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January 22, 2012

Sheila Queen-Kistner and husband Corey Kistner defeated the pairing of Janet Vincent and Chris Sand, 504 to 445, in the championship match to win the 1st Annual Storm/Roto-Grip Mixed Doubles Tournament today at Spare Time Lanes.

The stepladder round began with the Riverton-based fourth-seeded duet, Mindy McShane and Roger Boyer, defeating the third-ranked team of Diane Doty and Butch Woollen, 458-396 (final scores include handicap difference). The McShane-Boyer tandem then took on the second-seeded Kistners, and the newlyweds came out ahead 428 to 393, advancing to the final match.

Michigan's Chris Sand, a world-class southpaw who was in Decatur representing Storm and Roto-Grip for a January 21 seminar, was far and away the top scorer in qualifying with games of 220, 279, 279, 276, 205 and 297, with the 4-6-8 being the culprit on his final ball.

Sand's scores are even more impressive due to the fact that he had to bowl all weekend with house shoes, as he was unable to modify his own footwear to his satisfaction for the synthetic surfaces.

All four players excelled in the final game, with Sand rolling 224 and Janet Vincent shooting 221. Sheila Queen-Kistner added a 227, but it was the 248 by Corey Kistner which made the difference, as the Kistners did not need their 29-pin handicap for the victory, which was worth $600 to the team.

Other cashers included the fifth-place team of Mark and Joanie Watson, the sixth-place duo of Angie Hilligoss and Larry Larsen, and two teams tied for 7th, Tricia Swartz-Darrell Bean and Rhonda Brummitt-Doug Incarnato.

A total of 26 teams competed in the inaugural event which capped off a big bowling weekend sponsored by Coz's, Sliderz, and Storm/Roto-Grip Bowling Products.

January 21, 2012

Al Pote fired a 268 in the fifth and final game to vault his top two competitors and capture the 4th Annual Plastic Ball Challenge today at Spare Time Lanes.

The 52-year-old Decatur Bowling Hall of Famer entered game five trailing second-place Tom Adcock and tournament leader John Frey III, who averaged nearly 245 in his first four games. Pote narrowed the gap by rolling 9 strikes on the first 11 attempts in the concluding match. A nine-count on the last ball edged Frey by a single pin, while Adcock's 232 finale was not quite enough, leaving him six pins off the pace.

Pote, who now makes his home in Lake City, averaged 233.8 for the day and took home $220. It was his first individual tournament title in 13 years, that being the City Association Scratch All-Events championship in 1999.

Other money-makers in the event included 4th-place bowler Corey Kistner, 5th-place finisher Wayne Lingafelter, 6th-place Gene Vincent, and Pat Hilligoss took home the final check for finishing 7th. A total of 26 bowlers entered the tournament.

December 10, 2011

The father-and-son tandem of Kirk and Tyler Vocks outscored 24 of the area's best doubles teams to win today's Pick Your Poison Handicap Doubles Tournament at Spare Time Lanes.

The Taylorville-based duet defeated another father-son pairing, Dan and Corey Kistner, in the title game of the event which featured six games of qualifying and an 8-team bracket final, where the higher-ranked team picked its opponent in each successive round.

Tyler Vocks is currently a junior at Lindenwood College, one of the top collegiate bowling programs in the country, and he was also the champion on November 13 in the Illinois Youth Scholarship Tour event in Springfield. The Vocks family earned $546 for their Decatur victory.

Dan Kistner, the father of the new Spare Time Lanes manager, was en route from a business call in West Virginia to his Oregon home, and Dan made arrangements to stay in Decatur and compete. For his efforts, the elder Kistner took half of the $364 runner-up prize to the Pacific Northwest.

October 15, 2011

The Lane #1 team featuring Paul Nosek, Keith Ferre and John Berry won the eight-game, total-pins tiebreaker to take the Fall Swiss Trio championship today at Spare Time Lanes.

The three righthanders, with over a century of combined league experience, entered the final game in a three-way tie for second place, four points behind the trio of Al Pote, Diane Doty and Butch Woollen. In the deciding match, like all others a position round in the special format, Nosek rolled a 233 game to pace Lane #1 to an 8-2 win, knocking the leaders down to third place.

Meanwhile, the other two deadlocked teams faced off on the adjacent pair, and the grouping of John Frey III, Michael Wilcox and Ron Snyder also earned an 8-2 victory over Doc Lewis, Michael Jacocks and Jason Meeks. The Lane #1 team earned the tournament title by having more total pins than the Frey-Wilcox-Snyder trio.

Pote rolled the high game of the tournament, a 299 in the opening match, leaving a 3-pin on a high hit with the final ball of game one. A total of 12 teams participated.

August 3, 2011

Decatur youth standout Tim Frey rolled a perfect game on July 24 in the championship match of the St. Louis-area Gateway Tour event at Olivette Lanes. It was the 7th career 300 for Frey, who also competed in July at the USBC Youth Championships at Sunset Station near Las Vegas.

July 17, 2011

Matt Steele rode games of 256, 248 and 200 off of his 193 average to win top honors in the annual three-game handicap singles tournament which is held in conjunction with the annual meeting and election of the Decatur USBC BA.

Steele barely beat out veteran Mel Lingafelter, 788 to 785, in a tournament competed on the USBC "White" oil pattern. Rick Yetter, Harry Logan and John Berry rounded out the top five.

In the DUSBCBA Annual Meeting, four Directors were voted to three-year terms. Jerry Butler and Ted Barnes were re-elected, while Corey Kistner and Jim Calvert are new additions to the organization.

July 16, 2011

The champion team in the July 16 Spare Time Lanes Summer Swiss Trio were so far ahead after game seven that they could have bolted the premises without even rolling the eighth and final match.

As it was, the solid but unheralded triumvirate of Mike Zur, Cynthia Howell and Lee "Buddy" Graves earned a couple insurance points in their victory lap, totaling 50 for the day and taking home over $450 as a team.

Graves was the top scorer on the team with 1797 for the eight games, a 224 average, but the inspirational leader was Howell, who fired a 265 en route to a 1748 total. Zur was also plus for the day, with his best games coming in the first six matches, when the trio built a lead that became too large to overcome.

Recent Wichita State graduate Jake Peters brought classmate Nick Parr to Decatur for the event, and they paired with Sheila Queen to finish second. Parr and Peters had the top individual scores, averaging 230 and 226 respectively.

A total of eight teams competed in the specially-formatted event, which involves the bowling of "position matches" throughout the entire tournament.

July 8, 2011

Decatur Bowling Hall of Famer Harry Logan, 81, registered the top scratch score in his age division of the USBC Senior Championships, held on July 6-7 in Syracuse, NY.

Logan, who earned a spot in the tournament with his performance in last fall's Illinois State Seniors Tournament, rolled the only 600 series among the 39 competitors in the 75-and-older division during the two-day tournament, which was contested on Sport Bowling lane conditions.

Logan's two-day total of 1144 was augmented by 108 handicap pins, and his aggregate score of 1254 was sixth best in the division. The United States Bowling Congress conducted the event on a handicap-only basis, and Logan's sixth-place finish earned him $220.

Fellow Decatur Hall of Famer Mel Lingafelter, 75, also competed in Syracuse, courtesy of his Divisional All-Events championship in the November 2010 State Championship, which was hosted by Spare Time Lanes.

May 7, 2011

Decatur bowler Jason Howard, 36, outlasted a field of 33 players to win the Decatur USBC Bowling Association's First Annual 300-800 Singles Challenge on Saturday, May 7 at Spare Time Lanes.

Howard, the owner of six career perfect games and two 800 series, defeated Decatur Bowling Hall of Famer Shawn Reed 247-226 in the championship match of the stepladder final. Howard finished the 2010-2011 season with a high average of 228, and he earned $550 for the victory.

Reed, seeded fourth for the finals, won his first three matches against Tim Frey (265-174), Doc Lewis (243-138) and Tim's brother John Frey III (238-224) to advance to the last match. Howard averaged 233.5 over six qualifying games to earn the top seed.

Other cashers included Randy Zilz in 6th and Tom Adcock in 7th. For his 10th place effort, Bruce Drake earned the final prize for being the top Senior finisher who fell outside of the regular payouts.