The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2020 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 12238 The 11th Frame: PBA League aims for Sept. 27-28 competition as draft of 2 PWBA-player teams is almost pure chalk http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12238 The PBA is aiming to hold the 2020 PBA League Sept. 27-28 at famed Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, PBA CEO Colie Edison announced Tuesday before the two new PBA League teams drafted the PWBA players that make up their rosters. That draft went almost pure chalk with the top 10 players in points from the 2019 PWBA Tour selected for the 10 spots and nearly in order. The Phoenix Fury won the coin flip and logically made Shannon O’Keefe, the 2018 and 2019 PWBA Player of the Year and No. 1... subscribe to read more. Tue, 7 Jul 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12239 The 11th Frame: Near-Hall of Famer Ryan Ciminelli retires as full-time PBA Tour player to take 'real' job http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12239 The term “real” job has been around in top-level bowling for as long as I have been part of it, which is more than four decades. If you had a “real” job — a full-time regular job — you obviously couldn’t be a full-time professional bowler. And many a pro bowler who couldn’t cut it, or tired of the lifestyle, would leave as soon as they could find a “real” job. I was such a player, though my wrist drove me off the Tour after... subscribe to read more. Mon, 6 Jul 2020 18:00:00 -0600 12236 The 11th Frame: New Wisconsin Eliminator tourneys to debut at Sabre Lanes in Menasha July 25-26 with Sconi Singles, Badger Doubles http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12236 Jay Nephew and Daniel Patterson are bringing a new tournament series to Wisconsin the weekend of July 25-26 at Sabre Lanes in Menasha, where Patterson is the proprietor. Nephew and Patterson, who was on Team USA, are highly competitive bowlers and former members of the USBC Board of Directors. In a message exchange, Nephew said the tournaments are based on “past successful events I’ve run with” the Texas Eliminator and New York Eliminator. “The plan is (Patterson) can... subscribe to read more. Sat, 4 Jul 2020 13:00:00 -0600 12237 The 11th Frame: Mike Shady aiming to hold Peak Performance Bowling camps with Andy Diercks Aug. 8-9 at Ashwaubenon Bowl, Ten Pin Alley http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12237 USBC Hall of Famer and Team USA assistant coach Mike Shady has had several offerings of private lessons and his Peak Performance Bowling Camp in Wisconsin in the last several years. But there’s never been a year like 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with the pandemic, Shady has scheduled PPB camps with fellow Team USA assistant coach Andy Diercks on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in that Green Bay suburb and Ten Pin Alley Sunday, Aug. 9 at Ten Pin Alley in the... subscribe to read more. Sat, 4 Jul 2020 10:00:00 -0600 12145 The 11th Frame: Story collection: Chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on bowling from the beginning http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12145 Note: This collection of stories originally posted with the first story on March 11, 2020, the night Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19. I am continually updating this collection of stories as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic develops, with links to those stories that I write separately. So be sure to check back here often to stay on top of this developing and ever-changing situation. Here is my update on July 1, 2020:  The Madison Area Scratch... subscribe to read more. Wed, 1 Jul 2020 19:00:00 -0600 12208 The 11th Frame: Update: Madison Area Scratch Tour postpones finish of 2019-20 season to the fall http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12208 Note: This story originally posted June 3, 2020. Update July 1, 2020: The Madison Area Scratch Tour will look to hold the postponed final two tournaments of the 2019-20 season in the fall. In this Facebook post on Wednesday, MAST said: “With the adjustments made to Phase 2 of Dane County’s Forward Dane plan, MAST feels it will NOT be feasible to run the postponed 19/20 season’s TenPin stop and Year End Tournament this summer, as we had hoped. The latest option considered... subscribe to read more. Wed, 1 Jul 2020 18:00:00 -0600 12235 The 11th Frame: 2019-20 Dexter High School All-American teams feature 2 boys repeating from 2018-19 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12235 The 2019-20 Dexter High School All-American teams feature two boys who were on the teams in 2018-19, USBC announced in this news release on Wednesday. The repeaters are Tanner Ausec and Alexander Kobus, who were seniors this year. The boys team also includes Justin Bohn, son of Hall of Famer Justin Bohn and Leslie Beamish Bohn.   All 10 team members will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The teams, selected by Dexter Bowling in consultation with the staff of International Bowling Campus... subscribe to read more. Wed, 1 Jul 2020 17:00:00 -0600 12197 The 11th Frame: Update: ROW casinos oppose P3 Partners' plans for downtown Reno that include management and additional sports uses for National Bowling Stadium http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12197 Note: This story originally posted May 26, 2020. Update June 30, 2020: P3 Partners isn’t getting a free ride with its propoal for downtown Reno that includes additional sports uses for the National Bowling Stadium. The ROW (Eldorado Resorts, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Reno) has sent a letter to the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority that gets right to it in the second sentence: “This letter is written to express the ROW’s opposition to P3 Partners... subscribe to read more. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:00:00 -0600 12234 The 11th Frame: Madison Area USBC annual meeting set for Tuesday, July 28 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12234 The Madison Area USBC annual meeting is set for Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg and virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, MA-USBC announced Tuesday. No details were immediately available on how the virtual meeting will be run. Agenda items include the election of President, one Youth Director, and three Directors. The leadership application page is here. This meeting is open to all MA-USBC members.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:00:00 -0600 12232 The 11th Frame: Harold Hughes opens 2020 Petersen with 1,589, just 10 pins shy of 2019 winning score http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12232 Michigan bowler Harold Hughes opened the 2020 Petersen Classic with 1,589 on Saturday, just 10 pins shy of Kenny Calkins III’s winning 1,599 last year. That led to a predictable number of jokes about the Petersen walling them up this year. Confession: I was one of those jokesters. Seriously, the most interesting things about Hughes’ 8-game block is that he started with 256 and 235 and later rolled 215 and 227, giving him an impressive best four games of 933 and meaning his other... subscribe to read more. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12233 The 11th Frame: Update: PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles postponed as PBA/PWBA, USBC tournaments face tough issues due to COVID-19 surges http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12233 In the next couple of months, PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour events are scheduled in Florida and Texas, while the USBC Open Championships and USBC Women’s Championships are scheduled to start in September, both in Nevada. In Florida and Texas, surges in COVID-19 cases have caused the conservative Republican governors of those states to pause and roll back the reopenings there. I’m not interested in delving into whether the surges will turn into increases in deaths in the coming weeks in... subscribe to read more. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:00:00 -0600 12231 The 11th Frame: Middleton Sport Bowl owners get 6 months in federal prison for skimming from gambling machines, tax evasion, paper reports http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12231 Middleton Sport Bowl owners Dudley Hellenbrand and Cherie Hellenbrand on Friday each were sentenced to six months in federal prison for failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars skimmed from the proceeds of video gambling machines that were at the center, the Wisconsin State Journal reported in this story. The illegal activity was uncovered by an undercover IRS agent acting as a potential buyer of the bowling center who met with the Hellenbrands and Tom Laugen of Sun... subscribe to read more. Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12230 The 11th Frame: PBA Regionals set to resume weekend of July 10 in Ohio http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12230 PBA Regional competition is set to resume the weekend of July 10 in Oho, according to the Regional portion of the tournaments section of PBA.com. The PBA Bowlero/Grove City Central Open will be Friday and Saturday, July 10-11 at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio. Tournament details are here. Regionals are scheduled for the following weekend of July 17 in Rohnert Park, California; Odessa, Texas; and Tampa, Florida. I believe Regional entry fees were to go to $245 for members and $310 for... subscribe to read more. Wed, 24 Jun 2020 17:00:00 -0600 12228 The 11th Frame: Bill O'Neill, Jesper Svensson make 2020 Weber Cup teams via PBA Tour points, captain's picks fill out Team USA, Team Europe http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12228 The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the 2020 BetVictor Weber Cup from June 5-7 to Oct. 23-25 at Morningside Arena, Leicester, England, and who knows if it will be able to happen then? If it does, the make-up of Team USA and Team Europe is starting to become known, starting with Bill O’Neill and Jesper Svensson, according to this news release from Matchroom Multi Sport. Originally, the 4-player teams were to include the top two Americans and top two Europeans off of the PBA points list, but... subscribe to read more. Wed, 24 Jun 2020 14:00:00 -0600 12229 The 11th Frame: PBA offers opportunity to PWBA players with 2 new PBA League franchises — could move have broader meaning for women's pro bowling? http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12229 Earlier this month, USBC and BPAA understandably canceled the 2020 PWBA Tour amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as I detailed in this story. As logical as that decision was, it also was devastating for PWBA bowlers and everyone who loves the PWBA Tour. The PBA offered spots in the PBA Summer Clash to PWBA stars Shannon O’Keefe and Danielle McEwan earlier this month, a great gesture that added a little juice to the event. But it went far beyond that move on Tuesday, when it announced in this... subscribe to read more. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 17:00:00 -0600 11852 The 11th Frame: Update: Petersen Classic finally starts Friday after COVID-19 pandemic delay, but with strict measures imposed by Illinois http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11852 Note: This story originally posted Dec. 5, 2019.  Update June 23, 2020: The Petersen Classic is on for 2020 starting on Friday, albeit with numerous restrictions to comply with Illinois’ strict limit on bowling centers announced this week of 50 people or 50% capacity, whichever is less. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the limit this week as Illinois emerges from its COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Illinois bowling proprietors were blindsided by the limits because they thought they... subscribe to read more. Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12226 The 11th Frame: Big names entered in Florida tournament featuring traditional and string pinsetters, which may be the next big thing in bowling http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12226 I have wanted to write about string pinsetters for some time, but have never bowled on them so that made it impossible for me to do any kind of review. And I haven’t really seen the point since they are mostly a recreational thing for the U.S. But with the COVID-19 pandemic dealing bowling (and so much else) an economic gut punch, I am hearing rumblings of USBC getting ready to certify string pinsetter bowling, since the machines are far less costly than traditional pinsetters. That... subscribe to read more. Sun, 21 Jun 2020 13:00:00 -0600 12227 The 11th Frame: Wes Malott will return to see if crown still fits as PBA releases details on King of the Lanes July 20-22 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12227 The last time we saw Wes Malott wearing the crown as the King of Bowling was in February 2018 when he swept Jason Belmonte 2-0 in a best-of-3-games match Tuesday night at PBA Tournament of Champions host center AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, as I detailed in this story. Malott, a 10-time PBA Tour champion and former Player of the Year, successfully defended his King of Bowling crown for the eighth time by defeating Belmonte 250-213 and 227-225 in the match that aired on Facebook live... subscribe to read more. Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12225 The 11th Frame: Cross your fingers: PBA sets ambitious PBA50 Tour World Series for August in Florida http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12225 I had heard enough rumblings recently that I expected there to be some kind of PBA50 Tour competition in 2020. My expectation was it might be a couple of the majors and maybe a smaller tournament or two together in one location late in the year, giving scientists more time to produce a vaccine, a preventative/curative antibody treatment, or proven treatment drugs for COVID-19. I expected it to be after the completion of the PBA Tour animal pattern tournaments from the World Series of Bowling,... subscribe to read more. Wed, 17 Jun 2020 20:00:00 -0600 12224 The 11th Frame: Taped beats live: PBA Summer Clash draws 890,000 average viewership, 114,000 more than Strike Derby the Saturday before http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12224 The PBA Summer Clash that aired on Saturday night on FOX drew 890,000 average viewers, 114,000 more than the 776,000 the PBA Strike Derby drew the Saturday night before on FOX. It was more proof of something I have written numerous times over the years: when it comes to bowling on TV, being live doesn’t necessarily matter in ratings. Both the Strike Derby, which was won by Kris Prather, and Summer Clash, which was won by Sean Rash, were held at Bowlero Jupiter in Jupiter, Florida, on... subscribe to read more. Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:00:00 -0600 12223 The 11th Frame: 2020 PBA Tour Finals will be July 18-19 at Bowlero Jupiter, with 9 hours live on CBS Sports Network http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12223 PBA officials have been saying the PBA Tour Finals would be held in July and air on CBS Sports Network, but they hadn’t announced the dates and location. That changed with this news release on Monday that announced that the fourth annual PBA Tour Finals would be July 18-19 with nine hours of live competition on CBS Sports Network from Bowlero Jupiter in Jupiter, Florida. (Note: Bowlero Jupiter is closed due to COVID-19 at this time.) The event will be the first to award a PBA... subscribe to read more. Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:00:00 -0600 12041 The 11th Frame: Famed coach Mike Jasnau taking reservations for lessons during delayed 2020 USBC Open Championships http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12041 Note: Thi:s story originally posted Feb. 13, 2020. Update June 15, 2020: Coach Mike Jasnau made this post on Facebook:"I'm very happy and excited to announce that I've started taking online lesson reservations for the USBC Open Championships new dates!! I will be set up at Coconut Bowl in Sparks from September 11th through November 22nd. Big thanks out to Coconut Bowl for fitting my lessons into their busy schedule! Lessons are open to all bowlers of all abilities whether you're bowling the... subscribe to read more. Mon, 15 Jun 2020 16:00:00 -0600 12222 The 11th Frame: With third child on way, Sean Rash makes a lot of diaper money and benefits SISTA FIRE in winning PBA Summer Clash http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12222 Sean and Sara Rash are expecting their third child in the next month or so, which means taking home the $20,000 prize in the winner-take-all — less any possible chop — PBA Summer Clash was quite handy. Especially when the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the PBA Tour and much of American life since mid-March, temporarily erasing Rash’s ability to earn a living bowling for his family. “This is going to buy a lot diapers,” Rash told sideline reporter Kimberly... subscribe to read more. Sat, 13 Jun 2020 22:00:00 -0600 12221 The 11th Frame: 17th annual New Mexico Open set for Aug. 14-16 with $10,500 first prize http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12221 The 17th annual New Mexico Open is set for Aug. 14-16, with a $10,500 first prize based on 192 entries. The action at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, N.M. actually starts on Monday, Aug. 10 with a sweeper and continues all week. The entry fee is $270 by check, or $285 by credit card. The cashing ratio is 1-in-4, and second will be $5,250, based on 192 entries. Tournament director Steve Mackie recently posted that more than 230 have entered, with deposits of $75 or full payment $270... subscribe to read more. Sat, 13 Jun 2020 07:00:00 -0600 12220 The 11th Frame: Creating the Difference acquires former Ebonite International Test Center to become its training center http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/12220 Creating the Difference has acquired the former Ebonite International Test Center in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to make it its training center, CtD announced Friday in a news release. CtD CEO Ronald Hickland said the deal was signed on May 8, which was the 5-year anniversary of the creation of CtD, which happened not long after Hickland was part of job cuts at EBI after working there from 2001-15. CtD said it now has almost 3,000 members and anyone who has been on National Staff with CtD for at... subscribe to read more. Fri, 12 Jun 2020 07:00:00 -0600