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Kegler's Connection


   February 26, 2001

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  Kegler's Connection News:
      1. Welcome Notes
      2. Tip of the Week
  PBA/PWBA News:
      3. The Villages Sun Bowl Results
      4. Telecast Schedule
      5. Theme Songs in Battle
  ABC/WIBC/YABA News:
      6. SportBowling.com Debuts
      7. Sean Rash Named Star of Tomorrow
      8. Coca Cola Youth Bowling Championships
  World Team Challenge News:
      9. World Team Challenge Indianapolis Winners Announced
  Miscellaneous News:
      10. Stock Watch
      11. And Finally
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1. Welcome Notes

In this week's edition of Kegler's Connection you'll get World Team Challenge News, find out who was named Star of Tomorrow, and read George's thoughts on Joe Norris.
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2. Tip of the Week

Instead of his weekly tip, George offers his thoughts on the passing of Joe Norris.

Instead of a tip this week, I thought I'd take the time to pay respects to a man that embodies honor and perseverance, Joe Norris. In an era where politics and maneuvering dominate the sport today, Norris was an example of what is good and right in our sport. Seventy-one times he walked down the center aisle in the ABC National Championships, missing only once (not counting World War II). The physical aspects of his ABC Tournament career are staggering enough: 192 average in 71 years of bowling, all time pinfall leader with 123,770 pins, three Eagles, and eight Hall of Fame indications. What is more impressive is the manner in which he carried himself during his long career. He was always approachable, always positive, and always a gentleman. He was able to be all these things and still be a fierce competitor, proving that you don't have to be a wild man or a bad guy to be competitive. He was every inch a warrior, and he never gave up, and you very seldom saw him without a smile on his face. In last month's BJI, there is a story about a phone call Norris received from another fierce competitor, Dick Weber, who has been a PBA champion in five different decades, asking Norris to bowl again this year in Reno at the National Bowling Stadium. Norris told Weber he'd be better off not bowling doubles with him, because Weber was still bowling good, and Norris wasn't. Weber told him he didn't care, he wanted to bowl with him. That says something about the kind of man both men are.

We could all learn something from Joe Norris: the only thing bigger than his drive to compete and do well was his heart. It's hard to believe that a heart that big could ever stop beating. We will miss you Joe.

Till next week :)
George Freeman
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3. The Villages Sun Bowl Results

1. Jason Couch, $25,000
2. Chris Barnes, $13,000
3. Mike Aulby, $7,000
4. Pete Weber, $5,000
5. Doug Kent, $4,000

To find out the balls and drillings of what the pros were using on the telecast, visit:

http://www.bowlingfans.com/ballbeat/
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4. Telecast Schedule

Sunday, March 4, 2:00 pm ET, ESPN, Battle at Little Creek

The PBA then takes a hiatus, and the PWBA doesn't begin until May. Stay up-to-date by reading Kegler's Connection or visiting:

http://www.bowlingfans.com/tv/
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5. Theme Songs in Battle

This week's Battle at Little Creek adds another dimension to the 32 players--theme songs. While warming up before each match, each player's theme song will play. To see the theme songs of the contestants, or comment on their musical selections, visit:

http://www.bowlingfans.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=6&t=000004
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6. SportBowling.com Debuts

In order to address the needs of bowlers who are testing the Sport Bowling program and help those interested in gaining more information on the program, the website SportBowling.com has debuted.

http://www.sportbowling.com/
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7. Sean Rash Named Star of Tomorrow

Eighteen-year-old Sean Rash of Anchorage, Alaska has been named the 2001 ABC Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow. The Wichita State University freshman receives $1,000 this year, and the award is renewable for three additional years.

For more information, visit:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/news/record.html?record=2815
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8. Coca Cola Youth Bowling Championships

Coca Cola Youth Championship in-league qualifying has now concluded. For parents and YABA bowlers interested in information on the history, format, or awards please visit:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/yaba/common/static.html?page=yaba_coke_index
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9. World Team Challenge Indianapolis Winners Announced

Mike Wolfe, Chris Sand and Bryan O'Keefe, members of 2000 BWTC Grand Championship runner-up K-I Lumber/Turbo Grips, joined Rick Ehrnschwender and Ron Nelson in defeating Louisville Sluggers of Oaklawn, Ill., 438-404 Feb. 18 in the two-game Baker System title match at Woodland Lanes in Indianapolis.

Read all about the Indianapolis event at:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/events/results.html?record=2803
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10. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) .15 at 15:42 EST on 02/26/01
Brunswick (BC) 21.16 at 15:43 EST on 02/26/01
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11. And Finally

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