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With an Eagle in His Eye

By Brandy Padilla

John_Janawicz_4496.jpg As far as tournaments go, the ABC Championships Tournament is one of the largest and it is often called "Bowling's Greatest Tradition." For many, there is no honor higher than competing against some 12,000 teams in a plight to win an Eagle, the coveted trophy of the tournament. On October 9 two Eagles landed at the Florida State Bowling Jamboree and were given to John Janawicz (pictured), the first person in more than 30 years to claim both titles, Singles and All Events, in the same year.

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ABC Tournament team champions honored in Detroit

 In front of more than 500 fellow bowlers, American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament Regular Team winner S&B Pro Shop #1 (Top row from left: Joe Krajenke, Fred Bauss and Kerry Kreft. Bottom row from left: David Ewald and Mark Moore) of Clinton Township, Mich., was presented with the Joe Norris Trophy.

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Minnesota bowler tops ABC Tournament lifetime average list

Sam Lantto.jpg Sam Lantto, 40, has moved to the top spot on the prestigious American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament lifetime average list with a 214.49 average over 21 years, topping his tournament teammate, Todd Savoy of Superior, Wis., by a quarter of a pin. The lifetime average list consists of active bowlers who have competed in the ABC Tournament for 20 or more years.

101st ABC Championships Tournament


The eagles are landed; champions crowned as 101st ABC Tournament ends

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, USA - Feb. 14 through June 28, 2004

 A Florida bowler's record-setting performance highlighted 136 days of competition at the 101st American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament in Reno, Nevada. Kegel employee John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., rewrote the record books by shooting the highest individual 3-game series (858) in the history of the ABC Tournament en route to become the first bowler in more than 30 years to win both the singles and all-events title in the same year. The picture shows "JJ" with his two eagles.

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