By Bill Ryan
‘The World’ Beats USA in PBA World Series of Bowling X
Starting to plan for summer leagues and other upcoming events
• USA vs. The World Team Challenge
ALLEN PARK, Mich. The five leading International scorers from PBA World Series of Bowling X qualifying beat the five highest U.S. scorers to win the USA vs. The World team competition, 2-0, in a best-of-three Baker team format finals to conclude a historic week of PBA competition on FS1 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Suburban Detroit.
The World team, made up of Pontus Andersson (Sweden), Andres Gomez (Colombia), Dom Barrett (England) and Australians Sam Cooley and Jason Belmonte defeated the U.S. team of Bill O’Neill, Kyle Sherman, Tom Daugherty, Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett, to end the U.S.’s two-year reign as champion of the non-title WSOB “all-star” event.
The U.S. team, captained by PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman, jumped out to the lead in the first game of the second match 184-176 but The World team, captained by Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, came back to win the second game 204-156 to force a sudden death one-ball roll-off. Belmonte, who was coming off a historic PBA World Championship win Thursday, won the roll-off against Tackett with a nine-count to seven for Tackett, who left the 2-8-10 split, for the title.
In the first match, the U.S. team also took the early lead, winning the first game 234-227 but then lost to The World team in the second game 213-202 to force another one-ball roll-off. Belmonte and Tackett tied with strikes in the first roll-off frame with a strike, forcing a second roll-off where Barrett struck to beat Simonsen’s eight-count (2-10 split) to give The World team a 1-0 lead heading into the second match.
The Baker format requires each player to bowl two frames in one game to combine for one score. The leadoff bowler bowls frame one and six, the second bowler frames two and seven and so on until the anchor bowler bowls frame five and 10.
“It’s another great example of showcasing the international scope of the sport and the talent that exists all over the world,” Belmonte said. “I felt good about this team because we bowl against each other all over the world so I knew we could develop a good chemistry right away.
“Like all team competitions, the key is communication between the players,” Belmonte added. “We share what we experience on every shot, then it’s up to each player to execute.”
Monacelli, a 20-time PBA Tour and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner, who is also coach for the Dominican Republic national team, echoed Belmonte’s comments as a coach for the highly talented World team.
“They know what to do as far as their physical game is concerned,” Monacelli said. “What’s important is putting together a good order (lineup). I try to help with the mental side and give them another pair of eyes to see what is happening with the lanes and their games. What the eyes can’t see, the body feels so I try to get them to connect with that feel so they can trust in the decisions they make.”
The players earned berths on their respective teams based on their finishing positions after 30 qualifying games from the 10-game qualifying rounds of the WSOB X Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion events.
The World def. USA, 2-0
• Reminder: Sunday is the Donnie Backus Memorial Scholarship Scratch Bowling Tournament.
It will be held at Al0Mar Lanes starting at 9 a.m. with check-in and bowling to start at 10 a.m. There is a $60 entry fee. The format will be four games of qualifyig and cut to the top 16 for single-elimination match play. Starts with a two-game match, followed by one-game matches the rest of the way, until the chamionship match which will be the best two of three games.
Based on 64 entries, the winner will receive $780 with the top 16 all cashing.
• One of the first leagues of summer begins Thursdays at 7 p.m. starting May 16. This is a trio format league.
More on other summer events in a future column.
• Advance planning: PBA Senior tournament Aug. 9-11 with pro-am squads on that first day.
Surviving the Game:
The latest results showed those eliminated in the Surviving the Game event in Week 21. In those eliminated were Paul Overhulse, American League, -64 amd in the same league Nick Jenne-30/ Also eliminated at -30 were both Jeri Dingman and Vicky Wohn, also both at -30.
League highlights through March 24
• Ladies Major:
Pancha Melendrez, 254, 685; Betty Jackson, 243, 654; Tricia Green, 237, 622.
Previous scores: Tricia Green, 250, 701; Pancha Melendrez, 245, 665; MaryAnn Dimick, 629; Yogi Wammes, 224.
Division Leaders, Becketts’ 37-12 and El Zarape, at 27-22.
Kyle Waynick, 278, 736; Doug Trumbull, 724; John Ferrera Jr. 290. 695; Jay Samelak, 275.
Division leaders Modern Woodmen, 41-22; South River Mechanical 39-24.
• Farm League:
Brian Knapp, 238, 644; Susan Harris, 602; Pancha Melendrez, 601; Scott Sibbersen, 239; Brian Schaller, 235..
Standings: DingBallers, 57-13; Al-Mar Lanes, 46-24.
Chris Peace, 2758, 737; Bill Schumacher, 235, 643; Bret Palmer, 595; Al Seifert, 223.
Women: Mallory Fritz , 210, 542; Yogi Wammes, 539; Dawn Poirier, 193, 518.
Division leaders: Wood County Insurance, 103-59; and Franks Sales, 95.5-66.5.
Brian Close, 279, 717; Gary Wachter, 716; Lucas Jenne, 715; Michael Wachter, 288; Sandy Naugle, 268.
Division Leaders: Starkey, 41-15; TMS Transport, 31-25.
• Randy Miller (four games)
Shaun Crusa, 909; Kris Kolk, 257, 891; Kyle Waynick, 267. 883; Lucas Jenne, 254.
Standings: Kolk-Wammes, 1117-63; Hebdersib-Van de Velde, 112.5-67.5,
• Fantasy Doubles: (Uses scores bowled in other leagues to compete)
Kyle Waynick, 278, 736; Doug Trumbull, 724; Brian Close, 279, 717; Jay Samelak, 275. Women: Pancha Melendrez, 245, 665; Vicki Schumacher, 229, 667.
Standings: Schumacher-Schumacher.100-50; Overhulse-Parks, 96.5-53.5.
• Jack and Jill: Steve Burton,278. 673; Kirk Starkey, 664; Rick Campbell, 656; ; Billy Malik, 256; Steven Hoodlebrink, 259; Women: Robin Starkey, 258, 591; Nancy Campbell, 175,497; Christy Henry, 194, 485; .
Standings: A Split Happens,78-27; St Peter, 63.5-41.5 We’re Broken, 63-42.
• Mixed Up Guys and Gals:
Josh Crawford, 268, 712; Doug Trumbull, 258, 711; Ernie Tebeau, 240, 697; Women: Lori Hutton, 206, 555; Kathy Sayre, 192, 539; Cindy St. Peter, 214.
Standings: Time to Strike, 83-22; Beckett’s Burger Bar,66-39; Bowling for Booze, 64-41.
• Bobcat 2 a Days:
Boys: James Alfaro, 221, 585; Avery Latta, 202, 552; Clayton Genson, 202, 535; Girls: Aly Fahy, 179, 516; Linda Alfaro, 212, 346; Savanah Garner, 125, 335.
Standings Team 2, 10-0; Team 9, 8-2.
• Rally’s Junior All Stars:
Boys: Conner Main, 140, 337; Seth King, 118,285; Dakota Blasius, 278; Nathan Wiener, 106; Girls:
Kyleigh Leu, 117, 318; Izzy Grames 121, 312; Kaitlynne Repasz. 107,245.
Standings: Three’s Company, 21-7; The Gutter Gang, 18-10.
• Tuesday Coffee: (two games)
Cathy Lowry, 195, 373; Judy Lee,350; Marge Houchins, 184, 246; Joan Sievos, 251.
Previous scores: Judy Lee, 200, 349; Cathy Lowry, 278, 331; Linda Tebeau, 172, 331
Standings: Team 7, 92-43; Team 8 83-52.
•Monday All Stars (two games):
Conner Main, 218, 378; Mason Mendez, 290; Wyatt Concannon, 275; Colin Failor, 151; Girls: Adison Brokaw, 143, 269; Ciu Won, 261; Paige Wulff, 136, 253; Brooklyn Meyer, 139.
Previous scores: Jerrad Main, 180, 334; Seth King, 302; Avery Harris, 166, 259; Jack Schall, 162; Jerrad Main, 221, 380; Conner Main,159, 273; Cole Instone, 253; Caden Crawford 152; Girls Logan Tucker, 185, 302; Addison Brokaw, 169,252; Isabella Eschedor, 282; Paige Wulff, 167; Ciu Won, 136, 272; Annabell Herron, 154, 264; Maggie Landry, 250; Addison Brokaw, 130.
Standings: Team 12, 80-35; Team 3, 60-55.
• Tuesday All Stars: (two games)
Johnathan Wood, 270; Dallas Taylor, 268; Dom Daniels, 255; Noah Gross, 145; Will Fralick, 142; Sam Hise, 141; Girls: Isabella Ewuzie, 167,290; Tristan White, 158, 268; Brooklyn Donnell, 138, 256.
Standings: Team 4, 34-6; Team 8, 33-7.
• Diagon Alley Cats
Kevin Cagle, 168, 68-37; Brackenbury, 52-53.