2021-2022 BOWLING NEWS

NEWCOMER TRIO GETS GREAT MILEAGE IN JANUARY SWISS WIN
posted on February 1, 2022 (with permission from and a hat tip to Phil Barry)

The West Frankfort-based SBS Team with Alfred Schach, Leigh Blackburn, and Jordan Schach shocked the record-setting 28-team field to win the January 30 Swiss Trio Championship, held at Spare Time Lanes.

SBS torched the first four games at a 38-2 clip, but after three lower-scoring matches which dropped them to second place, SBS swept the leading “Grr and Crew” team 10-0 in the final match, ensuring the victory and over $1500 in prize money.

The eight-game team event provided individual heroics. Chris O’Neil, who averaged 256 for the night, fired an 802 series in games 1-3 for a certifiable award, and Kevin Audi got as close as possible to that same prize with a 265-266-268 string for a 799.

O’Neil teamed with Rob Baser and Cassie Walden to finish second, bowling under the banner of “Team Name Pending.” Unfortunately the last game dropped the “Grr and Crew” trio of Kylie Neeley, Ryan Griffin and Kendra Griffin to third, but Ryan celebrated his career best three-game series, a 619 off a 166 average. Placing in the top four for the second straight Swisser but with different members were the Taylor Law Officers, Chuck Parker, Rhonda Culbertson and Steve Poffinbarger.

In addition to the winners, the late-January tournament attracted other trios from cities as far away as Peoria to the northwest and Terre Haute to the southeast. Rhonda Culbertson won the bowling ball raffle, with the ball provided by the Storm/Roto Grip/900 Global family.

DECATUR TEAMS REACH FINALS IN CHAMPAIGN OVER/UNDER TRIOS
posted on February 1, 2022

Two Decatur-based teams reached the elimination bracket in the January 9 “Over-Under-50” trio tournament at Arrowhead Lanes in Champaign, an event which was won by a Danville/Champaign grouping led by Mid-Illinois tournament standout Rhonda Culbertson.

Culbertson paired with Jackie White and Jim Hudson to defeat Team Tanzyus (AJ Berry, David Fromm, and Michael Tanzyus, $666) in the final match, earning $1050 for the victory. Team Swartz (Marcus Williams, Dan Goebel, Mike Swartz, $390) took third-place money back to Decatur.

Also tying for third was Team Miller (Brandon Hamilton, David Jackson, Byron Miller), $390), while the fifth and final bracket team was Team McMasters (Logan Oakes, Doug Oakes, Mike McMasters, $210). Hamilton fired a 300 game during the qualifying round.

The tournament, which featured threesomes where at least one bowler was 50 or older, attracted 21 teams. Decatur’s Dave Mills won the raffle for a Roto-Grip Idol Helios bowling ball.

FALL 2021 RECAP: DECATUR BOWLERS FIND OUT-OF-TOWN SUCCESS
posted on Feburary 1, 2022

Decatur bowlers fared well in fall-2021 Bloomington tournaments. The quartet of Anthony Mills, his father Dave Mills, Chad Vandolah and Brian Carter won the Ebonite Team Shootout at Twin City Lanes on September 10. Anthony and Dave upped that with another victory in the October 9 Ebonite Doubles Shootout at Twin City. Their separated teammates did not go away quietly, as Vandolah and Carter retained their pairing, started strongly and finished steadily, earning a top-4 qualifying berth, the best of the remaining Decatur bowlers.

The first 300 game in Decatur Leagues in the fall of 2021 was from a bowler with the surname Howell. But it was NOT Gabe! On September 17 in the Friday Night Fever League, it was achieved by Cynthia Howell. She started slowly with a 175, then bounced back with 246, then cleared the bar with her second career perfect game. Her first 300 was on November 2, 2009, almost 12 years ago.

Chris O’Neil had a handful of 300 games in multiple venues in the final quarter of 2021. Also hitting perfection in Q4 were John Bright Jr., Corey Kistner and Tom Adcock. Meanwhile, Keith Hillen, a Springfield bowler who bowled in Decatur leagues in the latter stages of the 2010s, was named the 2020-2021 Springfield Bowler of the Year at their HOF banquet.

Tim Frey was part of a national team scoring record for the 2020-2021 season. Frey teamed with Chris Jacobs, Shayne Thompson, Tammy Walsh, and Mike McWethy to bowl a 3-game scratch series of 3807. The team, sponsored by Solid 9 Pro Shop, shot the top score in the nation for a 4-man, 1-woman team last season.

In the Friday night tournament held on October 29 at Spare Time Lanes, Decatur’s Jason Meeks topped Bloomington’s Justin Karnats in the championship game to add to his trophy collection.

BLOOMINGTON SQUAD WINS APRIL SWISS TRIO
posted on February 1, 2022 (with permission from and a hat tip to Phil Barry)

The team of Jason Jones, Dustin Hopkins and Justin Karnats captured the victory in the Spare Time Swiss Trio tournament held on April 18, 2021 in Decatur.

After a slow start, winning only 18 of 40 points in the first four games, the Pin Action Pro Shop-sponsored team went 34-6 in the final four to secure the title.

The Taylor Law Office trio of Ron Webb, Chris Koester and Steve Poffinbarger placed second, while the next two positions were taken by the teams featuring Ambrosio Medrano-Greg Medrano-Janet Vincent and Eric Wurmnest-Blake Wurmnest-Gary Locke.

The bowling ball raffle winner was Scott Johansen. The tournament featured 20 teams/60 bowlers with averages ranging from under-120 to over-240.

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Decatur Youth Championship,
December 2021:

Team Handicap

  • 10 Pin Galore (2943)
    (Lucas Boyd, Riley Barry,
    Tucker Griffin, Dillan Carter)

Team Scratch

  • 10 Pin Galore (2289)

Doubles Handicap

  • Lucas Boyd-Riley Barry (1436)

Doubles Scratch

  • Lucas Boyd-Riley Barry (1205)

Singles Handicap

  • Glen King III (735)

Singles Scratch

  • Lucas Boyd (606)

All Events Handicap

  • Dillan Carter (2245)

All Events Scratch

  • Lucas Boyd (1860)
Decatur Women's Championship,
November 2021:

Team Handicap

  • Thrown Together (2870)
    (Amy Barry, Cassie Walden,
    Trisha Swartz, Laura Stone)

Team Scratch

  • Thrown Together (2384)

Doubles Handicap

  • Jo Fellows-Mandie Dietz (1387)

Doubles Scratch

  • Kendra Griffin-Vonna Mears (1128)

Singles Handicap

  • Kendra Griffin (775)

Singles Scratch

  • Kendra Griffin (685)

All Events Handicap

  • Diana Finley (2106)

All Events Scratch

  • Cynthia Howell (1752)
Decatur Mixed Championship,
October-November 2021:

Team Handicap

  • Larry Carry (2725)
    (Trinity Bush, Robyn Adcock,
    Adam Mackey, Larry Porter)

Team Scratch

  • Kiss'n More Sturgeon (2526)
    (Hannah Moore, Sheila Queen-Kistner,
    Corey Kistner, Britt Sturgeon)

Doubles Handicap

  • Diana Finley-Cody Finley (1461)

Doubles Scratch

  • Chelsie Finch-Terrence Cloyd (1363)
Decatur Open Championship,
October 2021:

Team Handicap

  • Drakes Dream Team (3666)
    (Mike Drake, Trace Wade, Clayton Griffin,
    John Larry, Cody Finley)

Team Scratch

  • Drakes Dream Team (3429)

Doubles Handicap

  • Trevor Petro-Logan Petro (1531)

Doubles Scratch

  • Clayton Griffin-John Larry (1377)

Singles Handicap

  • Mike Tanzyus (785)

Singles Scratch

  • Rob Baser (757)

All Events Handicap

  • Clayton Griffin (2192)

All Events Scratch

  • Clayton Griffin (2119)
Decatur 600 Club Championship,
February 12-13, 2022:

Doubles Handicap

  • Jo Fellows-Mandie Dietz (1455)

Doubles Scratch

  • Kendra Griffin-Vonna Mears (1250)

Singles Handicap

  • Diana Finley (777)

Singles Scratch

  • Taylor Bird (689)

All Events Handicap

  • Jo Fellows (1499)

All Events Scratch

  • Taylor Bird (1307)