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Chris Via takes first round lead in Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic

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In a tournament that is putting a player’s ability to navigate demanding lane conditions to the test, Team USA member and one-time PBA regional winner Chris Via (left) of Springfield, Ohio, seemed to have found the key to success averaging 221 to lead the first round of the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic, the final event of the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series.

Reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett (right and above) of Huntington, Ind., who has led the Storm Cup points race for most of the season, qualified 17th with 1,611 which was good enough to secure the Storm Cup title and the $20,000 in bonus money that goes with the crown.

Dom Barrett, Marshall Kent and Dick Allen, who were second through fourth in the Storm Cup standings, were still in contention heading into the tournament but all three failed to advance to Sunday’s cashers’ round handing the crown to Tackett.

Tackett, who is trying for his fourth PBA Tour win of the season, is hoping to win the Kenn-Feld Group Classic for his first win in the seven-tournament Storm Cup series.

Competing on the Tournament of Champions lane condition at Pla-Mor Lanes, Via bowled games of 221, 244, 277, 233, 223, 188, 177 and 208 for a 1,771 eight-game pinfall total to lead 32 players from the original 96-player field into Sunday’s cashers’ round.

Via finished 67 pins ahead of Joe Bailey of Wooster, Ohio, in second with 1,704 and Sean Rash (left) of Montgomery, Ohio, who won last week’s PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic for his 12th career PBA Tour title, in third with 1,691.

Rash, who ranks fifth in Storm Cup points, can move as high as second in the standings if he can win the tournament.

After Sunday morning’s cashers’ round the field will be cut to the top 16 players for match play beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT which will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

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PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic – First Round

Players with position, hometown and 8-game total. Top 32 advance to Sunday’s cashers’ qualifying round.

1, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,771
2, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 1,704
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,691
4, (tie) Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio,
and Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,655
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,640
7, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,633
8, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,629
9, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 1,627
10, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.,
and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,626
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,625
13, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,621
14, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,618
15, (tie) Mason Brantley, Detroit, and
Anthony Kennard, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,614
17, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,611
18, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,608
19, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,604
20, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,602
21, (tie) Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., and
Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,582
23, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,580
24, Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 1,571
25, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,559
26, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,553
27, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,552
28, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and
James Hennessey, Adrian, Mich, 1,549
30, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,546
31, Frank Snodgrass, Center Line, Mich., 1,535
32, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., and
Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,533
34, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,524
35, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,523
36, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,522
37, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind.,
Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., and
Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,514
40, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 1,510
41, Chris Hartung, Goshen, Ind., 1,509
42, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,502
43, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,501
44, (tie) Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and
Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 1,494
46, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,493
47, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 1,490
48, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,489
49, (tie) Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and
John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,488
51, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,482
52, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 1,480
53, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,477
54, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,474
55, Kelly Jordon, Marion, Ohio, 1,465
56, (tie) Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and
Kyle Mayberry, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 1,464
58, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,460
59, (tie) Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio;
Ryan Patterson, Washington, W.Va.;
David Haynes, Las Vegas;
Josh Conner, Columbus, Ohio, and
Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,456
64, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,454
65, Dom Barrett, England, 1,451
66, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,448
67, (tie) Jason Lundquist, Columbus, Ohio, and
Michael Jachcinski, Macomb, Mich., 1,446
69, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,443
70, Noel Vega, Noblesville, Ind., 1,438
71, (tie) Ronnie Sparks JR, Redford, Mich., and
BJ Satkowski, Jackson, Mich., 1,437
73, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,436
74, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,414
75, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,397
76, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,384
77, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,382
78, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,374
79, Tommy Parker III, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1,371
80, D.J. Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., 1,363
81, Matthew Burgin, Decatur, Ind., 1,361
82, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,358
83, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,353
84, Brandon Keirns, Marion, Ohio, 1,348
85, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,333
86, Gary Zwiezinski, Elyria, Ohio, 1,316
87, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 1,292
88, Bill Burke, Angola, Ind., 1,283
89, Chris Mays, Muncie, Ind, 1,272
90, Wendell Barger, Dry Ridge, Ky., 1,267
91, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,260
92, Anthony Smith, Defiance, Ohio, 1,255
93, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,250
94, Derek Engeln, Miamisburg, Ohio, 1,217
95, Steve Tobolt, Chicago, Ill., 1,197
96, Aaron Pond, Fort Edward, N.Y., 1,175

Herbert Bickel