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      November 13, 2002:

-The Orleans Emerge Victorious At 2002 ABC/BWTC Grand Championship

11/13/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      LAS VEGAS -- The Orleans Hotel & Casino, with team members Bryan O'Keefe, Adam Barta, Ron Nelson, Ted Hannahs, Bill Hoffman and David Haynes, topped 14 of the nation's top bowling teams to win the 2002 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship at the Gold Coast Bowling Center.

      After qualifying second for the Baker Scoring System finals, the Columbus, Ohio team defeated Lane 1 Bowling of Tempe, Ariz. (Andrew Cain, Chris Klerk, Larry Hoffman, Warren Eales, Jeff Piroozshad, and Jordan Nassberg), 383-373 in the two-game championship match. The Orleans received the top prize $10,000 for the win, and the Darold Dobs Trophy.

      "We knew we would be the last team standing at the end," said Hannahs, who won the Grand Championship with Turbo 2-N-1 Grips in 1997. "After winning the final qualifier (in Mechanicsburg, Pa.), we came in with a lot of confidence. We knew we had the talent to win."

      Even with a late lineup change, The Orleans managed to find a way to win. Hoffman, a member of Team USA and past Team Challenge Grand Champion, had a previous commitment to bowl an event in England. But he promised his team that he would bowl the first two days of competition in Las Vegas.

      "We knew when we won our qualifier that Bill wouldn't be able to bowl the entire tournament," said Hannahs. "But it shows you how much of a team player he is, because he didn't have to come out here. But he did, and it's that kind of unselfishness that makes our team successful."

      With Haynes bowling in the anchor position, The Orleans took a 50-pin lead after the first of two Baker games. Cain, the reigning U.S. Amateur Champion, bowled anchor for Lane 1 Bowling in game one, and opened in the fifth and 10th frames of the 215-165 loss.

      "We bowled on the worst of the two lanes first," said Cain. "Our position round match was on 13 and 14, and we knew the left lane was better. We knew that if we struggled on lane 14 that they would struggle to get to 180."

      Cain's prediction came to fruition, as The Orleans only rolled 168 in game two. But Lane 1 Bowling's 208 wasn't enough to catch The Oreleans, as the score put them on the losing end of a 383-373 decision.

      "They have a great team, and they made the shots when they needed to," said Cain. "We threw the best shots we could. Unfortunately, they made the shots they needed to win. They were the better team today and they deserved to win."

      The Orleans advanced to the title round by defeating Brunswick of Pittsburgh, Pa., 400-340 in the semifinal match. Lane 1 Bowling received $6,000 for second place, and Brunswick (Jeff Poholsky, Robert Alexander, Roger Kossert, Doug Becker, Bruce Hollen, Mike Chontos) received $3,500 for third.

      The ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge was created to showcase the nation's top bowling teams. During the 2002 season more than 600 teams entered the 14 regional qualifiers. The winners of each qualifier earned an expense-paid trip to the Grand Championship.

      The World Team Challenge returns for its 11th season in February of 2003.

(NOTE: Agate listings sent on 11/13 were incorrect. The following numbers have been adjusted to include match play bonus pins.) Standings after six traditional games and 22 Baker matches (44 games):

1, Lane 1 Bowling, Tempe, Ariz. (Andrew Cain, Chris Klerk, Larry Hoffman, Warren Eales, Jeff Piroozshad, Jordan Nassberg), 25-18-1, 15,867

2, The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Columbus, Ohio (Bryan O'Keefe, Adam Barta, Ron Nelson, Ted Hannahs, Bill Hoffman, David Haynes), 25-19, 15,764

3, Brunswick, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Jeff Poholsky, Robert Alexander, Roger Kossert, Doug Becker, Bruce Hollen, Mike Chontos), 26-18, 15,476

4, Norms Proshop, East Meadow, N.Y. (Brett Wolfe, Alex Cavagnaro, Vernon Peterson, Bill O'Neill, Rob Piroozshad), 23-21, 15,388, $2,700

5, B-Line, Tacoma, Wash. (Bob Davidson, Curtis Messer, Lonnie Sharkey, Len Blakey, Jason Williams), 20-24, 15,084, $2,000

6, Kegel Training Center, Sebring, Fla. (Larry Barwick, Sam Zurich, Mike Tagariello, David Tessman, Norm Titus), 19-24-1, 15,073, $1,600

7, Expanets, Houston (Sean Swanson, Tony Yarbrough, Dan Inocencio, Mike Shoemaker, Steve Weber, Cary Mogard), 20-23-1, 15,029, $1,200

8, Vic Telemarketing, Westfield, Mass. (Bill Webb, Chris Sole, Bill Green, Chris Viale, Brian Boghosian), 17-24-3, 14,988, $1,000

      Rounding out the standings were: 9, BD Storm, Elmira, N.Y. 10, Stoke On Ramp, Broad Brook, Conn. 11, KR Strikeforce/Sluggers, Naperville, Ill. 12, Team Columbia 300, Indianapolis. 13, Up Your Average Pro Shop, Pueblo, Colo. 14, Team Track, Waukesha, Wis.

-Field Cut To Three For Stepladder Finals At 2002 ABC/BWTC Grand Championship

11/13/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      LAS VEGAS -- Lane 1 Bowling, The Orleans Hotel & Casino and Brunswick advanced to the stepladder finals in the 2002 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship at the Gold Coast Bowling Center.

      Lane 1 Bowling of Tempe, Ariz. (Andrew Cain, Chris Klerk, Larry Hoffman, Warren Eales, Jeff Piroozshad, and Jordan Nassberg) briefly lost their lead, but recovered to claim the No. 1 seed in the final round. The team recorded a match play record of 25-18-1 for a 16,504 score.

      The Orleans, from Columbus, Ohio, combined for a 25-19 match play record and a 16,168 total. Their day began with a shake-up on their roster, as Team USA member Bill Hoffman left the team to compete at a tournament in England. David Haynes, also a member of Team USA, replaced Hoffman, and will join Bryan O'Keefe, Adam Barta, Ron Nelson, and Ted Hannahs in the finals.

      Rounding out the field of three is Brunswick of Pittsburgh, Pa., who moved up from fifth place to make the stepladder round. Team members Jeff Poholsky, Robert Alexander, Roger Kossert, Doug Becker, Bruce Hollen, and Mike Chontos won 11 Baker matches for a overtake Norms Proshop for the final spot.

      The stepladder finals will consist of two Baker Scoring System matches, where the five team members bowl two frames each to complete a single game. Brunswick faces The Orleans Hotel & Casino, with the winner bowling Lane 1 Bowling for the Grand Championship title.

      The ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge was created to showcase the nation's top bowling teams. During the 2002 season more than 600 teams entered the 14 regional qualifiers to earn a birth in the Grand Championship. The winner is crowned bowling's world match play team champion.

Standings after six traditional games and 22 Baker matches (44 games):

1, Lane 1 Bowling, Tempe, Ariz. (Andrew Cain, Chris Klerk, Larry Hoffman, Warren Eales, Jeff Piroozshad, Jordan Nassberg), 25-18-1, 16,504

2, The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Columbus, Ohio (Bryan O'Keefe, Adam Barta, Ron Nelson, Ted Hannahs, Bill Hoffman, David Haynes), 25-19, 16,168

3, Brunswick, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Jeff Poholsky, Robert Alexander, Roger Kossert, Doug Becker, Bruce Hollen, Mike Chontos), 26-18, 15,633

4, Norms Proshop, East Meadow, N.Y. (Brett Wolfe, Alex Cavagnaro, Vernon Peterson, Bill O'Neill, Rob Piroozshad), 23-21, 15,866, $2,700

5, B-Line, Tacoma, Wash. (Bob Davidson, Curtis Messer, Lonnie Sharkey, Len Blakey, Jason Williams), 20-24, 15,280, $2,000

6, Kegel Training Center, Sebring, Fla. (Larry Barwick, Sam Zurich, Mike Tagariello, David Tessman, Norm Titus), 19-24-1, 15,106, $1,600

7, Expanets, Houston (Sean Swanson, Tony Yarbrough, Dan Inocencio, Mike Shoemaker, Steve Weber, Cary Mogard), 20-23-1, 15,103, $1,200

8, Vic Telemarketing, Westfield, Mass. (Bill Webb, Chris Sole, Bill Green, Chris Viale, Brian Boghosian), 17-24-3, 11,754, $1,000

      Rounding out the standings were: 9, BD Storm, Elmira, N.Y. 10, Stoke On Ramp, Broad Brook, Conn. 11, KR Strikeforce/Sluggers, Naperville, Ill. 12, Team Columbia 300, Indianapolis. 13, Up Your Average Pro Shop, Pueblo, Colo. 14, Team Track, Waukesha, Wis.


-ABC/WIBC Sign Research Agreement With Ensco, Inc. To Develop High-tech Lane Oil Analyzer

11/13/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - The American Bowling Congress/Women's International Bowling Congress Specifications and Certification Department has entered into an agreement with ENSCO, Inc., to help solve one of the most elusive technical issues in the sport of bowling.

      ABC/WIBC will work with ENSCO, Inc., to develop a high-tech bowling lane oil analyzer that will accurately measure the microscopically-thin layer of lubricant which is applied to all bowling lanes to protect the surface from the friction and pounding caused by bowling balls. The amount of lane dressing applied, however, also plays a significant role in scoring and is therefore regulated under ABC/WIBC playing rules.

      The current technology for measuring oil on a lane, in use since 1987, calls for the addition of a special light-sensitive additive to the lane dressing itself. A manual "take-up device" is used to roll two strips of tape across the lane, collecting oil from the lane surface and trapping it between the layers of tape. The trapped oil is then measured in "units" (.116 microliters per square inch) by a special "tape reader," which determines the amount of dressing on the lane. Prior to 1987, lane dressing was determined by a manual "visual, smear and tactile" test, relying purely on human judgment.

      "The old system does what it's supposed to do," said ABC/WIBC Director of Research Neil Stremmel, "but we hope a new device can be developed that will eliminate the tape and take-up device and replace it with equipment that is more accurate, easier to use, faster and, hopefully, more affordable.

      "ABC/WIBC have discussed this issue with a number of companies over the years," he added, "but when we explain all of the different types of oils and all the different types of lane surfaces involved, all of them have walked out two hours later, suggesting someone else we should call. ENSCO is the first company to accept the challenge."

      Exactly how the new piece of equipment might work remains secret, Stremmel said, but tests to assess different types of methodology have been conducted and the results "look promising." The new system will include computer software to quantify the amount of lane oil and determine whether or not the distribution of lane dressing complies with ABC/WIBC rules. ABC/WIBC hope to see a working prototype within 12 months, he added.

      "We're still in the early stages of investigation and research, but all parties concerned are confident the task can be accomplished," Stremmel said.

      ENSCO, Inc. provides engineering, science and advanced technology solutions for the defense, security, transportation, environment, aerospace and intelligent automation industries. Founded in 1969, ENSCO is an $80 million, 650-person privately-owned organization. Headquartered in Springfield, Va., ENSCO has major offices in Endicott, N.Y.; Melbourne and Cocoa Beach, Fla., and field offices around the United States and in Beijing, China.

      For additional information, visit ENSCO, Inc.'s Web site at ensco.com.





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