Indiana bowler celebrates 55 years at USBC Women's Championships

    06/18/11

    United States

    2011USBCWCDorothySternberg.jpgDorothy Sternberg (pictured) of Indianapolis received a standing ovation from her bowling peers at the Oncenter Convention Center as she was recognized for 55 years of participation at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships on June 11.

    The 90-year-old right-hander received a medallion necklace and 55-year plaque as well as a bouquet of flowers from USBC Women's Championships Tournament Manager Eric Pierson. She is one of five women who have reached the 55-year mark in the 92-year history of the event.

    Sternberg wasn't shy when she was handed the microphone during a brief ceremony on the lanes. Although she missed five tournaments over the years, reaching 55 was an important milestone.

    "Ladies, make sure you just keep bowling," Sternberg said. "It'll keep you alive. I credit it with keeping me going as I have aged, and keeping me in the shape I am in today."

    Sternberg currently uses a cane because of a recent hip replacement surgery but claims the healing is progressing so well because she stayed active in bowling at her home center of All-Star Bowl 1 in Indianapolis.

    2011USBCWCYoungsWelding.jpg"If you can keep bowling in one or two leagues every week, it keeps you moving," Sternberg said. "I do that, and every once in a while, also slip in an extra game."

    Sternberg's team, Orchid Room, competed in the Ruby Division, and she finished with a 286 series in team. She did not bowl doubles or singles because of her hip problems, but she hopes to remedy that next year.

    Ruby Team is for teams with a combined average of 750-899. Handicap is 100 percent of 900. Young's Welding Inc. 1 of Chanute, Kan. (pictured right), leads with a 2,982 total.

     


    Illinois duo leads Ruby Doubles in Syracuse


    A year after having corrective surgery, Deatra Tart of Chicago returned to the USBC Women's Championships in top form, and it showed at the Oncenter Convention Center as she and Denise Hill, also of Chicago, moved into the top spot in Ruby Doubles on June 11.

    Tart rolled a season-high 577 series, while Hill added a 529 set for a 1,106 scratch total. An additional 45 pins of handicap per game lifted the right-handers to a 1,241 handicap effort. Marla Maley of Reno, Nev., and Nancy Ferretti of Sparks, Nev., previously held the lead with 1,235.

    "We've been bowling these tournaments for some 15 years now, and we've never done anything this great," said Tart, a truck driver for the city of Chicago. "I didn't know if I was going to be able to walk again, so this is a major accomplishment for me."

    The 50-year-old Tart, who was hit by a truck five years ago, did not go to the 2010 USBC Women's Championships in El Paso, Texas, after undergoing risky surgery to fix two vertebrae, an operation she worried could have left her paralyzed. But Tart recovered from the operation, and the former 180-average-bowler is back up to 163. She rolled a high game of 208 in doubles.

    "My average sank to the 150s after the accident," said Tart, who entered the Women's Championships with a 154 average. "I couldn't even do singles for the last four years in tournaments because my body couldn't do it. God bless Denise. Despite everything, she kept going with me."

    In the Diamond Division, Julie Lass of Mohave Valley, Ariz., climbed into third place in the all-events standings with a 2,223 total June 12. Elizabeth Hubler-Rike of Grand Rapids, Mich., leads with 2,270.

    Lass posted scores of 639 in doubles, 630 in team and 621 in singles for a 1,890 scratch total. She received 37 pins of handicap per game to find her way into the top five.

     


    A look ahead


    Defending Ruby Doubles champions Joyce Treat of Queen Creek, Ariz., and her daughter-in-law Shawna Treat of Gilbert, Ariz., will return to the USBC Women's Championships and receive their gem series trophies before for their team event at 11 a.m. on June 19. The two won the title on the last day of competition last year in El Paso, Texas.

     


    2011USBCWCLogo.jpg Sponsors for the 2011 USBC Women's Championships sponsors include Turning Stone Resort and Casino, official brackets sponsor, Humana, official registration sponsor, Miller Lite and Molson Canadian, official beer sponsors. Supporting sponsors include Storm Bowling Products, Nationwide Insurance, The Oncenter, Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau, Caz Limo & Tours, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, US Steltronic, official scoring system, and Brunswick, official lane provider.

     


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    92nd USBC Women's Championships


    Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., United States (April 7 - July 3, 2011)

    Diamond Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Team
    (Combined average of 900 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 1,100)
    1, Eagles Edge Pro Shop (Joyce Biondo, Tracy Luncsford, Keri Caduto, Tina Becke, Jonquay Armon), Des Plaines, Ill., 3,416. 2, Shootin Nines, Indianapolis, 3,347. 3, All Star Cut Ups, Denham Springs, La., 3,332. 4. Sugar N Strike, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,317. 5, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan. Ill., 3,305. 6, WOW, Davenport, N.D., 3,302. 7, Miller Time Girls, Aberdeen, Md., 3,290. 8, They're Back!!!, San Antonio, 3,278. 9, Team EFX, Sun City, Calif., 3,275. 10, Total Sports Complex, Clinton Township, Mich., 3.269.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 360 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 440)
    1, Trish Manna/Suzy Minino, Omaha, Neb., 1,532. 2, Tracey Magnuson, Faribault, Minn./Diane Marget, Champlin, Minn., 1,500. 3, Aleta Sill, Livonia, Mich./Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,462. 4, Elizabeth Hubler-Rike, Grand Rapids, Mich./Sharyl Jahn, Rockford, Mich., 1,461. 5, Susan Jeziorski/Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,459. 6, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C./Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 1,456. 7, Jamie Nelson/Paula Siebert, Muskegon, Mich., 1,450. 8, Davie Mae Leskoske, Clinton, Utah/Tanya Leonard, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 1,433. 9, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y./Ashly Galante, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,429. 10, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,428.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 180 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 220)
    1, Brittany Signor, Watertown, N.Y., 806. 2, Brenda Pugh, La Mesa, Calif., 796. 3, Beth Reese, Haymarket, Va. 794. 4, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 775. 5, Julie Ryan, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 772. 6, Katie Mae Pritchard, Coon Rapids, Minn., 771. 7, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C., 768. 8, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 763. 9, Kip Olivas, Lenoir, N.C., 762. 10, Tracy Lawrence, Maplewood, Minn., 759.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 180 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 220)
    1, Elizabeth Hubler-Rike, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,270. 2, Beth Reese, Haymarket, Va., 2,229. 3, Julie Lass, Mohave Valley, Ariz., 2,223. 4, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 5, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,189. 6, Salena Barone, Cary, N.C., 2,188. 7, Bonnie Smith, Lakewood, N.Y., 2,181. 8, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 9, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151. 10, Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 2,143.

     


    Ruby Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Team
    (Combined average of 750-899; Handicap is 100 percent of 900)
    1, Young's Welding Inc 1, (Joan Newman, Anne Kluin, Connie Turner, Cindi Minor, Linda Schoenhofer) Chanute, Kan., 2,982. 2, Strike Force 2, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,858. 3 (tie), Striking Ladies, East Kingston, N.H., and Hope, Indian Springs, Ala., 2,829. 5, Alley Oops, Carrizo Springs, Texas, 2,821. 6, California Dreamers 2, Cypress, Calif., 2,819. 7, Wild Things, Conyers, Ga., 2,820. 8, Barb's Concessions, Dunkirk, Ohio, 2,813. 9, New Girls on the Block, Stow, Ohio, 2,810. 10 (tie), Alabama Rollers, Phoenix City, Ala., and Lobstah Gals, Westbrook, Maine, 2,809.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 300-359; Handicap is 100 percent of 360)
    1, Deatra Tart/Denise Hill, Chicago, 1,241. 2, Marla Maley, Reno, Nev./Nancy Ferretti, Sparks, Nev., 1,235. 3, Laura Hurlburt, Arcadia, Neb./Melisa Hurlburt, Gordon, Neb., 1,230. 4, Tina Ballas/Jeanette Moran, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1,225. 5, Cindy Boatman/Melissa Boughner, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,213. 6, Krystal Heuser, Elwood, N.J./Ann Earley, Ventura, Calif., 1,211. 7, Dianna Coykendall, Mount Vernon, Ohio/Susan Combs, Howard, Ohio, 1,209. 8, Carol Bray, Shinnston, W.Va./Charlotte Frisenda, Fairmont, W. Va., 1,203. 9, Kimberly Dauer, Mankato, Minn./Vicky Strassburg, Hanska, Minn., 1,202. 10, Kimberly Prichard, Council Bluffs, Iowa/Nila Bolli, Burwell, Neb., 1,198.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Camille McQueen, Long Valley, N.J., 702. 2, Renita Merritt, Conyers, Ga., 681. 3, Norma Perry, Dubuque, Iowa, 676. 4 (tie), Arlene Vilhauer, Highmore, S.D., Patti Kroll, Big Lake, Minn., and Cindi Blaison, Walden, N.Y., 674. 7, Kathy Meidlein, Newnan, Ga., 671. 8, Linda Kay Weatherford, Sulphur, Okla., 669. 9 (tie), Linda DeGandi, Westport, Ore., and Vola Bridges, San Antonio, 668.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Shannon Sutton, Alta, Iowa, 1,850. 2, Cindi Major, Columbus, Kan., 1,831. 3, Jessica Strasser, Hawley, Pa., 1,827. 4, Andrea Brown, Greensboro, N.C., 1,818. 5, Donna Schank, Huntersville, N.C., 1,817. 6, Ana Fukuchi, Cerritos, Calif., 1,815. 7 (tie), Tina Arend, Pueblo West, Colo., Linda Selvage, Red Cloud, Neb., and Lindsey Dieter, Lockport, Ill., 1,810. 10, Charlotte Musser, Akron, Ohio, 1,808,

     


    Sapphire Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Team
    (Combined average 749 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 750)
    1, Dianne`s Dreamers (Keelie Burgett, Debbie Scovel, Lindsey Dieter, Diane Gleason, Dianne Waldon), Wilmington, Ill., 2,558. 2, Auto Way Bowl, Minden, Neb., 2,521. 3, Greenville Girls 2, Temple Hills, Md., 2,487. 4, Bernies Alterations, Pleasant Lake, Ind., 2,455. 5 (tie), Great Western Gas Co., Burwell, Neb., and Arky's Angels, Pine Bluff, Ark., 2,417. 7, Lane Burners, Lexington, Tenn., 2,396. 8, Columbia Sunshine, Hallsville, Mo., 2,395. 9, NE Strike and Spare Bowl, Lexington, Neb., 2,393. 10, Bermuda Cedars, Devonshire, Bermuda, 2,386.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 299 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 300)
    1, Maude Chattam/Estelle Dixon, Calhoun, Ga., 1,095. 2, Doris Marcinkus/Sheila Pfeifer, Waukegan, Ill., 1,092. 3, Heather Clark, Rumney, N.H./Kim McCart, Ashland, N.H., 1,088. 4, Phyllis Franklin, Paducah, Ky./Martha Lents, Benton, Ky., 1,083. 5, Amy Ellingson/Alyssa Kottwitz, Bozeman, Mont., 1,074. 6, Lynn Schott, Gordon, Neb./Andee Harris, Lincoln, Neb., 1,070. 7 (tie), Denise Everett/Kate Dyer, Decatur, Ind., and Bobbie Pickle, Birmingham, Ala./Ann Peeples, Dora, Ala., 1,069. 9, Lynn Whitten/Glenda Jacobsen, Minden, Neb., 1,064. 10, E Gayle Selph, Callahan, Fla./JoAnn Cordell, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,060.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Lucille Reinert, Thiensville, Wis., 633. 2, Karen Ritter, West Trenton, N.J., 619. 3, Julia Sweat, Hueytown, Ala., 617. 4, Sharon Knox, Seguin, Texas, 612. 5, Marcella Meastas, Killeen, Texas, 595. 6, Faye Stewart, Scott City, Kan., 587. 7, Nancy Prizler, Austin, Minn., 586. 8, Melissa Voss, Jackson, Minn., 584. 9, Jennifer Khubchandani, Gurnee, Ill., 582. 10 (tie), Carole Mills, Franklin, N.J. and Kathy Dow, Corinth, Maine, 580.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,721. 2, Debbie Kidwell, Mineral Wells, Texas 1,704. 3, Karen Ritter, West Trenton, N.J., 1,691. 4, Tami Wilson, Bentonville, Ark., 1,660. 5, Antoinette Clark, Richmond, Calif., 1,659, 6, Marsha Schwanke, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,653. 7, Theresa DeShazior, Opalocka, Fla., 1,640. 8, Marcella Meastas, Killeen, Texas, 1,639. 9, Faye Stewart, Scott City, Kan., 1,637. 10, Diane Slusher, Southington, Ohio, 1,629.

     


    Scratch Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Team
    (Actual team scores with no handicap)
    1, Shootin Nines (Keli Callahan, Amanda Beck, Jenifer Larson, Brenda Mack, and Shannon O'Keefe), Indianapolis, 3,305. 2, Team EFX, Sun City, Calif., 3,275. 3 (tie), Eagles Edge Pro Shop, Des Plaines, Ill., and Aleta Sill's Bowling World, Kettering, Ohio, 3,224. 5, Striking Is Fun!, Oregon, Ohio, 3,194. 6, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,192. 7, Team 23321, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,177. 8, Great Balls of Fire, Shelton, Conn., 3,163. 9, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan, Ill., 3,161. 10, Magic of the Southwest, Slidell, La., 3,124.

    Doubles
    (Actual doubles scores with no handicap)
    1, Aleta Sill, Livonia, Mich./Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,462. 2, Susan Jeziorski/Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,459. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Lisa Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,427. 4, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C./Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 1,423. 5, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio/Tracey Distel, Lansing, Mich., 1,420. 6, Tracey Magnuson, Faribault, Minn./Diane Marget, Champlin, Minn., 1,419. 7, Suzy Minino/Trish Manna, Omaha, Neb., 1,418. 8, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,395. 9, Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 1,384. 10, Kari Schwager, Rogers Park, Ill./Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla., 1,382.

    Singles
    (Actual scores with no handicap)
    1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 763. 2, Hollie Brannen, Marshfield, Mo., 750. 3 (tie), Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C., and Dora Nettleman, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 744. 5, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 741. 6, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 738. 7, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 733. 8 (tie), Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, and Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 727. 10, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 721.

    All-Events
    (Actual scores with no handicap)
    1, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151. 4, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,126. 5, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,123. 6, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,110. 7, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 2,100. 8, Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., 2,085. 9, Michelle Sterner, Niagra Falls, N.Y., 2,084. 10, Tracey Stevens, Dunellen, N.J., 2,077.