By Al Pote: For March 2, 2010

Paul Nosek celebrated a triumphant night in an otherwise disappointing season when he fired a perfect game and an 836 series on Feb. 11 in Spare Time's Jasper League.

The 47-year-old Nosek went 257-300-279, with 21 consecutive strikes, but a 7-pin on the 10th ball of the final game denied him of back-to-back perfect games.

"I've been frustrated all season, so I took a long look at my game," Nosek said. "I studied my video from Albuquerque (2008 USBC Open Championships) and I concentrated on what I did on the good shots."

Four nights later in the N & W League, Mike Zur ran the front-11 in game one, leaving a 10-pin for an opening 299, then Zur followed with a 10-bagger which ended with a split and a 282 score. Zur's resultant 783 series was a career high.

In game two of the same league, Jason Howard posted his own 299. Howard would exact revenge the following week, rolling 300 in the middle game and running the front-10 in a final game of 287.

Two stars emerged on Feb. 19 in the Cavalier Classic League. Brian Burns fired 11 strikes in each of his first two games, notching a 276 and 279. Burns, who had never previously rolled an award score, overcame the nerves to post a 245 in his final game for an 801 set.

"I was the most nervous in the 10th frame of the second game, but when I struck out there, I knew I could handle it and, with luck, finish it off," Burns said. His teammate Jamie Durbin spun the front-11 in the final game, but the 7-pin left Durbin one pin short of perfection in a 775 series.

Other recent league-headline scores came from Michael Bowland (289/791), Diane McGee (290), Patty Dodd (257/688), Lindsey Lacy (244/696) and Trinity Bush (279/699).

Haley Baser rebounded from her near-miss in the IHSA Sectionals to post her first career 700 series (703) on Feb. 13 at Pla-Mor. Baser's top game was 268, a score which she duplicated the following week in a 682 set at Spare Time.

Alex Clark (277/715) and Tyler Young (715) continued their torrid streaks, while prep bowler Derek Jones continued his ascent in his second year of youth league competition. Jones, who averaged 84 last season, fired a 186 game and a 500 series in the Pla-Mor program.

SETTING RECORDS: On Feb. 20, Shawn Reed rolled 23 of 24 strikes in his first two Central Illinois Tournament games, shooting 300-290-237 to hit 827 and propel his team (with Mike Patterson, Sam Templeton, Larry Larsen Jr. and Steve Napier) to the top of the Scratch leader board with a 3591 set.

Unfortunately, the fivesome was crushed on Saturday by a veteran quintet that shot the highest series in Illinois history. USBC Champions Mark Clark (834) and Mike Nape (812) paired with Matt Barker (767), Greg Bollinger (736) and Dave Armstrong (730) to post an astounding 3879.

Tammy Jones and Janet Vincent captured their second Doubles title in the recently-completed Decatur USBC WBA 600 Club Tournament at Spare Time. Jones (710) and Vincent (751) obliterated the scoring record with totals of 1461 scratch and 1525 handicap.

Cynthia Howell captured the Scratch Singles crown with a 687 series, but she did not even make the top five in handicap, as scores of ladies shattered their averages in the three-game format.

Christa Jordan, who would roll her first 700 on the day after the tournament, fired a 615 series, which produced a winning handicap total of 766. Crystal Madrigal had a six-game handicap total of 1508 to garner her first 600 Club title in All-Events.

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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