February 12, 2003:
Barrette Leads WIBC All-Americans
02/12/2003 - Bowling Newsline
Aided by three victories and the highest Professional Women's Bowling Association average of the year, Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., has been selected as honorary captain of the 2002 Women's International Bowling Congress All-America Team.
The 35-year-old right-hander edged Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., in voting in the 29th annual poll to choose the best women bowlers of the year. Barrette, the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Player of the Year Runner-Up, was named to the first team on 89 of 97 ballots and second team on five ballots submitted by top bowling writers, broadcasters, WIBC Hall of Famers and officials. Feldman, the 2002 PWBA Player of the Year, was selected first team on 84 ballots and second team on 10.
Barrette totaled 272 points based on three points for each first-team vote and one point for second-team votes. Feldman finished with 262 points.
Joining them on the first team were: Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif. (77 first-team votes, 16 second-team votes, 247 points); Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Texas (74, 20, 242); and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. (39, 48, 165), in earning top 2002 honors.
Barrette won the Empire State PWBA Classic in Albany, N.Y., the Greater Syracuse (N.Y.) Open, and Three Rivers Open in Pittsburgh to give her 26 career titles. Her 216.45 average led the PWBA in 2002. She qualified for nine television finals and ranked second in earnings with $72,960. It marked her eighth WIBC first-team All-America selection.
Feldman, a 26-year-old right-hander, also won three 2002 titles -- the St. Clair Shores (Mich.) Classic, Louisville (Ky.) Open and Greater San Diego Open. She was fourth in average at 213.93 and led the PWBA in earnings with $80,905. She also led the tour with two 300 games and in match play wins with 216 as she made the All-America first team for the second time in three years.
Terrell, a 37-year-old right-hander, started the year off strong by winning the WIBC Queens in Milwaukee. While she didn't win again in 2002, she had two second-place finishes and was fourth in the WIBC Championship Tournament Classic singles. She made the top WIBC All-America squad for the second time.
Dorin-Ballard, 38, the 2001 honorary captain, won the Dallas Open and Burlington (N.C.) Open to make the first team for the sixth consecutive year. She was second in average at 215.46 and was fifth in earnings with $65,672. She also extended her streak of consecutive cashes to 89.
Macpherson, the 2000 honorary captain, earned her seventh first-team selection. The 35-year-old right-hander was a member of the WIBC Championships Tournament Classic team champion and had two runner-up finishes in PWBA events. She was third in PWBA average at 214.39.
Earning second-team honors were: Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. (32, 42, 138); Cara Honeychurch, Eltham Victoria, Australia (26, 59, 137); Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla. (15, 50, 95); Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix (17, 36, 87); and Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J. (8, 59, 83).
Stanbrough earned her first two career PWBA titles in 2002 -- the Wheelchair Awareness Classic in Mesa, Ariz., and Storm PWBA Las Vegas Challenge.
Honeychurch, the PWBA's Robby Award recipient, won the Greater Harrisburg (Pa.) Open.
Pluhowsky was the nation's top amateur woman bowler in 2002. She won the AMF World Cup after earning Masters gold medals in the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Youth Championships and FIQ American Zone Youth Championships. She earned two other gold medals in the world youth event.
Gaines captured the PWBA Women's Collegiate/Pro Doubles Challenge in Rockford, Ill., her first victory since 1998.
DiRupo captured the Miller High Life National Players Championship in Colliersville, Tenn.
The WIBC All-America teams will be presented special awards in April at the WIBC Queens in Reno, Nev.
Team USA Seeks Repeat Of Double Gold Medals In FIQ World Tenpin Team Cup In Denmark
02/12/2003 - Bowling Newsline
Led by 2001 U.S. Amateur Champions Shannon Pluhowsky and Andrew Cain, Team USA will try to win men's and women's gold medals for the second straight time Feb. 17-23 at the fifth Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Tenpin Team Cup at Odense Bowling Centre in Odense, Denmark.
Pluhowsky and Cain, both from the Phoenix area, will lead Team USA 2002 into the event. Pluhowsky will be joined on the women's team by: Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.; Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla.; Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio; Kari Schwager, Montgomery, Ill.; and Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio. Others on the men's team will be Tony Manna Jr., Omaha, Neb.; David Haynes, Las Vegas; Sean Rash, Anchorage, Alaska; Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio; and Dino Castillo, Dallas.
Team USA hopes to repeat its double gold medals won in 2000 in Puerto Rico. It was the first time the U.S. had won both events.
The event will feature 16 women's and 16 men's teams, five from each of FIQ's three zones plus the host country. It originally was to be conducted late in 2002, but was postponed until a host could be determined.
Among the teams entered are the women's and men's squads from Canada. Women's International Bowling Congress members Julie Johnson-Loyer, Robin Crawford, Lynne Gauthier, Sharon Tataryn, Manon Deserranno and Kellie Hildebrandt and American Bowling Congress members Jack Guay, Fred Phillips, Danyck Briere, Ray Vervynck, Jason Kovack and Mathieu Chouinard will compete for Canada.