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      October 10, 2002:

-Tish Johnson Fools Father Time

10/10/2002 - PWBA
      PASADENA, Texas. - It was a magic night for Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. Inducted into the Women's International Hall of Fame earlier this year after 22 years of service on the Professional Women's Bowling Association tour, Johnson won her 25th career title Thursday night after defeating Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY 246-187 at the Greater Pasadena Open at Diamond Lanes. The champion took home a first place check worth $9,000.

      "I've been talking about retiring with some of my friends at home," said Johnson. "I've always said I wanted to stay out here as long as I could make cuts and challenge for a championship."

      "I started to think about coaching, but my friends have encouraged me to stay with it. They kept telling me 'it's going to come, be patient'. I guess they were right."

      A two-time PWBA Player of the Year, the lefthander got off to a red-hot start in the opening shootout striking in seven consecutive frames en route to a 254-188-181 victory over Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. and Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas.

      "The way the scores have been all week I anticipated high scoring matches," she said. "Both Leanne and Rachel are capable of big games so I knew getting out of the gate quickly was a must."

      In the semis, Johnson's hot streak appeared to cool off in the first three frames as she struck just once and left an open frame while her opponent Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. managed a pair of spares. Following two opens in the third and fourth by Adler, Johnson found her rhythm again as she tossed a four-bagger to pull away by 40-pins heading into the eighth. Although Adler started to find the pocket, striking three more times from that point, she could not make up the deficit as Johnson registered a 213-184 win.

      Seeded No. 1 coming into the championships, Liz looked tough to beat throughout the week averaging 231.85 during the 42-game preliminaries with a 14-10-0 match play record.

      The former TEAM USA member began her clash with the PWBA's Iron Woman by striking in three of her first five tries. However, the night belonged to the lefty, who including the Open was competing in her PWBA-record 232nd consecutive national tournament. After watching Liz strike first, Tish went on to place an X in the first seven frames putting the match away before it could end.

      "I felt very relaxed out there," stated the champ. "I had a game plan to try to get the ball threw the heads a little cleaner and tonight it paid off."

      In spite of her second place finish, Johnson claimed $4,800. Adler took home $3,000 for third while Perez and Barrette cashed for $2,500 and $2,200 respectively.

      The Greater Pasadena Open will air on ESPN2 on October at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 20 at 4:30 p.m. (ET).

      Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and playoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's $50,000 Greater Pasadena Open;

1. Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., 713 -3 games- $9,000
2. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 187 -1 game- $4,800
3. Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla., 184 -1 game- $3,000
4. Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas, 181 -1 game- $2,500
5. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 188 -1 game- $2,200

Playoff Results:
T. Johnson def. Barrette and Perez 254-188-181; Semi-finals: T. Johnson def. 213-184: Championships: T. Johnson def. L. Johnson 246-187.


-California, Colorado Bowlers Earn Sport Bowling National High Average Honors

10/10/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - Pam Pancoast, Lomita, Calif., and Jeff Piroozshad, Colorado Springs, Colo., earned the national high average awards for the inaugural season of the Sport Bowling program, the American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress have announced.

      Pancoast won the WIBC honor by posting a 204.09 average for 56 games in the Sport Shot 420 Scratch League at Palos Verdes Bowl in Torrance, Calif. The right-hander took advantage of her outstanding spare shooting and ability to keep the ball in play, two keys to success in Sport Bowling.

      "I'm proud of the award. It's exciting," said Pancoast, 41. "I'm a good spare shooter and I'm a straighter player. I don't get into much trouble. I think Sport Bowling is a good thing for bowlers. It's more challenging."

      Piroozshad captured the ABC honor with a 238.47 average for 36 games in the Tuesday Carson Sport League at Fort Carson Bowling Center in Fort Carson, Colo. The Professional Bowlers Association member and 2000 Bowling Writers' Association of America men's collegiate bowler of the year from the University of Miami used his knowledge and talent to conquer the Sport Bowling conditions.

      "I consider it a great honor to win the national high average award for Sport Bowling," said the right-handed Piroozshad, 27, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native and director of tournaments and technology for USA Bowling. "All competitive bowlers strive to be the best at what they do. It is always a privilege to be recognized when that goal is reached.

      "From week to week I would have to play different parts of the lane or use different equipment and hand positions. But once I understood the best way to attack the lanes on a particular night, I tried not to change it too much during the session. I think the main key to succeeding in Sport Bowling is knowing when to be aggressive and when not to be aggressive."

      Here are the rest of the top five WIBC Sport Bowling average leaders, the centers at which they competed and their final official averages: Robin Crawford, Classic Lanes, Greenfield, Wis., 200.02 (57 games); Daisy Spellman, AMF Rockwood Lanes, Portland, Ore., 192.77 (48); Stacey Bokina, Eastland Lanes, Lexington, Ky., 192.27 (33); and Nichole DePaul, Classic Lanes, Greenfield, Wis., 190.57 (51).

      Here are the rest of the top five ABC Sport Bowling average leaders, the centers at which they competed and their final official averages: Andrew Cain, AMF Thunderbird Lanes, Phoenix, 219.52 (36 games); Scott Weber, Manhattan Lanes, De Pere, Wis., 218.52 (96); Mike Scroggins, Western Bowl, Amarillo, Texas, 218.00 (39); and Blaise Bedolla, Caveman Bowl, Grants Pass, Ore., 216.46 (52).

      To be eligible for the Sport Bowling national high average award, ABC and WIBC members must have bowled a minimum of 33 games in the 2001-02 season.

      Pancoast and Piroozshad will receive the attractive Sport Bowling crystal bowling pin, symbolic of their accomplishments.

      Developed by ABC and WIBC, Sport Bowling is an optional level of membership consisting of league and tournament competition on challenging lane conditions. Sport Bowling emphasizes technique and spare shooting while re-establishing credibility in the sport. Sport Bowling lane conditions are used in numerous upper echelon tournaments such as the ABC Masters, the WIBC Queens and the USA Bowling Championships as well as several PBA and Professional Women's Bowling Association national tour events.

      For more information about Sport Bowling, visit SportBowling.com on the Web or call (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3400.

      Editors Note: Jeff Piroozshad is a volunteer contributor to BowlingFans.com.


-Johnson Captures No. 1 Seed

10/10/2002 - PWBA
      PASADENA, Texas. - Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY stole the show in the final round of the Greater Pasadena Open. The 11-time titlest completed the 42-game preliminaries as the No. 1 seed heading into Thursday night's ESPN stepladder finals. Johnson finished the week with a 231.85 average, a 14-10-0 match play record (Ed. note - players earn 30 bonus pins for each match won during match play rounds) and a 10,158 pinfall.

      "I've had problems before in the night rounds in the past but tonight I played the in the same spot and didn't run into too much trouble," said Johnson. "I had great carry most of the night and I never played on a bad pair."

      Coming into the final stanza Johnson had won just seven matches, but during the most important eight games of the tournament the former TEAM USA'er went 7-1-0 and averaged 227.25.

      The tournament leader in three of six rounds, Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla. closed out the night as the No. 2 seed. Adler chalked up a 4-4-0 mark and finished with a 229.88 clip, a 14-9-1 record and a 10,090 total.

      A top 10 finisher in three of the last five tournaments, Rachel Perez, San Marcos, Texas held onto the No. 3 spot. The Texan managed a 5-3-0 record for the night adding to her tournament totals of 229.09, 14-10-0 and 10,042.

      Competing in her PWBA record 232nd consecutive tournament, Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. came up with a 258-247 win over Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif. to secure the No. 4 position. Entering her final game, Johnson was 36-pins out of the last TV finals spot.

      "I've been out her 22 years and I don't think I've ever gone a full season without making at least one championship round," said Johnson. "Even now I still believe I'm capable of competing with the best we've got, but with the kind of talent we have on this tour, I was starting to wonder if this year was going to be the year I got shutout."

      The PWBA Iron-Woman went 7-1-0 in the sixth, ending with 226.47, 14-10-0 and 9,932. The two-time Player of the Year tossed the best eight-game block of tournament averaging 235.62 with a 1,885 pinfall. Thursday's TV appearance will be Johnson's 95th of her career.

      Barrette, who has made the TV finals in eight of the last 10 tournaments will be making her 97th career appearance. In spite of her loss to Johnson in game 42, Barrette edged out Marcia Kamrowski, Boca Raton, Fla. by six pins. Barrette's week's totals were 227.83, 12-12-0 and 9,929.

      The top five bowlers compete on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the championship round. ESPN2 will tape the championships for an October 14 broadcast at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 20 at 4:30 p.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        4226 1800 1818 1894  9738 231.85 14-10- 0 10158 +1758 
 2 Kim Adler-Cocoa, FL                4223 1807 1863 1762  9655 229.88 14- 9- 1 10090 +1690 
 3 Rachel Perez-San Marcos, TX        4299 1748 1796 1779  9622 229.09 14-10- 0 10042 +1642 
 4 Tish Johnson-Northridge, CA        3903 1831 1893 1885  9512 226.47 14-10- 0  9932 +1532 
 5 Leanne Barrette-Pleasanton, CA     4017 1727 1885 1940  9569 227.83 12-12- 0  9929 +1529 
 6 Marcia Kamrowski-Boca Raton, FL    4056 1823 1862 1822  9563 227.69 12-12- 0  9923 +1523  $1,900 
 7 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard-N. Richland  4096 1794 1846 1713  9449 224.97 15- 9- 0  9899 +1499  $1,600 
 8 Wendy Macpherson-Henderson, NV     3976 1805 1804 1877  9462 225.28 13-10- 1  9867 +1467  $1,400 
 9 Kendra Gaines-Sebring, FL          4305 1689 1710 1822  9526 226.80 11-13- 0  9856 +1456  $1,300 
10 Marianne DiRupo-Succasunna, NJ     4148 1838 1813 1772  9571 227.88  8-15- 1  9826 +1426  $1,250 
11 Kim Terrell-Antioch, CA            4177 1743 1781 1753  9454 225.09 10-14- 0  9754 +1354  $1,200 
12 Dede Davidson-Las Vegas, NV        3782 1912 1815 1785  9294 221.28 15- 9- 0  9744 +1344  $1,150 
13 Michelle Feldman-Skaneateles, NY   4022 1902 1740 1664  9328 222.09 11-12- 1  9673 +1273  $1,125 
14 Carol Gianotti-Block-Australia,    4008 1692 1760 1740  9200 219.04 13-10- 1  9605 +1205  $1,100 
15 Kelly Kulick-Union, NJ             3863 1818 1727 1742  9150 217.85 15- 9- 0  9600 +1200  $1,090 
16 Brenda Norman-Indianapolis, IN     3905 1751 1684 1749  9089 216.40 15- 8- 1  9554 +1154  $1,080 
17 Tammy Turner-Ogden, UT             3954 1865 1661 1746  9226 219.66  9-15- 0  9496 +1096  $1,070 
18 Anne Marie Duggan-Edmond, OK       4098 1839 1668 1586  9191 218.83  8-15- 1  9446 +1046  $1,060 
19 Maxine Nable-Australia,            4108 1590 1697 1780  9175 218.45  6-18- 0  9355  +955  $1,050 
20 Shana Ray-Corpus Christi, TX       3767 1800 1670 1686  8923 212.45 14-10- 0  9343  +943  $1,040 
21 Laura Lee Daniel-Corona, CA        3873 1811 1614 1704  9002 214.33 10-14- 0  9302  +902  $1,030 
22 Tiffany Stanbrough-Oklahoma City,  3716 1628 1728 1833  8905 212.02 13-11- 0  9295  +895  $1,020 
23 Karen Stroud-Victoria, TX          3674 1565 1726 1769  8734 207.95 11-11- 2  9094  +694  $1,010 
24 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi-Linden, NJ       3767 1633 1545 1640  8585 204.40  6-17- 1  8780  +380  $1,000 


-PBA Adds Cambridge Credit To Growing List Of Sponsors

10/10/2002 - PBA
      Seattle, WA - The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) today announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp., a non-profit credit counseling agency. The deal marks the first national sports sponsorship for Cambridge Credit during the company's six year existence.

      Included in the sponsorship agreement, Cambridge Credit will receive event entitlement of the PBA Cambridge Credit Classic scheduled for November 27 through December 1 in Syosset, New York. Cambridge Credit will also receive numerous mentions in promotional spots on ESPN, category exclusivity, signage and advertising units in all 20 PBA Tour telecasts and the right to use PBA logos and player images.

      "We are extremely excited that Cambridge Credit, a leader in the credit counseling industry, has chosen to become a part of the new PBA," said Steve Miller, PBA President and CEO. "Their involvement in the bowling community throughout the Northeast over the last several years and their dedication to the sport makes this relationship a perfect fit."

      "As the PBA continues to seek out a new breed of sponsors, we believe that this partnership provides Cambridge with a unique opportunity," said John Puccio, President of Cambridge Credit. "Not only are we able to support the growing bowling community, but this sponsorship gives us the platform to elevate our corporate brand and expand our customer base throughout the United States."

      Chris Viale, General Manager of Cambridge Credit added, "For Cambridge Credit to have the opportunity to give back to the sport that has given us years of enjoyment is very rewarding. As the sport increases its popularity we are thrilled to be a part of the success of the PBA."





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