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Ohio bowler uses big final game to take Ruby Singles lead

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Tashia Blue of Hamilton, Ohio, started her final game of singles at the Raising Cane’s River Center with seven consecutive strikes on her way to a 249 finish and 653 series to set the bar in Ruby Singles on April 26.

Fighting plantar fasciitis throughout her 2017 appearance, Blue (pictured above) started her singles set with games of 220 and 184 before the big finish. She left a 2-5 combination in the eighth frame to end her quest to become the 26th bowler in USBC Women’s Championships history to roll a perfect game.

Terri Ward of Loveland, Colorado, set the pace in Diamond All-Events on April 28 with a 1,799 total at the River Center.

The 2015 Triple Crown Shoot-Out winner started her run with a 663 series in team and added sets of 591 in doubles and 545 in singles to conclude her 2017 event.

Ruby Singles features bowlers with entering averages of 175-189. Diamond All-Events includes bowlers with averages of 190 and above.

Two bowlers compete in USBC Women’s Championships for 50th time

Christina Polinski of Carter Lake, Iowa, and Marilyn Davidson of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, each celebrated their 50th tournament appearances during the opening week of the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships.

Polinski (left) was the first to achieve the feat at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, La., making her way to the lanes April 24, and Davidson made her appearance April 27. They each received a plaque, chevron and necklace to commemorate their longevity on the championship lanes.

Polinski started her USBC Women’s Championships career at the 1955 event in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 12. She was the oldest member of the team, and the combined age of the five participants was 54.

Overall, Polinski has competed in 35 cities and 24 states during her Women’s Championships career, and her dedication to the sport has helped her into the Nebraska USBC, Greater Omaha Area USBC and Council Bluffs USBC Halls of Fame.

“I had no idea then I’d be bowling this long,” said Polinski, who rolled sets of 509 in team, 480 in singles and 441 in doubles for a 1,430 all-events score. “My mother put me with my two sisters, a cousin and a friend on a team to compete just for the fun of it.”

Despite battling health issues leading up to her tournament appearance, Davidson was determined to make her 50th appearance.

Davidson (right) began her tournament career at the 1961 Women’s Championships in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and she has made the event an annual trip since 1977. She’s visited 36 cities and 26 states during her time at the event, with her 25th appearance, a homecoming to her native central Michigan, serving as a personal favorite.

“I received my 25-year award during the 1992 tournament in Lansing, Michigan,” said Davidson, who rolled sets of 294 in singles, 292 in doubles and 230 in team for an 816 all-events total. “I am proud to be the first woman to reach this milestone from my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.”

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2016 USBC Women’s Championships Team Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 725 and above)
1, Queen B’s No. 1 (Susan Jandrew, Cindy Johnson, Janelle Dowling, Terri Ward), Loveland, Colo., 2,279. 2, Burger Construction, Weston, Wis., 2,109. 3, Don Mar, St. Paul, Minn., 2,071. 4, Irish Lassies, Boys Town, Neb., 2,052. 5, Wow!Zone 2, Mankato, Minn., 2,013.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 650-724)
1, TTC Ladies 1 (Willetta Allen, Gail Gilchrist, Michelle Shay Ball, Angelena Pride), Alta Loma, Calif., 2,043. 2, Belair Sitework Services, Big Lake, Minn., 2,014. 3, Tom Kelley’s Pro Shop, Boys Town, Neb., 2,004. 4, Kirk Neslund Insurance, Heyworth, Ill., 1,979. 5, Pin Gals, Kaufman, Texas, 1,967.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 575-649)
1, The Rose Buds (Mary Rose, Lee Joslyn, Edna Prall, Debbie Bugg), Danville, Ky., 1,961. 2, New Jersey Bad Girls, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., 1,887. 3, Bowling Buddies, Faribault, Minn., 1,886. 4, Cahill’s, Ada, Ohio, 1,870. 5, Queen B’s No. 3, Loveland, Colo., 1,868.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 574 and below)
1, Friendship Squad 8 (Joyce Penman, JoAnn Pearson, Sara Komplien, Joslyn Krzoska), Arlington, Texas, 1,741. 2, Queen Pins, Mankato, Minn., 1,732. 3, Spotted Cowettes, Brodhead, Wis., 1.716. 4, Make Mine a Double, Fort Collins, Colo., 1,697. 5, Ellie’s Girls, Hudson, Colo., 1,654.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships Doubles Results

Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 380 and above)
1, Christina Johnson/Karma Anderson, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 1,164. 2, Deborah Holland, Villa Rica, Ga./Paige Stoddard, Oxford, Ga., 1,081. 3, Patricia Addison, La Vista, Neb./Shelley West, Omaha, Neb., 1,071. 4, Ruby Begley/Debbie Fansler, Dayton, Ohio, 1,023. 5, Kristine Bischoff/Michelle Breamer, Mankato, Minn., 998.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 350-379)
1, Shirley Smith, Upland, Calif./Yvonne Parker, Bellflower, Calif., 1,109. 2, Corinne Gleason, Waddell, Ariz./Debbie Malone, Goodyear, Ariz., 1,069. 3. Lynn Huff, Greeley, Colo./Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 1,043. 4, Kelsey Meyer/Charlene TenEyck, Dow City, Iowa, 1,039. 5, Cecelia Barros/Louise Hansford, Pacifica, Calif., 1,006.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 320-349)
1, Janet Turner, Pine City, Minn./Dawn Lambrecht, Belle Plaine, Minn., 1,056. 2, Bekki McFarland, Brodhead, Wis./Teri Taylor, DeForest, Wis., 1,042. 3, Janie Brown, Carthage, Miss./LeAnne Deweese, Philadelphia, Miss., 1,009. 4, Robin Gee, Waynesboro, Va./Brenda Davies, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,008. 5, Gloria Knatcal, Mankato, Minn./Shirley McCallum, Rochester, Minn., 1,007.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
1, Dianna Kryzer, /Heidi Husbyn, Faribault, Minn., 1.035. 2. Debbie Knoebel, Los Lunas, N.M./Sandra Kuehl, Houston, 985. 3, Nikki Manns/Tara Long, Kenton, Ohio, 976. 4, Tyrita Rouse, Goodyear, Ariz./Sabrina Decker, Avondale, Ariz., 969. 5, Joyce Crayne/Connie Austin, Mountain Home, Idaho, 963.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with combined averages of 260-289)
1, Terry Ballard/Sherrill Sienicki, Green Valley, Ariz., 908. 2, Regina Telecky, Hutchinson, Minn./Krista Winterfeldt, Dassel, Minn., 891. 3, Linda Reichert, Denton, Neb./Pam Hoffman, Sutton, Neb., 889. 4, Vickie Egbert, San Antonio/Sandra Muster, Mountain Home, Idaho, 879. 5, Deborah Ohanesian, Wayland, Mich./Barbara Frary, Dorr, Mich., 874.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with combined averages of 259 and below)
1, Laura Paxton/Kathy Evans, Clinton, Ill., 827. 2, Lisa Carpenter, Darlington, Wis./Ann Wonders, Mineral Point, Wis., 813. 3, Mary Woodby, Ft. Myers, Fla./Ruth Schroder, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 812. 4, Dianne Gallagher, Waukesha, Wis./Helen Kaiser, New Berlin, Wis., 788. 5, Sandy Boylson, Fairview, Texas/Marie Samuells, McKinney, Texas, 786.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships Singles Results

Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
1, Andrea Sharp, Stafford, Va., 657. 2, Julie Moldenhauer, Winona, Minn., 588. 3, Tawny Hoffman, Boys Town, Neb., 587. 4, Wanda Volpp, Stafford, Va., 577. 5, Marci Williams, Wichita, Kan., 575.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Tashia Blue, Hamilton, Ohio, 653. 2, Janelle Dowling, Loveland, Colo., 619. 3, Loretta Best, Forestville, Md., 573. 4, Yvonne Parker, Alta Loma, Calif., 546. 5, Dawn Lambrecht, Jordan, Minn., 538.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Kelsey Meyer, Dow City, Iowa, 558. 2, Peggy Gibbons, Big Lake, Minn., 553. 3, Dannette Nez, Gilbert, Ariz., 551. 4, Janie Brown, Carthage, Miss., 545. 5, S. Jane Rodgers, Silver Springs, Nev., 540.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Pam Neil, Newport News, Va., 572. 2, Roberta Swinson, Rhodes, Mich., 567. 3, Tara Long, Kenton, Ohio, 556. 4, Shirley Gulley, Mobile, Ala., 539. 5, Margaret Randall, Painted Post, N.Y., 533.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Lynn Waller, Loveland, Colo., 498. 2, Denise McConkey, Monticello, Ill., 482. 3, Loretta Storm, Loretto, Pa., 476. 4, Robin Burke, Winona, Minn., 472. 5, Teri Knott, Grand Island, Neb., 471.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Alissa Ebneter, Belle Plaine, Minn., 518. 2, Barb King, Fort Collins, Colo., 462. 3, Jana Garmaker, Mora, Minn., 438. 4, Sharon Kacer-Grecian, North Liberty, Iowa, 436. 5, Sandi Jorgensen, Preston, Conn., 429.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships All-Events Results

Top 5 Division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
1, Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 1,799, 2, Jamee Sickels-Coffey, Cedar Bluffs, Neb., 1,683. 3, Paige Stoddard, Oxford, Ga., 1,662. 4, Andrea Sharp, Stafford, Va., 1,656. 5, Nina Pedro, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,647.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Yvonne Parker, Bellflower, Calif., 1,663. 2, Jenny Rover, South St. Paul, Minn., 1,661. 3, Amanda Bryan, Denison, Iowa, 1,639. 4, Cindy Johnson, Loveland, Colo., 1,616. 5, Debbie Bugg, Danville, Ky., 1,614.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Barbara Crum, Ft. Wright, Ky., 1,642. 2, Willetta Allen, Rialto, Calif., 1,606. 3, Kelsey Meyer, Dow City, Iowa, 1,585. 4, Dianna Kryzer, Faribault, Minn., 1,573. 5(tie), Peggy Gibbons, Rice, Minn., and S. Jane Rodgers, Silver Springs, Nev., 1,539.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Tara Long, Kenton, Ohio, 1,616. 2, Pam Neal, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,574. 3, Sherill Borgstahl, Faribault, Minn., 1,528. 4. Brenda Jacobson, Brodhead, Wis., 1,513. 5, Deanna Reinhardt, Cairo, Neb., 1,473.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Denise McConkey, Monticello, Ill., 1,367. 2, Sonja Vogen, Chatfield, Minn., 1,327. 3, Peggy Duplan, Theodore, Ala., 1,326. 4, Judy Sawyer, Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,321. 5, Krista Winterfeldt, Dassel, Minn., 1,311.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Jeanie McCormick, Cross Plains, Wis., 1,290. 2, Deborah Lucks, Warren, Pa., 1,287. 3, Hannah Harlan, Parma Heights, Ohio, 1,257. 4, Barb King, Fort Collins, Colo., 1,253. 5, Alissa Ebneter, Belle Plaine, Minn., 1,239.

Herbert Bickel

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