Page and Milligan conquer the Shark pattern to lead Team USA Trials

    01/10/07

    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV (Jan. 6-12, 2007)

    2007TTRhinoPage.jpg Last year, Rhino Page of Fresno, Calif., was forced to wait and see if he would be selected to join Team USA. He wants there to be no doubt this year. The left-hander took the lead at the halfway point of the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials on Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium.

    2007TTTennelleMilligan.jpg The three-time Team USA member and 2005 U.S. National Amateur champion totaled 4,329 for 20 games, an average of 216 per game. Tennelle Milligan of Costa Mesa, Calif., leads the women's field with 4,318.

    In 2006, Page finished 12th at the Team USA Trials and was picked by the National Selection Committee to join Team USA. Nine months later, Page proved he was a worthy selection by winning four medals at the Men's World Championships, including helping the men to their first team gold medal in 35 years.

    "I definitely want to bowl my way onto this team this year," said Page, who had a 10-game total of 2,172 Tuesday. "That's something that's been on my mind preparing for this event. I know last year there were a lot of people who thought they should have been selected before me but winning four medals at the World Championships certainly justified the selection for me."

    2007TTStevenVillanueva.jpg John_Janawicz_4717.jpg First-round leader Steven Villanueva (l.) of North Las Vegas, Nev., is second with 4,256 while John Janawicz (r.) of Winter Haven, Fla., is third with 4,221.

    "I have to feel pretty good considering I bowled so well on the Shark pattern today," said Milligan, who considered Tuesday's lane conditions the toughest of the four being used this week. "We had 90 minutes to practice on the four patterns before the tournament began, and I spent 80 minutes on the Shark pattern."

    2005AMZCLyndaBarnes2.jpg 2007TTAmandaBurgoyne.jpg Milligan, the 2005 USBC Queens champion, managed to take the women's lead despite having games of 149 and 160 early in Tuesday's block. She leads Amanda Burgoyne (l.) of Newport, Minn., by 18 pins. Two-time U.S. Amateur champion Lynda Barnes (r.) of Flower Mound, Texas, is third at 4,267.

    Reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion Matthew O'Grady of South Amboy, N.J., was able to conquer the Shark pattern, which is the longest pattern the players will see this week. O'Grady had the high men's 10-game total Tuesday with 2,263 and is fifth overall with 4,200. Ryan Abel was second with 2,190 and is fourth overall with 4,207.

    "I definitely thought this was going to be my strongest pattern because I always play better on longer patterns," O'Grady said. "Since this is the longest one of the four, I felt like I would have a good look because of my rev rate and my tilt."

    On the women's side, Tina Stickney of Goodyear, Ariz., led the squad with 2,140 and is 17th overall with 3,988. Ashly Galante of Palm Harbor, Fla., was second with 2,126 and is fourth overall with 4,243.

    Each day's squad leader on the men's and women's side receives a $500 prize while second place earns $250.

    Competition continues Wednesday at 8 a.m. Pacific when the women take to the lanes for their third 10-game block. The men will bowl at 3 p.m. Pacific.

    Nearly 240 of the nation's best amateur bowlers are competing for spots on 2007 Team USA this week. The top four men and women after 40 games are guaranteed spots while four additional men and women will be added to the team by the National Selection Committee.


    Men's Division - Top 10 after 20 Games


    1, Rhino Page, Fresno, Calif., 4,329
    2, Steven Villanueva, North Las Vegas, Nev., 4,256
    3, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 4,221
    4, Ryan Abel, Wichita, Kan., 4,207
    5, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 4,200
    6, Kyle Paxson, Apopka, Fla., 4,193
    7, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn., 4,173
    8, Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, 4,157
    9, Cassidy Schaub, Polk, Ohio, 4,151
    10, Mark Siders, Westerville, Ohio, 4,145


    Women's Division - Top 10 after 20 Games


    1, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 4,318.
    2, Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 4,300
    3, Lynda Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 4,267
    4, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 4,243
    5, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 4,206
    6, Shannon O'Keefe, Rochester, N.Y., 4,183
    7, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 4,169
    8, Rose Brown, Modesto, Calif., 4,165
    9, Michelle Carcagente, Orlando, Fla., 4,159
    10, Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 4,110