2017-2018 BOWLING NEWS (plus three Spring-Summer 2017 articles retained for your enjoyment)...

posted on December 8, 2017

Leading the field from the first strike to the final spare, the City of Bloomington won the second rendition of the Braggin' Rights Intercity Team Tournament on Sunday, December 3 at Pla-Mor Lanes in Decatur.

The battle between the venues of defending champion Decatur, Peoria, Springfield and Bloomington consisted of 15 total players per city, divided into three teams of five. Each team had one lady, one bowler over 50, and three high-level regulars.

The best score of the 12 teams was registered by Peoria's Team A, whose members were brothers Tom and Benny Barnwell, Mark Stenger, Hailey Jepson, and former Illini point guard Tony Wysinger.

Bloomington rode to the overall victory with consistent team finishes, as their squads placed second, third and 7th. Their top-scoring quintet featured Jessica Underhill, Chris Stenger, Rick Kidd, Jason Jones and Andy Stone.

The third-place team was comprised of Ashley Gargano, Gordie Glover, Dave Bartlett, Will Keiser and Tyler Adams. The winning city was rounded out by the grouping of Melissa and Dustin Hopkins, Mike Boogren, Adam Johnson and Matt Gargano.

Peoria finished in second place, 140 pins behind Bloomington. The erstwhile champion city of Decatur completed the day in third place, 184 pins ahead of the Springfield fifteen.

The perpetual Braggin Rights Cup, which had been on display in Decatur since July 2014, now resides inside of Pheasant Lanes, the site of the 2018 Illinois State USBC Open Championship, Southern Division, which will start on April 7, 2018.

posted on December 8, 2017

Jordan Watters and Victor Montes won their respective divisions at the 2017 Decatur Youth Masters Tournament, held on November 12 at Spare Time Lanes.

Watters defeated Brylan Yust in the title match of the 139-and-under average bracket, collecting $225 in scholarship funds. Yust earned $175 in future education money for his runner-up finish.

The other two semi-finalists in the 139 Division were third-place Stefanie Cripe, who bowled in a bright-color dress, and fourth place Riley Barry, who bowled his most games ever in a single day, nursing a thumb injury.

In the higher-average grouping, Montes overtook Aiden Page in his championship match, and Victor also earned $225 in scholarship funds. Page prospered to the tune of $175 for his run through the elimination bracket.

Also reaching the semifinals were third-place Ian Tanzyus, who stormed out of the gate with a career-high 750 series in his first three games of qualifying, and fourth-place Blake Evans, who contended for top honors throughout the morning and afternoon.

The tournament managers saluted Spare Time Lanes, the onsite volunteers and all donors, including remote contributions by Blake Wurmnest from Bloomington and Decatur's Bobby Harrison, who had been in North Carolina at the time. Over $2100 in scholarship money was dispensed in this second-annual event.

The tournament also thanked the management of Decatur's WAND-TV, NBC Channel 17, for videotaping the event and providing a feature story during their evening news on the day of the tournament.

Final Standings: 139 and under Division:

Champion: Jordan Watters ($225)

2nd Place: Brylan Yust ($175)

3rd Place: Stefanie Cripe ($125)

4th Place: Riley Barry ($95)

T5th Place: Bradin Bolt ($55)

T5th Place: Luca Coffman ($55)

T7th Place: Bobby Fowler ($35)

T7th Place: Daytona Fowler ($35)

Final Standings: 140 and over Division:

Champion: Victor Montes ($225)

2nd Place: Aiden Page ($175)

3rd Place: Ian Tanzyus ($125)

4th Place: Blake Evans ($95)

T5th Place: Carmen Howard ($55)

T5th Place: Nathan Bush ($55)

T7th Place: Kaela Durbin ($35)

T7th Place: Kyle Newton ($35)

All scholarships will be added to each bowler's SMART account.

posted on November 5, 2017

Chelsie Finch and Corey Kistner earned the Bowler of the Year award for the 2016-17 season, and they received their accolades last night during the Decatur Bowling Hall of Fame Induction Banquet at the Hickory Point Golf Course.

Both Finch and Kistner captured all four City Association Scratch Championships available to them during the previous campaign. Chelsie successfully defended the three Decatur titles she claimed in 2015-16, when she was named Bowler of the Year for the first time.

For Finch, a graduate of the Decatur youth program, Eisenhower High School and Robert Morris University, her WBA victories were forged at Spare Time Lanes in November 2016, in the Women's City Tournament.

Finch and Trisha Swartz tied in Scratch Doubles (1266) with Tricia Queen and Haley O'Neil, but for the individual events, Chelsie stood alone, with 2090 in All-Events and 727 in Singles. Along with teammates Cynthia Howell, Crystal Madrigal and Tricia Queen, Finch was on the champion Team with a total score of 2580.

Finishing the 16-17 season with a top average of 219, Chelsie achieved her career-highs on November 3, 2016, when she bowled 299 (10-pin), 279 and 214 for a 792 series in the Pla-Mor Women's League. In Springfield in February, she was honored, along with father-son pairings Bennie and Justin Holman, and Tom and Ryan Scribner, for bowling the best three-game series in the country during the 2015-16 season, a 3733 in the Central Illinois Tournament. On that team, Chelsie contributed 698.

Finch's accomplishments in January 2017 led to what could be the greatest month ever by a Decatur lady bowler. Working backwards, on the 29th, she swept both scratch titles in the Decatur Women's 600 Club Tournament. Chelsie fired another 698 in Singles, then she added a 671 to O'Neil's 610 to win Doubles with 1281.

One day earlier, she competed in the BA (nee Men's) City Tournament, and Chelsie came away with top-7 finishes in both Scratch Doubles (with Howell) and Scratch Singles, spinning 277 and 286 in the process.

Her greatest January triumph was not eligible for Decatur points, as it occurred in Springfield. On January 7, 8 and 14, Finch defeated some of the top lady bowlers in the state to take home the tiara for the first time in the Florence Scott Around the Town Tournament, a major Midwest event which now covers three venues over three days.

Other Decatur champions of this event include members of the Decatur, Springfield and Illinois Bowling Halls of Fame; Tammy Jones, Janet Vincent and Gene Vincent. Finch's capital city victory eclipsed that of her current ADM League teammate, another Decatur and State Hall of Famer Tom Adcock, who finished second in the 2017 Men's ATT.

Chelsie's on-lane performance continues to shine this season, as she has strung strikes into the 10th frame on four occasions to-date, with a top game of 298.

Kistner, 42, also had a magnificent season, with award-winning results in Decatur and Bloomington. Corey's City victories were earned at Pla-Mor Lanes in January, firing 2253 in All-Events, 769 in Singles, 1528 in Doubles (300/802 with Darrell Bean's 726) and 3411 in the team event, collaborating with Darrell and Gary Bean, Steve Burger and Larry Larsen, Jr.

In addition to the two award scores in City Doubles, Kistner added two more perfect games, an 803 in the Pla-Mor Men's League, and two 299s, a 300 and an 825 in Bloomington tournaments. Moreover, Kistner spun the best 3-game series in the Decatur Association in 2016-17, an 847 on October 20, 2016.

Kistner joined Matt Gargano to win Doubles tournaments in Decatur and Bloomington, and on the strength of a 300 and 791, Kistner won the March 31 Friday Night Singles Tournament in Decatur. Corey connected with Tom Adcock, Darrell Bean and Larsen to win July's Firecracker tournament in Springfield.

That quartet secured the services of Jason Queen as the fifth for April's IBA State Championship in Galesburg. The powerful quintet proceeded to win the Southern Division Scratch title with a score of 3525.

It was the first Bowler of the Year honor for Kistner, whose two-handed style was crafted with assistance from Australian star Jason Belmonte, while Corey was working for the PBA in the first decade of this century.

posted on November 5, 2017

The 42nd Annual Decatur Bowling Hall of Fame Banquet was celebrated last night at the Hickory Point Golf Course Banquet Facility, and family was the theme for all five inductees.

For the first time, members from three generations of the same family were enshrined on the same evening. Darrell Bean was saluted for Outstanding Performance. His father Ken Bean was recognized in the Veterans category, as was Ken's mother, Trudy Bean.

The other two electees were Cynthia Howell and Shelley Golladay who both joined their significant others in the Hall. Howell earned Superior Performance status, an honor which her husband Gabe received in 2015. Golladay joined husband Greg in the Decatur shrine through her Meritorious Service. Greg Golladay was elected in 1999 for Exemplary Performance.

Darrell Bean, 42, is a longtime service technician for Fleener and Roberts. He started his Decatur career in 1993, and he has bowled 34 perfect games and 19 800-plus series, with a top score of 824.

Darrell has dozens of tournament championships, and in two cases, was part of a record-setting state champion team that rolled 1386 in one game and 3786 for the series, totals that have not been eclipsed in IBA play. He has been part of two Baker-300 games, once in Doubles and aso in the 5-person Braggin' Rights tournament in 2014, a 15-player squad which he captained to victory.

Ken Bean is the owner of Fleener and Roberts, and the soon-to-be-64-year-old lefty (November 7) has ten 300 games and five 800s in his trophy case. Ken's top series is 839, and he will be the defending Handicap Team champion in the upcoming 2018 Decatur USBC Open Championships.

Trudy Bean, 86, bowled for nearly five decades and was a longtime team captain, also serving as a league officer and association delegate. She was a fixture in the Moonlight, Major City and N & W Cannonball Leagues, to name the most recent ones. It is estimated that Trudy toppled over 1.2 million pins in her 49-year career. Between the ages of 54 and 74, she excelled by averaging between 167 and 176 in her best leagues.

Howell is not done accumulating high scores, but what she has to-date places her at the top level of young inductees. Howell has a perfect game to her credit, rolled on November 2, 2009, and her best three-game series is 774. She has nearly a dozen city championships, combining WBA and City Mixed. Cynthia has also won several events away from Decatur, with a handful in Doubles competitions where husband Gabe was her partner.

Cynthia has collected every Decatur WBA and USBC individual emblem for which she is eligible, and she also has a top-7 scratch finish in the "Men's" City Tournament. This occurred in January, where she bowled a 278 game with the last 11-in-a-row.

Golladay, 61, has competed in Decatur for 41 seasons. She is currently recovering from knee-replacement surgery, but she plans to start her 42nd campaign at the start of 2018. Golladay is a longtime volunteer on the Decatur Women's Board, serving on nearly every committee and chairing several of those.

Shelley has propelled her mixed teams to several league titles, and she also has a City Tournament victory on her mantle, Team Handicap in the 2015-16 season.

Finally, Decatur and Illinois Bowling Hall of Famer Tom Adcock was the first recipient of the Fred Redding Most Valuable Bowler award, which was presented at the November 4 banquet. The new citation is bestowed on the bowler who has the greatest performance on the lanes in all locales during a USBC season. The determination is made by-vote within the Decatur USBC BA Competition Committee.

Adcock received the prize as a result of several team, doubles and individual tournament victories. Tom won his 19th overall State title in the Southern Division Team event in April, and he was also a member of January's BA Open scratch team champion. Adcock's top victory in 2016-2017 was a successful defense of his PBA50 Midwest Senior Region victory in Virden, IL, in March.

A perpetual plaque was created to recognize all winners of this award, which was named after the legendary Decatur bowling champion and mentor, who was part of the 1984 Hall of Fame induction class.

Through the end of 2017, the Hall of Fame Banquet Program, featuring induction resumes, memorials and all-star teams, will be available for download on the right-hand side of this page.

posted on November 5, 2017

For the fourth straight season, the team of Bennie Holman and Connie Sargeant were recipients of the Decatur Senior Bowler of the Year Award, with presentations made at the 42nd Annual Decatur Bowling Hall of Fame Banquet in Forsyth last night.

Rounding out the Bowler-of-the-Year ceremony, presentations were made to youth players Nic Riley and Rebecca Bush, the respective male and female honorees.

Holman, who had a top average of 235 in his three 2016-2017 fall leagues, vaulted to the top spot on the strength of six perfect 300 games in the 12-month period between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2017. Bennie also added an 805 and 810 series in Decatur league play.

Along with his son Justin, plus Tom Scribner, Ryan Scribner and two-time Ladies' Bowler of the Year Chelsie Finch, Bennie Holman was recognized on February 18, 2017 at King Pin Lanes in Springfield for his role on a record-setting team. Holman's fivesome rolled a 3733 scratch score in the 2016 Central Illinois Tournament, which was the top total in the United States for the 2015-16 campaign for a 4-man/one-lady team.

On that squad, Bennie Holman had the highest series of the five, a 791. Holman was elected to the Decatur Bowling Hall of Fame in the year 2000 for career Outstanding Performance, and at age 59, he is still generating multiple award scores each season (Holman will turn 60 on December 8).

Sargeant captured top honors for the fifth time overall. Her top averages were 188 and 177. Connie was enshrined in 2011, also in the Superior Performance category. Sargeant has been part of several league champion teams, and she has topped the 700-mark more than a dozen times. Her career-high game is 285, and she earned All-City status four times prior to turning 55.

Bush is taking classes at Richland Community College in its CNA program. Rebecca's goal is to become a Registered Nurse. Last season, her high average was 171, her high game was 247, and her high series was 609.

Riley is also matriculating at Richland, and he also works as a Certified Grain Inspector for the Mid-Iowa Grain Company. Nic's highlight of the 2016-2017 season was rolling a perfect 300 in the Pepsi State Tournament. His high average was 223, his high Decatur game was 269, and his high set was 795.

Eliana Kopetz was also the recipient of the Lonnie Klukis Memorial Scholarship, a $200 endowment given to the top high school senior, as determined by the Hall of Fame Board-based committee. This scholarship is open to boys and girls, but only one is bestowed on an annual basis.

Eliana averaged 174 in her 2016-17 Saturday youth league. Eliana was raised via home-schooling, and she earned graduation status last spring, and she volunteers for several area support programs.

Until the end of 2017, rankings of the All-City teams can be found in the Hall of Fame Program, linked in the right column of this page.

posted on October 30, 2017 (in collaboration with contributing editor Corey Kistner)

Tom Adcock and Jason Queen rolled a 299 en route to their latest team victory in the 2017 Decatur Baker Doubles presented by Roto Grip, which was held on October 29 at Pla-Mor Lanes.

No strangers to winning doubles tournaments, the duo led the field by going +363 for qualifying. They continued their dominance by going undefeated in match play to claim the title, defeating the 2015 Baker Champions, Darrell and Gary Bean 228-206 in the Championship match.

Third place was captured by rising stars Tyler Young, a graduate of the Decatur youth program, and Jordyn Sussenbach, both of whom reside in Greenville. The fourth place team was the husband-wife duo of Karl and LeMeika Wilson of St. Louis.

The lone Baker 300 of the tournament was spun by the betrothed Decatur pair of Chris and Haley O'Neil, who fell short of the top-13.

A record number of 51 teams competed. In addition to St. Louis, the event drew bowlers from the Chicago area, Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign, Danville and Decatur.

Via Facebook, the tournament manager gave kudos to the Pla-Mor staff, Gabi Fyke, Mike Schoneman, Leslie Schoneman, Hooper and Blake, along with special assistants Sheila Queen-Kistner and Robyn Adcock for their efforts.

David Blackard was the winner of the drawing which presented him with a Roto Grip ball of his choice.

Following are the cashers and match-play participants, in order of finish:

1st: Tom Adcock/Jason Queen (5-0) $830

2nd: Darrell Bean/Gary Bean (6-2) $600

3rd: Tyler Young/Jordyn Sussenbach (3-2) $400

4th: Karl Wilson/LaMeika Wilson (3-2) $300

T5th: Nick Wykoff/Brandon Xavier Roberts (2-2); and Larry Larsen, Jr./Andrew Stone, both earning $240

T7th: Benny Barnwell/Tom Barnwell (2-2); and Rick Kidd/Jason Jones, both earning $180

T9th: Jase Finley/Larry Porter (1-2); Nichole DePaul-Miller/Jason Miller (1-2); Dennis Lowder III/Justin Hatcher (1-2); and Donald Harper/Darren Peplow (1-2), all earning $120

13th: Sheila Queen-Kistner/Hannah Moore (0-2) $105

posted on September 21, 2017

Tom Hector Sr. was the first Decatur bowler to register an award score for the 2017-2018 fall season, and he did so in grand style, doubling his pleasure and setting a personal record in the process.

Hector, 43, started the night with a perfect 300 and added games of 279 and 234 to end with an 813 series in the August 27 edition of the Odd Doubles League at Pla-Mor Lanes. It was Hector's fourth career perfect game, but it was the first time that he exceeded the 800 mark in his 13 Decatur Association seasons.

At age 24, Tim Frey already has dozens of award scores on his ledger, and he added another perfect game on September 14 in his final game in the Pla-Mor Men's League.

Six days later, Decatur Bowling Hall of Famer Bennie Holman registered a first for him, rolling a pair of 300 games in bookend fashion in the Building Trades League at Spare Time Lanes. Holman, still going strong at 59, had a 196 in the middle game to complete a 796 series.

posted on July 7, 2017

The Decatur quartet of Corey Kistner, Tom Adcock, Larry Larsen Jr. and Darrell Bean outscored a field of 32 teams to win the annual Firecracker Team Shootout on Friday-Saturday, June 30-July 1, at Strike & Spare West Lanes in Springfield.

The local luminaries, using the name Team Boom which has dominated local and state lane play for the past three seasons, defeated the Springfield-based team of Chris Jacobs, J.D. Hamrick, John Hamrick and Steve Beal 838 to 802 to take the winner's trophy back to Decatur.

Another neighborhood foursome made the top-eight bracket match-play. Chad VanDolah, Greg Cook, Britt Sturgeon and Rob Baser qualified in the 5th position. However, they lost their first match and were credited with a tie for 5th.

After the tournament, team captain Corey Kistner announced that the Team Boom name would be retired, effective immediately. Kistner's Pla-Mor Men's team will roll under a different, yet-to-be-determined moniker for the 2017-18 season.

posted on July 7, 2017

Vince Pollard Jr. emerged from the loser's bracket and won back-to-back matches against Decatur's hottest southpaw to win the annual Decatur Double-Elimination Challenge on June 25 at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Pollard, a top Peoria-area player, defeated Chris O'Neil 202-194 in the "if-game" to take home the top prize. The 64-bowler bracket was nearly full, making it one of the largest summertime turnouts in Decatur tournament play.

Two upper-echelon bowlers rolled perfect games during the course of the tournament, Bloomington's Andy Stone and Springfield's Keith Hillen. Hillen was the top bowler after five games, averaging 260, while Stone rolled concurrently at a 242 pace. However, neither bowler cracked the top-8.

The only other Decatur bowler in the final eight was Jason Queen, who finished T7. From third, the other finishers were Chris Matthews, Bob Ogle, Paul Bober, David Bartlett and Kenny Schockency.

posted on June 12, 2017

First-year volunteers Cody Finley and Chris O'Neil were elected to the Decatur USBC BA Board of Directors, while Chris' wife Haley fended off all challengers in a three-game tournament, all part of the final BA Council of Delegates meeting, held on May 13 at Spare Time Lanes.

James Calvert and Corey Kistner were re-elected as Directors, joining Cody Finley and Chris O'Neil on the ballot for the final year of the erstwhile Men's Association, which will merge with the Decatur WBA on August 1, 2018, creating the Decatur Area USBC BA, as mandated by the United States Bowling Congress.

Art Fakes was re-elected as Vice-President, joining President Scott Bird and Association Manager Bennie Holman as Line Officers for the 2017-2018 season. Over 40 certified Decatur bowlers attended the meeting, which included complimentary food and beverages.

Topping the 16-player field in the Beat-A-Board-Member Invitational, Haley O'Neil fired games of 187, 279 and 237. Her score-with-handicap of 757 edged out Gabe Howell by 22 pins. Howell closed the 2016-17 DUSBCBA Fall Season in style, rolling a perfect 300 in his final game. Howell also had a 12-bagger on his final night (April 28) in the Strikers-Cavalier League.

Two men announced their retirement from, and were saluted for their contributions to, the DUSBCBA Board. Director Darrell Bean worked as City Tournament Manager for the past two seasons, while Jerry Butler was recognized for his decade of service as a BA Director.


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Final Results of the 2016-2017 City Tournament

78th Annual Decatur USBC Open
Championship: Jan. 14-29, 2017
at Pla-Mor Lanes

Handicap Singles

  • Kevin Ruffner - 809
  • Eric Dudley - 802
  • Paul Carlton - 799

Scratch Singles

  • Corey Kistner - 769
  • Darrell Bean - 732
  • Chris O'Neil - 722

Handicap Doubles

  • Corey Kistner/Darrell Bean - 1533
  • Trevor Petro/Mike Anderson - 1524
  • Paul Carlton/Jacob Field - 1511

Scratch Doubles

  • Corey Kistner/Darrell Bean - 1528
  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1419
  • James Box/Tim Frey - 1414

Handicap All Events

  • Kevin Ruffner - 2395
  • Kevin Smith - 2311
  • Garrett Strohl - 2287

Scratch All-Events

  • Corey Kistner - 2253
  • James Heckwine - 2106
  • (tie) Tim Frey - 2106

Handicap Team

  • No Tap (Ken Bean, Kevin Smith, Spencer Hollis, Cory Hollis, Jim Hollis) - 3668
  • Da Birds & Da Bees - 3657
  • BTKM - 3550

Scratch Team

  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (Gary Bean, Larry Larsen Jr., Darrell Bean, Corey Kistner, Jason Queen) - 3411
  • Who's Carrying Who? - 3265
  • Team Turbo - 3247

Final Standings: 2016-17 Decatur USBC Open Championship (City Tournament)

2016-17 Men's All City Teams

Men's (Positions 1-10)   Seniors (Positions 1-5)
*Corey Kistner
Jason Queen
Chris O'Neil
Tom Adcock
Tim Frey
Larry Larsen Jr
Bennie Holman
Jim Hollis
Gabe Howell
Rob Baser
  *Ben Holman
Rob Baser
Al Pote
Tom Whitcomb
Bill Barnett

*Bowler of the Year

Thank you to all Decatur Bowlers. The Men's 2017-18 Qualification Requirements are posted in each center; must bowl at least 132 association league games to qualify.