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      August 01, 2001:

-U.S., Canada Turn In Strong Performances During Maccabiah Games In Israel

08/01/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Members of the United States and Canadian contingents fared extremely well during the 16th Maccabiah Games which ended July 22 at the National Bowling Center in Netanya, Israel.

      Fran Deken of Reno, Nev., and Adrienne Oshman of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., led the U.S. with gold medals in women's singles and Masters, respectively, as well as joining Cynthia Bevans of Valancia, Calif., in winning women's trios. Canada's Hirsh Schnayer, Luis Strum, Larry Beaver, Tony Selcer and Howard Dinetz captured their country's lone gold medal in the men's team competition. Former TEAM USA member Marc Skier of Frederick, Md., was the lone U.S. men's medal winner, taking silver in Masters and bronze in all events. Deken, Oshman, Bevans, Meryl Romeu, Cooper City, Fla., and Romeu's sister, Rona Pottel, Montreal, earned the other U.S. medal, a silver in the team event.

      Oshman, the top women's qualifier for the Masters stepladder finals, watched as Israel's Yonit Cohen defeated Canada's Fran Yamron 209-160 in the semifinal. Oshman then beat Cohen 376-337 in the two-game title match.

      Skier, a member of TEAM USA 1990, lost to Israel's Noam Hanaor 384-380 in the two-game men's Masters title match. Hanaor rolled a strike to open the final frame after top qualifier Skier chopped the 6 pin from a 6-10 leave in his 10th frame. Hanaor beat Schnayer 219-159 in the stepladder semifinal.

      Schnayer, Strum and Beaver combined for a bronze medal in men's trios while Schnayer added a bronze medal in men's Masters. Teammate Fran Yamron added bronze in women's Masters and singles and Lisa Abush picked up bronze in women's all events. "It was the experience of a lifetime," said Deken, 57, an executive with the former Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour and two-time Association of College Unions International champion while at the University of Iowa. "It was very exciting considering I was the youngest in the field. I believe my experience and knowledge helped as well as my spare shooting. I think I was the only one to bring a spare ball."

      The event for Jewish athletes featured 32 men and 30 women from the United States, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Sweden, Venezuela, South Africa and Great Britain.


-Oldest 300 shooter competes in ABC/WIBC Mixed Championships thanks to Rosie O'Donnell

08/01/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Berry Thomas, who at age 87 became the oldest person to bowl an approved 300 game in March, enjoyed the American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress National Mixed Championships at Castaways Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas July 30 thanks to the Rosie O'Donnell Show.

      "It was a lot of fun," Thomas said. "I have never been to Las Vegas and the ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships was a great reason to come out here. I wish I could have been here for the opening of the tournament."

      Thomas and his wife, Nanny Lee, were honored June 15 on the Rosie O'Donnell Show with an expenses-paid trip to the ABC/WIBC National Mixed Championships. Thomas also was given prizes from Storm Bowling Products including the new Storm Trauma bowling ball and Storm Deluxe single tote bowling bag.

      "Rosie was very nice," Thomas said. "She and her crew were very pleasant and really surprised us with our trip to Las Vegas."

      Thomas, Nashville, Tenn., became the oldest person to roll a perfect game March 26 in the Monday Senior League at AMF Pla-Mor Lanes.

      At age 87 years, 11 months old, he beat the previous oldest 300 shooter, Joe Dean, who was 87 years, 6 months old when he rolled a perfect game in Columbus, Ohio, on June 15, 1999. It was the first career 300 for Thomas, who said he's been an avid bowler and ABC member since 1939.

      "I have been bowling for 62 years and I do it because I enjoy bowling," Thomas said. "It is the perfect sport because you can do it all year round.

      During his appearance at the National Mixed Championships, Thomas bowled 146, 140 and 143 games for 429 while son Danny rolled 244, 247 and 183 for 674 in the Open Doubles Handicap division.

      "I was tired," Thomas continued. "I bowled all right but Danny bowled very well."


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