Angelo Wins No. 1 Berth in PBA Viper Championship Finals; Rash Takes World Championship Qualifying Lead

by Bill Vint November 4, 2012 18:20

LAS VEGAS – Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., rolled a 279 final game Sunday to win the top berth in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Viper Championship stepladder finals during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point Bowling Center.

Angelo, who won his only PBA Tour title in the 2008 Pepsi Viper Championship, bowled games of 236, 258, 199, 227, 236 and 279 during the six-game semifinal round to finish the day with a 14-game total of 3,344 pins to top the field of four players who will compete for the Viper Championship title in the ESPN stepladder finals on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. at South Point’s Exhibition Hall area. The Viper Championship will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 23.

He will be joined in the Viper finals by PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 3,326; Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 3,283, and Mike Fagan of Dallas, 3,267. Fagan held on to win the fourth spot in the finals by one pin over Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif.

“I’ve been executing well for the last few years, but getting that little half-pocket strike to keep a string going hasn’t been there,” Angelo said. “At this level, if you don’t get those strikes, you can’t compete. And today, I got some of those. I don’t know what it was, but the chips fell.

“If you don’t have speed and rev rate in today’s world, you can’t keep up. My little trick has been a slow float and still being able to get the ball through the pins. When I can do that, I’m pretty tough to beat. That’s my uniqueness, and it hasn’t been there for me lately. But to be the leader? You can’t beat that.”

Earlier Sunday, Rash, the reigning PBA Player of the Year, posted an eight-game qualifying total of 2,035 pins to advance from 30th place after Saturday’s Cheetah Championship round into first place in the PBA World Championship race with a 16-game, 3,949 pinfall total, 16 pins ahead of Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio.

Eight-game qualifying totals from Saturday’s Cheetah, Sunday’s Viper, Monday’s Chameleon and Tuesday’s Scorpion Championships will be combined to produce the 32-game totals that will determine the 24 PBA World Championship match play finalists. Three eight-game World Championship match play rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday at South Point Bowling Center.

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 Monday with Chameleon Championship qualifying squads bowling at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by the Chameleon semifinal round at 8 p.m.

PBA VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Sunday

SEMIFINAL ROUND (after 14 games; top four advance to stepladder finals Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. PT)
1, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,344.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,326.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 3,283.
4, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 3,267.

Other Semifinal Round Cashers (after 14 games):
5, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3,266, $4,000.
6 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,259, $3,450.
8, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3,245, $3,000.
9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,209, $2,700.
10, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,170, $2,500.
11, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,153, $2,300.
12, Mohamed Sultan, Bahrain, 3,144, $2,100.
13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,137, $2,000.
14, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 3,123, $2,000.
15, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,089, $1,800.
16, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,015, $1,700.

Other Qualifying Round Cashers (after 8 games):
17, Dom Barrett, England, 1,857, $1,100.
18, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,855, $970.
19, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,851, $940.
20, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,844, $920.
21 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,839, $895.
23, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,838, $880.
24, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,831, $870.
25, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,820, $860.
26, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 1,815, $850.
27, (tie) Matt Meyer, Alexandria, Minn., and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,808, $835.
29, (tie) Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., and Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, 1,803, $815.
31, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,800, $800.
32, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,799, $790.
33, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,787, $780.
34, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 1,786, $770.
35 (tie), Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., and D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, 1,782, $755.

Failed to Cash:
37, (tie) Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,781.
39, Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 1,778.
40, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,776.
40, Travis Anderson, Washington, Ill., 1,776.
42, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,774.
42, Stuart Williams, England, 1,774.
44, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1,773.
45, Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 1,772.
46, Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., 1,771.
47, (tie) John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,770.
49, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,768.
51, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,766.
52, (tie) Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, and Matt Ramshaw, Longview, Wash., 1,764.
54, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,763.
55, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,761.
56, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,759.
57, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,757.
58, Scott Halvarson, Lakewood, Wash., 1,755.
59, Ji Hyun Cha, Korea, 1,754.
60, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,753.
61, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,750.
62, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,748.
63, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,745.
64, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,744.
65, (tie) Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,740.
67, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,739.
68, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 1,738.
69, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,736.
70, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,734.
71, Kim Ojala, Sweden, 1,730.
72, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,729.
73, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,726.
74, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,721.
75, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,720.
76, Ben Davis, Ashland, Ky., 1,719.
77, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,716.
78, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1,713.
79, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,712.
80, (tie) Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., and Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, 1,709.
82, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Patrick Bohm, Sweden, 1,708.
84, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,707.
85, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,706.
86, (tie) Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and Kevin Morillo, Venezuela, 1,705.
88, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,704.
89, Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1,702.
90, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,695.
91, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,692.
92, (tie) Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., and Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,690.
94, (tie) Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., and Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,686.
96, (tie) Carsten Hansen, Denmark; Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., and Thomas Biniek Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 1,684.
99, (tie) Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., and Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,682.
101, Hernan Ramirez, Venezuela, 1,681.
102, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,676.
104, (tie) Hyun Bum Kim, Korea, and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,674.
106, Chad Pojas, Wahiawa, Hawaii, 1,672.
107, (tie) Mathias Arup, Sweden, and Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1,671.
109, (tie) Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,669.
111, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,666.
112, (tie)Mike Bailey, Allen, Texas, and Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,665.
114, (tie) Isaac Amkie, Mexico, and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,664.
116, (tie) Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,659.
118, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,658.
119, (tie) Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,656.
121, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,654.
122, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,652.
123, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,651.
124, (tie) Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., and Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,644.
126, (tie) Matt Taylor, Knightdale, N.C., and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,640.
128, (tie) Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., and Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,637.
130, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,635.
131, Hyun Suk Kim, Korea, 1,631.
132, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,629.
133, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,628.
134, Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 1,627.
135, (tie) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 1,624.
137, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,623.
138, Mike Armstrong Jr., Battle Ground, Wash., 1,621.
139, (tie) Mattias Olsson, Sweden, and Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,620.
141, (te) Wes Newman, Panama City, Fla., and Kevin Henderson, Albany, Ore, 1,617.
143, (tie) Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., and Eduardo Yzcaray Jr., Venezuela, 1,614.
145, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,612.
146, (tie) MahdI Assad, Bahrain, and Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, 1,610.
148, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,606.
149, Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland, 1,605.
150, Roberto Silva, Mexico, 1,604.
151, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,602.
152, (tie) Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala.; Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,601, and Meen Woo Kim, Korea, 1,601.
155, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 1,600.
156, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,599.
157, Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mt., N.C., 1,594.
158, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,593.
159, (tie) Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., and Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 1,590.
161, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,589.
162, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,587.
163, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,584.
164, (tie) Robert Piroozshad, Brooklyn, N.Y., Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,583.
167, (tie) Nathan Urrutia, Banning, Calif., and Brett Cooper, Newburyport, Mass., 1,579.
169, Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,574.
170, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,573.
171, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,571.
172, (tie) Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, and Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,570.
175, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 1,565.
176, Jacob Heger, Houston, 1,563.
177, Nam Yi Jo, Korea, 1,562.
178, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,556.
179, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,549.
180, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,546.
181, (tie) Frederik Ohrgaard, Denmark, and Chad Vendeville, Arlington, Texas, 1,544.
183, Jin Han Kim, Korea, 1,543.
184, (tie) Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., and Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1,541.
186, (tie) Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and James Hobson, Converse, Texas, 1,540.
188, Dave Gillson, Phoenix, 1,527.
189, Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,520.
190, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,518.
191, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,517.
192, Chris DosSantos, Fairhaven, Mass., 1,515.
193, (tie) Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and Ahmed Saad Alhadyan, Saudi Arabia, 1,514.
195, Greg Knolton, Bartlett, Tenn., 1,509.
196, Mohammed AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,508.
197, Dustin Ochoa, Cibilo, Texas, 1,504.
198, Dale Renken, St. Jacob, Ill., 1,503.
199, Kirk Sauro, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 1,497.
200, John Perry, Nuevo, Calif., 1,495.
201, Ted Sidehamer Jr., Newport News, Va., 1,494.
202, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,489.
203, Allen Blansette, Napa, Calif., 1,484.
204, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,480.
205, (tie) Rob Gotterbarn Jr., Garden City South, N.Y., and Salinas, Mexico, 1,478.
207, Michael Menard, Canada, 1,477.
208, Masood Saberi, Bahrain, 1,471.
209, (tie) Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C.; Fawaz Abdulla, Bahrain, and Mohamed Al Jahrami, Bahrain, 1,463.
212, Paolo Joquico, Philippines, 1,461.
213, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,460.
214, Doug Scheidig, Royersford, Pa., 1,457.
215, Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Venezuela, 1,451.
216, Sean Daniels, Aloha, Ore., 1,449.
217, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,446.
218, Jamar Lee, Livermore, Calif., 1,443.
219, Yeo Jin Yoon, Korea, 1,442.
220, (tie) Diego Lopez, Colombia, and Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,439.
222, Richard Rezendes, Cumberland, R.I., 1,433.
223, (tie) Paul Nilsen Sr., Murrieta, Calif., and Shawn St. Andre, Garden Grove, Calif., 1,430.
225, Josh Willis, Orleans, Ind., 1,419.
226, Bryan Viator, Friendswood, Texas, 1,417.
227, (tie) Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, and Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,397.
229, Tim Arnold, Las Vegas, 1,392.
230, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,383.
231, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,380.
232, (tie) Chris Groom, Lancaster, Calif.; Troy Behanna, Pasadena, Texas, and Philip Medley, Washington, Mich., 1,372.
235, Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill., 1,368.
236, Hakim AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,363.
237, Chris Ashworth, Gallatin, Tenn., 1,336.
238, Kyle Leiffer, Weed, Calif., 1,331.
239, Branden Lee, Chicago, 1,329.
240, Mickey Fry, Akron, Ohio, 713.

300 Games (4): Stuart Williams, Dom Barrett, Jeff Frankos, Matt Meyer.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

QUALIFYING STANDINGS (top 50 after 16 of 32 games; top 24 after 32 games will advance to PBA World Championship match play)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,949.
2, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,933.
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,864.
4, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,855.
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,839.
6 (tie), Dan MacLelland, Canada and Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3,824.
8, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 3,809.
9, Dom Barrett, England, 3,792.
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,777.
11, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,763.
12, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,762.
13, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,754.
14, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,747.
15, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,745.
16, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,742.
17, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 3,741.
18, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,737.
19, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,730.
20, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3,728.
21, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,723.
22, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 3,721.
23, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,707.
24, Stuart Williams, England, 3,706.
25, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,689.
26, Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 3,688.
27, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,687.
28, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 3,682.
29, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,677.
30, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,674.
31, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,672.
32, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,668.
33, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 3,665.
34, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,660.
35 (tie), Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 3,657.
37, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,651.
38, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,647.
39, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,641.
40, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,639.
41, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 3,635.
42, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,633.
43, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,631.
44, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,630.
45 (tie), Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, and Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 3,624.
47, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 3,620.
48, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,618.
49, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3,617.
50, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,607.

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