Web News Archives: May 1, 2012 through July 31, 2013...

posted on June 12, 2013

Imagine getting your best-ever Christmas present and having to wait 10 days to tell your friends about it...or to even take the present out of its package.

This was the line that 24-year-old Decatur professional bowler Jake Peters had to follow after he captured his first PBA title in the inaugural Geico Summer Swing event, the Badger Open, which concluded on June 1 at AMF Bowlero Lanes in Milwaukee, WI.

Though the PBA demands its players (and encourages its spectators) to withhold the results prior to its tape-delayed telecasts, this secret was out seconds after the final ball, thanks to a contingent of Decatur and Macon County followers who sat in the stands on that memorable Saturday afternoon.

"I felt comfortable when I was out there," Peters said at a quickly-arranged home party on June 11 after watching the CBS Sports Network broadcast, "but I was surprised how well it came across on TV."

It was Jake's first professional appearance on national cable TV, but not his first time in front of the cameras. Counting his Badger Open win, Peters ran his record to a perfect 5-0 in tape-delayed appearances.

At Wichita State, Peters appeared on three victorious delayed broadcasts as the Shockers won a trio of national team titles. And in 2006, Peters was also a winner in the USBC Teen Masters, which was held in August but shown in October on ESPN, with the commentary team of Dave Ryan and Randy Pedersen.

Ironically, the same announcing duo was assigned to the Badger Open, and thanks to Peters wearing a wireless microphone, Ryan and Pedersen frequently mentioned how Peters commented on the purity of his shots just after they left his hand.

"At Wichita, the coaches stressed that we be ourselves and that we take the same attitude we have in team events onto the lanes when we bowl as individuals," Peters said. "One big thing I learned was that I am extroverted, and that I should keep that attitude in singles events."

Not only was it Peters' premiere PBA win, it was the first championship for his equipment sponsor Motiv, which was making its inaugural appearance in a TV final. "The Primal Rage (Peters' strike ball) was awesome. All I had to do was get it started on line. I play a 15-foot game," Peters said, referrring to projecting the ball to his target at the arrows.

After toppling reigning collegiate singles champion Aaron Lorincz 265-174 in his first game, Peters had to defeat his old WSU teammate Josh Blanchard to gain the title. An opening five-bagger by Peters, combined with an early split-open by Blanchard, paved the way for Peters, as he cruised to a 245-212 victory and an $8000 payday.

When the telecast was over, Peters went inside and brought out his Badger Open trophy, which had to be kept in warm storage for more than a week. "It's all about the hardware," Peters said.

posted on May 10, 2013

Hannah Moore of Decatur outlasted a field of 29 players to win the inaugural Summer Warmup Tournament on May 8 at Spare Time Lanes.

Moore, who recently moved up to the WBA after several seasons on the Decatur Youth All-City team, earned the final qualifying spot for the 8-player elimination bracket with a 3-game series of 714 with handicap, edging Tom Adcock by three pins.

In the bracket matches, Moore defeated Jason Meeks in the quarterfinal 206-182 (handicaps included), and then she topped Jason Howard in a tight battle, 271-268, Moore bowling a scratch score of 245.

The two victories entitled Moore a matchup with Dawson bowler Doug Hathhorn in the finals. Moore continued striking and finished with 238, giving her a 27-pin handicap win and the $125 top prize.

The other finalists and their finishing positions...Tied for 3rd: Jason Howard and Jon Parker; Tied for 5th: Jason Meeks, Gary Haines, Chad VanDolah and Gabe Howell.

posted on February 25, 2013

Decatur-based PBA touring player Jake Peters rebounded from a disappointing close call in the USBC Masters with a dominating and victorious performance in the inaugural 2013 Scratch Singles championship, held over the weekend at Spare Time Lanes.

The decorated right-hander threw two perfect games and averaged 259 in his eight match-play games on the PBA Cheetah pattern to win the $700 first prize, defeating Courtney Calhoun in the final two-game match.

Peters, who missed cashing by only eight pins earlier in the week at the USBC Masters in New Jersey, hustled back home to compete in the new event, which featured eight games of Saturday qualifying and a two-game, double-elimination match-play Sunday final.

After the Saturday block, Peters was the top seed, and to open Sunday's action, Jake threw 256-300 at Corey Kistner to advance to the next round. Peters would fire another 12-bagger on the way to the title match, where he narrowly defeated Calhoun 475-449.

Among local players, Paul Nosek finished third, Taylorville's Tyler Vocks was 4th and Kistner was 5th. Hawaii's Toby Sambueno, the final casher in 6th place, rolled a 296 during Saturday qualifying. Decatur's Justin Holman and Darrell Bean also advanced to Sunday's match-play.

posted on February 4, 2013

Tom Adcock continued his hot streak with a 300 game, an 800 series, and an 8-game block of 2042 (255 average) to lead his team to victory in the 3rd Annual Spare Time Swiss Trio Presented by Fuji Japanese Steakhouse on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Adcock teamed with longtime doubles partner Jason Queen and newcomer Stan Livingston II to form Team Brunswick, and their first-place finish earned the trio $872. In addition, each team member was presented a $100 gift card from Fuji Japanese Steakhouse.

The scoring pace was high in the first three games. In game one, Ben Holman ran the front-10, only to be stymied by a solid-9 in his opening 289. In the next match, Kevin Besser strung the first-11, but he set the 12th ball short and finished with a 296. Finally, in game three, two bowlers reached perfection.

Chronologically, Tom Scribner was the first to get the 12-bagger, his first of the season. But minutes later, Adcock, who started with 230 and 279, struck out in the tenth to earn both a 300 award and an 809 series.

The other two members of Team Brunswick also made crucial late-day contributions. Jason Queen solved Lane 37 with critical strikes in the 10th frame of the penultimate match, but the most important impact came in the championship game from the lowest-average member of the team.

With four teams still mathematically alive for the title in Game 8, the 184-average Livingston, using his pseudo-soccer spare-ball on each shot, came through with his best game of the day, a 246, to clinch the title for Team Brunswick. Their aggregate of 58 points topped second-place Team Roto-Grip (Janet Vincent, Gene Vincent, Robbie Zakowski), who had 53 markers.

The third and fourth-place teams used 10-0 shutouts in their final matches to vault into cash-paying positions. The trio named "3ee's Company" (Tricia Queen, J.J. Golladay, Jim "Greg" Golladay) earned 49 points to finish third, and "The Rejects" (Ken Bean, Tom Whitcomb, Kevin Besser) was one point further-in-arrears in fourth.

A total of 18 teams participated in the event.

posted on January 28, 2013

Decatur Bowling Hall of Famer Tom Adcock began his Sunday with 12 straight strikes and ended it with a 258-215 stepladder victory over fellow inductee Larry Larsen, Jr. to win the January 27 Roll For The Dough tour stop at Spare Time Lanes.

Adcock, 50, averaged 248 in his six games of qualifying and took home $500 for the victory. Larsen, who was the top seed and had his own hot start with 277-238-300 in his opening 815 set, took home $250 for the runner-up finish.

The four-player stepladder started with fourth-seed Shawn Reed taking down third-seed Jeremy Griffin 269-216. By the identical score, Adcock dispatched Reed in the semifinal match, setting up the title game which Adcock dominated with 9 strikes.

A total of 18 bowlers participated in the tournament.

posted on January 25, 2013

The impromptu quintet of Ron Snyder, Michael Wilcox, Al Pote, Tom Whitcomb and Jay Waddell made the most of their hastened pairing by rolling a 3651 series on January 12 to win the Scratch and Handicap (3688) Team competition in the 74th Annual Decatur USBC Open Bowling Championships at Pla-Mor Lanes.

The three-game sum of 3651 broke the previous event record of 3647, which was set by a Tom Scribner-led team in the 2001 City Tournament. Snyder came the closest to an individual award as he started the final game with 11 strikes. Unfortunately, Snyder came up high on the final ball and ended with a 296.

In Singles, Waddell was never challenged during the tournament's second and final weekend, as he retained the scratch (812) and handicap (825) crowns. Likewise, the 1559 doubles score by Corey Kistner and Jon Grundy withstood the final weekend, earning Grundy his first title and Kistner his second in as many seasons.

In handicap All-Events, Christa Jordan became the second female in tournament history to earn a BA-City title with her 9-game total of 2160. In the six-game Scratch All-Events, Justin Holman came out on top with a 1450 total.

Participation numbers in the 2013 City Tournament were as follows: 23 Teams, 48 Doubles and 96 Singles.

posted on October 23, 2012

Gene Vincent rolled games of 280, 255 and 265 to precisely reach the 800 mark and lead his team to the scratch championship of the 25th Annual Decatur Bowling Association Mixed Team Tournament at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Vincent teamed with his wife Janet, plus relative newlyweds Corey Kistner and Sheila Queen-Kistner, to register a total of 2668 pins, tops among the 25 competing foursomes.

The team known as Jesus Fan took the handicap title, as captain Mike Small and wife Bev combined forces with Cynthia and Gabe Howell for a three-game total of 2969. The four day event featured a 60% increase in entries from the 2011 mixed championship.

posted on October 1, 2012

Eleven-time women's tour title-winner Liz Johnson defeated top seed Angela Chirpich 263-225 in the final stepladder match to win the first annual WBA Illinois Open on Sunday Sept. 30 at Spare Time Lanes.

Johnson, who resides in Cheektowaga, New York, fired 11 out of 12 strikes in the last game of the day to capture the crown and the $1500 first-place check. Her only blemish on the board was a 4-6-7 split in her 7th frame.

Chirpich, a right-hander who makes her home in Urbandale, Iowa, dominated the qualifying stages of the event, averaging 240.5 in her six Saturday games. Chirpich exceeded that lofty total with series of 751 and 782 during the elimination rounds on Sunday morning.

Johnson, a two-time winner of the U.S. Women's Open (1995, 2007) and a USBC Queens champion (2009), may be even better known for her performances against male professionals. Johnson made the TV finals of the PBA Tour 2005 Banquet Open, defeating Wes Malott in the semifinal before falling to Tommy Jones in the title match. And while Kelly Kulick is the only female to win a national men's title (the 2011 U.S. Open), Liz Johnson was the first woman to win a PBA Men's tournament, the East Region Kingpin Lanes Open in 2005.

Jennifer Higgins (nee Petrick) of Nashville, TN, controlled the early games of the stepladder, defeating Washington, Illinois' Kayla Johnson 254-176. Higgins, who bowled a 300 game at Spare Time in a Midwest Regional tournament in 2011, then defeated Erin McCarthy, Omaha, NE, 236-192. Liz Johnson ended Higgins' run with a 235-223 victory in the semifinal match, relegating Higgins to a third-place finish.

Janet Vincent was the highest-placing Decatur bowler, making the first-day cut and finishing 16th. Hannah Moore finished 26th, Tammy Jones was 28th, Sheila Queen-Kistner was 30th, Christa Jordan was 31st, Tricia Queen was 35th and Lindsey Lacy was 38th.

posted at 9pm on August 14, 2012

Two-time PBA Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr parlayed six straight strikes into a 243-181 triumph over Harry Sullins in the title match of tonight's final round of the 2012 PBA Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick.

The 7th-seeded Mohr, of Eagle River, Alaska, earned his way into the championship game with head-to-head victories over Mike Mineman, Darryl Bower and Michael Henry. A pocket 4-7-9 split by Sullins in the 4th frame of the finale gave Mohr the opening he needed to take home the $7500 winner's check.

Michigan standout Sullins, the top qualifier over 16 games Sunday and Monday, dispatched PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker and Sammy Ventura before facing another Hall member, Wayne Webb, in the other semifinal, single-game match.

In that match, Sullins put a scare into himself and the approximately 200 spectators at Spare Time Lanes when he stuck at the foul line in frame two while shooting at the 10-pin, injuring his back as he failed to stop himself from crossing the foul line. After a few minutes of stretching and approach maintenance, Sullins got back on the lanes and proceeded to throw the next 8 strikes, toppling Webb 257-237.

The victory by Mohr was actually the final trophy to be presented on the PBA Senior Tour. The circuit will continue in 2013, but under a different name. PBA Commissioner Tom Clark appeared in Decatur on Monday to announce that the series of national tournaments will now be labeled as the "PBA-50 Tour." Legendary players Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke will turn 50 during the next 18-24 months, with Weber reaching the milestone later in August.

Decatur and Illinois Hall of Famer Tom Adcock qualified 17th on Monday, but was ousted by fellow amateur Kevin Humble 3-2 in his best-of-five match contested on Tuesday morning.

Complete results of the PBA Decatur Senior Open can be found on the PBA's website, pba.com. Internet television coverage of the entire tournament can be viewed by subscribing via the website to the "PBA Xtra Frame" service and clicking on the "Archives" tab.

posted August 14, 2012

Decatur's Jason Meeks earned his first individual tournament title when he defeated Sullivan's Tyler Young 197-190 in the championship match of the First Annual Pepsi Summer Sweeper on July 28 at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Meeks entered the stepladder finals as the top seed after six games of qualifying, joining Young, Jeremy Griffin, Larry Porter and Kevin Snyder in the old-school TV-style rolloff.

In game one, using the tournament's 90%-from-225 handicap system, Porter topped Snyder 244-206. The local martial arts expert continued his winning ways as he dispatched Griffin 231-224. Young stopped Porter's charge in the semifinal game by a 223-215 margin, setting up the finale.

For Meeks, it was a winning end to a special month of bowling. Just 29 days prior, Meeks teamed with Gabe Howell, Tony Mahon and Burlie Caston to win the prestigious Firecracker Team Tournament in Springfield.

Meeks took home $400 for winning the Pla-Mor sweeper. A total of 25 bowlers participated in the inaugural event, which was also sponsored by Les Taylor Builders, Solid 9 Pro Shop, the Decatur USBC BA, and by Jordan Bowling Supply.

June 30, 2012

Decatur Association bowlers Gabe Howell, Jason Meeks and Tony Mahon teamed with Champaign player Burlie Caston to win the 8th Annual Firecracker Team Tournament early this morning at AMF Strike & Spare West Lanes in Springfield.

The foursome known as "Showtime" defeated an all-female contingent from Springfield (Ashley Stephenson, Sally North, Sandy Boyles and Danielle Belobraydich) in the championship match to claim the $500 first prize check.

Another team with Decatur presence finished third in the event, as local standouts Tom Adcock and Darrell Bean paired up with Riverton's Doug Hathhorn and PBA Tour champion Jeff Carter to make the semifinals. A total of 24 teams competed.

May 12, 2012

Decatur Bowling Hall of Famer Butch Woollen dispatched all four of his stepladder opponents to win the 2nd Annual 300-800 Singles Challenge presented by the Decatur USBC BA.

Woollen, a resident of Forsyth, was seeded fifth going into the stepladder finals, which he started with a pair of 257 games, defeating Scott Bird and Tom Whitcomb to reach the semifinal. There, Woollen topped Shawn Reed 204-190, earning the right to face top-seed Gary Palas, who averaged 234 in the six-game qualifying round.

In the final match, Woollen returned to the 250s bracket and routed his fellow Hall of Famer 258-191 to win the $400 top prize.

Also receiving prize shecks were Mel Lingafelter for finishing sixth, and Tom Adcock, the highest-positioned non-casher 50-years-of-age or older. A total of 25 bowlers participated.