By Al Pote, For December 1, 2009

Three Decatur WBA bowlers topped the 700 mark to earn association championship awards in the recently-completed Decatur Women's Open Championship at Pla-Mor Lanes. One bowler accomplished the feat without her own equipment.

Trinity Bush fired a 719 series to win the both the Scratch and Handicap Singles titles. Crystal Madrigal (669, 4th handicap) and Ruby Winters (651, 2nd handicap) also contended in Singles. In winning her first individual city title, Bush was only one mark shy of the tournament Singles record of 744 set last year by Janet Vincent.

But the Vincent family made its mark in the remaining categories, mostly with huge numbers. Janet and daughter Valerie Vincent set a WBA tournament record with a scratch doubles score of 1442. Valerie led the duo with a 718, which also helped her win the Handicap All-Events (2194). Janet's 704 propelled her to a triumphant Scratch All-Events total of 1963.

The 718 by Valerie Vincent was made more difficult by the fact that she had misplaced her bowling bag and was forced to use unfamiliar shoes and a refurbished bowling ball which employed an equally unfamiliar Switch-Grip thumbhole.

To cap off a marvelous tournament performance, the Vincents joined Bowlers Choice Pro Shop teammates Tammy Jones, Rhonda Brummitt and Karen Floyd to win the Scratch Team title with a 2877.

The top team on the handicap side, the Curly Girls (3481), featured Sherry McAlister, Heather Short, Lesa Woodruff, Angela Hilligoss and Dani Templeton. Short also placed third in Handicap Singles, while Tamara Drake (156 average) surpassed her average by 193 sticks to take second place in handicap All-Events.

LEAGUE LINES: Twelve bowlers hit the 300 mark during the final stages of November. John Fagin, Jr. registered his fifth career perfect game on the 13th in the final game of Spare Time's Cavalier Classic League. Five days later, James Box rolled his second 12-bagger of the season in Pla-Mor's Early Elks League.

The next night, Jon Parker nabbed personal perfect game number ten in the Jasper League, and on the 20th, Bryan Griffin steered his reworked bowling ball to his fourth career 300, in game two of the Strikers League.

In a Sunday (Nov. 22) makeup session of the Pla-Mor Men's League, Brandon Gossard fired his first career 300 game, en route to a 696 series. Three days later, teammates Chris Henneman and Phil Sturgeon reached perfection in the Sunshiners League. Henneman grabbed his 300 in game two, part of a 758 series, while Sturgeon closed out a 764 set with a 12-bagger.

Also on the day before Thanksgiving, Gene Vincent took a circuitous path to his 84th career 300. His first game of the Pla-Mor Early Elks League was replete with splits and errors, ending at 153. Game two started just as poorly, with a first-frame "Pocket 7-10."

However, Vincent made a ball change and altered his release, and he proceeded to throw the next 23 strikes. The 11-in-a-row capped off a 279, and the ensuing 12 strikes moved him higher on the national perfect-game list.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Tom Adcock rolled a 300 in his first game of the Landmark Lanes Doubles Classic. Later that night, Antonio Butts registered his second perfect game in five weeks in the Strikers League.

One day later, 29-year-old Alan Winter amazed everyone at Spare Time as he garnered his first career 300. Winter entered the late fall afternoon with a 174 average. However, Gabe Howell would not cede his dominance of the His & Hers League. Howell fired an opening 300 game and an 806 series to propel his team to victory.

Fittingly, the month was closed out by another 300 from James Box, who spun his latest 12-bagger in the N & W Fellowship League.

Other notable scores came from Tricia Tanzyus, who rolled her first career 700 in the Friday Night Fever League. The week before Thanksgiving, Betty Montgomery registered 11 of 12 strikes in her second game of 278.

YOUTH TOUR: Eight teams advanced to the Area finals of the ISBPA Team Championship. The Bantam winners at Pla-Mor Lanes were the "Mad Dawgs" (Tessa Neeley, Bobby McDonough, Josh Ragan, Sam Rayburn and Chase Stogner).

Also advancing from the 22nd Street center were the "Flaming Scorpions" Prep team (Tanner Smith, Dylan Adcock, Ian Tanzyus, Hayden Bell and Michah Conaway; the "Lightning Strikes" (Jessica Stanley, Jaylan Golladay, Laura Hauge, Ethan Minich and Adrian Beard; and the "Team 7" fivesome of Cory Hollis, Justin Schoneman, Zach Lingafelter, Seth Throneburg and Spencer Hollis.

The four squads from Spare Time are headed by the Bantam "Lightning Strikers" (Colton Centers, Victor Montes, Alex Haines, Megan Huckstep and Brycton Curry).

Also advancing are the Prep "Four Kings & a Queen" team (Garrett Howard, Kyle Newton, Alyssa Bird, Aaron Templeton and Nathaniel Davis), the Junior "Spare Time Chicks" (Hanna Sarko, Miranda Bush, Taylor Bird, Rachel Ward and Asia Holliday, and the "KTBN" Majors (Nicole Likins, Hannah Moore, Adam Moore, Alex Clark and Tyler Young).

Young continues to accumulate awards. On Nov. 15, he spun a 290 game and 733 set in the Spare Time morning league. Hours later at Pla-Mor, Young rolled a 279 and 761. The following week at Spare Time, Young kept up his torrid pace with a 264 top game and three-game total of 736.

Junior-age bowler Dylan Grider chimed in with a 258 game, while Ryan Scribner was hot in both houses (267-738 morning; 258-691 afternoon) on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Also during November league play, Andrew Larck (724), Michael Brummitt (614) and Adam Moore (265-630) set personal league marks.

LANE ROYALTY: Pla-Mor's third annual King and Queen of the Hill will be held on Sunday, December 13 at 1pm. The entry fee is $60 per couple, and the format consists of six qualifying games and a stepladder final. The mixed-twosome event will use 80% handicap off a base average of 220. Interested bowlers can call 428-2222 for more information.
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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