Rash’s BROOKLYN STyLES Lock Up Top Berth in Sunday’s Live PBA League Debut on ESPN

by Bill Vint January 25, 2013 09:50

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and his BROOKLYN STyLES teammates locked up the top stepladder position for the live debut of Professional Bowlers Association League competition on ESPN Sunday, recording a combined 160-game total of 36,403 pins at the end of four rounds of team qualifying at Thunderbowl Lanes.

“It feels great,” Rash said. “First is the only place you want to be. Our team was extremely consistent all week. All five guys contributed, like I thought they would when I drafted. Everyone’s happy. Everyone picked up the other guys when they needed to. It’ll be fun to be on TV as a team.”

The other members of the BROOKLYN STyLES team are Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y.; Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., and Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga. The team is owned by Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams.

Also qualifying for Sunday’s noon ET debut were the New York City WTT KingPins, owned by women’s sports legend Billie Jean King and captained by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, in second place 229 pins behind the STyLES. The hometown favorite Motown Muscle, owned by Detroit native and former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jerome Bettis and captained by Mike Fagan of Dallas, qualified third.

The battle for the final two positions for Sunday’s finals was intense. Chris Barnes and his Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters, owned by comedian Chris Hardwick, claimed the No. 4 berth and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke’s Dallas Strikers, owned by NFL all-pro receiver Terrell Owens, rallied to claim the fifth berth by 10 pins over L.A. X, owned by NBA all-star Chris Paul and captained by Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte.

After finishing eighth, seventh and seventh in the first three qualifying rounds, the Dallas Strikers won Friday’s eight-game Earl Anthony round to move sneak into the television finals field.

“We were within one shot of making the top five, or not making it,” Duke said. “After a total of 160 games, the difference between making it or not came down to one open frame, or one spare.

“Team-wise, we struggled the first three days, but we ground it out. We stayed in the hunt and we worked hard. We knew we had to have a great day today and we did it. That’s where we showed our heart.”

In winning the Anthony team round by 123 pins over L.A. X, the Dallas Strikers earned the top stepladder position for the fifth and final PBA League qualifying telecast prior to the Elias Cup team championship telecast. The Motown Muscle earned the third stepladder berth in the Anthony round, which will be conducted Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Thunderbowl for delayed telecast on ESPN on March 24.

Friday’s final eight-game qualifying round also determined the 16 players who advanced to the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship match play finals Friday night. The top two players after a total of 32 qualifying games bowled on four different lane conditions, plus nine round robin match games, will meet for the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Thunderbowl.

The PBA Players Championship title match will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m. ET following with the PBA League Anthony round team finals. Based upon total points earned over five PBA League telecasts, the top four teams will compete for the Elias Cup in Indianapolis. The Elias Cup telecast will air on Sunday, April 7.

PBA LEAGUE EARL ANTHONY ROUND

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Jan. 25

Final Earl Anthony 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, Dallas Strikers (owner Terrell Owens), Dallas, 9,461.
2, L.A. X (owner Chris Paul), Los Angeles, 9,318.
3, Motown Muscle (owner Jerome Bettis), Detroit, 9,279.
4, Silver Lake Atom Splitters (owner Chris Hardwick), Silver Lake, Calif., 9,236.
5, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (owner LaMarr Woodley), Pittsburgh, Pa., 9,219.
6, BROOKLYN STyLES (owner Jesse Williams), Brooklyn, N.Y., 9,129.
7, Philadelphia Hitmen (owner Kevin Hart), Philadelphia, 9,063.
8, New York City WWT KingPins (owner Billie Jean King), New York, 8,928.

PBA LEAGUE THUNDERBOWL FINALS ROUND

Final Qualifying Standings after 32 team games; top five teams advance to live ESPN Baker format stepladder finals Sunday at noon ET)

1, BROOKLYN STyLES, 36,403 (Sean Rash 7,604, Ryan Ciminelli 7,231, Ryan Shafer 7,244, Walter Ray Williams Jr. 7,162, Jason Sterner 7,162).

2, New York City WTT KingPins, 36,174 (Pete Weber 7,283, Tommy Jones 7,117, Scott Norton 7,629, Jack Jurek 6,841, John Szczerbinski 7,304).

3, Motown Muscle, 36,167 (Mike Fagan 6,954, Tom Smallwood 7,236, Mike Scroggins 7,302, Ronnie Russell 7,537, Jesse Buss 7,138).

4, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 36,049 (Chris Barnes 7,108, Dom Barrett 7,371, Josh Blanchard 7,272, Stuart Williams 7,160, Nathan Bohr 7,138).

5, Dallas Strikers, 35,938 (Norm Duke 7,261, Rhino Page 7,092, Amleto Monacelli 7,403, Bryon Smith 6,902, Mike Machuga 7,280).

6, L.A. X, 35,928 (Jason Belmonte 7,324, Wes Malott 7,304, Andres Gomez 7,092, Parker Bohn III 7,067,  Dave Wodka 7,141).

7, Philadelphia Hitmen, 35,886 (Bill O’Neill 7,277, Mika Koivuniemi 7,303, Chris Loschetter 7,154, Mike DeVaney 7,385, Dick Allen 6,764). 

8, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, 35,564 (Osku Palermaa 7,248, Martin Larsen 7,070, Dan MacLelland 6,946, Patrick Allen 7,364, Thomas Larsen 6,936).

EARL ANTHONY PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Final Qualifying Standings (after 32 games; top 16 advance to round robin match play Friday night; top two after match play finals advance to championship match)

1, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 7,629.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7,604.
3, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 7,537.
4, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 7,472.
5, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7,417.
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 7,403.
7, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 7,385.
8, Dom Barrett, England, 7,371.
9 (tie), Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Mark Milasinovich, Macomb, Mich., 7,364.
11, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 7,337.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,324.
13, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 7,317.
14, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 7,315.
15 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 7,304.

Other Cashers:
17, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 7,303, $1,500.
18, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 7,302, $1,450.
19, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 7,286, $1,400.
20, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7,283, $1,350.
21, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 7,280, $1,320.
22, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 7,277, $1,300.
23, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 7,272, $1,280.
24, Patrick Girard, Canada, 7,271, $1,260.
25, Frankie Calca, Elmont, N.Y., 7,270, $1,240.
26, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 7,268, $1,220.
27, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 7,267, $1,200.
28, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7,261, $1,180.
29, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 7,254, $1,160.
30, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7,248, $1,150.
31, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7,244, $1,140.
32, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 7,242, $1,130.
33, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 7,236, $1,120.
34, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,231, $1,110.
35, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 7,223, $1,100.
36, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 7,218, $1,090.
37, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 7,195, $1,080.
38 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 7,162, $1,065.
40, Stuart Williams, England, 7,160, $1,050.
41, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 7,157, $1,040.
42, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 7,154, $1,030.
43, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 7,141, $1,020.
44 (tie), Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., and Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7,138, $1,005.

Failed to Cash:

46, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 7,123.
47, B.J. Moore II, Apex, N.C., 7,122.
48, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 7,117.
49, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 7,108.
50, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 7,098.
51 (tie), Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,092.
53, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 7,087.
54, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 7,085.
55, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 7,070.
56, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 7,069.
57, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 7,067.
58, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 7,003.
59, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 6,986.
60 (tie), Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I.; Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Heights, Mich., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 6,969.
63, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 6,959.
64, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 6,957.
65, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 6,954.
66, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 6,948.
67, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 6,946.
68, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,936.
69, Justin Neiman, Warren, Mich., 6,929.
70, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 6,910.
71, Corey Miller, Grand Blanc, Mich, 6,906.
72, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 6,904.
73, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 6,902.
74, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 6,899.
75, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala, 6,893.
76, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 6,864.
77, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 6,861.
78, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 6,851.
79, Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 6,847.
80, Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 6,843.
81, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 6,841.
82, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 6,832.
83, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 6,825.
84, Michael Stocks, Leesburg, Va., 6,807.
85, Jesse Smith, Garfield Heights, Ohio, 6,783.
86, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 6,765.
87, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,764.
88, Chad Reiffer, Kentwood, Mich., 6,759.
89, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 6,742.
90, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 6,739.
91, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 6,732.
92, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 6,731.
93, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 6,728.
94, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 6,694.
95, Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., 6,655.
96, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,654.
97, Keith Caldwell, Detroit, 6,644.
98, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 6,634.
99, Jerry Sikora, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 6,619.
100, Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 6,595.
101, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,383.
102 (tie), Carleton Chambers, Detroit, and Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 6,575.
104, Ryan Appel, Cinnaminson, N.J., 6,550.
105, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 6,549.
106, Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, 6,540.
107, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 6,498.
108, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 6,491.
109, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 4,884.
110, Michael Calhoun, Wyandotte, Mich., 6,468.
111, Mike Keily, Golden, Colo., 4,851.
112, BJ Satkowski, Jackson, Mich, 6,419.
113, Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., 6,413.
114, Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C., 6,367.
115, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 6,361.
116, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 6,341.
117, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 6,312.
118, David Shinn, West Columbia, S.C., 6,308.
119, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 6,305.
120, David Tullos, Spring, Texas, 6,295.
121, Andrew Horodecki, Norcross, Ga., 6,291.
122, J.T. (Action) Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 6,287.
123, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 6,218.
124, Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6,190.
125, Dustin Baker, Melbourne, Ky, 6,105.
126, Kirby Allen, Ironton, Ohio, withdrew.
127, Jonathan Russell, Rockwood, Tenn., withdrew.
128, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., withdrew.
129, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., withdrew.
130, Christopher Colosimo, Elkhorn, Wis., withdrew.
131, Phillip Vallar, Southgate, Mich., withdrew.
132, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, withdrew.
133, Mitch Beasley, Nashville, Tenn., withdrew.
134, Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill., withdrew.
135, Thomas Biniek Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., withdrew.

300 Games: Mike DeVaney, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Tommy Jones, Wes Malott, Kurt Pilon, Brian Kretzer, Tom Baker.

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