November 10, 2006 19:00
AMF Thruway Lanes is becoming a very comfortable place for eight-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist Doug Kent. One season after winning the 2006 GEICO Classic in the Cheektowaga, N.Y., bowling center, Kent is in the Sunday finals of the 2006 Etonic Championship.
The Newark, N.Y., native advanced to the finals by defeating fellow New Yorker Brad Angelo (Lockport, N.Y.), four-games-to-none, in Friday’s Round of 8, finishing the sweep with a 202-170 win.
“I’m just going through the motions. I just have a feeling that’s just unbelievable and that I haven’t had in a long time,” said Kent, who won the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters two weeks ago. “Confidence can go a long way. Repeating shots is a lot of it and ball reaction is a lot of it.”
Getting to the title match will be no easy task, as Kent faces seven-time titlist Steve Jaros. Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.) needed six games to advance, defeating Michael Fagan (Greenlawn, N.Y.), 4-2.
The other side of Sunday’s bracket features "Legend" Pete Weber taking on “Young Gun” Chris Loschetter, who is looking for his first career title.
Weber disposed of Cheektowaga native Liz Johnson, 4-1. After falling behind 2-0, Johnson, who became the first ever female to make a Denny’s PBA Tour final in the 2005 Banquet Open, won the third game, 257-192. Weber then took control in the final two games, including a 212-180 win in the fifth game.
Loschetter (Avon, Ohio), who qualified for match play 17th, knocked off Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.), 4-2, after taking care of No. 1 seed Mike DeVaney in the Round of 16 in seven games.
The four bowlers advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised stepladder finals at 1 p.m. EST at AMF Thruway Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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