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Kegler's Connection

   May 10, 2001

 Kegler's Connection News:
       1. Welcome Notes
       2. Tip of the Week
       3. PBA and ESPN Announce New Exclusive Agreement; Adding to Prize Fund
 4. Telecast Schedule
       5. Oregon Bowler Becomes Fifth 900 Shooter
       6.  WIBC/ABC Tournament Updates
 World Team Challenge News
       7. Appleton, WI WTC Results, Championships Move to Las Vegas
 College News
       8. Nebraska's Pluhowsky, Fullerton's Norton Lead Coaches' All-America Teams
 Team USA News
       9. Jeri Edwards to Head Junior Team USA, Adult Team USA in 2003
 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 about the new PBA deal with ESPN and new increased prize funds, the fifth sanctioned 900 series, and George talks about keeping your focus.
2. Tip of the Week

This week, George talks about keeping your focus

As we all know, bowling, however big a part of our lives, is not the only thing that affects us.  Situations at work, at home, or in our personal lives throughout the day can and do have an impact on how we throw the bowling ball that night in league or tournaments.  Bowling is a game that is 95% mental, and even little things like a big meeting at work or a sick child at home can affect how we bowl.  Here are some tips on keeping and maintaining your focus on the lanes.

If you come into league thinking about that rotten day at work, chances are you're going to be distracted during bowling.  If scheduling permits, go home before league to relax, have a light meal, and clear your thoughts.  In today's environment, this isn't always possible.  If not, you have to learn to put the day's activities aside in order to perform your best.  You'll have plenty of time after league to deal with anything that arises.

It's important to not get angry during league and tournament play as well.  When you're angry, you can't think, when you can't think, you can't make solid shots, since bowling is 95% mental.  Everyone experiences open frames, and bad shots, getting angry will only compound the problem.  So put mistakes behind you on the lanes.  Remember that the most important frame is the one you're in, not the one you completed four frames ago.

We all have lives to lead, and we have to take the good with the bad.  Hopefully, next time the bad comes to visit, you'll be better prepared to deal with it when it's time to bowl.

Till next week :)
George Freeman

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3. PBA and ESPN Announce New Exclusive Agreement; Adding to Prize Fund

SEATTLE, WA - The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced today an exclusive, long-term television agreement with ESPN. The three-year deal, with a three-year option, is part of a renewal for programming that also includes PBA promotional spots to air on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS and ESPN Classic.

"The new element of PBA promotions airing across the ESPN entities will positively impact our fans," said Ian Hamilton, PBA Commissioner. "Our viewers will now be guided to follow a consistent schedule which we believe is paramount."

The deal will give the PBA a consistent schedule of programming that it has not had since their deal with ABC Sports ended in 1997. ESPN will provide live coverage of 20 regular season events and four to six summer telecasts, all on Sundays or Tuesdays. The PBA has been televised on the network consistently since 1985 and exclusively since Fall, 2000.

For more information and the prize fund breakdown, click on:

Talk about the new deal with other bowlers by visiting
4. 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 Wednesday, 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:
5.  Oregon Bowler Becomes Fifth 900 Shooter

James Hylton, a 28-year-old right-hander from Salem, Ore., became the fifth person to roll an American Bowling Congress-approved 900 series May 2.

Hylton rolled three consecutive 300 games on the opening night of the summer Wednesday Super Bowl League at AMF Firebird Lanes.

"It's something you never dream of," Hylton said. "You dream about 300 games and 800 series but not 900."

"I wasn't going to bowl that night because I was tired from a long week of bowling and work," said the full-time construction worker and part-time AMF Firebird Lanes security guard. "I was going to relax to start the summer season. You obviously don't expect 900 on the first night or any night for that matter."

Hylton's previous high ABC approved series was 823. He has seven ABC approved 800s and 10 previous 300s.

Hylton joins Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Tony Roventini, Vince Wood and Robby Portalatin with 900 series. Sonnenfeld rolled his Feb. 2, 1997 in Lincoln, Neb. Roventini had his in suburban Milwaukee on Nov. 9, 1998. Wood rolled his Sept. 29, 1999 in Moreno Valley, Calif. Portalatin had his Dec. 28, 2000 in Jackson, Mich.
6. WIBC/ABC Tournament Updates

WIBC Queens is currently being held in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  For up-to-date results, visit:

Senior Queens updates can be found on:

And ABC Championships Tournament results (including the ABC Masters to be held June 11 through 16) can be found at:
7. Appleton, WI WTC Results, Championships to Move to Las Vegas

Matt Falck, Scott Stolz, Chad Kloss, Tom Mucha, and Mike Meifert; bowling as T.J. Printing won the World Team Challenge qualifier held in Appleton, WI May 5th and 6th, defeating Linds Limited.  The next qualifier will be held May 19 and 20 in Norcross, GA.

In related news, it has been announced that the American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge 2001 Grand Championship will be conducted Nov. 5-7 at the Castaways Hotel, Casino & Bowling Center.

For complete results from Appleton or for information on how to floor a team, visit:
8. Nebraska's Pluhowsky, Fullerton's Norton Lead Coaches' All-America Teams

Anchored by most valuable players and rookies of the year Shannon Pluhowsky of the University of Nebraska and Scott Norton of California State University-Fullerton, the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches' Association announced its 2000-01 All-America teams April 18 during the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Joining Pluhowsky on the women's first team were Nebraska teammate and 2000 NCBCA most valuable player Diandra Hyman, Jackie Edwards and Cathy Krasner of California State University-Fresno and Robin Crawford of Morehead State University.

Men's first-team selections in addition to Norton were: Andrew Cain of Arizona State University; Bill O'Neill of Saginaw Valley State University; Andy Lomanto of St. John's University; and Derek Sapp of Western Illinois University.

Earning women's second team spots were: Melissa Bellinder of California State-Fullerton; Amber Gazverde of Central Missouri State; Amy Dillon of Wichita State University; Mandy Bedwell of Indiana State University; and Jessica Decrescente of Morehead State.

The men's second team:: Nebraska's Derek Eoff, Western Illinois' Pete Albanese; Arizona State University's Matt Burley; St. John's University's Ian Lang; and Central Missouri State's Mike Remaklus.

Chosen for women's honorable mention were: Wichita State's Katie Verbil and Kristal Scott; Arizona State's Amy Rocco-Stolz; California State-Fresno's Nicole Mauldin; and Washington State University's Julie Osman. Selected for men's honorable mention were: Dan Dunleavy, St. Peter's College; Mike Fagan, St. John's; Nathan Bohr, Wichita State; Darren Francisco, San Jose State University; and Chris Hester, Morehead State.

For complete college bowling news, visit:
9. Jeri Edwards to Head Junior Team USA, Adult Team USA in 2003

Jeri Edwards, a current TEAM USA assistant coach from Akron, Ohio, has been appointed to the newly-created USA Bowling position of head coach of the Junior TEAM USA.

As part of the USA Bowling Board of Trustees' decision, she will become head coach of the adult TEAM USA when current head coach Fred Borden retires after the conclusion of the 2003 USA Bowling year.

"This was one of the easiest policy decisions we have ever been presented," said USA Bowling President Kevin Dornberger. "While it's difficult to think about losing someone like Fred Borden, we were fortunate to have a great coach ready to move in at the right time. Sometimes, you just know things are going to come together the right way and this is one of those times."

"She has more than 20 years of experience and has put in a lot of hours for TEAM USA," Borden said. "She has the knowledge, patience and communication skills for the job. She is good with people. Combined, these attributes will make Jeri a great coach."

Edwards, a TEAM USA assistant coach since 1991, began her bowling career as a youth outside Chicago. Her family participated in many sports as a family activity but particularly enjoyed bowling.

Her bowling interest continued into high school as she and a few schoolmates started a school bowling team. Bowling became a letter sport in her senior year with her team earning the state title and Edwards claiming many individual awards.

Edwards continued her education at Penn State University where she pursued a degree in marketing while working and bowling. She worked summers for Professional Bowling Camps and bowled on the Ladies Professional Bowlers Association (now Professional Women's Bowling Association) tour, winning the Greater Atlanta Open in 1990 after graduation. Edwards later moved to Akron where she went to work for Borden at his Stonehedge Lanes.

"Working with TEAM USA is different than anything else," Edwards said. "Just to be a part of the program, no matter what position you are in, is a great experience."

For more information on Team USA, please visit their site at:
10. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) 0.115 on 05/10/01 at 15:29 EDT.
Brunswick (BC) 20.62 on 05/10/01 at 16:01 EDT.
11. And Finally

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