ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The BROOKLYN STyLES, sparked by No. 5 draft pick Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., captured the top stepladder position in the Professional Bowlers Association League’s Don Carter qualifying round Thursday, and held a modest 28-pin lead over the New York City WTT KingPins for the overall standings heading into Friday’s final qualifying round.
The BROOKLYN STyLES, owned by Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, finished Thursday’s Carter round with a five-player, eight-game total of 9,527 pins to earn the No. 1 position in the stepladder finals by 247 pins over the KingPins, a team owned by women’s sports icon Billie Jean King. Comedian Chris Hardwick’s Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters qualified third in the Carter round.
In the battle for the five positions in the Thunderbowl Finals round, which will air live on ESPN Sunday at noon ET, the STyLES advanced from third to first with a total of 27,274 pins for a combined total of 120 games bowled by the five team members – a team average of 227.28. The KingPins moved into second place with 27,246 pins while the previous leader, Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle, dropped into third place.
The top five teams for Sunday’s team stepladder finals will be decided after another eight-game round of qualifying during the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship Friday morning.
“It’s fun bowling in team competition because, if you have a bad game, other guys can pick you up,” said BROOKLYN STyLES team leader Sean Rash, the reigning PBA Player of the Year. “It’s nice to have support from your peers, which you don’t often get in singles.”
Rash’s team got a big lift Thursday from Sterner, a non-title winner who was picked by Rash in the fifth round of the PBA League draft in November, who averaged 252.63 Thursday, third-best in the Don Carter Classic individual competition. Williams, the winningest player in PBA history with 47 PBA Tour titles, was right behind with 1,950 pins and four-time Tour winner Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., added 1,946 pins. Rash (1,817) and Ryan Ciminelli (1,793) rounded out the STyLES’ total.
“Everyone knows I watch scores around me more than I need to,” Rash said. “It’s a bad habit of mine, but Walter Ray was only a couple of lanes away, and my wife and parents were keeping track of what the other guys were doing, so I was just trying to keep everyone motivated.
“At the end of the day we’re all out here to compete for the singles titles,” Rash said, “but the team is a bonus, and I’m definitely looking forward to having our team make it to the live TV show on Sunday.”
PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber just hopes Rash’s team qualifies second for Sunday’s show. Weber, who leads the KingPins, is new to the team aspect, but is enjoying it.
“(My wife) Tracy is kind of keeping all of us informed, and I’m watching as scores are being posted,” Weber said of the PBA League race. “Even though singles means a little more to me, my mind is still focused on bowling the best I can for the team. Even if you’re having a bad game, you’re trying to trying to bowl the best you can for the team.
“I’m enjoying it,” he grinned. “We have qualified for three TV shows as a team, and we’re pretty much locked into the live show Sunday. But right now we’re second, and you always want to be No. 1.”
Also Thursday, former Wichita State University collegiate star John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., led the Don Carter Classic eight-game qualifying round with 2,060 pins. The top 16 individuals advanced to a nine-game match play round Thursday night to determine the top two players who will bowl for the Don Carter Classic title.
The PBA League Carter round stepladder finals and the Don Carter Classic championship match will be contested on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET at Thunderbowl Lanes. The finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. ET.
The final round of qualifying events in the Detroit Winter Swing is set for Friday when the final eight games of Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship qualifying will determine the 16 players who will advance to the match play finals in that event. The Anthony qualifying round also will include the fourth and final round of PBA League qualifying.
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 LEAGUE DON CARTER ROUND
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Jan. 24
Final Don Carter PBA League Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 3 teams advance to Baker format stepladder finals; teams 4-8 will bowl a one-ball Clash eliminator round to determine the fourth team in the stepladder finals)
1, BROOKLYN STyLES, 9,527 pins (Sean Rash 1,817, Ryan Ciminelli 1,793 , Ryan Shafer 1,946, Walter Ray Williams Jr. 1,950, Jason Sterner 2,021).
2, New York City WTT KingPins, 9,280 (Pete Weber 1,780, Tommy Jones 1,836, Scott Norton 1,919, Jack Jurek 1,685, John Szczerbinski 2,060).
3, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 9,198 (Chris Barnes 1,864, Dom Barrett 1,872, Josh Blanchard 1,816, Stuart Williams 1,900, Nathan Bohr 1,746).
4, Dallas Strikers, 9,080 (Norm Duke 1,865, Rhino Page 1,905, Amleto Monacelli 1,902, Bryon Smith 1,627, Mike Machuga 1,781).
5, L.A. X, 9,055 (Jason Belmonte 1,852, Wes Malott 1,962, Andres Gomez 1,708, Parker Bohn III 1,724, Dave Wodka 1,809).
6, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 9,004 (Osku Palermaa 1,838, Martin Larsen 1,853, Dan MacLelland 1,879, Patrick Allen 1,795, Thomas Larsen 1,639).
7, Philadelphia Hitmen, 8,828 (Bill O’Neill 1,814, Mika Koivuniemi 1,743, Chris Loschetter 1,617, Mike DeVaney 1,896, Dick Allen 1,758).
8, Motown Muscle, 8,699 (Mike Fagan 1,648, Tom Smallwood 1,643, Mike Scroggins 1,831, Ronnie Russell 1,678, Jesse Buss 1,717 ).
PBA LEAGUE THUNDERBOWL FINALS ROUND
Final Qualifying Standings after 24 of 32 team games; top five teams advance to live ESPN Baker format stepladder finals Sunday at noon ET)
1, BROOKLYN STyLES (owner Jesse Williams), Brooklyn, N.Y., 27,274.
2, New York City WWT KingPins (owner Billie Jean King), New York, 27,246.
3, Motown Muscle (owner Jerome Bettis), Detroit, 26,888.
4, Philadelphia HitMen (owner Kevin Hart), Philadelphia, 26,820.
5, Silver Lake Atom Splitters (owner Chris Hardwick), Silver Lake, Calif., 26,813.
6, L.A. X (owner Chris Paul), Los Angeles, 26,610.
7, Dallas Strikers (owner Terrell Owens), Dallas, 26,477.
8, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (owner LaMarr Woodley), Pittsburgh, Pa., 26,345.
PBA DON CARTER CLASSIC
Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 16 advance to round robin match play Wednesday night)
1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,060.
2, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 2,027.
3, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,021.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,962.
5, Mark Milasinovich, Macomb, Mich., 1,957.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,950.
7, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 1,947.
8, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,946.
9, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,919.
10, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,905.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,902.
12 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,900.
14, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,899.
15 (tie), Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., and Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,896.
Other Cashers (after 8 games):
17, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,893, $1,000.
18, Ronnie Sparks JR, Ecorse, Mich., 1,883, $950.
19, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,879, $900.
20, Dom Barrett, England, 1,872, $850.
21 (tie), E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,871, $810.
23, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,865, $790.
24 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and J.T. (Action) Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,864, $775.
26, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,863, $760.
27 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,860, $745.
29, Kirby Allen, Ironton, Ohio, 1,859, $730.
30, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,854, $720.
31, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,853, $710.
32, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,852, $700.
Failed to Cash:
33, Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Heights, Mich., 1,849.
34, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,848.
35, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,838.
36, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 1,837.
37, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,836.
38, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,831.
39, Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,830.
40, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,828.
41, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,822.
42, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,817.
43, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,816.
44, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,815.
45, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,814.
46, Corey Miller, Grand Blanc, Mich, 1,812.
47, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,811.
48 (tie), Chad Reiffer, Kentwood, Mich., and Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,809.
50, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,805.
51, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,804.
52, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala, 1,803.
53, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,801.
54, B.J. Moore II, Apex, N.C., 1,799.
55, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,795.
56, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,793.
57, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,792.
58, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,783.
59, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,781.
60, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,780.
61, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,778.
62, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,776.
63, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,775.
64, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,774.
65, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,770.
66, Frankie Calca, Elmont, N.Y., 1,769.
67 (tie), Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Michael Stocks, Leesburg, Va., 1,768.
69 (tie), Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,762.
71, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,758.
72, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,750.
73 (tie), Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, and Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,747.
75, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,746.
76 (tie), Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., and Mike Keily, Golden, Colo., 1,743.
78, Keith Caldwell, Detroit, 1,742.
79, BJ Satkowski, Jackson, Mich, 1,737.
80, Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, 1,729.
81, Justin Neiman, Warren, Mich., 1,728.
82, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,724.
83, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,723.
84, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,718.
85, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,717.
86, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,713.
87 (tie), Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., and Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 1,712.
89, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,710.
90 (tie), Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Jesse Smith, Garfield Heights, Ohio, 1,708.
92, Michael Calhoun, Wyandotte, Mich., 1,702.
93 (tie), Dustin Baker, Melbourne, Ky., and Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,696.
95, Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,695.
96, Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., 1,693.
97, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,692.
98, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,691.
99, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,685.
100, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,682.
101 (tie), Jonathan Russell, Rockwood, Tenn., and Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C., 1,678.
103, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,669.
104, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,659.
105, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,653.
106 (tie), Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., and Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,648.
108 (tie), Phillip Vallar, Southgate, Mich., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,643.
110, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,639.
111, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,634.
112 (tie), Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, and Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,633.
114 (tie), Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,630.
116 (tie), Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,627.
118, Ryan Appel, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,623.
119 (tie), Carleton Chambers, Detroit, and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,617.
121, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,601.
122, Andrew Horodecki, Norcross, Ga., 1,599.
123, Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., 1,577.
124, David Tullos, Spring, Texas, 1,565.
125, Christopher Colosimo, Elkhorn, Wis, 1,562.
126, David Shinn, West Columbia, S.C., 1,549.
127, Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,537.
128, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 1,516.
129, Jerry Sikora, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 1,506.
130, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,500.
131, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 640.
300 Games: Kirby Allen, Dick Allen, Jim Pratt, Wes Malott, Brad Miller, Kyle Troup, Tony Campagna Jr.
EARL ANTHONY PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Qualifying Leaders (top 32 after 24 of 32 games; top 16 after 32 games advance to round robin match play Friday night)
1, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5,772.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,732.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,555.
4, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 5,548.
5, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,546.
6, Dom Barrett, England, 5,518.
7, Mark Milasinovich, Macomb, Mich., 5,511.
8, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 5,509.
9, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 5,498.
10, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,497.
11, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,484.
12, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 5,481.
13, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,474.
14 (tie), Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., and Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5,473.
16, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 5,467.
17 (tie), Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, and Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5,465.
19, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,459.
20, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,454.
21, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,447.
22 (tie), Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, and Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,445.
24, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 5,436.
25, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 5,424.
26, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,422.
27, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5,407.
28, Frankie Calca, Elmont, N.Y., 5,405.
29, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,390.
30, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 5,371.
31, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 5,368.
32, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,366.