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Illinois competitor secures Classified All-Events lead at Open Championships


While recovering from back surgery last August, Robert Kruzic of Chicago Heights, Illinois, only had one question on his mind – would he ever be able to bowl again?

Kruzic returned to the lanes five months after the procedure and now finds himself leading Classified All-Events at the 2016 USBC Open Championships.

The 54-year-old right-hander rolled sets of 621 team, 621 in doubles and 590 in singles June 24 at the National Bowling Stadium to find his way to the top of the leaderboard with a 1,832 all-events total. Trudy Koberlein of Georgetown, Texas, previously held the lead with 1,754.

“I’m still taking it all in,” said Kruzic, who made his fifth Open Championships appearance and first since 2009. “I’m kind of shocked, and it’s really great because it makes me proud to think I’ve come this far since the surgery.”

New Jersey bowler second in all-events at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCBrandonNovak.jpgJim Hosier of Wayne, New Jersey, made a run at the lead in Regular All-Events this week at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but he finished one pin shy, moving into second place with a 2,132 total June 25.

Hosier needed nine pins on his final shot to secure the lead at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, but left the 3-9-10 combination.

He had sets of 725 in singles, 713 in doubles and 694 in team. Brandon Novak (pictured) of Chillicothe, Ohio, leads with 2,133.

A look ahead

2016OCLogo2.jpgThe 2016 USBC Open Championships, which kicked off its 129-day run March 5, will conclude in two weeks. The last team squad of this year’s event at the National Bowling Stadium is scheduled for July 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern, while the last doubles and singles squad is set to hit the lanes July 11 at 4 p.m. EDT.

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2016 USBC Open Championships – Regular Division

Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

1, BowersBowlingTour.com (Zach Rhoades, Justin Zwaschka, Mitchell Hupe, Brent Bowers, Kristopher Prather), Bel Aire, Kan., 3,377. 2, Higgy’s Aquarium, Westerville, Ohio, 3,329. 3, Bowling Dynamics.com, Phoenix, 3,300. 4, Vandaniker 1, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,266. 5, The Bowling Shops 1, Highland Village, Texas, 3,259. 6, Who’s Eddie Byrd?, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,241. 7, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,237. 8, Simmons Team Sports, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3,224. 9, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,216. 10, Wickliffe Lanes, Mentor, Ohio, 3,202.

1, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C./Christopher Hill, Franklin, Wis., 1,401. 2, Chad Roberts, Lewis Center, Ohio/Daniel Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 1,395. 3, Diante Fields, Indianapolis/Matt Freiberg, Las Vegas, 1,377. 4, Kyle Vick/Jason Munkberg, Redding, Calif., 1,367. 5, Ted Rosenquist Jr., Valparaiso, Ind./James Capps, Kenosha, Wis., 1,365. 6, Joshua Powers/Ryan Powers, Portage, Mich., 1,356. 7, Michael Markis, Tafton, Penn./Shea Bittenbender, St. Charles, Mo., 1,353. 8, Andrew Jordan, Columbus, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1.342. 9(tie), Matthew Zitnik, Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, Nick Heilman/Andy Mills, La Crosse, Wis., and Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas/Jimmy McMartin, Midwest City, Okla., 1,341.

1, Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 815. 2, Matthew Gilman, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 814. 3, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 785. 4, Michael Klimpel, Rosemount, Minn., 781. 5, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 779. 6, Steve Smith, San Diego, 776. 7, Jacob Genz, Rock Island, Ill., 772. 8, Tim Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis., 770. 9, Jimmy Clark, Topsham, Maine, 767. 10, Daniel Vick, Pittsford, N.Y., 765.

1, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,133. 2, Jim Hosier, Wayne, N.J., 2.132. 3, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 2,124. 4(tie), Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, and Chad Roberts, Lewis Center, Ohio, 2,122. 6, David Cirigliano, Phoenix, 2,097. 7, Joe Massey, Flora, Ind., 2,086. 8, Casey Creutz, Carteret, N.J., 2,077. 9, Justin Crumley, Washington, Mo., 2,075. 10, Joshua Conner, Columbus, Ohio, 2,074.

Team All-Events
1, Higgy’s Aquarium (Chad Roberts, Joshua Conner, Tony Carson, Robert Bailey, Daniel Higgins), Westerville, Ohio, 10,041. 2, BowersBowlingTour.com, Bel Aire, Kansas, 9,730. 3, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 9,719. 4, Bowling Dynamics.com, Phoenix, 9,710. 5, Junior Team USA Support 1, Eagan, Minn., 9,672. 6, Crankers Arn’t Us, Aurora, Colo., 9,599. 7, Wickliffe Lanes, Mentor, Ohio, 9,598. 8, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 9,587. 9, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,582. 10, Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 9,572.

2016 USBC Open Championships – Classified Division

Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

1, U of O Alumni (Dean Vrooman, John Lorenz, Don Allen, Darrin Allen, Todd Vrooman), Tualatin, Ore., 2,710. 2, We Are Here Any Way, Naperville, Ill., 2,702. 3, Yeah Spare IV, Sacramento, Calif., 2,656. 4, Cash Gas Co. LLC, Ava, Mo., 2,632. 5, Bay Area Express 8, San Mateo, Calif., 2,618. 6, Expo II, Hodges, S.C., 2,610. 7, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,607. 8, Anderson 2, Anderson, S.C., 2,600. 9, Team Bazinga, Las Vegas, 2,582. 10, Scotty’s 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,570.

1, David Hjelm, Wheaton, Minn./Gary Sundby Jr., Dalton, Minn., 1,155. 2, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Mike Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,147. 3, Cassandra Tatum, Neptune, N.J./David Jenkins III, Tinton Falls, N.J., 1,119. 4, Randy Robinson/Crystal Forkner, Higginsville, Mo., 1,118. 5, Kathy Yourkavitch/Jerome Jackson, Kutztown, Penn., 1,117. 6, Hasnat Ahmad, Fairfax, Va./David Hsu, Great Falls, Va., 1,112. 7(tie), Nicholas Razink, Benson, Minn./Tyler Grabow, Twin Brooks, S.D., Mandy Quaas, Hutchinson, Minn./Jeremy Quaas, New Hope, Minn., Tom Trecha, Owosso, Mich./Elbert Sidel Jr., Morrice, Mich., and Cleofe Aragon/Wilson Silva, San Mateo, Calif., 1,111.

1, Chet Wigal III, Fountain. Colo., 661., 2, David Kettell, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 644. 3, Allan Johnson, Hawley, Minn., 627. 4, Matt Tschann, Paynesville, Minn., 626. 5, Willie Kemp, Santa Fe, Texas, 617. 6(tie), Andrew Hall, Safety Harbor, Fla., and Andrew Phillips, Salinas, Calif., 614. 8(tie), Joseph Rhinehart, Albany, Ore., and John Keiper, Libertyville, Iowa, 613. 10, Randy Williams, Arlington, Texas, 609.

1, Robert Kruzic, Chicago Heights, Ill., 1,832. 2, Trudy Koberlein, Georgetown, Texas, 1,754. 3, Andrew Phillips, Salinas, Calif., 1,737. 4, Joseph Rhinehart, Albany, Ore., 1,735. 5, Bryan Herald, Chapman, Neb., 1,728. 6, Anthony Carey, Fountain, Colo., 1,717. 7(tie), David Hjelm, Wheaton, Minn., and Robert Benjamin, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,713. 9, John McReady, Woodridge, Ill., 1,708. 10, George Kolstad, West St. Paul, Minn., 1,700.

Herbert Bickel

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