By Al Pote, For November 17, 2009

Cynthia Howell became the ninth female in Decatur USBC WBA history to roll a perfect game when she strung 12 strikes on November 2 in Spare Time's N & W Cannonball League.

Howell started the night with 197 and 232, and the third-game 300 resulted in a 727 series, which was only her second-best set of that week. Five days later in the His & Hers League, Cynthia spun games of 257, 242 and 257 for a career-high 756 series.

Howell brought the local total of husband-and-wife 300's to five, as Cynthia and Gabe Howell joined Tammy Jones (with the late John Polley and with Jim Jones), Janet and Gene Vincent, and Amy and J.R. Throneburg.

Tom Adcock continued his resurgence on the lanes with a memorable finish in Sunday's PBA Midwest Regional tournament in Muscatine, Iowa. Coming off a recent doubles win (with Jason Queen on Nov. 1 in Bloomington), Adcock entered the PBA event as an amateur, made the Saturday cut and remained in 12th place for Sunday's match-play.

In the head-to-head contests, Adcock blanked USBC Open and 27-time Regional champion Jeff Richgels (Oregon, WI) 3-0, and then Tom shut out Omaha's Mark Zamora 2-0 to make the final four.

In his single-game semifinal, Adcock got the better of Lumber Liquidator Tour champion Eugene McCune 259-222, but then Adcock had to face his good friend, and PBA legend, Pete Weber in the championship match.

Weber, who eliminated Darin Galbraith, Dave Beres and Don Breeden to reach the final game, outscored Adcock 247-207 to win the title and the $2200 first-place check. Adcock took home $1200 for his runner-up finish.

For a few hours on Sunday, the prospects of an Adcock-Queen final were very real. Jason qualified 15th for match-play and dispatched tour veteran David Traber in the Round of 16 in stunning fashion.

Queen burst out of the chute with a 300 in game one and followed with a 276 and 227. The 803 set led to a 3-0 whitewashing of Traber, but Jason was not as fortunate in the next contest against Breeden. Despite a 279 in the middle stanza, Queen lost the first and third games to finish in 6th place, earning $800.

Jason has now registered three perfect games and two 800 sets in PBA tournament competition. This total does not include the perfect game he rolled en route to the 1997 ABC Masters championship.

Locally, the His & Hers League witnessed another career high on Nov. 7 when Lindsey Lacy ran the first ten strikes of the evening in a tantalizing brush with perfection. Unfortunately, Lacy left the 9-pin on her 11th ball and had to settle for a 289. Lindsey remained hot, finishing with games of 247 and 244, rolling a personal-best 740 set.

Earlier, Lacy teamed with husband Chris and parents James and Jackie Larck to win the handicap title in the City Mixed Tournament. James Larck eclipsed 700 to lead the quartet to a 3-game total of 2964.

The scratch side was reclaimed by the foursome of James Box, Tammy Jones, Gene Vincent and Janet Vincent. Both ladies topped the 700 mark to carry their male companions across the finish line with a score of 2631.

As a group, the association men had their best two weeks of the season, registering five perfect games. Darrell Bean bagged the first one in the Nov. 5 edition of the Pla-Mor Men's league. He was followed by Jim Golladay on Nov. 8 (Cream & Sugar), Ben Holman and Scott Jaggers on Nov. 9 (N & W Fellowship), and Lonnie Klukis, who fired his 12-bagger one week ago in Pla-Mor's Five Man Cat League.

Holman and Gene Vincent both made match-play in the PBA Midwest Senior regional two weekends ago in Kankakee. Vincent defeated top-seed Barry Mefford in the first-round, but Gene was doomed by nine pocket-splits in his next match, relegating him to 8th place.

Holman qualified 11th but lost to eventual tournament champion Harry Sullins in the Round of 16, as Sullins jumped out of the box with two 279 games. Holman rolled a 289 of his own to win game three before being eliminated and credited with a 13th-place finish.

On Saturday in Muscatine, where the PBA held concurrent "Junior-Senior" regionals, Holman fell eight pins shy of 16th place, one position out of the match-play roster.

Mike Patterson needed extra frames to defeat Ryan Driskill to win the Central Illinois Classic Scratch Singles tournament on Nov. 8 at Town & Country Lanes in Peoria. Patterson and Driskill tied at 246 and remained deadlocked after a 9th-and 10th-frame, sudden-death roll-off. In double-overtime, Patterson finished first with all four strikes and prevailed 60-59 as Driskill left the 10-pin on his final ball.

Unofficially, the top overall league series of the fortnight was registered by Scott Shafer, who blitzed Spare Time with a three-game total of 791.
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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