Portland Lumberjacks Dominate L.A. X to Win First PBA League Elias Cup; Wes Malott Named Mark Roth MVP

by Bill Vint July 18, 2019 20:50

PORTLAND, Maine (July 18, 2019) ­– The Portland Lumberjacks overwhelmed L.A. X in four consecutive games Wednesday night at Bayside Bowl to win its first PBA League Elias Cup in the event’s seven-year history.

Mark Roth MVPLed by anchor bowler and Mark Roth PBA League Most Valuable Player Wes Malott (at left with Kimberly Pressler and Mark Roth), the hometown favorites trailed only once – in the first two frames of the second game – in dominating the PBA’s team competition. Malott’s supporting cast included PBA League newcomer Kris Prather, who won the inaugural PBA Playoffs at Bayside Bowl in early June; two-hander Kyle Troup, left-hander Ryan Ciminelli and Canadian Mitch Hupé.

“That was awesome,” Malott, a 42-year-old 10-time PBA Tour titlist and former PBA Player of the Year, said. He threw 20 strikes in 22 meaningful attempts to pace all 40 bowlers in the PBA League competition.

“Wow; 20 strikes? I knew I threw a few,” he said.

“For whatever reason in the past, I felt so much pressure because I wanted to give Portland a championship,” Malott continued. “I haven’t been able to practice a lot lately, but I felt good this week and my ball just did what it needed to do. And I had five guys behind me, so it gave me all the confidence in the world.”

The PBA League’s championship was decided by two “race to 2 points” Baker team matches. The Baker format requires each of the teams’ players to bowl two frames to complete each game. Ties in games or matches were broken by a one-ball sudden death roll-off.

“That was fun. That’s what it’s all about,” said Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack, who earlier this year was inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. “I felt comfortable with the guys. We had a really good practice session beforehand, but do you ever think you’re going to sweep a team with the kind of firepower L.A. X had? No way. We made some key ball changes, made some key moves and, man, did my guys bowl good.”

Regarding Malott’s performance, Mack said, “It might have been the greatest performance by an anchor bowler I’ve ever seen. I call him ‘The Franchise’ for a reason.”

Portland, behind a string of four strikes in the middle of any otherwise error-free game, won the first point with a 228-206 decision over L.A. The Lumberjacks quickly surrendered their advantage with two splits and open frames to start game two, but rebounded behind five consecutive strikes and L.A. X’s inability to throw back-to-back strikes to win the game, 214-188, and sweep the first “race to 2 points” match.

The Lumberjacks carried their momentum into the second match, putting together two strings of four strikes – including three in the 10th frame by Malott – to win their third point, 221-197, and completed the four-point rout of L.A. X with a 247-208 win in game four, starting the decisive final game with five strikes while L.A. couldn’t overcome a barrage of single-pin spares.

The PBA Tour’s next event is the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Resort, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas. The tour’s eight points leaders over the past two seasons will compete in a series of qualifying and stepladder matches Saturday and Sunday at Red Rock Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The entire competition will be televised live by CBS Sports beginning at 3 p.m. ET both days.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 18

(Two Matches, Race to 2 Points Baker Team Format)

Final Standings:Portland Lumberjacks (Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Kris Prather, Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott)  ($60,000) def. L.A. X (Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jakob Butturff, Stuart Williams, Jason Belmonte, Dick Allen) ($50,000), 2-0, 2-0.

Match One, Game One: Portland def. L.A., 228-206.

Match One, Game Two: Portland def. L.A., 214-188.

Match Two, Game One: Portland def. L.A., 221-197.

Match Two, Game Two: Portland def. L.A., 247-208.

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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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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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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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PBA Spare Shots: HOFer Randy Pedersen to Anchor Facebook Live Coverage of PBAL Seeding Round

by Bill Vint July 11, 2019 09:24

PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will anchor the Facebook LIVE coverage of the PBA League’s eight-game seeding round Monday from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, before joining his FOX Sports teammates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for the live FS1 coverage of the PBA League Elias Cup competition.

Pedersen will be joined during Monday’s eight-game Baker team qualifying round, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT, by PBAL team managers. The qualifying round will determine the pairings for the “race to two points” quarterfinal round matches that will air Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. EDT on FS1. To watch the qualifying round, visit PBA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation/.

For the FS1 telecasts, Pedersen will serve as color analyst alongside announcer Dave LaMont and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler. FS1 coverage will include four hours of live quarterfinal round coverage Tuesday, two hours of semifinal round coverage Wednesday and two hours of Elias Cup championship round coverage Thursday. Tuesday’s telecast begins at 7 p.m. EDT; the Wednesday and Thursday telecasts start at 9 p.m. EDT.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: EX-WICHITA STATE PLAYERS WIN GRAND CASINO DOUBLES

Former Wichita State competitors A.J. Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, and Canadian Mitch Hupe’, both currently living in Wichita, Kan., teamed up to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles, presented byDV8, at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday, defeating Texans Joe Findling from Mesquite and Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 473-414, in the title match.

For Chapman, the win was his second in PBA Regional competition, while Hupé, the 2018 PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year, earned his first PBA title. Each collected $2,000 for the win.

The winning team qualified second after the eight-game qualifying round, earning byes directly into the best-of-three-game semifinal round where they defeated Englishman Stuart Williams, now living in Pflugerville, Texas, and his PBA Hall of Fame partner, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 2-0.

Findling and Maldonado, qualified fourth, earning a first-round bye before defeating twin brothers Anthony and Sean Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 2-0, followed by a 2-1 win over qualifying leaders Paul Henderson from Watauga, Texas, and non-PBA member Marc Heninger of Tonganoxie, Kan., 2-1, in their semifinal round match.

• Will Garber of Modesto, Calif., defeated Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev., 254-225, to win the Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, presented by Track, at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif., on Sunday.

In the companion PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., defeated Rick Memeley of Santa Maria, Calif., 225-215, for his fifth PBA50 Regional in addition to a $1,500 first prize.

In addition to the $2,000 first prize, the title was Garber’s second in PBA Regional competition. Garber defeated Taylor Jacobs of Auburn, Calif., 214-184, in the semifinal round while Peters advanced to the title match by defeating Warren Crawford of McKinleyville, Calif., 228-216.

In the PBA50 semifinal round, Dawson eliminated Chris Preble of Clovis, Calif., 191-190, and Memeley defeated Mark Mazzulla of Brentwood, Calif., 215-196.

• Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio defeated Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 200-190, to win the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowling Center in Freeport, Ill., Sunday for his 14th PBA50 Regional title and a $1,400 first prize.

Kretzer blanked tournament host Jeff Johnson, 2-0, while Axon downed Chris Gibbons of Madison, Wis., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

PBA Regional activity continues over the July 12-14 weekend with the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Brunswick Zone Deptford in Deptford, N.J., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV in Arlington Heights, Ill.

The July 19-21 PBA Regional calendar includes the Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind., the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by MOTIV at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Husted Member/Non-Member Doubles at Husted’s Hazel Dell Lanes in Vancouver, Wash.

• The July schedule of PBA Regionals concludes over the July 26-28 weekend with the PBA50 Tower Lanes Summer Classic in Tacoma, Wash.

● 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).

QUICK NOTES

• Pete McCordic of Katy, Texas, forfeited his eligibility to compete in PBA competition almost 20 years ago when he became PBA Southwest Region manager, but as a proven PBA competitor with two PBA Tour and seven PBA Regional titles to his credit (plus a memorable nationally-televised 300 game in Torrance, Calif., in 1987) prior to accepting his new job, he has pursued his competitive challenges elsewhere. Proving he can still roll the ball with authority, the 65-year-old McCordic won the Super Senior Singles title in the recently-completed Bowlers Journal Championships held in conjunction with the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas. McCordic won the 60-and-older event with a 717 series, two years after winning the BJ Senior Singles title with an 812 series. For more information about how PBA members fared in the Bowlers Journal Championships as well as the USBC Open Championships, visit https://www.bowl.com/openchamp/.

• Julian Michael Salinas of Richmond, Texas, posted a 42-game total of 9,197 pins, including match play bonus pins, to defeat Bryce Oliver of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, by 28 pins and Hannah Diem of Seminole, Fla., had a total of 8,653 pins to top Caroline Thesier of Mooresville, N.C., by 27 pins to win the boys’ and girls’ Teen Masters varsity titles Saturday at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla.


• Reminder
: Tickets to attend the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas are still available. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather will compete in the Finals live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two two-hour shows on Saturday, July 20 and two two-hour shows plus the one-hour finale on Sunday, July 21).

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