West Region Statistics

by PBA Editor August 10, 2002 19:00
Marv Sargent is still hanging on to the Regional PBA Point lead but only by 320 over David Leverage and 752 over Gene Bruihl. With 8 tournaments remaining, the Bowler of the Year race is sure to go down to the final event. PBA POINTS (as of August 11) Name -PBA pts- Tourns. 1 MARV SARGENT -14990 -12 2 DAVID LEVERAGE- 14670 -13 3 GENE BRUIHL -14238- 13 4 ERIC FORKEL- 10940- 8 5 MIKE DEVANEY- 10288- 9 6 BEN LAUGHLIN- 10252- 10 7 JIM PRATT- 10250- 8 8 MICHAEL TOUNTAS -9921- 9 9 TIM PAUL, JR.- 9909- 11 10 RICK MENELEY- 9460- 7 11 DOUG WILCOX- 9208- 11 12 BOB LASTER- 9093- 8 13 MATT BALLARD- 8972- 10 14 DENNIS HORAN- 8770- 6 15 MIKE TAYLOR- 8318- 8 16 TONY REYES- 8080- 7 17 MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.- 7940- 8 18 CURTIS WOODS- 7840- 7 19 RICKY CORONA- 7730- 7 20 JEFF FRANKOS- 7006- 5 MONEY WINNINGS 1 DENNIS HORAN- $9,306.00 - 6 2 BOB LASTER- $8,755.00 - 8 3 MICHAEL TOUNTAS- $7,850.00- 9 4 WAYNE WEBB - $6,500.00 - 4 5 MARV SARGENT - $6,167.50 - 12 6 DAVID LEVERAGE - $5,805.00 - 13 7 GENE BRUIHL- $5,600.00 - 13 8 MIKE DEVANEY- $5,495.00 - 9 9 BEN LAUGHLIN- $5,280.00 - 10 10 JEFF FRANKOS- $5,260.00 - 5 11 DAVID STREET- $4,880.00 - 5 12 ERIC FORKEL- $4,727.50 - 8 13 JIM PRATT- $4,608.00 - 8 14 DAVE ARNOLD- $4,300.00 - 4 15 TONY REYES- $3,837.50 - 7 16 TIM PAUL, JR.- $3,820.00 - 11 17 MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.- $3,557.50- 8 18 MATT BALLARD- $3,445.00 - 10 19 VINCE WOOD - $3,435.00 - 6 20 DOUG WILCOX - $3,270.00- 11 REGIONAL PLAYERS INVITATIONAL POINT LIST 1 DAVID LEVERAGE- 18705- 13 2 GENE BRUIHL -18253- 13 3 MARV SARGENT- 17265- 12 4 TIM PAUL, JR.- 14089- 11 5 BEN LAUGHLIN- 13487- 10 6 RICK MENELEY- 12525- 7 7 MATT BALLARD- 11562- 10 8 MIKE TAYLOR- 11428- 8 9 BOB LASTER- 11323- 8 10 DOUG WILCOX- 10023- 11 11 MICHAEL TOUNTAS- 9921- 9 12 DENNIS HORAN- 9610- 6 13 CURTIS WOODS- 9540- 7 14 MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.- 9220- 8 15 RICKY CORONA- 9210- 7 16 ROBBIE MORRIS- 8983- 6 17 JEFF HICKENBOTTOM- 8182- 6 18 STEVE WARREN- 7795- 6 19 JEFF FRANKOS- 7326- 5 20 DAVID STREET- 7217- 5 AVERAGE FINISH (min. 4 tournaments) 1 DAVE ARNOLD- 5.75 -4 2 ERIC FORKEL- 11.25- 8 3 WAYNE WEBB- 12.50- 4 4 JIM PRATT- 14.62- 8 5 RICK MENELEY- 15.43- 7 6 TONY REYES- 19.71- 7 7 RICKY CORONA- 19.86- 7 8 MIKE DEVANEY- 19.89- 9 9 MICHAEL TOUNTAS- 20.11- 9 10 CURTIS WOODS- 20.14- 7 11 MARV SARGENT- 20.25- 12 12 DAVID LEVERAGE- 20.46- 13 13 JEFF HICKENBOTTOM- 21.17- 6 14 DENNIS HORAN- 21.67- 6 15 JEFF FRANKOS- 22.00- 5 16 BEN LAUGHLIN- 22.30- 10 17 MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.- 22.38- 8 18 EDDIE WILLIAMS- 22.40- 5 19 GENE BRUIHL- 23.46- 13 20 CHRIS PREBLE- 23.50- 4
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Dennis Rakauskas and Doug Becker are Double Champs

by PBA Editor August 9, 2002 19:00
Brian Kretzer and Mike Wolfe had the top spot locked up going into the last game of match play. Dennis Rakauskas struck out in the 10th frame to move him and his partner Doug Becker ahead of Steve Wilson and Steve Hoskins. The 4th position became Duke and Koehler's when Duke struck out in the 10th fram to jump ahead of Shultz/Yoshihara and May/Dupree. Top 5 for Stepladder Finals: 1st Brian Kretzer/Mike Wolfe +987 2nd Doug Becker/Dennis Rakauskas +770 3rd Steve Wilson/Steve Hoskins +753 4th Paul Koehler/Norm Duke +555 Match #1 Koehler/Duke 409 $1400 Wilson/Hoskins 455 Match #2 Wilson/Hoskins 355 $1600 Becker/Rakauskas 389 Match #3 Becker and Rakauskas had the edge in this match until Rakauskas left the 8-10 split in the 9th frame that swung the momentum to Kretzer and Wolfe. Becker struck out in the 10th frame to force Kretzer to equal Rakauskas in the 10th for the win, but Kretzer left the 5-7 split in the pocket. Becker/Rakauskas 402 Kretzer/Wolfe 373 5th Place John May/Don Dupree +541 $1300 6th Place Andrew Shultz/Don Yoshihara +525 $1200 7th Place Jeff Leaphart/Lee Vanderhoef +423 $1100 8th Place Leon Lamm/Ryan Smith +371 $1000
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16 BOWLERS LEFT IN STANTON LANES/STORM PRODUCTS EASTERN REGIONAL

by PBA Editor August 9, 2002 19:00
The field in this year’s Stanton Lanes/Storm Products PBA Eastern Regional has been paired to just 16 following Saturday’s qualifying and first elimination rounds. A field of 125 bowlers started the action on Saturday. Following the completion of 8 games, the top 32 returned Saturday night for the Race to Three Round of 32. The bowlers were bracketed according to qualifying scores with qualifying leader Marty Letscher of Niles, Ohio pitted against 32nd qualifier John Walther III of Clifton Park, NY. Letscher was eliminated by Walther 3-1. The 16 bowlers who won three games first advanced to Sunday’s round of 16 which begins at 9:30 a.m. PBA Hall of Famer Mark Roth of Wall Township, NJ headlines the players left in the field. Roth lost his first game to Larry Porter of Whitesboro, NY 200-158 but rallied to win the next three games. Tim Criss of Bel Air, MD, currently ranked eighth in the world, also advanced to the round of 16 beating tour rookie Brad Angelo of Lockport 3-1. John Pelchar, Jr. of Shavertown and Tom Biniek Jr of Plymouth are the two remaining local players. Pelchar defeated Bobby Hall II of Washington, DC 3-1 and Biniek topped Jeff Zaffino of Warren, PA. 3-1 to advance. Other matches featured Ray Cyr, Jr. of Utica, NY over Tom Baker of Buffalo, NY 3-2; Brian Waliczek of Cass City, MI over Mike Tryniski of Fulton, NY 3-0; Frank Moran, Manville, NJ over Rudy Kasimakis, Gouldsboro, PA 3-1; Wayne Krampitz, Terryville, CT over Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, NY 3-2; Robert Mockenhaupt, Pompton Lakes, NJ over Anthony Vigliotti, Staten Island 3-0; Dennis Welshans, Watsontown, Pa over Jason Kopko, Wilkes-Barre 3-0; Josh Becker, Elizabethtown, PA over Neal Stemplinger, Lancaster, PA 3-1; William Barlow, Joppa, MD over Roger Barnes, Abingdon, MD 3-1; Fran Luzzi, Wharton, NJ over Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NY 3-2; Jeff Morin, Hopatcong, NJ over Tom Twist III, Rutherford, NJ 3-0; Mike Fagan, Greenlawn, NY over Dave D’Entremont, Middleburg Heights, OH 3-1.
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Can You Hear Me Now? From the Brickyard...

by PBA Editor August 7, 2002 19:00
Parker Bohn III received a unique phone call a couple of months ago offering an opportunity too good to pass up. The Jeff Gordon Foundation was calling to request Parker’s presence at the 1st Annual Jeff Gordon Bowling Tournament. Parker eagerly accepted. Little did he know just how great of an opportunity was waiting for him. “The week was just amazing. The tournament was great – it benefited the Riley Hospital for Children and it’s always great to be able to help children,” Parker said. “Jeff Gordon is a nice guy (who loves to bowl) and I think we started a relationship that will continue for a long time.” “I got a behind-the-scenes view of a NASCAR tournament,” he said. “Being at the Indianapolis Speedway and the Brickyard 400 was awesome. I went to roll call, was 100 feet from the cars for 40 laps of the race and I got to meet and talk with several drivers and people involved with the industry.” There was also a personal connection for Parker. His grandfather, Parker Sr., was once a race car driver on the East Coast. During his weekend at the race track, Parker encountered several people who have known his grandfather for years, including Ray Evernham, the owner of Bill Elliot’s 2002 Brickyard 400’s winning team. PBA.com follows Parker and checks in with him (via his cell phone) during this extraordinary week and gets a glimpse of a memorable week for the reigning PBA Player of the Year. Tuesday 3:50 PM I am in Fort Wayne, Indiana at a bowling seminar for Classic Products. I am working the trade show today and then tonight I’m going to dinner with people from the trade show. We are heading to Indianapolis tomorrow morning to participate in the Jeff Gordon Foundation 1st Annual Bowling Tournament. Wednesday 4:08 PM We just sat down to lunch. Today we drove to Indy and then we went to meet with Don Mitchell at Royal Pin. We went out on his boat and I went water skiing. I got up out of the water for the first time. It’s in the low 90’s here – it’s really nice. I don’t tan that well – but it’s nice to get out and enjoy the sun. It’s been a great day. Usually we don’t get to relax as much as we would like to, so today we are taking it easy. Our great reigning PBA World Champion, Doug Kent, is coming into Indy to bowl in the event tomorrow and we are going to play a little golf in the morning. A good day on the golf course for me is upper 80’s and a good day for Doug is the upper 70’s. My prediction is that I will shoot 89 and Doug will shoot 82. I’ll let you know tomorrow how it goes. Have a good evening. Thursday 1:24 PM I am A-O.K. This morning could have been better but it was fun. My prediction was close. I shot a 91 and Doug shot an 86. Right now we’re on Don Mitchell’s boat again. We’re going to have lunch at a restaurant on the lake. There are beautiful homes on the lake and it’s another nice day here. We are really looking forward to the Jeff Gordon’s fundraiser this afternoon. Of course, my main role will be bowling in the tournament but we are also going to mix and mingle with the fans. Jeff wants me there to bowl, but also wants us to relax and have fun. 4:10 PM We are at the hotel getting ready for the fundraiser. We are going to mingle, do some trick shots and bowl with everyone. This is really an awesome event. There are often a lot of bowling celebrity fundraisers but at many of the events there aren’t any bowlers. Jeff's Foundation contacted us to be involved and we thought it was a great opportunity. We (Parker and his wife, Leslie) do about 30 to 40 events throughout the year and any time there is a chance to help out kids we definitely want to participate. We are very fortunate to be healthy and have all that we have so it’s great to be able to help out. We’re heading out to the bowling center now so we’ll talk to you later. 9:19 PM Everything went great! The event was just awesome. The Jeff Gordon Foundation presented a check to the Riley Children’s Hospital for $100,000! We bowled three games and then did 5 trick shots. One each with Mike [Aulby], Doug [Kent], Jeff, a 9-year-old patient from the Riley hospital and the final one was with me and Jeff. Each one we did on the first take so it was great. There were probably about 400-500 people there. Jeff is a very nice guy and loves bowling. I think we started a relationship that will last a long time. As great as he is at his sport, he also realizes and values the talent of a PBA bowler and respects our sports. He wants to do better at bowling so I think we’ll be seeing each other again. Believe it or not, we are on our way to eat – again. (We always seem to catch him when he’s getting ready to eat!) Friday 7:45 PM Before spending the day at the Speedway, I went to breakfast with Doug and then Leslie and I headed to Indy Speedway. We spent the day there and met a whole bunch of people including some people who used to race against my grandfather and Ray Evernham - who knows my grandfather and is personal friends with him. My grandfather raced up and down the East Coast in the days before NASCAR is what it is now. We also met some of the other drivers including Ricky Hendrick, Jimmy Johnson and Brett Bodine. We watched Jeff practice. He would go a few laps and then come back into the pits, make tweaks and adjustments and then go back out. There is so much involved and so many people involved on the team. There are at least ten people working on the car. It’s much different than what we do – there are far more elements involved. Monday 2:50 PM It was an outstanding weekend! We watched practice and qualifying on Saturday and were right next to everything that was happening. If you could have seen the examinations they were doing on these cars, it was meticulous. And sometimes guys complain about weighing in a ball on our Tour! There was a lot going on. The intros are similar to what we do – each driver is introduced individually and then each driver takes a lap in his car while someone else drives – it was pretty neat and great for the fans. I went to roll call - and it is mandatory roll call for the driver and the Pit crew chief. If either one or both aren’t there, the team goes to the back of the pole position – a huge disadvantage. So a little fine for us is a minimal fine compared to their penalty. After roll call, they had chapel services right down there in gasoline alley, not far from the starting line. Once we heard “Gentlemen, Start your Engines” it was hard to hear anything down there. Cars were about 100 feet from us. Talking on the cell phone was impossible. If a car went by I couldn’t even hear someone standing next to me, let alone someone on the phone. On Sunday, we started out in the Pit and watched 40 laps from there. We couldn’t see a lot from the pit. We went to the DuPont Sky Box. It was a great view – we could see the cars on turn four, then the entire straight away and going into turn one. It was just an amazing weekend and fun to see everything that they do. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? "Can you Hear Me Now?" is a PBA.com feature that follows players during the PBA Tour off-season to check-in via their cell phones and get a glimpse into their life off the road.
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Bowlers Journal International Names All-American Teams

by PBA Editor August 7, 2002 19:00
Reigning PBA Player of the Year, Parker Bohn III, received the distinguished honor of being named men’s team captain of the 64th Annual Bowlers Journal International All-American Team. The runner-up for the honor of captain was Pete Weber. Rounding out the rest of the first team was Chris Barnes, Doug Kent and Walter Ray Williams, Jr. Williams makes his 12th appearance on the All-American team and ties Earl Anthony for the most appearances on the elite squad. While this was Bohn’s seventh straight First Team appearance, it was his ninth overall, only one behind the duo tied for third with 10 appearances each (Don Carter and Dick Weber). The second Weber generation’s presence is being felt as well. Pete is making his seventh First Team appearance dating back to 1984-1985, while Barnes is encoring with his fourth straight selection. Kent is enjoying his maiden BJI honor. In addition to the first team selections, BJI editors also named second and third teams. PBA members making up the second team include Patrick Healey Jr., Ryan Shafer, Robert Smith and Brian Voss. The third team consists of Patrick Allen, Mika Koivuniemi, Tommy Delutz Jr., Ricky Ward and Steve Wilson.
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