The 11th Frame Blog http://www.11thframe.com/news en-us 2019 11thFrame.com Jeff Richgels' 11th Frame blog. 11775 The 11th Frame: Hannah Yelk fires 736, Becky James slams 725 to top Tuesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11775 Hannah Yelk fired a 736 series and Becky James slammed a 725 to top Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Yelk competed in the Prairie Lanes Big 10 League, and James in the Ten Pin Alley Fifth Quarter League. Brandon Lindmeier led the men with 758 in the Schwoegler’s Sportsmen’s League. Dick Paulson was next with 756 in the same league, followed by Bryan Zimmer with 751 in the Prairie NFL League. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.  ... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11780 The 11th Frame: Dan Miyamoto beats top seed Joel Carlson to win South Point Senior Shootout Turbo Challenge http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11780 Dan Miyamoto beats top seed Joel Carlson 245-235 in the title match to win Tuesday’s South Point Senior Shootout Turbo Challenge at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The Turbo Challenge was the opening event of the World Series-like SPSS that consists of three tournaments that also serve as qualifying for a main event. The SPSS is open to all bowlers at least 50 years old as of the start of the tournament who have two or fewer PBA Tour and/or PBA50 Tour titles, or who have reached... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11791 The 11th Frame: Leaderboard gets a re-write heading into final weekend of Madison Area USBC Senior Open Championships — aka Senior City Tournament — at Riviera Bowl in Sauk City http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11791 The leaderboard received a thorough re-write over the weekend as the Madison Area USBC Senior Open Championships — aka the Senior City Tournament — heads into its final weekend at Riviera Bowl in Sauk City. John Hjortland totaled 2,105 for all-events to edge past retired PBA Tour star Marc McDowell by a single pin. Chris Gibbons and Tim Morris grabbed the doubles lead with 1,398. Moderne Recreation took the team lead with 2,765 as Dale Chlebowski fired 747, Jim Fosdick added 712,... subscribe to read more. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 05:00:00 -0600 11774 The 11th Frame: Matt Ruhland fires 778, Melissa Judd slams 697 to top Monday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11774 Matt Ruhland fired a 778 series and Melissa Judd slammed a 697 to top Madison area bowling on Monday. Ruhland competed in the Spartan Bowl Major League and Judd in the Viking Lanes Twiliters League. Aaron Wells fell a shot shy of perfection with a 298 game in a 769 series in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants 3-Man League. Rory Holland recorded a 758 in the Spartan Major. Chelsea Hanson was second for the women with 624 in the Viking Twiliters. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11779 The 11th Frame: Bo Goergen wins South Point Senior Shootout Cook’s Bowling Supply Sweeper http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11779 Bo Goergen won the South Point Senior Shootout Cook’s Bowling Supply Sweeper on Monday at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The sweeper was one game each on the 35-, 39- and 43-foot lane patterns that will be used during the SPSS. PDFs of the patterns are attached to the bottom of this story. The sweeper drew a full field of 75 bowlers, with 25 cashing plus 2 super seniors not in the top 25. Goergen won the $1,000 top prize with 722 (276-227-219). Rick Meneley was second for... subscribe to read more. Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:00:00 -0600 11773 The 11th Frame: Doug Leikness falls a pin shy of perfection, John Hjortland fires 796, Meredith Holt slams 685 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11773 Doug Leikness fell a pin shy of perfection, John Hjortland fired a 796 series, and Meredith Holt slammed a 685 to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend. Leikness’ 299 game came in a 739 series in the Dream Lanes Opposites League. Hjortland competed in the Viking Lanes Specials League and Holt in the Dream Early Birds League. Kelly Capener was next for the women with 611 in the Sport Bowl Sunday Neighbors League. The top scores in youth leagues over the weekend were 679 each... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11789 The 11th Frame: Ken Kempf beats Lyle Kuhlmann to win Wolf River Scratch Bowlers Tour at Nelson's Strike Zone in Waupaca http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11789 Ken Kempf beat Lyle Kuhlmann 257-227 in the title match to win the Wolf River Scratch Bowlers Tour tournament at Nelson's Strike Zone in Waupaca, the WRSBT reported at its Facebook page. First was $500 and second $305. Kempf also won the Bet You Win pot for $410, WRSBT said. The video of the title match is here. The tournament drew 47 bowlers and the cut to make match play was 837 for four games. Jason Becher led qualifying with 897 (235-289-174-199), for which he earned $40.... subscribe to read more. Sun, 10 Nov 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11761 The 11th Frame: Jason Becher beats Kevin Olsen to win MSBS tourney at Schwoegler’s http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11761 Jason Becher beat Kevin Olsen to win the Midwest Scratch Bowling Series tournament at Schwoegler’s on Saturday. The tournament drew just 14 entries at $90, and MSBS operator Brian Regan paid out $500 for first, $250 for second, $150 for third, and $100 for fourth. The format was six games of qualifying, followed by survivor finals – as voted on by the players before the tournament started with the low entries. The tournament was contested on the 2009 Ebonite English Open lane... subscribe to read more. Sat, 9 Nov 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11768 The 11th Frame: Jim Fosdick fires 826-300, Jeremy Krueger slams 801, Jay Roderick reaches perfection http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11768 Jim Fosdick fired an 826 series that featured a perfect game, Jeremy Krueger slammed an 801 series, and Jay Roderick recorded a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Competing in the Dream Lanes Industrial Nites League, Fosdick opened with games of 247 and 279 before rolling his 107th career 300 for 826. Here is video of the close the Madison Area USBC Hall of Famer’s 300. Krueger's 801 came in the Schwoegler's Tiger Mixed League. Roderick opened with games of 190... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11785 The 11th Frame: Bowlero puts its money where its mouth is with a $400,000 boost to 2020 PBA Tour on FOX Sports tourneys — here's what needs to happen next http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11785 When Bowlero finally announced its acquisition of the PBA that I was the first media entity to report on, I told those with a dim view of Bowlero and/or the deal to wait to see what happens. I wrote in this story that “I am keeping an open mind on this deal, hoping as a decades-long PBA member and fan of the sport that it works out great for PBA, that the players make a lot more money, and that Bowlero profits, too.” I wrote that PBA CEO Colie Edison had mostly said all the right... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Nov 2019 18:00:00 -0600 11787 The 11th Frame: Some obvious candidates stand out as nominations open for the PWBA Hall of Fame for 2020 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11787 When only Leanne Hulsenberg and Wendy Macpherson were elected to the resurrected PWBA Hall of Fame last year in the Performance Category, I wrote that it was an understandable move by the PWBA Hall of Fame Committee. There were far more than two sterling silver candidates to choose from, but if the Committee had elected all of them for 2019 what would that mean for future years: you wouldn’t want to “use up” all of the eligible candidates and not be able to have a class in a... subscribe to read more. Fri, 8 Nov 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11767 The 11th Frame: Bob Grabow, Matt Ziegler fire perfect games; Lisa Kolosso slams 717 series http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11767 Bob Grabow and Matt Ziegler fired perfect games, and Lisa Kolosso slammed a 717 series to highlight Madison area bowling late Wednesday and Thursday. Grabow’s third career 300 came in a 759 series in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Wally Warner League. Ziegler’s 300 came in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League; his series was not available. Kolosso’s 717 came in the Schwoegler’s Towne Gypsies League and was her second 700 of the season. Tad Scharnke fell a pin shy of perfection... subscribe to read more. Thu, 7 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11772 The 11th Frame: Dom Barrett, Maria Jose Rodriguez win titles in a very different World Bowling Tour Finals http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11772 If you haven’t been paying attention, the 2019 World Bowling Tour Finals was very different than the WBT Finals you’ve come to know in recent years. Gone were the simple 3-person men’s and women’s fields based on World Bowling Tour points and stepladder finals. The top three men and women in WBT points still qualified, but they were joined by a player each from the three zones (Asian, European and Pan American), as I detailed in this story and this story. The one... subscribe to read more. Thu, 7 Nov 2019 17:00:00 -0600 11766 The 11th Frame: A.J. Ziegler rolls 741, Mary Lo slams 680 to top Wednesday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11766 A.J. Ziegler rolled a 741 series and Mary Lo slammed a 680 to top Madison area bowling on Wednesday. Ziegler competed in the Sport Bowl All-Stars League and Lo in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Mixed Nuts League. Heath Coenen was next with 739 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lake City League. No other women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. Source: scores reported by Wisconsin State Journal and Facebook reports.... subscribe to read more. Wed, 6 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11771 The 11th Frame: 'Current frame scoring king' Dom Barrett wins Kuwait Open for 8th PBA Tour title, advances to World Bowling Tour Finals http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11771 In February 2016, Dom Barrett won the World Bowling Tour Finals while firing a 10-strike perfect game to earn a $10,000 bonus in the event that used the current frame scoring system, as I detailed in this story. Current frame scoring awards 30 pins for every strike, 10 pins plus the first ball count for spares (i.e. 9-spare is 19), and total pinfall for open frames (i.e. 5-3 is 8). The result is a high scoring pace when the lane conditions are scoreable, and the Kuwait Open was no exception... subscribe to read more. Wed, 6 Nov 2019 16:00:00 -0600 11765 The 11th Frame: Heath Haug, Chris Gibbons, Mike Sauk fire perfect games http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11765 Heath Haug, Chris Gibbons and Mike Sauk fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Tuesday. Haug’s 31st career 300 came in a 746 series in the Prairie Lanes NFL League. Gibbons’ 55th career 300 came sandwiched between games of 209 and 213 for a 722 in the Dream Lanes All-Star Classic League. Here is video of the close of Gibbons’ 300. Sauk’s second career 300 came sandwiched between games of 147 and 225 for a 672 in the Dream All-Star Classic. Here is... subscribe to read more. Tue, 5 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11758 The 11th Frame: Patrick Healey Jr., Bob Learn Jr., Andrew Cain, Jim Zebehazy elected to USBC Hall of Fame; National ballot of 6 men, 2 women again forces brutally difficult choices with voting system that should change http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11758 Patrick Healey Jr., Bob Learn Jr., Andrew Cain and Jim Zebehazy have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame and six men and two women have been selected for the national ballot for Superior Performance in action by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee last week, USBC announced in this news release on Tuesday. Healey Jr. was selected in the Outstanding USBC Performance category, Learn Jr. in the Veterans category, and Cain and Zebehazy in the Meritorious Service category.... subscribe to read more. Tue, 5 Nov 2019 17:00:00 -0600 11764 The 11th Frame: Dewey Sime, Greg Schmitz fire perfect games to highlight Monday scoring http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11764 Dewey Sime and Greg Schmitz fired perfect games to highlight Madison area bowling on Monday. Sime’s third career 300 came after games of 247 and 223 in a 770 series in the Dream Lanes Suburban Merchants 3-Man League. Here is video of the close of Sime’s 300. Schmitz’s first career 300 was sandwiched between games of 190 and 175 for a 665 series in the same league. Here is video of the close of Schmitz’s 300. Megan Jirsa led women’s scoring with a 674 in the... subscribe to read more. Mon, 4 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11763 The 11th Frame: Dennis Trautsch fires perfect game to highlight weekend bowling http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11763 Dennis Trautsch fired a perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling over the weekend. Trautsch’s 300 came in a 726 series in the Dream Lanes Pinheads League. Here is video of the close of his 300. The high series was Rocco Bisco’s 733 in the Dream Eastside Couples League. No women’s series of 600 or higher were reported. The top youth scores over the weekend were Collin Krachey’s 730 (235-259-236) at Prairie Lanes and Cila Freitas’ 665 at Dream Lanes. Next... subscribe to read more. Sun, 3 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11753 The 11th Frame: Derek Eoff edges Rick Erce 206-205 to win MAST at Leisure Lanes in Monroe for 12th title http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11753 Derek Eoff edged Rick Erce 206-205 to win the Madison Area Scratch Tour survivor finals format tournament at Leisure Lanes in Monroe on Sunday, MAST reported in this post. Eoff qualified third with 982 for four games and averaged more than 236 through the four survivor rounds en route to winning his 12th career MAST title. Here is Facebook Live video of the title match. Eoff earned $559 for the win, plus $125 in the Bet You Win pot. Second was $309, third and fourth $198 each, fifth through... subscribe to read more. Sun, 3 Nov 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11770 The 11th Frame: Jakob Butturff becomes 3rd player to win PBA event this season despite gutter on TV; viewership down slightly from 2018 Clash http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11770 Jakob Butturff became the third player this year to show that throwing a gutter in a TV finals isn’t a bowling death sentence. In August, Tommy Jones won the PBA BowlerStore.com Classic despite throwing 2 gutters in the title match, as I detailed in this story. And a few days later, Sean Rash won the PBA Wolf Open despite a gutter of his own on TV, as I detailed in this story. On Oct. 21, Jakob Butturff won the $50,000 winner-take-all prize in the 2019 PBA Clash despite starting the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 3 Nov 2019 19:00:00 -0600 11762 The 11th Frame: Storm Youth Championships growing to 8 tournaments in 2020 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11762 Storm Products announced in a news release an 8-tournament schedule for the Storm Youth Championships for 2020. The company said the SYC has awarded more than $203,065 in SMART scholarship funding since it started with two events in 2017. It grew to four tournaments in 2018 and six this year. Storm said its vision for the SYC “began as a way to give back to the bowling community, educate youth bowlers, and invite the whole family to participate.” “When the SYC was born, the... subscribe to read more. Sun, 3 Nov 2019 08:00:00 -0600 11752 The 11th Frame: Matt Ziegler fires ninth career perfect game http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11752 Matt Ziegler fired his ninth career perfect game to highlight Madison area bowling on Friday. Ziegler’s 300 came in a 772 series in the Sport Bowl Lions League. The top series were Jeff Chandler’s 792 in the Dream Lanes Minor League and Becky James’ 699 in the Schwoegler’s Tiger Mixed League. Next were Chip Feltz with 789 in the Dream Industrial Nites League and Lauren Sammel with 689 in the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes 3-Man League. Other men’s series of 750 or higher... subscribe to read more. Fri, 1 Nov 2019 23:55:00 -0600 11756 The 11th Frame: Big news comes with more shameless spin in latest USBC Open Championships survey: 2020 entries projected to be at least 17% above last tourney in Reno in 2016 http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11756 The United States Bowling Congress continued with its shameless and sadly comical spinning of survey results regarding the Open Championships, lumping neutral responses in with positive for the second straight year and declining to release some very important numbers. But this news release on the survey included one piece of big and very important news: entries for the 2020 Open Championships at the newly renovated National Bowling Stadium in Reno already have surpassed the 8,063 teams that... subscribe to read more. Fri, 1 Nov 2019 20:00:00 -0600 11760 The 11th Frame: U.S. Open win moves Francois Lavoie to top of World Bowling Tour points rankings http://www.11thFrame.com/news/article/11760 Francois Lavoie’s win in the U.S. Open on Wednesday moved him to the top of the World Bowling Tour points rankings, PBA reported in Spare Shots on Friday. As I detailed in this story, for the first time in the history of the WBT Finals, one male and one female athlete from each of the three Zones (Asian, European and Pan American) will be invited to compete with the top three men and top three women in WBT points. The points competition concludes with the PBA-WBT Kuwait Open finals... subscribe to read more. Fri, 1 Nov 2019 11:00:00 -0600