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      November 11, 2002:

-Orleans Team Recovers To Take Over Lead At The 2002 ABC/BWTC Grand Championship

11/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      LAS VEGAS -- The Orleans Hotel & Casino team overcame a slow start to take over first place after the second round of the 2002 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship at the Gold Coast Bowling Center.

      Led by former Team Challenge Grand Champions Bill Hoffman and Ted Hannahs, the Columbus, Ohio-based squad posted a six-game total of 6,197. Adam Barta, Bryan O'Keefe and Ron Nelson Jr. rounded out the team, which averaged 206 for their traditional format qualifying games.

      Hannahs, a three-time winner on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, and Hoffman, a four-time TEAM USA member, are shooting for their second Grand Championship title. Both bowled with the Turbo 2-N-1 Grips team that won the 1997 Grand Championship.

      "We expected to win the title before we even started the tournament," said Hoffman. "We have a big advantage over the other teams because we won the last stop in Mechanicsburg (Pa.), and we're comfortable bowling with each other. Our team had a very successful October, we're letting it carry over into November."

      The Orleans didn't look like they would be atop the standings, as they started qualifying with an 851 game. But Hannahs said it was the spark the team needed to get ahead.

      "We bowled 851 out of the gate, and we were unfazed," he said. "Sometimes we need that sub-par game to kick start us and get us going. We got that wake-up call early in this tournament, and we responded accordingly."

      In second place is Lane 1 Bowling of Tempe, Ariz., with a 6,178 score. The team features reigning U.S. Amateur Champion Andrew Cain and former Collegiate Player of the Year Jeff Piroozshad. Chris Klerk, Larry Hoffman, and Warren Eales round out the squad, who are currently 19-pins behind The Orleans.

      The 14-team field returns at 9 a.m. (PST) Tuesday for two rounds of Baker-system match play. The field is then cut to the top eight for an additional Baker round on Wednesday morning to determine the top three teams for the Baker stepladder finals.

      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 games:

1, The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Columbus, Ohio
 (Bryan O'Keefe, Adam Barta, Ron Nelson, Ted Hannahs, Bill Hoffman), 6,197
2, Lane 1 Bowling, Tempe, Ariz.
 (Andrew Cain, Chris Klerk, Larry Hoffman, Warren Eales, Jeff Piroozshad, Jordan Nassberg), 6,178
3, B-Line, Tacoma, Wash.
 (Bob Davidson, Curtis Messer, Lonnie Sharkey, Len Blakey, Jason Williams), 6,021 
4, Norms Proshop, East Meadow, N.Y.
 (Brett Wolfe, Alex Cavagnaro, Vernon Peterson, Bill O'Neill, Rob Piroozshad), 6,016
5, Brunswick, Pittsburgh, Pa.
 (Jeff Poholsky, Robert Alexander, Roger Kossert, Doug Becker, Bruce Hollen, Mike Chontos), 5,966
6, Vic Telemarketing, Westfield, Mass.
 (Bill Webb, Chris Sole, Bill Green, Chris Viale, Brian Boghosian), 5,928
7, Kegel Training Center, Sebring, Fla.
 (Larry Barwick, Sam Zurich, Mike Tagariello, David Tessman, Norm Titus), 5,884
8, Expanets, Houston
 (Sean Swanson, Tony Yarbrough, Dan Inocencio, Mike Shoemaker, Steve Weber, Cary Mogard), 5,877
9, Team Columbia 300, Indianapolis
 (Mark Sullivan, Terry Brink, Ed Frederick, Rich Heydon, John Bauerle, Steve Lang), 5,801
10, Up Your Average Pro Shop, Pueblo, Colo.
 (Steve Badovinac, Raleigh Gilchrist, Danny Streeter, Kevin Richardson, Neal Lerner), 5,738
11, Stoke On Ramp, Broad Brook, Conn.
 (Mike Lichstein, Alex Aguiar, Mike Dupuis, Norm Ginsberg, Chris Rebstock), 5,720
12, KR Strikeforce/Sluggers, Naperville, Ill.
 (Dave Armstrong, Rick Hara, Leroy Johnson, Keith Garrett, Brad Snell), 5,693
13, Team Track, Waukesha, Wis.
 (Ben Hoefs, Paul Bloemer, Dave Beres, John Socha, Gail Myers Jr.), 5,565
14, BD Storm, Elmira, N.Y.
 (Mike Marks, Ed Shuler, Chris Johnson, Terry Decker, Dave Hart), 5,503

-Texas Team Takes Early Lead In ABC/BWTC Grand Championship

11/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      LAS VEGAS - Expanets of Houston took the early lead after the first round of regular format qualifying at the 2002 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship in Las Vegas.

      The Texas team used team games of 1,020, 903 and 1,049 for a 2,972 total at the Gold Coast Bowling Center. They were led by Daniel Inocencio, who shot 621, and Tony Yarbrough who rolled 600. Anchorman Sean Swanson and Mike Shoemaker both rolled 586, and Steve Weber shot 579.

      One pin behind Expanets is Vic Telemarketing of Westfield, Mass. Team members Chris Sole, Bill Green, Chris Viale, Bill Webb and Brian Boghosian combined for team games of 974, 1,054 and 943.

      The 14-team field returns at 2 p.m. (PST) for three additional regular format games. All teams return on Tuesday for two rounds of Baker-system match play. The field is then cut to the top eight for an additional Baker round on Wednesday morning to determine the top three teams for the Baker stepladder finals.

      Over 600 teams participated in one of 14 regional qualifiers with the goal of reaching the Grand Championship, with the winner carrying the title of world match play team champion.
Standings after three games:
1, Expanets, Houston, 2,972
2, Vic Telemarketing, Westfield, Mass., 2971
3, KR Strikeforce/Sluggers, Naperville, Ill., 2,960
4, Kegel Training Center, Sebring, Fla., 2,917
5, The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Columbus, Ohio, 2,902
6, B-Line, Tacoma, Wash., 2,894
7, Lane 1 Bowling, Tempe, Ariz., 2,883
8, Brunswick, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2,833
9, Team Track, Waukesha, Wis., 2,788
10, Team Columbia 300, Indianapolis, 2,757
11, Norms Proshop, East Meadow, N.Y., 2,749
12, BD Storm, Elmira, N.Y., 2,705
13, Up Your Average Pro Shop, Pueblo, Colo., 2,665
14, Stoke on Ramp, Broad Brook, Conn., 2,639

-ABC Voting Panel Fails To Elect Additional Hall Of Famers

11/11/2002 - Bowling Newsline
      GREENDALE, Wis. - A panel of bowling industry veterans has failed to elect any candidates from the American Bowling Congress' Regular and Nonpro ballots to the ABC Hall of Fame in 2002.

      To win election, a candidate must be named on 70 percent of ballots cast by ABC's panel of bowling writers, association and industry leaders, and ABC Hall of Famers. A second ballot is called for if one or more of the candidates are named on a minimum of 60 percent of the ballots. None of the seven Regular candidates or eight Nonpro nominees on the 2002 ballot met either requirement.

      Therefore, Meritorious Service honoree Nick Mormando of Levittown, N.Y., and the late Lowell Jackson of Dallas, elected by the Veterans Committee in August, will be the two men inducted into the ABC Hall of Fame during ceremonies on the ABC Tournament lanes in Knoxville, Tenn., March 13. Mormando will become the 49th inductee for exceptional service to the sport while Jackson will be the 137th man honored for performance on the lanes.

      In the Regular category, John Handegard was the leading vote-getter, named on 77 of the 224 votes cast. He was followed by Gene Stus (75), Harry Sullins (22), Mickey Higham (16), Jeff Richgels (13), John Hricsina (11) and Pete McCordic (10).

      Mark Lewis was the top vote-getter in the Nonpro voting, named on 57 of 228 ballots. He was followed by John Eiss (52), Gordon Vadakin (34), Ron Pollard (26), Todd Savoy (21), Butch Luther (15), Rick Pollard (13) and Mitch Jabczenski (10).

      In other Hall of Fame news, Billy Hardwick of Memphis, Tenn., was elected to a six-year term on the ABC Hall of Fame Board, replacing Les Zikes of Palatine, Ill., whose term expired in 2002. Zikes was runnerup in voting among his fellow Hall of Famers and Mike Aulby of Indianapolis was third. The ABC Hall of Fame Board consists of six ABC Hall of Famers, six Bowling Writers Association of America representatives, and six ABC representatives, including the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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