Archer to Meet Defending Champ Gomez for Salvino Classic Title; O’Neill’s Philadelphia Hitmen Pace PBA League Qualifying

by Bill Vint January 22, 2013 13:51

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, will bowl defending champion Andres Gomez of Colombia in his quest for his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the Carmen Salvino Classic finals Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Archer, a 32-year-old former West Texas A&M collegiate star, assured himself of his highest finish in a PBA Tour event when he led the field in the match play finals of the Salvino Classic Tuesday night, posting a 5-1-3 match play record and a 17-game total of 4,381 pins, 76 ahead of Gomez. Gomez, who started match play in eighth place, won his only PBA Tour title in the 2012 Carmen Salvino Classic in Las Vegas.

Earlier Tuesday, in the opening event of the multi-tournament PBA Detroit Winter Swing, Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., helped his Philadelphia Hitmen team earn the top qualifying position in the inaugural round of PBA League competition.

The Detroit Winter Swing features a unique PBA competition, with the field of 135 players competing for individual titles while eight teams of five players each also are using their qualifying scores to help their teams qualify in PBA League competition.

Archer averaged 246.24 for 17 games Tuesday to earn the top qualifying position in the Salvino Classic finals. His previous best PBA Tour finish was fourth place in the 2004 United States Bowling Congress Masters in his only prior PBA television appearance.

“It’s kind of a monkey off my back, but it’s been so long since my first TV show, I’m just very excited,” Archer said. “Hopefully the outcome will be a lot better than it was before.

“With only two people making a show, the odds are kind of like winning the lottery. It’s something I’ve been working toward. I’d like to win. I absolutely never gave up the dream.

“I’ll keep bowling until it’s no fun anymore,” he added. “I love the game, I love the challenges, I love to compete, so adding a win would be excellent.”

The Salvino Classic title match will conclude the ESPN telecast that will include the Salvino PBA League stepladder finals. The finals will be conducted Saturday at Thunderbowl at noon ET for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. ET.

During Tuesday’s afternoon qualifying round, O’Neill led his balanced five-player Philadelphia Hitmen team – owned by actor/comedian Kevin Hart) – into the top position for the PBA League stepladder finals that will precede the Salvino Classic championship match Saturday. The Hitmen finished with a combined total of 9,094 pins to earn the top berth by 123 pins over the Motown Muscle, owned by Detroit native and former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jerome Bettis. Billie Jean King’s New York City WTT KingPins clinched the No. 3 berth in the stepladder finals. The other five teams will bowl a one-ball “Clash Match” eliminator round to determine the fourth berth in the stepladder finals.

O’Neill, who posted an eight-game total of 1,915 pins, got help from Hitmen teammates Mika Koivuniemi (1,817), Chris Loschetter (1,797), Mike DeVaney (1,845) and Dick Allen (1,720).

“It was way different than bowling other PBA events,” O’Neill said. “I bowled a couple of pairs away from (Hitmen teammates Mike) DeVaney and (Dick) Allen, so I was kind of watching them. We’re bowling against each other for the Salvino title, but I’m still cheering for them. We want to win the team thing. That would be awesome.”

The Salvino Classic finals and PBA League stepladder matches will be contested on Saturday at noon ET at Thunderbowl.

The Detroit Winter Swing continues Wednesday at Thunderbowl Lanes with qualifying and match play rounds in the Mark Roth Classic along with the second day of PBA League competition.

All preliminary rounds of Winter Swing competition are being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA CARMEN SALVINO CLASSIC
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Jan. 22

Final Match Play Standings (after 17 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advance to championship match)
1, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 5-1-3, 4,381.
2, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 6-2-1, 4,305.

Other Match Play Cashers:
3, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5-3-1, 4,240, $6,000.
4, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 6-2-1, 4,213, $4,500.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6-3, 4,173, $4,000.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5-4, 4,133, $3,500.
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3-1, 4,110, $3,000.
8, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-4, 4,056, $2,500.
9, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 4-4-1, 4,052, $2,200.
10, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2-4-3, 4,026, $2,000.
11, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3-5-1, 3,957, $1,900.
12, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5-4, 3,900, $1,800.
13, Frankie Calca, Elmont, N.Y., 4-5, 3,854, $1,700.
14, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2-7, 3,825, $1,600.
15, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 2-7, 3,750, $1,550.
16, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1-8, 3,667, $1,500.

Other Cashers (after 8 games):
17, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,817, $1,000.
18, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,808, $950.
19, Dom Barrett, England, 1,806, $900.
20, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,805, $850.
21, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,801, $820.
22, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,797, $800.
23 (tie), Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., and Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,796, $785.
25, Stuart Williams, England, 1,790, $770.
26, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,789, $760.
27, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,786, $750.
28, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,784, $740.
29, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,783, $730.
30, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,782, $720.
31, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,781, $710.
32, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,779, $700.

Failed to Cash:
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,768.
34 (tie), Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Heights, Mich., 1,767.
36 (tie), Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., and Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,764.
38 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan.; Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,763.
41, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,758.
42, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 1,756.
43, Mark Milasinovich, Macomb, Mich., 1,750.
44, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,747.
45, B.J. Moore II, Apex, N.C., 1,746.
46, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,740.
47, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,734.
48, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,730.
49, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,726.
50 (tie), Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., and Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,725.
52 (tie), Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, and Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,723.
54, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,720.
55 (tie), Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J.; Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., and E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,718.
58, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,713.
59, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,709.
60, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,708.
61 (tie), Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,707.
63, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,704.
64, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,702.
65, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,696.
66, Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., 1,695.
67, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,692.
68, Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 1,687.
69, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,686.
70, Ryan Appel, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,682.
71, Jerry Sikora, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 1,679.
72, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,676.
73, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,674.
74, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,673.
75 (tie), Corey Miller, Grand Blanc, Mich., and Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,670.
77, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,669.
78, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,668.
79, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,663.
80, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,660.
81, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,653.
82, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,652.
83, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,648.
84 (tie), Justin Neiman, Warren, Mich., and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,646.
86 (tie), Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and Keith Caldwell, Detroit, 1,643.
88, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,640.
89, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,637.
90, Jesse Smith, Garfield Heights, Ohio, 1,634.
91 (tie), Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C., and Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,628.
93, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,624.
94 (tie), Michael Calhoun, Wyandotte, Mich.; Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,623.
97, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,616.
98, Mitch Beasley, Nashville, Tenn., 1,612.
99, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala, 1,606.
100 (tie), Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii; Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., and Chad Reiffer, Kentwood, Mich., 1,600.
103, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,599.
104, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,598.
105, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,594.
106, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,593.
107, David Shinn, West Columbia, S.C., 1,592.
108, Mike Keily, Golden, Colo., 1,582.
109, Michael Stocks, Leesburg, Va., 1,576.
110, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,575.
111, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 1,570.
112, Christopher Colosimo, Elkhorn, Wis, 1,568.
113, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,563.
114, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,561.
115, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,559.
116, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 1,556.
117, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,555.
118, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,544.
119, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,543.
120, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,533.
121, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,530.
122, Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,525.
123, Kirby Allen, Ironton, Ohio, 1,521.
124, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,519.
125, BJ Satkowski, Jackson, Mich, 1,509.
126, Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,499.
127 (tie), Jonathan Russell, Rockwood, Tenn., and David Tullos, Spring, Texas, 1,482.
129, Andrew Horodecki, Norcross, Ga., 1,473.
130, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 1,447.
131, Dustin Baker, Melbourne, Ky, 1,421.
132, J.T. (Action) Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,361.
133, Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill., 1,349.
134, Phillip Vallar, Southgate, Mich., 1,292.
135, Thomas Biniek Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 840.

300 Games: Patrick Allen, Bill O’Neill.

PBA LEAGUE QUALIFYING STANDINGS (after 8 games; top three teams advance to Baker format stepladder finals, teams four-eight will bowl a one-ball Clash Match eliminator round for the fourth stepladder position)

1, Philadelphia Hitmen, 9,094 (Bill O’Neill 1,915, Mika Koivuniemi 1,817, Chris Loschetter 1,797, Mike DeVaney 1,845, Dick Allen 1,720).

2, Motown Muscle, 8,971 (Mike Fagan 1,764, Tom Smallwood 1,953, Mike Scroggins 1,726, Ronnie Russell 1,859, Jesse Buss 1,669).

3, New York City WTT KingPins, 8,930 (Pete Weber 1,874, Tommy Jones 1,789, Scott Norton 1,941, Jack Jurek 1,624, John Szczerbinski 1,702).

4, L.A. X, 8,896 (Jason Belmonte 1,758, Wes Malott 1,708, Andres Gomez 1,881, Parker Bohn III 1,767, Dave Wodka 1,782).

5, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 8,840 (Chris Barnes 1,763, Dom Barrett 1,806. Josh Blanchard 1,718. Stuart Williams 1,790, Nathan Bohr 1,763).

6, BROOKLYN STyLES, 8,756 (Sean Rash 1,886, Ryan Ciminelli 1,668, Ryan Shafer 1,801, Walter Ray Williams Jr. 1,676, Jason Sterner 1,725).

7, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 8,749 (Osku Palermaa 1,783, Martin Larsen 1,707, Dan MacLelland 1,670, Patrick Allen 1,946, Thomas Larsen 1,643).

8, Dallas Strikers, 8,659 (Norm Duke 1,648, Rhino Page 1,600, Amleto Monacelli 1,768, Bryon Smith 1,707, Mike Machuga 1,936).

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