PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s Visits to Maine are About More Than Competition on the Lanes

by Bill Vint April 12, 2019 09:55

Maybe one of the reasons why the fans in Portland, Maine have embraced the Professional Bowlers Association and its players so strongly, and vice versa, is that the visits to Maine’s largest city (fewer than 67,000 residents) have become much more than bowling competitions.

The latest example took place on Sunday, April 7, when Bayside Bowl — in collaboration with the PBA and its friends at City of Portland, Maine, Visit Portland Maine, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Portland Downtown — gave 30 Portland Middle and High school students the opportunity of a lifetime to bowl with eight of the world’s best bowlers in a pre-PBA Playoffs special event.

Portland and the PBA will have two more opportunities to light up the bowling world in 2019. The four finalists in the inaugural PBA Playoffs competition will return to Bayside Bowl Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, for the semifinal and final rounds of the PBA Playoffs that will be televised live on FOX at noon EDT both days.

Six weeks later, the PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl for the fifth consecutive year July 16, 17 and 18 for live coverage of all rounds of the Elias Cup competition. FS1 will air four shows including the quarterfinal round in two shows on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 and 9 p.m.; the semifinals on Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m., and the Elias Cup championship finals on Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. All times are Eastern.

To purchase tickets while limited supplies last, visit https://www.pba.com/Tickets and click on the link to the specific event you’d like to attend.

PBA LEAGUE TO EXPAND TO 10 TEAMS FOR 2020 SEASON

In news related to the PBA’s relationship with Portland, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced during the 2019 PBA League Draft held Monday at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, that the PBA League will expand from eight to 10 teams in 2020.

The PBAL made its debut in 2013 with eight teams tied to cities across the U.S. The initial competition included preliminary rounds at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit with the first Elias Cup finals held at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. The second PBAL event was held at Thunderbowl and Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J., before it made its debut at Bayside Bowl in 2015. The first Elias Cup competition held in Portland was the first PBA event ever held in Maine.

No further details regarding the PBAL’s expansion plans were revealed, but Clark made a point to note that adding two more teams will provide PBA members will additional opportunities to experience what has become one of the PBA Tour’s most coveted events.

FREAK ACCIDENT HINDERS JASON BELMONTE’S DOMINANT SEASON

• A freak accident during a youth bowling event prior to the USBC Masters has played a hand – no pun attended – in slowing Jason Belmonte’s dominating season in 2019, including his bid for a 12th major championship in the Masters, an event he had previously won a record four times.

As told to FloBowling senior editor Lucas Wiseman, the 35-year-old Australian two-handed player explained his injury:

“I had my hand in a ball, and I was giving some of the kids a tip,” Belmonte said. “As I swung the ball back with one hand, one of the fellas was holding his ball, and he had moved a little bit. So, when I swung it back, my finger in the ball got jammed into the ball the young fella was holding. As soon as I did it, it split open and started bleeding and the bruising and swelling came up pretty quick.”

The cut, across the crease below his fingertip on his index finger, and the bruising and swelling accompanying the injury, forced Belmonte to bowl using only his ring and little fingers to grip the ball – something he said he had “never done before.” The result was a 194.73 average for his 15 qualifying games in the Masters and a 169th-place finish – well below the cut line.

Belmonte was hoping for rapid healing before his next major test – a Round of 16 match against fellow two-hander Kyle Troup in the inaugural PBA Playoffs. Belmonte was the runaway top qualifier for the Playoffs, earning a first-round bye, and will face Troup – who eliminated PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes in his opening Round of 24 match – in a Round of 16 match that will air on Monday, April 22, at 9 p.m. EDT on FS1.

TEXAN THOMAS SIMMONS WINS PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE WSOB X ANNIVERSARY GAME

Thomas Simmons of Plano, Texas, tried 32 times to out-bowl PBA World Champion Jason Belmonte in the special PBA Bowling Challenge game for mobile device players, and his persistence resulted in a victory in Concrete Software’s special event held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling.

As the contest winner, Simmons earned a PBA bowling pin autographed by Belmonte plus 5,000 gold pins to use in the PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices. The WSOB X special event resulted in 20,346 entries (including 11,357 re-entries by 2,269 unique users). Simmons was selected at random among the players who posted a score higher than the 236 game Belmonte rolled to win the PBA World Championship.

DOM BARRETT, CHRIS BARNES COMPLETE TEAMS FOR 2019 WEBER CUP

England’s Dom Barrett and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, captains of the international and United States teams for the upcoming Weber Cup competition set for Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, have completed their team rosters.

Barrett has selected fellow Englishman Stuart Williams and Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa to join Swedish two-hander Jesper Svensson on the international team while Barnes’ United States team will include left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., and a pair of two-handed players – Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. Svensson and Butturff earned their berths based on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points standings; Williams, Palermaa, Simonsen and Troup were captains’ picks.

The Weber Cup, traditionally held in England, will make its debut on American soil June 18-21 just ahead of International Bowl Expo which will take place June 23-27 at the Paris Hotel and Las Vegas Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now at www.webercup.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FRANCOIS LAVOIE WINS AGAIN AT FIRELAKE

Canadian Francois Lavoie, PBA’s 2016 Rookie of the Year and the reigning PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 211-209, to win the eighth annual PBA FireLake/Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by Brunswick.

The title was Lavoie’s seventh in PBA Regional competition and his third at FireLake. He also earned $2,700.

Lavoie, who now lives in Wichita, Kan., struck on his first shot in the 10th frame and then spared a 10 pin to finish with a 211. Lavery-Spahr needed three strikes to deny Lavoie the title, but he left three pins standing on his last shot to finish with 209.

Lavoie finished second in qualifying, averaging 242 plus to receive byes directly into the Round of 8 where he defeated Paul Henderson of Watauga, Texas, 2-0, in their best-of-three-game match. Lavoie then defeated Austin Boulds of Creal Springs, Ill., 269-235, to advance to the championship match.                      

The pro-am portion of the event included a fundraiser for the Shawnee area Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. FireLake’s pro-ams have now raised more than $100,000 over the past eight years for that cause.

• Headlining the April 12-14 PBA Regional schedule will be the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Open presented by DV8 at AMF Towson Lanes in Towson, Md.; the Debbie and Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open presented by DV8 in Valdosta, Ga., and the PBA and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial doubleheader at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

• The only event heading into the Easter weekend is the PBA50 Sarasota Ford South Open April 18-20 at Sarasota Lanes in Florida.

• Closing the April PBA Regional calendar over the April 26-28 weekend will be the Houston Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners, presented by Global 900; the Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina; the Oklahoma City Southwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Planet Bowl in Oklahoma; the PBA/PBA50 Tumwater Lanes Doubles event presented by MOTIV in Tumwater, Wash., and the Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

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Jason Belmonte Qualifies No. 1 as Field of 24 Heads to Portland, Maine for Inaugural PBA Playoffs

by Bill Vint April 1, 2019 20:50

LAS VEGAS – After a stunning start to the 2019 Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour season, Australia’s Jason Belmonte ran away with the competition points race that served as the prelude to the inaugural PBA Playoffs, an historic event that will get underway on April 8 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The right to earn berths in the Playoffs ended with Monday’s finals of the United States Bowling Congress Masters at Gold Coast Bowling Center and now the PBA’s elite players head to Maine for an unprecedented series of 10 telecasts on FOX Sports’ FS1 and FOX channels, culminating with back-to-back live telecasts of the semifinal and final rounds on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, on FOX.

Thanks to record-setting performances thus far in 2019, including PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship titles for a PBA-record 11th major championships, Belmonte will lead the PBA’s 24 best players in 2019 who are headed to Bayside Bowl where the race to a $100,000 first prize in the inaugural PBA Playoffs will be decided.

The opening round of Playoffs matches will air live on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel on Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

The seven other 2019 competition points leaders who have earned a first-round bye in the single-elimination match play PBA Playoffs, automatically advancing to the Round of 16, are Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., who moved into second place based on his victory in the USBC Masters; Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas; EJ Tackett , Bluffton, Ind.; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla.

The players who qualified ninth through 24th will bowl one-game single-elimination matches in the Round of 24 beginning with live coverage of the first four matches on FS1 on April 8. The next four single-game Round of 24 matches will air on FS1 on Monday, April 15.

Round of 24 winners will advance to the Round of 16 for Race-to-2-Points matches against the eight top qualifiers. The Race to 2 Points format means each game won is worth one point. If the players split the first two games, a ninth-and-10th frame roll-off will award the deciding point. The pairings and FS1 telecast schedule for the entire PBA Playoffs are listed below.

Round of 16 and Round of 8 matches will be contested April 9 and 10 at Bayside Bowl to reduce the field to four survivors who will return to Portland for the semifinal and final rounds June 1-2, with both shows airing live on FOX at noon Eastern.

FINAL GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR COMPETITION POINTS STANDINGS
(Top 8 earn first-round byes in PBA Playoffs; top 24 qualify for the PBA Playoffs; top 40 are eligible to enter the 2019 PBA League Draft)
1
, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 29,300.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 24,660.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 18,295.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 18,010.
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 17,850.
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 13,585.
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13,200.
8, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 12,990.

9, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12,720.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 12,580.
11, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 12,335.
12, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 11,985.
13, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 11,640.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 10,155.
15, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9,908.
16, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 9,778.
17, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9,700.
18, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 9,078.
19, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 8,725.
20, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 8,675.
21, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 8,465.
22, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 8,335.
23, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 7,510.
24, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 7,480.

25, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 7,470.
26, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 7,375.
27, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 7,115.
28, Patrick Girard, Canada, 7,050.
29, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 6,788.
30, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 6,625.
31, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 6,615.
32, Mitch Hupé, Canada, 6,588.
33, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 6,533.
34, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,475.
35, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,325.
36, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6,038.
37, Stuart Williams, England, 6,005.
38, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,845.
39, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,633.
40, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 5,540.

PBA PLAYOFFS FS1 TELECAST SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, April 8-10 (all times are Eastern)

Round of 24 (one game, single-elimination matches; losers earn $3,000)
Monday, April 8, live on FS1, 7 p.m. (order of matches to be determined)

Match 1 – Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas vs. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.
Match 2 – Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. vs. Darren Tang, San Francisco
Match 3 – Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla. vs. Shawn Maldonado, Houston
Match 4 – Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C. vs. Andres Gomez, Colombia
Monday, April 8 (FS1 air date Monday, April 15, 8 p.m.; order of matches to be determined)
Match 5 – Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas vs. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.
Match 6 – Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. vs. Jesper Svensson, Sweden.
Match 7 – Dom Barrett, England vs. Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo.
Match 8 – Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo. vs. DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas.

Round of 16, Tuesday, April 9 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $5,000; FS1 air date Monday, April 22, 9 p.m.)
Match 9 – Winner Match 1 vs. Jason Belmonte, Australia.
Match 10 – Winner Match 2 vs. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla.
Round of 16, Tuesday, April 9 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $5,000; FS1 air date Monday, April 29, 9 p.m.)
Match 11 – Winner Match 3 vs. Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas.
Match 12 – Winner Match 4 vs. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind.
Round of 16, Tuesday, April 9 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $5,000; FS1 air date Monday, May 6, 9 p.m.)
Match 13 – Winner Match 5 vs. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz.
Match 14 – Winner Match 6 vs. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.
Round of 16, Wednesday, April 10 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $5,000; FS1 air date Monday, May 13, 9 p.m.)
Match 15 – Winner Match 7 vs. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.
Match 16 – Winner Match 8 vs. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.

Round of 8, Wednesday, April 10 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $8,000; FS1 air date Monday, May 20, 9 p.m.)
Match 17 – Winner Match 9 vs. Winner Match 10
Match 18 – Winner Match 11 vs. Winner Match 12
Round of 8, Wednesday, April 10 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $8,000; FS1 air date Monday, May 27, 9 p.m.)
Match 19 – Winner Match 13 vs. Winner Match 14
Match 20 – Winner Match 15 vs. Winner Match 16

Semifinal Round (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $20,000; live on FOX, Saturday, June 1, noon)
Match 21 – Winner Match 17 vs. Winner Match 18
Match 22 – Winner Match 19 vs. Winner Match 20

Championship (format to be decided; winner earns $100,000, loser earns $40,000; live on FOX, Sunday, June 2, noon)
Championship Match – Winner Match 21 vs. Winner Match 22

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Walter Ray, PDW Are In; Two-Time MVP Dick Allen is “Free Agent” as PBAL Managers Protect Roster Players

by Bill Vint March 25, 2019 14:05

PORTLAND, Maine – PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber are in. Two-time PBA League Most Valuable Player Dick Allen is among the “free agents” on the outside awaiting his fate after the PBAL’s eight team managers announced on Monday the players they have returned to their 2019 rosters based on previous performances in PBA League competition.

PBA League fans can begin the debate over who will fill out the team roster vacancies when the PBA League Draft is held on Monday, April 8 at Bayside Bowl. Among those hoping to make their PBA League debut in 2019 are 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., and first-time PBA Tour title winners Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., and Matt Ogle of Louisville, Ky.

For the first time, Bayside fans will have an opportunity to attend the draft when the eight 2019 team managers complete their rosters as the draft airs live on FloBowling, PBA’s official online live-streaming outlet, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Leading off the draft, Portland Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack will make the first pick from a pool of players who finish in the top 40 in 2019 competition points as of Monday, April 1 by virtue of the Lumberjacks’ last-place finish in the 2018 Elias Cup tournament. Choosing second will be L.A. X, followed by the Brooklyn Styles, New York City Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen and defending champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The serpentine draft will then find the Atom Splitters making the first selection as the second round reverses the selection order. The Brooklyn Styles, who protected only two of their five 2018 rostered players, will then make the final selection to complete their five-player roster.

In order to be eligible for the draft pool, PBA members must be ranked in the top 40 in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points standings at the conclusion of the 2019 USBC Masters on April 1. The PBA points list heading into the Masters is noted below, with players in bold already selected for 2019 and an asterisk identifying players who were on a 2018 roster, but not protected and therefore returned to the draft pool.

Once the PBA Playoffs point list is finalized, eligible players will have until Wednesday, April 3, to declare their intent to enter the draft. Following the draft, managers will have until Monday, April 15, to make player trades if they are so inclined.

April 8 will not only be “draft day” in Portland but will also debut the inaugural round of PBA Playoffs matches that will air later in the evening, live on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The PBA Playoffs is a new Go Bowling! PBA Tour singles competition that will feature the season’s top 24 players in competition points in a single-elimination match play series. The entire PBA Playoff series will air in eight FS1 telecasts in April and May, leading up to the live FOX telecasts of the semifinal and final rounds on June 1 and 2. The winner will earn a PBA Tour title and $100,000. Bayside Bowl will host the entire PBA Playoffs series.

PBA League players will return to Bayside Bowl for the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition on July 16, 17 and 18. All rounds will air live on FOX Sports’ FS1 in prime time.

2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS (including players protected from 2018 rosters)
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard.
● Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders.
● Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty.

PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS STANDINGS
(As of Monday, March 25; players in bold face are already members of 2019 PBA League teams; * denotes players who were on 2018 rosters and will be eligible for the 2019 draft if they finish among the top 40 in points as of April 1)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 29,210
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 17,715
3, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 17,160
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 16,960
5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 15,775
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 13,450
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13,065
8, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 12,885
9, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12,180
10, *Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 11,985
11, *Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 10,640
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10,615
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9,818
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 9,658
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9,595
16, *Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 9,585
17, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 8,600
18, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 8,508
19, Dom Barrett, England, 8,010
20, *DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 7,915
21, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 7,420
22, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,190
23, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,870
24, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 6,865
25, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6,850
26, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 6,830
27, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 6,685
28, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 6,398
29, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,325
30, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 6,225
31, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,918
32, Stuart Williams, England, 5,900

33, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,873
34, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,725
35, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,440
36, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 5,310
37, *AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,273
38, *Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,105
39, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., ,4955
40, *Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,880
41, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,835
42, Richie Teece, England, 4,623
43, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,608
44, *Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,353
45, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,095
46, *Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4,040
47, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,038
48, *Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,938
49, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 3,845
50, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,660
59, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,920
103, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 968

2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
(A part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 16-18 (live on FS1)
 
Tuesday, July 16

3:30 p.m. – Bayside Bowl rooftop “tailgate party”
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match One: Team #1 vs. Team #8
8 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Two: Team #5 vs. Team #4
9 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Three: Team #2 vs. Team #7
10 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Four: Team #6 vs. Team #3
Wednesday, July 17
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
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

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2019 PBA League Draft Set for April 8 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine; FloBowling to Provide Live Coverage

by Bill Vint February 22, 2019 10:18

PORTLAND, Maine – For the past four years, tournament host Bayside Bowl in Portland has given the PBA League team bowling competition a jolt of electricity because of its exuberant fans and unique location.

Crowd_2018PBALEliasCup(4)Now for the first time, Bayside fans will get a chance to see up close how the 2019 teams take shape when the PBA League Draft is held at Bayside Bowl on Monday, April 8.

The draft will be covered live on FloBowling, PBA’s official online live-streaming outlet, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Adding to the drama for the hometown fans, their own Portland Lumberjacks, managed by Tim Mack, will own the first pick by virtue of their last-place finish in the 2018 Elias Cup tournament.

Choosing second will be L.A. X, followed by the Brooklyn Styles, New York City Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen and defending champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The serpentine draft will then find the Atom Splitters making the first selection of the second round.
 
In order to be eligible for the draft pool, PBA members must be ranked in the top 40 in the 2019 PBA competition points standings at the conclusion of the 2019 USBC Masters on April 1.

Leading up to the draft, each team manager will be allowed to protect and retain up to three members from current rosters regardless of their PBA Points standing, with those decisions made by March 25.

MotownMuscle_Simonsen.Anthony_2018PBALSemi1(1)April 8 will be a big day for Portland’s enthusiastic PBA fans who are invited to attend the PBAL Draft and stick around for the inaugural round of PBA Playoffs matches that will air later in the evening, live on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The PBA Playoffs is a new PBA Tour singles competition that will feature the season’s top 24 players in competition points in a single-elimination match play series that will result in eight FS1 telecasts in April and May, leading up to the live FOX telecasts of the semifinal and final rounds on June 1 and 2. Bayside Bowl will host the entire PBA Playoffs series.

PBA League players will then return to Bayside Bowl where all rounds of the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition will take place July 16, 17 and 18, airing live for the first time on FOX Sports’ FS1 in prime time.

CURRENT TEAM MAKEUPS
(Managers may protect up to 3 players by March 25)

● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, JoJoe Yannaphon.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady, Jason Sterner.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, Josh Blanchard.
● Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson.

PBA LEAGUE DATES
Monday, March 25: Selection of protected players. 
Monday, April 1: PBA Playoffs point list finalized. 
Wednesday, April 3: Draft declaration deadline (draft pool consists of the top 40 on the PBA Playoff points list; eligible players must declare their intent to enter the draft).
Monday, April 8: 2019 PBA League Draft (4 p.m. EDT, live on FloBowling). 
Monday, April 15: Player trade deadline.

2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 16-18 (live on FS1)
 
2018 PBAL Bayside Bowl rooftop tailgate (15)Tuesday, July 16

3:30 p.m. – Bayside Bowl rooftop “tailgate party” (at left) 
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match One: Team #1 vs. Team #8
8 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Two: Team #5 vs. Team #4
9 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Three: Team #2 vs. Team #7
10 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Four: Team #6 vs. Team #3
Wednesday, July 17
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
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

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Silver Lake Atom Splitters Sweep Philadelphia Hitmen to Win Third PBA League Elias Cup; Barnes named MVP

by Bill Vint May 13, 2018 11:48

PORTLAND, Maine – The Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters became the first team to win three OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup championships, winning in a dominant performance over the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen at Bayside Bowl.

The two match, best-of-two-game finals, part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, aired Sunday as the PBA Tour’s final telecast on ESPN after 38 consecutive years of coverage.

Silver Lake, the winner of back-to-back Elias Cups in 2014 and ’15, ended a two-year dry spell in a sweep over the Hitmen, who had never bowled in the Elias Cup finals. After a dominant semifinal round win over the Barbasol Motown Muscle, the Atom Splitters’ Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty and Chris Barnes had only one close call in a four-game sweep.

After winning the opening game, 248-189, on the strength of seven strikes in the first eight frames, game two came down to a 10th frame showdown where Atom Splitters’ anchor Barnes threw three strikes to force Matt Sanders to match the effort to force a roll-off. Sanders ran the Hitmen’s string of strikes five, but on his final ball in the 10th frame, Sanders left a 9 pin and Silver Lake claimed a 216-215 decision.

With match one secured, and Philadelphia running into spare-shooting difficulties, Silver Lake easily won game three, 202-163. The Atom Splitters completed the sweep by throwing the first six strikes in game four, winning again, 246-192.

“We went undefeated, but on every shot, you do the math in your head and take it one shot at a time,” Silver Lake manager Mark Baker said. “My guys really bowled well. Really well. We played the lanes a little differently than everyone else, and our shot wasn’t going away. Jesper was Jesper. Dick Allen bowls great in this place. Daugherty, except for the solid 8, struck on about every ball. Putting Chris (Barnes) last relaxed (Dick) and I think that was the big difference.

“This is so much fun,” Baker continued. “It’s hard to explain to anyone who has never been here what the atmosphere is like. The first shot thrown (in the final round) gave me goosebumps. I don’t bowl any more. It wasn’t even my team, but that’s how electrifying it is here.”

mark roth mvpWhile the entire Atom Splitters team bowled well, the decision to award the Mark Roth PBA League Most Valuable Player Award came down to Chris Barnes’ three-strike, 10th frame performance in game two of the Elias Cup finals. Barnes also won the inaugural Roth MVP award in 2014, making him the first two-time winner.

“That’s pretty cool, but I look at it as more of a team thing,” Barnes said. “We all struck a lot. We only had a couple of close games. I struck out to win one. It was a big one to win, but if it hadn’t been for a stone 8 (by Daugherty), we wouldn’t have been in a position where I needed to do that.

“Our guys were really clicking for the most part. We never had more than one person in between strikes and even then, we were all lined up,” he added. “(Philadelphia) just couldn’t get all of its guys going at the same time, and that’s always the issue here.”

At the conclusion of the event, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced the PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl in 2019 as part of the PBA’s new television package with FOX Sports. Details will be announced later.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (aired Sunday on ESPN)

Elias Cup Championship (two best-of-two-game Baker format matches): Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes) def. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Chris Loschetter, Tom Smallwood, Dom Barrett, Matt Sanders), 2-0 (248-189 and 216-215; 202-163 and 246-192).

2018 PBA LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS

(Final position based on match play records followed by total pinfall)

1, Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes; manager Mark Baker), $60,000.

2, Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Chris Loschetter, Tom Smallwood, Dom Barrett, Matt Sanders; manager Jason Couch), $50,000.

3, Shipyard Dallas Strikers (Bill O’Neill, player-manager Norm Duke, Kyle Sherman, Tommy Jones, Rhino Page), $35,000.

4, Barbasol Motown Muscle (Josh Blanchard, Shota Kawazoe, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett; manager Del Ballard Jr.), $35,000.

5, GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (Sam Cooley, Anthony Pepe, Pete Weber, BJ Moore, Marshall Kent; manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard), $25,000.

6, OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner, Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady; manager Johnny Petraglia), $25,000.

7, bowlingball.com L.A. X (Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Osku Palermaa, Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff; manager Andrew Cain), $25,000.

8, Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks (Ryan Ciminelli, Jojoe Yannaphon, DJ Archer, Kyle Troup, Wes Malott; manager Tim Mack), $25,000.

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