BROOKLYN STyLES Make Sean Rash No. 1 Pick in 2015 PBA League Draft; Pittsburgh Takes Wes Malott No. 2

by Bill Vint October 31, 2014 08:51

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2014) – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was the first of 40 players selected in the 2015 PBA League Draft, held Friday at South Point Bowling Plaza. Eight PBA League teams will compete for the Elias Cup in two days of competition at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, March 28-29.

Draft order was determined by a random drawing. The BROOKLYN STyLES are managed by PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, who was watching the draft along with a crowd at Bayside Bowl. Petraglia was represented at South Point by his son, John Petraglia Jr., who lives in Las Vegas.

“It’s an honor to be picked No. 1,” said Rash, who was re-united with his Brooklyn team and manager. “I’m looking forward to a great PBA League competition. We have a great team. We’re excited. We have great chemistry, and now we’ll see what happens.”

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who earned the No. 1 berth in the 2014 PBA World Championship finals a day earlier at South Point, was the first pick of the Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits’ manager Tim Mack.

With the third pick, L.A. X manager Andrew Cain selected Australian two-handed star and leading 2014 PBA Player of the Year candidate Jason Belmonte. Belmonte was L.A. X’s franchise player the previous two years of PBA League competition.

In the No. 4 position, the defending Elias Cup champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters’ manager Mark Baker picked Chris Barnes, keeping his top player on the Silver Lake roster for a third year.

Picking fifth, Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch selected 2013 PBA World Champion Dom Barrett of England.

In the sixth slot, the Barbasol Motown Muscle’s Del Ballard Jr. picked 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind.

Dallas Strikers’ player-manager Norm Duke then selected Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.

The final first-round selection was PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., picked by GEICO New York City WTT KingPins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. By drafting Weber, Dorin-Ballard re-united the KingPins with their top player for the past two seasons. The KingPins won the inaugural Elias Cup in 2013. In the serpentine draft, which reversed the draft order for all subsequent rounds, Dorin-Ballard picked Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas.

The 2015 PBA League competition will feature two days of Baker format team elimination matches with a combined championship match featuring singles, doubles, trio and Baker team contests to determine the Elias Cup winner. All rounds of the PBA League will air on ESPN on a tape-delayed basis.

A special Maine Event Shootout, a match play singles event offering a PBA Tour title, will be held on Monday, March 30, at Bayside Bowl and covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. All players who were eligible for the draft will be invited to participate in the Maine Event Shootout.

2015 PBA LEAGUE ROSTERS

(Rosters listed in order of player selections)

BROOKLYN STyLES (manager Johnny Petraglia): Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner, Osku Palermaa.

Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (manager Tim Mack): Wes Malott, Dan MacLelland, Ryan Ciminelli, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Bryon Smith.

L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Patrick Allen, Andres Gomez.

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Mika Koivuniemi, Tom
Daugherty, Dick Allen, Craig Nidiffer.

Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Chris Loschetter, Dave Wodka, Ryan Shafer, Rhino Page.

Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): E.J. Tackett, Ronnie Russell, Josh Blanchard, John Szczerbinski, Mike DeVaney.

Dallas Strikers (player-manager Norm Duke): Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones, Michael Haugen Jr., Norm Duke, Shawn Maldonado.

GEICO New York City WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Mike Fagan, D.J. Archer, Scott Norton, Amleto Monacelli.

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Wes Malott Captures Top Berth for PBA World Championship Finals by 118 Pins Over Mike Fagan

by Bill Vint October 30, 2014 13:58

LAS VEGAS – Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, captured the top qualifying position for the PBA World Championship, the concluding event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, by 118 pins over Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday at South Point Bowling Center.

Malott, Fagan, Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England will return to South Point’s new 60-lane Bowling Plaza for the live ESPN stepladder finals on Sunday, Jan. 11. The World Championship is officially the third and final major championship of the PBA’s 2014 season.

Malott, a 38-year-old nine-time PBA Tour champion, averaged 229.44 over 52 games conducted on five different lane conditions to pace the World Championship qualifiers with a 12,381 pinfall total, 118 pins ahead of Fagan.

“I never really put anything together tonight. I just stayed out of trouble, and got a couple wins here and there,” Malott said. “The biggest thing was in the second game tonight against Sean Rash. I doubled in the 10th to shut him out and that gave me some confidence and opened the gap a little.

“I was disappointed with my loss to Fagan in the last match Wednesday. I had a big lead and let him catch up, but I was able to get past that, focus on the positive and that helped.”

If Malott wins the title in January, his 10th title will qualify him for PBA Hall of Fame consideration at some point down the road, but it’s not something Malott is concerned about.

“We’ll have a couple of months to prepare and think about the finals,” he said. “Ten titles, yeah, maybe it’s in the back of my mind, but it’s not a big thing at this point. It’s not like I’m going for the most PBA titles or anything. If my career ended today, I’d be very happy. I’m very grateful and fortunate to be where I’m at, and I’m still living the dream.”

Fagan, 33, chased Malott throughout the 24-game match play finals, but could never quite catch up. Russell, who qualified for his third World Series television final, finished 16 pins behind Fagan. Book, 43, will make his second television appearance in eight years as mostly a part-time touring player.

Williams, who won his only PBA Tour title in the 2011 Viper Championship, made the biggest move, advancing from seventh to fifth with a 258-194 victory over defending World Champion and fellow Englishman Dom Barrett in the final match game.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI competition continues Saturday and Sunday when finals in the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships plus a PBA Challenge special event and the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by PBA will be conducted in the South Point Bowling Plaza.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Thursday

FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 52 games, includes match play bonus pins)

1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 15-9, 12,381.
2, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 14-10, 12,263.
3, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 13-11, 12,147.
4, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 15-9, 12,126.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 10-14, 12,091.
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12-12, 12,078, $8,100.
7, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 12-12, 12,071, $7,000.
8, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 15-9, 12,064, $6,600.
9, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 13-11, 12,002, $6,000.
10, Dom Barrett, England, 12-12, 11,997, $5,600.
11, Patrick Girard, Canada, 15-9, 11,981, $5,000.
12, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 13-11, 11,932, $4,800.
13, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9-15, 11,915, $4,600.
14, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 14-10, 11,883, $4,400.
15, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 13-11, 11,863, $4,200.
16, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 11-13, 11,832, $4,000.
17, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-13, 11,782, $3,800.
18, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 9-15, 11,767, $3,600.
19, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 11-13, 11,728, $3,500.
20, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 10-14, 11,724, $3,400.
21, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 9-15, 11,713, $3,300.
22, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 11-13, 11,700, $3,200.
23, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 11-13, 11,695, $3,100.
24, Shuichi Heki, Japan, 10-14, 11,624, $3,000.

300 Games: Sean Rash.

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All-Star Roster of Players Set for 2015 PBA League Draft Friday; Xtra Frame to Provide Live Coverage

by Bill Vint October 30, 2014 11:43

LAS VEGAS – An all-star list of bowling stars has set confirmed for Friday’s 2015 PBA League Draft, which will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) from the new South Point Bowling Plaza. A live international audience will be able to watch the third annual PBA League draft on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

The eight-team PBA League will compete for the Elias Cup March 28-30 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The 2015 PBA League in 2015 will feature the same eight team names and team managers from last season, but after a random draw will determine the draft order and managers will fill their rosters with five players each for the Elias Cup competition in Maine. The Elias Cup will be decided by points earned in singles, doubles, trio and Baker team matches.

Based on the competition points list, the top 10 players in the draft, in points order, will be Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, E.J. Tackett, Sean Rash, Wes Malott, Tom Smallwood, Pete  Weber, Bill O'Neill, Chris  Barnes, Ryan Ciminelli.

Returning team managers are: Mark Baker (defending Elias Cup champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (GEICO New York City WTT KingPins), Johnny Petraglia (Brooklyn STyLES), Norm Duke (Dallas Strikers), Tim Mack (Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits), Jason Couch (Philadelphia Hitmen), Andrew Cain (L.A. X) and Del Ballard Jr. (Barbasol Motown Muscle).

● Players eligible for the PBA League Draft were based on PBA Tour competition points between the 2013 World Series of Bowling V and the 2014 Oklahoma Summer Swing, plus any player who was on a PBA League roster for 2014.

● For the draft, players who committed to participation in the PBA League program will be ranked based upon their position on the points list. The first player elected by each team must be taken from the group of players ranking 1-10 on the points list. The second player drafted will come from the group ranked 11-20 in points, plus any undrafted players from group one. The third player drafted will come from those ranked 21-30 in points. The fourth player will come from those ranked 31-40 in points, and the fifth player will come from the players ranked 41-50 and previous team members not among the points leaders. Players undrafted in each round will be eligible in the following round, expanding the pool of players as each round continues. The draft exception will be Dallas player-manager Norm Duke, who finished 39th on the points list, will draft himself in the fourth round.

● A random draw will determine the team draft order. The draft will then be conducted in “serpentine” format whereby Team No. 1 will pick first in the first round and last in the second round, and Team No. 8 will pick last in the first round and first in the second round, etc.

2015 PBA LEAGUE DRAFT-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

(Listed by round order based on their rankings on the PBA competition points list)

Round 1: Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, E.J. Tackett, Sean Rash, Wes Malott, Tom Smallwood, Pete  Weber, Bill O'Neill, Chris  Barnes, Ryan Ciminelli.

Round 2: Tommy Jones, Mike Fagan, Ronnie Russell, Dick Allen, Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Loschetter, Dan MacLelland, Stuart Williams, Tom Daugherty, Josh Blanchard.

Round 3: Dave  Wodka, Martin Larsen, Michael  Haugen Jr., Thomas Larsen, Parker Bohn III, D.J. Archer, Brian Valenta, Brian Kretzer, Shawn Maldonado, Nathan Bohr.

Round 4: Jake Peters, Jason Sterner, Tom Baker, Ryan  Shafer, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Lee  Vanderhoef, Scott Norton, Patrick Allen, Norm  Duke, John Szczerbinski.

Round 5: Eugene  McCune, Craig Nidiffer, Bryon  Smith, Osku Palermaa, Rhino Page, Dino Castillo, Clara Guerrero, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jesse Buss, Andres Gomez, Mike DeVaney, Amleto Monacelli, Brad Angelo.

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South Point Unveils New Bowling Plaza; Public Gets First Peek During This Weekend’s PBA WSOB Finals

by Bill Vint October 30, 2014 09:40

LAS VEGAS – A crowd of bowling dignitaries and Las Vegas business leaders got a first-look at the future home of the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling Thursday when South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa unveiled its new 60-lane, state-of-the-art South Point Bowling Plaza Thursday.

The $35 million facility will make its public debut with the ESPN television finals of seven GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI events, six of which will be conducted Saturday and Sunday for delayed telecast on ESPN beginning Sunday, Dec. 14. The seventh event will be the live stepladder finals of the PBA World Series of Bowling on Sunday, Jan. 11.

Bowling fans are invited to attend the inaugural PBA World Series finals at the Plaza Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but fans must obtain a pass at the existing South Point Bowling Center where all preliminary competition was held throughout the week. Four PBA finals will be contested Saturday and two additional events will be conducted Sunday.

The plaza, which was built specifically to host major national and international tournaments, will host PBA WSOB VII, Oct. 16-Nov. 1, 2015.

“It’s a beautiful facility,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “The PBA is proud to be giving the Plaza its first memories with our ESPN-televised events this weekend. PBA history defines bowling and the walls of the Plaza will be echoing with the cheers and excitement we provide. It will be the start of a great relationship between the PBA and the Plaza for many years to come.”

The South Point Bowling Plaza is a 90,000-square-foot facility which features 60 lanes in two parallel 30-lane rows; luxurious spectator seating for 360 people, a one-of-a-kind Daktronics digital scoring system with two 167-foot screens above that lanes to display scoring, and many other bowler-friendly features. A 12-year, 30-event contract with the United States Bowling Congress and the support of Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau were the commitments South Point owner Michael Gaughan,needed to make the permanent bowling facility a reality.

In addition to PBA and USBC events, South Point has already secured championship events with the Amateur Bowlers Tour, High Roller Inc., The National Bowling Association and several other organizations. It has placed an open invitation with World Bowling to host whatever international championship events the world governing body for bowling cares to award to the United States.

“South Point Bowling Plaza offers…a customized facility that was strictly designed with the needs of a tournament bowler in mind,” said South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa General Manager Ryan Growney. “Michael Gaughan’s experience in the bowling industry has allowed us to create an unparalleled tournament bowling plaza that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact to this city.”

From a bowler’s perspective, the Plaza features a wide open design with ample room for players to make full use of the approaches, lots of room for seating, open space to move from lane to lane, a huge “squad room” and room for more than 700 lockers to store equipment overnight. The massive Daktronic screens will display scores that can easily be read from one end of the lanes to the other. That and custom seating will make the Plaza a wonderful venue for spectators.

Beyond the bowling facility, the ground floor of the Plaza contains an equally state-of-the-art equestrian facility called Preifert Pavillion which will host a wide range of rodeo, bull riding and equestrian events. To demonstrate the uniqueness of the facility, a 14-inch buffer of concrete and plywood will keep the aroma of the animals away from the bowlers and the noise of crashing pins will be isolated from disturbing the animals below.

As Growney said, “Michael Gaughan doesn’t do mediocre. Everything he does is first-class.”

GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Saturday, noon: PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game (Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.; Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.; Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y.; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.)

Saturday, 2 p.m.: PBA Viper Championship (Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C.; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Dom Barrett, England; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland)

Saturday, 4:45 p.m.: PBA Chameleon Championship (D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich.)

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: PBA Scorpion Championship (Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix; Scott Newell, Dayton, Fla.; Martin Larsen, Sweden; Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa)

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: PBA Challenge presented by International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Match 1 - Teen Masters Grand Championship Finals (Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., vs. Kelly Skalacki, Coram, N.Y.). Match 2: PBA50 Final (Walter Ray Williams, Oxford, Fla. vs. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela). Match 3: PBA Women’s Regional Final (Clara Guerrero, Colombia vs. Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif.). Match 4: PBA Regional Final (Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz. vs. EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind.).

Match 5: Knock-Out Bonus Round (four match winners in a best-ball elimination finale)

Sunday, 2:45 p.m.: World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA. Women’s Final - Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Sandra Andersson, Sweden. Men’s Final - Mika Koivuniemi, Finland; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; Jason Belmonte, Australia.

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Wes Malott Leads PBA World Championship Heading into Thursday’s Final Round of Match Play

by Bill Vint October 29, 2014 16:50

LAS VEGAS – Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, won 11 of his 16 matches Wednesday and will take a 125-pin lead into Thursday’s final round of match play in the PBA World Championship, the concluding event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, at South Point Bowling Center.

The PBA World Championship is the final major of the 2014 PBA season.

Malott, who qualified for the match play finals in fourth place after four PBA animal pattern championships held earlier in the week, led by more than 200 pins going into Wednesday night’s final match against fellow Texan Mike Fagan of Fort Worth.

Fagan, after rolling a 300 a game earlier, defeated Malott, 276-204, to cut Malott’s lead in half. Malott, a nine-time PBA Tour title winner, finished with a 44-game total of 10,541 pins. Fagan, who also fired 276 and 268 games earlier in the second round, had a 10,416 total.

Recently-retired PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Florida, returned to competition and sat in third place with 10,226 pins. A third Texan, two-handed player Shawn Maldonado of Houston, also rolled a 300 game to move into fourth place with 10,213 pins. Defending PBA World Champion Dom Barrett of England was fifth with a 10,168 total. Seven other players were within less than 100 pins of qualifying for the ESPN finals.

The final eight-game match play round will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. PT. A total of 52 games of qualifying and match play will determine the five player stepladder finalists who will return to South Point’s new Bowling Plaza on Sunday, Jan. 11, for the live ESPN finals.

The final match play round of the PBA World Championship will be covered live on Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame Season Ticket link.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Wednesday

MATCH PLAY ROUND TWO STANDINGS (after 44 of 52 games, includes match play bonus pins)

1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 11-5, 10,541.
2, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 12-4, 10,416.
3, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 10-6, 10,226.
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 11-5, 10,213.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 9-7, 10,168.
6, Stuart Williams, England, 7-9, 10,148.
7, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 8-8, 10,129.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 10-6, 10,128.
9, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 8-8, 10,122.
10, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 10-6, 10,112.
11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 8-8, 10,096.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7-9, 10,073.
13, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 9-7, 9,997.
14, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 7-9, 9,995.
15, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 10-6, 9,981.
16, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7-9, 9,973.
17, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 5-11, 9,916.
17, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7-9, 9,916.
19, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 6-10, 9,824.
20, Shuichi Heki, Japan, 7-9, 9,789.
21, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 6-10, 9,782.
22, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5-11, 9,767.
22, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 6-10, 9,767.
24, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 6-10, 9,747.

300 Games: Mike Fagan, Shawn Maldonado.

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