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      March 27, 2001:

-Top Teams Qualify For Collegiate Finals

03/27/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
      The 32-team field is set for the 2001 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships following the completion of sectional qualifier action March 24-25 at four locations nationwide.

      Leading the way for the women is defending champion Morehead State University, California State University-Fresno, six-time champion Wichita State and 2001 National Junior College Athletic Association champion Erie Community College. Each placed first in their respective sectional qualifiers.

      On the men's side, top sectional honors went to Arizona State University (1981 IBC champions), the University of Kansas, two-time IBC champion Saginaw Valley State University and Michigan State University.

      With the top four teams from each sectional advancing to the 2001 IBC April 18-22 in Grand Rapids, Mich., other former IBC women's champions advancing include: Indiana State University (1984); top-ranked University of Nebraska (1991, 1995, 1997 and 1999) and Arizona State University (1981). Six-time champion Wichita State University, two-time champion University of Nebraska (1990 and 1996), Washington State University (1982), two-time champion Erie Community College (1986 and 1988) and Western Illinois University (1999) were the other past IBC champions advancing on the men's side. Top-ranked St. John's University also advanced after a second-place finish at the Downingtown, PA., sectional.

      The sectionals consisted of two sessions of eight two-game Baker matches March 24. Competition resumed March 25, with two more sessions of eight, two-game Baker matches, which determined the top four seeds headed to the IBC.

Highlights from the four sectional qualifiers:

Women's Division

Downington, PA.
  • Erie Community College placed first with 11,492 total pins, enabling the school to make its 23rd IBC appearance (15 consecutive), earning titles in 1980 and 1982.
  • Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA., scored 11,414 to earn its first ever IBC berth.
  • Ball State University will make its fifth IBC appearance following an 11,341 sectional performance, good enough for third.
  • North Carolina A&T State University held off St. Peter's College 10,960-10,725, earning fourth place and its first IBC berth.
Lexington, KY.
  • Defending champion Morehead State University placed first with 11,950 to earn a 16th IBC appearance.
  • Indiana State University placed second with 11,772 and will make its 21st IBC.
  • Florida State University finished third with 11,013 to earn its eighth consecutive IBC trip.
  • The University of Florida edged Michigan State for the fourth spot, 10,969-10,924, to earn a 17th IBC appearance.
Kansas City, MO.
  • Wichita State University earned top honors in Kansas City with 11,930 for its record 26th IBC appearance. The Shockers look to add to their record six IBC titles.
  • For the sixth consecutive year and eighth time overall, Central Missouri State University will head back to the IBC, following a second-place finish with 11,884.
  • The University of Nebraska will be making its 13th IBC appearance after placing third with 11,810.
  • Illinois State University held off the University of Illinois by 182 pins for the fourth spot with 10,891.
Avondale, AZ.
  • California State University-Fresno earned its 10th IBC trip with a first-place finish in Avondale.
  • Arizona State University earned its 14th IBC trip with its 11,866 second-place showing.
  • Washington State University will make its eighth IBC appearance after placing third with 11,304.
  • Sacred Heart earned a seventh IBC appearance with 11,209, good enough for the fourth spot. Men's Division
Downington, PA.
  • Saginaw Valley State University placed first with 12,450, earning its ninth IBC appearance.
  • St. John's also earned its ninth IBC appearance with a 12,221 second-place showing.
  • 2001 NJCAA champion Erie Community College will make its 17th IBC appearance following a third-place finish with 11,944.
  • Penn State University edged William Paterson University by 15 pins, 11,765-11,751, to hold on to the fourth spot and earn a ninth IBC berth.
Lexington, KY.
  • Michigan State University placed first with 12,633, earning a 12th IBC appearance.
  • Western Illinois University, the 1999 IBC champion, finished second with 12,298 to earn a sixth IBC appearance.
  • Purdue University will make its second consecutive IBC appearance following a 12,262 third-place finish.
  • Florida State University returns to the IBC for the first time since 1997 after a 12,069 fourth-place finish.
Kansas City, MO.
  • The University of Kansas returns for its second IBC following a one-year hiatus after capturing first-place with 12,537.
  • Wichita State University will make its record 21st IBC appearance following a 12,352 second-place total.
  • Central Missouri State University will make its fifth straight IBC appearance following a 12,154 third-place total.
  • The University of Nebraska earns its 14th IBC appearance by capturing the fourth spot with 12,111.
Avondale, AZ.
  • Arizona State University captures its 17th IBC appearance by placing first with 12,244.
  • Washington State University returns to the IBC for the ninth time following a 12,088 second-place total.
  • The University of Utah earns its first IBC appearance after totaling 11,859, good enough for third.
  • San Jose State University will make its 10th IBC appearance after capturing the fourth spot with 11,721.
      The IBC will be held at Spectrum Lanes in Grand Rapids, Mich. The IBC begins with all 16 teams in each division bowling a 32-game, Baker system qualifying round. Qualifying is conducted in two eight-game Baker blocks so each team has the opportunity to bowl against each team in the field. After the 32 Baker games, teams in both divisions will be seeded by total scratch pinfall into a 16-team double-elimination bracket. The double-elimination competition will consist of best-of-seven Baker game matches. The final round consists of the winner's bracket champion and the contender's bracket winner competing for national championships.

-Pennsylvanians Capture ABC/Brunswick World Team Challenge In Connecticut

03/27/2001 - Bowling Headquarters
      Starting and finishing strong, members of Bixler's Pro Shop of Reading, PA., captured the fifth event of the 2001 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge series March 25.

      Glenn Dunkelberger, Paul Woerner, Heath Brightbill, Troy Lint and Mike Bixler combined to beat Columbia 300 Rock Stars of Broad Brook, Conn., 493-411 in the two-game title match at Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, Conn. The event featured a sold-out field of 84 teams.

      The victory earned Bixler's Pro Shop airfare and lodging to the BWTC Grand Championships this fall. In addition, the team collected $4,625 in cash, Keepsake championships rings and a sponsor's award.

      Bixler's Pro Shop started the title match with seven strikes yet trailed 266-258 after one game. But thanks to consecutive strikes by Woerner, Brightbill, Lint and Bixler in frames seven through 10, the team took advantage of four Columbia 300 Rock Stars open frames for a 235-145 second-game edge and the victory.

      "To win this tournament takes a real team effort and the new format really adds excitement," said Lint. "All teams know they have a shot at winning if they can beat three-quarters of the field in qualifying."

      Bixler's Pro Shop, the top qualifier after match play, placed ninth after initial qualifying for earn $625. Victories in six of eight matches gave the team the top qualifying spot and another $2,000. The victory netted the group a $2,000 bonus.

      Columbia 300 Rock Stars (Mike Dupuis, Steve Tripp, Alex Aguiar, Chris Rebstock and Mike Lichstein) beat Vic Telemarketers 468-412 in the stepladder opener. Columbia 300 Rock Stars collected $3,000 overall ($1,350 for third place in qualifying and $1,650 for second overall). Vic Telemarketing (Chris Viale, Warren Guernsey, Brian Boghosian, Bill Webb and Chris Sole) also earned $3,000 ($1,650 for second in qualifying and $1,350 for third overall).

      Other finalists in the 84-team field from 12 states were: 4, Snapple Fire, Rochester, NY, $3,100 (1st in qualifying-$2,000 + $1,100). 5, Bracket Packet, Fairfield, Conn., $1,450 (11th-$500 + $950). 6, Hammer USA, Cedarhurst, NY, $1,950 (4th-$1,100 + $850), 7, Tile-All, Inc., Bristol, PA., $1,250 ($12th-$475 + $775). 8, Southern Dutchess Bowl, Poughkeepsie, NY, $1,475 (7th-$775 + 700).

      Match play semifinalists were: 9, Montgomery Industries, Braintree, Mass., $1,010 (16th-$385 + $625). 10, Precision Pro Shop, Burlington, NJ, $1,000 (13th-$450 + $550). 11, Boston Bowl, Boston, $1,350 (6th-$850 + $500). 12, Ferraro's Mid-City Lanes, Kingston, NY, $900 (14th-$425 + $475). 13, Aurora, Inc., Menands, NY, $790 (20th-$340 + $450). 14, Sign the Check, Rhinebeck, NY, $780 (18th-$355 + $425). 15, Holiday Lanes #1, Sommerset, Mass., $950 (10th-$550 + $400). 16, DeCarlo Industries, Dorchester, Mass., $785 (15th-$400 + $385). 17, Quill, Cranston, R.I., $740 (17th-$370 + $370). 18, R.V. Squad, Wiltow, NY, $1,055 (8th-$700 + $355). 19, Storm's Pro Shop, Davie, FL, $690 (19th-$345 + $345). 20, All Ten Enterprises, Whitesboro, NY, $1,290 (5th-$950 + $340). 21, Willi Bowl, Windham, Conn., $670 (21st-$335 + $335).

      Redl's Pro Shop of Poughkeepsie, NY, won the Second Chance event for teams not cashing after qualifying. Bill Morrison, Chaz Peek, Hillard Adamson, Matt Giorgi and Barney Tuttle split $700.

      The next BWTC event is April 7-8 in Erlanger, Ky. For entry information, visit the Web site or call Tom Boedecker at 414/423-3415.

-Dates Set For Bowling's US Open

03/27/2001 - BPAA
      Bowling's most prestigious event, the 2001 US Open, will be held December 1 through 9, 2001 with the finals to be conducted on Sunday Dec. 9, according to the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, Inc. (BPAA), the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA).

      As the only one of bowling's major events to include men and women, and both pros and amateurs the world's top men and women professionals, as well as amateurs who won the right to compete through local and state qualifying events at BPAA member centers will be on hand to battle for the celebrated US Open title, one of bowling's "Triple Crown" events.

      Robert Smith, Simi Valley, Calif., and Tennelle Grijalva, Orange Calif., are prepared to defend their stunning 2000 Open titles, which included Smith defeating PBA 2000 Player of the Year Norm Duke 202-201 for the men's title.

      "I'm definitely looking forward to defending this title," commented Robert Smith. "Being my first major title, it would mean even more to repeat as champion. I feel that winning a major, such as the Open, and then having back to back titles might somehow validate one's standing in the professional ranks."

      PWBA rookie Grijalva defeated veterans Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, NY on her way to beating Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ, in the women's final.

      "I'm excited about participating in the US Open again," remarked Tennelle. "It feels great to be able to defend a major title like this and it would be even more thrilling to repeat as women's champion."

      Qualifying for the Open occurs in most states with state finals to be completed by the end of June 2001.

      "BPAA is pleased to once again partner with the PWBA and PBA to present this major sporting event," Commented Jack Kelly, BPAA Executive Officer. "The 2001 US Open will not highlight two young champions, hoping to repeat, but, it will be presented in an even more exciting and memorable fashion compared to previous years. In addition, BPAA wants to thank AMF for their tremendous support for the OPen over the last 3 years. AMF's more than $1.5 million contribution helped this historic event survive and go forward. Without their great support, this event would not be in the position it is today."

      The location and venue for Bowling's US Open will be announced shortly.

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