By Al Pote, For September 1, 2009

After the first full week of the Decatur league bowling season, it was no shock that the top two male scorers would bear the surnames Lingafelter and Sturgeon. However, it was not totally expected that their first names would be Wayne and Britt.

Wayne Lingafelter, the 39-year-old son of Hall of Famer Mel Lingafelter, fired games of 260, 276 and 278 for an 814 series in Thursday's Pla-Mor Men's League. It was the younger Linagfelter's third 800, complementing four career 300 games.

"I had a couple bad breaks, including a solid-8, but I made the 4-7-10 to end the second game and got the front nine in the last game to get me over the top," Lingafelter said.

Minutes later, in the Jasper League at Spare Time Lanes, Britt Sturgeon was putting the finishing touches on an 805 set (280-258-267). The 26-year-old son of Decatur Hall member Phil Sturgeon earned his third career 800 to go along with two perfect games.

Meanwhile, the husband-and-wife team of Gabe and Cynthia Howell continued the family scoring tradition as the groom spun a 299 game and 771 series, while the bride nearly matched him with a 266 and 720.

Acting on an individual basis, James Box kicked off his Cavalier Classic League career in style on August 21 with a 300 game and a 774 set. On the ladies' side, Diane McGee (688) and Jackie Smith (664) had successful openings to their campaigns.

SUMMER SUMMARY: Five Decatur bowlers earned award scores during summer leagues. Steve Napier was the only player to top the 800 mark, firing an 827 on May 27 in the Spare Time Match Play League.

Paul Nosek rolled a pair of perfect games, while Scott Bird, Mike Lacox and Gene Vincent added 12-baggers during June and July.

Jake Peters closed out a nearly-perfect summer with a team title in the USBC Youth Open Championships. The soon-to-be-junior at Wichita State teamed with Brent Bowers, Andrew Koff and Sarah Germano in the 760-and-over Scratch Division and shot a 2662, the best score among the 122 teams in the division.

Peters also captured second place in All-Events (behind Koff) and teamed with Bowers to finish second in Doubles, earning scholarship money in all three categories.

Peters, who won a series of medals bowling for Junior Team USA in Bogota, Colombia, also finished in the top ten in the USBC Junior Gold Tournament, and he was an at-large selection to the 2009-2010 Junior Team USA.

Another Central Illinois team earned scholarships in the Youth Open. Decatur's Tim Frey and Haley Baser joined forces with Taylorville's Alex Clark and Tyler Vocks to finish in 23rd place in the Scratch-760 division.

In the St. Louis-based Gran Prix Summer Shootout, Kendall Patterson and Caleb Sams earned $1000 scholarships for their performances in Singles competition.

THE HOLMAN WATCH: Ben Holman followed his 19th-place finish in the Decatur Senior Open with another match-play appearance and a 29th-place position in the Miller Lite Knockout Classic on August 15-18 in Joliet. Holman earned $2200 in the two PBA National Senior tournaments.

Chicago's Bob Flaws captured the Joliet title, while Alaska's Ron Mohr won the following week's event, the Dick Weber Classic, in Lansing, MI. Both pros received $8000 for their titles.
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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