, Minn., 1,144.

    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, Ryan Burmester, Chandler, Ariz., 615. 6, Flor Crowley, Oxnard, Calif., 611. 7, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 609. 8, Robb Waynick, Dunbridge, Ohio, 605. 9, Ryan Fritchen, Dakota Dunes, S.D., 604. 10, Ethan Buser, York, Pa., 601.

    1, Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,766. 2, Paul Daniels, Bonner, Mont., 1,739. 3, Jake Acuna, Pocatello, Idaho, 1,736. 4, John Stolarski, Waterford, Mich., 1,733. 5, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 1,732. 6, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,721. 7, Doug Boleyn, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,719. 8, Ken Hoffman, Durand, Ill., 1,718. 9, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,712. 10, Flor Crowley, Oxnard, Calif., 1,705.