The eight PBA League managers will have difficult decisions to make in filling the final two berths on each of their teams for the 2016 PBA League program after more than 60 players formally announced their wishes to participate in the 2016 PBAL competition March 31-April 3 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.
The eight team managers had the opportunity to protect up to three players from their 2015 rosters. Teams, managers and protected players for 2016 are:
● GEICO New York City WTT Kingpins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Scott Norton, Mike Fagan.
● Barbasol Motown Muscle (Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Ronnie Russell, Josh Blanchard.
● Dallas Strikers (player-manager Norm Duke): Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones, himself.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Chris Loschetter, Rhino Page.
● Portland Lumberjacks (Tim Mack): Bryon Smith, Wes Malott, Osku Palermaa.
● Brooklyn Styles (Johnny Petraglia): Sean Rash, Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr.
● L.A. X (Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen.
● Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Dick Allen, Tom Daugherty.
All other PBA members who wish to enter the 2016 PBAL draft, which will be held Dec. 17 during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Reno, had until Nov. 13 to make their intentions known. The players who entered the draft are:
Patrick Allen, Brad Angelo, DJ Archer, Vincent Balisky, Dennis Briggs, Bruno Bidone, Nathan Bohr, Jesse Buss, Jakob Butturff, Alvar Cardona, Dino Castillo, Ryan Ciminelli,
Christopher Colella, Sam Cooley, Mike DeVaney, James Dinkins, Mike Edwards, Patrick Girard, Andres Gomez, Dan Gordon, Rick Graham, David Haynes,
Michael Haugen Jr., Tom Hess, AJ Johnson, Liz Johnson, Jack Jurek, Marshall Kent, Anthony LaCaze, Thomas Larsen, Bob Learn, Aaron Lorincz,
Scott Lyons, Dan MacLelland, Shawn Maldonado, Danielle McEwan, Matt McNiel, Amleto Monacelli, BJ Moore, Paul Moore, Craig Nidiffer, Matt O’Grady,
Missy Parkin, Thomas Patterson, Anthony Pepe, Jake Peters, Connor Pickford, JR Raymond, Ted Rosenquist, Ildemaro Ruiz, Ryan Shafer, David Shoop, Anthony Simonsen, Tom Smallwood,
Jason Sterner, Harry Sullins, Jesper Svensson, John Szczerbinski, Kyle Troup, Brian Valenta, Jon Van Hess, Lonnie Waliczek, Randy Weiss, Michael Williams, Dave Wodka, Mike Wolfe.
During the draft, which will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame video-streaming channel beginning at 1:45 p.m. ET on Dec. 17, each team manager will be allowed to select two additional players to complete the team’s roster for 2016. The KingPins will make the first pick, followed by the Muscle, Strikers, Hitmen, Lumberjacks, Styles, L.A. X and the Atom Splitters. Round two will be reversed, with Silver Lake picking first, followed by L.A. X, etc.
PBA League competition will involve a series of Baker format elimination matches, taped for telecast on ESPN on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, and airing on ESPN on four consecutive Sundays beginning April 17 and concluding with the special Elias Cup finals match. The PBA League program will be part of an expanded “Maine Event” in Portland, including pro-ams, special activities for players and fans, and concluding with the PBA Xtra Frame Shootout, a 64-player PBA Tour match play elimination event, April 5-6.
XTRA FRAME TO RETURN TO TOKYO TO COVER DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL
Following its extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy, Dec. 7-17, from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, the XF team will head to Tokyo to provide exclusive live coverage of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, Friday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan. 17. The tournament, featuring a field of 16 international and 16 Japanese professional stars, offers a PBA Tour title and a $40,000 first prize. Chris Barnes is defending champion.
The DHC tournament will kick off a power-house schedule of live Xtra Frame programming for 2016, including preliminary rounds of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA Hall of Fame ceremonies from Shawnee, Okla., Jan. 30-Feb. 6; qualifying and match play rounds of the USBC Masters from Indianapolis, Feb. 9-13, and the qualifying and match play rounds of the Barbasol PBA Players Championship from Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 16-19.
Bowling fans can sample Xtra Frame on a three-day (72-hour) basis for only $3.99, purchase a 30-day subscription for $7.99, or sign up for PBA’s best package (and a great Christmas gift idea…), the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. For complete details, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA EVENTS PRECEDE GEICO PBA WSOB VII
Two PBA International-World Bowling Tour events will provide the final tuneup for players heading into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy in Reno Dec. 7-19.
The PBA International-World Bowling Tour Qatar Open will be held at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar, Nov. 21-27, followed by the PBA International-World Bowling Tour 9th Kingdom International Open at Universal Bowling Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 28-Dec. 2.
England’s Dom Barrett is defending Qatar Open champion and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., is defending Kingdom International Open champion. . Both events will award PBA Tour titles if the champion is a PBA member.
“KING OF BOWLING” SERIES CONTINUES ON PBA’S MODERN CLASSICS ON YOUTUBE
The PBA’s made-for-television “King of Bowling” series, held in 2009 at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., is making an encore appearance among the PBA’s Modern Classics on YouTube. Watch for a new episode every Friday through Nov. 27. This week you can watch Rhino Page take on John Nolen for the right to try to end Wes Malott’s ongoing reign as “King.”
To access the free programming, visit YouTube and search for “PBA Modern Classics” or click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwuUW8zaol88yWoNbytvj286cU8TajCgg.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WARREN CLOSES IN ON WEBER WITH 44TH PBA REGIONAL TITLE
Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., defeated Nathan Bohr of Amarillo, Texas, 222-205, to win $3,500 and his 44th PBA Regional title in the second annual PBA Harmony Lanes Southwest Open, presented by Budweiser, in Colorado Springs Sunday.
The 52-year-old Warren, who ranks second on the all-time PBA Regional titles list, is four behind PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber’s record 48 titles.
Warren struck out in the 10th frame to secure his 45th overall regional title (he also has one PBA50 regional win). Weber and Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., are tied for the lead in overall PBA Regional titles with 52 each. In addition to 48 standard titles, Weber has won four PBA50 regionals while Traber has 39 standard and 13 PBA50 regional wins.
As qualifying leader, Warren earned byes to the best-two-of-three-game Round of 8 where he defeated Frank Guccione of Castle Rock, Colo., 2-0. He then disposed of Kris Koeltzow of Wheat Ridge, Colo., 252-178, in the semifinal round. Bohr defeated amateur Cody Vaughn from Arvada, Colo., 2-1, in the Round of 12; Wayne Stellick from Arvada, Colo., 2-0 in the Round of 8, and Jason Duran of Greely, Colo., 233-227, in his semifinal match.
● Pat Nolan, an American military base employee living in Okinawa, won his third PBA Regional title Sunday when he defeated Yusuke Wada, 245-179, in the title match of the PBA Japan Shark Open at Fuji Bowl in suburban Tokyo.
Nolan, who won his previous PBA Regional titles in Roseburg, Ore., in 2004 and Atwater, Calif., in 2005, defeated Japan Region women’s star Yuka Tsuchiya, 200-156, in the Round of 8 and Yuuhi Shibata, 194-182, in the semifinal round to advance to the title match. The Shark Open drew a field of 91 players.
● Jeff Schrum of Cherryville, N.C., defeated Scott Thomsen of Sumter, S.C., 235-228, 203-221, 236-211 in the best-of-three-game title match to win $1,700 and his sixth PBA South Region title in the PBA50 Gastonia (N.C.) Southern Open presented by Brunswick at Liberty Lanes Sunday.
In the best-of-three semifinal round, Schrum defeated Charlie Toney of Oak Hill, W.Va., 2-1, while Thomsen swept Chuck Walker of Blaine, Tenn., 2-0.
● Two events on the Nov. 20-22 PBA Regional calendar include the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., and the Decker Appraisal Services Waynesboro Baker Trios presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va.
● The only PBA Regional activity over Thanksgiving weekend will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Nov. 27-29.
For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.
● CBS Sports Network’s telecast of the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open is now available to Xtra Frame subscribers in the 2015 PBA National Telecasts archive on Xtra Frame.