By Al Pote, For December 15, 2009

Jake Peters is now the go-to-guy on his Wichita State bowling team, and the junior from Decatur is producing positive results in major tournaments.

Peters led a star-studded roster of over 200 USBC Collegiate bowlers in the recently-completed Team Match Games in Fairview Heights, averaging 229.2 in six qualifying games, to claim the tournament's MVP award.

Peters also led the male Shockers to their third team tournament victory in five events this season, amassing a 415-pin victory over second-place Lindenwood after 20 Baker-system matches. A total of 40 men's bowling teams competed in the Tier-1 certified competition.

Lindenwood did exact some revenge on Wichita State with a 3-0 victory in the Western Illinois Leatherneck Classic on Dec. 5-6. The next trip for Peters' team will be to Las Vegas for two tournaments, Dec. 19-20 and 21-22.

HOT DECEMBER Award scores were registered on 7 of the first 10 days of this month. Jon Parker got the streak started with his 812 series in the Dec. 1 edition of the ADM Afternoon League at Spare Time. He was followed the next night by James Box, who earned his second perfect game in three nights in the Early Elks League.

On Dec. 5, Jason Meeks registered his first 300 of the season in the His & Hers League. The following night, Ben Holman joined the mixed league party with a perfect game in Pla-Mor's Odd Couples League.

Keeping the streak going last Monday were Jeff Kastl (Pla-Mor Church League) and Tony Mahon (Spare Time N & W League). For the 35-year-old Mahon, it was his first 300 in over 11 years.

After an "off-day" last Tuesday, Wayne Lingafelter rolled his second 800 of the season (245-279-287=811) in the Building Trades League. Wayne ran the front-nine in game two and the first-10 in game three, while teammate and father Mel had the first 10 strikes in his middle game of 289.

James Box took his act to Springfield on Thursday and added his 8th perfect game of the season at King Pin Lanes. A few days earlier, another capital city 12-bagger earned Box the 2009 GSBA Singles Title.

Two bowlers hit the century mark at the end of last week. Tom Jestis eclipsed his 176 average with a 279 game in the Thursday Pla-Mor Men's League. The next night, 60-year-old Randy Robertson (187 average) set a career record with games of 207, 289 and 257 for a 753 set in the Strikers League. In game two, a solid-9 on the 11th ball denied Robertson his first perfect game.

THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS: In late November, 24-year-old Brandon Gossard fired his first ever 12-bagger in the Pla-Mor Men's League, while teammates Chris Henneman (#28) and Phil Sturgeon (#12) reached the magic number in the Sunshiners League.

Gene Vincent took a circuitous route to his 84th career perfect game. In his first week of action in the Early Elks League, Vincent started with a mixture of splits and errors and finished game one with a 153. Game two also started inauspiciously, with a "pocket 7-10."

Instead of plunging deeper in the tank, the 58-year-old Hall of Famer made a ball change and altered his release, and he proceeded to throw the next 23 strikes to complete the night. The first 11 put a bow on a 279 game, and the next 12 moved him one rung closer to the all-time perfect game record.

The most surprising 300 was dealt by 29-year-old Alan Winter in the His & Hers League. Winter, whose career started in 2002-2003 with a 127 average, improved to 168 at the end of last season and entered his special Saturday night with a 174 aggregate.

However, Winter was upstaged in the same session by Gabe Howell, who rolled a 300 game and 806 series to garner two more USBC awards.
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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