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      March 26, 2002:

-Ebonite Announces Sponsorship Of National Senior Bowling Tour

03/26/2002 - Ebonite International
      Ebonite International has announced its sponsorship of the Senior All-Star Bowling Association (SASBA).

      The Senior All-Star Bowling Association, whose tour season is from December to November, began under the direction of Jamie Brooks in 1990. Brooks, former owner of 40 bowling centers and current owner of Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, said the tour, under its new name: The Ebonite Senior Tour, is anticipating a great step forward for its members.

      "The senior tour, standing at 600 members, is growing rapidly and we are very excited to increase our relationship with Ebonite," Brooks stated. "They produce the best bowling balls on the market today, hands-down, and have a solid reputation in the industry."

      Ebonite, in addition to being the tour's primary sponsor, will host the Ebonite SASBA Firecracker 5000 Player's Championship over the week of July 4 at Galaxy Lanes in Columbia, Tenn.

      "Ebonite is very selective with its sponsorship opportunities," said Bob Reid, Ebonite's vice president of marketing. "We are proud to encourage and support the seasoned warriors who are part of this tour. We look forward to our partnership and our association with this talented group of professionals."

      The Ebonite Senior Tour is divided regionally by the Mason-Dixon Line and has hosted over 300 tournaments in twelve years. Members join the association for a one-time $60.00 membership fee and a $30.00 annual renewal fee. Bowlers, male or female over the age of 50, are encouraged to join the ranks of arguably the best senior bowlers of all-time. Members include a number of former PBA tour members, Hall of Fame bowlers and bowling center and pro shop owners such as Bob McGregor, George Pappas, Gary Dickinson, Dave Soutar, and Avery Le Blanc.


-IBC Sweet 16 Fields Determined

03/26/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Following the completion of the 2002 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Sectional Qualifiers, the 16-team men's and 16-team women's fields for the 2002 IBC have been determined.

      The four regional events were 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 2002 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships will be held April 17-20 at Transit Lanes in suburban Buffalo, N.Y.

      Men's teams qualifying in the Pennsylvania Sectional included winner Saginaw Valley (Mich.) State University, plus St. John's (N.Y.) University, St. Peter's (N.J.) College and Penn State University. The top four from the women's division included sectional winner Pikeville (Ky.) College, along with Shippensburg (Pa.) University, Sacred Heart (Conn.) University and St. Peter's (N.J.) College.

      At the Oklahoma Sectional, both the men's and women's teams from the University of Nebraska were winners and the Wichita (Kan.) State University men's and women's squads placed second. Other men's squads qualifying were the University of Kansas and defending IBC champion Western Illinois University. The women's teams from Florida State University and McKendree (Ill.) College also advanced.

      Top honors at the Kentucky Sectional went to the Purdue University men and Morehead (Ky.) State University women. The University of Central Florida, Morehead State University and Michigan State University also advanced from the men's field. Indiana State University, Northern Illinois University and Erie (N.Y.) Community College also advanced from the women's division.

      The Fresno (Calif.) State University men's and women's teams won the California Sectional. Also advancing in the men's division were San Jose (Calif.) State University, Arizona State University and Washington State University. California State University-Fullerton, Central Missouri State University and Arizona State University also advanced in the women's division.

      The top four men's and women's teams from each sectional qualifier advance to the 2002 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 17-20

DOWNINGTOWN, PA.
Men Women
  1.     Saginaw Valley State University 12,887   1.    Pikeville College 11,519
  2.     St. John's University 12,501   2.    Shippensburg University  11,468
  3.     St. Peter's College 12,426   3.    Sacred Heart University 11,148
  4.     Penn State University 12,295   4.    St. Peter's College       10,994
  5.     University of Delaware 12,111   5.    New Jersey City University 10,866
  6.     Western New England College 11,817   6.    Briarcliffe College 10,720
  7.     Sacred Heart University 11,754   7.    North Carolina A & T State University10,634
  8.     William Paterson University 11,691   8.    Morgan State University 10,607
  9.     Briarcliffe College    11,575  9.     Temple University     9,980
10.     Pikeville College 11,557 10.    University of Delaware   9,752
11.     Mohawk Valley Community College 11,382 11.    Westchester Community College    8,853
12.     Penn State University-Berks/Lehigh 11,222
13.     Towson University  11,139
14.     Shippensburg University 11,133
15.     SUNY-Utica/Rome 11,114
16.     Syracuse University 11,080
17.     Bryant College 10,651

LOUISVILLE, KY.
Men Women
  1.     Purdue University 12,547   1.    Morehead State University 11,572
  2.     University of Central Florida 12,218   2.    Indiana State University 11,557
  3.     Morehead State University 12,034       3.    Northern Illinois University 11,386
  4.     Michigan State University 12,000       4.    Erie Community College 11,169
  5.     Illinois State University 11,987       5.    Illinois State University 11,161
  6.     Northern Illinois University 11,867             6.     Ball State University 11,088
  7.     Indiana State University 11,867               7.    University of Illinois 10,713
  8.     Virginia Tech University 11,650       8.    Rock Valley College 10,692
  9.     University of Florida     11,608   9.    Michigan State University 10,662
10.     Erie Community College 11,549           10.    Virginia Tech University 10,347
11.     Ball State University   11,487          11.     Purdue University  10,319
12.     Georgia Tech 11,369          12.     University of Florida 10,216
13.     East Carolina University   5,314          13.     Florida A & M University   9,139

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.
Men Women
  1.     University of Nebraska 12,708   1.    University of Nebraska 12,030
  2.     Wichita State University 12,464   2.    Wichita State University 11,859
  3.     University of Kansas 12,409   3.    Florida State University 11,341
  4.     Western Illinois University 12,331             4.     McKendree College    11,135
  5.     Central Missouri State University 12,272       5.    University of Kansas 10,624
  6.     Indiana University 12,010    6.    Southern University           10,549
  7.     Minnesota State-Mankato 11,821               7.    Indiana University 10,337
  8.     Florida State University 11,802       8.    University of Wisconsin-Parkside     8,977
  9.     Southwest Missouri State 11,425    
10.     University of Oklahoma 11,191
11.     University of Houston 11,079
12.     Southwest Texas State 11,075
13.     Winona State University   8,131

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CALIF.
Men Women
  1.     California State University-Fresno 12,576            1.     California State University-Fresno 12,350
  2.     San Jose State University 12,500            2.     California State Univ.-Fullerton 12,028
  3.     Arizona State University 12,354            3.     Central Missouri State University 11,916
  4.     Washington State University 12,325            4.     Arizona State University 11,577
  5.     West Texas A & M University 12,231           5.     West Texas A & M University 11,234
  6.     Lindenwood University 12,013    6.    Washington State University 11,098
  7.     California State University-Fullerton 10,963            7.      San Jose State University 10,956
  8.     Mesa Community College 10,940            8.      University of Nevada-Las Vegas 10,864
  9.     University of Nevada-Las Vegas 10,834            9.     Grambling University   9,970
10.     New Mexico State University 10,168         10.     University of California-Davis   9,939


-Potawatomi Bingo Casino To Sponsor 2002 WIBC Tournament Opening Ceremony

03/26/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The Women's International Bowling Congress has announced that Milwaukee's Potawatomi Bingo Casino has signed on as presenting sponsor of the 2002 WIBC Championship Tournament Opening Ceremony to be held April 13. Opening ceremony festivities will include a ribbon cutting, a welcome from Mayor John O. Norquist's office and the rolling of the first ball.

      Potawatomi Bingo Casino also is an official sponsor of the 2002 WIBC Championship Tournament, held April 13-June 10 at AMF Bowlero in suburban Wauwatosa and AMF South Park in suburban South Milwaukee. The WIBC Championship Tournament will bring an estimated 42,000 women bowlers to Southeast Wisconsin with an estimated economic impact of nearly $60 million.

      "WIBC is ecstatic that Potawatomi Bingo Casino has agreed to sponsor our tournament opening," WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn said. "Many of our bowlers view the WIBC Championship Tournament as a vacation and are extremely likely to visit local venues and attractions, such as the Potawatomi Bingo Casino. We are sure this partnership will benefit all involved."

      Potawatomi Bingo Casino also will award a trip for a five-player team to the 2003 WIBC Tournament in Reno, Nev. The trip includes entry fee, airfare and accommodations at the Silver Legacy for an entire WIBC Championship Tournament team (limit five bowlers).

      The drawing is open to all 2002 WIBC Championship Tournament participants. Tournament team captains received a certificate which must be presented along with a valid photo I.D. and Fire Keeper's Club Card at Potawatomi's Fire Keeper's Club in the grand lobby at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

      Entries will be accepted until 7 p.m. June 10 and the drawing will also take place at 8 p.m. that day. Winner need not be present.


-BWTC Veteran Lichstein Leads Team To Team Challenge Victory In Windsor Locks

03/26/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Qualifying for his seventh Grand Championship, veteran American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge competitor Mike Lichstein led Stoke On Ramp of Broad Brook, Conn., to victory March 24 in the fourth Team Challenge qualifier of 2002 at Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, Conn.

      With two second--place Grand Championship finishes to his credit, he hopes this will be his breakthrough year.

      Lichstein and teammates Alex Aguiar, Mike Dupuis, Norm Ginsberg and Chris Rebstock, who also are Grand Championship veterans, earned their 2002 Grand Championship appearance by defeating Tile-All Inc. of Bristol, Pa., 417-363, in the two-game championship match.

      "I think this is one of the most talented Team Challenge teams around," said the 33-year-old Lichstein, who was runner-up in the 1993 and 1996 Grand Championships. "But when it's time to bowl the best teams in the country, you can't take anything for granted."

      Lichstein's teammates also are multiple Grand Championship qualifiers. Rebstock and Ginsberg will compete in their third and Dupuis and Aguiar in their second.

      "I couldn't wait for this tournament," Rebstock said. "I was disappointed we didn't qualify for the Grand Championship last year so we were determined to make it happen here."

      Stoke On Ramp won airfare and lodging to the Grand Championship, Keepsake rings and earned $5,500 ($1,450 for finishing third in qualifying, $2,050 for first place and a $2,000 bonus for winning the tournament.)

      The victory would not have been possible without some heroics by Lichstein in the semi-final match. Trailing going into the 10th frame of the final game, Lichstein doubled to squeak out a 385-379 victory over Gardner Excavating of Schenectady, N.Y.

      Tile-All, with team members Jay Stout, Paul Alig, Ed Szygiel, Joe Paluszek and PBA Tour player Rudy Kasimakis, earned $2,900 for second ($1,150 for qualifying fourth plus $1,750). Gardner Excavating with Ron Gardner, Craig Taylor, Mike Drexel, Joe Mazuryk and Brian LeClair earned $3,200 for third ($1,750 for qualifying second plus $1,450).

      Other finalists in the 87-team field from 12 states were: 4, Vic Telemarketing, Enfield, Conn., $1,775 ($625 for 9th in qualifying plus $1,150 for fourth overall), 5, Sawgrass Lanes, Sunrise, Fla., $1,800 (6th-$850 + $950); 6, BD Storm, Elmira, N.Y., $1,800 (5th-$950 + $850); 7, Snapple Fire, Rochester, N.Y., $2,825 (1st-$2,050 + $775); 8, Leisure Lanes, Reading, Pa., $1,475 (7th-$775 + $700).

      Other cashers: 9, Remodeling Durham Style, Wallingford, Conn., $965 (20th-$340 + $625); 10 , Striking Eagle Pro Shop, Syracuse, N.Y., 950 (15th-$400 + $550); 11, Buddie's Pro Shop, Fairfield, Conn., $830 (21st-$330 + $500); 12, CCBA02, East Hartford, Conn., $1,175 (8th- $700 + $475); 13, Bowlers Alley Pro Shop, Joppa, Md., $950 (11th-$500 + $450); 14, Montgomery Industries, Braintree, Mass., $875 (13th-$450 + $425); 15, Grand Rental, Old Forge, Pa., $725 (22nd-$325 + 400); 16, Magnotta's Pro Shop, White Plains, N.Y., $860 (12th-$475 + 385); 17, Total Performance Pro Shop, West Springfield, Mass., $795 (12th-$425 + $370); 18, High Roller Inc., $905 (10th-$550 + $355); 19, Boston Bowl, Boston, $730, ($385 + $345); 20, Victory Supermarkets, Methuen, Mass., $695 (18th-$355 + $340); 21, Vic Telemarketing II, Enfield, Conn., $705 (17th-$340 + $335); 22, Team Brunswick, Rochelle, N.Y., $670, (19th-$345 + $325).

      Dave Caisse of Waterbury, Conn., Mike Mennillo Jr. and Albert Tulacro of Wolcott, Conn., earned $450 for winning the three-player Second Chance Tournament.

      The next BWTC qualifier is April 6-7 in Phoenix. For entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3415 or visit bowl.com.


-WIBC Queens Scheduled To Air May 14 At 9 P.M. Eastern On ESPN2

03/26/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      The taped finals of the Women's International Bowling Congress Queens Tournament will air on ESPN2 on Tuesday, May 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

      The tournament will be held May 6-10 at AMF Bowlero in suburban Milwaukee. It will feature the world's top professional and amateur players in a double-elimination match-play setting.

      Entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. May 5. For more information, visit the WIBCtournament.com or bowl.com Web sites or call (414) 421-9006. Beginning April 12, call (414) 421-7877.


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