Red-Hot Russell Rolls into PBA Players Championship Lead; Williams-Smallwood Duo Top Doubles Standings

by Jerry Schneider January 27, 2015 08:45

WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., arguably the hottest player on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, caught fire after an opening 212 game and rolled into the first round lead in the PBA Players Championship Tuesday at AMF Bowlero.

Russell, who is trying for his third PBA Tour title, finished the eight-game opening round with games of 268, 289, 259, 234, 247, 238 and 269 for a 2,016 pinfall total – a 252 average – and a 35-pin lead over DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas. Newly-crowned PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who threw one of the eight 300 games bowled during the opening round, was third with 1,964 pins.

Russell, a 35-year-old, 11-year PBA Tour veteran, is coming off a stellar year when he won the PBA Bear Open and was the only player to qualify for three television shows during the recent GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. He said his hot streak is a matter of confidence and relaxation.

“I’m just throwing it and taking full advantage of it over everything,” he said. “I’m very loose. I feel good. I’m enjoying bowling. I threw 212 the first game, but I didn’t panic. I just kept throwing it, figured it out and pins started falling.

“The players out here are so good, if you start putting expectations on yourself, you’re going to get yourself in trouble,” he said. ““I’m just letting things happen.”

In the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying which is being held concurrently with the Players Championship, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and his partner, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., combined for 3,855 pins – a composite 240.94 average – to take a 56-pin lead over Russell and his partner, Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, who finished with 3,799 pins.

The final four games of Players Championship and Roth/Holman Doubles qualifying will take place at 8 a.m. CT Wednesday, with the top 24 individuals and top 12 doubles teams advancing to match play. Players Championship finalists will bowl three eight-game match play rounds Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the top five after 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The top 12 teams will bowl two six-game, Baker format match play rounds at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT on Friday. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and Baker games, the top five teams will advance to the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions finals.

The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the Players Championship and PBA Doubles are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP
AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 17

First Round (after 8 games)

1, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,016.
2, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,981.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,964.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,943.
5, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,920.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,912.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 1,889.
8, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,886.
9, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,876.
9, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,876.
11, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,875.
12, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,874.
13, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,863.
14, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 1,859.
15, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,858.
16, Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 1,857.
17, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,852.
18, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,850.
19, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 1,849.
20, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,844.
21, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,841.
22, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,830.
23 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,829.
25, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,824.
26, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,819.
27, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,816.
28, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,811.
29, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,810.
30, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,809.
31 (tie), Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,807.
33, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,806.
34 (tie), Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,799.
36, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonowanda, N.Y., 1,798.
37, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,792.
38, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,790.
39, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,783.
40, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,779.
41, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,775.
42, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,774.
43, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, Calif., 1,770.
44, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,768.
45, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,767.
46, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,763.
47 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,761.
49 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas; Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,760.
52, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,752.
53, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,745.
54, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,743.
55, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,742.
56, Paul Moor, England, 1,741.
57, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,740.
58, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,733.
59, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 1,728.
60, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,717.
61, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,716.
62 (tie), J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., and John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,713.
64, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,712.
65 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,711.
67, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,710.
68, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,704.
69 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,702.
71 (tie), Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,694.
73, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,688.
74, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,680.
75, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,668.
76, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,660.
77, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,647.
78 (tie), Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,643.
80, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,639.
81, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,632.
82, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,630.
83, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,627.
84, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,606.
85, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,599.

300 Games (8): Mike Fagan, Dave Wodka, Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Josh Blanchard, Brian Himmler, Chad Roberts.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

First Round (after 16 composite games)
1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,855.
2, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,799.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia/Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,709.
4, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,692.
5, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 3,683.
6, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz./Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,649.
7 (tie), Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Jonathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,634.
9, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich./Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,633.
10, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas/Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,628.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,619.
12, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill./John Szczerbinski, Columbus, Ohio, 3,608.
13, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 3,599.
14, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,591.
15, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,585.
16, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla./Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,583.
17, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa./John Furrey, Freehold, N.J., 3,574.
18, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash./EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,569.
19, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix/Stuart Williams, England, 3,560.
20, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich./Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,558.
21, Thomas Larsen, Denmark/Paul Moor, England, 3,533.
22 (tie), John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y./John VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., and Mike Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,532.
24, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,522.
25, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas/Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,521.
26, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa./Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,518.
27, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio/Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,517.
29, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa/Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,515.
30, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,495.
31 (tie), Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas/Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, and David Haynes, Las Vegas/Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3,478.
33, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,456.
34, Blake DeMore, Springfield, Mo./Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 3,443.
35, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J./Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,414.
36, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,412.
37, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,374.
38, Julio Cesar Blancas/Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,246.

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ESPN’s Super Bowl Sunday Telecast of Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Moves to 2 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider January 26, 2015 02:18

ESPN has moved up the time for airing of Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Bowlmor AMF from 4:30 p.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1). The telecast will also be increased from 90 minutes to two hours.

The CP3 fundraiser, which will again include a diverse group of celebrities and PBA Tour stars, has become a tradition on Super Bowl Sunday and will air from AMF Bowl-O-Drome in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance, Calif. Proceeds from the special event benefit charities supported by Paul’s CP3 Foundation.

In addition to Paul, the celebrities competing in the made-for-TV event include comedian/radio and television personality Nick Cannon, comedian/talk-show/podcast personality Chris Hardwick, former NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams and rapper/hip-hop artist French Montana.

PBA Tour players competing will feature the five PBA World Championship finalists (winner Mike Fagan plus, Wes Malott, Stuart Williams, Ronnie Russell and Todd Book, who finished second through fifth respectively) and PBA stars Pete Weber, PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time PBA Tour winner; Jason Belmonte, reigning PBA Player of the Year and 10-time PBA Tour winner; Chris Barnes, 2007-08 Player of the Year and 18-time PBA Tour winner; Sean Rash, 2011-12 Player of the Year and eight-time Tour winner and Bill O’Neill, a five-time Tour winner and 2010 U.S. Open winner.

The telecast includes the Celebrity Super Clash round where all six celebrities compete in a one-ball eliminator round with the bowler with the lowest pinfall eliminated. The PBA players will bowl the PBA Super Clash to determine the top four PBA/Celebrity doubles pairings that will compete for the title.

Paul, an accomplished bowler, founded his CP3 Foundation in 2005 as a tribute to his late grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, and the Winston-Salem, N.C., community where he grew up. The foundation has provided funding for activities ranging from a scholarship program to food drives to recreational support programs for children in under-served communities.

Celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant; National Football League stars Michael Strahan, Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Jack Del Rio and Reggie Bush; hip-hop stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne and Nelly, and comedian/motion picture star Kevin Hart.

Fans can follow all PBA action through the PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.  For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

Chris Paul CP3 Celebrity Invitational Past Winners

2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick

2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin

2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James

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Catch Wall-to-Wall Xtra Frame Coverage of PBA Players Championship, Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Preliminary Rounds Jan. 26-30

by Jerry Schneider January 21, 2015 07:06

The world’s best bowlers will return to Milwaukee Jan. 26-30 to compete in the preliminary rounds of two Professional Bowlers Association championship tournaments – the PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship – leading into a mega-television weekend in Indianapolis as part of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

Bowling fans will be able to catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. An annual subscription to Xtra Frame is $64.99 or $7.99 per month. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, click on http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba

Longtime PBA host AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Wauwatosa will host the special competitions before the players head north to Green Bay to compete in the United States Bowling Congress Masters – the first major championship on the 2015 PBA schedule – which is scheduled for Feb. 2-8 at Ashwaubenon Bowl.

The Milwaukee stop will involve concurrent qualifying rounds on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, for the Players Championship and the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship. All players will bowl two qualifying rounds totaling 12 games with the top 24 individuals and the top 12 doubles teams advancing to round-robin match play.

The Players Championship finalists will then bowl three eight-game match play rounds Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the top five after a total of 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals which will be conducted for delayed telecast on ESPN on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis in conjunction with the 50th Tournament of Champions. The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.

The PBA returns to an old-school format for the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship, which is named in honor of two PBA legends who also bowled together as one of the sport’s most successful doubles teams. The doubles teams will use their combined 12-game qualifying totals to determine the 12 teams advancing to the match play finals.

The finalists will then bowl two six-game, Baker format match play rounds at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 30. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and Baker games, the top five teams will advance to the PBA Doubles Championship finals which will be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the Tournament of Champions finals. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

Defending champion in the PBA Players Championship is Australia’s Jason Belmonte. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., are defending Roth/Holman PBA Doubles champions. Both events were last conducted during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas.

As a bonus, Xtra Frame will air presentations of the 2014 PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship award and Tony Reyes Community Service award at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 26 from AMF Bowlero.

Admission for the Milwaukee stop is $10 each day and $5 with an AMF League Card. Contact AMF Bowlero at (414) 258-9000 for additional admission details.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP/MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN DOUBLES SCHEDULE
AMF Bowlero Lanes, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 26-30

All times are Eastern

Monday, Jan. 26
3 p.m. – Official practice session

Tuesday, Jan. 27
11 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 8 games

Wednesday, Jan. 28
9 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 4 games
  Top 24 individuals advance to Players Championship match play and top 12 teams advance to PBA Doubles match play
2:30 p.m. – Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play

Thursday, Jan. 29
9 a.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play
2 p.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play
   Top five after 36 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET)

Friday, Jan. 30
9 a.m. – Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play

2 p.m. - Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play  
  Top five doubles teams advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. ET)

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GEICO PBA WSOB Action Moves to ESPN2 Sunday With WBT Finals at 1 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider January 20, 2015 03:09

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI concludes with the introduction of an experimental scoring system being used by World Bowling during the telecast of the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA from the South Point Bowling Plaza Sunday (Jan. 25) at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

PBA stars Sean Rash and Kelly Kulick will try to defend their titles from last season after earning their berths in the 2014 finals, based on a rolling two-year points ranking involving a series of PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour tournaments held around the world.

Sunday’s telecast will introduce an experimental “best frame” scoring system called “Frameplay,” developed by a World Bowling panel of bowling experts from around the world, exclusively for the WBT Finals. The new system was designed as a possible alternative for international competition with the goal of making the sport more attractive and easier to understand for casual bowling fans, media and other audiences. World Bowling, the international governing body for bowling, hopes an easier-to-understand scoring system for non-bowlers will help in its quest to grow the sport and get bowling accepted as an official Olympic Games sport.

In the last of seven telecasts from WSOB VI, the women’s finalists will include PBA women’s star Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Swedish standout Sandra Andersson bowling the opening match for the right to meet Kulick, the top qualifier and defending champion, for the title.

Johnson is making her third WBT Finals appearance. She finished third last year, losing to Missy Parkin in the semifinal, 198-195, and second in 2012, losing to Parkin in the title match, 238-190.

Kulick, also making her third WBT Finals appearance, won last year’s title by defeating Parkin, 267-194, in the title match. She also finished third in 2012, losing to Johnson in the semifinal.

The men’s final will feature three of the PBA’s top stars: Rash and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte will face off in the semifinal match, with the winner meeting top qualifier Mika Koivuniemi.

Rash won last year’s men’s final by defeating Mike Fagan in the title match, 255-231. He also finished second in 2011 losing to Koivuniemi, 237-224, in the title match. Belmonte will be trying for his first WBT Finals title after a best finish of third in 2011.

Koivuniemi, the only player to reach all four WBT Finals telecasts, won the 2011 title by defeating Rash, 237-224, in the title match. He finished second in 2012, losing to Chris Barnes in the title match, 244-228, and in 2013, finished third, losing to Fagan in the semifinal match, 279-233.

Fans can follow all PBA action through the PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.  For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

To catch a replay of last year’s WBT Finals click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtyI0eoW1Hk.

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PBA Challenge Finals Puts Spotlight on Other PBA Divisions Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN

by Jerry Schneider January 13, 2015 08:44

The spotlight shifts to the Professional Bowlers Association’s other divisions when the PBA Challenge Finals presented by the International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum airs on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. ET from the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The PBA Challenge will include four one-game matches featuring the best of the PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional Tour and top youth bowlers battling for the Teen Masters Grand Championship. Concluding the telecast, the four winners will compete in a unique one-ball knock-out round finale.

In the PBA50 Tour finals, PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. will face off against fellow Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli. Monacelli and Williams finished one-two in an eight-game match play qualifying event for the 2014 season’s top eight PBA50 Tour players based on competition points. The match play event preceded the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in October.

The PBA’s Regional programs will take center stage when Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Arizona, representing the PBA’s West Region, and EJ Tackett of Huntington, Indiana, representing the PBA Central Region, battle it out in the PBA Regional finals. Both players earned their spots in an eight-game qualifier made up of the top 2014 regional point-earners from the PBA’s eight regions. Blanchard and Tackett, both former PBA Rookies of the Year (Blanchard 2011-12 and Tackett 2012-13), are examples of players who honed their skills in PBA regional competition.

In the new PBA Women’s Regional finals will be standouts Clara Guerrero, a Colombia native living in Pflugerville, Texas, representing the PBA Southwest Region, against Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California, who won the PBA West Region berth in the women’s qualifying event.

While not officially affiliated with the PBA, the Teen Masters Grand Championship match will put a focus on possible future PBA stars. The Teen Masters Grand Championship, presented by PBA, will include 2014 Teen Masters boys’ division winner Michael Coffey, who bowls for Lindenwood University in St. Louis, bowling against Teen Masters girls’ division winner Kelly Skalacki of Corem, New York, who competes for Webber International University.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI action concludes on ESPN2 on Sunday Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET with the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA, 1 p.m. ET.

Bowling fans can follow all the World Series of Bowling action through the PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.  For additional PBA Network information visit www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

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