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      March 05, 2002:

-CBUSA Announces 2002 IBC Sectional Assignments

03/05/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      College Bowling USA has announced the 64 men's and 64 women's teams competing in the 2002 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Sectional Qualifiers. The four regional events will be held March 23-24 at the Bowling Palace in Downington, Pa.; Ten Pin Lanes in Louisville, Ky.; Heritage Lanes in Oklahoma City; and Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif.

      The combined 128 squads are vying for the 32 spots (16 men's, 16 women's) in the 2002 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, April 17-20, at Transit Lanes in suburban Buffalo, N.Y. Sectional assignments were made based on the Team Ranking System points earned in CBUSA-sanctioned competition. Each of the sectional qualifiers contains no more than two of the top eight ranked teams based on the final TRS standings. CBUSA considers field strength, geographic distance and economics when assigning schools to sectional qualifiers.

      Highlighting the Pennsylvania Sectional is second-ranked Saginaw Valley State and sixth-ranked St. John's on the men's side. In the women's division, sixth-ranked Shippensburg University, eighth-ranked Pikeville College and ninth-ranked Sacred Heart University highlight the field.

      At the Oklahoma Sectional, the men's division features top-ranked Wichita State and third-ranked Western Illinois. The women's division features top-ranked Nebraska, fourth-ranked Wichita State and 10th-ranked Florida State.

      The Kentucky Sectional features fourth-ranked Purdue, seventh-ranked Morehead State, ninth-ranked Erie Community College and 10th-ranked Michigan State. The women's division features second-ranked Morehead State and third-ranked Indiana State.

      The men's division of the California Sectional features fifth-ranked Arizona State and eighth-ranked San Jose State.

      Fifth-ranked Central Missouri State and seventh-ranked Arizona State highlight the women's division.

      The sectionals will consist of 32 Baker games each day, for a total of 64 Baker games. The top four teams based on total pinfall in each division following the completion of competition at each sectional will advance to the 2002 IBC Championships.

      For a complete listing of the 2002 IBC Sectional assignments and the final TRS rankings, visit bowling's premier Web site at bowl.com.


-WIBC To Test New Division For 130 Average And Below In 2003-04 Championship Tournaments

03/05/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      In another effort to provide more opportunities for more members to compete at its Championship Tournament, the Women's International Bowling Congress will begin in 2003 at least a two-year test of a division for bowlers with 130 and below averages.

      The test was recently approved by the WIBC Board of Directors.

      The new Division 4 will be in effect next year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and in 2004 in Wichita, Kan., after which it will be evaluated.

      Currently, the WIBC Tournament features four divisions. Classic is for bowlers with 190 and above averages, Division I for 170-189 averages, Division II for 150-169 averages and Division III for 149 and below. During the test, Classic, Division I and Division II will remain the same. Division III will be for 131-149 averages.


-Storm Named Presenting Sponsor Of 2002 YABA Youth Bowling Championships

03/05/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      As part of a major two-year agreement, Storm Products, Inc., will be the presenting sponsor of the Youth Bowling Championships, the annual international tournament for Young American Bowling Alliance members. This year's event is sponsored by Coca-Cola and will be presented by Storm Bowling Products.

      "Storm has been a strong supporter of the tournament for several years," YABA Executive Director Jim Zebehazy said. "This agreement re-emphasizes their strong commitment to YABA and its members."

      The sponsorship solidifies Storm's involvement at all competition levels of the Coca-Cola Youth Bowling Championships, including the league and state/provincial/zone competitions. Storm Products, Inc., also will conduct a seminar and sponsor the welcome dinner at the international finals of the championships. Storm bowling ball products are included in the sponsorship deal, with 120 bowling balls being granted to YABA for distribution at its various events.

      Approximately 413,000 youth bowlers will be exposed to Storm Bowling Products through this agreement.

      "Storm is delighted to be strengthening our commitment to YABA, youth bowling and the Coca-Cola Youth Bowling Championships," Storm Vice President of Marketing Dave Symes said.


-Billings Businessmen Rescue Lost Bowler At The 2002 ABC Championships Tournament

03/05/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Butte, Billings, Bozeman, Belgrade. Only one of those Montana cities has the 2002 American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament, and for awhile Ken Kubicki had the wrong one.

      Butte stuck in Kubicki's memory and the Richmond Hill, Ga., bowler wound up 220 miles from where he needed to be. However, he did learn the meaning of Montana friendly. Kubicki, who registered to bowl with friends from Naperville, Ill., made his own arrangements to get to the late February team, singles and double shifts.

      His travelogue is best told in his own words.

      "I talked to my friends and the place never came up in our conversations. I got my ticket and transferred at Salt Lake City. When I got on the plane there, I thought it was strange the plane was only half full. I really didn't see anyone who looked like bowlers.

      "When I landed in Butte (Thursday afternoon), there were no signs (for the ABC Tournament) and it was a small airport. And, I wondered, 'ABC is holding their tournament here?' It didn't look right so I called the motel with my cell phone and I told my guys that I was just about there."

      Kubicki had no way of knowing that the motel he was calling was the Holiday Inn in Billings and not Butte. In the Butte airport, he used the courtesy telephone to call the Holiday Inn for transportation.

      "A girl came and picked me up and when we were driving back, I saw a big dome in the distance. I asked if that was the Civic Center and she said no, that it was a radio station. 'We don't have a civic center. I asked her where they were holding the ABC bowling tournament. And, she said it would have to be at one of two places, there were only two bowling houses in town."

      Kubicki began then to realize he might be in trouble.

      He asked her what the number of the Holiday Inn was. Her answer did not match the one he had written down.

      "I asked if the motel was named the Holiday Inn Grand Montana. She said that no it was just the Holiday Inn Express. Now, I was really worried. I gave her the telephone number I had and she said that sounded like a Billings number."

      When he got to the Holiday Inn Expess, Kubicki checked on flights to Billings and found none. He finally found a reasonable rate for a rental car so he could drive to Billings and then back to catch his return flight.

      Butte is one of the America's great Irish cities and Kubicki lucked out while talking to the motel desk clerk.

      "There were these two guys checking in. They overheard the whole thing. One of them said, 'We're going to Billings tomorrow (Friday), you can ride along with us. I was thinking that these two guys were setting me up. I would come down tomorrow and they'd be gone. But, it wasn't like that. They were two real nice guys. We got to talking on the way to Billings and it turned out they were from High Country Subaru Hyundai."

      The two good Samaritans were Stuart Simonsen, owner of High Country Subaru Hyundai, and Scott Reid, the general manager.

      Kubicki got to the MetraPark Expo Center in time to bowl a 458 series for his Custom Crepe team. After a night at the correct Holiday Inn, the 51-year old machinist bowled 536 in doubles and then finished 558 in singles.


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