By Al Pote, For February 2, 2010

Two relative newcomers stole the headlines as the 71st Decatur USBC BA Open Championships concluded Jan. 24 at Spare Time Lanes.

Joe Karasch, 25, entered the event at the 163 level, but he averaged 212 scratch in his nine tournament games, finishing with 2403, 52 pins ahead of second-place Brian Raleigh.

Karasch finished third in Handicap Singles with a 813 set (648 scratch), and Joe teamed with 32-year-old Russ Adkins (149 average) to dominate Handicap Doubles with a 1595 set. Adkins also notched a top-ten in Handicap All-Events.

Work and family are now the highest priorities for 32-year-old Tim Stogner, which is why the former youth champion is rarely seen in nighttime leagues. In this year's City Tournament, Stogner became the first bowler to overcome a Sport average conversion and win a title.

Last season, Stogner averaged 167 in his only league, the Decatur Sport, and to comply with USBC rules, he had to enter the tourney with a 182 mark. Undaunted, Stogner shot 710 in Singles, which became an 826 with handicap, good for an eight-pin victory over veteran Art Warner.

Though disappointed with the runner-up finish, Warner was delighted with his performance, as he rolled his first 600 set (685) in nearly two seasons.

WDZ-Radio personality Aric Lee made the most of his first City Tournament appearance, taking home the Handicap Team title (3615) with Sloan's Calzones' colleagues Brent Sloan, Rod Horve, Tim Roach and Jeff Miller. Miller took home extra hardware when his name was drawn for the event ball raffle.

The scratch side saw a triple-dead-heat in the Team event, as three fivesomes shot 3363 to share the title. But the individual scratch star was Mike Patterson, who fired a 761 series to win Singles by two pins over Lonnie Klukis.

Patterson also captured the six-game Scratch All-Events with a score of 1493, and he teamed with Mike Wilkin, Jr. to win Scratch Doubles.

The only perfect game of the tournament occurred on the final day, when Sam Templeton fired a 12-bagger in his final game of Singles, part of a 728 series.

Gary Wright propelled his full-roller style to a second perfect game in consecutive weeks, plus an 824 series (267-257-300), in the Jan. 20 edition of the Early Elks League. Tammy Jones nearly matched Wright, but a 7-pin on the final ball of the first game left Jones with a 299, part of a 719 set.

Earlier in the day, Gabe Howell ended his Sunshiners session with 19 straight strikes, giving him his sixth 300 of the season and a 750 series. The next night, Steve Napier rolled his first perfect game of the season in the Pla-Mor Men's League.

MILESTONES: Three new names headed last week's Spare Time scoring list with 289 games, Gary Bagley, Ron Lettrell, and Darryl Boone, Jr., who also posted 766. Jeff Leyden registered his first-ever 600 series with a 604 in the Pla-Mor Men's League.

Trinity Bush pounded the pins with a 257 and 751 in the Friday Night Fever League, while John Frey III (197 average) established a personal high with a 753 series at Pla-Mor.

James Box added his 16th perfecto of the season, his fourth of 2010, on Jan. 21 in the All-Star Classic League in Springfield.

UPCOMING: The Decatur Women's 600-Club Tournament will be this weekend at Spare Time Lanes. Saturday squads are at 1:30 and 3pm, while Sunday action will be at 11am and 2pm, with a 1:30 Club meeting.

The cost is $20 for each series, with Singles and Doubles available for entry. Interested bowlers must register by 1pm Saturday.

Entry forms are available for the 2010 Easter Seals Bowlathon, on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Spare Time Lanes. The format remains unchanged, as four-player teams will bowl at 10am and 1pm.

Bowlers and friends are encouraged to solicit pledges and sponsors to help Easter Seals-Central Illinois. USBC membership is not required, and Silent Auction prizes will be available for bid.
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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