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Ohio team takes lead in Team All-Events at 2016 USBC Open Championships


For the last few years, Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, and his teammates have been on the cusp of a breakout performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and everything fell into place for the five competitors June 17 as they cruised into the top spot in Team All-Events by more than 300 pins.

Higgy’s Aquarium just missed the lead in Regular Team at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, the night before but carried that momentum onto the lanes for doubles and singles, turning in a consistent performance – 3,329 in team, 3,364 in doubles and 3,348 in singles for a 10,041 total, a 223.13 average for 45 games.

The 10,000 mark only has been surpassed 59 times in 113 years of USBC Open Championships competition.

Chad Roberts, who needed one more strike in his final frame of singles to snag the lead in Regular All-Events, led the way for Higgy’s Aquarium with a 2,122 all-events total, which now is tied for third overall.

Roberts was joined by Joshua Conner (2,074), Joe Bailey (1,995), Dan Higgins (1,928) and Tony Carson (1,922). BowersBowlingTour.com of Bel Aire, Kansas, previously held the lead with 9,730 and leads Regular Team with 3,377.

Roberts, Higgins and Carson have bowled together at the Open Championships since 2013, and this year’s effort at the NBS marked the third time they’ve eclipsed the 10,000 mark in Team All-Events, previously resulting in a sixth-place finish in 2013 (10,058) and ninth-place in 2014 (10,106).

“Even though we didn’t take the lead in team last night, we set it up well and knew we had a chance, but we also knew that was not the end, it was just a steppingstone for today,” said Roberts, who made his seventh Open Championships appearance and topped the 2,000 all-events plateau for the fourth consecutive year.

“We came in rested and focused today and went out there with a game plan, which worked out perfectly.”

Ohio bowler secures all-events lead at National Bowling Stadium


Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, turned in the two highest sets of his USBC Open Championships career June 17 to celebrate his 10th tournament appearance by taking the lead in Regular All-Events.

The 27-year-old right-hander needed two strikes in his final frame to secure the top spot, and he delivered three flush strikes to cap off a 260 game and 742 singles series. He preceded the memorable finale with sets of 703 in doubles and 688 in team for a 2,133 total. Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Arizona, previously held the lead with 2,124.

Since his tournament debut at the National Bowling Stadium in 2007, Novak has rolled just one set below 575 but hadn’t posted a 700 until this week.

Illinois competitor rolls seventh perfect game of the 113th Championships


Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Illinois, rolled the seventh perfect game of the 2016 USBC Open Championships on June 18 in the second game of his singles event at the National Bowling Stadium.

Buss made a ball change following a 199 start and followed the 300 with a 237 game for a 736 series. Robert J. Bures of Painesville, Ohio, leads Regular Singles with 815.

Buss, a 31-year-old right-hander, added a 668 in team and a 561 in doubles for a 1,965 all-events total.

A look ahead

2016OCLogo2.jpgThe 2016 USBC Open Championships, which kicked off its 129-day run March 5, will conclude in three 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, Ted Rosenquist Jr., Valparaiso, Ind./James Capps, Kenosha, Wis., 1,365. 5, Joshua Powers, Portage, Mich./Ryan Powers, Portage, Mich., 1,356. 6, Michael Markis, Tafton, Penn./Shea Bittenbender, St. Charles, Mo., 1,353. 7, Andrew Jordan, Columbus, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1.342. 8(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, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 2,124. 3(tie), Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, and Chad Roberts, Lewis Center, Ohio, 2,122. 5, David Cirigliano, Phoenix, 2,097. 6, Joe Massey, Flora, Ind., 2,086. 7, Casey Creutz, Carteret, N.J., 2,077. 8, Justin Crumley, Washington, Mo., 2,075. 9, Joshua Conner, Columbus, Ohio, 2,074. 10, Steve Smith, San Diego, 2,067.

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, Bay Area Express 8, San Mateo, Calif., 2,618. 5, Expo II, Hodges, S.C., 2,610. 6, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,607. 7, Team Bazinga, Las Vegas, 2,582. 8, Scotty’s 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,570. 9, Lavallee Machine, Woodstock Valley, Conn., 2,556., 10, Yeah Spare III, Sacramento, Calif., 2,555.

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, Andrew Hall, Safety Harbor, Fla., 614. 7(tie), Joseph Rhinehart, Albany, Ore., and John Keiper, Libertyville, Iowa, 613. 9, Randy Williams, Arlington, Texas, 609. 10(tie), Trudy Koberlein, Georgetown, Texas, Audra Banko, Riverside, Calif., and Walter Wheeler, Chicago, 605.

1, Trudy Koberlein, Georgetown, Texas, 1,754. 2, Joseph Rhinehart, Albany, Ore., 1,735. 3, Bryan Herald, Chapman, Neb., 1,728. 4, Anthony Carey, Fountain, Colo., 1,717. 5(tie), David Hjelm, Wheaton, Minn., and Robert Benjamin, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,713. 7, John McReady, Woodridge, Ill., 1,708. 8, George Kolstad, West St. Paul, Minn., 1,700. 9(tie), Kevin Kwan, Long Beach, Calif., and Chet Wigal III, Fountain, Colo., 1,695.

Herbert Bickel

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