April 23, 2002:
Familiar Faces Capture IBC Titles
04/23/2002 - Bowling Newsline
Western Illinois University earned its third men's Intercollegiate Bowling Championships title in four years, while the Morehead State women captured their third championship in the past five years at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships April 20 at Transit Lanes in Buffalo, N.Y.
Western Illinois (Rodney English, Clay Herrbach, Shane Keefauver, Nathan Nimrick and Tournament MVP Derek Sapp) defeated Purdue University, 2-1, in a best-of-three Baker System match. The Leathernecks went undefeated in the double elimination format after finishing third during qualifying. The Leathernecks also won IBC titles in 1999 and 2001. Herrbach, Sapp and Keefauver were all members of the 2001 champion team.
"It is a relief (winning back-to-back titles)," said Sapp, the 2002 BWAA Male Collegiate Bowler of the Year. "It was harder winning the tournament (this year) because we were the defending champs."
Morehead State (Jessica DeCrescente, Tournament MVP Stacey Bokina, Andrea Salazar, Joy Esterson, Jamie Brunswick, Marisa Lamm and Melissa Brownie) outlasted Wichita State University, 2.5-1.5, after tying the first game in the best-of-three Baker match. Esterson converted an eight-spare to begin the 10th frame. Needing seven pins, she rolled a strike to close out the match. The Eagles also won IBC titles in 1998 and 2000. Esterson, Lamm, DeCrescente and Bokina were all members of the 2000 national champion squad.
"It's amazing, never in a million years did I think I would win both," Bokina said minutes after winning the IBC title and being named tournament MVP. "This is my last year. What a way to go out."
Central Missouri State University and Florida State University placed third and fourth, respectively, in the women's division. Saginaw Valley State University and St. John's University finished third and fourth in the men's division.
Joining Sapp on the all-tournament team were Washington State's Curtiss Bergheim, Mike Fagan of St. John's, Saginaw Valley State's Bill O'Neill and Purdue's Ed Smaglik.
The women's all-tournament team consisted of Bokina, Esterson, Florida State's Allison Cale, Central Missouri State's Sarah Kelley, Wichita State's Kristal Scott and Erie Community College's Jocelyn Stutz.
The men's and women's finals were taped for future airing on ESPN2. Former collegiate bowler and current PBA star Chris Barnes and current PWBA broadcaster Jan Schmidt served as the commentators.
The week began with former Buffalo Bills star Steve Tasker rolling out the ceremonial first ball. The tournament was conducted on American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Sport Bowling lane conditions.
The 2003 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships will be held in Tulsa, Okla.
For more information on the IBC, visit the College Bowling section of bowl.com.
Long Wait For Grand Championship Berth Over For Team Challenge Veterans
04/23/2002 - Bowling Newsline
For ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge competitors Ed Shuler and Mike Marks, a berth in the Grand Championship has been a long time coming.
BD Storm of Elmira, N.Y., with Shuler, Marks and teammates Dave Hart, Chris Johnson and Terry Decker, defeated Team Storm of Congers, N.Y., 480-445, in the two-game Baker System championship match to win the Baltimore qualifier at Country Club Bowl April 21.
BD Storm will join 13 other qualifiers in the 10th Grand Championship to be conducted at the Gold Coast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas Nov. 10-14.
What made BD Storm's win all the more impressive was that it defeated a talented Team Storm squad that included former National Amateur Champions Anthony Chapman and Vernon Peterson, current TEAM USA member Mike Mullin, Colombian star Andres Gomez and Mexico's Arturo Quintero.
Shuler has bowled in Team Challenge events since the series started in 1992 and Marks since 1994 without a victory.
"What a relief," Marks said. "We have been close so many times, but we could never win one."
It looked like BD Storm wasn't going to make it this time either until the team rolled a 1,077 in the final qualifying game to make it to the Baker rounds.
"Of all the Team Challenges I've bowled in, this was the most unlikely one I thought we would win, especially because I bowled so poorly in qualifying," Marks added. "Once we got to Baker it was pretty smooth sailing."
It will be Hart's second Grand Championship appearance after qualifying in Baltimore in 1997.
In the semi-final match, Team Storm defeated The Big Banana (Chun Bae, Anthony Vigliotti, Troy Lint, Mike Bixler and Rudy Kasimakis) of Cedarhurst, N.Y., 522-372, to advance to the championship match.
Along with the Team Challenge prize package of Keepsake championship rings and airfare and lodging for the Grand Championship, BD Storm earned $2,650 ($450 for finishing eighth in qualifying, $1,300 for first place and a $900 bonus for winning the tournament).
Team Storm earned $2,200 for second ($1,100 for qualifying second plus $1,100) and The Big Banana earned $1,600 for third ($700 for qualifying fourth plus $900).
Other finalists in the 40-team field from eight states were: 4, Last Minute Bros., Lockport, N.Y., $2,000 ($1,300 for 1st in qualifying plus $700 for fourth overall). 5, Grand Rental, Old Forge, Pa., $1,500 (3rd-$900 + $600). 6, Bowlers Alley Pro Shop, Joppa, Md., $1,150 (5th-$600 + $550). 7, Fromuth Tennis, Reading, Pa., $900 (9th-$400 + $500). 8, J & G Bowling Club, Wilmington, Del., $800 (10th-$350 + $450). 9, Graphic Expressions, Baltimore, $900 (7th-$500 + $400). 10, High Roller Inc., Beverly, N.J., $900 (6th-$550 + $350).
The next BWTC qualifier is April 27-28 in Peoria, Ill. For entry information, contact Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-2695, Ext. 3415 or visit bowl.com.