Close calls highlight week at 2015 USBC Open Championships


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    One live stream broadcast on BowlTV from El Paso Convention Center this week

    2015USBCOCLogo.jpgAs the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships approaches its final month of competition, the tournament already has seen its share of exciting performances at the El Paso Convention Center.

    Although there were no changes at the top of the leaderboard this week, several competitors found their way into the top 10.

    2015USBCOCTeamNABR.jpgOn May 27, Rose Bowl Lanes of Newark, New York, moved into ninth place in Regular Team after games of 1,017, 1,074 and 1,094 for a 3,185 series. Team NABR of West Henrietta, New York (pictured right), leads Regular Team with 3,368.

    Brian LeClair led the way for Rose Bowl Lanes with a 694 series and was joined by Alex Aguiar (646), Ken Muscato (643), USBC Hall of Famer Doug Kent (613) and former Junior Team USA member Chris Bardol (589).

    2015USBCOCMarkSleeperAnthonySimonsen.jpgThe following day, two members of Rose Bowl Lanes' crossing team made a run at the doubles lead, as Ryan Kretchmer of Rochester, New York, and Mark D'Angelo of Elmira, New York, settled into third place in Regular Doubles with a 1,384 total.

    2015USBCOCRonnieSparks.jpgD'Angelo led the effort with a 705 set, while Kretchmer added 679. Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, and Mark Sleeper Jr. (left, r-l) , of Kaufman, Texas, lead with 1,409.

    Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, California, made his run at the Regular Singles lead May 29. He opened with the fifth 299 game of the 2015 tournament and added 215 and 254 for a 768 effort, which is sixth overall. Ronnie Sparks Jr. (right) of Redford, Michigan, leads with 793.


    A look ahead

    2014TeamUSATrialsJohnJanawicz2.jpgThere will be one live stream broadcast from the 2015 USBC Open Championships this week.

    Three-time titlist John Janawicz (left) will lead Lodge Lanes Too as they look to recapture the Regular Team title live on BowlTV on June 9 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

    2013USBCOCLodgeLanesToo.jpgThe talented group took home the 2013 crown (pictured right) with a then-record score of 3,538 and nearly saw their companion team, Lodge Lanes Kids, take the top spot at the 2014 Open Championships, before finishing fourth overall.

    Lodge Lanes Too also will feature former Team USA member Vernon Peterson and USBC Hall of Famer Norm Duke, who will be making his first Open Championships appearance since 1983, while Lodge Lanes Kids includes former collegiate standouts Aaron Lorincz and Jon Trzcinski.

    The final 50-year celebration of the 2015 event also is slated for this week as Richard Supanich of Burbank, Illinois, is scheduled to become the 12th bowler of the year to join the exclusive club. He'll hit the lanes June 5 at 7 p.m. Eastern.


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    2015 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Team NABR (Adam Barta, Scott Pohl, Brian Waliczek, Mike Rose Jr., Rob Gotchall), West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,368. 2, Junior Team USA Support 1, Las Vegas, 3,359. 3, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,297. 4, Fran's Pro Shop-Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,236. 5, Hashtag Team Dole, Cleveland, 3,231. 6, Bowling With Leverage Pro Shop, Peoria, Ariz., 3,211. 7, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Ind., 3,195. 8, Storm – Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 3,191. 9, Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., 3,185. 10(tie), Orham Inc., Bozeman, Mont., and Cambridge 2, O'Fallon, Ill., 3,184.

    1, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas/Mark Sleeper Jr., Kaufman, Texas, 1,409. 2, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn./Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 1,403. 3, Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y./Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y., 1,384. 4, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Brian O'Mara, Rochester, N.Y., 1,376. 5, Tom Woodworth/Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,372. 6, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska/Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, 1,370. 7, Phil Karwoski Jr./Phil Karwoski Sr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,357. 8(tie), Rich Abboud, Omaha, Neb./Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., and Tony Manna, Papillion, Neb./Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,352. 10, Marc McDowell, Monona, Wis./Mike Shady, Girard, Pa., 1,340.

    1, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 793. 2, Scott Endersbe, Waite Park, Minn., 785. 3, Chad Oachs, Mankato, Minn., 772. 4, Matthew Tuckfield, Orlando, Fla., 771. 5, Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 770. 6, Robby Porter, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 768. 7, Cassidy Schaub, Lucas, Ohio, 767. 8(tie), Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., and Andre Parker, South Holland, Ill., 765. 10, Darrell Guertin, Shrewsbury, Mass., 762.

    1, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 2,226. 2, Rob Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,181. 3, Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 2,152. 4, Shawn Naumann, Orlando, Fla., 2,135. 5, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 2,118. 6, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 2,100. 7, Erik Vermilyea, Las Vegas, 2,083. 8, Steve Hartman, West Lafayette, Ind., 2,074. 9(tie), Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., and Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 2,062.

    Team All-Events
    1, Junior Team USA Support 1 (Matthew Tuckfield, Anthony LaCaze, Steve Novak, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Las Vegas, 10,064. 2, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,886. 3, Train Wreck, Castle Rock, Colo., 9,749. 4, The 1, Oregon, Wis., 9,738. 5, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 9,710. 6, Motion Plus, Greenfield, Wis., 9,669. 7, KT Tape Bowling, Sanford, Mich., 9,651. 8, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,614. 9, S.B.I., Oregon, Wis., 9,584. 10, Armstrong Printing 1, Naperville, Ill., 9,572.


    2015 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Scotty's 3 (Brady Erdmann, Jed Lye, Marshall Lagred, Tyler Grabow, Alan Iverson), Alexandria, Minn., 2,676. 2(tie), Bermuda Onions 4, St. George, Bermuda, and Scotty's 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,646. 4, Rails Bar and Grill, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 2,597. 5, Persinger and Company, Selma, Va., 2,574. 6, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,533. 7, Lani Ohana, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2,532. 8, Lake Country Rollers 2, Clarissa, Minn., 2,530. 9, Hall of Fame Lanes 2, Versailles, Ind., 2,529. 10, Scotty's 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,527.

    1, Vicky Pollard/Jamie Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,162. 2, Mike Heck, Browns Valley, Minn./Darin Ziemer, Fargo, N.D., 1,161. 3, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn./Gary Holtz, Litchfield, Minn., 1,153. 4, Brian Rozman/Bob Godden, Las Vegas, 1,134. 5, Ryan Burmester/David Burmester, Hampton, Iowa, 1,126. 6, Melvin Reynolds/Robert Reynolds, Nevada, Mo., 1,118. 7, Courtney Johnston/Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,116. 8, Bruce Huikko, South Haven Minn./Leslie Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 1,115. 9, Sterling Minke Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Sterling Minke Sr., Englewood, Fla., 1,111. 10, Cecilia Lung/Joseph Lung, Monterey Park, Calif., 1,106.

    1, Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., 642. 2, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 636. 3, Jim Conkle, Pentwater, Mich., 628. 4, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 620. 5(tie), Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Jack Berrier, Bascom, Ohio, 610. 7, Billy Dedek, Amarillo, Texas, 605. 8, Jere Goff, Ormond Beach, Fla., 603. 9, Mark Bearman, Webster, S.D., 601. 10(tie), Steven Gentzler, East Berlin, Pa., and Jack Pullen, San Antonio, 600.

    1, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,734. 2, Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,712. 3(tie), Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., and Tony Gannan, Chillicothe, Md., 1,706. 5, Darrell Pedersen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,689. 6, Shea Branch, Dallas, 1,687. 7, Jarad Beckman, Henderson, Nev., 1682. 8, Vicky Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,680. 9, Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,669. 10, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 1,663.