Tension Rising With Two Days Left

by PBA Editor May 31, 2007 19:00
With lots of big names and former exempt bowlers in the field, two bowlers without much previous PBA experience are quietly separating themselves from the pack.

Todd Book continued to lead the 2007 Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials with a 6,202 27-game pinfall while Steve Harman moved into second with 6,071 with just two days remaining in the fight for the final seven exemptions on the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour.

Book and Harman (Camby, Ind.) have bowled a combined nine Denny’s PBA Tour events in their careers, but are closing in on earning two of the 59 coveted full-time spots on next season’s Tour.

Book held the lead for the second consecutive day, averaging 236.78 on the Scorpion pattern, the fourth-best score of the day. Harman, meanwhile, had his best day, averaging 233.67 on Friday after averaging 219.89 on Wednesday and 221.00 on Thursday. Each of the five days of competition is bowled on one of the five PBA oil patterns.

“It all comes down to adjustments. And I don’t get emotional about things,” Book (Cantonment, Fla.) said. “I’m not leaving splits and I’m not missing spares. When I’m out on the lanes I bowl one shot at a time. I don’t get ahead and I don’t look behind.”

Making big moves to jump into or near the top seven Friday were two bowlers who were exempt in 2006-07. Brian LeClair (Athens, N.Y.) averaged 236.57 to move from 11th to third overall with 6,049. The 2003-04 PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Johnson (Garland, Texas) averaged 232.89 to move from 20th to eighth.

Edward VanDaniker Jr. (Essex, Md.), Randy Weiss (Columbia, S.C.), Ronnie Russell (Indianapolis) and David Beres (Waukesha, Wis.) are all in the top seven heading into the final two days of competition.

Liz Johnson averaged 223.89 Friday and sits ninth as she looks to become the second woman in history to earn a full-season exemption onto the Denny’s PBA Tour. Last season, Kelly Kulick became the first by finishing sixth out of 140 bowlers. Kulick currently sits 27th with 5,816.

Saturday’s nine-game block will take place on the Chameleon pattern starting at 9 a.m. CT. The final nine games will take place on the Cheetah pattern Sunday with the top seven based on 45-game pinfall earning the final seven of 59 exemptions for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour.


Denny’s PBA Tour
Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials
Stardust Bowl II
Merrillville, Ind.
Friday, June 1

ROUND THREE – CUMULATIVE TOTALS

(Pos., name/hometown and 27-game pinfall. Cumulative earnings listed. Daily totals listed below.)

1, Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla., 6,202, $1,675.
2, Steve Harman, Camby, Ind., 6,071, $1,000.
3, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 6,049, $940.
4, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 6,016, $880.
5, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 6,004, $1,600.
6, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 5,998, $660.
7, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 5,968, $700.
8, Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 5,959, $1,210.
9, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,953, $360.
10, Troy Wollenbecker, Toledo, Ohio, 5,936, $550.
11, Steve Weber, Chalmette, La, 5,934, $1,000.
12, Ricky Jewell Jr., Greenville, S.C., 5,923, $900.
13, Christopher Lucas, Keller, Texas, 5,919, $300.
14, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 5,912, $450.
15, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,911, $850.
16, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 5,906, $640.
17, Rudy Kasimakis, Tupelo, Miss., 5,898, $600.
17, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 5,898, $650.
19, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 5,897, $1,000.
20, Jason Sterner, Roswell, Ga., 5,878, $600.
21, Chris Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 5,873, $810.
22, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 5,870, $990.
23, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 5,834, $450.
24, Robert (Joe) Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 5,829, $320.
25, Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 5,819, $380.
26, Ray Cyr Jr., New Hartford, N.Y., 5,816, $550.
26, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,816.
28, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 5,808, $380.
29, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 5,799.
30, Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 5,790, $720.
31, Steven Elson, Wichita, Kans, 5,779.
32, Shawn Boyd, Southampton, Pa., 5,765, $330.
33, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 5,763.
34, John Riffle, Highland, Ind., 5,755, $350.
35, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 5,736, $300.
36, Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 5,727.
37, Alex Cavagnaro, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 5,713.
38, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 5,706.
39, Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 5,704.
40, Michael Austin, Houston, 5,701, $800.
41, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 5,700.
42, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,695.
43, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 5,694, $325.
44, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 5,686, $320.
45, Alan Chetister Jr., Jonesboro, Ark., 5,662.
46, Paul Gibson, Bunswick, Ohio, 5,661.
47, Jim Pratt, Youngtown, AZ, 5,652.
48, Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5,643.
49, Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,642.
50, Rick Francis, Modesto, Calif., 5,638.
51, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 5,621.
52, Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, 5,619.
53, Ed Olszewski III, Griffith, Ind., 5,617.
54, DJ Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 5,615.
54, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5,615.
56, Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 5,552.
57, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 5,515.
58, Darryl Carreon, Ft Washington, Md., 5,513.
58, Will Jackson, Philadelphia, 5,513.
60, Travis Loeffler, Manchester, Tenn., 5,489.
61, Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,487.
62, Pat Nolan, Vancouver, Wash, 5,460.
62, Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 5,460.
64, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 5,459, $410.
65, Brian Gunn, Griffith, Ind., 5,447.
66, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,428.
67, Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa, 5,407.
68, Lewis Sims, Willard, Ohio, 5,394.
69, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 5,389.
70, Humberto Vazquez Morales, Monterrey, Mexico, 5,381.
71, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 5,374.
72, George Patel, Essex, England, 5,370.
73, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 5,342.
74, Steve Wishner, Rye Brook, N.Y., 5,336.
75, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 5,333.
76, Aaron Williams, Trenton, N.J., 5,294.
77, Bill Machin, Simi Valley, Calif., 5,285.
78, Michael Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 5,283.
79, Sean Lepper, Glen Burnie, Md., 5,278.
80, Alex Medveditskov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 5,265.
81, Marty Kirsten Jr., Newfoundland, Pa., 5,261.
82, Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore, 5,249.
83, Will Hoge, Sand Spring, Okla., 5,199.
84, John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 5,187.
85, Doug Gassman Jr., Dwight, Ill, 5,182.
86, Ike Brownfield, Lowell, Ind., 5,181.
87, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, Fla., 5,173.
88, Rick Bell, Clinton, Utah, 5,060.
89, Joe Long, Oklahoma City, Okla., 5,052.
90, Thomas Ochs, Salisbury, N.C., 5,042.
91, J.T. Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 5,011.
92, Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 5,004.
93, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 5,001.
94, Art Swain, Jr., Philadelphia, 4,865.
95, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 4,772.
95, Jeffrey Scott, Rochester, N.Y., 4,772.
97, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 5,484, WD.
98, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 5,409, WD.
99, Michael Norris, Melvindale, Mich., 4,926, WD.
100, Stoney Brown, Vancouver, Wash, 3,612, WD.

ROUND THREE – SCORPION ONLY
(Pos., name, hometown, nine-game pinfall. Top 16 based on Friday’s scores cash.)

Steve Weber, Chalmette, La, 2,257, $1,000.
Michael Austin, Houston, 2,145, $800.
Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,141, $700.
Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla., 2,131, $650.
Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2,129, $600.
Troy Wollenbecker, Toledo, Ohio, 2,124, $550.
Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,113, $500.
Steve Harman, Camby, Ind., 2,103, $450.
Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 2,096, $410.
Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 2,085, $380.
Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 2,081, $360.
Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 2,057, $340.
Shawn Boyd, Southampton, Pa., 2,051, $330.
Robert (Joe) Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 2,047, $320.
Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 2,043, $310.
Christopher Lucas, Keller, Texas, 2,041, $300.
David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 2,034.
Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 2,032.
Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 2,032.
Jason Sterner, Roswell, Ga., 2,024.
Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,015.
Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 2,008.
Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,004.
James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 2,000.
Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 2,000.
Ricky Jewell Jr., Greenville, S.C., 1,981.
DJ Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,972.
Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 1,969.
PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,968.
Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 1,968.
Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,965.
Alex Cavagnaro, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,965.
Steven Elson, Wichita, Kans, 1,963.
Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,962.
Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,955.
Paul Gibson, Bunswick, Ohio, 1,951.
Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,950.
Rudy Kasimakis, Tupelo, Miss., 1,947.
Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,942.
Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 1,936.
Ray Cyr Jr., New Hartford, N.Y., 1,936.
Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 1,923.
Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,913.
Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,912.
Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,910, WD.
Chris Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,906.
Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,904.
Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,898.
Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,898.
John Riffle, Highland, Ind., 1,897.
Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,897.
Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 1,896.
Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 1,894.
Pat Nolan, Vancouver, Wash, 1,890.
Alan Chetister Jr., Jonesboro, Ark., 1,884.
Ed Olszewski III, Griffith, Ind., 1,876.
Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,875, WD.
Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa, 1,874.
Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,864.
Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,864.
Jim Pratt, Youngtown, AZ, 1,862.
Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,861.
Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, 1,860.
George Patel, Essex, England, 1,843.
Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,829.
Will Hoge, Sand Spring, Okla., 1,829.
John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 1,827.
Travis Loeffler, Manchester, Tenn., 1,825.
Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,824.
Sean Lepper, Glen Burnie, Md., 1,821.
Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,816.
Humberto Vazquez Morales, Monterrey, Mexico, 1,813.
Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 1,811.
Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,810.
Alex Medveditskov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1,804.
Darryl Carreon, Ft Washington, Md., 1,790.
Rick Francis, Modesto, Calif., 1,784.
Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore, 1,774.
Rick Bell, Clinton, Utah, 1,772.
Doug Gassman Jr., Dwight, Ill, 1,768.
Michael Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 1,764.
Aaron Williams, Trenton, N.J., 1,761.
Will Jackson, Philadelphia, 1,757.
Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,748.
Joe Long, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,734.
Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, Fla., 1,724.
Steve Wishner, Rye Brook, N.Y., 1,718.
Marty Kirsten Jr., Newfoundland, Pa., 1,704.
Lewis Sims, Willard, Ohio, 1,699.
Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 1,697.
Ike Brownfield, Lowell, Ind., 1,695.
Bill Machin, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,690.
Brian Gunn, Griffith, Ind., 1,680.
Thomas Ochs, Salisbury, N.C., 1,660.
Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,651.
J.T. Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 1,630.
Art Swain, Jr., Philadelphia, 1,628.
Jeffrey Scott, Rochester, N.Y., 1,609.
Michael Norris, Melvindale, Mich., 1,208, WD.
Stoney Brown, Vancouver, Wash, WD.

300 games (3) – Randy Weiss, Ray Cyr Jr., Cory Simmons.

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