Regional Players Champ Joe Ciccone rolls into PBA Tour Trials lead


    2009 PBA Tour Trials

    Former collegiate star bids to regain "exemption" after six years as national touring player

    2007PBAJoeCiccone.jpgFresh off his victory Monday in the Professional Bowlers Association Regional Players Championship, Joe Ciccone (pictured left) of Buffalo, N.Y., charged into the third-round lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday.

    2009PBATTCassidySchaub_small.jpgCiccone, 34, is bowling to regain a PBA Tour exemption he lost after six years on tour. He was in fourth place after two rounds and finished the Chameleon lane condition round with a 27-game total of 6,038 pins, a 223 average. First-round leader Cassidy Schaub (right) of Ashland, Ohio, remained in second place with 5,925 pins.

    "After winning the Regional Players Championship, everything has been rolling," Ciccone said. "I don't mind when things go good. Success is good no matter what and can prepare you for more success down the road.

    "I used the same ball today that I used in the Regional Players tournament," he added. "A few weeks of bowling regionals has given me a better feel that has carried over this week.

    "The biggest thing about this week was getting a spot in the Tournament of Champions by winning the Regional Players Championship. I have always wanted a chance to bowl in that event since I was just a kid."

    Ciccone, who experienced the multi-lane condition format used in the Tour Trials when he bowled in the Etonic Marathon Open on the national tour last season, said that event is helping him this week.

    "I am trying to take the experience I learned in Indianapolis where he had a similar format," the former Erie Community College and Arizona State University All-American said. "My target is to be among the top eight or 12 every day. That was my thought leading into this event and I will take that forward over the next two days."

    200809PBA14GeorgeLambert_small.jpgRounding out the top five were Thomas Smallwood of Flushing, Mich., with 5,917 pins; second-round leader Stevie Weber of Chalmette, La., with 5,907 pins, and George Lambert IV (left) of Hamilton, Ontario, with a 5,897 total.

    Eight PBA Tour exemptions are at stake in the five-day, 45-game Tour Trials which continues through Sunday. The field of 97 U.S. and international players will bowl nine more games Saturday and Sunday over the next three days on the Scorpion and Shark patterns, respectively. Total pinfall for 45 games will determine the exempt berths.


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    Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials - Standings after Round Three

    Players with position, hometown and 27-game total

    1, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 6,038
    2, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 5,925
    3, Thomas Smallwood, Flushing, Mich., 5,917
    4, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 5,907
    5, George Lambert IV, Hamilton, Ontario 5,897
    6, Mason Brantley, Detroit, Mich., 5,852
    7, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 5,807
    8, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 5,800
    9, Daniel Patterson, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,798
    10, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,789
    11, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Stuart Williams, England, 5,770
    13, Dan MacLelland, Windsor, Ontario, 5,716
    14, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,698
    15, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 5,697
    16, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 5,689
    17, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 5,679
    18, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 5,672
    19, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 5,662
    20, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5,658
    22, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 5,643
    23, Sean Riccardi, Piscataway, N.J., 5,638
    24, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 5,637
    25, Won-Young Choi, South Korea, 5,624
    26, Chris Collins, Savannah, Ga., 5,615
    27, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 5,595
    28, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 5,570
    29, Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C., 5,554
    30, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,553
    31, Bill Rowe, Hamilton, Ontario, 5,549
    32, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 5,545
    33, Tim Behrendt, St Louis, Mo., 5,540
    34, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 5,537
    35, Frank Testa, Akron, Ohio, 5,533
    36, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 5,527
    37, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 5,517
    38, George Frilingos, Australia, 5,506
    39, Seo Hak Jung, South Korea, and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 5,498
    41, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 5,493
    42, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 5,492
    43, Robert Piroozshad, Huntington Beach, Calif., 5,486
    44, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,456
    45, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 5,450
    46, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 5,433
    47, Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill., 5,430
    48, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 5,422
    49, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, Pa., 5,419
    50, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 5,416
    51, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, 5,411
    52, Jason Mahr, Spring Hill, Fla., 5,403
    53, Jason Hurd, St Petersburg, Fla., 5,402
    54, Mike Keily, Lakewood, Colo., 5,398
    55, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5,384
    56, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 5,379
    57, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., 5,357
    58, Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., 5,355
    59, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 5,354
    60, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 5,351
    61, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 5,349
    62, Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, 5,346
    63, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 5,333
    64, Daniel Freeman, Indianapolis, 5,329
    65, Dru LaJoy, Cohoes, N.Y., 5,328
    66, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 5,323
    67, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 5,320
    68, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 5,306
    69, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 5,298
    70, David Simard, Granby, Quebec, 5,289
    71, Jason Dee, Brampton, Ontario, 5,273
    72, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 5,263
    73, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 5,262
    74, Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 5,260
    75, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 5,242
    76, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 5,196
    77, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 5,184
    78, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 5,175
    79, Steven Lach, Sloan, N.Y., 5,139
    80, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 5,116
    81, Chris Hansen, Chicago, 5,095
    82, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass, 5,093
    83, Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 5,087
    84, Tim Bell, Garden City, Mich., 5,085
    85, Michael Wall, Fayetteville, N.C., 5,057
    86, J.T. Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 5,000
    87, Jamie Ceasar, Columbus, Ohio, 4,935
    88, John Wilcox, Woodinville, Wash., 4,912
    89, Aaron Halash, Scottsdale, Ariz., 4,886
    90, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, 4,874
    91, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 4,838
    92, Ron Williams, Marana, Ariz, 4,822
    93, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 4,787
    94, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 4,766
    95, Jim Fenimore, Mishawaka, Ind., 4,577
    96, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 5,141
    97, Michael Norris, Livonia, Mich., 4,218