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      April 09, 2002:

-NCAA Here We Come!

04/09/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Fairleigh Dickinson University, located in Teaneck, N.J., has announced the addition of a National Collegiate Athletics Association women's bowling program for the 2002-03 school year. If the school files its paperwork with the NCAA by the start of the 2002-03 school year and fields a team for competition and all 39 current NCAA programs continue fielding teams in 2002-03, bowling will become an official NCAA women's sport..

      Fairleigh Dickinson would become the 40th NCAA institution to field a women's bowling program. The NCAA has required that women's bowling, currently an NCAA "emerging sport," must meet a 40-team minimum for advancement to championship sport status with a NCAA National Championship. Under NCAA guidelines, a women's bowling NCAA National Championship would be held within the next two years.

      With the addition of women's bowling, FDU will compete in 18 intercollegiate varsity sports during the upcoming school year. Women's bowling will be the third women's sport added by FDU in the past two years (women's soccer - 2000, softball - 2001) under FDU Director of Athletics Steve Hurlbut.

      The Knights will compete at Bowler City in Hackensack and have begun searching for a head coach. FDU competes at the NCAA Division I ranks and is a member of the Northeast Conference.

      "Women's bowling is an emerging sport and we've been planning to add a third sport for some time now," Hurlbut said. "There's a lot of outstanding youth and high school bowling in northern New Jersey and with the proximity of the Bowler City complex in Hackensack, bowling seemed like a perfect choice."

      Since Sept. 1, 1994, the NCAA has recognized bowling as an "emerging sport" for women's athletics. This was done to assist institutions in providing greater opportunities for female student-athletes to participate in athletics and to comply with Title IX guidelines and requirements regarding revenue distribution, minimum financial aid awards, minimum sports-sponsorship and player distribution numbers.

      The Women's International Bowling Congress and American Bowling Congress have strongly supported the NCAA effort through College Bowling USA. College Bowling USA has been working closely with the NCAA for quite some time assisting with the efforts to transition women's bowling to a NCAA championship sport.

      The goal of full NCAA status was given a boost last summer when 15 new schools added women's bowling as a NCAA sanctioned sport for the 2001-02 school year. Among the 15 new programs was the 12-member Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference.

      College Bowling USA is in ongoing communication with several other schools that have expressed interest in NCAA women's varsity bowling.

      There currently are several institutions seriously considering the addition of women's varsity bowling for the 2002-03 school year.

-Cain Sparks Team Challenge Win

04/09/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Lane 1 Bowling of Tempe, Ariz., captained by collegiate and TEAM USA standout Andrew Cain, captured the Phoenix qualifier April 7 in the 2002 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge at Sunset Lanes.

      Cain and fellow Lane 1 Bowling team members Larry Hoffman, Chris Klerk, Warren Eales and USA Bowling Director of Tournaments and Technology Jeff Piroozshad defeated Team Storm of Las Vegas, Nev., 425-381, in the two-game Baker System title match. The victory earned Lane 1 Bowling a berth in the Grand Championship in Las Vegas this November.

      The victory adds to an already impressive record for the 20-year-old Cain. Among his credentials include: current U.S. National Amateur Champion and member of TEAM USA, member of Junior Team USA 2001, Collegiate All-American at Arizona State University and the 1999 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow. The aerospace engineering major will compete in next week's Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in suburban Buffalo, N.Y.

      "I've found that bowling the Team Challenge and the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships complement each other," Cain said. "Having bowled the Team Challenge gives me an edge in preparing for the IBC."

      In addition to the prize package of airfare and lodging to the Grand Championship and Keepsake rings, Lane 1 Bowling earned $2,400 in cash ($1,000 as top qualifier, and another $1,000 plus a $400 bonus for winning the tournament).

      In the semifinal match, Team Storm with Rick Berry, John Bertolina, John Congro, TEAM USA 2000 member David Haynes and 2002 ABC Masters champion Brett Wolfe, defeated Country Club Bowl of Mesa, Ariz., 431-345, to advance to the championship match. Country Club Bowl, with Victoria Gardner, Marjorie Coolidge, Branden Baird, Dan Patterson and Wayne Buck, made it to the finals by working its way up from the sixth and final qualifying spot.

      Team Storm earned $1,350 ($600 for third in qualifying plus $750 for second overall) and Country Club Bowl earned $955 ($355 for sixth in qualifying plus $600 for third overall).

      Other finalists in the 21-team field from four states were: 4, Tucson Ebonite, Tucson, Ariz., $1,000 (4th in qualifying $500 + $500). 5, Rolling As One, Glendale, Ariz., $850 (5th - $425 + $425), 6, The Bowlers Edge, Mesa, Ariz., $1,110 (2nd-$750 + $360).

      The next Team Challenge qualifier is April 20-21 in Baltimore at Country Club Bowl. For entry information contact Tom Boedecker at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3415, or visit

-BWAA Officers, Directors Elected During Billings Convention

04/09/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      In addition to Dan Glus as executive director and Lyle Zikes as president, other Bowling Writers Association of America officers and directors were elected March 13 in Billings, Mont. Other officers chosen were: John Falzone, Rockford, Ill., first vice president; Frank Barnhart, St. Louis, second vice president; Jerry Ramig, Clinton, Iowa, sergeant-at-arms; Steve James, Milwaukee, chairman of the Board of Governors; and Wayne Todd, Aurora, Colo., historian.

      Four directors were named to a two-year term -- Hazel McLeary, Victoria, British Columbia; Elaine Hagin, Castro Valley, Calif.; Glenda Millar; Houston; and Bill Vint, East Troy, Wis. Chief Wapensky, Fort Worth, Texas; was appointed to fill out Ramig's term.

      Several awards not previously mentioned also were announced during the week: They were:
  • Amateur Bowlers of the Year -- Andrew Cain, Arizona State University and Shannon Pluhowsky, University of Nebraska. Both are from the Phoenix area. Storm Products sponsors the award.
  • Cartoonists of the Year -- Walt Steinsiek, Micco, Fla., and the late Lola Goelet Yokem were selected as co-winners. The award is sponsored by the Professional Women's Bowling Association.
  • Glenn Allison, Whittier, Calif., was honored with the Flower-For-The-Living Award given to a recipient while he/she can still smell the roses.
  • Final candidates for BWAA's Collegiate Bowler of the Year Award were named. For the men they were: Nathan Bohr, Beau McVay and Sean Rash, Wichita (Kan.) State University; Andrew Cain, Arizona State University; Chris Hester, Morehead (Ky.) State University; Bill O'Neill, Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State University; Derek Sapp, Western Illinois University; and Ed Smaglik, Purdue University. For the women: Melissa Bellinder, California State University-Fullerton; Joy Esterson, Morehead State; Amber Gazverde, Central Missouri State University; Shannon Pluhowsky and Kari Schwager, University of Nebraska; Jocelyn Stutz, Erie Community College (N.Y.); Katie Verbil, Wichita State; and Brandi Wolfe, Arizona State. Winners will be announced April 17 during the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. The selections are again sponsored by Columbia 300.
The next BWAA convention will be March 11-13, 2003 in Knoxville, Tenn.

-ESPN Includes Five Live PWBA Telecasts in 2002

04/09/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      Entering its 17th year as a broadcast partner of ESPN, the Professional Women's Bowling Association announced today that its 2002 television schedule will include five live telecasts.

      Slated for 22 national events starting on May 5 with the Women's International Bowling Congress Queens tournament, the PWBA and ESPN will produce 16 tape-delayed sixty-minute telecasts that will air on ESPN2 during primetime and five live ninety-minute telecasts that will air on ESPN on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 to 6 p.m. EST. In addition, ESPN also plans to televise the Women's U.S. Open Bowling Championships. Times and dates for the entire PWBA broadcast schedule will be posted on and as they are made available.

      "In the last three years our ratings have continued to climb and that is a wonderful tribute to the job ESPN is doing for the PWBA," PWBA President John Falzone said. "We're very excited about our live broadcasts and the potential to expand our viewership."

      The PWBA's five live shows will air during every Sunday in June. Last season PWBA telecasts reached approximately 300,000 homes and was highlighted by the 2001 U.S. Open where the live show generated a .58 rating and reached nearly half a million households.

      Back for her 11th year as part of the broadcast team, Jan Schmidt will handle the play-by-play responsibilities for each tournament. Schmidt, who bowled full-time on tour for 10 years and is an active member of the Women's Sports Foundation stated:

      "It seems every year PWBA telecasts further prove how viable pro women's bowling is as a broadcast property in the world of sports television. Hosting five live shows is a wonderful opportunity for us."

-ESPN2 Scheduled To Broadcast 2002 IBC

04/09/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      College Bowling USA has announced an agreement with ESPN2 to televise the men's and women's finals of the 2002 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships.

      The finals will be held April 20 at Transit Lanes in suburban Buffalo, N.Y. PepsiCo, Inc. is the IBC's presenting sponsor, along with continued support from Brunswick Corporation.

      The show will be a one-hour segment that will be taped for future airing on a to be determined date. The men's and women's finals will feature the top two teams in each division competing in a best two-out-of three baker-style format.

      "College Bowling USA is very pleased that the IBC will once again be televised in 2002," Women's International Bowling Congress Executive Director Roseann Kuhn said. "The future of our sport will be on display for the world to see."

      The IBC is the climax of the college bowling season, as the top 16 men's and top 16 women's teams square off in a double-elimination, Baker-style format to determine who will be crowned National Champions. Teams are selected to participate in the IBC based on season records and qualifying through sectional qualifiers. The Western Illinois University men's squad and the University of Nebraska women's team will be looking to defend their titles from a year ago.

      "The IBC is the pinnacle of the collegiate bowling season," American Bowling Congress Executive Director Roger Dalkin said. "With the addition of television, the world will once again witness the excitement and enthusiasm of collegiate bowling."

      The first Intercollegiate Bowling Championship was held in 1975 in Dayton, Ohio, under the title of "Spectacular I." The name of the event changed many times over the years, before taking on its current name in 1991.

      "Adding television to the IBC is tremendous," CBUSA Director of Collegiate Bowling Brian Graham said. "The IBC is one of the most exciting events in all of bowling and we are very excited at the opportunity to showcase this event on ESPN2."

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