Phoenix Fury Make History in PBA League to Advance to Carter Division Semi-Finals

by jlaufer September 28, 2020 11:39

L.A. X, Brew City Ballers, Phoenix Fury, and Las Vegas High Rollers advance to PBA League Semi-Finals

Centreville, Va. – All eyes were on the Phoenix Fury who made PBA history as the first all-women’s team to win a match in the PBA League and will advance to Monday’s Carter Division semi-finals to take on the No. 2 seeded Dallas Strikers.

Phoenix, the No. 6 seeded team in the Carter Division defeated No. 3 seeded Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 2-1. Phoenix won their first game, 243-214, but lost their second game, 212-216, due to a critical error from Liz Johnson in the last frame. Johnson failed to convert the 3-6 spare and forced a sudden-death roll-off. Maria Jose Rodriguez secured the win with a strike after Chris Via left a ten pin.

In the second quarterfinal match, the No. 4 seeded Las Vegas High Rollers, one of four expansion teams, defeated No. 5 Brooklyn Styles, 2-0, in games of 243-214 and 267-248. Lead bowler AJ Johnson’s first strike to start the game, fired up Las Vegas, who never backed down. Las Vegas moves on to play the No. 1 seeded Philadelphia Hitmen.

In the Anthony Division quarterfinals earlier in the day, L.A. X, the No. 3 seeded team defeated the No. 6 seeded NYC KingPins, 2-0. NYC had a strong look to start, but L.A strung a series of strikes in the second half of the game to win, 246-224. L.A dominated NYC in game two, 277-237 to advance to the Anthony Division semi-finals and will meet defending champion Portland Lumberjacks in a rematch of last year’s Elias Cup finals.

“We took out the defending champions last year and have experience in this arena,” said L.A. X team manager Andrew Cain. “Hopefully this is our time. Every team hopes its their time and I think this year it might just be it.”

In the second quarterfinal match between two expansion teams in the Anthony Division, the No. 4 seeded Brew City Ballers defeated the No. 6 seeded Miami Waves, 2-1. In game one, Brew City capitalized on Miami’s three open frames to win 234-182.

Miami rebounded in game two with a 234-219 victory to force the first sudden death roll-off. Brew City’s Sean Rash struck out first and Miami’s Danielle McEwan failed to respond leaving a 4-pin count.

Brew City advances to the Anthony Division semi-finals against the No. 1 seeded Motown Muscle.

The competition for the PBA League Elias Cup continues this week live on FS1.

PBA League Elias Cup: Anthony Division Semifinals – Monday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. ET on FS1

  • Match 1: L.A. X vs. Portland Lumberjacks
  • Match 2: Brew City vs. Motown Muscle

PBA League Elias Cup: Carter Division Semifinals – Monday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m. ET on FS1

  • Match 1: Phoenix Fury vs. Dallas Strikers
  • Match 2: Las Vegas vs. Philadelphia Hitmen

PBA League Elias Cup: Division Finals – Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m. ET on FS1

  • Matches to be determined after Division Semifinals

PBA League Elias Cup: Championship Finals – Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. ET on FS1

  • Matches to be determined after Division Finals

Viewers can live stream the PBA on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.

Fans who want an in-depth look into matches from key players and managers can subscribe to FloBowling.com.

PBA League Elias Cup Quarterfinal Round Results

Anthony Division Quarterfinals Match 1
No. 3 L.A. X def. No. 6 NYC KingPins, 2-0 (246-224, 277-237)
L.A. X advances to semifinals against Portland Lumberjacks

Anthony Division Quarterfinals Match 2
No. 4 Brew City Ballers def. No. 5 Miami Waves, 2-1 (234-182, 219-234, 10-6)
Brew City Ballers advance to semifinals against Motown Muscle

Carter Division Quarterfinals Match 1
No. 6 Phoenix Fury def. No. 3 Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 2-1 (243-214, 212-216, 10-10, 10-9)
Phoenix Fury advances to semifinals against Dallas Strikers

Carter Division Quarterfinals Match 2
No. 4 Las Vegas High Rollers def. No. 5 Brooklyn Styles, 2-0 (243-214, 267-248)
Las Vegas advances to semifinals against Philadelphia Hitmen

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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PBA League Carter Division Seeding Round Results

by ddziomba September 26, 2020 15:20

After 12 games, Philadelpha Hitmen earned the top seed in the Carter Division seeding round to continue the 2020 PBA League quest for the Elias Cup.

Results after 12 of 12 games, with the top two teams earning a bye in the bracket.

  1. Philadelphia Hitmen – 3200
  2. Dallas Strikers – 3050
  3. Silver Lake Atom Splitters – 3034
  4. Las Vegas High Rollers - 3000
  5. Brooklyn Styles – 2915
  6. Phoenix Fury – 2905

With the seeding round complete, the Carter Division is set for live TV matches starting tomorrow night at 7 p.m ET on FS1.

Sunday, 7 pm ET:
Carter Division quarterfinals

Match 1
No. 3 Silver Lake Atom Splitters
vs.
No. 6 Phoenix Fury

Match 2
No. 4 Las Vegas High Rollers
vs.
No. 5 Brooklyn Styles

On Monday at 9 pm ET:
Carter Division semifinals

Match 1
Silver Lake/Phoenix Winner
vs
No. 2 Dallas Strikers

Match 2
Las Vegas/Brooklyn winner
vs.
No. 1 Philadelphia Hitmen

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PBA League Anthony Division Seeding Round Results

by ddziomba September 26, 2020 12:45

After 12 games, Motown Muscle earned the top seed in the Anthony Division seeding round to begin the 2020 PBA League quest for the Elias Cup.

Results after 12 of 12 games, with the top two teams earning a bye in the bracket.

  1. Motown Muscle – 3326
  2. Portland Lumberjacks – 3247
  3. L. A. X – 3084
  4. Brew City Ballers – 2912
  5. Miami Waves – 2886
  6. NYC Kingpins – 2720

With the seeding round complete, the Anthony Division is set for live tv matches starting tomorrow at 12 p.m. ET on FS1.

Sunday, Noon ET:
Anthony Division quarterfinals

Match 1
No. 3 L.A. X
vs.
No. 6 NYC KingPins

Match 2
No. 4 Brew City Ballers
vs.
No. 5 Miami Waves

On Monday at 7 pm ET:
Anthony Division semifinals

Match 1
LAX/NYC Winner
vs
No. 2 Portland Lumberjacks

Match 2
Brew City/Miami winner
vs.
No. 1 Motown Muscle

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PBA League Rescheduled for September 26-28; Miami Waves and Phoenix Fury Teams Drafted

by kwarner2 July 8, 2020 09:21

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association has completed its roster of twelve teams to compete in the 2020 PBA League Elias Cup with the addition of 10 of the world’s best female bowlers to the Miami Waves and Phoenix Fury.

The twelve teams now split into two divisions, Carter and Anthony, will take to the lanes at *Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME, on September 26-28, with hometown team Portland Lumberjacks, looking to defend the prestigious Elias Cup. Bowling’s most thrilling team event was postponed due to Covid-19 health and safety precautions.

The seeding round will take place on September 26, followed by eight hours of live competition broadcasted on FS1 in four telecasts on consecutive days as follows:

PBA Elias Cup: Quarterfinals – Sunday, September 27, 12 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Quarterfinals – Sunday, September 27, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Semifinals – Monday, September 28, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Finals – Monday, September 28, 9 p.m. ET on FS1

After winning the coin toss, Phoenix Fury selected two-time, reigning PWBA Player of the Year Shannon O’Keefe as the first pick of the special PBA League Draft, followed by 5-time PWBA Champion Danielle McEwan to the Miami Waves. The draft was conducted virtually live on FloBowling with 35 eligible players based on 2019 PWBA Points. The two new 5-player rosters were selected in order (listed below), followed by 2020 full rosters.

  1. Shannon O’Keefe, Phoenix Fury
  2. Danielle McEwan, Miami Waves
  3. Liz Johnson, Phoenix Fury
  4. Dasha Kovalova, Miami Waves
  5. Jordan Richard, Phoenix Fury
  6. Clara Guerrero, Miami Waves
  7. Stefanie Johnson, Phoenix Fury
  8. Liz Kuhlkin, Miami Waves
  9. Maria José Rodriguez, Phoenix Fury
  10. Missy Parkin, Miami Waves

2020 PBA League Division Line-Ups and Rosters

Carter Division:

Dallas Strikers
Manager: Norm Duke
Norm Duke
Tommy Jones
Bill O'Neill
Brad Miller
Nick Pate

Philadelphia Hitmen
Manager: Jason Couch
Dom Barrett
Tom Smallwood
Shawn Maldonado
Jason Sterner
Matt Ogle

Brooklyn Styles
Manager: Johnny Petraglia
Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Brad Angelo
Rhino Page
BJ Moore
Thomas Larsen

Silver Lake Atom Splitters
Manager: Mark Baker
Chris Barnes
Jesper Svensson
Tom Daugherty
Chris Via
AJ Chapman

Las Vegas High Rollers
Manager: Amleto Monacelli
Francois Lavoie
Andrew Anderson
AJ Johnson
Richie Teece
Ildemaro Ruiz

Phoenix Fury
Manager: Kim Terrell-Kearney
Shannon O’Keefe
Liz Johnson
Jordan Richard
Stefanie Johnson
Maria José Rodriguez

Anthony Division:

NYC KingPins
Manager: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Pete Weber
Marshall Kent
Kyle Sherman
Darren Tang
Osku Palermaa

Motown Muscle
Manager: Del Ballard
EJ Tackett
Anthony Simonsen
Josh Blanchard
Mitch Hupe
Matt McNiel

Portland Lumberjacks
Manager: Tim Mack
Wes Malott
Kyle Troup
Kris Prather
Martin Larsen
Packy Hanrahan

L.A. X
Manager: Andrew Cain
Jason Belmonte
Jakob Butturff
Stu Williams
Patrick Girard
Anthony Lavery-Spahr

Brew City Ballers
Manager: Marshall Holman
Sean Rash
Ryan Ciminelli
Dick Allen
Christopher Sloan
Zeke Bayt

Miami Waves
Manager: Bob Learn Jr.
Danielle McEwan
Dasha Kovalova
Clara Guerrero
Liz Kuhlkin
Missy Parkin

*Location subject to change due to local government restrictions.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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Two Women's Professional Bowling Teams Join the 2020 PBA League Elias Cup

by kwarner2 June 23, 2020 08:49

(JUNE 23, 2020) - Today, the Professional Bowlers Association announces that two new, all-women's professional bowling teams will join the race for the 2020 PBA League Elias Cup, increasing the number of teams in this year’s event to twelve.

The Phoenix Fury, managed by PWBA champion Kim Terrell-Kearney, and Miami Waves, managed by PBA champion Bob Learn Jr., will be the first all-women's teams in the PBA League’s history, since its founding in 2013. While female pros Kelly Kulick (NYC KingPins), Liz Johnson (Portland Lumberjacks) and Danielle McEwan (Motown Muscle) have been on previous team rosters in past years, this is the first time the PBA will include all-women team rosters. No women are currently on any of the other 10 team PBA League rosters.

A special draft between the two new clubs will take place on Tuesday, July 7, at 4 pm ET on FloBowling. The top 35 players on the 2019 PWBA Points List will be eligible to be drafted onto the new teams 5-player rosters.

The 2020 PBA League Elias Cup tournament, to be broadcast live on FS1, is being rescheduled due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, for this coming fall at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. An announcement on scheduling will be made soon.

Two expansion clubs had already been added to the PBA League for 2020. The Brew City Ballers and Las Vegas High Rollers joined the League and took part in the annual player draft in May. All of the other team rosters are set.

The new divisional lineups with the addition of the two new women's teams:

Carter Division
Dallas Strikers (Manager Norm Duke)
Philadelphia Hitmen (Manager Jason Couch)
Brooklyn Styles (Manager Johnny Petraglia)
Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Manager Mark Baker)
Las Vegas High Rollers (Manager Amleto Monacelli)
Phoenix Fury (Manager Kim Terrell-Kearney)

Anthony Division
NYC KingPins (Manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard)
Motown Muscle (Manager Del Ballard)
Portland Lumberjacks (Manager Tim Mack)
L.A. X (Manager Andrew Cain)
Brew City Ballers (Manager Marshall Holman)
Miami Waves (Manager Bob Learn Jr.)

The Portland Lumberjacks are defending Elias Cup champions.

The top 35 players from the 2019 PWBA Points list, eligible to be drafted by the Phoenix Fury and Miami Waves:

1 Shannon O'Keefe 148,125
2 Danielle McEwan 117,085
3 Dasha Kovalova 109,970
4 Liz Johnson 84,325
5 Clara Guerrero 83,190
6 Jordan Richard 80,795
7 Missy Parkin 78,512.5
8 Liz Kuhlkin 77,650
9 Stefanie Johnson 74,945
10 Maria José Rodriguez 70,170
11 Bryanna Coté 69,135
12 Shannon Pluhowsky 67,480
13 Cherie Tan 66,875
14 Josie Barnes 62,310
15 Tannya Roumimper 60,780
16 Birgit Poppler 55,905
17 Diana Zavjalova 55,047.5
18 Valerie Bercier 52,162.5
19 Kelly Kulick 50,420
20 Sydney Brummett 50,325
21 Verity Crawley 48,815
22 Giselle Poss 44,000
3 Sandra Gongora 43,402.5
24 Shayna Ng 42,550
25 Julia Bond 40,970
26 Erin McCarthy 37,300
27 Rocio Restrepo 36,065
28 Ashly Galante 33,680
29 Jen Higgins 32,705
30 Gazmine Mason 32,570
31 Lindsay Boomershine 31,370
32 Daria Pajak 30,845
33 Jodi Woessner 29,395
34 Katelyn Simpson 29,235
35 Daphne Tan 27,105
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