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10/07/2002 - PWBA
      Liz Johnson got her hands on her first title of the 2002 season when she claimed the Lady Ebonite Classic. Johnson was the 12th No. 1 seed to win a championship this year. Also competing at 11 p.m. (ET) are Leanne Barrette, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Kim Terrell. ESPN2 is scheduled to re-air the event on October 8 at 5:00 a.m. (ET).

      The PWBA makes its 16th stop of the 2002 schedule in Pasadena, Texas. The tournament runs from October 7-10 with the ESPN2 telecast airing on October 14 at 10 p.m. (ET). A re-air of the finals is slated for October 20 at 4:30 a.m. (ET).

      Close to 120 bowlers had a chance to compete with the PWBA'ers at the Greater Pasadena Pro/Am. Competing in a nine-pin no tap format Brenda Norman racked up the top score with 280-300-250. Marianne DiRupo was second with 300-255-268.

      This week the best of the PWBA will be tested with a 35-foot Sport Bowling pattern. The wood surface at Diamond Lanes includes 27 milliliters of oil (offense hv). Developed by the Women's International Bowling Congress and the American Bowling Congress, Sport Bowling was designed to be a more challenging lane condition. Its goal is to re-introduce spare shooting consistency and accuracy and put a premium on a bowler's ability to read the lanes.

      With her second place finish at the Lady Ebonite Classic Leanne Barrette surpassed a million dollars in earnings. Following her 231-205-168 win over Cathy Dorin-Lizzi and Kim Terrell in the opening shootout, the 16-year pro was guaranteed a high enough finish for her to eclipse the million-dollar mark. After the win, Barrette was presented with a gold medallion with 14 diamonds in the design of the Ebonite logo, representing each of her years on the Ebonite pro staff.

      Last week Cathy Dorin-Lizzi and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard both made it to the championship round for the second time this season. The last time the pair appeared together during a televised final was the PWBA Women's Collegiate Doubles Challenge in June. Over the course of their careers the sisters have been in the TV finals together on eight separate occasions.

      Wednesday will be a big day for PWBA publicity. Kim Adler will be making her weekly appearance on Sporting News Radio on at 7:45 a.m. (CT). Fans around the globe can listen to Kim by going to, then clicking on the "listen live" link. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Cathy Dorin-Lizzi will be special guests on the Learning Channel's "A Makeover Story" at Noon (ET). And, Adler and Liz Johnson will be featured on Houston's KHOU TV during the "Walton's World" segment. The feature will run during the 5 a.m. news and will be streamed on the stations Web site,

      Liz Johnson has been on a tear of late. The 11-time titlest has finished first and third in her last two tournaments and she started the Greater Pasadena Open as the tournament leader after six games. Since her victory at the Dallas Open in July Carolyn Dorin-Ballard has not finished below eighth in her last five events. Dorin-Ballard has also made back-to-back TV finals including a win in Burlington two weeks ago.

      After 14 national tournaments Leanne Barrette ranks first in competition points (9,214) with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Michelle Feldman trailing by 228. Dorin-Ballard is the average leader (217.71) with Barrette (215.85) and Feldman (214.87) just off the pace. Feldman, Dorin-Ballard and Kim Terrell are the tour leaders in championship round appearances with eight. Barrette has the best overall match play record at 177-107-4 (.614 win pct.)

      Rachel Perez and Tammy Turner have been among the top 10 in four of their last six "Tish Johnson had her best finish of the season last week placing sixth" Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s Wendy Macpherson hasn't won a title this season but has eight top 10s and has made the TV finals four times including two of the last three tournaments_.Macpherson is the only player this season to finish in the top 15 in every event.

      Carolyn Dorin-Ballard easily extended her consecutive cashes streak to 84 tournaments after last week's win. The 19-time titlest started the streak in September of 1998. Tish Johnson continues to be the PWBA's "Iron Woman." The 22-year pro is competing in her 232nd consecutive event this week.

      Debuting next week will be the Rollers and Pro Bowlers tournament featuring top athletes from the PWBA, the American Wheelchair Bowling Association and the Sr. Pro Bowling Association. Notable Sr. PBA'ers expected to participate include Hall-of-Famer and Vietnam Vet Johnny Petraglia and Dave Davis, who is among the top 10 on the senior tour in competition points. Also a part of the action will be AWBA Hall of Famer Dave Roberts and national champion Tom Zachrich to name a few.

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