PBA League Draft Announcement

by kwarner2 April 29, 2020 13:09

The 2020 PBA League Draft will be held Sunday, May 17, at 7 pm ET, and presented virtually, live on FloBowling, the PBA announced today. The draft will be conducted remotely for the first time, with team managers making their selections from their home locations due to COVID-19.

The PBA League, established in 2013 by the Professional Bowlers Association, features 5-player teams of the top bowlers in the world. Competition is slated for July 20-23 in Portland, ME, at Bayside Bowl, with live coverage of the seeding round on FloBowling, July 20, and finals on FS1, July 21-23.

The League will be adding two expansion clubs this season, the Las Vegas High Rollers and the Brew City (Milwaukee) Ballers, bringing the the number of teams to 10.

The High Rollers, managed by PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli and Ballers, managed by fellow PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman, own the first selections (based on coin toss) and will fill out their full 5-player rosters at the draft.

The other eight teams, including defending champion Portland Lumberjacks, will make two selections during the serpentine draft to fill out their five player rosters. Each of the eight original teams (Portland, L.A. X, Dallas Strikers, NYC KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Motown Muscle, Brooklyn Styles and Philadelphia Hitmen) have previously protected three players from their 2019 rosters (listed below).

Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack, by virtue of his team's Elias Cup winning performance in 2019, twill select 10th in third round, and first in the 4th round.

To be eligible for the draft, players must be ranked in the top 75 from a rolling PBA points list of 2019 and 2020 events. Headlining the list of eligible players are PBA champions Sean Rash, Francois Lavoie, Dick Allen, Andrew Anderson, BJ Moore, Jake Peters, Thomas Larsen, Jason Sterner, Ryan Ciminelli, DJ Archer, Osku Palermaa, Andres Gomez, Richard Teece, Ronnie Russell, Matt Ogle, Matt Sanders, Graham Fach, Ryan Shafer and Chris Loschetter. (Full draft eligible list below).

The 2020 Draft was originally slated for March 15 at the site of the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas, but was postponed due to COVID-19.

PBA CEO Colie Edison and PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark made the announcement of the virtual draft today on FloBowling.

Draft order:

First pick, for expansion teams Brew City or Las Vegas decided by coin toss to launch draft. Then, those two expansion teams will get first two rounds: For example (in scenario Las Vegas wins coin toss):

  • Round 1: 1. Las Vegas (if win coin toss). 2. Brew City.
  • Round 2. 1. Brew City. 2. Las Vegas.
    • Then, other teams join snake draft, in reverse order of finish in 2019, with expansion teams first.
    • Two rounds of full league draft will finalize existing team rosters.
  • Round 3: 1. Las Vegas. 2. Milwaukee. 3. Philadelphia. 4. Brooklyn. 5. Motown. 6. Silver Lake. 7. NYC. 8. Dallas. 9. L.A. 10. Portland
  • Round 4: 1. Portland. 2. L.A. 3. Dallas. 4. NYC. 5. Silver Lake. 6. Motown. 7. Brooklyn. 8. Philadelphia. 9. Milwaukee. 10. Las Vegas.
  • Round 5 (expansion teams only, to complete rosters): 1. Las Vegas. 2. Milwaukee.
  • Draft complete.

Draft eligible players (listed in order by PBA points 2019-2020):

  • 5 Sean Rash Montgomery, Ill. 41,360.00
  • 13 Francois Lavoie, Canada 28,660.50
  • 17 Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C. 24,622.50
  • 19 AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill. 24,165.50
  • 20 Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo. 23,990.00
  • 22 Darren Tang, Las Vegas 22,138.00
  • 25 Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 18,440.00
  • 27 Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich. 17,838.00
  • 30 AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa 16,887.50
  • 31 BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa. 16,378.00
  • 32 Mitch Hupe, Canada 16,185.50
  • 33 Jake Peters Henderson, Nev. 15,325.00
  • 34 Thomas Larsen, Denmark 15,288.00
  • 35 Jason Sterner, Rochester, NY 15,278.00
  • 36 Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas 14,672.50
  • 37 Ryan Ciminelli Lancaster, S.C. 14,500.50
  • 38 DJ Archer Friendswood, Texas 14,290.00
  • 39 Chris Via Springfield, Ohio 14,115.00
  • 40 Zacharay Wilkins, Canada 14,090.50
  • 41 Osku Palermaa, Finland 13,615.00
  • 42 Patrick Girard, Canada 13,455.00
  • 43 Andres Gomez, Colombia 12,080.00
  • 44 Sam Cooley, Australia 11,723.00
  • 45 Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn. 11,320.00
  • 46 Michael Tang, San Francisco 11,065.00
  • 47 Richard Teece, England 10,620.00
  • 49 Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan. 10,440.00
  • 50 Christopher Sloan, Ireland 10,415.00
  • 51 Martin Larsen, Sweden 10,390.00
  • 52 Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J. 9,588.00
  • 53 Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. 9,337.50
  • 54 Arturo Quintero, Mexico 8,628.00
  • 55 Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas 8,562.50
  • 56 Greg Young Viera, Fla. 8,490.00
  • 57 Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky. 8,447.50
  • 58 Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn. 8,300.00
  • 59 Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill. 8,183.00
  • 60 Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela 7,752.50
  • 61 Matt Sanders, Indianapolis 7,340.00
  • 62 Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ 7,235.00
  • 63 Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas 6,915.00
  • 65 Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn. 6,623.00
  • 66 Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio 6,445.00
  • 67 Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio 6,358.00
  • 68 Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va. 6,332.50
  • 69 Graham Fach, Canada 6,152.50
  • 70 Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. 5,872.50
  • 71 Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio 5,770.00
  • 72 Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J. 5,758.00
  • 73 Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio 5,733.00
  • 74 Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y. 5,628.00
  • 75 Pontus Andersson, Sweden 5,455.00

Current PBA League team rosters (three protected players from 2019):

Motown Muscle

Manager: Del Ballard

  1. EJ Tackett
  2. Anthony Simonsen
  3. Josh Blanchard

Philadelphia Hitmen

Manager: Jason Couch

  1. Dom Barrett
  2. Tom Smallwood
  3. Shawn Maldonado

Brooklyn Styles

Manager: Johnny Petraglia

  1. Walter Ray Williams Jr.
  2. Brad Angelo
  3. Rhino Page

Dallas Strikers

Manager: Norm Duke

  1. Norm Duke
  2. Tommy Jones
  3. Bill O'Neill

L.A. X

Manager: Andrew Cain

  1. Jason Belmonte
  2. Jakob Butturff
  3. Stu Williams

Portland Lumberjacks

Manager: Tim Mack

  1. Wes Malott
  2. Kyle Troup
  3. Kris Prather

Silver Lake Atom Splitters

Manager: Mark Baker

  1. Chris Barnes
  2. Jesper Svensson
  3. Tom Daugherty

NYC KingPins

Manager: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard

  1. Pete Weber
  2. Marshall Kent
  3. Kyle Sherman

Expansion teams:

Las Vegas High Rollers

Manager: Amleto Monacelli


Brew City Ballers

Manager: Marshall Holman

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Juanita Weber, Matriarch of PBA’s Most Famous Family, Dies in St. Louis at Age 89

by Bill Vint April 14, 2020 10:02

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Juanita Weber, wife of the late Professional Bowlers Association legend Dick Weber and matriarch of the PBA’s most famous family, died at a St. Louis assisted living center late Monday night. She was 89.

Juanita Weber, born on August 28, 1930, had been in declining health for some time. She was the mother of long-time PBA Midwest Region manager Rich Weber, daughter Paula Darmon, Director of PBA50 and PBA Regional Tours John Weber and 37-time PBA Tour champion and Hall of Famer Pete.

Juanita and Dick Weber had met in a bowling center when both were teenagers. According to the story she later told her children, Juanita went to the bowling center with a girl friend to watch a guy named Curt Heady bowl league. Her father, she had said, didn’t want her going to the “bowling alley” back then because “nice girls don’t hang out in bowling alleys.”

According to her story, her future husband approached her and said, “Don’t I know you?” That inconspicuous beginning grew into something much more serious after Dick bowled in the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament, won some money and returned to Indianapolis with marriage on his mind. They were too young to be married without parental consent but got permission and were married in Indianapolis on Dick’s birthday, December 23, 1948.

Dick and Juanita moved to St. Louis shortly thereafter, where Dick joined the famous Budweisers of St. Louis and launched one of the most successful careers in bowling history.

Juanita also bowled. “I never bowled a 300 game, but I did win a state title,” she had said.

But her greatest claim to fame was her behind-the-scenes role as advisor and manager one of the most decorated families in bowling history. The legacy she leaves behind includes son Richard (Sue) Weber, Jr., daughter Paula (Jeff) Darmon, son John (Chris) Weber and son Peter (Renee) Weber; grandchildren Lisa, Brian, Nicole, Ashley-Marie, Nick, Ryan, Joshua, and Stacy; great-grandchildren Avery, Austin, Isla, Kaisen, Kamila, Leo, Hattie and Eli; and sister-in-law Sharon (Jim) Nizzola.

In keeping with family tradition and her wishes, Juanita Weber will be cremated. No funeral services will be held. The family asks that any memorials in her honor be donated to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, 621 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011.

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PBA Spare Shots/Storm WSOB XI Notebook: Fans Can Still Enjoy Spirit of Competition Through Mobile Games

by Bill Vint March 20, 2020 14:44

PBA competition may be suspended at the moment, but you can still enjoy the spirit of competition in the comfort of your living room by playing one of the most popular mobile device games in the world – PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices – or the new PBA Pro Bowling game for consoles and mobile devices.

Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices can be downloaded at no cost at Google Play or the App Store. Millions of users currently enjoy the challenges of bowling in a variety of tournaments, making equipment choices and competing in a wide range of venues.

PBA Pro Bowling is a newer virtual game, offering players multi-player and tournament options. PBA Pro Bowling is offered for XBoxOne, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam platforms for $19.99. To learn more, visit: http://probowling.com/.


Bowling fans around the world are aware of mass postponements and cancellations of bowling activities at all levels in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including the premature ending of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI.

Left in suspended animation as the PBA – along with thousands of other sporting events – rapidly shut down activities in the interest of complying with urgent safety standards intended to keep players, fans, staff and others as insulated as possible from exposure to the virus were a few news items of interest. Among them:

The joint announcement by PBA and Storm Products that Storm had become titled sponsor of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI.

The USA vs. The World team event that was scheduled to conclude WSOB XI was subsequently cancelled. Before the cancellation, however, three-time PBA Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr. was named captain of the United States team, and the players who had qualified for his team were Jakob Butturff, EJ Tackett, Chris Via, Darren Tang and Bill O’Neill, the five highest-finishing American players in PBA World Championship qualifying. The World team, captained by England’s Stuart Williams, would have included Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, Canada’s Francois Lavoie, Australia’s Jason Belmonte, Denmark’s Carsten Hansen and England’s Dom Barrett.

WSOB XI was full of stories, but one of the most unusual was the extreme case of “lost-and-found” involving second-year PBA Tour competitor Michael Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y. Martell averaged 178.2 with a high game of 196 for his first five games in Go Bowling Cheetah Championship qualifying, finishing the round with a 891 total and sitting in 117th place in the 120-player field. Then, in an historical reversal, the 22-year-old lefthander averaged 267.8 for his next five games, including rolling back-to-back 300 games (the only perfect games among 1,200 games bowled by the entire field in Cheetah qualifying) for a 1,339 block, moving up 96 places to finish 21st – 12 pins shy of making the cut to 16 finalists for Cheetah match play.

PWBA titlist Danielle McEwan was one of two women in the World Series field, qualifying out of the Pre-Tournament Qualifier, and the only woman to qualify for the match play elimination rounds. McEwan qualified sixth in the Scorpion Championship round, but what happens next remains unresolved as all three of the animal pattern championships were postponed. The domino effect of WSOB postponements also meant PBA competition points races affecting the 2020 PBA Playoffs and PBA League Draft eligibility also remain unresolved. Marie Jose Rodriguez, also a PWBA champion and wife of PBA competitor Nathan Bohr, also made it into the WSOB field, advancing out of the PTQ as “first alternate” but earning a spot in the field when a previously entered player withdrew.

All PBA tournament activity at all levels (PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and Regional) have been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus. Partly because of the PBA’s extensive participation internationally, all parties affected should expect the hiatus to continue until global leaders are certain the virus pandemic is under control. Please watch for official news from the PBA through direct communications, pba.com and the PBA’s official social media outlets.

The United States Bowling Congress has also suspended all tournament activities, including postponements of several events directly impacting PBA members: the USBC Masters, USBC Open Championships, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Super Senior Classic.


Prior to the suspension of PBA Regional competition, Danny Clark of New Palestine, Ohio fired a 300 game in the position round match play finale as he defeated Dave Johnson of Ashtabula, Ohio by 207 pins to win the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic for his first PBA50 Regional title in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, March 8.

Clark finished with an 11-1 match play record and a total of 5,120 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. Along with his first PBA50 Regional title, he also earned $2,100.

• Chris Collins of Myrtle Beach, S.C., defeated Chris Johnson of Nashville, N.C., 217-180, to take the $2,000 first prize in the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., on Sunday, March 8, improving his all-time PBA Regional titles record to 15.

Collins, who qualified No. 1 for the four-man stepladder finals with a 7-1 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,906 pins, had one of two perfect games in the event. Brett Caramagno of Goose Creek, S.C., had the other.

In the first stepladder match Johnson defeated Jimmy Jean of Kathleen, Ga., 172-155. Johnson then defeated Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 203-194, to set up the championship match.

For an update on PBA Regional activity when it resumes, visit pba.com and open the “schedules” tab periodically to check on PBA Regional Tours.

Gid Rash Feb. 23QUICK NOTES

• Thomas (Gid) Rash and childhood friend Clay Copeland gave “thumbs up” signs in late February after Rash donated a kidney to Copeland in Fort Worth, Texas. Rash was the PBA Southwest Region’s 2019 Rookie of the Year.

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PBA Puts All Tournament Activity on Hiatus Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

by Bill Vint March 17, 2020 13:02

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Professional Bowlers Association has placed all tournament activities at all levels on hiatus indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns, PBA CEO Colie Edison announced today. Included in the postponements is the start of the 2020 PBA Playoffs which were scheduled to start on April 6.

The announcement, made out of an abundance of preventative caution, means all PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional tournaments currently scheduled will be put on hiatus as the PBA complies with decisions made nationally and locally in a concerted effort to help avoid “community spread” of the COVID-19 virus. All scheduled events will be re-evaluated in early April.

The PBA postponed the final match play elimination rounds and television finals of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI animal pattern championships (Go Bowling Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships) that were scheduled to take place at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, allowing all competitors including several international bowlers to return home before federal airline restrictions took effect.

The PBA World Championship finals were conducted Sunday instead of Wednesday, as originally planned, because the five finalists were on hand in Las Vegas and wanted to complete the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour’s fourth major championship. Australia’s Jason Belmonte won the event before an audience consisting only of a handful of PBA players, tournament officials, and his own family including wife Kimberly, daughters Aria and Sylvie, and son Hugo who had flown in from Australia to watch. The finals aired live on FS1 and was the network’s most-watched telecast last week.

In addition to PBA’s decision, the United States Bowling Congress indefinitely postponed the USBC Masters that was scheduled for March 23-29 as well as the start of the 2020 USBC Open Championships, a traditional tournament for all USBC members including a number of PBA members who planned to participate.

“This is a completely unforeseen, unprecedented issue of global concern,” Edison said. “The PBA greatly appreciates the understanding and cooperation of its players, business partners, tournament hosts and all other parties impacted as we try to do our part in keeping everyone as safe as we can.”

As circumstances dictate, the PBA will make further announcements regarding the completion of the animal pattern championships, competition points races impacting the postponed PBA League Draft and qualifiers for the 2020 PBA Playoffs.

In the interim, fans can stay engaged with the PBA through its social media outlets (PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and PBA on YouTube); by using the PBA App for mobile devices; the PBA Pro Bowling console game, and PBA.com.

FOX Sports also is planning multiple re-broadcasts of the PBA World Championship, PBA Tournament of Champions and Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on its FS1 and FS2. Check your local listings for dates and times.

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Belmonte Beats Simonsen to Win Third Consecutive PBA World Championship Title

by Jerry Schneider March 15, 2020 14:45

LAS VEGAS  – In a match-up between two of the Go Bowling PBA Tour’s premier two-handed players, Australian Jason Belmonte defeated Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, 213-190, in the title match Sunday at the South Point Bowling Plaza to win his third consecutive PBA World Championship title while extending his all-time career-leading major win total to 13.

Bowling in front of an on-site finals audience that consisted of mainly PBA players, their family members and tournament officials held three days earlier than originally scheduled, Belmonte also notched his 24th career PBA Tour title to take home the $150,000 first prize.

The PBA modified plans for all of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI finals telecasts in response to the coronavirus pandemic, moving the live FS1 World Championship telecast to Sunday from its original Wednesday (March 18) slot while also postponing all additional competition in the three animal pattern (lane condition) championships. However, the players were able to complete all 56 games of qualifying and match play for the World Championship last week to advance to the finals.

As the top seed for the finals, Belmonte also added to his ever-growing list of accomplishments in PBA majors joining Hall of Famer Earl Anthony as the only players to win three consecutive World Championship titles. Anthony did it twice when the event was called the PBA National Championship (’73, ’74, ’75 and ’81, ’82 and 83). Belmonte, the five-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year, was also making a record fifth consecutive major telecast appearance and eight of the last nine.

What made the win extra special for Belmonte was that he won in front of his entire family for the first time.

“It was everything to have my family here to see this,” said the 36-year-old Australian, whose wife Kimberly, son Hugo, and daughters Sylvie and Aria were in attendance to witness the victory. “They were a calming influence when I wasn’t doing well and a great support structure overall. It was a dream to have them here to see this.”

It was also Belmonte’s second consecutive major title this season after winning the U.S. Open on Feb. 23 to join PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby as the only players to complete the PBA Tour’s Super Slam, which is a title in all five PBA majors (PBA Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open, PBA Players Championship, USBC Masters and PBA World Championship). It was in the 2019 World Championship that Belmonte won his 11th major to surpass Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Anthony on the all-time major titles list.

In the title match, the 23-year-old Simonsen, trying to become the youngest player to win three majors, got off to a bad start with two opens after leaving difficult splits. Belmonte was able to take advantage by stringing strikes from the third through seventh frames which gave him enough of a cushion to win the match.

“Going into the match it was all going to be about speed control,” Belmonte said. “Keeping it slow and getting a good consistent release was the key. Anytime you can keep striking, keep a big lead and your opponent believes he has to strike out to win, that’s when you can really keep the pressure on.”

The World Championship was the fourth and final event of the season that offered a $1 million bonus if the winning player bowled a 300 game in the title match.

“Obviously you can’t ignore the money in a tournament like this but it’s never been the motivating factor for me,” said Belmonte. “It’s always about the title because that’s what people will remember when the history is written.”

In the semifinal match, Simonsen, a seven-time tour winner beat No. 2 seed EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, 215-177, to advance to the title match. Tackett, the 2016 PBA Player of the Year, was trying for his third major and 14th career tour title.

In the second match, Simonsen defeated Canadian Francois Lavoie 224-204 to advance to the semifinal match. Lavoie, a four-time tour winner that includes two U.S. Open titles, was trying for his third major win.

The finals started with Lavoie, the No. 4 seed, beating three-time Team USA member and former National Amateur Champion No. 5 seed Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 269-258 to advance to the second match against Simonsen. Via, a two-time PBA Tour runner-up, finished fifth to match his best finish in a major which came in the recent U.S. Open.


(A Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI/2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)

South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, Sunday

Final Standings

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia $150,000.

2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $70,000.

3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $40,000.

4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, $30,000.

5, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $20,000.

Playoff Results

Match one – Lavoie def. Via, 269-258.

Match two – Simonsen def. Lavoie, 224-204.

Semifinal – Simonsen def. Tackett, 215-177.

Championship – Belmonte def. Simonsen, 213-190.

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