2019-2020 BOWLING NEWS...

posted on January 21, 2020 (hat tip to Phil Barry)

The newly-minted doubles team of Haley O’Neil and A.J. Berry edged the duo of Tony Mahon and Cassie Walden, 387-358 (scores with differential handicap) to win the Friday Night Tournaments’ Blind Draw Doubles on Jan. 17, 2020 at Spare Time Lanes.

All pairings were made at check-in, with 38 competitors braving poor weather and road conditions to take part in this first-of-its-kind event in Decatur, also providing the first local tournament payout of the new decade.

After four games of total-pin qualifying, Mahon and Walden had the top stepladder seed with 1995, followed by Haley O’Neil and Berry (1983), Brandon Roberts and Kelly Holmes (1967), and Jon Alford and Tony Griffin (1943). Alford and Griffin vaulted a number of teams with a 532 in their final qualifying game.

In the final match, Haley got the upper hand over sister Cassie, as the latter had the misfortune of leaving four splits on the same lane in those ten frames.

Other Stepladder results:

First Match: Roberts-Holmes defeated Alford-Griffin, (426 + 6) 432-381.

Semifinal Match: O’Neil-Berry defeated Roberts-Holmes, (426 + 6) 432-320.


1st Haley O’Neil / A. J. Berry 1983 - $174

2nd Tony Mahon / Cassie Walden 1995 - $132

3rd Brandon Roberts / Kelly Holmes 1967 - $104

4th Jon Alford / Tony Griffin 1943 - $84

5th Matt Seger / Trisha Swartz 1924

6th Chris Burns / Sean Holmes 1897

7th Mike Valdahl / Mary Patel 1895

8th Derek Bradshaw / Chris O'Neil 1889

9th Frank Bilyeu / Heather Larsen 1854

10th Logan Bruner / Trevor Petro 1823

posted on January 9, 2020 (hat tip to Chris O'Neil)

The 2019-2020 Decatur Women's Championships concluded on Dec. 1 at Spare Time Lanes. The top three positions in each division are posted below. All results are unofficial:

Handicap Team - 1. Don't Care (Mary Patel, Vonna Mears, Kendra Griffin, Hannah Moore) - 2860; 2. Grandma's Girls - 2802; 3. Bird Farm - 2775

Scratch Team - 1. Grandma's Girls (Tammy Jones, Cassidy Walters, Chelsie Finch, Halry O'Neil) - 2511; 2. Don't Care - 2485; 3. Bird Farm - 2190

Handicap Doubles - 1. Haley O'Neil/Chelsie Finch - 1461; 2. Tammy Jones/Janet Vincent - 1433; 3. Cassidy Walters/Tammy Jones - 1422

Scratch Doubles - 1. Haley O'Neil/Chelsie Finch - 1359; 2. Tammy Jones/Janet Vincent - 1289; 3. Cassidy Walters/Tammy Jones - 1233

Handicap Singles - 1. Vonna Mears - 778; 2. Trinity Bush - 774; 3. Chelsie Finch - 754

Scratch Singles - 1. Chelsie Finch - 721; 2. Janet Vincent - 651; 3. Vonna Mears - 643

Handicap All-Events - 1. Vonna Mears - 2284; 2. Lauren Christianson - 2133; 3. Haley O'Neil - 2124

Scratch All-Events - 1. Chelsie Finch - 2099; 2. Haley O'Neil - 1926; 3. Tammy Jones - 1892

posted on December 16, 2019 (hat tip to Bill Hilbrick)

Brothers Bob and Harry Logan added to their team legacy with a doubles victory in the Illinois Senior Open Championships, which concluded on Nov. 3 in DeKalb.

The Logans, who competed for a world-record 67th consecutive time on Dec. 14 in the Peoria-Landmark Lanes Brothers Tournament, shot 1424 handicap at Mardi Gras Lanes in late October to win the 70-and-older A-Division. Bob Logan shot a three-game scratch series of 715, the best score in the division, including Doubles and Singles.

In dominating style, Frank Bilyeu earned a trip to the 2020 USBC Senior Championships with his performance in the 65-to-69-age B-Division. Frank's All-Events title, a 6-game handicap score of 1556 which was the top total in all five divisions, gave him the pathway to Louisville, KY next summer.

Bilyeu added a first-place in Handicap Singles, and his 791 there was also the best in the field. To close it out, Frank teamed with David West to finish 2nd in Doubles, at 1397 just seven pins shy of the winning score.

Also on the State Senior podium was the doubles team of Joe Laramee and Bruce Drake, who combined for 1415 with handicap to finish 2nd in the 55-to-59-age D-Division.

posted on December 16, 2019 (hat tip to Phil Barry)

Matthew Goebel defeated Lucas Boyd 266-213 to win the title in a high-scoring Youth Friday Night Tournament on Nov. 22 at Spare Time Lanes.

The tourney consisted of four qualifying games, after which the top 5 in the field of 22 would advance to bracket finals. The top three seeds, Boyd, Tucker Griffin and Goebel, received byes, while seeds 4 and 5 squared off, where Riley Barry shot 266 to Rachel Garrett’s 248.

The excessive pinfall continued into the semis, where Boyd edged Barry 243-238 and Goebel topped Griffin 216-178.

Goebel, who debuted in leagues just last season, started the championship match with three marks and was able to maintain his lead after ten frames to win his first FNT title.

The scores shown were based off 225 with an 80% handicap; however, given the average ranges of the players, handicap games exceeding 210 usually exceeded the bowlers' scratch averages. Complete results are shown below.

Final Results (with 4-game qualifying totals; all monetary awards are deposited in SMART accounts): 1st–Matthew Goebel 951 ($73); 2nd–Lucas Boyd 999 ($57); T-3rd–Tucker Griffin 963 ($45); T-3rd–Riley Barry 934 ($45); 5th–Rachel Garrett 919 ($36); 6th–Joshua D. Ragan 911 ($30); 7th–Eilyjah Woods 907; 8th–Luke Swartz 903; 9th–Link Fonseca 900; 10th–Aiden Page 890; 11th–Hunter Wilson 881; 12th–Alexis Mahon 873; 13th–Alex Short 872; 14th–Dillan Carter 847; T-15th–Kane Alford 840; T-15th–Jaxon Queen 840; 17th–Chloe Griffin 812; 18th–Tristin Quinlan 818; 19th–Alex Hudson 778; 20th–Madison Hawkins 761; 21st–Mason Griffin 757; 22nd– Brylan Yust 740

posted on December 16, 2019 (hat tip to Phil Barry)

Chris O'Neil average 251 in his four qualifying games and fought through three bracket matches to win the inaugural Friday Night Tournament of the season on Nov. 15 at Spare Time Lanes.

O'Neil, who took down Frank Bilyeu and Rhonda Culbertson in match-play, edged runner-up Jason Queen 204-202 to win the $98 top prize in an event featuring 42 bowlers of all averages and levels of experience.

James Heckwine started a series of high games with a 290 in qualifying. Unfortunately, Heckwine was the victim of a 290 thrown at him by Jason Queen in the first round of brackets.

Queen, who grabbed the final 8th seed, next dispatched 4th seed Cody Finley, who advanced by topping 5th ranked Sean Holmes. The other finalist was Scott Kopacz, who was defeated by Culbertson in round one.

The top 12 finishers, with applicable winnings, are as follows:

1st - Chris O'Neil 1007 ($98); 2nd - Jason Queen 912 ($73); T-3rd - Rhonda Culbertson 993 ($55); T-3rd - Cody Finley 979 ($55); T-5th - James Heckwine 1051 ($42); T-5th - Sean Holmes 940 ($42); T-5th - Scott Kopacz 926 ($42); T-5th - Frank Bilyeu 924 ($42); 9th - Anthony Mills 911; 10th - Nick Wykoff 908; T-11th - Brian Carter 906; T-11th - Jon Alford 906.

posted on November 13, 2019

After five hours of spirited competition, Carmen Howard and Jaxon Queen earned the two divisional championships in the 2019 Decatur Youth Masters, held on Nov. 10 at Spare Time Lanes.

Howard was the title-winner in the 150-and-over average division with her 225-223 (each with handicap) victory over Alex Short in their bracket final. Howard was the last player to qualify for the playoff, and she defeated top-seed Emma Raleigh to begin the double-elimination.

Raleigh had made a big splash the previous Sunday by firing a 297 game and 668 series in the youth city tournament. She continued her barrage in the Masters by averaging 270 (with handicap) in her four games of qualifying. Emma got through the elimination bracket but fell to Howard in a close semifinal match to finish third.

Also making the top-eight in the 16-player field were Lucas Boyd, Bryce Ruple, Eilyjah Woods, Brylan Yust and Victor Madrigal.

The 21 competitors in the 149-and-under average group sported a wide range of age and experience. Queen, at age 6 the second youngest bowler in the field, qualified fifth and swept through his bracket. In the final match, Queen faced the youngest player, 5-year-old Luke Swartz, and Jaxon topped Luke, 182-160 (both with handicap).

Jackson Whicker would have been eligible for the now-erstwhile Century award with his outstanding scratch score of 268 during the four games of qualifying, after which Whicker had a 123-pin lead. Per tournament rules, qualifying scores did not carry over into bracket play, and an opening match-play loss to Swartz put Whicker into the elimination bracket, resulting in a third-place finish.

In the quarterfinals, 11-year-old second-seed Riley Barry rolled one of his best career games, a 200, which converted to 208 using his 141 entering average, but he fell by a single pin to Matt Goebel’s 209 with handicap. Goebel would then fall to Queen to set the stage for the Decatur-area final.

Others who made the eight-player finals were Angelina Madrigal, Jalen Holmes and Arielle Watters. After adding sponsor and spectator donations, all 37 youngsters were able to receive scholarship awards.



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Final Results of the 2018-2019 Open Championships (City Tournament)

80th Annual Decatur USBC Open
Championship: Feb. 16-Mar. 10, 2019 - at Spare Time Lanes

Handicap Singles

  • Daniel Goebel - 793
  • Cory Hollis - 768
  • Michael Abel - 756

Scratch Singles

  • Phillip Barry - 747
  • Shawn Reed - 738
  • Jason Queen - 729

Handicap Doubles

  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1533
  • Garrett Strohl/Jarid Thompson - 1488
  • Bob Gray/Frank Bilyeu - 1458

Scratch Doubles

  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1533
  • Tim Frey/Phillip Barry - 1372
  • Patty Dodd/Bennie Holman - 1358

Handicap All Events

  • Cory Hollis - 2285
  • Bryson Poe - 2210
  • Jason Queen - 2168

Scratch All-Events

  • Jason Queen - 2168
  • Tim Frey - 2156
  • James Heckwine - 2113

Handicap Team

  • Nic Riley (Nic Riley, Ben McCoy, Michael Wilcox, Jon Alford, Phillip Barry) - 3634
  • Dad's Team - 3535
  • Bring Back Pla-Mor - 3406

Scratch Team

  • Nic Riley (Nic Riley, Ben McCoy, Michael Wilcox, Jon Alford, Phillip Barry) - 3567
  • Bring Back Pla-Mor - 3406
  • Balls Deep - 3187

Final Standings: 2018-19 Decatur USBC Open Championship (City Tournament)