California bowler rolls 300, takes Singles lead at USBC Women's Championships

    07/02/10

    United States

    El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center in El Paso, Texas, USA (March 27-July 4, 2010)

    2010USBCWCKrischinaHoward.jpg2010USBCWCTennelleMilligan2.jpgKrischna Howard (pictured left) of Hawthorne, Calif., rolled the 12th perfect game in the 91-year history of the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships on her way into the lead in scratch and Diamond Singles on Thursday.

    The 31-year-old right-hander started singles with a pair of 246 games before rolling 12 consecutive strikes to finish with a 792 scratch series. She received an additional 22 pins of handicap per game, which gave her a final score of 858. Team USA member Tennelle Milligan (right) of Arlington, Texas, previously held the scratch lead with 779, while Shauna Shannon of Albuquerque, N.M., led Diamond Singles with 797.

    Howard became the third competitor to shoot 300 at this year's USBC Women's Championships. On April 22, Karen Boyd of Plantation, Fla., and Alisha Hill of Riverside, Calif., rolled perfect games during the same team squad.

    Howard's 300 game at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center was the first of her bowling career, and her 792 series also is a career-best.

    "I'm just so excited, I'm still shaking," said Howard, who made her second Women's Championships appearance. "I never thought it would happen at a tournament like this. I've had the front 10 before, but that's it. I just really wanted it, and I've been waiting a long time for this moment."

    After watching her teammate, Dana Blake of Hawthorne, Calif., strike on her first nine shots Wednesday during their team event, Howard did her best to compose herself on each shot in the 10th frame.

    She struck soundly on her first two deliveries, but experienced some added suspense on the final ball as the 7 pin was the last to fall.

    "I was nervous as heck," said Howard, who bowls league at AMF Midtown Lanes in Los Angeles. "I just wanted to keep the ball on line and not totally screw it up. I had been leaving a lot of 7 pins throughout the tournament, so the last shot was a little scary."

    Howard returned to the lanes in January after taking nearly a year off as she welcomed her daughter, Kaylyn, into the world. After working herself back into the sport, she also prepared some new equipment for the event.

    With her new equipment working well and a chance at the top spot possible, adding her name to the leaderboard was the least of Howard's concerns going into the final game. Her main goal was to bowl a 700 series.

    "I just wanted to get to 700," Howard said. "I've started off strong like that before, but tend to finish with a weak game, so I didn't want to screw it up. I didn't even think about taking the lead at all. But I'll be on BOWL.com checking every day."

    Howard won't have to spend too much time at the computer, however. The 2010 Women's Championships is scheduled to conclude its 100-day run on July 4.

    2010USBCWCJodiWoessner.jpg"I'm happy, very, very happy," Howard said. "I came out here to have fun with my family and friends. I never expected any of this. I can now say I have one major bowling accomplishment and that it's a pretty big one. We'll wait and see what happens over the next few days."

    Howard added a 683 series in team and 672 in doubles to finish with an all-events total of 2,213, which puts her in fourth place for Diamond All-Events. Jodi Woessner (right) of Oregon, Ohio, leads with 2,330. All scores include handicap.

    The Diamond Division includes bowlers with averages of 180 and above, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220.

    2010USBCWCLogo.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2010 USBC Women's Championships are Nationwide Insurance; Kegel, official lane maintenance provider; US Steltronic, official scoring system; Brunswick; Storm Bowling Products Inc.; and the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau.

     


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    91st USBC Women's Championships 2010


    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    SCRATCH DIVISION


    Team
    1, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop (Sue Jeziorski, Nikki Lunsford, Sue Nawojski, Michelle Sterner, Liz Johnson), Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,424. 2, Great Balls of Fire, Peekskill, N.Y., 3,351. 3 (tie), Barry Ashers Embroidery, Arlington, Texas, and Together Once Again, Keller, Texas, 3,345. 5, BowlersMAP, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,339.

    Doubles
    1, Carol Gianotti, Henderson, Nev./Missy Klug, Macomb, Mich., 1,431. 2, Jessica Baker, Bel Aire, Kan./Sandra Gongora, Wichita, Kan., 1,407. 3, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas/Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 1,406. 4, Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla./Kari Schwager, Rogers Park, Ill., 1,400. 5, Laurie Soto, Castaic, Calif./Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 1,380.

    Singles
    1, Krischna Howard, Hawthorne, Calif., 792. 2, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 779. 3, Sharon Aston, La Grange, Ky., 771. 4, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 764. 5, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 750.

    All-Events
    1, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,330. 2, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 2,149. 3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,144. 4, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 2,136. 5, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,128.

     


    DIAMOND DIVISION


    Team
    For bowlers with combined averages of 900 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 1,100 for the team set
    1, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop (Sue Jeziorski, Nikki Lunsford, Sue Nawojski, Michelle Sterner, Liz Johnson), Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,436. 2, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan, Ill., 3,390. 3, Great Balls of Fire, Peekskill, N.Y., 3,378. 4, All Mixed Up, Chino Hills, Calif., 3,366. 5, Alaska Belles, Seattle, 3,363.

    Doubles
    For bowlers with combined averages of 360 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 440 for the doubles set
    1, Renee Graham, Seat Pleasant, Md./Felicia Thorpe, Temple Hills, Md., 1,484. 2, Jacqueline Wilson, Oxon Hill, Md./Amber Casey, Clinton, Md., 1,483. 3, Brenda Downs, Gilbert, Ariz./Lisa Cross, Chandler, Ariz., 1,457. 4 (tie) Jessica Baker, Bel Aire, Kan./Sandra Gongora, Wichita, Kan., and Trish Manna/Suzy Minino, Omaha, Neb., 1,452.

    Singles
    For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220 for the single set
    1, Krischna Howard, Hawthorne, Calif., 858. 2, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 797. 3, Kim Wirth, Hopkins, Minn., 785. 4, Cynthia Brown, Bahama, N.C., 784. 5, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 779.

    All-Events
    For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220 for all nine games
    1, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,330. 2, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,227. 3, Sandra Gongora, Wichita, Kan., 2,226. 4, Krischna Howard, Hawthorne, Calif., 2,213. 5 (tie) Kris Higgs, Orangevale, Calif., and Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, 2,210.

     


    RUBY DIVISION


    Team
    For bowlers with a combined average of 750-899, with handicap based on 100 percent of 900 for the team set
    1, CRC CARSTAR (Pam Weeks, Faith Zimmer, Terri Lion, Donna Laughlin, Karen Smith), Fort Collins, Colo., 2,880. 2, Sharon's Korner Kitchen, Peabody, Kan., 2,839. 3, Looney Tunes, Titusville, Fla., 2,823. 4, ABS Express, Wheelersburg, Ohio, 2,819. 5, All That & More, Little Rock, Ark., 2,809.

    Doubles
    For bowlers with a combined average of 300-359, with handicap based on 100 percent of 360 for the doubles set
    1, Patricia Akin, Vienna, Ga./Maggie Pope, Warner Robins, Ga., 1,267. 2 (tie), Mary Sorenson, Bemidji, Minn./January Dennison, Sevierville, Tenn., and Lisa Dowd, Chicago/Antionette Driver, Calumet City, Ill., 1,256. 4, Teresa Marshall, Shelbyville, Ind./Theresa Lightle, Veedersburg, Ind., 1,239. 5 (tie), Lynette Larsen/Kim Pettijohn, Kearney, Neb., and Sharon Jones, Oxford, Pa./Sharon Kulp, Nottingham, Pa., 1,237.

    Singles
    For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180 for the singles set
    1, Holly Van Nortwick, Hillsboro, Ore., 690. 2, Kathy Brown, Jacksonville, Fla., 687. 3, Amanda Gorringe, Fishers, Ind., 683. 4 (tie), Angie Motzko, Watertown, Minn., and Sallie Dwight, Warner Robins, Ga., 672.

    All-Events
    For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180 for all nine games
    1, Betty Brooks, Lakewood, Calif., 1,898. 2, Dixie Dibble, Woodston, Kan., 1,894. 3, Rebecca Farrah, Tempe, Ariz., 1,876. 4, Tina Ingram, Dublin, Calif., 1,874. 5 (tie), Emily Milbank, Albuquerque, N.M., and Holly Van Nortwick, Hillsboro, Ore., 1,834.

     


    SAPPHIRE DIVISION


    Team
    For bowlers with a combined average of 749 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 750 for the team set
    1, East Bay Ladies (Elzada Reed, Ellen Temple-Daniels, Delores Easterling, Teresa Sexton, Shiela Douglas), Richmond, Calif., 2,528. 2, Auto Way Bowl, Minden, Neb., 2,464. 3, Baton Rouge Gals, Denham Springs, La., 2,450. 4, Chick-A-Boom, Bloomfield, N.M., 2,424. 5, Praze Rollers, Dallas, 2,420.

    Doubles
    For bowlers with a combined average of 299 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 300 for the doubles set
    1, Shirley Barnes, Wilmington, Del./Debbie Kennedy, Elkton, Md., 1,088. 2, Rebecca Uraine/Norine Lehar, Tucson, Ariz., 1,068. 3, Molly Chisamore, Rochelle, Ill./Rachel Metcalf, Davis Junction, Ill., 1,066. 4 (tie), Carol Cunningham, Cleveland, Texas/Elaine Bailey, Livingston, Texas, and Mary Sam-Titus/Bonita Morning, Denver 1,061.

    Singles
    For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150 for the singles set
    1, Robin Farrish, El Paso, Texas, 625. 2, Belinda Rusch, East Moline, Ill., 600. 3, Jeri Wines, Austin, Texas, 594. 4 (tie), Donna Drummond, Wayland, Mo., and Heather Peterson, Malad, Idaho, and Kasey Peed, Craig, Colo., 589.

    All-Events
    For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150 for all nine games
    1, Robin Farrish, El Paso, Texas, 1,638. 2, Connie Atcitty, Shiprock, N.M., 1,630. 3, Yolanda McKinney, West Fargo, N.D., 1,627. 4, Mary Mitchell, Cherokee, Kan., 1,608. 5, Nicole Newman, White Lake, Mich., 1,604.