PBA Spare Shots: ESPN “World Series of Poker” Host Lon McEachern to Call PBA Summer Shootout Shows

by Bill Vint May 24, 2012 05:27

ESPN “World Series of Poker” co-host Lon McEachern has been named play-by-play announcer for the PBA Summer Shootout series, which will air on ESPN beginning Saturday, July 7.

McEachern, who co-hosts all of ESPN’s poker telecasts with analyst Norman Chad, has covered a variety of ESPN shows since 1994, including the X Games, World Cup Skiing, billiards and K-1 Kickboxing. Prior to his work with ESPN, McEachern called a variety of sporting events such as inline skating, martial arts, and the Tour de France for both Fox Sports and the Outdoor Life Network.

The University of California-Santa Barbara communications graduate worked as a sports anchor for both San Francisco’s CBS affiliate KPIX (1993) and ABC affiliate KGO-TV (1990-1992).  From 1983-1989 he produced sports features for GGP Sports (1988-1989) and served as Sports Director for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, Calif. (1983-88). He received a Golden Mic Award for his radio work in Southern California. 

PBA SENIOR TOUR STAR PETRAGLIA TO BE SIDELINED FOR SHOULDER SURGERY

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, who made PBA history by winning the Senior Dayton Classic on May 17 to become the first player to win a PBA Tour or Senior Tour title in six different decades, will miss most or all of the rest of the Senior Tour season because of shoulder surgery scheduled for next week.  Petraglia, who has been bothered by a lingering ailment affecting his right, non-bowling shoulder, said he hopes to recover in time to compete in one or two events at the end of the Senior Tour season.

PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN, BOWL EXPO ON XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

The summer schedule of live, online Xtra Frame coverage resumes with extensive coverage of the PBA Senior U.S. Open from the Suncoast Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas, June 3-8, followed by several hours of “bowling industry insight” programming from International Bowl Expo in Reno, Nev.

Xtra Frame’s crew will visit with a number of industry leaders, PBA Tour competitors and others during the annual bowling industry trade show. For subscription information, visit pba.com and look for the Xtra Frame link.

REGIONAL ROUNDUP: “ANIMAL PATTERN” CHAMPIONSHIPS KICK INTO HIGH GEAR

The PBA Regional program’s new “animal pattern” championship program kicked into high gear over the May 18-20 weekend with four championship events.

In the PBA Central Region, Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind. defeated Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa. by 51 pins to win the Baldo Campana Viper Open benefiting the Lorain County Kids Fund at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, Sunday. Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio, defeated 2011 PBA Senior Tour Rookie of the Year Ricky Beck of Box Elder, S.D. by 41 pins to win the Baldo Campana Senior Open companion event.

Russell finished with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,566 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the first of four PBA Central Region “animal pattern” championships. The title was Russell’s fifth in PBA Regional competition. He earned $2,400 along with a berth in the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling as an entry into the optional World Series entry program.

In the PBA Midwest Region, Jason Wojnar of Chicago defeated top-qualifier Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., 234-174, to win the Stars & Strikes Scorpion Open presented by Ebonite at Stars & Strikes Bowling Center on Scott Air Force Base in west central Illinois.

The title, in the first of the PBA Midwest Region’s four “animal pattern” championship tournaments, was the fourth PBA Regional title of Wojnar’s career. He earned $2,200 along with his title. LaCaze, in addition to earning $1,300 as runner-up, earned the World Series of Bowling berth as winner of the optional “animal pattern” entry program.

Thomas Peters from Belleville, Ill., and Jennifer Stone from Virden, Ill., won the Teen Masters high school boys and girls qualifiers, respectively. Peters had an eight-game total of 1,383 pins and Stone had a 1,268 total.

In the PBA Southwest Region, Chris Hibbitts II of Fort Worth, Texas, defeated Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., 198-194, to win his first PBA Regional title Sunday in the third annual Fort Sill (Okla.) Viper Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center. Hibbitts threw four strikes to finish his game and won when Bohr was unable to throw two strikes to deny him the victory in the first of the PBA Southwest Region’s four “animal pattern” tournaments.

Kevin Mitchell of Tulsa, Okla., who finished fifth at Fort Sill, claimed the 2012 World Series of Bowling entry as the highest finisher among the 16 players who paid the optional “animal pattern championship” entry fee.

Brandon Martin from Derby, Kan., won the Teen Masters qualifier in the high school boys division with an eight-game total of 1,532 pins.

In the PBA West Region, Dennis Horan Jr. of Temecula, Calif., ended a five-year regional title slump when he defeated Jim Pratt of Glendale, Ariz., 212-201, to win the Black Oak Casino Cheetah Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif., Sunday. In addition to his 30th regional title, Horan earned $2,500.

The Black Oak tournament was the first West Region “animal pattern” championship. Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., earned the World Series of Bowling berth as the highest finisher in the optional “animal pattern” entry program.

The only non-animal pattern event of the weekend was a PBA East Region senior event in Canajoharie, N.Y., won by Tom Yadanza of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who finished with a 16-game total of 3,975 pins to earn his first East Region senior title in the Iroquois Lanes Senior Open at Iroquois Lanes Sunday. Yadanza topped Mike Tryniski of Fulton, N.Y., by 103 pins to claim the $1,500 first prize.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, PBA regional players from across the country will head to Columbus Western Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, for the Regional Players Championship-East May 25-27. At stake is a projected first prize of $6,000.

Also on tap over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the PBA South Region will host the Liberty Fair Mall Senior Open presented by Track May 25-28 at Sport Lanes in Martinsville, Va., while the PBA Midwest and Central Regions will have joint one-day senior events May 25 and 26: the Viper Senior Open on Friday and the Cheetah Senior Open on Saturday, both at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The West Region also has back-to-back senior regionals planned. The West Region Saguaro Senior Open is set for May 28-30 at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz., followed by the Budweiser/Golden Eagle Senior Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, May 30-June 1.

For complete PBA Regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.

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