DECATUR BOWLING: MID-SEASON RECAP (midseason 2010-2011, only printed here)
By Al Pote: For January 10, 2011

Award scores by youth bowlers and first-time veterans highlighted the opening half of the Decatur league season.

Ryan Scribner, 17, had the most prolific stanza in his age group, firing perfect games on October 23 at Spare Time and on November 20 at Pla-Mor. Joining Scribner on the latter day was Kyle Pope, also 17, who earned his first major USBC award with his premiere 300. To finish the month, 17-year-old Tim Frey rolled a perfect game and an 822 series at Spare Time.

Sheila Queen earned her first career 300 in the Pla-Mor Kings and Queens Tournament on Nov. 28, winning the event with partner Corey Kistner. In the same tournament, Tammy Jones registered her first perfecto of the campaign. In early October, Cindy Babb got within a single pin of the mark with a career-best 299 in Spare Time league play.

Nine Decatur men reached perfection for the first time in the final four months of the calendar year. Tim McQuality (Sep. 16), Jim Epifano (Sep. 16), Zig Lemezis (Oct. 23), Dave Gissler (Nov. 30) and Larry Mudd and Chris Klaska (both on Dec. 1) achieved their ultimate goals with a month to spare, while Jeff Crowe (Dec. 19), Mark Watson (Dec. 21) and Justin Henneman (Dec. 30) shot perfect games in their leagues' final installments of 2010.

Among the experienced award winners, Jeremy Griffin tops the 300 list with four perfect games this season. Tom Adcock, Rob Baser, James Box, Chris Henneman (Justin's uncle), Ben Holman, Gabe Howell, Jeff Jones, Shawn Reed, Britt Sturgeon, Gene Vincent, Mike Wilkin Jr. and Justin Holman are also on the 12-strike honor roll.

On the series side, Reed has the association's highest three-game total to-date with his 853 on Nov. 18 in Pla-Mor Men's, on the heels of an 805 eight days prior. Rick Coy (802, 805) and Gabe Howell (832, 803) also appear twice, while Chris Henneman (806), Gabe Howell (832) and Gene Vincent (810) positioned themselves on both the 300 and 800 charts.

The other high-rollers who have hit the 800 mark are 75-year-old Mel Lingafelter (805), Tony Mahon (800) and Jim Golladay (802), plus first-timers Steve Miller (802) and Mike Swartz (825). Lingafelter also captured the State Seniors All-Events crown at Spare Time. Bill Barnett, owner of 297, 298 and 299 games in 2010, chimed in with an 804 series on September 2.

Former Decatur bowler Dan Floyd, now competing at Monticello Bowl, has four perfect games on the season, including back-to-back 12-baggers in an 844 series on Dec. 28 in the Bill Lettimore Memorial League.

Christa Jordan, owner of a 288 game in November, teamed with husband Jon to win the Spare Time Mixed Doubles tournament on Jan. 2. The Jordans outpaced several big-name duos en route to a 187-184 Baker victory over the duet of Sally North and Aaron Malone.

In other local tournaments, the foursome of Gene and Janet Vincent, Tammy Jones and James Box captured the City Mixed championship at Pla-Mor, while Justin Henneman, Ron Snyder and Rob Baser took the title in the Dec. 5 Swiss Trio event at Spare Time.

Jason Queen, who rolled Decatur's first Sport Bowling 800 in November, set a record for the smallest victory margin in PBA history with his win at the Menomonee Falls (WI) Open. In a 20-game, total-pinfall format, Queen held a seven pin lead going into the final position-round game against Wisconsin's Nate Michalowski. Needing a 245 to leapfrog Queen's already-completed 237, Michalowski left up a split in his final frame and only reached 243, giving Jason a one-pin victory. It was Queen's 11th PBA Midwest Regional title.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Decatur Women's 500-Club, Jan. 15-16, Spare Time Lanes; Decatur Women's 600-Club, Jan. 22-23, Spare Time Lanes; Decatur USBC-BA Open Championships, Jan. 22-30, Pla-Mor Lanes; Easter Seals Bowlathon, Jan. 30, Spare Time Lanes; Women's State Tournament, starts Feb. 5 at both Decatur centers.

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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