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      October 03, 2002:

-Johnson Wins Lady Ebonite Classic

10/03/2002 - PWBA
      COLUMBIA, Tenn. - For Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY all that stood in her way from winning the Lady Ebonite Classic was a 2-8 in the tenth frame. After picking up the less than routine spare, Johnson knocked down seven more pins on her final toss to defeat Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. 205-198 and clinch her first championship of the 2002 Professional Women's Bowling Association season. Johnson's victory earned her a first place check for $12,000.

      "I was more nervous on that shot than any I've had all year," said Johnson. "Luckily the way the pins moved on my first shot the eight pin was a little to the right making it a little easier to pick up."

      Barrette, who with her $7,000 second place check eclipsed a million dollars in career earnings ($1,002,218), appeared to be the lady of the night in the first two matches. The 26-time titlest defeated Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, NJ and Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif. 231-205-168 in the opening shootout and then dispatched reigning Player of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas 236-187 in the semis.

      However, in spite of her milestone performance and seemingly steady ball reaction, Barrette's attempt to win her fourth title of the season was in doubt from the start of the tilt. The former TEAM USA'er came out firing recording five consecutive strikes while Barrette marked in the in four of five but left the fourth frame open after failing to pick up the 2-8-10.

      "I could tell Liz had a great shot and it was going to be very tough to beat her," said Barrette. "I wasn't counting myself out after the fifth but I knew it was not going to be easy to catch her unless I got a few breaks."

      After looking unbeatable for five frames Johnson fell into a slump opening in the sixth and ninth. Barrette countered Johnson's miscues with a spare and three strikes. Entering the tenth frame Johnson trailed by two pins. But, just as the match was swinging back into Barrette's corner, the five-time Women's International Bowling Congress All-American left the 2-8-10 in the tenth setting up Johnson's clutch finish.

      ESPN2 will televise the Classic on October 7 at 11 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 8 at 5:00 a.m. (ET).

      For her efforts, Dorin-Ballard earned $5,000 while Dorin-Lizzi and Terrell took home $4,000 and $3,000 respectively.

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $75,000 Lady Ebonite Classic;

1. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 205 -1 game- $12,000
2. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 665 -3 games- $7,000
3. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 187 -1 game- $5,000
4. Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J., 205 -1 game- $4,000
5. Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif., 168 -1 game- $3,000

Playoff Results:
      Barrette def. Dorin-Lizzi and Terrell 231-2050168; Semi-finals: Barrette def. Dorin-Ballard 236-187; Championships: Johnson def. Barrette 205-198


-100th ABC Tournament In Knoxville Becomes Largest Ever Outside Of National Bowling Stadium

10/03/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament has set yet another entry record for ABC Tournaments held outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

      The ABC Tournament entries department recently processed the 10,807th team entry for the 100th ABC, which will be conducted in Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 8 - June 22, 2003. As the fourth largest overall, Knoxville passes the previous non-Reno record of 10,806 teams set in Billings, Mont., in 2002.

      Roger Horton Jr. of Mesa, Ariz. submitted the record-breaking entry. "I don't go every year, but this is one I wasn't going to miss. We want to be part of the 100th Tournament," the 66-year-old Horton said. "Like a lot of teams, we like to visit different parts of the country and we're looking forward to visiting Tennessee and the surrounding area."

      The world's largest grassroots participation sports event will be conducted in the new Knoxville Convention Center and approximately 60,000 bowlers from all 50 states and several foreign countries are expected to compete in team, doubles and singles competition over the 135-day run of the event.

      Reno's National Bowling Stadium has attracted the three largest ABC Tournaments--in 1995 (17,285), 2001 (16,104) and 1998 (15,702).

      With about three months remaining before the Jan. 2 entry deadline, ABC officials are hoping the event will reach an aggressive goal of 12,000 teams. "We are pleased with the number of entries we have received to date and hope to reach yet another milestone," said ABC Assistant Executive Director Jack Mordini. "There are still opportunities for bowlers to be part of this historic event, but they need to enter soon."

      Entries are available primarily in February with just a few remaining dates available in March and April. Anyone interested in entering should call 800/514-2695, ext. 3320 or visit abctournament.com to download an entry form.

      Sponsors for the 2003 ABC Tournament are: the Knoxville Convention and Visitor's Bureau; Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotels and Casinos in Reno, Nev.; Pilot Travel Centers, Dollywood; Calhoun's Taste of Tennessee, and Steve Ellis Tours. The Knoxville Sports Commission was a driving force in bringing the ABC Tournament to Knoxville.


-Johnson Nabs Top Seed

10/03/2002 - PWBA
      COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Seven different leaders stood on top of the standings sheet during the 42-game preliminaries of the Lady Ebonite Classic at the Ebonite Galaxy Lanes. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY was the final name to be listed after she closed out the prelims with a 15-9-0 match play record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds), a 218.02 average and a 9,607 pinfall. Johnson will be seeded No. 1 for Thursday night's ESPN2 stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

      "Unbelievable. Tonight I was fortunate because I scored well on the good pairs and on the tougher pairs I grinded out some decent scores," said Johnson.

      Making her second consecutive TV appearance after finishing third last week at the Burlington Open, Johnson moved to the top of the field after going 5-3-0 during the evening session while averaging 229.50.

      "The last few weeks I've been gaining confidence and tonight it showed. I made quality shots when it counted and my spare shooting was very solid."

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, fell back one spot to second with totals of 216.40, 16-7-1 and 9,584. Dorin-Ballard won the Burlington Open last week. The reigning Player of the Year is making her eighth TV appearance this season.

      Defending champion Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. finished in the third slot with 214.28, 18-8-0 and 9,540. Barrette will be attempting to become the fourth PWBA'er ever to exceed one million dollars in earnings. Her current total is $995,218.

      Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, NJ, who stayed among the top five the entire week, is fourth with 212.97, 15-9-0 and 9,395. Kim Terrell slipped into fifth with 211.42, 16-8-0 and 9,360. Terrell needed a 227-179 victory over Tish Johnson, Northridge in the final game of the night to pass the 22-year pro.

      ESPN2 will tape the championships for an October 7 broadcast at 11 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 8 at 5:00 a.m. (ET).

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS AFTER 42 GAMES 
                                            BLOCK TOTALS                        TOTAL 
POS BOWLER - HOMETOWN                  QUAL   1    2    3   PINS   AVG    W-L-T   PINS  +OR-   PRIZE 
 
 1 Liz Johnson-Cheektowaga, NY        3822 1713 1792 1830  9157 218.02 15- 9- 0  9607 +1207 
 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  3879 1772 1720 1718  9089 216.40 16- 7- 1  9584 +1184 
 3 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     3785 1701 1802 1712  9000 214.28 18- 6- 0  9540 +1140 
 4 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3903 1662 1643 1737  8945 212.97 15- 9- 0  9395  +995 
 5 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            3707 1696 1664 1813  8880 211.42 16- 8- 0  9360  +960 
 6 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3786 1662 1757 1700  8905 212.02 13-11- 0  9295  +895  $2,500 
 7 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3801 1656 1696 1718  8871 211.21 13-11- 0  9261  +861  $2,400 
 8 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          3911 1650 1674 1647  8882 211.47 11-11- 2  9242  +842  $2,300 
 9 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia,    3860 1721 1568 1688  8837 210.40 13-11- 0  9227  +827  $2,200 
10 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        3824 1705 1639 1723  8891 211.69 11-13- 0  9221  +821  $2,100 
11 Cheryl Daniels-West Bloomfield, MI 3678 1663 1675 1719  8735 207.97 15- 9- 0  9185  +785  $2,000 
12 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        3925 1723 1512 1701  8861 210.97 10-14- 0  9161  +761  $1,900 
13 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3808 1562 1682 1700  8752 208.38 12-12- 0  9112  +712  $1,800 
14 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  3836 1611 1707 1561  8715 207.50 12-12- 0  9075  +675  $1,750 
15 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   3846 1618 1512 1725  8701 207.16 12-12- 0  9061  +661  $1,700 
16 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             4071 1667 1588 1545  8871 211.21  6-18- 0  9051  +651  $1,650 
17 Maxine Nable-Australia,            3946 1489 1633 1645  8713 207.45 10-14- 0  9013  +613  $1,625 
18 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3622 1539 1674 1831  8666 206.33 11-13- 0  8996  +596  $1,600 
19 Chele Schirmer-Bel Air, MD         3787 1662 1558 1592  8599 204.73 11-10- 3  8974  +574  $1,575 
20 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3697 1713 1586 1643  8639 205.69 11-13- 0  8969  +569  $1,550 
21 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                3704 1659 1624 1621  8608 204.95 11-12- 1  8953  +553  $1,525 
22 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    3635 1701 1585 1549  8470 201.66  7-16- 1  8695  +295  $1,500 
23 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3649 1521 1539 1636  8345 198.69  8-16- 0  8585  +185  $1,475 
24 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       3625 1472 1550 1669  8316 198.00  7-17- 0  8526  +126  $1,450 





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