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Kegler's Connection

   May 02, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. AOL's Bowling Chat Schedule
       4. PBA Western Regional--Hawaii Results
       5. Telecast Schedule
       6. PWBA Member Goes Online
       7. YABA Stars
       8. Wisconsin Bowler Shoots 17 300s in a Season
       9. 10-Year-Old Shoots Perfecto
 Miscellaneous News:
       10. Stock Watch
       11. And Finally
1. Welcome Notes

Welcome to the latest edition of Kegler's Connection.  In this edition, you'll read two amazing stories on 300-game records, you'll find an expanded telecast schedule, PBA Western Region results from Hawaii, and Jeff Piroozshad fills in for George and talks about teamwork.
2. Tip of the Week

This week, Jeff Piroozshad talks about teamwork:

I just spent a week at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships.  Most of the top bowlers in the collegiate ranks were there, however the tournament
does not focus on individual achievements and talents.  Since the IBCs are decided entirely by Baker competition, no bowler has any game to him or
herself.  This makes teamwork very important, and it is usually the team that works best together that walks away with the win.

I will use as my first example the winning team on the men's side, Western Illinois University.  The lanes were difficult, and Western has five players in
their starting lineup that throw the ball completely differently (for this article I will not consider the lefty, bringing the total down to four).  You would think that on difficult lanes, with four bowlers who are so different in style, they would all be looking around in different parts of the lane trying to find something that suits each of them.  WIU did not have the four best bowlers in the tournament, but they had the ones that worked best together. In fact, even though they all throw the ball differently, they were still able to play the same part of the lane with great success.  When one of them knows where the shot is, they help each other try to get lined up in the same part of the lane.  Some speed changes or release changes may need to be
made, but they are not major adjustments.

On the other hand, let me use Saginaw Valley State University as another example.  Although this was the number-one-ranked team in the country going in to the IBC tournament, they did not make it to the final four as they did last year.  Another team with four talented players, most of them can play practically any part of the lane if they want to.  However you had three of them playing on the gutter, one lofting the left gutter, and two in various parts of the middle of the lane.  There was very little discussion between them as to which part of the lane was the best to be in, or as to equipment choices and changes.  Their communication was not as good as WIU's, as evidenced by a couple of their bowlers staying in parts of the lane too long and teammates not helping each other out.  Sometimes, if a teammate did help, a bowler would just shrug it off, thinking that he was in the right part of the lane even though he wasn't even close to the pocket.

Remember, if you are part of a team and have bowled with your teammates for a while, those teammates will know your game as well as you know theirs. Sometimes you need to put your personal ego aside and trust your teammates because they're the only ones there who will want to help you.  Your opponents certainly won't.

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3. AOL's Bowling Chat Schedule

Are your leagues finished for the season?  Are you going through PBA telecast withdrawal?  Stay in touch with other bowlers and get advice and you'll come back even better next season.  Or if you're still fighting it out for first place, share your battles with other bowlers.  With chats six nights a week, there's bound to be one that strikes you just right, or is right up your alley.  Just visit AOL Keyword: Bowling.
4. PBA Western Regional
(courtesy Mike Friedrichs, PBA Western Region Director)

Two weeks ago in Phoenix, Robert Smith went into the position round leading  Tony Reyes.  This time the shoe was on the other foot as Tony was the leader.  The result was the same however, with Robert Smith throwing the first nine strikes for a 276 to win the 2nd Annual Rice Shopping Center WR Open in Lihue, Hawaii.

Smith and Reyes relied on their tour experience as they pulled away from the rest of the field.  Going into the second round of matchplay, they lead third place by over 300 pins.  Bob Markiewicz closed to within 145 pins at one point but that was as close as anyone was going to get.

This is Smith's sixth regional title to go with two National titles, including the 2000 US Open.

 1 Smith, Robert - Simi Valley, CA            4995  8- 4-0 240  5235 $2000.00
 2 Reyes, Tony - San Jose, CA                 4960  8- 4-0 240  5200 $1200.00
 3 Markiewicz, Bob - San Diego, CA            4756  7- 5-0 210  4966 $1000.00
 4 Billings, David - Corona, CA               4784  6- 6-0 180  4964 $800.00
 5 Kendrick, Troy - Chino, CA                 4614  8- 3-1 255  4869 $700.00
 6 Bruihl, Gene - Petaluma, CA                4653  6- 5-1 195  4848 $600.00
 7 Daniels, Sean - Portland, OR               4473  8- 4-0 240  4713 $550.00
 8 Leverage, David - Peoria, AZ               4584  2- 7-3 105  4689 $520.00
 9 Pojas, Chad - Kapolei, HI                  4476  4- 7-1 135  4611 $500.00
10 Kanada, Mike - Kaneohe, HI                 4413  4- 7-1 135  4548 $480.00
11 Paul Jr., Tim - Higley, AZ                 4445  3- 9-0  90  4535 $460.00
12 Abrahamsen, George - Laguna Beach, CA      4380  4- 7-1 135  4515 $450.00

ALTERNATE:  Danielson, Mike  $60.00
300 GAMES:  Smith, Robert  $100.00
5. Telecast Schedule

PWBA, WIBC Queens, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, May 14, 9:00 pm ET and Thursday, May 17th, at 1:00 pm ET.

PWBA, St. Clair Classic, ESPN2, (tape delay) Monday, May 21, 9:00 pm ET and Wenesday, May 23, at 1:00 pm ET.

PWBA, Omaha Open, ESPN2, (tape delay) Tuesday, May 29, 11:00 pm ET and Thursday, May 31, at 1:00 pm ET.

PBA, Seattle PBA Open, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 3, 12:30 pm ET  

PBA, Northwest PBA Senior Classic, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 10, 12:30 pm ET

ABC Masters/PBA, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 17, 12:30 pm ET

PBA, The Orleans Casino PBA Senior Open, ESPN, (tape delay) Sunday, June 24, 12:30 pm ET

Keep up to date on every bowling telecast by visiting:
6. PWBA Member Goes Online

Carol Gianotti is the latest pro to go online with her own website. Carol's site, with statistics, biographical information, contests, and more can be found at:

For a listing of all the bowling pros' websites, visit:
7. YABA Stars

Congratulations to Doane Cole of Northridge, California for shooting both 300 and 808 during the last two weeks of April.  For a list of all the YABA honor scores for the last two weeks, visit:
8. Wisconsin Bowler Shoots 17 300s in a Season

Al Zeitz Jr. of Racine, Wis., has broken the American Bowling Congress record for most 300 games in a bowling season with his 17th perfect game of 2000-01, on April 3.  Zeitz, 23, topped previous leader Jeff Carter of Sherman, Ill., who had 16 perfect games in the 1998-99 season.  He started his streak with two 300 games Oct. 3, 2000.  He added one in November, two in January, eight in February, three in March and one in April. He had 18 perfect games before the 2000-01 season.  Zeitz rolled his 300s in four Racine centers - Castle Lanes, Plaza Bowling Center, Hillside Lanes and Paradise West Lanes. He has had his 300s in seven different leagues as well as two in the Racine Bowling Association Tournament.
9. 10-Year-Old Shoots Perfecto

Brian Garber of Modesto, Calif., became the second-youngest person to roll a 300 game when he achieved the feat April 16.  The Young American Bowling Alliance member had his perfect game at age 10 years, 8 months old in the Video Mania League at Yosemite Lanes.

Only Josey LaRocco of Louisville, Ky., rolled 300 at a younger age than Garber.  LaRocco was 10 years, 6 months old when he had 300 on Feb. 14, 1998.
11. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.075 on 05/01/01 at 15:13 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 20.15 on 05/01/01 at 16:02 EDT.
12. And Finally

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