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-Marianne DiRupo Selected BWAA Bowler Of The Month

08/05/2002 - BWAA
      Marianne DiRupo was voted Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Month for July by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Lyle Zikes announced today.

      DiRupo, a 35-year-old right-hander from Succasunna, N.J., captured her seventh Professional Women's Bowling Association title—and first in over four years—by defeating Leanne Barrette of Pleasanton, Calif., in the deciding contest of the Miller High Life National Players Championship in Collierville, Tenn.

      TEAM USA member Sean Rash of Anchorage, Ak., who won the Junior Gold Bowling Championships in Winter Haven, Fla., and earned four gold medals and a bronze at the 9th Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs American Zone Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, was a distant runner-up in the balloting.

-Dorin-Ballard And Bohn Share BJI's All-American Spotlight

08/05/2002 - BJI
      CHICAGO, ILL. -- This year, the captains of the 64th annual Bowlers Journal International All-American Teams -- Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Parker Bohn III -- had to share the spotlight. Not because they didn't have dominant years; they clearly did, justifying their designation as captain of the women's and men's team, respectively. But they had to share because the announcement of the 64th BJI All-Americans was accompanied by the revelation that Walter Ray Williams Jr. had tied Earl Anthony for most career First Team appearances with twelve.

      Evidently, Andy Warhol and his 15-minutes-of-fame theory took a few lumps this bowling season.

      Dorin-Ballard, North Richland, Texas, had the most dominant year of any bowler in BJI's most recent season (June 15, 2001-June 14, '02) with five titles and two runner up performances. Even more momentous was her appearance in 17 of the ESPN2 championship rounds. She also banked $103,660. But because she won "only" one major (the Brunswick World Open), her earnings were second to Kim Terrell, who triumphed in both the U.S. Open and Queens.

      If that is perceived as a "blemish" on CDB's record, it's one most pro bowlers would take in a New Jersey minute. The exception might be Jersey's own Parker Bohn III, who won three titles -- including the ABC Masters -- and banked $194,000 on the PBA Tour.

      Bohn's closest rival for the honorary captaincy had to be Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., who also won three times. But Weber made the most of his opportunities... those three victories were the "only" times he'd made the TV finals during the 2001-02 season. Bohn, on the other hand, had a fairly recognizable TV countenance, making the ESPN telecasts a total of six times, converting half of them into championships.

      True, Weber created much more media "noise," but last we checked, that didn't translate into extra All-American clout. However, Weber's record was good enough to join Bohn on BJI's First Team, along with Chris Barnes, Dallas, Texas; Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y.; and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.

      Joining Dorin-Ballard on the First Women's Team are Cara Honeychurch, Australia; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; and Kim Terrell, PWBA's earnings leader with $107,180, from Antioch, Calif.

Walter Ray Ties Earl Anthony
      This season put a whole new slant on the career of Williams, seeing as how it was his 12th appearance as a First Teamer, tying him with Earl Anthony for most appearances on BJI's elite squad. True, Anthony's appearances were all consecutive -- at one point, Williams was named to seven straight All-American Teams -- but if there were any debate before, WRW's latest selection unquestionably puts him in the company of the game's all-time greats.

      Also, while this was Bohn's seventh straight First Team appearance, it was his ninth overall, only one behind the duo tied for third with 10 appearances each, Don Carter and Dick Weber. The second Weber generation's presence is being felt as well: Pete is making his seventh First Team appearance dating back to 1984-85, while Barnes is encoring with his fourth straight selection. Kent is enjoying his maiden BJI voyage.

      The women's squad featured three encore performances, topped by Macpherson with her eighth appearance, including six straight. Other returnees are Dorin-Ballard with five appearances, all consecutive, and Honeychurch, two straight.

      Liz Johnson is enjoying her third selection as a First Teamer, while Terrell makes her second appearance, her first coming 12 seasons ago. Welcome back to BJI's July cover girl.

The Second and Third Teams
      The BJI editors don't stop there, and as has been a tradition from the very start of bowling's All-American tradition 64 years ago, also name a Second Team and Third Team.

      In almost any other year, Michelle Feldman would have scored a repeat as a First Team selection. But the Skaneateles, N.Y. righthander has to settle for leading off the Second Squad, where she is joined by Kim Adler, Cocoa, Fla.; Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif.; Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla.; and the PWBA's 2001 Rookie of the Year, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.

      Had BJI's season coincided with the PBA's, Jason Couch would've been a First Team selection. Unfortunately, the first half of 2001 did not count in determined our 2001-02 team, and the Clermont, Fla. lefthander simply encountered too many difficulties on the Tour's new sudden-death format, which began last fall. So he finds himself on the Second Team. He is joined by Patrick Healey Jr., Mexico; Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y.; Robert Smith, Simi Valley, Calif.; and Brian Voss, Atlanta, Ga.

      The man who uttered the immortal words, "I'm here, and you're not," is again in the rarified air with an appearance on BJI's Third Team. Patrick Allen, the lefthander from Tarrytown, N.Y., is joined on that squad by Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y.; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland; Ricky Ward, No. Ft. Myers, Fla; and Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla.

      In the women's ranks, the Third Team includes Dede Davidson, Las Vegas; Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J.; Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla.; Carol Gianotti-Block, Australia; and the WIBC's newest Hall of Famer, Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. Recent Tour411 Updates:
-Duggan And Norton Enter To Women's Pro Bowling Hall Of Fame - 03/14/2003
-Pete Weber Selected BWAA Bowler of the Month - 03/04/2003
-Sabrina Duncan Voted 2002 Rookie Of The Year - 02/18/2003
-Roth Named Senior Player Of The Year; Mazzanti Earns Rookie Honors - 01/16/2003

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