Past champion helps team into All Events lead at USBC Open Championships


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    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    2002ABCAllEventsStephenHardy.jpg Stephen Hardy of Manchester, N.H., already knows what it's like to win a title at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and now he's in a position to share that feeling with his teammates.

    Hardy, who claimed the 2002 Regular All Events crown (archive picture) with a tournament-record 2,279, helped Montgomery Industries Inc. of Braintree, Mass., into the top spot in Team All-Events on Saturday at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.

    Hardy led the way with a 2,085 all-events total, which is currently 14th, as the group shot 9,851 to pass Warrior Lanes of Des Moines, Iowa, which previously held the lead with 9,837.

    Joseph Campbell contributed 2,034 for Montgomery Industries Inc., followed by Ed Roberts (1,992), Thomas McCarrick (1,936) and Bryan Cahill (1,804).

    "I've been a professional bowler before and I've bowled all over the world, and there is nothing more pleasing than winning a title at this tournament," said Hardy, a 41-year-old bowling proprietor. "I've bowled with this same group of guys for a long time, and every year we are competitive. This year everything came together for us as a team, and it would be great if we could hold on."

    Ohio bowler just misses top spot in Regular All Events

    Curt Rasnic of Fairborn, Ohio, did everything he could to give himself a chance at the Regular All Events title at the Open Championships.

    The 41-year-old right-hander made his spares, made adjustments and ball changes and even threw nine consecutive strikes to start his last game, but it still wasn't enough as he missed the top spot by one pin Saturday.

    Rasnic threw back-to-back eight counts in the final frame to finish with 276 and a 757 series. He had 719 in doubles and 653 in team for 2,129 all-events, falling just short of Dave Hewitt of Fremont, Calif., and Kevin Tabron of Wichita, Kan., who lead with 2,130. Rasnic is also 13th in Regular Singles.

    "After I shot 653 in team I felt pretty good and I was confident coming back today, but the odds definitely weren't in my favor," Rasnic said. "I come out each year just hoping to shoot 1,800, so I feel great walking out of here. How can you not feel good knowing that you even had a chance to lead a tournament that involves everyone in the country?"

    Alabama bowler shoots 12th perfect game of 2006 event

    2006USBCOpenJosephPirani.jpg Joseph Pirani of Huntsville, Ala., posted the 12th perfect game of the 2006 Open Championships and helped McCorvey's Pro Shop 1 into sixth place in Regular Team on Friday night.

    The 41-year-old lefthander opened the night with 212 and added 255 in game three for a 767 series, helping his team to games of 1,098, 1,090 and 1,119 for 3,307. Brunswick Shox of Wichita, Kan., leads with 3,436.

    "This is so great," said Pirani, who added 669 in doubles and 633 in singles for 2,069 all-events. "It means a whole lot more than shooting 300 back home. It's even more special knowing that I will be reminded of it year after year when I come back to the Open Championships."

    With his perfect game now in the record books, Pirani proved how far he has come since his first trip to the tournament. In Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 1987, he posted a 1,371 all-events total, never breaking the 500 mark in any event.

    "I was a little overwhelmed in my first trip," said Pirani, who made his 18th tournament appearance. "I was only one year out of college and it was my first year on my own. I had absolutely no experience bowling on anything that tough. Basically, it taught me to surround myself with better bowlers that have a positive outlook. The guys I'm with now use practice to improve their games and don't complain when the shot is difficult. All of that has really rubbed off on me."

    Presenting sponsors for the 2006 USBC Open Championships are Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Texas State Aquarium, Majestic Ventures Yacht Charters, Inc., USS Lexington Museum and Texas Treasure Casino Cruises.

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls:


    1, Brunswick Shox (Luis Kassian, Casey Slaughter, T.J. Mento, Tyson Branagan, Ryan Abel), Wichita, Kan., 3,436. 2, Chilton Billiard Supply, Wichita, Kan., 3,365. 3, Wichita Bowling Supply 1, Wichita, Kan., 3,355. 4, Champions Bowling, Sacramento, Calif., 3,319. 5, Steve Cook's Bowling Supply, Sacramento, Calif., 3,318. 6, McCorvey's Pro Shop 1, Huntsville, Ala., 3,307. 7, Arcade Amusement, Orland Park, Ill., 3,297. 8, Hammer of Oregon, Klamath Falls, Ore., 3,292. 9, #'s Delivered, Houston, 3,270. 10, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 3,254.

    1, Joe Baker, Billings, Mo./Jeff Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 1,399. 2, Peter McCordic, Katy, Texas/Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,393. 3, Bill Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich./Kerry Kreft, Warren, Mich., 1,384. 4, Dana Criswell/Gary Ekman, Fremont, Calif., 1,381. 5, Perry Morton, Mineralwells, W. Va./Walter Taylor, Belpre, Ohio, 1,380. 6, Luis Kassian, Wichita, Kan./Kevin Tabron, Wichita, Kan., 1,377. 7 (tie), Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif./Larry Cooper, Reno, Nev., and Jerry Wiesendanger, Salina, Kan./Marvin Vidricksen, Salina, Kan., 1,376. 9 (tie), Chris Zoellner, Belvidere, Ill./Gerald Marrs, Lake in the Hills, Ill., and Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich./Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 1,375.

    1, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 792. 2, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 3, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 788. 4, Ernest Goedicke, Brigham City, Utah, 774. 5 (tie), Marcia Kamrowski, Pleasantview, Utah, and Joe Spoonmore, Sandwich, Ill., 772. 7, Thomas McLane, Lusby, Md., 769. 8, (tie), Randy Watson, Liberty, Mo., and Heath Hawkins, Toledo, Ohio, 763. 10 (tie), Joe Conrad, Melrose Park, Ill., Charlie Commons, Dover, Fla., and Dan Lyman Jr., Chicago, 761.

    1 (tie), Kevin Tabron, Wichita, Kan., and Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 2,130. 3, Curt Rasnic, Dayton, Ohio, 2,129. 4, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 2,117. 5, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 2,111. 6, Leonard Ruiz, Diamond Bar, Calif., 2,105. 7, Marcia Kamrowski, Pleasantview, Utah, 2,097. 8, Dan Lyman Jr., Chicago, 2,095. 9, Greg Newtson, Medford, Ore., 2,094. 10, Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, 2,093.

    Team All-Events
    1, Montgomery Industries Inc (Ed Roberts, Bryan Cahill, Thomas McCarrick, Joseph Campbell, Stephen Hardy), Braintree, Mass., 9,851. 2, Warrior Lanes, Des Moines, Iowa, 9,837. 3, Chilton Billiard Supply, Wichita, Kan., 9,793. 4, Champions Bowling, Sacramento, Calif., 9,784. 5, Hewitt's Hurlers, Reno, Nev., 9,686. 6, Storm of Utah, Brigham, Utah, 9,623. 7, Hammer of Oregon, Klamath Falls, Ore., 9,603. 8, Lodge Lanes 1, Saline, Mich., 9,554. 9, Ebonite Bowlers Map, Antioch, Calif., 9,509. 10, Wichita Bowling Supply 1, Wichita, Kan., 9,502.


    1, Torkelson Construction (Greg Schipull, Roger Haupt, Troy Schultz, Dustin Elston, Eric Douglass), Clarion, Iowa, 2,878. 2, Suburban Lanes, Meade, Kan., 2,851. 3, Sportsman Bowling Club 3, Cerritos, Calif., 2,807. 4, Grogan's Dairy Queen, Dyersburg, Tenn., 2,789. 5, D&R Golf, New Iberia, La., 2,750. 6, Hole in the Wall 2, Newton, Iowa, 2,744. 7, Sandhills Rollers 2, Aberdeen, N.C., 2,735. 8, Perkins Farms 1, Stanton, Mich., 2,716. 9, Tom's Pro Shop, Orland, Ind., 2,708. 10, DSDG Painting, Kewaskum, Wis., 2,701.

    1, Richard Cockerhan, Davison, Mich./Ron Caldwell, North Branch, Mich., 1,234. 2, Kevin Mitchell, Millbrae, Calif./Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 1,214. 3, Ron Hester/Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,209. 4, Tim Anderson, Dawson, Minn./Rob Bennett, Montevideo, Minn., 1,198. 5, Fernando Cahue, Orland Park, Ill./Art Schmitt, Palos Park, Ill., 1,185. 6, William Listerud/Gene Fenhaus, Elko, Nev., 1,180. 7, Don Wilson, Kansas City, Mo./Donn Klare, Liberty, Mo., 1,175. 8, Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn./Greg Mickelson, Perham, Minn., 1,169. 9, Allen Albers, Keystone, Iowa/Larry Meyer, Keystone, Iowa, 1,168. 10 (tie), Christopher Araya, Fernley, Nev./John Matarazza, Fallon, Nev., Ronald Arbanas, Grand Rapids, Mich./Ronald Varney, Kentwood, Mich., and Sam Shivers/Corey Jackson, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1,166.

    1 (tie), Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., and Ted Skrzynecki Jr., Ida, Mich., 679. 3, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 675. 4, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 665. 5, Aaron Biagioni, Ottawa, Ill., 661. 6, Frederick Green, Waterford Township, Mich., 660. 7, Chris Case, Knoxville, Tenn., 657. 8, Tate Ziglar, Lexington, N.C., 654. 9, Don Boone, Foley, Ala., 647. 10, James Lutz, Tucson, Ariz., 642.

    1, Jeffery Schrupp, Lester Prairie, Minn., 1,800. 2, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,788. 3, Michael Licko, Carol Stream, Ill., 1,787. 4, James McLendon, Charlotte, N.C., 1,781. 5, Jacob Scardina, Baton Rouge, La., 1,777. 6, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 1,774. 7, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,766. 8, Tate Zigler, Lexington, N.C., 1,765. 9, Ron Hester, Lexington, N.C., 1,764. 10, Danny Noss, Las Vegas, 1,761.