Friday, May 29, 2009

Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials

Fresh off his victory Monday in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Regional Players Championship, Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, NY, charged into the third-round lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday.

Ciccone, 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 of Ashland, OH, 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 (
Championship) 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.”

Rounding out the top five were Thomas Smallwood of Flushing, MI, with 5,917
pins; second-round leader Stevie Weber of Chalmette, LA, with 5,907 pins, and
George Lambert IV 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.

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., May 29

ROUND THREE (after 27 games)
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 Hts, Ohio, & Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, AZ, 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

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ebonite's New Line For 2009

Ebonite announces the start of a brand new series, the Evolve. With the all new “Evolve 1.0 Core”, to the “XL1000” coverstock, this beautiful product Color-Navy/Purple/Silver, will be delighting everyone. The Evolve will absolutely WOW everyone with its performance in the backend of the lane. #15 2.55, .054

In the Upper Mid category, following up the Magic, Ebonite adds the Magic Touch. The Magic Touch will use the same core as the Magic, but will have an all new “Flexol Plus Reactive” cover. The Magic Touch offers great shelf appeal with its Black, Green and Red Pearl colors. On the lanes, the Magic Touch will provide more length than the Magic with a stronger move off of the pattern.

Long an Ebonite strength, the new Mid-Price entry, the Lane Breaker, is certain to continue in the footsteps of the Gamebreaker, Playmaker, and Pinslasher. This mid-price product features a new core design (EMP1) with pearlized Blue, Black and Silver Traxion Reactive 0.48 cover.

In the Lower Mid-Price category, Ebonite offers two new products, the Boom and the Smash. The Boom is a Purple and Silver Pearl ball of “Big Bang XL Reactive” that offers a smooth, “booming motion” to the Pocket. The Smash is a Blue Pearl ball that is “Phazed Bomber Reactive” finished at 4000 Abralon - Polished with Powerhouse Factory Finish Ball Polish. The core called “Symmetric Sphere” is a low flare potential at 15# - .025 RG Differential, and a 2.55 RG.

In the Tornado line, look for two new introductions, the Purple/Red /Gold and the Red/Orange/Gold. Coverstock is “F5 Reactive”, polished with Powerhouse Factory Finish Ball Polish wrapped around the full size pancake with offset, high tech flip block.

Bowling Museum Houses Nike New Store

Nike will open a new store in the building that formerly housed the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in St. Louis. The opening is set for Saturday. Yes, the Nike store is expected to generate considerably more... foot traffic.

Jolly Time Popcorn

Jolly Time Popcorn has been named the “official popcorn of Strike Ten Entertainment.” As part of the deal, Jolly Time will carry free game coupons on its packaging, and promote the offer heavily in grocery stores with bowling-themed displays.

PBA Senior Northern California Classic

Dale Traber won his first Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour
title by defeating PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, 277-223, in the championship
match of the PBA Senior Northern California Classic Wednesday at Harvest Park
Brentwood, CA.

Traber, of Cedarburg, WI, had best finishes of second twice in two seasons on
the Senior Tour including a runner-up finish at last year’s Brentwood stop.

Traber has made a name for himself on PBA’s Regional Tour where he has won
43 titles. His best finish on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour was a second in
the 1994 PBA National where he lost in the championship match to his brother

“It’s been a pretty lean last three weeks this year not having cashed,” said the
52-year-old Traber who earned $8,000 for the win. “I’ve got the monkey off my
back now which is a relief.

“I was only averaging around 220 the last few tournaments and that wasn’t
going to cut it. The scores weren’t as high at this tournament which was probably in
my favor.”

Traber narrowly made it to the championship match defeating two-time Senior
Tour titlist Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 208-207, in the semifinal. Traber
struck on the final shot of the 10th frame for the win.

Webb, who won the 2008 U.S. Senior Open and was looking for his second
Senior Tour title, defeated Max Shellabarger of Roy, Utah, in his semifinal
match, 238-170, to advance to the final.

Webb will defend his Senior U.S. Open title next week when the 2009 U.S.
Open is held at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas May 31-
June 5.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

PBA Tour Trials - Round One

Cassidy Schaub of Ashland, OH, averaged 243 on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers
Association (PBA) Tour’s Cheetah
lane conditioning pattern Wednesday
to take the first round
lead in the PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes. He
leads by seven pins over Ryan Ciminelli of
Cheektowaga, NY.

Schaub, a two-handed player who throws the ball from the left side of his body, is hoping to join
Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Finland’s Osku Palermaa as the
third two-handed technician to earn
an exemption for the 2009-10 Lumber
Liquidators PBA Tour season.

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 each day
over the next four days on the Viper,
Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark patterns, respectively,
with total pinfall for 45
games deciding the exempt berths.

“You can’t win the tournament on the first day, but you can try to put a hurtin’ on the field,”
Schaub said after posting his 2,187 total. “I only threw one ball
all day. I played out to the gutter
with minimal movement across the house.”

Schaub is happy to have a cushion because he hasn't found the lane conditioning patterns he'll
face the next two days especially friendly during early practice

“I didn’t have a good look on the Viper or Chameleon patterns earlier, so I am drilling up a few
new balls and will try them (in practice tonight) to see what
works,” he said. “We’ll see what part
of the lane works and go from there.
“Knowing what you are competing for - the opportunity to bowl
with the greatest
bowlers in the world - is really special,” he said of his first Tour Trials experience.
“I’m trying to look around and stay on my own pace and do my own
thing, do what’s true to you.”

Nothing would make him happier than expanding the two-handed movement as a full-time touring
player, bowling with Belmonte and Palermaa.

“The two-handed explosion has been awesome,” Schaub said. “I’m happy to jump on that
bandwagon. We have a lot more attention being paid since Jason’s win (in
The Bowling Foundation
Long Island Classic
) and his appearances on E:60 and Good
Morning America. A lot of people are
trying it and talking about it.”

Trailing Schaub and Ciminelli after nine games were Thomas Smallwood of Flushing, MI, with 2,171
pins; Stevie Weber of Chalmette, LA, with 2,152,
and newly-crowned Regional Players
titlist Joe Ciccone of Buffalo,
NY, with a 2,128 total.

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, MI, May 27

ROUND ONE (9 games, Cheetah pattern)
1, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 2,187
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,180
3, Thomas Smallwood, Flushing, Mich., 2,171
4, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La, 2,152
5, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,128
6, Stuart Williams, England, 2,120
7, Sean Riccardi, Piscataway, N.J., 2,083
8, George Frilingos, Australia; George Lambert IV, Hamilton, Ontario, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,079
11, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., and Won-Young Choi, South Korea, 2,074
13, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,062
14, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 2,057
15, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 2,055
16, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2,050
17, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,045
18, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill, 2,040
19, Timothy Behrendt, St Louis, 2,037
20, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,029
21, Bill Rowe, Hamilton, Ontario, and Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2,028
23, Seo Hak Jung, South Korea, 2,023
24, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 2,021
25, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,019
26, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,010
27, Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C., 2,005
28, Gregory Thompson Jr, Dayton, Ohio, 2,004
29, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, 1,997
30, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 1,990
31, Dan Patterson, Utica, N.Y., 1,982
32, Dru LaJoy, Cohoes, N.Y., 1,976
33, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,975
34, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,973
35, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 1,971
36, Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill., 1,970
37, Jason Hurd, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,953
39, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,949
40, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, and Jason Mahr, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,947
42, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,946
43, Michael Norris, Livonia, Mich., and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,938
45, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., and Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,927
47, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 1,926
48, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,922
49, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 1,919
50, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,918
51, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,914
52, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., and Chris Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,912
54, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,911
55, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 1,906
56, Robert Piroozshad, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1,903
57, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,899
58, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,893
59, Frank Testa, Akron, Ohio, 1,886
60, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,879
61, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,876
62, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,872
63, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 1,869
64, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,865
65, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis, 1,859
66, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,858
67, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, 1,849
68, David Simard, Granby, Quebec, 1,837
69, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,830
70, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,828
71, Michael Wall, Fayetteville, N.C., and Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., 1,811
73, J.T. (Action) Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 1,810
74, Dan MacLelland, Windsor, Ontario, 1,798
75, Daniel Freeman, Indianapolis, 1,788
76, Tim Bell, Garden City, Mich., 1,781
77, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., 1,778
78, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,776
79, Mike Keily, Lakewood, Colo., 1,773
80, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 1,768
81, Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 1,767
82, Aaron Halash, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,763
83, Jason Dee, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, 1,758
84, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, 1,756
85, Chris Hansen, Chicago, 1,754
86, Jamie Ceasar, Columbus, Ohio, 1,750
87, Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, 1,748
88, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,727
89, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,721
90, Steven Lach, Sloan, N.Y., 1,718
91, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,713
92, Ron Williams, Marana, Ariz., 1,710
93, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,688
94, Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 1,657
95, John Wilcox, Woodinville, Wash., 1,653
96, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,578
97, Jim Fenimore, Mishawaka, Ind., 1,540

PBA Stars Take “A Walk In The Park”

Several of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)’s top stars will take part in the Six Flags 
Friends second annual “A
Walk In The Park” walk-a-thon benefiting Cure Kids Cancer on June 14.

Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour players participating will be 2008-09 Player of the Year Wes Malott
along with Hall of Famers, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn
III, Pete Weber and Norm Duke, as
well as two-time PBA Tour champion Rhino Page.

The bowlers will be competing in the GEICO PBA Team Shootout that will be conducted and taped
by ESPN on specially-built outdoor lanes in the Jackson,
NJ, theme park June 11-14.

“I look forward to participating in this wonderful charity event especially because it is in my own
backyard,” said Bohn, a 32-time Tour titlist. “With Six
Flags Great Adventure as the backdrop, and
some of the greatest bowling fans in
the world located here, it should be a lot of fun.”

The goal of each bowler is to raise at least $1,000 through pledges that can be made by visiting

Last year the nationwide charity event raised an overall total of more than $250,000.

In addition to the walk-a-thon, seven players will team up with the All-Shore High School bowling
team for a doubles tournament on the tournament lanes at 11
a.m. and six other players will be
participating in a meet-and-greet reception
at 1 p.m., weather permitting.

Ogre Urethane

Visionary Bowling announced the June 3rd introduction
of a new ball called the Ogre Urethane. The hard urethane cover, surrounds an “Ogre” core (RG-2.59, Differential-.034), finished at 1500 and polished.

Ciccone Wins Regional Players Championships

Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, NY, defeated Jim Tomek Jr. of Camp Hill, PA, 184-161, to win the
Professional Bowlers
Association (PBA) Regional Players Championship and its $9,000 first
prize at
Thunderbowl Lanes Monday.

Ciccone, who recently failed to earn enough points to maintain his Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
exemption after six years as a touring player, also earned
an expenses-paid trip to bowl in the 2010
PBA Regional Players Invitational
where the top seven players will win exemption to bowl on the
national tour for
the 2010-11 season. He also won his first trip to bowl in the PBA Tournament of
Champions, an event for the PBA’s elite champions.

“I’m very happy,” the 34-year-old former Erie Community College and Arizona State University
collegiate star said. “And the Tournament of Champions is a
very nice bonus, the icing on the

Ciccone is hoping he won’t need to cash in on the Regional Players Invitational package, however.
If he can regain his exemption in the Lumber Liquidators PBA
Tour Trials later this week, he won’t
be eligible for that regional players-only

“I’m here, so I might as well bowl (the Tour Trials),” he said. “(Losing my exemption) wasn’t the
result I was hoping for last season, but a lot of other
guys were impacted the same way. There’s
nothing specific about the way I bowled
that I can put my finger on, but it would be nice to have
the opportunity to do
better next season than I did last. I’ll bowl the Tour Trials and if I don’t make
it, it’s nice to have the RPI to fall back on.”

The PBA Regional Players Championship drew a field of 207 competitors. Most of the players will
now focus their attention on the five-day, 45-game Lumber
Liquidators PBA Tour Trials which
runs Wednesday through Sunday at Thunderbowl
Lanes. The top eight Tour Trials finishers will earn
exemptions to bowl
full-time on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour next season.

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., May 24

Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y. ($9,000), def. Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa.
($5,000), 184-161.

Semifinal Round (losers earned $2,800)
Ciccone def. Stuart Williams, England, 245-179
Tomek def. Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 225-180

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Williams def. Michael Marsico, Huntingtown, Md., 2-0
Beasley def. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2-0
Ciccone def. Richard Kidd, El Paso, Ill., 2-0
Tomek def. Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis., 2-0

Round of 16 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,100 each)
Paluszek def. David Traber, Hebron, Ill., 2-0
Kidd def. Ed Carter, Akron, Ohio, 2-0
Williams def. Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2-0
Marsico def. Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2-0
Beasley def. D.J. Archer, Garland, Texas, 2-0
Maas def. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-1
Ciccone def. Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 2-1
Tomek def. Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill., 2-1

Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $800 each)
Smallwood def. Brett Cooper, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 3-0
Goergen def. Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, Pa., 3-2
Paluszek def. Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 3-1
Kidd def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-2
Traber def. David Anthony, Austin, Texas, 3-1
Archer def. Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 3-2
Williams def. Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3-1
Boresch def. Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 3-2
Mack def. Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 3-0
Kjergaard def. George Lambert IV, Wichita, Kan., 3-2
Marsico def. Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3-0
Beasley def. Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3-1
Maas def. Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 3-2
Ciccone def. Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 3-1
Carter def. Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3-0
Tomek def. Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 3-1

Round of 64 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $650 each)
Smallwood def. John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3-1
Goergen def. Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 3-0
D'Entremont def. Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 3-2
Paluszek def. Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 3-1
Kidd def. Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich., 3-1
Valenta def. Robert Lawrence, Del Valle, Texas, 3-2
Lambert def. Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio, 3-2
Traber def. John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 3-2
Archer def. Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3-0
Wiley def. Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 3-1
Williams def. Chris Hansen, Chicago, 3-1
Sorce def. Duane Benn, Lynnwood, Wash., 3-0
Boresch def. Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3-1
Woessner def. Kenneth Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 3-1
Graham def. Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3-0
Mack def. Walter L. Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 3-1
Kjergaard def. Kevin Taber, Toledo, Ohio, 3-2
Marsico def. Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3-1
Sullins def. Jason Hurd, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3-0
Bobby def. Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 3-1
Beasley def. Chris Kliczinski, Pinckney, Mich., 3-0
Bailey def. Michael Clark Jr., Lakewood, Ohio, 3-0
Maas def. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3-1
Cooper def. Mason Brantley, Detroit, 3-1
Freiberg def. Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 3-1
Anthony def. Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 3-2
Swanson def. Dan Patterson, Buffalo, N.Y., 3-2
Ciccone def. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3-1
Carter def. Christopher Sand, 3-2
Kloss def. Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 3-1
Tomek def. Tim Behrendt, St Louis, 3-1
Baker def. Chris Collins, Savannah, Ga., 3-1

Other Cashers (after 16 games, $500 each)
65, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,223
66, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 3,222
67, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 3,218
68, Dan Higgins Jr., Westerville, Ohio, 3,215
69, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3,212

Monday, May 25, 2009

Palermaa Added To World Series of Bowling

After a fourth-place finish in the Brunswick Aalborg International (tournament) in Aalborg, Denmark, on Sunday, Finland’s Osku Palermaa has been awarded the first of three international exempt berths to compete in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)’s World Series of Bowling Aug. 2 through Sept. 7 in suburban Detroit, MI.

Palermaa, who introduced the two-handed bowling technique to American bowling
fans when he finished fifth in the 2004 U.S. Open, earned the World Series of
Bowling exemption as the European Bowling Tour (EBT) points leader, securing his lead with his finish in the Aalborg International , the seventh event on the EBT’s 2009 schedule. He will join Australia’s Jason Belmonte as the second two-handed player in the World Series field. Belmonte earned his spot in the World Series and on the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour by winning the PBA’s Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic title in March.

Two additional international players will be selected to compete in the World
Series of Bowling based upon applications submitted to the PBA. Application
forms, which are due by June 1, are posted on the web site.

2009 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships

Reminder - CBS College Sports Network has announced plans to broadcast the tape-delayed finals of the 2009 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships next week. The women’s final will air June 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern, and the men’s final will follow June 3, also at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hammer Releases New Ball News

Starting off is the Black Widow Sting. The Black Widow series has been the most successful series in Hammer’s history at Ebonite International, and it is still the best selling franchise in the bowling industry. The Sting pairs up proven “High Mass Bias Gas Mask Core” with a new Black/Blue “Violent Flip Reactive” coverstock. Bowlers will look to the Sting on heavier to medium-heavy oil, as the Violent Flip Reactive cover is extremely aggressive, and comes sanded at 2000 Grit Abralon. The Sting gives bowlers that signature Black Widow series backend with even more power and aggressiveness. Black Widow Sting has a Worldwide Release Date of July 14th, 2009.

Raw Hammer Burn brings a new coverstock to the lanes for Hammer. “Our new “Shredder Reactive Pearl” coverstock is the most responsive coverstock ever wrapped around a Hammer mid-price ball” reports Hammer. Bowlers are going to see extremely good length with our 4000 (Abralon) and Polished finish. The new Yellow/Silver combination is different; Raw Hammer Burn has a Worldwide Release Date of June 16th, 2009.

Onyx Vibe pairs up the reliable Vibe symmetric core with a new “CT Reactive Plus” coverstock. It comes in a very sharp Onyx Sparkle color with Gold Flake engraving. The Onyx Vibe is available in 10-16#, and is available for ordering immediately.

Finally, Hammer is pleased to announce the extension of the very successful Razyr performance line – the Razyr Black/Red. Razyr Black/Red is a new color with a familiar design. With our proven “Recoil Reactive” coverstock, we’re retaining good performance ball motion. We’re also continuing the use of our high-density 3-piece construction in the Hammer Razyr. Our new color now gives the consumer two options when they’re looking for great Hammer performance on drier lane conditions. Both colors will enter the new season in our 2009-2010 catalog. Razyr Black/Red is available in 10-16 pounds as well, and is not restricted by our Worldwide Release Date program.

Pepsi Renews "Official Soft Drink of Bowling" Deal

The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and Strike Ten Entertainment have announced the renewal of a multi-year proprietor agreement with PepsiCo Foodservice. The terms of the multi-year agreement will begin on January 1, 2010 after the current contract ends on December 31, 2009.

Under the agreement, Pepsi will continue as the "Official Soft Drink of Bowling." PepsiCo Foodservice will provide BPAA-Pepsi centers with Pepsi beverages, such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist and Aquafina as well as Tropicana juices and juice drinks, Lipton iced teas and Gatorade sports drinks in fountain, bottles and cans.

Friday, May 22, 2009

King Malott Runs The Table with Another 300

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, became the first bowler in PBA history to bowl two nationally-televised 300 games, defeating Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 300-223, in the King of Bowling by Amp Energy series finale at Kegel Training Center.

The victory, televised Wednesday on ESPN2, was Malott’s fifth consecutive as he swept the King of Bowling series, earning a grand total of $50,000. In successive weeks, Malott defeated Chris Barnes of Double Oak, TX, 268-214; Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, FL, 258-234; Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, FL, 300-238, and Rhino Page of Topeka, KS, 257-233, before rolling his second perfect game against Bohn. Bohn advanced to the week five title match with a 260-187 victory over Brad Angelo of Lockport, NY.

“In practice, I moved up on the approach a little, and that slowed everything down a little bit more so I could get the ball to hook in the right part of the lane,” Malott said of his mastery of the Scorpion lane condition pattern he selected for each telecast as reigning “King.”

“Once I did that, I had an unbelievable look. It actually got in my head that I could shoot another 300.

“I’m usually pretty laid back, not very excitable, but I actually did fall on the floor after the 12th shot. I was wondering what else in the world could happen to me this season? It was an unbelievable way to cap off a great season.”

After his King of Bowling Powered by Amp Energy sweep and a runner-up finish to Allen in the Dydo Japan Cup, Malott and his Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour competitors will head to Jackson, NJ, for the PBA GEICO Team Shootout hosted by Six Flags June 11-14.

“Winning five in a row against the guys I had to bowl?” Malott reflected. “I just worried about my game and made the most of it. I had some luck – good and bad – along the way.

“But that’s behind me. I’ve moved on to the future, and oh my god, to be in the position I’m at now? I’ve had some pretty good success this early in my career. I’m blessed and I hope I can keep it going.”

Columbia300's Newest For 2009-2010

Moving forward with the Swing line, the new Full Swing featuring an new core and cover combination, featuring the first mass bias core in the high performance category (“Mass Bias Full Swing Asymmetric” Core). The core contains a modest .016 mass bias measurement that boasts a very strong .056 differential. Pair up that strong core with the new “Full Tilt 5.0” Black cover finished at 4000 grit Abralon and Columbia offers “you have an amazing combination of hook for medium to heavy patterns.” Full Swing in #15 has a Radius of Gyration of 2.50.

Columbia300 introduces the “biggest backending ball in Columbia history” the Bedlam. Features a new asymmetric (.018) core with a 15# ball RG of 2.50 and RG Differential of .051. A new Purple and Blue shell called “Full Tilt 4.0” finished at 2000 grit Abralon and covered with Powerhouse Factory Finish wraps the new core. Columbia boasts “The combination is a tweener’s dream - the ability to hook it with the big boys!”

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Track Introduces New Line

Track is going to use a numbering system this year to designate ball performance. Here is a breakdown of this year’s line-up: 505C, 715A, 930T.

500 series numbers are Mid-price, 700 series are upper mid and 900 series is high performance. The second two numbers 05, 15, 30 are the core strength (intermediate differential). The last letter describes the backend or breakpoint. C is control, A is angular (latest), T is Tracktion (earliest).

Track’s intent is that this all-new 5 series, the 505C, was designed to own the breakpoint for those challenging times when controlling your breakpoint down the lane is the key to success. Color of the new 505C is Blue/Gold Reactive Pearl, utilizing a "Shuttle Asymmetrical Core" (Track Kinetic) with RG of 2.48 and Diff of .040.

The revolutionary 7 series, the 715A, was designed to open up the angle into the pocket. On today’s typical house shots, being able to create more entry angle is a key to success. The 715A cover is a Blue/Silver/Red reactive cover, “Catback Asymmetrical core”, RG 2.52, Diff .052

This first ball in the all-new 9 Series, the 930T, was designed to be extremely aggressive at the breakpoint. The 930T has “Mica” embedded into the coverstock, which gives this ball extra TRACKtion at the breakpoint so you can expect a heavy roll in the backend. Color Black/Purple/Silver, reactive cover, new “Leggo Core”, RG 2.48, diff .056

Each new ball from Track will include a microfiber cleaning sack with instructions on its use. They feel this will be a great addition to help customers maintain their performance products.

Lastly, The Track Spare was designed mainly for the loyal Track customer and Staff players. It is a rather unique looking ball. It is Blue Sparkle with an Orange logo. It is made in our factory here in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.