PBA East Region Senior Leaders through March 30, 2008

by PBA Editor March 29, 2008 19:00
2007-2008 Points
Pos. Name - Hometown                       #Events  Points
  1. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.            7 104,160
  2. Fedden, Chris - Albany, N.Y.                8 101,351
  3. Kavanaugh, Robert J - Clifton Park, N.Y.    8  92,535
  4. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.       6  85,047
  5. Tripp, Steve - Garwood, N.J.                5  74,853
  6. Shultis, Gary - Levittown, N.Y.             7  69,967
  7. Danyo Sr., Pete - Toms River, N.J.          6  59,521
  8. Brodowski, Tommy - New Hyde Park, N.Y.      6  59,428
  9. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.               8  54,440
 10. Bohner, Robert (ss) - Milton, Pa.           8  48,985
 11. Smith, Stan - Canada                        8  47,634
 12. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.           6  45,260
 13. Ivey, Larry - Berwick, Pa                   4  43,366
 14. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.           5  42,907
 15. Petraglia, John F. - Manalapan, N.J.        2  40,963
 16. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio            3  39,617
 17. Caruso, Bob - Dayton, N.J.                  6  39,499
 18. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.        7  38,175
 19. Goldenberg, David - Brooklyn, N.Y.          5  36,460
 20. Sliwinski, Thomas - Reynoldsville, Pa.      7  34,573
 21. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md       5  34,518
 22. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del       4  34,314
 23. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                  5  33,637
 24. Quinn, Kevin - Bordertown, N.J.             3  31,590
 25. Rottengen, Greg O. (ss) - Washington, N.J.  4  31,538
 26. Ferraro, Steve - Kingston, N.Y.             4  31,016
 27. Gallo Jr., Frank - Newport News, Va.        3  28,702
 28. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.           2  28,112
 29. Glover, Mark - Woodbridge, Va               2  27,036
 30. Clouser, Michael - Ephrata, Pa              6  26,466
 31. Anderson, Andy (ss) - Falls Church, Va      7  26,305
 32. Stein, Steve - Staten Island, N.Y.          5  26,243
 33. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa              5  25,897
 34. Sirbaugh, Saunie (ss) - Stephenson, Va.     5  25,650
 35. Wolf, Karl - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.         1  25,000
 36. Hannahs, Ted - Zanesville, Ohio             1  25,000
 37. Buco, Edward E. (ss) - Berlin, Md.          8  24,650
 38. Parisi, Pat (ss) - Jamestown, N.Y.          5  24,386
 39. Di Santis, John - Wilmington, Del.          6  24,269
 40. Jones, Mark - Manchester, Md                5  24,093
 41. Bierch, Brendan V. - Grafton, Mass.         5  22,702
 42. Jacobs, Darryl - Harrisburg, Pa             4  22,493
 43. Ferreira, Fred - Kings Park, N.Y.           4  22,284
 44. Thompson, William - Jamestown, N.Y.         4  21,848
 45. Semiz, Teata (ss) - North Brunswick, N.J.   3  21,054
 46. Donovan, Paul - Pen Argyl, Pa               6  21,015
 47. Shuck, Jim - Huntingdon, Pa.                4  21,000
 48. Yadanza, Tom - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.       3  20,949
 49. Sullins, Harry - Chesterfield Township, Mi  2  20,876
 50. Smith, Andrew - Colonie, N.Y.               6  19,970
 51. Kauble, Timothy W. - Marion, Ohio           2  19,711
 52. Keenan Jr., William E. (ss) - Orlando, Fla  3  19,520
 53. Harkenreader, Gary - White Haven, Pa.       2  18,821
 54. Brower, Michael - Amsterdam, N.Y.           5  18,207
 55. Oakes, Bob - Akron, Ohio                    3  17,904
 56. Ireland, Bill - Absecon, N.J.               5  17,739
 57. Kelly, Bob - Dayton, Ohio                   1  17,332
 58. Roth, Mark - Fulton, N.Y.                   1  17,332
 59. Nesbit, Richard - Pittsburgh                4  17,306
 60. Perrotta, Sam (ss) - Lincoln Park, N.J.     5  17,197
 61. Glick, Ron - Morganville, N.J.              6  17,176
 62. McDonald, Ross - Clarksville, Md.           4  17,137
 63. Fiscello, Frank - Bloomfield, N.J.          4  16,113
 64. Cashell, Rick - Dedham, Mass.               5  16,093
 65. Danch, William - Dubois, Pa.                5  15,157
 66. Langkam Jr, Earl - Toppa, Md                6  15,111
 67. Stuntz, Gordon - Hellertown, Pa             4  14,786
 68. Juliano, Charlie - Batavia, N.Y.            5  14,653
 69. Strausbaugh, John - Bellefonte, Pa.         3  14,531
 70. Earnst, Charlie - Spring Grove, Pa.         5  14,168
 71. Holmes, Richard - Luray, Va.                1  14,143
 72. Van Hees, Kelly (ss) - Newport, R.I.        3  13,965
 73. Mazzanti Jr., Vince - Levittown, Pa.        3  13,699
 74. Plessinger, Jim - York, Pa.                 5  12,842
 75. Bettasso, Dan - Mentor, Ohio                2  12,584
 76. Busch Sr., Paul W. (ss) - Dover, Del.       4  12,307
 77. Patchen, Dave - Oregon, Ohio                1  12,212
 78. Vittone, Rick - Tecumseh, Ontario           1  12,212
 79. Ippolito, Andy - Forest Hills, N.Y.         4  11,916
 80. Sannie, Gary M - Hazelton, Pa.              2  11,237
 81. Dangel, Butch (ss) - Maspeth, N.Y.          2  10,902
 82. Dorsey, Tony - Columbia, Md.                3  10,731
 83. Hagen, L. Duane - Franklin, VA              3  10,592
 84. Painter, Kerry - Henderson, Nev.            1  10,397
 85. Smith, Gregory V. - Baltimore               5  10,396
 86. Martin, Timothy J - Hughesville, Pa         3  10,322
 87. Tweed Sr., Michael - Camp Hill, Pa.         4   9,937
 88. Corcuera, Tom (ss) - Amsterdam, N.Y.        4   9,758
 89. Serbe, Bob (ss) - Hazlet, N.J.              2   9,518
 90. Peak Sr., Johnie E. - Hyattesville, Md.     5   9,393
 91. Bush, Herman - Abingdon, Md.                4   9,334
 92. Walker, Burdette (ss) - Rockwood, Pa.       2   9,124
 93. Bernard, Cregg - Jamestown, N.Y.            3   9,116
 94. Bova, Steve - Massapequa, N.Y.              3   9,033
 95. Anderson, Bill J. - Groton, N.Y.            3   8,509
 96. Rogers, Robert B. - Brick, N.J.             2   8,467
 97. Smith, Donald J - Hanover, Pa               3   8,440
 98. Nardozza, Richard (ss) - Clearfield, Pa.    2   8,319
 99. Jaworski, Dennis - Bellefonte, Pa           3   8,271
100. Tuccitto Jr., Frank M. (ss) - Southington,  4   7,370
101. Arrant, David H. - Asheville, N.C.          2   7,277
102. Crespo, Carlos M. (ss) - Harrisburg, Pa.    3   7,241
103. Lukacs, Ernest - Manville, N.J.             2   7,092
104. Davis, Elmer B. - New Bloomfield, Pa.       3   6,993
105. Milliken, Dowell (ss) - Lake Grove, N.Y.    2   6,975
106. Levin, Robert E - Fairfax, Va.              3   6,502
107. Stalnaker, Joseph - Alderson, W.V.          3   6,298
108. Reynolds, Keith - Elmira, N.Y.              2   6,277
109. Raymond, Cecil E. (ss) - Sicklerville, N.J  1   6,145
110. Bartlett, Steve - Bradford, Pa.             2   6,038
111. Ducharme, Rene (ss) - Port Matilda, Pa      2   5,948
112. Potenziano, Jim (ss) - Vestal, N.Y.         1   5,702
113. Palmer, Walter H. - Staten Island, N.Y.     2   5,606
114. Venditto, Richard - Ocean, N.J.             1   5,509
115. Ennis, George J. - California, Md.          2   5,487
116. Hayes Jr, Oakley H - Addison, N.Y.          2   5,341
117. Csuhta, Dale - Wadsworth, Ohio              1   5,322
118. Stoyko, Michael A. (ss) - Whippany, N.J.    2   5,268
119. Fordin, Mark - Oceanside, N.Y.              2   5,188
120. Blough, Henry (ss) - Elizabethtown, Pa.     1   5,152
121. Piripavel, W. Gary - Bethlehem, Pa.         1   5,105
122. Sarazin, Roger - Ottawa, Ontario            2   5,024
123. Daner, David (ss) - Berlin, N.J.            2   4,719
124. Carr, Donny - Hyattsville, Md.              1   4,705
125. Verni, Frank - Brewerton, N.Y.              2   4,638
126. Carter, Bobby - Hollywood, Md               1   4,574
127. Friedman, Gary M. (ss) - Farmingdale, N.Y.  2   4,499
128. Kohler, Keven - Hampton, N.J.               2   4,337
129. Bellantoni, Tony (ss) - White Plains, N.Y.  2   4,277
130. Amato, Dennis (ss) - Montville, N.J.        2   4,159
131. Mattera, Salvatore G (ss) - Nesconset, N.Y  2   4,115
132. Crozier, Ken (ss) - Big Flats, N.Y.         2   4,095
133. Landess, Dick (ss) - Canandaigua, N.Y.      2   4,059
134. Slenker, Dane - York, Pa.                   2   3,997
135. Shelton, Robert H (ss) - Goldvien, Va       2   3,985
136. Neumann, William - Rensselaer, NY           1   3,935
137. Mose', William - Piscataway, N.J.           2   3,882
138. Michalojko, Robert - Pittsburgh             1   3,721
139. McClure, John - Maumee, Ohio                1   3,623
140. Kupelian, Paul (ss) - Constantia, N.Y.      2   3,618
141. Graybeal, Larry (ss) - Elizabethton, Tenn.  1   3,600
142. Llaneza, Michael - Columbus, Ohio           1   3,530
143. Fairchild Jr., Chuck - New Canton, Va       2   3,446
144. Sedar, Paul - Parma Heights, Ohio           1   3,357
145. Hout, Herbert - N.Tonawanda, N.Y.           1   3,317
146. Pearsall, Robert - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.   1   3,238
147. Muzzy, Joe - Lakewood, N.Y.                 1   3,200
148. Bibbens, Wayne - Weedsport, N.Y.            1   3,127
149. Ragnoni, Jim (ss) - Creston, Ohio           1   3,092
150. Gagnon, Ed - Fall River, Mass.              1   3,057
151. Reyngoudt, Leonard - Catskill, N.Y.         1   2,990
152. Michael Sr, Bill - Bowie, Md                1   2,895
153. Pickford, Mark - Charlotte, N.C.            1   2,865
154. Ginsberg, Norm - Kissimmee, Fla.            1   2,806
155. Smith, Mike - Alexandria, Va                1   2,669
156. Breeden, Garry - Manassas, Va               1   2,568
157. Kirstein, Mitch - Manalapan, N.J.           1   2,452
158. Wilhelm, Greg R. - Stafford, Va.            1   2,345
159. Nealer, James - Rochester Mills, Pa.        1   2,211
160. Maloof, John - Park Hall, Md.               1   2,175
161. Lynch, Frank M. (ss) - Hammonton, N.J.      1   2,175
162. Randler Jr, Win - Elizabethtown, Pa         1   2,108
163. Malizia, John T. - New Castle, Pa.          1   2,108
164. Cloud, John (ss) - Winston Salem, N.C.      1   2,045
165. Tagliaferro, Carl - Ringwood, N.J.          1   2,014
166. Johnson, Martin M - California, Md          1   1,941
167. Brown Jr, Clifton - Baltimore               1   1,941
168. Venezio, Joseph (ss) - Whiting, N.J.        1   1,927
169. Ellis, Albert T - Baltimore                 1   1,900
170. Sabatell, Jim - Moosic, Pa                  1   1,873
171. DeGarmo Jr, Donald P - Saylorsburg, Pa      1   1,873
172. Smith, Gary A. (ss) - Chesapeake, Va.       1   1,873
173. Smith III, Gene - Brick N.J.                1   1,822
174. Thompson, Bobby - Virginia Beach, Va.       1   1,774
175. Holden, Rich (ss) - Chinchilla, Pa.         1   1,774
176. Hall  Sr., Bobby (ss) - Landover, Md.       1   1,751
177. Vickus, Helmut - Boyertown, Pa.             1   1,728
178. Bachetti, John - Milford, Pa                1   1,706
179. Polce III, Tino - Belmar, N.J.              1   1,706
180. Wheeler, Gil - Laurel, Md.                  1   1,684
181. Pruett, Glenn T. - Bethpage, N.Y.           1   1,622
182. Walston, Charles J. - Brooklyn Park, Md.    1   1,528
183. Hagan, Thomas - Leonardtown, Md.            1   1,511
184. Roberts Jr., James - Columbia, Md.          1   1,477
185. Boden Sr, Lawrence - Hollywood, Md          1   1,461
186. Eckes, Thomas L - Ellicott, Md              1   1,445
Earnings 
Pos.  Name - Hometown                         #Events    Earnings
  1. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.              7   $4,800.00
  2. Fedden, Chris - Albany, N.Y.                  8   $4,700.00
  3. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.         6   $4,175.00
  4. Kavanaugh, Robert J - Clifton Park, N.Y.      8   $4,125.00
  5. Tripp, Steve - Garwood, N.J.                  5   $4,100.00
  6. Shultis, Gary - Levittown, N.Y.               7   $3,450.00
  7. Brodowski, Tommy - New Hyde Park, N.Y.        6   $2,950.00
  8. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.                 8   $2,750.00
  9. Danyo Sr., Pete - Toms River, N.J.            6   $2,700.00
 10. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.             6   $2,300.00
 11. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.             5   $2,150.00
 12. Bohner, Robert (ss) - Milton, Pa.             8   $2,100.00
 13. Petraglia, John F. - Manalapan, N.J.          2   $1,900.00
 14. Ivey, Larry - Berwick, Pa                     4   $1,850.00
 15. Rottengen, Greg O. (ss) - Washington, N.J.    4   $1,750.00
 16. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio              3   $1,750.00
 17. Hannahs, Ted - Zanesville, Ohio               1   $1,700.00
 18. Smith, Stan - Canada                          8   $1,600.00
 19. Quinn, Kevin - Bordertown, N.J.               3   $1,550.00
 20. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                    5   $1,550.00
 21. Gallo Jr., Frank - Newport News, Va.          3   $1,500.00
 22. Wolf, Karl - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.           1   $1,500.00
 23. Goldenberg, David - Brooklyn, N.Y.            5   $1,500.00
 24. Caruso, Bob - Dayton, N.J.                    6   $1,500.00
 25. Glover, Mark - Woodbridge, Va                 2   $1,400.00
 26. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.          7   $1,400.00
 27. Sliwinski, Thomas - Reynoldsville, Pa.        7   $1,350.00
 28. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del         4   $1,300.00
 29. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md         5   $1,250.00
 30. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.             2   $1,250.00
 31. Yadanza, Tom - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.         3   $1,200.00
 32. Keenan Jr., William E. (ss) - Orlando, Fla    3   $1,150.00
 33. Sirbaugh, Saunie (ss) - Stephenson, Va.       5   $1,150.00
 34. Ferraro, Steve - Kingston, N.Y.               4   $1,100.00
 35. Parisi, Pat (ss) - Jamestown, N.Y.            5   $1,050.00
 36. Harkenreader, Gary - White Haven, Pa.         2   $1,000.00
 37. Sullins, Harry - Chesterfield Township, Mi    2   $1,000.00
 38. Semiz, Teata (ss) - North Brunswick, N.J.     3   $1,000.00
 39. Kauble, Timothy W. - Marion, Ohio             2   $1,000.00
 40. Jones, Mark - Manchester, Md                  5     $950.00
 41. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa                5     $900.00
 42. Oakes, Bob - Akron, Ohio                      3     $900.00
 43. Jacobs, Darryl - Harrisburg, Pa               4     $900.00
 44. Clouser, Michael - Ephrata, Pa                6     $900.00
 45. Di Santis, John - Wilmington, Del.            6     $900.00
 46. Shuck, Jim - Huntingdon, Pa.                  4     $900.00
 47. Ferreira, Fred - Kings Park, N.Y.             4     $900.00
 48. Bierch, Brendan V. - Grafton, Mass.           5     $900.00
 49. Sannie, Gary M - Hazelton, Pa.                2     $800.00
 50. Strausbaugh, John - Bellefonte, Pa.           3     $800.00
 51. McDonald, Ross - Clarksville, Md.             4     $800.00
 52. Mazzanti Jr., Vince - Levittown, Pa.          3     $800.00
 53. Roth, Mark - Fulton, N.Y.                     1     $750.00
 54. Kelly, Bob - Dayton, Ohio                     1     $700.00
 55. Van Hees, Kelly (ss) - Newport, R.I.          3     $650.00
 56. Holmes, Richard - Luray, Va.                  1     $650.00
 57. Patchen, Dave - Oregon, Ohio                  1     $600.00
 58. Vittone, Rick - Tecumseh, Ontario             1     $600.00
 59. Stein, Steve - Staten Island, N.Y.            5     $600.00
 60. Thompson, William - Jamestown, N.Y.           4     $550.00
 61. Nesbit, Richard - Pittsburgh                  4     $550.00
 62. Dangel, Butch (ss) - Maspeth, N.Y.            2     $550.00
 63. Donovan, Paul - Pen Argyl, Pa                 6     $500.00
 64. Painter, Kerry - Henderson, Nev.              1     $500.00
 65. Anderson, Andy (ss) - Falls Church, Va        7     $500.00
 66. Fiscello, Frank - Bloomfield, N.J.            4     $500.00
 67. Serbe, Bob (ss) - Hazlet, N.J.                2     $500.00
 68. Nardozza, Richard (ss) - Clearfield, Pa.      2     $500.00
 69. Busch Sr., Paul W. (ss) - Dover, Del.         4     $500.00
 70. Bettasso, Dan - Mentor, Ohio                  2     $500.00
 71. Csuhta, Dale - Wadsworth, Ohio                1     $400.00
 72. Ireland, Bill - Absecon, N.J.                 5     $400.00
 73. Stuntz, Gordon - Hellertown, Pa               4     $400.00
 74. Carter, Bobby - Hollywood, Md                 1     $400.00
 75. Lukacs, Ernest - Manville, N.J.               2     $400.00
 76. Venditto, Richard - Ocean, N.J.               1     $400.00
 77. Dorsey, Tony - Columbia, Md.                  3     $400.00
 78. Raymond, Cecil E. (ss) - Sicklerville, N.J    1     $400.00
 79. Walker, Burdette (ss) - Rockwood, Pa.         2     $400.00
 80. Rogers, Robert B. - Brick, N.J.               2     $400.00
 81. Potenziano, Jim (ss) - Vestal, N.Y.           1     $400.00
 82. Perrotta, Sam (ss) - Lincoln Park, N.J.       5     $400.00
 83. Ippolito, Andy - Forest Hills, N.Y.           4     $400.00
 84. Carr, Donny - Hyattsville, Md.                1     $400.00
 85. Buco, Edward E. (ss) - Berlin, Md.            8     $400.00
 86. Blough, Henry (ss) - Elizabethtown, Pa.       1     $400.00
 87. Arrant, David H. - Asheville, N.C.            2     $400.00
 88. Milliken, Dowell (ss) - Lake Grove, N.Y.      2     $250.00
 89. Graybeal, Larry (ss) - Elizabethton, Tenn.    1     $250.00
Average (minimum 32 games)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                          #Games Average
  1. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio             40 224.43
  2. Petraglia, John F. - Manalapan, N.J.         33 223.24
  3. Tripp, Steve - Garwood, N.J.                 67 222.37
  4. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.            52 221.00
  5. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.             99 220.18
  6. Shultis, Gary - Levittown, N.Y.              74 218.07
  7. Gallo Jr., Frank - Newport News, Va.         35 216.54
  8. Kavanaugh, Robert J - Clifton Park, N.Y.    105 214.87
  9. Fedden, Chris - Albany, N.Y.                 98 213.69
 10. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.        76 213.03
 11. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                   52 212.13
 12. Shuck, Jim - Huntingdon, Pa.                 35 211.54
 13. Brodowski, Tommy - New Hyde Park, N.Y.       69 211.04
 14. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del        45 209.73
 15. Ivey, Larry - Berwick, Pa                    51 209.41
 16. Caruso, Bob - Dayton, N.J.                   60 209.35
 17. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa               44 208.16
 18. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.                76 207.93
 19. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md        54 207.35
 20. Ferraro, Steve - Kingston, N.Y.              35 207.11
 21. Rottengen, Greg O. (ss) - Washington, N.J.   41 206.88
 22. Danyo Sr., Pete - Toms River, N.J.           65 206.83
 23. Jones, Mark - Manchester, Md                 44 206.45
 24. Quinn, Kevin - Bordertown, N.J.              35 205.14
 25. Ferreira, Fred - Kings Park, N.Y.            35 205.14
 26. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.            54 204.72
 27. Jacobs, Darryl - Harrisburg, Pa              37 204.68
 28. Sirbaugh, Saunie (ss) - Stephenson, Va.      40 203.68
 29. Goldenberg, David - Brooklyn, N.Y.           53 203.38
 30. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.         62 203.27
 31. Stuntz, Gordon - Hellertown, Pa              32 203.16
 32. Smith, Andrew - Colonie, N.Y.                48 202.75
 33. Stein, Steve - Staten Island, N.Y.           46 202.07
 34. Bohner, Robert (ss) - Milton, Pa.            79 201.80
 35. Fiscello, Frank - Bloomfield, N.J.           36 201.69
 36. McDonald, Ross - Clarksville, Md.            32 201.34
 37. Nesbit, Richard - Pittsburgh                 35 201.09
 38. Thompson, William - Jamestown, N.Y.          36 200.36
 39. Earnst, Charlie - Spring Grove, Pa.          40 199.55
 40. Ireland, Bill - Absecon, N.J.                40 199.45
 41. Smith, Stan - Canada                         73 199.44
 42. Perrotta, Sam (ss) - Lincoln Park, N.J.      40 199.03
 43. Parisi, Pat (ss) - Jamestown, N.Y.           40 198.60
 44. Sliwinski, Thomas - Reynoldsville, Pa.       60 198.23
 45. Anderson, Andy (ss) - Falls Church, Va       59 197.54
 46. Di Santis, John - Wilmington, Del.           51 197.49
 47. Cashell, Rick - Dedham, Mass.                40 197.13
 48. Tweed Sr., Michael - Camp Hill, Pa.          32 194.94
 49. Busch Sr., Paul W. (ss) - Dover, Del.        32 194.78
 50. Ippolito, Andy - Forest Hills, N.Y.          32 194.72
 51. Glick, Ron - Morganville, N.J.               48 194.65
 52. Clouser, Michael - Ephrata, Pa               51 194.43
 53. Bierch, Brendan V. - Grafton, Mass.          45 194.04
 54. Brower, Michael - Amsterdam, N.Y.            40 193.95
 55. Plessinger, Jim - York, Pa.                  40 191.70
 56. Langkam Jr, Earl - Toppa, Md                 48 190.56
 57. Donovan, Paul - Pen Argyl, Pa                53 189.77
 58. Danch, William - Dubois, Pa.                 40 189.40
 59. Buco, Edward E. (ss) - Berlin, Md.           64 189.06
 60. Bush, Herman - Abingdon, Md.                 32 187.19
 61. Smith, Gregory V. - Baltimore                40 184.05
 62. Juliano, Charlie - Batavia, N.Y.             40 183.08
 63. Peak Sr., Johnie E. - Hyattesville, Md.      40 176.60
 64. Tuccitto Jr., Frank M. (ss) - Southington,   32 173.38
 65. Corcuera, Tom (ss) - Amsterdam, N.Y.         32 171.56
Cashes
Pos.  Name - Hometown                      #Cashes Events      %
  1. Kavanaugh, Robert J - Clifton Park, N.Y.   7      8  87.50
  2. Fedden, Chris - Albany, N.Y.               7      8  87.50
  3. Shultis, Gary - Levittown, N.Y.            6      7  85.71
  4. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.           6      7  85.71
  5. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.              6      8  75.00
  6. Tripp, Steve - Garwood, N.J.               5      5 100.00
  7. Brodowski, Tommy - New Hyde Park, N.Y.     5      6  83.33
  8. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.      5      6  83.33
  9. Bohner, Robert (ss) - Milton, Pa.          5      8  62.50
 10. Rottengen, Greg O. (ss) - Washington, N.J. 4      4 100.00
 11. Sirbaugh, Saunie (ss) - Stephenson, Va.    4      5  80.00
 12. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.          4      5  80.00
 13. Quinn, Kevin - Bordertown, N.J.            3      3 100.00
 14. Keenan Jr., William E. (ss) - Orlando, Fla 3      3 100.00
 15. Gallo Jr., Frank - Newport News, Va.       3      3 100.00
 16. Yadanza, Tom - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.      3      3 100.00
 17. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio           3      3 100.00
 18. Ivey, Larry - Berwick, Pa                  3      4  75.00
 19. Parisi, Pat (ss) - Jamestown, N.Y.         3      5  60.00
 20. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                 3      5  60.00
 21. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.          3      6  50.00
 22. Danyo Sr., Pete - Toms River, N.J.         3      6  50.00
 23. Caruso, Bob - Dayton, N.J.                 3      6  50.00
 24. Sliwinski, Thomas - Reynoldsville, Pa.     3      7  42.86
 25. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.       3      7  42.86
 26. Glover, Mark - Woodbridge, Va              2      2 100.00
 27. Sannie, Gary M - Hazelton, Pa.             2      2 100.00
 28. Harkenreader, Gary - White Haven, Pa.      2      2 100.00
 29. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.          2      2 100.00
 30. Sullins, Harry - Chesterfield Township, Mi 2      2 100.00
 31. Petraglia, John F. - Manalapan, N.J.       2      2 100.00
 32. Nardozza, Richard (ss) - Clearfield, Pa.   2      2 100.00
 33. Kauble, Timothy W. - Marion, Ohio          2      2 100.00
 34. Oakes, Bob - Akron, Ohio                   2      3  66.67
 35. Van Hees, Kelly (ss) - Newport, R.I.       2      3  66.67
 36. Strausbaugh, John - Bellefonte, Pa.        2      3  66.67
 37. Semiz, Teata (ss) - North Brunswick, N.J.  2      3  66.67
 38. Mazzanti Jr., Vince - Levittown, Pa.       2      3  66.67
 39. Ferraro, Steve - Kingston, N.Y.            2      4  50.00
 40. Jacobs, Darryl - Harrisburg, Pa            2      4  50.00
 41. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del      2      4  50.00
 42. Shuck, Jim - Huntingdon, Pa.               2      4  50.00
 43. McDonald, Ross - Clarksville, Md.          2      4  50.00
 44. Ferreira, Fred - Kings Park, N.Y.          2      4  50.00
 45. Busch Sr., Paul W. (ss) - Dover, Del.      2      4  50.00
 46. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa             2      5  40.00
 47. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md      2      5  40.00
 48. Jones, Mark - Manchester, Md               2      5  40.00
 49. Goldenberg, David - Brooklyn, N.Y.         2      5  40.00
 50. Bierch, Brendan V. - Grafton, Mass.        2      5  40.00
 51. Clouser, Michael - Ephrata, Pa             2      6  33.33
 52. Di Santis, John - Wilmington, Del.         2      6  33.33
 53. Csuhta, Dale - Wadsworth, Ohio             1      1 100.00
 54. Painter, Kerry - Henderson, Nev.           1      1 100.00
 55. Carter, Bobby - Hollywood, Md              1      1 100.00
 56. Venditto, Richard - Ocean, N.J.            1      1 100.00
 57. Kelly, Bob - Dayton, Ohio                  1      1 100.00
 58. Patchen, Dave - Oregon, Ohio               1      1 100.00
 59. Vittone, Rick - Tecumseh, Ontario          1      1 100.00
 60. Raymond, Cecil E. (ss) - Sicklerville, N.J 1      1 100.00
 61. Wolf, Karl - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.        1      1 100.00
 62. Roth, Mark - Fulton, N.Y.                  1      1 100.00
 63. Potenziano, Jim (ss) - Vestal, N.Y.        1      1 100.00
 64. Holmes, Richard - Luray, Va.               1      1 100.00
 65. Hannahs, Ted - Zanesville, Ohio            1      1 100.00
 66. Graybeal, Larry (ss) - Elizabethton, Tenn. 1      1 100.00
 67. Carr, Donny - Hyattsville, Md.             1      1 100.00
 68. Blough, Henry (ss) - Elizabethtown, Pa.    1      1 100.00
 69. Lukacs, Ernest - Manville, N.J.            1      2  50.00
 70. Walker, Burdette (ss) - Rockwood, Pa.      1      2  50.00
 71. Serbe, Bob (ss) - Hazlet, N.J.             1      2  50.00
 72. Rogers, Robert B. - Brick, N.J.            1      2  50.00
 73. Milliken, Dowell (ss) - Lake Grove, N.Y.   1      2  50.00
 74. Dangel, Butch (ss) - Maspeth, N.Y.         1      2  50.00
 75. Bettasso, Dan - Mentor, Ohio               1      2  50.00
 76. Arrant, David H. - Asheville, N.C.         1      2  50.00
 77. Dorsey, Tony - Columbia, Md.               1      3  33.33
 78. Stuntz, Gordon - Hellertown, Pa            1      4  25.00
 79. Fiscello, Frank - Bloomfield, N.J.         1      4  25.00
 80. Thompson, William - Jamestown, N.Y.        1      4  25.00
 81. Nesbit, Richard - Pittsburgh               1      4  25.00
 82. Ippolito, Andy - Forest Hills, N.Y.        1      4  25.00
 83. Ireland, Bill - Absecon, N.J.              1      5  20.00
 84. Stein, Steve - Staten Island, N.Y.         1      5  20.00
 85. Perrotta, Sam (ss) - Lincoln Park, N.J.    1      5  20.00
 86. Donovan, Paul - Pen Argyl, Pa              1      6  16.67
 87. Anderson, Andy (ss) - Falls Church, Va     1      7  14.29
 88. Smith, Stan - Canada                       1      8  12.50
 89. Buco, Edward E. (ss) - Berlin, Md.         1      8  12.50
Finals
Pos. Name - Hometown                      #Finals Events      %
  1. Kavanaugh, Robert J - Clifton Park, N.Y.   7      8  87.50
  2. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.           6      7  85.71
  3. Fedden, Chris - Albany, N.Y.               5      8  62.50
  4. Tripp, Steve - Garwood, N.J.               4      5  80.00
  5. Brodowski, Tommy - New Hyde Park, N.Y.     4      6  66.67
  6. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.      4      6  66.67
  7. Quinn, Kevin - Bordertown, N.J.            3      3 100.00
  8. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio           3      3 100.00
  9. Ivey, Larry - Berwick, Pa                  3      4  75.00
 10. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                 3      5  60.00
 11. Shultis, Gary - Levittown, N.Y.            3      7  42.86
 12. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.              3      8  37.50
 13. Bohner, Robert (ss) - Milton, Pa.          3      8  37.50
 14. Harkenreader, Gary - White Haven, Pa.      2      2 100.00
 15. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.          2      2 100.00
 16. Sullins, Harry - Chesterfield Township, Mi 2      2 100.00
 17. Petraglia, John F. - Manalapan, N.J.       2      2 100.00
 18. Kauble, Timothy W. - Marion, Ohio          2      2 100.00
 19. Gallo Jr., Frank - Newport News, Va.       2      3  66.67
 20. Ferraro, Steve - Kingston, N.Y.            2      4  50.00
 21. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del      2      4  50.00
 22. Rottengen, Greg O. (ss) - Washington, N.J. 2      4  50.00
 23. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md      2      5  40.00
 24. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.          2      5  40.00
 25. Goldenberg, David - Brooklyn, N.Y.         2      5  40.00
 26. Danyo Sr., Pete - Toms River, N.J.         2      6  33.33
 27. Caruso, Bob - Dayton, N.J.                 2      6  33.33
 28. Painter, Kerry - Henderson, Nev.           1      1 100.00
 29. Kelly, Bob - Dayton, Ohio                  1      1 100.00
 30. Patchen, Dave - Oregon, Ohio               1      1 100.00
 31. Vittone, Rick - Tecumseh, Ontario          1      1 100.00
 32. Wolf, Karl - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.        1      1 100.00
 33. Roth, Mark - Fulton, N.Y.                  1      1 100.00
 34. Holmes, Richard - Luray, Va.               1      1 100.00
 35. Hannahs, Ted - Zanesville, Ohio            1      1 100.00
 36. Glover, Mark - Woodbridge, Va              1      2  50.00
 37. Serbe, Bob (ss) - Hazlet, N.J.             1      2  50.00
 38. Dangel, Butch (ss) - Maspeth, N.Y.         1      2  50.00
 39. Bettasso, Dan - Mentor, Ohio               1      2  50.00
 40. Oakes, Bob - Akron, Ohio                   1      3  33.33
 41. Keenan Jr., William E. (ss) - Orlando, Fla 1      3  33.33
 42. Semiz, Teata (ss) - North Brunswick, N.J.  1      3  33.33
 43. Jacobs, Darryl - Harrisburg, Pa            1      4  25.00
 44. Fiscello, Frank - Bloomfield, N.J.         1      4  25.00
 45. Shuck, Jim - Huntingdon, Pa.               1      4  25.00
 46. Thompson, William - Jamestown, N.Y.        1      4  25.00
 47. Nesbit, Richard - Pittsburgh               1      4  25.00
 48. Ferreira, Fred - Kings Park, N.Y.          1      4  25.00
 49. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa             1      5  20.00
 50. Jones, Mark - Manchester, Md               1      5  20.00
 51. Stein, Steve - Staten Island, N.Y.         1      5  20.00
 52. Bierch, Brendan V. - Grafton, Mass.        1      5  20.00
 53. Donovan, Paul - Pen Argyl, Pa              1      6  16.67
 54. Clouser, Michael - Ephrata, Pa             1      6  16.67
 55. Di Santis, John - Wilmington, Del.         1      6  16.67
 56. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.          1      6  16.67
 57. Anderson, Andy (ss) - Falls Church, Va     1      7  14.29
 58. Sliwinski, Thomas - Reynoldsville, Pa.     1      7  14.29
 59. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.       1      7  14.29
 60. Smith, Stan - Canada                       1      8  12.50
2007-2008 Champions
Jamestown Bowling Company, Jamestown, N.Y. - Mike Lessar
Brunswick Zone, Turnersville, N.J. - Stan Smith
Plaza Lanes, Pottsville, Pa. - Sam Maccarone
Howell Lanes, Howell, N.J. - Steve Tripp
Colony Park Lanes East, York, Pa. - Pete Danyo Sr.
Brookville Lanes, Brookville, Pa. - Ted Hannahs
The Lanes Fort Meade, Ft. Meade, Md. - George Pappas
Paramount Bowling Center, Elmira Heights, N.Y. - Karl Wolf




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Major Mika Strikes Again

by PBA Editor March 28, 2008 19:00
Last year, Mika Koivuniemi got off to a strong start in the U.S. Open and faded at the end. He learned from his mistakes and is now one win away from his second U.S. Open crown.

Koivuniemi went 17-7 in match play to earn the top seed for Sunday’s stepladder finals in the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone Carolier, the fourth Major and final event of the Denny’s PBA Tour season.
The eight-time titlist was in 65th after the first day and 63rd after the second day, but a ball change led to a 236.00 average the third day of qualifying, moving him up to eighth. He went 7-1 in each of the first two rounds of match play to take the lead, which he never relinquished.

“I started off really poorly this week but I changed balls and I changed my release and that made the difference,” Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.) said. “I moved way left and never moved right. After that I bowled really well.”

Koivuniemi is the only bowler to win Majors for his first two career titles, capturing the 2000 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters and the 2001 U.S. Open. He’s made three U.S. Open championship rounds since then and will look to become the sixth bowler to win the U.S. Open twice.

“Like anyone else, this is the biggest tournament of the year for me,” Koivuniemi said. “If you can choose any event to win, this is it. The format, the number of games, the amount of bowlers. There’s so much traffic on the lanes those first couple of days you just have to find a way to survive somehow. Then it’s a new tournament in match play. I won a lot of close matches and that was the key. Last year I started well and died in the matches so I guess I learned from that.”

As the top seed, Koivuniemi earned an automatic berth in the title match. The first match features 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.) taking on last year’s Player of the Year runner-up, Norm Duke. After winning two Majors last season, Kent has struggled in 2007-08 and is making his first championship round of the season.

Duke, meanwhile, will look to equal Kent’s accomplishment last year by becoming the seventh bowler to win two Majors in a season. He captured the Denny’s World Championship a month ago for his third career Major. A win Sunday would make Duke just the fifth bowler in history to win the PBA’s Triple Crown, a win in the World Championship, Tournament of Champions and U.S. Open.

The winner of that match will face No. 2 Chris Loschetter, who doubled in the 10th frame of the position round to defeat Kent and go around Duke in the standings. Loschetter, who equaled Koivuniemi’s 17-7 record, will look to become the fifth player in history to win the U.S. Open for his first career Denny’s PBA Tour title.

Sunday’s live ESPN-televised championship round gets underway at 2 p.m. ET. The winner will take home $100,000 and a three-year Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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Finalists Set for DAAHSC

by PBA Editor March 28, 2008 19:00
Story courtesy Lucas Wiseman, USBC

Four varsity high school bowlers advanced past a tough field Saturday and will have the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships on national television in the finals of the 2008 Denny's All-American High School Championships.

Travis Moyer of Anchorage, Alaska, Kevin Tatrow of BelAire, Kan., Samantha Santoro of Reinholds, Pa., and Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Ill., advanced to the TV finals, which will be taped Sunday after the conclusion of the 65th Denny's U.S. Open at Brunswick Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J. The event is scheduled to be aired on Sunday, April 6 on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Santoro finished 6-2 in round robin match play and averaged more than 212 for 16 games Saturday. She closed the day with games of 279 and 244 to seal up a spot in the championship match. Cortese, meanwhile, locked up her spot with a 256 final game.

"I struggled a couple games before that and the lanes started to change," Santoro said. "I moved right and it just happened that the adjustment worked out perfectly."

Santoro said she spent some time talking with professional bowlers at the U.S. Open on Friday to get some tips just in case she advanced to the TV finals.

"I was over watching the pros and talked to them a little bit about bowling on TV," Santoro said. "They said my adrenaline will be going 100 miles per hour. Parker (Bohn III) said to just stay calm, but I think it's going to be hard."

Moyer led the boys field with a 5-3 match play record and a 16-game average of 200. He held a 125-pin lead over second place heading into the final game and watched as Tatrow fired 212 to move from third to second and secure a spot in the finals.

"I bowled extremely well being that it's a pro shot and I averaged more today than I do on my home lanes," Moyer said. "All I can do is my best in the finals, but it's really not about winning. It's about making the TV finals and meeting all of the other great bowlers from other states."

After the two boys and two girls face off for their individual championships, the winners will join forces with PBA players Kelly Kulick and Tony Reyes for a unique doubles match to close out the telecast.

The Denny's All-American High School Championships showcases 32 varsity high school athletes from 18 states competing for $10,000 in scholarships. The winners will each receive a $3,000 scholarship while the second place finishers will each earn $2,000 scholarships.

All players competed in eight games of qualifying Saturday morning before the field was cut to the top eight boys and top eight girls, who competed in round robin match play to determine the four players on the TV finals.

Denny's, the PBA and the United States Bowling Congress joined together to create the tournament for recognized varsity level high school bowlers. The 32 participants were selected based on their bowling skills as well as personal and academic achievements.


DENNY'S ALL-AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Howell Lanes, Howell, N.J.

BOYS

Round robin match play (Eight games)

1, Travis Moyer, Anchorage, Alaska, 5-3-0, 3,350. 2, Kevin Tatrow, BelAire, Kan., 4-4-0, 3,305. 3, Brian Small, Port Reading, N.J., 4-4-0, 3,293. 4, Paul Walsh, Vero Beach, Fla., 4-4-0, 3,257. 5, Christopher Lane, Franklin, Tenn., 5-3-0, 3,221. 6, Peter Mochizuki, Honolulu, 3-5-0, 3,164. 7, Joel Klaas, North Street, Mich., 3-5-0, 3,162. 8, Evin Anderson, Jacksonville, Ark., 3-5-0, 3,120.

Qualifying (Eight games)

1, Travis Moyer, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,710. 2, Kevin Tatrow, BelAire, Kan., 1,655. 3, Paul Walsh, Vero Beach, Fla., 1,626. 4, Brian Small, Port Reading, N.J., 1,623. 5, Peter Mochizuki, Honolulu, 1,582. 6, Joel Klaas, North Street, Mich., 1,576. 7, Evin Anderson, Jacksonville, Ark., 1,553. 8, Christopher Lane, Franklin, Tenn., 1,550. 9, Jordan Ferrer, Henderson, Nev., 1,529. 10, Ethan Biswell, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,489. 11, Alexander Garcia, Chicago, 1,472. 12, David Knight, Folcroft, Pa., 1,455. 13, Jayson Foote, Westerville, Ohio, 1,428. 14, Matthew Roe, Johnson City, N.Y., 1,422. 15, Justin Breaux, Lafayette, La., 1,290. 16, Ben Carsten, Fulton, Miss., 1,280.


GIRLS

Round robin match play (Eight games)

1, Samantha Santoro, Reinholds, Pa., 6-2-0, 3,580. 2, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 6-2-0, 3,525. 3, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 3-4-1, 3,438. 4, Suzana Signaigo, Kapolei, Hawaii, 4-4-0, 3,247. 5, Dayna Galganski, North Palm Beach, Fla., 3-4-1, 3,123. 6, Kristen Keenan, Centerville, Ohio, 2-5-1, 3,043. 7, Lela Dudley, Blue Springs, Miss., 3-4-1, 3,006. 8, Nicole Caggiano, Woodbridge, N.J., 3-5-0, 2,944.

Qualifying (Eight games)

1, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 1,768. 2, Suzana Signaigo, Kapolei, Hawaii, 1,666. 3, Samantha Santoro, Reinholds, Pa., 1,656. 4, Dayna Galganski, North Palm Beach, Fla., 1,610. 5, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 1,590. 6, Kristen Keenan, Centerville, Ohio, 1,513. 7, Lela Dudley, Blue Springs, Miss., 1,480. 8, Nicole Caggiano, Woodbridge, N.J., 1,452. 9, April Urban, Henderson, Nev., 1,438. 10, Jessica Guertin, Milford, Mich., 1,422. 11, Jessica Sutton, Bremerton, Wash., 1,407. 12, Amy Seliger, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,402. 13, Rachael Aguirre, Wichita, Kan., 1,351. 14, Amber Lavergne, Lafayette, La., 1,320. 15, Laura Stoltz, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 1,240. 16, Nicole McCalley, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,223.
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Tom Clark Named PBA Vice President and COO

by PBA Editor March 27, 2008 19:00
The PBA announced today Tom Clark, the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), has accepted the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the PBA.

Clark, who joined the USBC staff in 2005, will begin his new position with the PBA on May 15, following the USBC National Convention. He will primarily oversee television production, marketing and public relations for the Denny’s PBA Tour.

The PBA Tour, which is featured on ESPN 21 weeks per year in addition to special events, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next season.

"I am thrilled to have Tom join the PBA," PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer said. "During his tenure with USBC, Tom has demonstrated a flair for generating excitement and attention for our sport and its stars and I believe that will immediately translate into a major benefit for our fans, players and sponsors."

Clark, a former sports editor at USA Today - America's highest circulated newspaper – was recently given the Billiard and Bowling Institute's Industry Service Award for his efforts to promote bowling as a sport. He was also named the Bowlers Journal Person of the Year in 2005 for similar efforts.

"This is a chance of a lifetime for me as a fan of professional bowling," Clark said. "The PBA Tour provides the greatest opportunity bowling has to penetrate mainstream America and internationally. As the public gets to know our players as the extraordinarily talented, competitive personalities they are, they'll better connect with and understand our great sport."

Kevin Dornberger, the USBC's Chief Operating Officer, says the move can benefit all of bowling.

"While the USBC will miss the creativity and innovation Tom brought, I am pleased that he will continue to implement those skills for the benefit of the industry," Dornberger said. "This may provide the opportunity for new partnership ventures between the USBC and the PBA."

Current joint initiatives and events shared between the PBA and USBC include PBA Experience leagues, the PBA Women's Series presented by the USBC, the USBC Masters, Team USA – which now features PBA Tour stars – and ESPN's PBA All-Star Shootout summer series.

The Denny’s PBA Tour concludes its season this week with the 65th Denny's U.S. Open live on ESPN Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

"The prominent platform the PBA enjoys through its television and sponsorship relationships will allow Tom to expand upon many of the initiatives he has launched while at the USBC," Schreyer said. "Heading into our 50th anniversary celebration, this is a major step in assuring we make a major impact not only on the sport of bowling but on the American sports landscape as well."

Clark, 38, is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and resides in Muskego, Wis.
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Duke Dashes to Lead

by PBA Editor March 27, 2008 19:00
Norm Duke has had one of the most interesting seasons of his 26-year career. He’s now put himself in position to make it one of the most memorable.

Duke, who just a month ago was in danger of losing his Denny’s PBA Tour exemption, is now looking poised to capture his second Major of the season, going 8-0 Friday evening to move into the lead in the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone Carolier.

The 27-time titlist has battled injuries throughout the season and had fallen as low as 51st in the PBA World Point Rankings heading into the Denny’s World Championship just four events ago. Despite battling the flu that week, Duke made an incredible run to the finals where he beat Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Ryan Shafer to capture his third career Major and secure his place on Tour for two seasons.

“This has been a lot like the last two years where I’ve been extremely opportunistic when I’m on the floor but I just can’t make my way to the approach enough,” Duke (Clermont, Fla.) said of the injuries that have kept him off the lanes.

“But I’m really enjoying bowling now because of the fact that I’m healthy again. It hurt so badly before that it took the fun out of it. Now, I feel like I’m in the heat of battle and capable again.”

Duke was more than capable on Friday. After quietly hovering in the top 20 all week, he swept through his matches Friday night to jump into the lead heading into the final 16 games of round robin on Saturday. After finishing fifth in last season’s U.S. Open to miss the finals by one spot, Duke will get another shot at the coveted U.S. Open crown, the only one of the Triple Crown events he is missing.

“The U.S. Open is everything to me,” Duke said. “At the beginning of every season I look at the four Majors but I look at this one first. It just bugs me. It’s difficult to get this tournament and how important it is to me out of my mind when I’m bowling. I can’t think about winning, I just have to get it done.”

Duke’s first two matches Friday came against two of the top players on the Denny’s PBA Tour as he dispatched of Wes Malott and Tommy Jones by scores of 215-196 and 243-214, respectively. He then faced just two other exempt bowlers over his final six wins, capping the perfect night with a 213-200 win over amateur Mark Clark.

With 16 games left, Duke is nowhere near feeling like he’s in the driver’s seat.

“I cannot even count the times I’ve missed the show by one spot in this event. It’s at least three. And I’ve finished second once by one pin. I still throw that shot a thousand times and I still miss,” Duke said. “You can't win this tournament on Friday though. I’d love it if they’d just start the show tomorrow but I can still finish 24th. The task at hand is to come in here and play my very best. That’s the only thing that’s acceptable. And I know I have it in me.”

Mika Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.), who is looking to get back his “Major Mika” moniker after winning the Masters and U.S. Open for the first two of his eight titles, also made a big run Friday going 7-1 to move up to second. Shannon Buchan (Waterloo, Iowa) went 5-3 and sits third while Eugene McCune (Munster, Ind.) went 4-3-1 and is fourth. Qualifying leader Brad Angelo (Lockport, N.Y.) went 5-3 to drop to fifth.

All pinfall from the four rounds of qualifying carries over into match play where bowlers earn 30 bonus pins for each win and 15 for each tie.

The top four after Saturday’s match play will advance to Sunday’s championship round live on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET. The winner will take home $100,000 and a three-year Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.

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