L.A. X, Hometown Favorite Portland Lumberjacks Advance to PBA League Elias Cup Title Match

by Bill Vint July 17, 2019 20:37

PORTLAND, Maine ­– The PBA League will have a new Elias Cup champion Thursday night when L.A. X and the hometown-favorite Portland Lumberjacks will face off in the seventh annual team championship round at Bayside Bowl.

No. 4 seeded L.A. X, led by Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, eliminated the No. 8 New York City KingPins in a two-game sweep in Wednesday’s semifinal round while the No. 7 Lumberjacks, anchored by former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, needed three extra frames to oust the 2016 and ’17 Elias Cup champion and No. 3 seeded Dallas Strikers in the second match.

The semifinal round got off to fingernail-biting start when L.A. X seemingly had game one of the “race to 2 points” Baker team match locked up. Working on a string of four strikes heading into the 10th frame, L.A. X anchor bowler Dick Allen left a 10 pin and missed the spare, giving New York City KingPins’ anchor Kyle Sherman a chance to roll three strikes for a tie and force a one-ball roll-off. After getting the first strike, however, Sherman left the 3-6 on his next attempt, giving L.A. X a 225-213 win and the first point in the match.

Jason Belmonte and friends then sewed up L.A. X’s first trip to the Elias Cup championship game with a 224-221 win over the inaugural Elias Cup champions to complete the two-game sweep. England’s Stuart Williams, bowling third in the L.A. X lineup, struck on all four of his chances across the two games and in each case, his strike resulted in at least a double to keep L.A. X’s momentum going.

stu williamsWilliams, a 38-year-old two-time PBA Tour title winner, also was four-for-four in his strike opportunities in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round win over the defending champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters.

Belmonte, Allen, Williams and teammates Anthony Lavery-Spahr and Jakob Butturff will try to give L.A. X its first Elias Cup Thursday night against the Lumberjacks’ Malott, Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Kris Prather and Ryan Ciminelli. The Elias Cup will be decided in two “race to 2 point matches” with one-ball sudden death roll-offs deciding any ties.

Portland also took the upper hand with a 226-213 win in game one of their semifinal match against the two-time Elias Cup champion Dallas Strikers. A string of three strikes in the middle of the game kept the Lumberjacks close and two strikes in the 10th frame by Malott, following Ciminelli’s strike in the ninth frame, clinched the first point.

The experience-heavy Strikers answered the challenge, winning the second game, 249-201, to force a one-ball roll-off to decide the second point. Bill O’Neill struck for Dallas and Malott answered. On the second roll-off attempt, Strikers player-manager Norm Duke struck, and Portland’s Ciminelli forced a third roll-off attempt. Dallas’ Tommy Jones sent his shot wide, leaving a 2-10 split and Troup then left a 10 pin for the win.

The PBA League’s live coverage of the Elias Cup finals airs Wednesday on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP SEMIFINAL ROUND RESULTS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 17
(Race to 2 Points Baker Team Format; losing teams each earned $35,000)
 

Semifinal Match One: No. 4 L.A. X (Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jakob Butturff, Stuart Williams, Jason Belmonte, Dick Allen) def. No. 8 NYC KingPins (Darren Tang, Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman), 2-0 (225-213, 224-221.

Semifinal Match Two: No. 7 Portland Lumberjacks (Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Ryan Ciminelli, Kris Prather, Wes Malott) def. No. 3 Dallas Strikers (Andrew Anderson, Norm Duke, Brad Miller, Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones) 2-1 (226-213, 201-249, 10-10, 10-10, 9-8).

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Ryan Shafer Tops Qualifying for PBA50 South Shore Open Heading Into Match Play

by Jerry Schneider July 17, 2019 15:32

HAMMOND, Ind. – In pursuit of his first PBA50 Tour title, five-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, New York, averaged 232 for 16 games to top qualifying for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite at Olympia Lanes.

Finishing fourth after Tuesday’s first round with an 1,856 eight-game pinfall total, Shafer returned Wednesday to post a nearly identical 1,858 in the second round to top qualifying with a 3,714 16-game pinfall total, 32 pins ahead of Paul Fleming of Fort Worth, Texas in second with 3,682. 

In his third season bowling on the PBA50 Tour, the 52-year-old Shafer bowled games of 279, 236, 235, 238, 212, 245, 232 and 181 in the second round.

“Both rounds were very similar,” said Shafer. “I was bowling really well for seven games and then finished with 180 games.

“Today I had the right ball right out of the gate and was able to play outside where I could make small adjustments from there,” Shafer added. “Playing outside enabled me to roll the ball the way I wanted and I never had to force anything.

In 2018 Shafer had five top-10 finishes with a career best of second in the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship.

“The hard part is that there can be a lot of expectations and you have to remember this isn’t a tour of old people,” said Shafer. “Some of PBA’s all-time greats are out here and still bowling at a very high level. It’s hard to win but I feel that if I continue to execute, good things will happen.”

As a result of finishing in the top eight, Shafer and Fleming advanced directly into Thursday’s second match play round. 

The other six players who earned a bye into the second match play round were Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, 3,655; Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 3,640; Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania., 3,633; Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,626; 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, Albany, New York, 3,620, and PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,584.

Last season’s South Shore Open winner Eugene McCune of Munster, Indiana surged from 31st after the first round to qualify 10th with a 3,536 pinfall to earn a spot in Thursday’s first match play round.

Thursday’s competition begins with a cashers round at 8:30 a.m. CT with match play rounds at noon and 3 p.m. After match play is completed the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. CT.

South Shore Open final day coverage will be streamed live by PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY EBONITE

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Wednesday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 16 games. Top 16 advance to match play. Positions 17-30 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play spots)

1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,714.
2, Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,682.
3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,655.
4, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 3,640.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,633.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,626.
7, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,620.
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,584.
9, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,549.
10, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,536.
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,502.
12, Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 3,498.
13, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,487.
14, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,476.
15, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,470.
16, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,456.
17, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 3,449.
18, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 3,443.
19, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,433.
20, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,426.
21, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,424.
22, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,419.
23, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,418.
24, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,410.
25, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3,389.
26, (tie) Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,375.
28, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3,374.
29, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,363.
30, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,358.
31, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,352.
32, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 3,351.
33, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,334.
34, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,333.
35, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,327.
36, (tie) Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., and ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,326.
38, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,317.
39, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,311.
40, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,305.
41, ss-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 3,302.
42, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,301.
43, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,291.
44, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,270.
45, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 3,265.
46, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,264.
47, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republican, 3,259.
48, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,251.
49, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,247.
50, Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,238.
51, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,218.
52, (tie) Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., and Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,217.
54, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,203.
55, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,196.
56, Al Hardesty, Orland Hills, Ill., 3,190.
56, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,190.
58, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,177.
59, (tie) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,166.
61, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,159.
62, n-Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 3,157.
63, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,152.
64, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,150.
65, (tie) Greg Wilson, Warrenton, Va., and Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,137.
67, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,132.
68, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 3,130.
69, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 3,127.
70, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,111.
71, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 3,105.
72, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,104.
73, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 3,096.
74, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,095.
75, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,081.
76, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,076.
77, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,072.
78, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,069.
79, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,052.
80, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,051.
81, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,034.
82, n-Robert Drew, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,002.
83, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 2,998.
84, Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 2,939.
85, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,846.
86, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,842.
87, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,763.
88, n-Jeff Zidek, Greensburg, Penn., 2,737.
89, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 2,731.
90, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,711.
91, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,702.

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L.A. X Needs Overtime Frame to End Silver Lake Atom Splitters’ Bid for Fourth PBA League Elias Cup Title

by Bill Vint July 16, 2019 20:06

PORTLAND, Maine ­– L.A. X, one of five teams that has never won a PBA League Elias Cup title, needed an overtime frame to eliminate the three-time Elias Cup winning Silver Lake Atom Splitters to headline Tuesday’s quarterfinal elimination round of the seventh annual PBA League Elias Cup competition at Bayside Bowl.

The defending champion Atom Splitters rolled past L.A. X in the first game of Tuesday’s second quarterfinal round match, 228-186, helped by four strikes by anchor bowler Chris Barnes, including all three in the 10th frame, and helped by a pair of open frames by L.A. X. But L.A. X, the No. 4 seeded team based on Monday’s eight-game seeding round, exploded for a 287-187 rout in game two to force the first one-ball sudden death roll-off of the 2019 championships.

L.A. X’s two-handed star, Australian Jason Belmonte, crumpled his rack of pins for a strike. Barnes then left a 2-10 split, ending the Atom Splitters’ hopes for a fourth Elias Cup.

In Tuesday’s first quarterfinal round match, the No. 8 seeded New York City KingPins knocked out the No. 1 qualifying team, Motown Muscle, 245-235 and 238-205 in the “race to 2 points” format. KingPins anchor Kyle Sherman struck out in the 10th frame to give New York City the 245-235 victory over the Motown Muscle in the first game, four strikes in four attempts across the two games by BJ Moore and Marshall Kent were key shots in completing the sweep.

Sherman, a non-PBA Tour title winner, was KingPins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard’s surprise choice to anchor her team over 56-year-old PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time champion Pete Weber.

“(Kyle) had the best look (on the lane oiling pattern), he’s younger and it doesn’t take him long to get loose,” Dorin-Ballard said.

The KingPins, who won the inaugural Elias Cup in 2013, will meet L.A. X in Wednesday’s first semifinal round match.

In the third quarterfinal match, between two teams that have yet to win the Elias Cup, the No. 7 seeded Portland Lumberjacks jumped into the lead with a 233-219 win over the No. 2 Brooklyn Styles on the strength of a mid-game string of four strikes. The hometown favorites then cruised to a 257-195 victory in game two to clinch their berth in the semifinals.

The more experienced Dallas Strikers polished off the Philadelphia Hitmen in two games to claim the fourth berth in the semifinals. The No. 3 seeded Strikers, winners of two Elias Cups, started game one with three strikes and ended with five in a row in rolling to an easy 258-224 win over the No. 6 Hitmen. The Strikers then started game two with seven consecutive strikes in cruising to a 246-161 win and complete the sweep.

In the first six years of PBA League competition, the Atom Splitters (three titles), Dallas Strikers (two titles) and NYC KingPins are the only teams to hoist the Elias Cup. L.A. X and the hometown-favorite Portland Lumberjacks are the only teams remaining alive who have a chance to win the Elias Cup for the first time.

The PBA League’s live coverage on FS1 continues Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET when Tuesday’s winners advance to the semifinal round. The two finalists will bowl for the Elias Cup Thursday at 9 p.m.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP QUARTERFINAL ROUND RESULTS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 16 (all times are Eastern)
(Race to 2 Points Baker Team Format; losing teams each earned $25,000)

 
Quarterfinal Match One: No. 8 NYC KingPins (Darren Tang, Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman) def. No. 1 Motown Muscle Motown Muscle (Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykel Holliman, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett), 2-0 (245-235, 238-205).

Quarterfinal Match Two: No. 4 L.A. X (Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jakob Butturff, Stuart Williams, Jason Belmonte, Dick Allen) def. No. 5 Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, AJ Johnson, DJ Archer, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes), 2-1 (186-228, 287-187, 10-8 in one-ball roll-off).
 
Quarterfinal Match Three: No. 7 Portland Lumberjacks (Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Ryan Ciminelli, Kris Prather, Wes Malott) def. No. 2 Brooklyn Styles (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo, Sean Rash, Rhino Page), 2-0 (233-219, 257-195).

Quarterfinal Match Four: No. 3 Dallas Strikers (Andrew Anderson, Norm Duke, Brad Miller, Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones) def. No. 6 Philadelphia Hitmen (Patrick Girard, Jake Peters, Matt Sanders, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood), 2-0 (258-224, 246-161).

Semifinal Round Schedule (Wednesday, July 17, live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Semifinal Match One: New York City KingPins vs. L.A. X.
10 p.m. – Semifinal Match Two: Portland Lumberjacks vs. Dallas Strikers.

Elias Cup Championship Schedule (Thursday, July 18, live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

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Brian LeClair Closes with 296 to Take PBA50 South Shore Open Lead After First Round

by Jerry Schneider July 16, 2019 15:17

HAMMOND, Ind. – Last week’s PBA50 River City Extreme Open winner Brian LeClair of Albany, New York, closed with a 296 to surge into the first-round lead in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite Tuesday at Olympia Lanes.

The 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year bowled an 1,882 eight-game pinfall with games of 191, 255, 227, 240, 234, 214 and 225 before his big finish. On the final shot in the 10th of the 296 game his ball went high leaving the 3-6-9-10.

“Ride it while it’s hot and hopefully keep the momentum going,” said LeClair whose win in the River City Extreme Open was his first of the season and fourth of his career on the tour for players 50 and over. “I started the round with two opens and spent the rest of the first game making adjustments. My first adjustment was moving right on the lane but that wasn’t working so moving left and eventually going to a ball that had a more smooth track to the pocket was the answer.

“The round was actually kind of ugly for me,” LeClair added. “I think I only had three clean games and there was a stretch of three games in a row when I opened in the 10th frame. Overall, I’m satisfied with how I bowled, but obviously I’m going to have to work on fixing those mistakes.”

LeClair edged Paul Fleming of Fort Worth, Texas, who finished four pins behind in second with 1,878. Rounding out the top eight were Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,857; Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, New York, 1,856; Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 1,825; Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania, 1,808; PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,788, and Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, 1,783.

Three-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner and last season’s South Shore Open winner Eugene McCune of Munster, Indiana, got off to a slow start finishing the round in 31st with 1,671.

The field returns for another eight-game qualifying round Wednesday which begins at 10 a.m. CT. After a cashers round Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m., match play rounds are scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

FloBowling, is providing live start-to-finish coverage of the South Shore Open as well as the remaining events during the 2019 PBA50 Tour season. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN

Presented by Ebonite

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Tuesday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)

1, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,882.
2, Paul Fleming, Fort. Worth, Texas, 1,878.
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,857.
4, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,856.
5, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 1,825.
6, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,808.
7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,788.
8, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,783.
9, Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 1,782.
10, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,777.
11, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,740.
12, (tie) ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,738.
15, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,737.
16, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,734.
17, (tie) ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 1,728.
19, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 1,724.
20, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,715.
21, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,707.
22, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,704.
23, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,688.
24, (tie) ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., n, ss-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, and ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,685.
27, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 1,681.
28, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,679.
29, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,677.
30, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,672.
31, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,671.
32, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,664.
33, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,663.
34, (tie) ss-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,662.
36, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 1,660.
37, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 1,659.
38, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,657.
39, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,655.
40, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,654.
41, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,653.
42, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,650.
43, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,647.
44, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,642.
45, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,641.
46, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,639.
47, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,637.
48, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,636.
49, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,627.
50, (tie) ss-Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., and ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,623.
52, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,620.
53, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,617.
54, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,612.
55, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,604.
56, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,597.
57, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,595.
58, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 1,594.
59, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,589.
60, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 1,575.
61, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,574.
62, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,571.
63, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,562.
64, Al Hardesty, Orland Hills, Ill., 1,558.
65, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,555.
66, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,554.
67, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,552.
68, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,551.
69, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,549.
70, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,548.
71, ss-n-Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 1,532.
72, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,531.
73, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 1,514.
74, ss-Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 1,510.
75, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,509.
76, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,506.
77, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,489.
78, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,485.
79, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,479.
80, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,474.
81, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,461.
82, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,454.
83, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,442.
84, n-Robert Drew, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,434.
85, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,420.
86, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,412.
87, Greg Wilson, Warrenton, Va., 1,402.
88, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,385.
89, n-Jeff Zidek, Greensburg, Penn., 1,365.
90, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,326.
91, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,266.

ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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Motown Muscle Earns No. 1 Seed as PBA League Quarterfinal Elimination Round Set for Tuesday on FS1

by Bill Vint July 15, 2019 09:58

PORTLAND, Maine ­– The Motown Muscle averaged 241.63 during Monday’s eight-game Baker format seeding tournament at Bayside Bowl to earn the No. 1 seed for the quarterfinal elimination round of the seventh annual PBA League Elias Cup competition that begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET live on FS1.

The Motown team, managed by PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr., outscored the No. 2 Brooklyn Styles by 85 pins to open its  bid for its first PBA League title. Monday’s seeding round also gave Ballard an opportunity to move players around in his lineup for the Baker format competition, which requires each of the five players to bowl two frames in each game, and he decided his lineup for the opening match against No. 8 New York City KingPins will include PBA Tour veteran Josh Blanchard bowling leadoff followed by AJ Chapman, rookie Mykel Holliman, two-hander Anthony Simonsen and former PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett.

The three-time Elias Cup winning Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters will open their bid to defend their title from the No. 5 seeding position against the No. 4 L.A. X when the annual five-player team tournament gets underway Tuesday.

The Atom Splitters, led by two-time Mark Roth MVP Chris Barnes, will try to become the first four-time Elias Cup champions. Barnes’ teammates will include Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, AJ Johnson and DJ Archer.

In the first six years of PBA League competition, the Atom Splitters (three titles), Dallas Strikers (two titles) and New York City KingPins are the only teams to hoist the Elias Cup. That means the hometown favorite Portland Lumberjacks along with L.A. X, the Philadelphia Hitmen, Brooklyn Styles and Motown Muscle all will be trying to win the event for the first time.

In an unfortunate first for the PBA League, the Philadelphia Hitmen’s Shawn Maldonado was forced to withdraw due to injury. The team bowled the seeding round with four players, taking “nine-spare” in Maldonado’s slot in the lineup, while PBA Tour titlist Jake Peters of Henderson, Nevada, was flying to Portland to replace Maldonado for the start of competition Tuesday.

The PBA League, for the first time, will air live for three consecutive nights in prime time on FS1 as part of the PBA’s inaugural season of FOX Sports coverage. PBAL coverage begins on Tuesday with coverage of all four quarterfinal round matches, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Tuesday’s winners will advance to the semifinal round on Wednesday at 9 p.m., with the two finalists bowling for the Elias Cup Thursday at 9 p.m.

2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 15-18 (all times EDT)

Seeding Tournament Final Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Motown Muscle, 4-4, 2,053.
2, BROOKLYN STyLES, 5-3, 1,968.
3, Dallas Strikers, 5-3, 1,945.
4, L.A. X, 4-4, 1,923.
5, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 5-3, 1,907.
6, Philadelphia Hitmen, 2-6, 1,877.
7, Portland Lumberjacks, 2-5-1, 1,826.
8, NYC KingPins, 4-3-1, 1,821.

Tuesday, July 16 (Quarterfinal Round pairings, live on FS1)
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match One: No. 1 Motown Muscle vs. No. 8 NYC KingPins.
8 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Two: No. 5 Silver Lake Atom Splitters vs. Team 4 L.A. X.
9 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Three: No. 2 Brooklyn Styles vs. No. 7 Portland Lumberjacks.
10 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Four: No. 6 Philadelphia Hitmen vs. No. 3 Dallas Strikers.
Wednesday, July 17 (live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two
10 p.m. – Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four
Thursday, July 18 (live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Mitch Hupe’.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff, Dick Allen, Anthony Lavery-Spahr.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Rhino Page, Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman, Darren Tang.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykel Holliman.
● Dallas Strikers: Player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson, Brad Miller.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders, x-Shawn Maldonado, Patrick Girard, x-Jake Peters.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, DJ Archer, AJ Johnson.

x-Peters replaced Maldonado who withdrew due to injury.

HISTORY OF PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP CHAMPIONS
2013    NYC KingPins (Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, John Szczerbinski, Scott Norton, Pete Weber, Kelly Kulick).
2014    Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott, Tommy Jones).
2015    Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Barnes, Craig Nidiffer, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen)
2016    Go Bowling! Dallas Strikers (Norm Duke, Bill O’Neill, Shawn Maldonado, BJ Moore, Tommy Jones)
2017    Dallas Strikers (Bill O’Neill, Norm Duke, Rhino Page, BJ Moore, Tommy Jones)
2018    Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes)

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