Matt Tennant presenting the grand prize to Joe Bailey.
Joe Bailey started out in 15th place at Sky Lanes, but
gradually worked his way into second place after the
semifinals. Then he beat two formidable opponents
in the step-ladder finals to emerge the latest Masters
champion and collect the $1400 first place prize.
In the semi-finals Bailey moved ahead of Tyler Meredith with 232-206-190-278-906, and Frank Testa managed to overcome a 50 pin deficit in the final game to land in the fourth and final position in the step-ladder. But then in his match with Meredith he lost 216-247. Then Meredith lost 287-198 to Bailey. In the final game between Bailey and Steve Waters, the match was in doubt until the final frame. Waters was behind by 17 sticks in the 7th frame but struck out through the 10th to finish with 221. Bailey needed the first strike in the 10th to seal the victory and he did manage to throw that strike and two more to end with 238. Waters finished second for the fourth time in this tournament.
Steve Waters increased his lead over second place Tyler Meredith to 105 pins. Joe Bailey moved up to third followed by Frank Testa, DJ Madden, Paul Thorne, Eric Randazzo, Jason Johnson and Mark Lobdell. The top 9 bowl a four game semi-final to determine the top four who will bowl head to head in a step-ladder format. Brian Glass finished in 10th place and out of the money by 34 pins. Everybody in the top 9 will get a prize check.
Bailey had the best series in round 3...247-227-254-242-970. Other good scores: Jesse Smith 268, Jeff Tyson 266-253,Tyler Meredith 259, Dave Joseph 256, and Troy Damicone 250.
The second round of four games is over at Kent Lanes. Steve Waters has taken the lead by 36 pins over Tyler Meredith. Frank Testa is now 130 pins behind the leader followed by DJ Madden, Eric Randazzo, Paul Thorne, Kevin Kachele, Joe Bailey, Brian Walker, and Taz Moore. Only nine will qualify for the semifinals, so the bowlers have four more games at Twin Star to improve their positions before the cut. Then the top nine will bowl four more games to determine who will be in the final four for the step-ladder finals.
Waters had the high score for round 2 by shooting 249-224-256-247-976 and leads the field with a 240 average for the eight games. Meredith rolled 264 and 267 and Eric Randazzo added a 258.
Steve Waters, leader after round 2
Thirty-eight of the best bowlers in the area showed up at Sky Lanes for the first four games of the Masters Tournament. Several past champions were recognized before the competition began, and about 35 spectators braved the weather to watch their favorite bowlers.
The leader after day one was Tyler Meredith who leads by 31 pins over Steve Water. Those two finished one-two in last year's battle. Rounding out the top 10 were Frank Testa, Jason Sollars, DJ Madden, Adam Carney, Bill Bruce, Paul Thorne, Taz Moore, and Eric Randazzo. The tournament moves to Kent Lanes on Sunday at 8:30 am for four more games, then to Twin Star for the last four games of qualifying bowling. The field is then cut to nine bowlers who bowl another four games to determine final standings for places 5-9, and the order of bowling for the four man stepladder finals.
Meredith shot a tournament high 218-248-239-277-982. Other good scores were Joe Bailey 279, Adam Carney 259, and Eric Randazzo 257.
Tyler Meredith, first day leader
Bill Bruce and Mark Lobdell, drove in from Michigan
The tournament crew
The Senior Memorial Tournament scheduled for March 26 was originally scheduled for Sky Lanes. However, due to a scheduling conflict recently discovered by Sky Lanes Manager, Aaron King, the tournament has been rescheduled for Kent Lanes on that same date. Flyers are being prepared with the new location, and will be available on this web site soon.
Money, jackets, and trophies will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Portage County USBC BA at Twin Star Lanes on February 18 at 1:00. Tournament Director, Matt Tennant, has announced the winners and their pay-outs:
|Best All-Women team: Sisterhood|
Six more teams took on Twin Star Lanes for the Portage County Tournament in the final squad. Nobody could top the 3825 score shot by Kent Lanes, but Burkey Shuffle slid into 3rd place with 3615 right behind Mohawk Pro Shop with 3754. The best all-female team, Sisterhood, will receive special awards.
Some good scores: Mike Mitov 255-705, Dan Schueller 256, Richard Zielenski 257-705, Dave Joseph 283, Keith Lang 279-715, Al Petrosino 719, and Alan Fry 256.
Here are the top teams:
|Team Event, Handicapped|
|1||Kent Lanes: Karl Nash, Les Yost, Bill Fellenstein, Craig Holcomb, Rich Botzer||3,825|
|2||Mo-Hawk Pro Shop: Darren Houghton, Taz Moore, Denny Carden, Josh Phelps, DJ Madden||3,754|
|3||Burkey Shuffle (aka Twin Star): Dave Joseph, John Burkey, Al Petrosino, Keith Lang, Greg Martha||3,615|
|4||You Suck: Jeff Fry, Michael Fry, Alan Fry, James Kennedy, Dale Eisenbarth||3,607|
|5||4 Kids And An Old Guy||3,572|
|7||Sisterhood: Linda Shahan, Pat Helsel, Carol Boyle, Mary Tassone, Cindy Ables||3,540|
|10||Mo-Hawk Pro Shop 2||3,525|
|11||JP's Kent Lanes||3,517|
|12||Bryan Berry's Boys||3,456|
|Team Event, Scratch|
|1||Mo-Hawk Pro Shop||3,501|
|4||Mo-Hawk Pro Shop 2||3,231|
|5||JP's Kent Lanes||3,215|
|7||4 Kids And An Old Guy||3,127|
Squad 8 finished up the Doubles and Singles competitions. There were 16 Doubles teams, then 29 bowlers competed in Singles. The high point of the morning shift was the bowling of Brad Fulks who shot his lifetime high series, 278-300-257-835, in Singles to win the Singles competition. Earlier Dave Joseph (256-748) and Greg Martha (279-730) teamed up to shoot a tournament high score of 1542. In the same squad Taz Moore with Ben Hawkins teamed up for 1529 for third place, and Al Petrosino with Keith Lang totaled 1523 for fourth place.
There were many fine scores in the morning shift: Petrosino 258-265-276, Lang 279, Joseph 256-279, Sean Short 276, Bill Fellenstein 253-744, Nick Williams 259-258-760, Taz Moore 279-257-781, John Burkey 279, Mark Zerucha 254, and Don Morrow 256.
Greg Martha and Dave Joseph
Payouts are based on a 1 in 5 ratio, and about 20% of the prizes in each division will be paid for the top scratch scores. Bowlers can not cash in both Handicap and Scratch. Thus there will be about 15 winners in Singles with 12 in handicap and 3 in scratch. Likewise for the 46 doubles teams there will be about 9 teams winning money with 7 handicap teams and 2 scratch teams. And in Team of the 20 teams 4 teams will get money including one scratch team.
Final standings for Doubles and Singles:
|Doubles Event, Handicapped|
|1||Joseph, Dave N, Jr / Martha, Gregory P||1,542|
|2||Houghton, Darren M / Carden, Dennis M||1,540|
|3||Moore, Howard A, IV / Hawkins, Benjamin J, II||1,529|
|4||Petrosino, Al S / Lang, Keith A||1,523|
|5||Collyer, Martin A / Johnson, Thomas A||1,511|
|6||Zerucha, Michael L / Kurtzman, Nick A||1,502|
|7||Flint, Dean W / Konkle, Jeffrey J||1,498|
|8||Smith, Larry L / Crane, Austin||1,495|
|9||Reid, William E / Bolyard, Shawn M||1,489|
|10||Williams, Nick W / Hawkins, Wyatt A||1,486|
|11||Caipen, David M / Caipen, Lisa K||1,481|
|12||Morrow, Shirley D / Morrow, Don||1,480|
|13||Short, Sean A / Fulks, Bradford R||1,473|
|14||Diehl, Franklin C / Ewell, Carl (Rick) R||1,457|
|15||Holgate, Dale W / Fellenstein, William T||1,453|
|16||Walinski, Michael W / Rogers, William E||1,448|
|17||Barto, Edward W / Seabolt, Michelle L||1,431|
|18||Sorrocco, Matthew P / Horner, Harold (Adam) A||1,428|
|19||Hunter, Michael L / Burkey, John W||1,421|
|20||Gallagher, Kevin M / Illner, Harrison J||1,407|
|21||Helsel, Gary L / Helsel, Patricia||1,404|
|22||Boyle, Carol L / Tassone, Marilyn||1,399|
|23||Burkey, John W / Bolyard, Shawn M||1,398|
|24||Hughey, Angela D / Hughey, Eric M||1,397|
|25||Shahan, Linda A / Smith, Lu K||1,392|
|Doubles Event, Scratch|
|1||Joseph, Dave N, Jr / Martha, Gregory P||1,478|
|2||Moore, Howard A, IV / Hawkins, Benjamin J, II||1,467|
|3||Petrosino, Al S / Lang, Keith A||1,448|
|4||Houghton, Darren M / Carden, Dennis M||1,403|
|5||Collyer, Martin A / Johnson, Thomas A||1,371|
|6||Short, Sean A / Fulks, Bradford R||1,349|
|7||Reid, William E / Bolyard, Shawn M||1,330|
|7||Moore, Howard A, IV / Williams, Nick W||1,330|
|9||Zerucha, Michael L / Kurtzman, Nick A||1,322|
|10||Williams, Nick W / Hawkins, Wyatt A||1,303|
|11||Burkey, John W / Bolyard, Shawn M||1,299|
|12||Phelps, Joshua A / Moore, Howard A, IV||1,286|
|13||Holgate, Dale W / Fellenstein, William T||1,283|
|14||Hawkins, Benjamin J, II / Moore, Howard A, III||1,282|
|15||Moore, Howard A, IV / Moore, Howard A, III||1,266|
|16||Hunter, Michael L / Burkey, John W||1,259|
|16||Walinski, Michael W / Rogers, William E||1,259|
|18||Hughey, Angela D / Hughey, Eric M||1,244|
|19||Caipen, David M / Caipen, Lisa K||1,198|
|20||Smith, Larry L / Crane, Austin||1,193|
|21||Workman, Troy A / Renkel, Russell T||1,188|
|22||Flint, Dean W / Konkle, Jeffrey J||1,174|
|23||Endres, Jon C / Endres, Fred F||1,172|
|24||Sorrocco, Matthew P / Horner, Harold (Adam) A||1,167|
|25||Morrow, Shirley D / Morrow, Don||1,156|
|Singles Event, Handicapped|
|1||Fulks, Bradford R||870|
|2||Endres, Fred F||819|
|3||Ables, Cindy S||801|
|4||Smith, Larry L||798|
|4||Phelps, Joshua A||798|
|6||Walinski, Michael W||796|
|7||Reid, William E||794|
|8||Short, Sean A||786|
|9||Petrosino, Al S||783|
|10||Joseph, Dave N, Jr||782|
|11||Moore, Howard A, IV||778|
|13||Hunter, Michael L||772|
|14||Moore, Howard A, III||767|
|14||Fry, Michael A||767|
|16||Flint, Dean W||764|
|16||Boyle, Carol L||764|
|18||Collyer, Martin A||763|
|19||Fellenstein, William T||762|
|20||Diehl, Franklin C||758|
|21||Ashburn, Daniel R||755|
|22||Bolyard, Shawn M||750|
|23||Nash, Chad M||741|
|24||Yost, Les L||740|
|24||Williams, Nick W||740|
|24||Gallagher, Kevin M||740|
|27||Lohr, Scott E||735|
|27||Kurtzman, Nick A||735|
|30||Hawkins, Benjamin J, II||732|
|Singles Event, Scratch|
|1||Fulks, Bradford R||835|
|2||Joseph, Dave N, Jr||758|
|3||Petrosino, Al S||751|
|4||Moore, Howard A, IV||749|
|5||Endres, Fred F||738|
|6||Phelps, Joshua A||723|
|6||Collyer, Martin A||723|
|8||Bolyard, Shawn M||715|
|9||Williams, Nick W||711|
|10||Moore, Howard A, III||708|
|11||Walinski, Michael W||705|
|12||Hawkins, Benjamin J, II||700|
|13||Ashburn, Daniel R||699|
|14||Fellenstein, William T||698|
|15||Short, Sean A||697|
|16||Diehl, Franklin C||694|
|17||Ables, Cindy S||688|
|19||Hunter, Michael L||675|
|20||Reid, William E||670|
|21||Illner, Harrison J||665|
|22||Smith, Larry L||663|
|23||Hughey, Eric M||659|
|24||Caipen, David M||655|
|25||Endres, Jon C||642|
|25||Ables, Lloyd V||642|
Pictures of the teams for Squad 6 are displayed below. Marty Collyer bowling on the team named 1331 came out of the gate with a perfect 300 game. The team finished with a total of 3393. The best team score for the day was 3572 bowled by 4 Kids and an old guy. The best series in this squad were 709 by Howie Moore,700 by Collyer, 669 by Taz Moore,678 by Troy Workman, 670 by Nick Kurtzman, and 660 by Joe Yonish. Besides Collyer's 300, Josh Phelps shot 245, Howie Moore shot 255, and 255 by Frank A. Diehl.
Squad 7 was Doubles and Singles. The best scores in Doubles were 1510 by Marty Collyer and Tom Johnson, 1489 by William Reid and Shawn Bolyard, and 1457 by Frank C. Diehl and Rick Ewell. Good scores in Doubles included 268-661 by Frank C Diehl, 279-772by Shawn Bolyard,258-708 by Collyer, 257 by Johnson,268 by John Burkey, 266 by Fred Endress, and 265 by Howie Moore.
In Singles Collyer stayed hot with 267-723, Howie Moore shot 708, Bolyard had 277-715, Ben Hawkins shot 276-700, John Burkey shot 257, and Dan Ashburn tossed 265-699.
The leaders in Team, Doubles and Singles remain the same.
Sunday is the last day of the tournament with Doubles and Singles at 9:00 and Team at 1:30.
Squad 5 was our only weekday squad featuring 11 bowlers competing in Doubles and Singles. Fred Endress took the lead in Handicap Singles with 819 (738 scratch) which included a fine 265 game. Cindy Ables slid in right behind Fred with a 799 total including a 243 game.
Other good scores included Cindy Ables 245, David Caipen 258, Jon Endress 265, Howie Moore 259, and Taz Moore 279-259-749 actual.
Portage County USBC BA Association Manager, presented one
300 game ring and one 800 series ring to Portage County
bowler, Ed Barto
at Twin Star Lanes on Wednesday, January 25. Ed bowled
246-300-277 for a total of 823 on December 26. It
was his first 300 and first 800 in his bowling career.
Barto bowls in the Miller Garage league on Wednesdays.
Portage County Bowling Association asks that all bowlers please respect their fellow bowlers. Please refrain from wearing clothing that depicts foul language or gestures. It also asks that bowlers not display explicit or improper material during your tournament play. Bowlers will be asked to remove or not display such clothing or material and may be denied entry into the tournament.
Squad 1 had only two bowlers. Taz Moore and Josh Phelps showed up to bowl doubles to set the bar with 1391. In Singles Josh authored a nice 723 (798 handicap).
In Squad 2 four teams bowled. The Kent Lanes team featuring Les Yost, Karl Nash, Bill Fellenstein, Greg Holcomb, and Rich Botzer put together a fine 3307 scratch series. They also took the early lead in the Handicap Division with 3825. Good games/series in Squad 2 include Jim Palmer, 287-264-743, Greg Holcomb 268, Karl Nash 258, Les Yost 257, Rich Botzer 682.
Squad 3 featured four teams. The best score in this squad was bowled by MoHawk Pro Shop with 3301 (3754 with handicap). Taz Moore shot 300 in the second game with a 701 total.Teammate DJ Madden tossed 278-266-757. Other good scores were Denny Carden 697, Josh Phelps 695, Matt Koneval 702, Dustin Osborne 237, Adam Horner 234, Brad Fulks 234, and Josh Wilson 232.
In Squad 4 there were 12 sets of doubles and singles teams. Denny Carden and Darren Houghton teamed up to take the lead in Doubles with a scratch score of 1403 (handicap 1540). Larry Smith shot 663 actual including a 277 game to tie Josh Phelps for high handicap series (798). Mike Walinski finished just two pins behind the leaders at 796. Smith also teamed up with son-in-law Austin Crane to slide into second place in Doubles just ahead of Walinski and Bill Rogers. Other good scores on Sunday afternoon were Russ Renkel 276-674, Walinski 259-709, Frank C Diehl 247-694, Taz Moore 692 and 696, Nick Williams 279-706, Darren Houghton 255-699, and Denny Carden 245-704.
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JP's Kent Lanes
MoHawk Pro Shop
MoHawk Pro Shop 2
Four Kids and an Old Man
The 70th Annual Portage County Tournament begins Saturday, January 20 and concludes on Sunday January 29 at Twin Star Lanes. You may bowl in the team, doubles, and singles events. You may also participate in All-Events. Entry forms are available in any Portage County bowling center or you can download one from this web site on the Tournaments page.
You can also fill out an entry form online at the Tournaments page and email it to the tournament director, Matt Tennant. If you have a paypal account you can pay the entry fees online as well.
Please note only 14 lanes will be available for the 9:00 am shifts on both Saturday shifts. In addition, only 20 lanes are available Saturday, January 21 at 1:30. So if you want to bowl one of those squads, make sure your form is in early.
Bryan Berry finished second over-all in the five game qualifying round, then squeezed past Troy Workman by just two pins to meet the first qualifier, Erik Juskiw. In the final game Bryan chopped the 6-10 in the fifth frame and trailed until the eighth frame when lefty Erik whiffed the seven pin (after picking up four of them in a row). Both bowlers marked out but Bryan finished six pins ahead of Erik to win the championship.
Howard Fincham also made the finals but was knocked off the stepladder in the first round by Workman who shot an actual 256. Fincham took home a check for $75 for fourth place, Workman won $100 for third, Juskiw was paid $166, and Berry took home the big money, $320.
Seventeen bowlers showed up on November 12 at Sky Lanes for the Handicap Singles Tournament, bowling five games each in the qualifying round. The highest score was 279 tossed by Howard Fincham and Lloyd Ables, followed by 264 by Erik Juzkiw and Bryan Berry, then 258 by Troy Workman. The highest five-game actual series was the 1136 shot by Juzkiw. Robby Roberts missed the cut by just three pins.
The Portage County USBC BA Handicap Singles Tournament is this
Saturday, November 12 at Sky Lanes. You can get an entry
form by following the link to the tournament page.
Keith Jackson, Erin Jackson, Bill White Sr., and Teri Plaso
|Last season on December 12 in the Perfect Fit Pro Shop
Trio League three bowlers hit a it big, tossing a national
high score for a mixed trio team composed of one man and
two women. USBC recognizes exceptional
accomplishments for league bowlers with special
awards. The three bowlers were presented with
plaques by Portage County USBC BA President Paul Jarosz at
Twin Star Lanes on Thursday, October 27 as league bowlers
and USBC officials looked on. Keith Jackson (256),
Erin Jackson (279), and Terry Plaso (300) teamed up to
fire a national high score of 835.
Other interested parties at the presentation were Bill White Sr., Sue Jenior of the Record Courier, Ohio State BA representative Michael Phillips, Association Manager Linda Shahan, and Portage County USBC BA Directors Carol Boyle, Jim Boyle, Rick Ewell, Gary Helsel, Dale Holgate, Keith Lang, and Russ Renkel.
You can see the record scores on Bowl.com by clicking here.
If you search through the records you will find that another Twin Star trio team finished fourth in the category of team game for two men and one woman. That team was Lisa Osborne, Matt Chapman, and Paul Schultz with a game or 811.
The Portage County Bowling Hall of Fame had its induction ceremony on October 22 at the Kent Elks. Thom Butcher, Bill Flachbart, Gary Popson and Ched Reber were inducted into the Hall and Hermann Pickle Farm was selected to receive the Pop Meyers award for outstanding support of bowling in Portage County. Go to the Hall of Fame page for more informantion.
The entry forms found on the Tournaments page had some errors if downloaded before Oct 25. The errors were on the rules page and involved the finals of the tournaments. The procedures on the forms now available are correct.
ABC (American Bowling Congress), WIBC (Women's International Bowling Congress), the YABA (Young American Bowling Alliance), and USA Bowling merged in 2005 to form the USBC (United States Bowling Congress). Although the national associations merged operations, they allowed local and state associations to remain separated into BA, WBA, and YOUTH associations. WBA affiliates serve only the needs of female bowlers, BA can serve all adults, and YOUTH serve only non-adult bowlers.
This year at the national convention, the representatives voted that all locals that are not already merged must do so by the 2018 season. State associations must merge as well.
Dues for the National USBC are $10 this year, dues for Ohio State USBC BA are $0, dues for Ohio State USBC WBA are $3, dues for Portage County USBC BA are $6, and dues for Portage County USBC WBA are $6. When you pay your dues for either of the local adult associations you must pay dues for the national and state associations as well. Thus your dues when joining PC USBC BA are a total of $16, and the dues when joining PC USBC WBA are $19.
USBC is not just the group that sends rings for 300's and 800's. The USBC works behind the scenes to promote the game of bowling by keeping bowling on television, sponsoring important major tournaments for the pros and the amateurs alike, settling interpretations of the rules, maintaining a web site with all manner of information including averages and records for all sanctioned bowlers, supporting the thousands of local associations, and providing peace of mind to bowling leagues with regard to their finances.
The local associations provide the manpower for the national association. We keep track of all the bowlers and their averages, deal with all the paperwork, provide awards for bowlers, raise money for charitable causes, run a county championship tournament, as well as several additional tournaments throughout the year, maintain a Hall of Fame to honor great bowlers in our county, settle disputes about bowling and monetary matters, and inspect the lanes each year to keep the game fair and fun.
The Portage County Hall of Fame is populated by both male and female bowlers who have distinguished themselves through their bowling accomplishments or through their work in serving the bowlers Portage County. In addition to individual bowlers, there is a category called Pop Meyers where league sponsors are honored.
To see the names of the honorees, enter Twin Star Lanes at the front door and look to your right. There you will see a huge wooden board with plaques with the names of members of the Hall of Fame.
You can nominate bowlers, male or female, by filling out the application form found at the desk of any of the three Portage County bowling centers. The Hall of Fame committee will consider all applicants and will select entrants every three years. Electees will be presented with an award at the induction ceremony.
Portage County USBC BA and Portage County USBC WBA host several tournaments throughout the bowling season. The Tournaments page has been set up so that you can see when and where these tournaments will be held. Dates and locations will be displayed as they become available. The State associations also hold tournaments, and that information will be displayed there as well. Where possible, entry forms will be downloadable as well.
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