Loschetter Averages 253 to Take Qualifying Lead in Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship

by Jason Thomas November 3, 2012 08:19

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 3, 2012) - Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, averaged 253.25 to take the qualifying round lead in the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship, the opening event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, at South Point Bowling Center Saturday.

Loschetter, a 32-year-old Professional Bowlers Association veteran who is seeking his first PBA Tour title, rolled games of 249, 278, 236, 222, 244, 279, 289 and 258 on his way to a 2,026 total in front of a packed crowd at South Point and took a nine-pin lead over Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind. Loschetter and Wolfe led a field of 16 qualifiers who advanced to Saturday night’s six-game semifinal round. The four ESPN finalists will be determined based upon 14-game pinfall totals.

The ESPN stepladder finals which will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. in the special arena setting in South Point’s Exhibition Hall area for delayed telecast on Sunday, Dec. 16.

“It was pretty high scoring. There was lots of striking going on,” said Loschetter, who has finished second three times in 127 previous PBA Tour events. “I’ve been working on being more aggressive at the bottom of my arm swing, which helped my pin carry. Today the key was to not get down on yourself if you had a 220 game. I did a good job of keeping my composure.”

Rounding out the top five were Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in third place with 2,002 pins; and Eddie VanDaniker Jr. of Chatsworth, Calif., and Jeff Roche of Dearborn, Mich., tied for fourth with 1,997 pins.

The eight-game qualifying totals from the Cheetah Championship also will count as the first of four qualifying rounds in the PBA World Championship. Eight-game qualifying totals from Sunday’s Viper, Monday’s Chameleon and Tuesday’s Scorpion Championships will be added to Cheetah qualifying scores to produce the 32-game totals that will determine the 24 players who will advance to the PBA World Championship match play rounds Wednesday and Thursday.

PBA fans can follow scoring as it happens by clicking on the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, or by watching the action live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling competition continues Sunday with Viper Championship qualifying squads bowling at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by the Viper Championship semifinal round at 8 p.m.

PBA ALKA SELTZER PLUS COLD CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Saturday

QUALIFYING ROUND (after 8 games; top 16 advanced to six-game semifinal round Saturday night; top four after 14 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals)

1, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,026.
2, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,017.
3, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,002.
4 (tie), Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., and Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,997.
6, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,990.
7, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,984.
8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,982.
9, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,971.
10, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,964.
11, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,961.
11, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,961.
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,958.
14, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,956.
15, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,946.
16, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,942.

Other Cashers:
17, Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,940, $1,000.
18 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Johan Hellden, Sweden, 1,935, $955.
20, Stuart Williams, England, 1,932, $920.
21 (tie), Patrick Girard, Canada, and Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,930, $895.
23, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,927, $880.
24 (tie), Carsten Hansen, Denmark, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,922, $865.
26, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,921, $850.
27, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,920, $840.
28, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,919, $830.
29, Matt Taylor, Knightdale, N.C., 1,916, $820.
30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,914, $810.
31 (tie), Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., and Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 1,910, $795.
33, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,907, $780.
34 (tie), Mike Fagan, Dallas, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,904, $765.
36, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,901, $750.

Failed to Cash:
37, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,900.
38 (tie), Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., and Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,899.
40, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,898.
41, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,897.
42, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,891.
43, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,885.
44, Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1,882.
45 (tie), Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., and Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,880.
47, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,877.
48 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,875.
50, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,870, $100.
51, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,869.
52, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,868.
53 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,865.
55, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,856.
56, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,854.
57, Hyun Bum Kim, Korea, 1,849.
58 (tie), Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas; Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,846.
61 (tie), Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,845.
63 (tie), Andrew Frawley, Australia, and Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,843.
65, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,842.
66, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,840.
67 (tie), Kevin Morillo, Venezuela; Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,837.
70 (tie), Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., and Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1,835.
72, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,827.
73, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,826.
74, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,825.
75, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,824.
76 (tie), Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., and Chad Vendeville, Arlington, Texas, 1,823.
78 (tie), D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, and Kevin Henderson, Albany, Ore, 1,822.
80 (tie), Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland; Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,816.
83 (tie), Erik Andersin, Sweden, and Meen Woo Kim, Korea, 1,814.
85, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 1,809.
86 (tie), Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio; Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,808.
89, Roberto Silva, Mexico, 1,807.
90, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,803.
91, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,802.
92 (tie), Fawaz Abdulla, Bahrain, and Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,799.
94, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,798.
95 (tie), Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,797.
97 (tie), David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., and Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1,796.
99, Yeo Jin Yoon, Korea, 1,794.
100 (tie), Jacob Heger, Houston, and Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,791.
102, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,790.
103, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,787.
104, Chris Groom, Lancaster, Calif., 1,786.
105, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,785.
106, Doug Scheidig, Royersford, Pa., 1,781.
107 (tie), Mik Stampe, Denmark, and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,779.
109, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala, 1,778.
110 (tie), Hyun Suk Kim, Korea, and Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,777.
112, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 1,776.
113, Mike Bailey, Allen, Texas, 1,772.
114, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,770.
115 (tie), Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Scott Halvarson, Lakewood, Wash., 1,768.
117 (tie), Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., and Kirk Sauro, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 1,767.
119 (tie), Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., and Mathias Arup, Sweden, 1,766.
121 (tie), Hernan Ramirez, Venezuela; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Greg Knolton, Bartlett, Tenn., 1,763.
124, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,758.
125, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,755.
126, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,754.
127 (tie), Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., and Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 1,752.
129, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,751.
130, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,748, $100.
131, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,747.
132 (tie), Chad Pojas, Wahiawa, Hawaii, and Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,746.
134 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,741.
136, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,740.
137 (tie), Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., and Ahmed Saad Alhadyan, Saudi Arabia, 1,736.
139, Brett Cooper, Newburyport, Mass., 1,735.
140, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,732.
141, Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., 1,731.
142, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,729.
143, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,728.
144, Dale Renken, St. Jacob, Ill., 1,727.
145, Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 1,725.
146, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,724.
147 (tie), Mike Armstrong Jr., Battle Ground, Wash., and Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,722.
149, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,720.
150, Kim Ojala, Sweden, 1,717.
151, Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mt., N.C., 1,716.
152, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 1,715.
153 (tie), Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C., and Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,712.
155, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,710.
156, Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Venezuela, 1,705.
157, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,704.
158, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,699.
159, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,698.
160, Matt Ramshaw, Longview, Wash., 1,697.
161 (tie), Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., and Nathan Urrutia, Banning, Calif., 1,695.
163, Robert Piroozshad, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,694.
164 (tie), Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., and Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., 1,689.
166, Ji Hyun Cha, Korea, 1,688.
167, Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, 1,676.
168, Allen Blansette, Napa, Calif., 1,674.
169, Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 1,673.
170, Rob Gotterbarn Jr., Garden City South, N.Y., 1,671.
171, Eduardo Yzcaray Jr., Venezuela, 1,670.
172 (tie), Travis Anderson, Washington, Ill., and Nam Yi Jo, Korea, 1,666.
174, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,665.
175, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,661.
176, Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 1,658.
177, Kyle Leiffer, Weed, Calif., 1,655.
178, Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, 1,654.
179, Patrick Bohm, Sweden, 1,651.
180, Bryan Viator, Friendswood, Texas, 1,650.
181 (tie), Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., and Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,649.
183, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,646.
184, Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,644.
185, Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,640.
186, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,637.
186, Frederik Ohrgaard, Denmark, 1,637.
188, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 1,632.
189, Hakim AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,627.
190, Thomas Biniek Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 1,625.
191 (tie), Mahdi Assad, Bahrain, and Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,619.
193, Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, 1,618.
194 (tie), Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., and Isaac Amkie, Mexico, 1,616.
196, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,614.
197, Gustavo Salinas, Mexico, 1,607.
198, Matt Meyer, Alexandria, Minn., 1,605.
199, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,598.
200, Mohamed Sultan, Bahrain, 1,597.
201, Michael Menard, Canada, 1,595.
202, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,581.
203, James Hobson, Converse, Texas, 1,579.
204, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 1,576.
205, Tim Arnold, Las Vegas, 1,572.
206, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,564.
207, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,561.
208 (tie), Mohamed Al Jahrami, Bahrain, and Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,556.
210, Sean Daniels, Aloha, Ore., 1,538.
211, Jamar Lee, Livermore, Calif., 1,523.
212, Dave Gillson, Phoenix, 1,521.
213, Jin Han Kim, Korea, 1,507.
214, Diego Lopez, Colombia, 1,506.
215, Philip Medley, Washington, Mich., 1,502.
216, Dustin Ochoa, Cibilo, Texas, 1,501.
217 (tie), Paul Nilsen Sr., Murrieta, Calif., and Mohammed AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,497.
219, Masood Saberi, Bahrain, 1,495.
220, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,491.
221, Chris DosSantos, Fairhaven, Mass., 1,489.
222 (tie), Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C., and Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1,487.
224, Josh Willis, Orleans, Ind., 1,474.
225, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,461.
226, Wes Newman, Panama City, Fla, 1,446.
227, John Perry, Nuevo, Calif., 1,440.
228, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,439.
229, Ben Davis, Ashland, Ky., 1,437.
230, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,412.
231, Shawn St. Andre, Garden Grove, Calif., 1,407.
232, Richard Rezendes, Cumberland, R.I., 1,394.
233, Ted Sidehamer Jr., Newport News, Va., 1,382.
234, Troy Behanna, Pasadena, Texas, 1,377.
234, Mickey Fry, Akron, Ohio, 1,377.
236, Branden Lee, Chicago, 1,359.
237, Chris Ashworth, Gallatin, Tenn., 1,353.
238, Paolo Joquico, Philippines, 1,300.
239, Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill., 1,220.
240, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,173.

300 Games (11): Daniel Falconi, Johan Hellden, Mike Fagan, PJ Haggerty, Carsten Hansen, Jason Belmonte, Thomas Larsen, Jeff Roche, Chris Hans, Tommy Jones, Jesse Buss.

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