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      October 18, 2002:

-Hein - Handegard - Terrell Claim Rollers And Pro Bowlers Championship

10/18/2002 - PWBA
      MESA, Ariz. - The conclusion of the Rollers and Pro Bowlers tournament at Brunswick Mesa Lanes offered the kind of drama that would make Hollywood proud. After nearly four hours of bowling, the team of Tom Hein, John Handegard and Kim Terrell won the Rollers and Pro Bowlers championship with a 668-617 win over Ziggy Traczenko, Hobo Boothe and Wendy Macpherson.

      "This was a come-from-behind win for us," said Handegard. "When we started the morning I was hoping that we would win a match or two. I never thought we'd get to the finals, but after we got the first win under our belt, we kept gaining momentum all the way through the brackets."

      Made up of teams that included members of the Professional Women's Bowling Association, the American Wheelchair Bowling Association and the Professional Bowlers Association's Senior Tour, the winning trio was one of 24 teams that started the elimination round at 9 a.m. and needed to win six games to claim the title.

      "Tom was awesome today," said Terrell. "Everybody had to contribute for us to win but he pushed us into the later rounds because he bowled so high above his average." (Ed. Note - pinfall for AWBA included a handicap).

      Unlike the winning threesome, Traczenko, Boothe and Macpherson came into Friday's action as a No. 1 seed and needed just two victories to earn a berth into the title game. Both teams offered repeat champions as Booth was part of last year's winner while Terrell won in 1999.

      When the title bout began Traczenko won over the crowd early as the newcomer to the AWBA marked in his first five frames. Handegard anchored his team with four strikes in the opening six. As the trios entered the eighth frame, one pin separated them. Following five strikes combined by Handegard and Terrell to finish the match, Macpherson did her best to lead a rally as the four-time PWBA Player of the Year ended with a four-bagger.

      "This was the first time I got to compete in the entire tournament," said Hein. "I feel very fortunate to have been able to bowl with two great partners. We are extremely grateful to the PWBA for adding this event to their television schedule."

      The championship team took home $15,000 for their effort. Friday's action will air on ESPN2 on October 21 at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-aihe finals on October 26 at 4:00 p.m.


-Tulsa Bowling Center Selected As Site For 2005 WIBC Championship Tournament

10/18/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The Women's International Bowling Congress signed a contract with Riverlanes in Tulsa, Okla., to serve as the host bowling center for the 2005 WIBC Championship Tournament.

      The tournament, which is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women, will draw approximately 45,000 women to Tulsa. The tournament is tentatively scheduled to run April 9-June 24, 2005 (unless extended). Riverlanes is an 80-lane center, located at 8711 S. Lewis Ave., in Tulsa.

      "WIBC is excited that Riverlanes will be hosting our 86th Championship Tournament," said WIBC Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. "Riverlanes is a great center and we are looking forward to working with Riverlanes owner, Andy Bartholomy; general manager, Steve Inasy; and their staff. I know we will all work together to make the 2005 event a great one for our members."

      The tournament, which changes locations each year, has been held in cities nationwide, including: Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Reno, Nev.; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The first WIBC Championship Tournament was held in St. Louis in 1916, the same year WIBC was founded. Since that time, WIBC has grown into the world's oldest and largest women's sports membership organization with more than 1.2 million members.

      The WIBC Championship Tournament attracts bowlers from every U.S. state and Canada, as well as international participants from Bermuda, Japan, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.


-It Takes Two Weeks, But Illinois Bowler Reels Off 36 Consecutive Strikes

10/18/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The late American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame legend Andy Varipapa, one of the game's greatest showmen and trick shot artists in the 1930s and `40s, insisted bowlers should get credit for a 300 game for 12 strikes in a row, regardless of whether or not they were rolled in one game. Thus evolved the "Andy Varipapa 300 game," a term bowlers to this day use when they combine 12 strikes over a span of two games.

      Phillip Barry of Springfield, Ill., took the "Varipapa 300" concept to a new level in early October when he rolled 36 consecutive strikes over a span of two weekly Cosmos Mixed Handicap League sessions at AMF Strike and Spare Lanes in Springfield. Barry, 26, completed his second league game Oct. 1 with five strikes for a 201 and capped that league session with a 300 game. The following week, he started with another 300 and followed with a 255 game, starting game two with seven strikes to run his string to 36 in a row.

      While Barry's remarkable strike spree doesn't qualify as a record because it occurred in two separate league sessions, he accepted his fate good-naturedly: "If you add all my strikes together, like a Varipapa 300, wouldn't this qualify as the first Phillip Barry 900 series?" he asked.

      The ABC record for consecutive strikes is 36, shared by the five individuals who have bowled ABC-approved 900 series: Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Tony Roventini, Vince Wood, Robby Portalatin and James Hylton.


-No. 1 Seeds Set For Final Day Of Rollers And Pro Bowlers

10/18/2002 - PWBA
      MESA, Ariz. - After 16 games of competition at the Rollers and Pro Bowlers tournament at Brunswick Mesa Lanes, the team of Ziggy Traczenko, Hobo Boothe and Wendy Macpherson finished divisional play with the top overall pinfall of 11,758. (Ed. Note - pinfall includes handicaps for AWBA participants and all players receive bonus pins for each head-to-head win).

      Made up of teams that include members of the Professional Women's Bowling Association, the American Wheelchair Bowling Association and the Professional Bowling Association's Senior Tour, the team of Traczenko, Boothe and Macpherson earned the No. 1 seed in the Air Force Division with the help of a 13-3 match play record and a 200.08 average.

      Entering Friday's single elimination bracket, the threesome will be one of four division winners that will be placed into the round of eight as a No. 1 seed.

      One third of the team that won last year's event, Boothe stated, "I didn't have the best morning session but luckily Wendy and Ziggy kept us in every match. I feel fortunate to be in a good position to make a run at another title."

      Leading the Marine Division, Clarence Steele, Vaughn Doody and Tammy Turner went 7-1 for the second consecutive day. The trio amassed the second highest total of the field with an 11,718 and averaged 196.75.

      "We won a lot of matches and picked up a ton of pins," said Turner. "Clarence bowled way above his average which gave us the boost we needed."

      Moving up from third to first in the Army Division, Jeanne Wharton, Pete Couture and Karen Stroud racked up totals of 11,474, 14-2 and 190.25. Stroud anchored the triad with a 6-2 individual record and a closing 701 series (232-222-247).

      Securing the Navy Division's top spot, Earle Annis Jr., Chuck Pierce and Tiffany Stanbrough had sums of 11,343, 11-5 and 197.81.

      Dave Soutar notched the best score of the session with a 290. PWBA'er Tish Johnson posted the highest overall average with a 232.

      Starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, 24 teams will attempt to advance to the round of 16, which includes each divisions second place finisher. By 3 p.m. two surviving teams will face off in the championships. ESPN2 will tape the final round for an October 21 broadcast at 10 p.m. (ET). ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the finals on October 26 at 4:00 p.m.

Navy Division W/L Avg. Pinfall
Earle Annis Jr. - Chuck Pierce - Tiffany Stanbrough 11-5 197.81 11,343
Ron Johnson - Teata Semiz - Carol Gianotti-Block 7-9 195.19 10,862
Kathy Wright - John Cocchi - Nicole Herman 8-7-1 172.21 10,718
Bob Willis - Gene Stus - Shana Ray 6-5-1 187.60 10,533
David Meiklejohn - Kirk Tupper - Michelle Silver 7-10 178.63 10,396
Walt Roy - Dennis Swayda - Maxine Nable 5-11 193.50 10,040
Merv Kaya - Dave Soutar - Brenda Norman 6-10 193.76 9,934
Bob Murdock - Jim Lewis - Anne Marie Duggan 7-9 195.18 9,863

Army Division
Jeanne Wharton - Pete Couture - Karen Stroud 14-2 190.25 11,474
Mike Deloach - Dick Baker - Dede Davidson 9-7 203.77 11,295
Les Middleton - Dave Bernhardt - Amy Dillon 11-5 178.54 11,023
Tom Hein - John Handegard - Kim Terrell 9-7 186.25 10,889
Vern Pierce - Dave Davis - Marianne DiRupo 7-9 186.77 10,701
Smiley Wallace - Rich Moores - Liz Johnson 9-7 181.50 10,684
Larry Everett - Gary Hiday - Kim Adler 7-9 183.42 10,651
Don Porpora - Bruce Forsland - Linda Wallace 5-10 182.77 10,311

Marine Division
Clarence Steele - Vaughn Doody - Tammy Turner 14-2 196.75 11,718
Wayne Webber - Barry Asher - Michelle Feldman 9-7 195.19 11,211
Cal Marvin - Steve Neff - Rachel Perez 9-7 193.27 11,062
John Suardini - Mel Wolfe - Cara Honeychurch 9-7 189.10 10,957
Dave Roberts - Al Markle - Char Hammel 6-10 194.56 10,685
Peter Arballo - Ray Randall - Leanne Barrette 3-13 195.04 10,444
Jim Lane - Bobby Knipple - Vickie Rae Sexton 6-10 191.52 10,249
Tony Alagna - Norm Marasti - Laura Lee Daniel 3-13 183.71 10,138

Air Force Division
Ziggy Traczenko - Hobo Boothe - Wendy Macpherson 13-3 200.08 11,758
Jim Sullivan - Larry Laub - Marcia Kamrowski 10-6 193.67 11,397
Van Schnieder - John Petraglia - Kendra Gaines 9-7 194.38 11,263
Martin Frost - Henry Gonzalez - Kelly Kulick 8-8 202.63 11,066
Al Uttecht - Ron Winger - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard 9-7 202.50 11,012
Tom Zachrich - Glen Allison - Tish Johnson 6-10 193.06 10,939
Bruce Henderson - Bob Chamberlain - Tennelle Grijalva 6-10 188.33 10,525
Dave Perling - Dale Eagle - Cathy Dorin-Lizzi 5-11 175.98 10,289

ED NOTE: Players (AWBA - PBA Sr - PWBA)-(pinfall includes handicaps for AWBA participants and bonus pts for each win)





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