Arizona team sets early pace at Women's Championships by rolling first 3,000

    03/29/06

    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. - March 16 - July 2, 2006

    2006USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg Even though they realize the score might stay on top, team members for Strike 3 of Sun City, Ariz., were pleasantly surprised when they became the first team to crack the 3,000 mark over the weekend at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships presented by the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus.

    Strike 3 totaled 3,021 Sunday in the Classic Division (team average of 946 or higher) to move into the early lead. The group was led by team captain Brenda Burns with a 655 series followed by Kelly Lenhart with (622), Tammy Willis (609), Sonja Echeveria (571) and Darlene Spiva (564).

    "We have five good, capable bowlers but to post a score like that at the nationals is something we're pretty proud of," said Burns, a 41-year-old medical skills trainer. "I told my teammates to check out the standings board because it might not stay up there too long."

    Burns and Lenhart were teammates on the Arizona State University women's bowling team from 1983-1986 while Spiva and Willis were members of the Women's International Bowling Congress Classic Division team champions in 1997.

    "This is the highest team score any of us have ever bowled in a national tournament so we're pretty thrilled about," Lenhart added.

    In 1997 Spiva and Echeveria's Here 4 Beer II team rolled 3,017 to tie for the Classic Division team title.

    In addition to her 655 in team, Burns rolled 600 in doubles and 622 in singles to take the early Classic Division all-events lead with 1,880.

    "I'll have my eyes on the bowl.com Web site to see how our scores hold up," said Burns, who grew up and bowled as a youth in Milwaukee. "For now we'll enjoy our moment of fame."


    Top five division leaders with hometowns and pinfall:

    CLASSIC DIVISION

    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Strike 3, Sun City, Ariz., 3,021. 2, Bowlers Choice I, St. Louis Park, Minn., 2,849. 3, Bowlers Choice II, Wilmington, Del., 2,832. 4, Park Lanes, Hillsboro, Ore., 2,627. 5, Deanna's Doggie Boutique, Independence, Mo., 2,532.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Barbara Stensgaard, St. Louis Park, Minn./Sharon Carlson, Belle Plaine, Minn., 1,186. 2, Ann Bryand, Osseo, Minn./Tracey Magnuson, Faribault, Minn., 1,151. 3, Kelley Lenhart,/Brenda Burns, Sun City, Ariz., 1,137. 4, Susan Harad, Willow Grove, Pa./Yvonne Jones, North Wales, Pa., 1,134. 5, Jeanne Blasier, Aloha, Ore./Tina Clark, Forest Grove, Ore., 1,114.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Sara Weimer, Bear, Del., 642. 2, Renee Steele, Carson City, Nev., 639. 3, Rose Dendy, Edgemoor, Del., 638. 4, Brenda Burns, Sun City, Ariz., 625. 5, Patti Lancaster, Antioch, Calif., 623.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Brenda Burns, Sun City, Ariz., 1,880. 2, Renee Steele, Carson City, Nev., 1,851. 3, Sharon Carlson, Belle Plaine, Minn., 1,821. 4, Lorrie Sims, Oakley, Calif., 1,811. 5, Sherry Brusie, Warsaw, Mo., 1,808.


    DIVISION 1

    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Village Bar II, Omaha, Neb., 2,842. 2, Scraps Dog Company, Reno, Nev., 2,685. 3, Alley Cats II, Wildomar, Calif., 2,652. 4, Regencys W & C Ladies, Bakersfield, Calif., 2,598. 5, The Fab Five, Stockton, Calif., 2,583.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Shannon Antczak/Lorrie Sims, Oakley, Calif., 1,172. 2, Patti Smevik, Incline Village, Nev./Tisha Carter, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,145. 3, Maritza Fontanez/Chauntann Reid, Philadelphia, 1,125. 4, Deborah Martin, Wamego, Kan./Rebecca Toman, Dale City, Va., 1,118. 5, Becky Hardwick, Bakersfield, Calif./Jackie Burrows, Lake Isabella, Calif., 1,116.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Lazette Harris, Antelope, Calif., 620. 2, Bessie Scarvers, Hyattsville, Md., 617. 3, Maritza Fontanez, Philadelphia, 606. 4, Karen Coffey, Rio Rancho, N.M., 592. 5, Toni Draeger, Bakersfield, Calif., 590.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Lazette Harris, Antelope, Calif., 1,734. 2, Colleen McDermott, Crystal Lake, Ill., 1,715. 3, Kasandra Rugenstein, Pinconning, Mich., 1,698. 4, Audra Mills, Ladoga, Ind., 1,687. 5, Tisha Carter, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,680.


    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, Spare Parts, Fayetteville, Ark., 2,506. 5, Pindale Lanes, Blackfoot, Idaho, 2,494.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Nancy Kaiser, Stacy, Minn./Carla Selbitschka, North Branch, Minn., 1,094. 2, Kim Klawitter, Valparaiso, Ind./Cindy Fort, Schererville, Ind., 1.075. 3, Denise Hewitt, Fremont, Calif./Peggy Inman, San Jose, 1,070; 4, Linda Williams, West Plains, Mo./Lea Hilton, Springfield, Mo., 1,062. 5, Kathryn Stich/Shelby Powell, Topeka, Kan., 1,060.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Sandra Mays, Hercules, Calif., 603. 2, Dee Barragan, Mason City, Iowa, 600. 3, Natasha Peterson, Moreno Valley, Calif., 599. 4, Nevada Dahilig, Sacramento, Calif., 591. 5, Joyce Arbogast, Scottsbluff, Neb., 579.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Dottie Knebel, Midland, Texas, 1,668. 2, Patti Manna, Omaha, Neb., 1,645. 3, Lisa Armborst, Rosemount, Minn., 1,627. 4, Inez Fink, Morristown, Ind., 1,626. 5, Diane Stanley, Homosassa, Fla., 1,614.


    DIVISION 3

    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Cutting Edge, Glencoe, Minn., 2,417. 2, Coldwell Banker, Eureka, Calif., 2,397. 3, Mana Mana, Longmont, Colo., 2,320. 4, Austin Lake Greenhouse, Spooner, Wis., 2,306. 5, Lane Lizards, Morristown, Ind., 2,303.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Joyce Bland, Tampa, Fla./Ruth Burns, Carlinville, Ill., 1,045. 2, Darlene Frohm, Pittsburg, Calif./Renee Sykes, Vallejo, Calif., 1,013. 3, Jean Mumm, Davenport, Iowa/Cindi Bates, Long Grove, Iowa, 995. 4, Diana Davis, Ava, Mo./Kathryn Bockelman, Mansfield, Mo., 989. 5 (tie), Pam Burrell/Sharon Beasley, Vacaville, Calif., and Sherry Rickheim/Pam Ahlbrecht, Glencoe, Minn., 988.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Stacy Olson, Winner, S.D., 544. 2, Gayle Hortelano, Morton Grove, Ill., 539. 3, Charlotte Stidham, Anderson, Calif., 537. 4 (tie), Heidi Gilmore, Orland, Calif., and Velma Perry, Spring, Texas, 533.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Sheila Jeffers, Sandy, Utah, 1,543. 2, Kim Klawitter, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,513. 3, Susan Weissmann, Springfield, Mo., 1,506. 4, Barbara Thomas, Klamath Falls., Ore., 1,505. 5, Mary Ann Martinez, Aztec, N.M., 1,489.


    DIVISION 4

    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Bear Nasty, Monticello, Minn., 2,187. 2, Whittierwood Product, Springfield, Ore., 2,040. 3, Oasis Chics, Fallon, Nev., 2,013. 4, H-40, Woodward, Okla., 2,011. 5, Power Engineers, Hailey, Idaho, 2,000.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1 (tie), Martha Mueller/Joanne Huberty, Mora, Minn., and Kelli Nilson, Payson, Utah/Wendy Lounsbury, Springville, Utah, 884. 3. Lois Rogers, Naselle, Wash./Mitzi Cady, Long Beach, Wash., 881. 4, Janet Brown, Sparks, Nev./Evelyn Brown, Carson City, Nev., 858. 5, Amy Hinnant, Manteo, N.C./Ginger Reber, Wanchese, N.C., 855.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Shelly Bloch, Ramsey, Minn., 538. 2, Ashley Rivera, Kingsville, Texas, 536. 3, Maria Nelson, Heron Lake, Minnesota, 491. 4, Patty Paul, Knightstown, Ind., 490. 5 (tie), Shannon Kokanour, Highland, Calif., and Mary Weisenburgh, Jacksonville, Fla., 485.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Ashley Rivera, Kingsville, Texas, 1,433. 2, Shelly Bloch, Ramsey, Minn., 1,382. 3, Dianna Thorp, Vancouver, Wash., 1,361. 4, Patty Paul, Knightstown, Ind., 1,346. 5, Coty O'Connell, Sand Springs, Okla., 1,340.