Arizona’s Blanchard Takes First Round Lead as Cheetah Championships Gets WSOB V Underway

by Jason Thomas October 26, 2013 14:35

LAS VEGAS – Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., averaged a sizzling 254.28 Saturday to take the opening round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association Cheetah Championship, the opening event of PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Bowling Center.

Blanchard, the 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year, rolled games of 268, 234, 204, 244, 280, 290 and 260 to take an 18-pin lead over Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., into Saturday night’s seven-game semifinal round. After 14 games, the top four players will advance to the Cheetah Championship finals which will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 2, for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. ET.

“It’s always nice to bowl good,” Blanchard said. “I was on top of the moves all day. At the end of the round, I shot 830 for the last three games. In each one, I made a move after second frame and struck out. That was the secret; making the right adjustments as the conditions changed.”

Blanchard has yet to win a title, but said he has been bowling well after taking a couple of months away from the game in the aftermath of the tragic death of his infant daughter during childbirth in late July. But thinking about his first title, he added, is premature.

“I haven’t made it to the TV show yet,” he said, “so I’ll worry about that after seven more games tonight.”

Among the 24 players advancing to Saturday night’s semifinal round was Colombian native Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, who became the second woman in the five-year history of PBA World Series competition to finish among the top 24 in the male-dominated event. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., finished 15th in the 2010 Shark Championship, seventh in the 2011 Chameleon Championship and 21st in the 2012 Viper Championship.

“I’m very excited,” Guerrero, a 17-year veteran of Colombia’s national bowling team, said after finishing the opening round in 13th place. “I was trying to stay calm. I figured the Cheetah Championship was my best chance. I played the lanes to the right of where the guys were playing, as much as I could, and I changed to a ball that hooked a little earlier on the lane. I was trying to avoid going deep (moving left on the lanes) with the guys, so I just tried to stay right of where they were playing, and used a weakened hand position, and I worked.”

Guerrero, a former All-American with the Wichita State University bowling team, is now a U.S. citizen, married and living in Pflugerville, Texas.

National Football League all-pro wide receiver Terrell Owens made his professional bowling PBA debut in the Cheetah Championship, and struggled to finish with a 1,178 total, a 168.29 average. But he said he wasn’t terribly disappointed.

“I got better as I bowled,” Owens said. “I had 194 my last game, which was decent, and I didn’t come in last.

“These are best bowlers in the world. By no means did I expect to come in here and crush the lanes,” Owens added. “Obviously I have a lot of learning to do. But tomorrow is another day and I can only get better.”

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PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Saturday

FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (after 7 games; top 24 advance to semifinal round)

1, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,780.
2, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,762.
3, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,754.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,752.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,749.
6, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,744.
7, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 1,738.
8, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,732.
9, Mike Moore, Oviedo, Fla., 1,730.
10, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,728.
11, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,718.
12, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,711.
13, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,689.
14 (tie), PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., and E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,688.
16 (tie), Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, and Jacob Heger, Spring, Texas, 1,686.
18, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,685.
19, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,684.
20, Dom Barrett, England, 1,681.
21, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,677.
22, Bryan Viator, Friendswood, Texas, 1,675.
23 (tie), Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., and Travis Anderson, Washington, Ill, 1,674.

Other Cashers (after seven games)
25, Fumihiro Yoshida, Japan, 1,670, $800.
26, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1,667, $770.
27, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,665, $850.
28, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,663, $740.
29, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 1,662, $730.
30, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Denton, Texas, 1,659, $720.
31, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,657, $710.
32, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,656, $700.

Failed to Cash

33, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,655.
34, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,653.
35, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,649.
36 (tie), Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., and Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 1,643.
38, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,640.
39, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,633.
40, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,632.
41 (tie), Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., and Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,630.
43 (tie), Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,626.
45, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,621.
46, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,617.
47 (tie), Paul Moor, England; William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,609.
50, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,608.
51 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,605.
53 (tie), Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and Will Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,602.
55, Brian Nicodemus, Akron, Ind., 1,601.
56, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Japan, 1,600.
57 (tie), Luis Rovaina Jr., Venezuela; Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, and B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 1,597.
60, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,594.
61, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,590.
62, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,588.
63 (tie), Mike Keily, Golden, Colo., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,585.
65, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,584.
66, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,583.
67 (tie), Ashley Warren, Australia, and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,580.
69, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 1,579.
70 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,577.
72, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,576.
73, Pat Nolan, Japan, 1,575.
74, Dale Coleman, High Springs, Fla., 1,574.
75, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,573.
76 (tie), Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., and Timothy Tripp, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,571.
78, Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,570.
79, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,568.
80, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 1,567.
81, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,566.
82, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 1,564.
83 (tie), Dan MacLelland, Canada; Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, and Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 1,563.
86, Chad Pojas, Wahiawa, Hawaii, 1,561.
87, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,560.
88, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,559.
89, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,558.
90, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,557.
91 (tie), D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,556.
93, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,554.
94, Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,553.
95, David Knight Jr., Folcroft, Pa., 1,552.
96, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,551.
97, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,548.
98 (tie), Anthony Colosimo, Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,547.
100, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 1,546.
101 (tie), Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,545.
103, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,538.
104 (tie), Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,537.
106 (tie), Hernan Ramirez, Venezuela, and Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,535.
108 (tie), Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,533.
110, Hadley Morgan, England, 1,530.
111 (tie), Calvin Sellers, Stratford, Conn., and James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,526.
113, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,522.
114, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,521.
115 (tie), Tommy Berish, Cordova, Tenn., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,520.
117, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,517.
118, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,516.
119, Clint Land, Richmond, Texas, 1,515.
120 (tie), Lee Rathjen Jr., Naples, Fla., and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,514.
122, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,512.
123, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,511.
124 (tie), Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, and Clarence White, Tracy, Calif., 1,510.
126 (tie), Douglas Yu, Canada, and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,509.
128 (tie), Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 1,508.
130, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,507.
131 (tie), Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,506.
133, Robert Lee, Japan, 1,505.
134, Gabriel Sanchez, Puerto Rico, 1,501.
135 (tie), Matt Villegas, Phoenix, and Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,500.
137 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.; Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., and Mike Armstrong Jr., Battle Ground, Wash., 1,498.
140, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,497.
141, Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., 1,496.
142, Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., 1,494.
143, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,493.
144, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 1,491.
145, Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 1,490.
146, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,489.
147, T.P. Peterson, Evergreen Park, Ill., 1,482.
148 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.; Shota Kawazoe, Japan, and Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,480.
151, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,479.
152, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,478.
153 (tie), Meen Woo Kim, Korea, and David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 1,476.
155, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,475.
156, Raymond Watts, Orange, Calif., 1,474.
157, Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mt., N.C., 1,472.
158, Gustavo Viramontes Jr., Mexico, 1,471.
159, Keith Laing, Culver City, Calif., 1,468.
160 (tie), Gary Baker, England, and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,465.
162 (tie), Dustin Sherman, Petaluma, Calif., and Vladimir Sverchkov, Russia, 1,456.
164, Robert Piroozshad, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,455.
165 (tie), Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,454.
167 (tie), Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, and Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,453.
169 (tie), Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Kevin Kullman, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,451.
171, Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,446.
172, Matt Schermerhorn, El Segundo, Calif., 1,443.
173 (tie), Kevin Beers, Reinholds, Pa., and Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 1,440.
175, Mike Bailey, Allen, Texas, 1,439.
176, Shigeo Saitoh, Japan, 1,438.
177, Rob Shepherd, Sierra Vista, Ariz., 1,437.
178, Kalani Dilliner, Las Vegas, 1,436.
179, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 1,435.
180, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,434.
181, Stephen Carter, Australia, 1,433.
182, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,430.
183 (tie), James McCleland, Venice, Fla., and Junia Yoshida, Japan, 1,428.
185 (tie), Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, and Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C., 1,427.
187, Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Venezuela, 1,422.
188, Scott Halvarson, Lakewood, Wash., 1,416.
189, Kyle Paxson, Orlando, Fla., 1,410.
190, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,407.
191 (tie), Matthew Graham, Emeryville, Calif., and Russ Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,406.
193, Joseph Costanzo, Bethpage, N.Y., 1,405.
194, Matt Watson, Australia, 1,400.
195 (tie), Jonathan Sellers, Stratford, Conn., and Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,398.
197, Rameses Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., 1,387.
198, Hyun Bum Kim, Korea, 1,384.
199, Cameron Zacher, Australia, 1,381.
200, Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, 1,378.
201, Frankie Mazzella, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,373.
202, Ryan Appel, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,370.
203, Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 1,369.
204, Kenneth Bland Jr., Lorton, Va., 1,366.
205, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,365.
206, Wesley Edwards, Blue Springs, Mo., 1,361.
207 (tie), J.T. "Action" Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., 1,360.
209, Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, 1,358.
210, Jay Hess, Ocoee, Fla., 1,356.
211, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,354.
212, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,353.
213, Adam Wilson, Reno, Nev., 1,343.
214, Jon King, Australia, 1,339.
215, Keith Bullock, Moscow Mill, Mo, 1,338.
216, Richard Lupo, St. Charles, Mo., 1,336.
217, Mark Milasinovich, Macomb, Mich., 1,335.
218, David Maycock, Bermuda, 1,331.
219, Jon Wheatley, Australia, 1,330.
220, Gerald Marrs, Huntley, Ill., 1,322.
221, Ariachizu Kamalu, Chicago, 1,312.
222, Chris Watson, Australia, 1,271.
223, Ken Truong, Canada, 1,262.
224 (tie), Scott Dull, Cresson, Texas, and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,253.
226, Jason Miller, San Antonio, 1,234.
227, J.D. Sommers, San Jose, Calif., 1,221.
228, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,218.
229, Dave Nebe, Richmond, Va., 1,209.
230, Ed Cutter, Manassas Park, Va., 1,208.
231, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 1,193.
232, Alvaro Infante, Venezuela, 1,185.
233, Terrell Owens, Studio City, Caif., 1,178.
234, Paul Nilsen Sr., Murrieta, Calif., 1,148.
235, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,132.

300 Games (7): Bryon Smith, Lonnie Waliczek, Parker Bohn III, Anthony Colosimo, Tom Hess, Eugene McCune, Eric Forkel.

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