November 9, 2012
STORM NATIONAL MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS COMES TO A CLOSE
RENO, Nev. - The 2012 Storm National Mixed Championships ended in dramatic fashion as new leaders emerged in 10 divisions at the National Bowling Stadium during the tournament's final weekend.
Jackie Wyckoff of Campbell, Calif., led the way as she captured the top spot in three events, while Renee Steele of Carson City, Nev., and John Bertolina of Henderson, Nev., each grabbed the lead in two events. All standings are considered unofficial until final verifications are made.
Wyckoff, a Bowling Writers Association of America board member, had success at the Stadium earlier in the year as she helped Coefficient of Friction of Palo Alto, Calif., claim the Scratch Team title at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.
In her return visit to the one-of-a-kind Stadium, Wyckoff rolled games of 269, 231 and 225 for a 725 series to lead Mixed Singles Women's Scratch and used an additional 20 pins of handicap per game to post the top score in Mixed Singles Women's Handicap with 785. She also teamed up with Steve Corsaro of Tracy, Calif., to record a 1,352 combined score to take over the lead in Mixed Doubles Scratch.
Steele already had made a name for herself at the 2012 National Mixed Championships by rolling an 816 series and taking the lead in three events when she competed two weeks earlier. In her second effort at the "Taj Mahal of Tenpins," Steele grabbed the top spot in All-Events Women's Scratch with 2,043 as well as the lead in the Six-Game Scratch Singles event with 1,462.
Steele ended the 2012 tournament leading four events. She also led Open Singles Women's Scratch and Handicap with scores of 816 and 852, respectively.
Bertolina grabbed the lead in Senior Singles Men's Scratch and Handicap after delivering games of 225, 238 and 290 for a 753 scratch series and received an additional 10 pins of handicap per game for a 783 handicap total.
Three doubles pairings also moved into the lead during the final weekend. Rudy Moreno of Reno, Nev., and David Dayton of Carson City, Nev., took the top spot in Open Doubles Handicap with a 1,478 handicap series, while Larry Cooper of Reno, Nev., and Dave Hewitt of Fremont, Calif., grabbed the Senior Doubles Scratch lead with 1,393. In the Adult/Youth Doubles Scratch division, Welby Spanton of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Bill Nichols of Roseville, Calif., worked together to post the high score with 1,258.
Chris Klerk of Chandler, Ariz., made the biggest mark in 2012 as he sat atop the leaderboard in five divisions. He fired an 813 series on his way to the lead in Open Singles Men's Scratch, and took Open Singles Men's Handicap with 828. He also led the way in Mixed Singles Men's Scratch with 730, and helped 1st Lady and Company of Arizona City, Ariz., capture the lead in both Mixed Team Scratch and Handicap with scores of 2,560 and 2,767, respectively. Ed Smaglik, Jennifer Cain and Teri Hamilton joined Klerk in the team effort.
The 2012 event marked the 10th anniversary of the National Mixed Championships. Starting on Aug. 1, more than 1,500 bowlers from 32 states and Canada made their way to the 78-lane Stadium to compete at "Bowling's Most Complete Tournament."
November 1, 2012
BIG NAMES CRUISE AT STORM NATIONAL MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS
RENO, Nev. - As the final weekend of the 2012 Storm National Mixed Championships nears, the standings are taking shape as bowlers make their way to the National Bowling Stadium for one last shot at tournament history.
The 2012 event has seen adult, senior and youth competitors race towards the top of the leaderboard, which includes some of the biggest names in the sport's history.
United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famers Betty Morris-Laub of Lincoln, Calif., Virginia Norton of Cypress, Calif., and Vesma Grinfelds of San Francisco have all taken to the lanes at the "Taj Mahal of Tenpins" and find themselves near or in the top spot in several events.
Morris-Laub is leading the Senior Singles Women's Scratch division with a 660 series, and teamed up with Bill Nichols of Roseville, Calif., to grab the lead in Senior Doubles Scratch with 1,332. She also sits in third place in Senior Singles Women's Handicap with a 708 handicap score. Karla Alsgood of Rio Linda, Calif., currently leads with 735.
Norton and Grinfelds fell just shy of the All-Events Women's Scratch lead, which is currently held by Brenda Burns of Peoria, Ariz., with a 1,796 total. Norton sits in second with 1,785, while Grinfelds is third with 1,774.
Norton grabbed two other spots in the top five as she moved into third place of Mixed Doubles Scratch with Goodman Ng of San Francisco with a 1,271 combined score and took over fourth place in Mixed Singles Women's Scratch with a 625 series.
The National Mixed Championships, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, began on Aug. 1 and will see competition come to a close Sunday, Nov. 4.
October 25, 2012
NEVADA BOWLER FINDS CONTINUED SUCCESS AT STORM NATIONAL MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS
RENO, Nev. - Renee Steele of Carson City, Nev., finds herself in familiar territory as she fired an 816 series and raced to the top of the standings in three divisions at the Storm National Mixed Championships.
Steele, who used the momentum of a perfect game to capture four titles at the 2011 event, rolled games of 258, 269 and 289 to set the pace in the Open Singles Women's Scratch division and received an additional 12 pins of handicap per game to grab the lead in Open Singles Women's Handicap with 852. Angela Maddock of Gilbert, Ariz., previously held the lead in both divisions with 663 and 735, respectively.
The right-hander also looks to repeat as the Mixed Singles Women's Scratch champion as she took the top spot with games of 189, 287 and 216 for a 692 total. Melissa Hurst of Decatur, Ill., previously led with 679. Steele claimed the All-Events Women's Scratch and Handicap titles as well as the Mixed Doubles Scratch title with Larry Cooper of Reno, Nev., at the 2011 National Mixed Championships.
Steele has competed in many events at the National Bowling Stadium over the years, but found herself in a hurry to make her 2012 appearance. As she rushed from work to make her squad on time, she found the angst of the trip helped to ease her performance on the lanes.
"I ended up getting off of work late, so I was rushing to make it on time," said Steele, who also rolled an 816 series during a local event at the Stadium in 2005. "I had used all of my adrenaline to make it here. By the time I started bowling, I was just able to relax and go one frame at a time. I've bowled a lot of tournaments here, so I'm able to feel comfortable and just have a lot of confidence on the lanes. It's just a nice place to bowl."
David Cheng of Novato, Calif., and Caleb Nakata of Loomis, Calif., also found success at the Stadium as each rolled a perfect game during competition at the National Mixed Championships.
Cheng's 300 game helped him take the lead in All-Events Men's Handicap with a 2,120 score. Jake Odell of Santa Clara, Calif., is currently in second with 2,109.
October 18, 2012
ARIZONA BOWLERS FIRE AWAY AT STORM NATIONAL MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS
RENO, Nev. - Chris Klerk of Chandler, Ariz., has been no stranger to success at the National Bowling Stadium in the past, and the trend continued as he rolled an 813 series on his way to the lead in three divisions at the 2012 Storm National Mixed Championships.
The former Junior Team USA member put together games of 276, 258 and 279 to grab the top spot in Open Singles Men's Scratch, while an additional five pins of handicap per game helped him take the lead in Open Singles Men's Handicap with an 828 total. Ed Smaglik of Flagstaff, Ariz., currently sits second in both divisions with 789.
Klerk also posted the top score in the Mixed Singles Men's Scratch division with games of 248, 225 and 257 for a 730 series.
Klerk rolled a perfect game at the Stadium during the 2010 USBC Open Championships, and nearly repeated the performance when the tournament returned the following year, firing a 299 game. That effort helped K & K Bowling Services 5 of Las Vegas capture the 2011 Team All-Events title.
Angela Maddock of Gilbert, Ariz., also rose to the occasion at the National Mixed Championships as she took the lead in the Open Singles Women's Scratch and Handicap divisions.
Maddock rolled games of 235, 222 and 206 to finish with a scratch score of 663 and received an additional 24 pins of handicap per game to finish with 735.
September 7, 2012
NEW LEADERS EMERGE AT STORM NATIONAL MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS
RENO, Nev. - Kevin Lew of Sacramento, Calif., made the most of his first trip to the Storm National Mixed Championships as he grabbed the lead in the Mixed Singles Men's Handicap division at the National Bowling Stadium.
The 50-year-old right-hander rolled games of 207, 234 and 192 for a 633 scratch series and received an additional 37 pins of handicap per game to finish with his leading total of 744. Daryl Au of Fremont, Calif., is currently in second with a 699 handicap score, while Ed O'Hara of Sahuarita, Ariz., is third with 698.
Lew made his way to the event as a substitute, helping out a friend who needed an extra bowler. He took advantage of the opportunity as he matched up to the conditions quickly.
"I just came in as a sub for a friend," said Lew. "I practice a few times a week, so I just try to be patient and see what happens on the lanes. I threw it pretty well."
With the National Mixed Championships reaching its halfway point, Lew is eager to see if his score will be enough to hold onto to the top spot in the standings.
"Every time I get to bowl at the Stadium is great," said Lew. "I want to thank Storm for sponsoring the tournament. There are still a lot of good bowlers left to come out and bowl. If I can hold onto the lead, it would be fantastic."
Marc Clyburn and Roslyn Goode of Pittsburg, Calif., also raced up the leaderboard this week as they combined for a 1,452 handicap score to take the lead in the Mixed Doubles Handicap division.
The 2012 event will return to the Stadium every Friday - Sunday beginning Oct. 5 before the tournament concludes Nov. 4.
August 29, 2012
SCORES ROLLING IN AS STORM NATIONAL MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS CONTINUES IN RENO
RENO, Nev. - With the halfway point of the 2012 Storm National Mixed Championships approaching, the top of the standings are beginning to take shape as more bowlers took to the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium this week.
The members of Wakefield Construction of Albany, Ore., made their way to the 2012 event with a passion for the sport and left with the lead in the Mixed Team Handicap division with a 2,633 total.
Dale Gifford, Hollis Bandy Sr., Jackie Humphrys and Lin Allen compete together in the same league in Albany, and used that familiarity and camaraderie to help Wakefield Construction to games of 687, 635 and 702 for a scratch total of 2,024. The group received an additional 203 pins of handicap per game to reach their leading score and surpass Cedar Lanes - Weed of Weed, Calif., who previously held the top spot with 2,587.
"As a group, we all bowl together and do the best we can," said Gifford, who made his second appearance at the National Mixed Championships. "We didn't look at averages when we put this team together. We're just four people who like to bowl together, and everything just happened to click at the right time. We love bowling, and that's the main thing."
Several bowlers also made their mark on the standings this week and grabbed the lead in multiple divisions.
Jake Peters and Melissa Hurst of Decatur, Ill., are no strangers to success on the lanes as both have helped Wichita State University to multiple USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships titles.
They teamed up at the National Mixed Championships to set the pace in Mixed Doubles Scratch with a 1,265 total. Hurst also grabbed the lead in Mixed Singles Women's Scratch with a 679 series, while Peters, a member of Junior Team USA in 2009-10, took over the top spot in Mixed Singles Men's Scratch with 659 and the Six-Game Scratch Singles with 1,377.
Dennis Wakaluk of Dublin, Calif., also saw his name at the top of two divisions as he raced up the leaderboard in Senior Singles Men's Scratch and Handicap with scores of 640 and 766, respectively.
The 2012 National Mixed Championships continues daily through Sept. 2. After a brief hiatus, the tournament will run every Friday - Sunday from Oct. 5 - Nov. 4.
August 10, 2012
CALIFORNIA BOWLER GRABS EARLY LEAD AT STORM NATIONAL MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS
RENO, Nev. - After struggling in his first Storm National Mixed Championships appearance last year, Keith Peters of Fremont, Calif., returned to the National Bowling Stadium this week and proved that all of his hard work paid off as he grabbed the lead in the Senior Singles Men's Handicap division.
Peters rolled one of the best sets of his bowling career with games of 235, 217 and 227 for a 679 scratch series, and received an additional 23 pins of handicap per game to take the lead with 748.
The left hander has worked diligently on his game since his initial appearance at the National Mixed Championships, which included a coaching session with USBC Silver coach Mike Jasnau at Lane 81 in the Stadium's pro shop area prior to competing at the 2012 event.
The dedication proved to be effective as Peters was able to find a line to the pocket quickly and avoid mistakes.
"I bowled last year and didn't do very well," said Peters. "I practiced all winter and worked on my game with Mike Jasnau at Lane 81. When I looked at the oil pattern, I could see that most of the oil was in the middle of the lane. I found a line outside around the fourth board and the ball hooked right into the pocket. I was very fortunate not to leave any splits and picked up all of my spares."
Peters enjoyed the variety of events the National Mixed Championships offered as well as the chance to compete at the one-of-a-kind facility. He is planning to return before the 2012 tournament concludes Nov. 4 to enter several of the 10 different events.
"I really like that the tournament is at the National Bowling Stadium," said Peters. "It's a real neat location. I also like that the tournament runs for a long period of time and has different categories because it gives us a lot of opportunities to bowl and offers a challenge. I have all of the tournament days marked down, so I'm looking to come back and try a few more events."
The 2012 National Mixed Championships continues Aug. 17 - Sept. 2 as well as every Friday - Sunday from Oct. 5 - Nov. 4.
August 1, 2012
STORM NATIONAL MIXED CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURNS TO CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
RENO, Nev. - The 2012 Storm National Mixed Championships returned to the National Bowling Stadium for the 10th consecutive year and began to welcome bowlers from across the country Wednesday.
Since its start in 2002, the National Mixed Championships has transformed into "Bowling's Most Complete Tournament" and features two separate tournaments, handicap and scratch divisions, 29 separate prize funds which total $150,000 and is open to adult, senior and youth competitors.
The two tournaments, the National Mixed Tournament and Festival of Bowling Tournament, allow bowlers the opportunity to select from 10 events to test their skills at the famed 78-lane "Taj Mahal of Tenpins."
The National Mixed Tournament features Mixed Team, Mixed Doubles and Singles and All-Events, while the Festival of Bowling Tournament offers Open Doubles, Open Singles, Senior Doubles, Senior Singles, Adult/Youth Doubles, Youth Singles and Scratch Singles events.
Bowlers from more than 35 states and Canada already have signed up to compete at the 2012 tournament, and on-site entries are accepted up to 45 minutes prior to the beginning of a squad. More than 2,500 bowlers are expected to make the trip to The Biggest Little City in the World to compete at the 2012 National Mixed Championships.
"Our staff is excited to kick off another year and help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Storm National Mixed Championships," said National Bowling Stadium Operations Manager Bob Thomas. "It's been fun to watch the tournament grow each year and turn into one of the most unique events in the country."
The National Mixed Championships runs Aug. 1-5; Aug. 17 - Sept. 2; and every Friday - Sunday from Oct. 5 - Nov. 4.