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November 23, 2011 Sports Reporter

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The East's Most Read Bowling Weekly 
Sports Reporter
The Nation's Leading Bowling Tournament Newspaper Since 1940
Vol. 72 No. 38 November 23 - 29, 2011 50 cents
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Six-time Professional BowlersAssociation Tour winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville,Texas, defeated rookie Josh Blanchard of Gilbert,Ariz., 266-214, to win the PBA All Regions SouthPoint Open at South Point Bowling Center.Malott, the 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year, col-lected his 14th career PBA Regional title and a$4,000 prize. Blanchard, who has been a PBA mem- ber for just over a week, earned $2,200.Malott defeated ChrisHayden of Las Vegas,268-228, and Blanchardeliminated Mike Faganof Dallas, 251-224, in thesemifinal round to set upthe championship match.The All Regions SouthPoint Open was the firstof two PBA Regionalevents taking place atSouth Point.PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., and amateur partner Alex Aguiar of Dartmouth, Mass., defeated BrianKretzer of Dayton, Ohio, and amateur Jeff Fehr of Cincinnati, 428-415, towin the PBA WestRegion Member/Non-Member Doubles titleSunday at South PointBowling Center.Bohn fired a 224 andAguiar a 204 to claimthe $4,800 first prize.The victory was Bohn’s19th in PBA Regionalcompetition. He alsohas 32 PBA Tour titles,sixth best in PBA histo-ry. He and Aguiar upset the top-seeded team of HyunBum Kim of South Korea and Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 420-412, in the semifinal round toadvance to the title match.Action resumes in the PBA World Series of Bowling when qualifying begins in the CarmenSalvino Classic where after two six-game rounds, thetop 16 players will advance to an additional six-gamequalifying round to determine the top four players for the ESPN TV finals which will be conducted in SouthPoint Exhibition Hall.
SEATTLE - For the 32nd consecutive year, ESPN will provide millions of American bowling fans with nationally-televised coverage of the Professional Bowlers Associationduring the 2011-12 season.The PBA Tour's new television season, which includes 18Sunday telecasts, will begin with a "doubleheader" onSunday, Dec. 4 with the men's and women's World BowlingTour Finals presented by the PBA airing in back-to-back one-hour segments. The PBA-ESPN season will concludewith the live finals of the PBA Tournament of Championsfrom Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15.Supplementing the ESPN telecasts, pba.com's exclusiveXtra Frame video streaming service will provide more than250 hours of live, online coverage of PBA Tour preliminaryrounds as well as start-to-finish coverage of four new XtraFrame Tour events during the season.
(all times Eastern)Dec. 4, 1 p.m. - World Bowling Tour Finals presented bythe PBA (men), Las Vegas.Dec. 4, 2 p.m. - World Bowling Tour Finals presented bythe PBA (women), Las Vegas. Dec. 11, 1 p.m. - WSOBPBA World Championship, Carter Division, Las Vegas.Dec. 18, 1 p.m. - WSOB PBA World Championship,Hardwick Division, Las Vegas.Jan. 1, 1 p.m. - WSOB PBA World Championship,Petraglia Division, Las Vegas.Jan. 8, 1 p.m. - WSOB PBA World Championship, AulbyDivision, Las Vegas.Jan. 15, 1 p.m. - WSOB PBA World Championship finals,Las Vegas.Jan. 22, 3 p.m. - WSOB Bayer Viper Open, Las Vegas.Jan. 29, 12:30 p.m. - USBC Masters, Las Vegas.Feb. 5, 4 p.m. - Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, New Orleans.Feb. 12, 3 p.m. - WSOB Chameleon Open, Las Vegas.Feb. 19, 3 p.m. - WSOB Scorpion Open, Las Vegas. Feb.26, 3 p.m. - 69th U.S. Open, North Brunswick, N.J.March 4, 3 p.m. - WSOB Shark Open, Las Vegas.March 25, 2:30 p.m. - WSOB Mark Roth-MarshallHolman PBA Doubles Championship, Las Vegas.April 1, 1 p.m. - WSOB Carmen Salvino Classic, LasVegas.April 8, 1 p.m. - WSOB PBA Exempt PlayersChampionship, Las Vegas.April 15, 1 p.m. - PBA Tournament of Champions, LasVegas. WSOB = PBA World Series of Bowling
Parker Bohn III, Alex Aguiar WinPBA West Region Doubles Title
Wes Malott Won All Regions Evemt 
By Bill Vint
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Parker Bohn III
PBA Photo
Wes Malott
ESPN's 2011-12 PBA Tour Coverage Begins on December 4
 New season to conclude with live PBA Tournament of Champions coverage on April 15
Fred Catapano Blasted 300At Farmingdale Lanes
FARMINGDALE, NY – FredCatapano blasted twelve in a rowfor a 300 game while rolling in theTuesday Early Birds League atFarmingdale Lanes.Earl Holden rolled 258-246-204-708.In the Wednesday Party Leagueand Tuesday Nite Owls LeagueGary Mertens and ThomasFleissner each shot a 277 gamerespectively.In the Wednesday Early Men’sLeague Mike Maisono shot 223-205-279-707 and Paul Bouchard279.
Keri May Hit 300 at RockawayRocco Fortunato Rolled 300At Majestic Lanes
HOPELAWN, NJ – RoccoFortunato led the scoring in theFamily League rolling perfectwith a 300 game between gamesof 194 and 288 for the sessionhigh series of 782.Steve Venito rolled 216-220-259-695, Dan Pawelek 219-210-248-677, Stephanie Hoff 200-246-221-667, James Medoro 266-645,Kevin Kopko 234-228-623,Robert McCracken 222-224-621and Bob Nebus 227-239-620.ROCKAWAY, NJ – Keri May blasted a twelve banger 300 gameto take the spotlight bowling in theMixed League at Rockaway Lanes.Tom Colucci shot close to per-fect with a 298 game on his way toa 733 set.Walt Forrester posted a 267 fol-lowed by Tyroen Waal with a 250,Donna Sodano 225, Corey Smith249-680 and Nidia Haneveld 238-608.
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What do non-bowlers haveagainst bowling?Nothing, really. Except opin-ions formed because of theirignorance of the sport as a com-petitive challenge. Almost every-one bowls or has bowled at onetime or another. It’s a sure thingthat everyone who bowls or hasbowled has scored a strike.A strike in bowling is it. That’sthe best you can do on a singleball. Yet, a child can roll as per-fect a strike as any pro. Mostpeople never hit a home run,throw or catch a touchdownpass, score a knockout, sink along one, score any kind of goal, or actually do any of theone shot things tahte constituteprecision or perfection in asport.Therefore, because they cando what the top pros strive alltheir lives to do, toss a strike,and to must it usually happensthe first time they go bowling,they tend to look down onbowling as a serious or difficultsport.It is only when they try to put afew strikes together that theyappreciate how difficult it canbe. And when they see a wideassortment of spares, with pinspeeking at them from all areasof the lane, they quickly realizethat successful spare shooting isalso an art.Add to that many paths a bowl-ing ball takes, from gutter togutter particularly in the handsof a novice, and the degree of difficulty multiplies.There’s a look of monotony tothe sport unless you’re into it.Watching bowling is not thesame as bowling, Bowlingcasually is not the same as wor-rying about it, and even theserious non-pro bowler can’tknow what enters a pro’s mindand body when it means hislivelihood.High scoring trends haven’thelped. In no other sport can thebest in the world move into atown, and find that local juniorscarry the same kind of averageas the best. Long explanations of how lane conditions can caryand cause such situations gainshort attention.Bowling is the only sport Iknow of in which pros can bebarred from amateur tourna-ments which pay more moneythan the pro tournaments. Readthat again. Now make believeyou’re a sports editor or a radioor TV station sports directorwho knows nothing about bowl-ing. He finds all this hard tobelieve. And it is only through along process of education that hecan be convinced, that thoughbowling might be a little strangein ways, there is a method to allmadness, and that the finalproduct today is the result of along, historical march.I’ve seen a few heads shakewhen non-bowlers discoverthere are many bowlers whodon’t know how to keep score.Because there are automaticscorers and someone alwayswilling or able to keep scores,you can get by for as long as youwish without knowing too much.That’s bad.Bowling is a sport in whichparticipants range from thosewho have no athletic ability atall to those who could star inany type of athletic endeavor.It’s a sport in which you canslide by not knowing a thingabout it, yet one you can spendyour while life learning moreand more about.Maybe bowling is too manydifferent people, and that couldbe why it doesn’t have any realenemies among non-bowlers,but neither does that manydiehard supporters and back-ers.Make yourself a more educat-ed bowler in every way. It willbe a fascinating and rewardingexperience. Then, slowly butsurely, impart it to that nonbowler relative, friend, orstranger.
 Steve Schantz 779
STATEN ISLAND, NY - SteveSchantz led game and set scoringin the Country Pro-Shop MixedLeague firing games of 244-278-257 for a high series of 779.John Wilders rolled 268-249-729, Alan Callahan 279-687,Vincent Ferrante 253-682 andJette Gullo 211.
 Ricky Reebe 714
STATEN ISLAND, NY - RickyReebe led the scoring in theMichael Carbomaro MixedLeague firing a 267 game for ahigh series of 714.Steve McNichol rolled 267-694, Merrill Barizone 256-671,Maria Gumb 279-636, AndreaLindell 223-624, Keith Trepol277, Richie Williams 258, LouConte 247 and Jonathan Adnrews245.
 Jim Garity 673
STATEN ISLAND, NY - JimGarity led the Senior Men’sLeague firing 228-256 for a highseries of 673.Ray Miranda rolled 256-223-659, Stu Isaacs 212-207-205-624,Tom Mannino 233, Willie Keonig223-208 and Ben Johnson 214.
By Bill Vint
After finishing fourth and eighth, respectively, in the AMFAustralian Masters in Sydney, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., andAustralia’s Jason Belmonte have locked up a head-to-head “grudgematch” that will launch the PBA Tour’s 2011-12 television seasonon ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 4.A Rash-Belmonte re-match has been anticipated since their emo-tional “bottlegate” confrontation during the GEICO PBA TeamShootout in June in Chicago. During a Team Shootout match, Rashangrily responded to Belmonte after he apparently made a noisewith his plastic water bottle while Rash was on the approach, preparing to make a key shot. Belmonte later dismissed the inci-dent as an accident, but neither player was apologetic, and both promised to resolve any differences on the lanes when they meetagain.That meeting will occur as the first match of the men’s finals of the World Bowling Tour presented by the PBA, which will air at 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 4 on ESPN. Rash qualified second in the season-long WBT points standings behind points leader Mika Koivuniemiof Hartland, Mich., while Belmonte finished third on the pointslist.Hong Kong’s Wu Siu Hong (coached by former PBA touring player Purvis Granger) won the Australian Masters men’s title anda $25,000 first prize with a 226-207, 259-243 victory over MikeFagan of Patchogue, N.Y. Koivuniemi finished third, Rash fourth,Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., was fifth, and Belmonteeighth.Two-time PBA Women’s Series title winner Shannon Pluhowskyof Kettering, Ohio, won the Australian Masters women’s title,defeating Sweden’s Sandra Andersson, 236-181, 210-181, but thesecond-place finish was enough for Andersson to knock PBA Tour titlist Kelly Kulick out of the WBT women’s finals. Kulick andWBT women’s points leader Carolyn Dorin-Ballard did not bowlin Australia.Dorin-Ballard won the WBT women’s points title followed bySweden’s Nina Flack and Andersson. The WBT Women’s Finals presented by the PBA stepladder finals will follow the men’s tele-cast on ESPN on Dec. 4.
November 23 - 29, 2011
Joan Taylor’sTen Pin Rap...
This may become an annual rant, like my every-two year “Bowling should be an Olympic Sport” rant. But this one isabout the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA)Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame. And this year’s inductee will be (wait for it) Miley Cyrus.Last year they opened up voting to the general public, appar-ently comprised of hundreds of thousands of teenagers. The toptwo front-runners were Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, withSwift taking the “title.” This was based on her being “seen at bowling centers periodically with friends.” Bieber had a musicvideo set in a bowling center…one video.The kicker was that Swift was presumably on tour or in arecording studio during what should have been her induction inArlington, TX in June,. But the BPAA announced she sent anacceptance video. Not so. Someone took the famous KanyeWest awardus-interruptus Video Music Awards scene anddubbed in some lunacy about how Taylor Swift didn’t deservethe (bowling) Hall and that Beyonce should have gotten the bowling celebrity honors. So sad.And now based on “Miley Cyrus is certainly a busy girl, butwhen she’s not filming or recording, she’s been spotted at vari-ous bowling centers with celebrity friends, including fellownominees Nick Jonas and Justin Bieber, and charity bowlingevents,” and a whopping “popular” vote, Cyrus will be induct-ed (whether on hand or not) into the Celebrity Bowling Hall of Fame.In addition to Bieber who again came in second place, nomi-nees were: Nick and Joe Jonas, Jeff Bridges, Lady Gaga(what?), Bill Murray, Li’l Wayne, Michael Jordan (oh that’sright, his name was on a bowling ball back in the day), JimmyFallon and (ugh) Kim Kardashian. Never mind that NASCAR star driver Jeff Gordon hosts a bowling fundraiser for his charity, the Riley Hospital for Children, every year featuring PBA stars. Or that Michael J.Fox “trained” for his role in “Greedy” by enlisting JohnnyPetraglia to coach Fox, and by appearing at Brunswick ZoneCarolier Lanes for an exhibition, and attending a pro tourna-ment. Despite my nausea at the movie, Kingpin was centeredaround our beloved sport and featured Bill Murray, WoodyHarrelson and Randy Quaid. Going back to the 1970s,“Dreamer” was also about a professional bowler whose dreamit was to earn enough money bowling to open his own center.So why didn’t Tim Mathesen get a nomination for the celebri-ty hall? Who doesn’t remember Jeff Bridges as “The Dude” inThe Big Lebowski? There was plenty of bowling in that movie.Remember that TV show “Ed?” Why not nominate actor TomCavanaugh who week after week portrayed a bowling center owner? Rockaway Lanes’ own Ken Yokobosky even served asan advisor and “stunt double” for that show, shot in New Jersey.So for a pop singer/actress and country singer/actress to jointhe likes of Jerome Bettis and Lynne Swann, it’s a bit insulting.If the BPAA gave an award to a celebrity “for distinguishingyourself by bowling with friends,” I wouldn’t be as offended asI am.On the other side of this fence is the fact that in answer to“What were they thinking?” I came up with a theory. That bowling and the BPAA are trying to “appeal to a younger demo-graphic” much like the PBA is with their cheerleaders and such.A “younger demographic” is fine for Bowlopolis, Junior Team USA, the Junior Masters tournament, birthday parties,and glow bowling. If you market it, they will come.As for Smiley Miley, maybe if “Party in the USA” had been“Bowling in the USA” I wouldn’t have been so harsh.So what is the solution? Ask a group who knows show bizand bowling to come up with nominees.Can you imagine if other Halls of Fame listed nominees based on sightings at a ball park or football stadium? Whatwould Cooperstown and Canton be like? I shudder at thethought.And by the way, that younger demographic won’t comprisethe majority of attendees at the BPAA national meeting, semi-nars, and Bowl Expo who will be on hand next year in Reno, NV to see the induction, if there is one. There will be some fam-ilies, and a handful of teenagers, but not enough to make a bigto-do of 18-year-old Miley’s induction.But Jeff Bridges, or Michael J. or Tim Matheson? Any onewould be great and worthy. I guess that makes me “TheDreamer.”

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