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      November 13, 2001:

-2002 ABC Hall Of Fame Ballots Are On Their Way To Veteran Panel Of Voters

11/13/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      The final phase in determining year 2002 electees to the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame began in mid-November when official ballots were sent to 175 veteran bowling writers, Hall members and selected ABC officials.

      Voters will determine which, if any, of the candidates will join Fred Borden, Akron, Ohio; Mark Jensen, Wichita, Kan.; and Max Skelton, Stonewall, Okla., at induction ceremonies March 14 on the ABC Tournament lanes at MetraPark Expo Center in Billings, Mont. The facility will be the site of the 2002 ABC Championships Tournament.

      Bowlers on the 2002 Regular ballot are: Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.; John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas; Mickey Higham, Battle Creek, Mich.; John Hricsina, Franklin, Pa.; Pete McCordic, Houston; Butch Soper, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich.; Gene Stus, Allen Park, Mich.; and Pete Weber, St. Louis.

      Non-professional candidates are: Dave Callery, Cincinnati; John Eiss, Minneapolis; Mitch Jabczenski, Detroit; Mark Lewis, Wichita, Kan.; Butch Luther, Racine, Wis.; Rick Pollard, Versailles, Ind.; Ron Pollard, Versailles, Ind.; Gordon Vadakin, Wichita, Kan.

      Candidates must receive at least 70 percent of the votes cast to earn election.


-Team USA Dominates FIQ American Zone

11/13/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Members of TEAM USA came away with a strong feeling of patriotism after their overwhelming performance at the 13th Federation Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championships which concluded Nov. 11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

      The U.S. earned gold medals in every event except men's and women's singles and added silver medals in five events and bronze medals in three events. The effort was capped by a sweep of the gold and silver medals in the tournament-ending Masters competition.

      Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind., won the women's Masters gold by beating teammate Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, 427-398, in the two-game title match. Hyman led 200-198 after one game and added a 227-200 second-game margin. Sandelin beat Venezuela's Alicia Marcano 192-162 in the semifinal.

      Dino Castillo, Dallas, captured the men's Masters gold with a 432-385 victory over Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa. Castillo led 243-216 after one game and coasted with a 189-169 second-game score. Castillo stopped Mexico's Alejandro Cruz 224-166 in the semifinal.

      Earlier in the week, Hyman took the all-events gold with 4,898 for 24 games. She was matched by Tony Manna, Omaha, Neb., who won the men's title with 5,336. Manna joined Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, in capturing men's doubles with 2,579 for six games and Hoffman and Castillo in winning trios with 3,976.

      Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif.; Jeanette Menacho, Sacramento, Calif.; and Jackie Edwards, Simi Valley, Calif.; took women's trios with 3,677. That followed Menacho and Lisa Stack, Elgin, Ill., sharing the doubles title with Colombia's Paola Gomez and Clara Guerrero with 2,391.

      The U.S. players joined Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La., and Mike Mullin, New City, N.Y., in sharing the team gold medals. The men finished with 6,460 while the women had 6,018.

      The only events TEAM USA didn't win were taken by their Canadian counterparts. Robin Crawford, a Canadian citizen (she grew up in St. Catharines, Ontario) who works for the Young American Bowling Alliance in suburban Milwaukee, captured women's singles with 1,233, one pin better than Hyman. Teammate Danyck Briere, Lachine, Quebec, earned the men's crown with a record 1,428.

      Other U.S. silver medalists were: Pitre and Castillo in men's doubles with 2,520 and Hoffman in men's all-events with 5,277. Bronze medalists were Hyman, Sandelin and Stack in women's trios with 3,564, Manna in men's singles with 1,334 and Castillo in men's all-events with 5,187.

      Canada collected silvers from Chris Fernandez, Toronto, in men's singles with 1,357 and Jennifer Willis, Duncan, British Columbia, in women's all events with 4,751, and a bronze in men's trios with Fernandez, George Lambert, Hamilton, Ontario; and Fred Phillips, London, Ontario, with 3,666.

      Puerto Rico's Frankie Colon and Luis Perez earned their country's lone medals, bronze in men's doubles with 2,502. Costa Rica's Marco Odio had only the fourth 300 game in FIQ American Zone history in singles.

      The tournament featured 118 men and 98 women from 22 countries in North, Central and South America.


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