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Vol. 71 No. 46 January 19 - 25, 2011 . 50 cents

International Players Top U.S.A. in PBA World Series of Bowling Team Event
By Bill Vint-PBA Media Relations LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For two weeks, nearly 250 of the world’s best bowlers battled each other in a grueling series of individual events during the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling at South Point Bowling Center. On the final day, the best from America met the best from the rest of the world, and came in second. The PBA World Series of Bowling’s special team event pitted PBA photo the six American bowlers who had International champs Palermaa, Lehtonnen, Koivuniemi, finished highest in the 60-game MacLelland, Belmonte, and Monacelli qualifying session against the six international bowlers who had fared best while bowl- all lead, and fellow two-handed specialist Osku ing 12 games per day on five different lane conditions. Palermaa of Finland padded the international team’s The six-man team event awarded one point for each of lead with his easy 227-150 victory over Sean Rash of six head-to-head matches, plus three points to the Montgomery, Ill. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, tried to get the team with the highest total pinfall. U.S. back into the match, but a late surge of four While the head-to-head matches wound up in a 3-3 tie, The World won the team total battle and decisive strikes by opponent Mika Koivuniemi, the third Finn on The World team, closed Barnes’ margin of victory three points, 1,251-1,208. “It was fun,” said Australia’s Jason Belmonte, who to a modest three pins, 227-224. International anchor defeated Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 254-215, bowler Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela started his in their head-to-head match. “But fun or not, we’re game with four strikes and held off a rally by U.S. anchor Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., who won competitors. We don’t like to lose.” Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., gave the U.S. the point, 201-193, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a healthy lead when he defeated Finland’s Kimmo The World’s overall lead. “It was a long, tiring two weeks,” O’Neill said. “The Lehtonen, 246-161, in the first match. Canada’s Dan team match was a good way to end the World Series, MacLelland trimmed the American lead in Match Two when he topped Ronnie Russell of Camby, Ind., even though we lost. I hope we get to do it again next 192-169. Belmonte then put The World into the over- year.”

Glenn Mohr, Jr. Blasted 810 At Majestic Lanes
HOPELAWN, NJ – Glenn Mohr topped all scoring in the Middlesex County Classic League at Majestic Lanes pitching games of 268, 289, and 253 for the session high series of 810. Don Richard shot 279-239-259777, John Both 289-228-248-765, Jason Pintus 215-246-279-740, Ken Rask 267-224-236-727, Marcus Stevens 202-267-256-725, Dennis Smith 269-244-707, and George Valewitz 222-244-241707.

Jim Ketterer Hit 300-803 At Holiday Bowl
OAKLAND, NJ - On Thursday Jan 6th, Jim Ketterer threw an 802 series highlighted by a 300 game while contesting in the Ridgewood/Pompton Men’s League at Holiday Bowl. This was Ketterer’s first career 800 set and his 13th perfect game. He posted games of 213 and 289 that session before tossing the twelve in-a-row for his 300.

Lou Bruno 806 at Belleville
BELLEVILLE, NJ – Lou Bruno led the scoring in the Monday Men Anytime Fitness League firing games of 268-258-280 for a high series of 806 at Brunswick Zone Belleville. Rudy Johnson shot 257-235-260752, Randy Battistus 244-260245-749, Russ Vanhousen 239266-237-742, Chelo Cabrera 246247-258-751, and Javier Perez 216-237-277-730.

Eric Applegate 805 at Majestic
HOPELAWN, NJ – Eric Applegate led the scoring in the Family League at Majestic Lanes firing games of 279-267-259 for a high series of 805. Rocco Fortunato rolled 206-246265-717, Kevin Kopko 210-225257-692, Joe Bloodgood 229-217228-674, Al Patrick 244-234-654, Anthony Angotti 248-212-653, and Beth Ford 234-212-624.

NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic
ARLINGTON, TX (January 12, 2011) - One of the premier annual events leading up to the Super Bowl, the NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic will be twice as big in 2011. For the first time in its six year history, the Classic will be extended to a two-day event as the Super Bowl comes to the DFW region, the "Bowling Capital of the World." In addition to serving as the host city of Super Bowl XLV, to be played at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington is home to the International Bowling Campus which houses the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame and the International Training and Research Center. Dual sport Hall of Famer - football and bowling - Lynn Swann returns for his fifth year as host of the Classic, this year doing double duty with appearances at both events: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2 at 300 Dallas in Addison, Texas and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 3 at the Main Event in Fort Worth. "They say that everything is bigger in Texas, so it's only appropriate that we extend the NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic into a two-day bowling extravaganza in Dallas-Fort Worth, the bowling capital of the world," said Swann. "Unlike the actual Super Bowl, if you don't play well in the Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic, you get from the International Bowling Campus," said Frank a second chance in our two-day event." DeSocio of Strike Ten Entertainment. "We are also Added Swann, "The Classic has become a true Super Bowl absolutely thrilled to have Lynn Swann work 'double duty' tradition and its enduring popularity is a credit to the fun as host of both Classic events and to provide the fans with and camaraderie that you'll only find when you go bowling two chances to bowl side-by-side with some of the greatest as well as the tremendous fundraising power of bowling NFL stars in the history of the game, and all in the name of events. Once again, all proceeds from these events will ben- a great cause." efit the NFL Charities, a wonderful cause that enables the Legendary NFL stars and Pro Football Hall of Fame memNFL to leave a positive mark in communities across the bers confirmed to participate in the Classic include (subject LODI, NJ –to change): Hank Bauer, Marlin Briscoe, Keith Byars, Jay Judowski found Lanes. nation." perfection Randy blasted a 300 Jennifer "Too Tall" Jones, Billy Prior to the Classic, the NFL greats will team with profes- when he Cross, Preston Pearson, EdDeblasi did her best hitgame at- "White Shoes" Johnson, ting Kramer, John 268 to finish sional bowlers to lead a private bowling clinic for local en route to the session high Jerry an impressiveRandle, Parnell series on Dickinson, Marv Fleming, Charles risk Arlington area elementary school children of 802 while rolling in the with a 727 series.Haley, Rodney Monday at Lodi Wednesday, February 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Classic League Reggie Haynes, Thomas "Hollywood" Hampton, International Training & Research Center (private clinic Henderson, Ted Hendricks, Lamonte Hunley, Ricky will be open to the media only). Hunley, Roy Jefferson, Brian Kelley, Kent Kramer, Sean "We couldn't be more excited to bring the Super Bowl and Landeta, Tom Mack, Chuck Foreman, Joey Browner, the NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic to our Randall McDaniel, Curtis McGriff, Chuck Mercein, home, the bowling capital of the world. With more than 71 Michael Merriweather, Bobby Mitchell, Tom Nowatzke, million people taking to the lanes, it has been a banner year Lance Smith, Jan Stenerud, Jimmy Taylor, Roger Wehrli, for the bowling industry - and it is only fitting for the Fred Williamson and Garo Yepremian. biggest Classic ever to be hosted less than one mile away

Jay Judowski 300-802 at Lodi

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J o a n Ta y l o r ’ s Te n P i n R a p . . . .
++The results of the 2010 Inter County Tournament are in. The winning team was from Hudson County, and their total was 7315. The Morris County ladies came in second. They only missed first by 67 pins, which is small spread over a team of five. A total of 13 teams of top-averaging women were entered. Morris County posted 3090. Morris County Val Johannessen posted high game with 278. ++Noel Vega, Fredon, rolled 300-780 in the Dave Valerius Trio league at Rockaway lanes. He has ten sanctioned perfect games, and is averaging 234 subbing in the league. He used a Blue Hammer Backlash drilled by Ken Yokobosky. Speaking of Ken, he himself rolled a 299-747 in the same league “sending the five pin into the 7 but the 7 refused to fall.” He has “around 20-300 games and three or four 299s.” He is averaging 232 in this league and used a new Storm Reign Supreme drilled by, well, who else? ++The results of the 58th Annual Robert H. Higgins Memorial Officers Doubles Tournament are in. In the Handicap Division, winners were Mary Pearson and James Winterfeld, 1475, followed by Thomas J. Beardsmore and Anne Cohen, 1458 and Donna Sterling and Christina Bream, 1455. Thomas and Daniel Mergenthaler lead the scratch division with 1344. High games were posted by James Winterfeld, 279 and Anne Cohen, 241. High Series’ were rolled by James Winterfeld, 736 and Anne Cohen, 620. ++Rockaway is hosting the Rockaway Classic Trios, whose second half will start January 25th. The league runs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. for a 15-week season. First place will pay $2250, or $750 per person. They also offer the PBA Experience Winter Doubles League for an 18week season on Wednesdays starting January 12. Call the lanes for more information or to sign up.

FINAL FRAME
Donna Zimmerman
Donna Zimmerman, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, passed away Dec. 23, 2010 in Thousand Palms, Calif. She was 77. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 in the Superior Performance category. Zimmerman’s best season came in 1965, when she captured the all events title at the Women’s International Bowling Congress (now USBC) Championships and led her team to a secondplace finish at the tournament. She also won the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America doubles crown with Janet Harmon. For the 1965 season, Zimmerman was named to the Bowlers Journal International All-American team and finished second to Betty Kuczynski for Bowler of the Year honors. She was named Southern California Woman Bowler of the Year. Zimmerman was a charter member of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association. She earned one professional title, the PWBA Oxnard Open in 1964, and took second in three other events. She was inducted into the PWBA Hall of Fame in 1996. She began her bowling career in her hometown of Akron, Ohio. In 1952, at age 19, she became the 27th woman in bowling history to roll a perfect game. It was the only 300 game the WIBC recorded during the 1952-53 season. One of her more interesting moments in bowling occurred at the 1959 BPAA All-Star Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. A severe snowstorm left her without transportation, so Zimmerman and Buzz Fazio decided to run to the center. She described how they ran through the snow and managed to arrive at the center moments before the squad went to the floor. "The officials already had the alternates dressed to take our place,” Zimmerman said. “I bowled with cold air in my lungs all evening and was thankful to finish second to Marion Ladewig.” That season, she also finished second at the World Invitational. She also is a member of the California WBA, Southern California Bowling Writers, TriCounty, Ohio, and Summit County, Ohio, Halls of Fame.

Idle bowling thoughts. ...Rules seem to becoming looser and looser in every phase of the game. Much has been done in the tournament area and too much to make it easier for tournaments to secure more entries. Youth and solid no sandbagger suspicion bowlers (using planned methods to keep averages down to receive unwarranted and unrealistic free handicap pins) should be protected with common sense edicts. Strict but fair should be the guideline for every league and tourney rule. ...High praise is due the top women bowlers who still keep themselves in top bowling form to roll in the few major women's events around since the women's tour ceased regular operations in 2003. But shining beams do burst though the clouds such as when Kelly Kulick won the Tournament of champions or when Wendy Macpherson won the Japan Women's Open and with her first prize and a bonus for tossing a 300 game on TV collected some $157,000 in American money. ...The United States Bowling Congress, with its 2011 electees, now numbers 385 members, 254 for their bowling performances, 112 in meritorious contributions, and 19 pioneers of the sport. That may seem like a large number, but who can count the number of bowlers who have competed in the sport for the past 120 years and before---five, ten, hundreds of millions? ...Hardly any top bowlers now use a two fingered grip---but more and more are using a no finger grip---preferring some form of palm grip---not easy, but effective in the right hands. ...Bowling can be a funny game at times, except when the last laugh is at your expense. ...Bill O'Neill, already one of the leaders for PBA Player of the Year for the current season, and a major threat for one of the super stars for the next decade, is as popular as he is talented. And he enhances his and pro bowling's image when he stops by unannounced at junior bowling tournaments and spends a good amount of time talking to and encouraging the youngsters, offering tips and relating what life on the tour is all about. ...Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., was a longtime outstanding youth bowler and star---and still looks as though he is the star of a high school or college team. But looks can deceive and a look deeper reveals a sharp attorney who received his degree and passed the bar exam more than a year ago. He passed his bowling star exam many years ago with the help of his highly respected mom, hall of famer Virginia Norton. ...Of the 45 bowlers who made the TV finals in five PBA World Series of bowling tournaments, 10 spots were claimed by bowlers representing foreign countries, though a couple of them were repeaters. No surprise there, all have proved they belong. ...Bowling balls have been constructed of hard wood, rubber, combinations of materials called composition balls and all kinds of plastics, but no metals involved. It has been reported that at one time some billiard balls were made of ivory. I recall balls made from the tusks of elephants, but never bowling balls, and never have seen one. Have you?

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"Often, the most extraordinary opportunities are hidden among the seemingly insignificant events of life. If we do not pay attention to these events, we can easily miss the opportunities." -Jim Rohn

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Mike Potosk 825,
Rich Schwager 300 At Hanover
HANOVER, NJ - Richard Schwager shot his first 300 game while rolling in the West Morris Thursday Night Men's League At Hanover Lanes and he finished with a 720 set. Mike Potoski blasted 290, 289 and 246 for a blistering 825 series. Jack Safkan hit 277-777, Giles Ward 279-767, Jay David 725, Tony Lerro 279-723 and Robert Vaile 710.

Chris Pagano 300 At T-Bowl II
WAYNE, NJ – Chris Pagano blasted a twelve banger 300 game in the Guys and Dolls League at TBowl. Ed O’Neill, Jim Hosier, and Chris Balll, Sr, each fired a 693 series, Niki Reul tossed a 256 in a 679 set, Keri May hit 246-226667, and Alfie Ramirez 675.

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Ralph DiPasquale 295 at Parkway
ELMWOOD PARK, NJ- Ralph DiPasquale topped the scoring in the Friday 1050 Major League at Parkway Lanes firing a high game of 295 and a high series of 766. Joe Brulato hit 765, Chuck Trimblett 730, Paul Stuart 728, Kathleen Weissman and Lisa Friscioni 715, Dominick Capozzi 710, Vic Padilla 700, Craig Kirchner and Dave Derosa 699.

Dan Barker 780 At Holiday Bowl
OAKLAND, NJ Dan Barker led the scoring in the Sal Marino Budweiser Classic at Holiday Bowl firing games of 298-269 for a high series of 780. Walt Sacharow shot 255-258758, Joey Jones 278-248-730, Brian Stackhouse 246-247-717, Jack Prins 252-239-717, Harry Scheck 257-704, Paul Chiarello 258-696, Rich Michaels 254-687, Tom Maloney 279-675, Ray Kummer 244-667, and Chip Jones 257-664.

Seven Perfectos at Lodi Lanes
LODI, NJ- Anthony Buonanno, Fermin Roldan, John Seprone, Jr., Joseph Verducci, Mitchell Sacks, Gary Janz, and Gary Vicente all rolled 300’s in the USBC Certification League at Lodi Lanes.

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Scott Koenig 779
At Parkway Lanes
ELMWOOD PARK, NJ – Scott Koenig led all pin attackers with scores of 234-279-266 for a strong 779 series to lead an active night of high scorers in the Wednesday, Teterboro Bowling League, at Parkway Lanes. Mike Semancik Jr tossed a 279 game in a 760 set followed by Rich Miller Sr with 269-694, Mark Marton255-692, Jim Lang 248-684, Mike Aiellos 258-673, Steve Kuenzle 249-668, Dave Irwin 234-666, Ryan Sroke 239662, and Frank Beamon 244-661.

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THE MAGIC AT MAJESTIC
Andy Polidura 784
HOPELAWN, NJ- Andy Polidura led the scoring in the Middlesex County Classic League firing 258247-279 for a 784 high series. Ed Hayes, Jr. rolled 277-259235-771, Ron Caggiano 225-279257-761, William Bailey 256-290200-746, Brian Lynch 226-2682243-737, Jason Paro 223-254-259736, Ferman Crisco, Sr. 239-214278-731, and Gelnn Kolator 255224-245-724.

PIN POUNDING AT PLAZA
Jason Ong 729
MADISON, NJ - In the CMIL League Jason Ong shot 279, Chris Minch 731, and Jennifer Dunklin 233-642.

John Delgado 696
John Delgado led the scoring in the Sunday Nite Mixed League firing games of 255-268 for a high series of 696. Lauro Perez hit 206-205-234645, Aaron Williams 215-243635, and Dave Deli 203-226-622.

Rollin E. Ball 676
Rollin E. Ball led the scoring in the Thursday Nite Mixed League firing games of 267-222 for a high series of 676. Matt Cestone hit 234-242-663, Andrew Smith 213-216-607, Vinny Medvetz 235-607, and Danielle Medvetz 211.

Harry Franz 697
Harry Franz led all bowlers in the Tuesday 400 Doubles League firing a 237 game on his way to the session high series of 697. Trevor Bogert hit 257-687, Dan Pridham 245-641, and Pam Feehan 184.

Dennis DeCrosta 693
Dennis DeCrosta led the His & Hers League tossing 210-247-236 for a 693 high set. Bill Smith hit 237-212-236-685, Mike Porcellana 237-217-213667, Andy Shafer 233-224-641, and Shelly Jacques bowled 202213-600. In the Monday Madness League Dan DeBenedetto shot 206-245202-653, and Frank Viverito 201223-603.

Bruce Binkowitz 673
Bruce Binkowitz led the scoring in the Merck League firing games of 236-267 for a high series of 673. Jeff Roberts hit 2423-225-660, Ryan Flessner 211-211-619, and Bill Pyrz 216-209-612. Ed Shuster shot 239-629, and Lewis Roles 213 in the Winter Senior Citizen League. In the Bank League John Sidorko shot 238-206-615.

Mark Bizzarro 254
Mark Bizzarro shot 254, Tom Lockburner 244, Tom Schneyer 243, Bob Newell 641, and Carol Hiligas 206 in the MC Police & Fire League.

Travis Tilley 782
Travis Tilley led the competition in the Madison Park Men’s League firing games of 279-225278 for a high series of 782. Jay Pintus shot 279-209-259-747, Jeff Scire 213-279-238-730, Michael Dinaburg 235-236-244715, Kevin Legg 233-257-224-714, John Parlante 245-234-233-712, and Bob Jacobson 265-263-709.

Jon Russo 686
Jon Russo led the competition while rolling in the Pharma Plus League pitching a 236 game in a high series of 686. Les Porzio hit 256-648, Bob Herring 244, and Dan Smith 627. In the Chatham Collisionettes League Lori Pucek hit 233-619, Alice Bednarik 222, and Beth Colligan 212.

Joey Weisenstein 768
Joey Weisensetin led the Raritan Bay Men’s League firing 269-257242 for a high series of 768. Joe Lampariello hit 257-245242-768, Gabe Ferrari 217-242258-717, Steve Venito 237-235242-715, Ed Hayes, Jr. 270-200237-707, John Kertesz 267-245703, William Smith 232-268-201701.

Eric Applegate 759
Eric Applegate led the scoring in the Family League firing 234-258258 for a high 759 set. Sal Angotti shot 241-2582-47746, Rocco Fortunato 239-235263-737, Steve Venito 232-259226-717, and Anthony Angotti 244-212-638. In the Friends & Family League Vinnie Milazzo shot 258-212-652, Bill Pope 206-201-222-629, and Ryan Guericio 245-623. Jason Ciszewski shot 227-207227-661 in the Avenel Youth League.

Eric Haltli 747
Eric Haltli led the scoring in the Friday Nite Mixed League firing games of 231-237-279 for a high series of 747. Dave Rezes hit 268-243-215726, Jason Ricciardelli 228-229222-679, Kenny Anderson 204234-238-676, Rob Morris 268215-668, and Kevin Cristi bowled 215-256-664.

Don Hellhake 745
Don M. Hellhake led the scoring in the Thursday Mixed Nuts League pitching games of 200, 277 and 268 for the session high series of 745. Rolando Vazquez hit 200-230236-666, John Syslo 247-613, and Mike Lacko 235-200-611.