Three changes in top 10 at 2015 USBC Open Championships


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    Two live stream broadcasts from El Paso Convention Center this week

    2015USBCOCLogo.jpg Several familiar names made their way onto the leaderboard this week at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in El Paso, Texas.

    Andrew Jordan of Dublin, Ohio, and Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, finished sixth in Regular Doubles at the 2014 USBC Open Championships in Reno, Nevada, and made a return trip to the top 10 at the latest edition of the tournament at the El Paso Convention Center.

    2015USBCOCMarkSleeperAnthonySimonsen.jpgNovak led this year's effort with games of 210, 255 and 224 for a 689 series, while Jordan added 243, 187 and 239 for a 669 total and 1,358 final tally June 19, which is eighth overall. Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, and Mark Sleeper Jr. of Kaufman, Texas (rightr-l), lead with 1,409.

    On June 20, Matt Ogle of Louisville, Kentucky, made a run at the Regular Singles lead before settling into a tie for 10th place with 762. The 2014 Bowlers Journal Championships Open Singles champion fired games of 245, 231 and 286. Ronnie Sparks Jr. of Redford, Michigan, leads Regular Singles this year with 793.

    2015USBCOCTeamNABR.jpgThrow It Pure Pro Shop of Redding California, made its way into ninth place in Regular Team with games of 1,094, 973 and 1,132 for a 3,199 series June 21.

    Anthony Thompson led the way with a 700 set and was joined by Warren Crawford (659), Charles Moore (628), Jason Munkberg (624) and Brian Tinsley (588). Team NABR of West Henrietta, New York (left), leads Regular Team with 3,368.


    New Englanders raise bar at Bowlers Journal Championships

    2015USBCOCBJCToddLathropJonWilbur.jpg Todd Lathrop of Colchester, Connecticut, and Jon Wilbur of North Clarendon, Vermont (pictured, l-r), made the most of a last-minute visit to the 2015 Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC and excelled together, taking the lead in Open Doubles with a 1,419 total June 21.

    Wilbur, a 33-year-old right-hander, led the way with games of 227, 247 and 259 for a 733 series, and Lathrop added a 686 set. Todd Whitesides of Lake Wylie, South Carolina, and Chris Arcaro of Charlotte, North Carolina, previously held the lead with 1,414.

    The performance also helped both bowlers into the top 10 in their respective singles divisions. Wilbur landed in eighth place in Open Singles, and by competing in doubles and singles at the same time, he became eligible for the Dual Entry prize list, where he is fifth overall. Lathrop, a 51-year-old right-hander, is seventh in Senior Singles.

    The Bowlers Journal Championships is in its 69th year alongside the USBC Open Championships, and the two have been held under the same roof since 2013. Both events kicked off March 7 and will run for 128 consecutive days, concluding July 12.


    A look ahead

    2015USBCWCLizJohnson.jpg2012UMESTniaFalbo.jpgThere will be two live stream broadcasts from the lanes at the El Paso Convention Center this week.

    The first will feature new USBC Hall of Famer and reigning USBC Queens champion Liz Johnson (left) of Cheektowaga, New York, as she competes in doubles and singles at the USBC Open Championships on June 24 at 11 a.m. Eastern.

    Former collegiate standout T'nia Falbo (right) and talented two-hander AJ Rice will lead their team into the custom venue for three games of team competition live on BowlTV on June 25 at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.


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    2015 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall; changes highlighted in yellow

    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, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 3,280. 5, Fran's Pro Shop-Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,236. 6(tie), Hashtag Team Dole, Cleveland, and Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 3,231. 8, Bowling With Leverage Pro Shop, Peoria, Ariz., 3,211. 9, Throw It Pure Pro Shop, Redding, Calif., 3,199. 10, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Ind., 3,195.

    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, Brent Bowers, Wichita, Kan./Kris Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,395. 4, Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y./Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y., 1,384. 5, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Brian O'Mara, Rochester, N.Y., 1,376. 6, Tom Woodworth/Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,372. 7, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska/Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,370. 8, Andrew Jordan, Dublin, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,358. 9, Phil Karwoski Jr./Phil Karwoski Sr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,357. 10(tie), Rich Abboud, Omaha, Neb./Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., and Tony Manna, Papillion, Neb./Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., and Lonnie Waliczek/Justin Hromek, Wichita, Kan., 1,352.

    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(tie), Darrell Guertin, Shrewsbury, Mass., and Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 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, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,088. 8, Erik Vermilyea, Las Vegas, 2,083. 9, Steve Hartman, West Lafayette, Ind., 2,074. 10(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, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 9,807. 4, Train Wreck, Castle Rock, Colo., 9,749. 5, The 1, Oregon, Wis., 9,738. 6, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 9,710. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,670. 8, Motion Plus, Greenfield, Wis., 9,669. 9, KT Tape Bowling, Sanford, Mich., 9,651. 10, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,614.


    2015 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall; changes highlighted in yellow

    1, Scotty's 3 (Brady Erdmann, Jed Lye, Marshall Lagred, Tyler Grabow, Alan Iverson), Alexandria, Minn., 2,676. 2, Ken's Old West, Page, Ariz., 2,653. 3(tie), Bermuda Onions 4, St. George, Bermuda, and Scotty's 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,646. 5, Rails Bar and Grill, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 2,597. 6, Persinger and Company, Selma, Va., 2,574. 7, Big K Rollers, Kingsville, Texas, 2,543. 8, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,533. 9, Lani Ohana, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2,532. 10, Lake Country Rollers 2, Clarissa, Minn., 2,530.

    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(tie), Melvin Reynolds/Robert Reynolds, Nevada, Mo., and Bob Lee, Tucson, Ariz./Martin Lee, Magnolia, Texas, 1,118. 8, Courtney Johnston/Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,116. 9, Bruce Huikko, South Haven, Minn./Leslie Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 1,115. 10, Sterling Minke Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Sterling Minke Sr., Englewood, Fla., 1,111.

    1(tie), Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., and Patty Turner, Oak Lawn, Ill., 642. 3, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 636. 4, Jim Conkle, Pentwater, Mich., 628. 5, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 620. 6, Russell Eyerman, Kingwood, Texas, 615. 7(tie), Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Jack Berrier, Bascom, Ohio, 610. 9, Hal Krehbiel, McPherson, Kan., 609. 10, Billy Dedek, Amarillo, Texas, 605.

    1, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,734. 2, Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,712. 3(tie), Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., Tony Gannan, Chillicothe, Md., and Patty Turner, Oak Lawn, Ill., 1,706. 6, Peter Eisele, Leigh Acres, Fla., 1,698. 7, Robert Abramson, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,697. 8, Darrell Pedersen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,689. 9, Shea Branch, Dallas, 1,687. 10, Jarad Beckman, Henderson, Nev., 1,682.