Round Robin Tussles

by Bob Johnson 0

If excitement had been on the menu in the Red & Black bowling center on Sunday evening then all would have been dished up with

Champion Chris Loschetter

a double helping – nay, maybe three plates full.

The ten players in the round robin final were the cream of this second Brunswick Italia Challenge and the display they put on for a large international gathering deserved every accolade that was given.

Americans Chris Loschetter, Ronnie Russell (the defending champion), Sean Rash and Ryan Cimenelli played as perhaps they had never performed before and the applause rang through the rafters for their talents. But they never got their own way until the time came for the final hurdles.

Nine games, under intense pressure, also brought out the best of the six Europeans contesting the title and it was Dominic Barrett from England who sneaked into third place when the dust of battle settled.

OK, Chris Loschetter won through, despite a strong challenge from buddy Sean Rash, but the performance of the Europeans was impressive. Young Daniel Vezis, who lives in Latvia but claims to be English, was second European, then Psul Moor (ENG), Erik Marrone (ITA), Petteri Salonen (FIN) and Peter Ljung (SWE) rounded off the field.

The closing ceremony and trophy presentation featured the three girls finishing in top places in the recent Miss Brunswick Italia Challenge beauty pageant and all ten finalists.

FINAL STANDINGS:

1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 B B/F TOT
1 Loschetter, Chris 241 251 199 243 228 208 184 248 204 0 2156 999 3155
2 Rash, Sean 176 208 285 233 234 244 246 223 194 120 0 2163 937 3100
3 Barrett, Dominic 247 171 232 222 243 242 198 196 204 140 0 2095 931 3026
4 Ciminelli, Ryan 218 253 235 169 191 226 238 222 268 60 0 2080 940 3020
5 Russell, Ronnie 222 266 256 198 183 201 223 223 203 100 0 2075 920 2995
6 Vezis, Daniel 249 215 198 184 211 202 223 269 214 100 0 2065 875 2940
7 Moor, Paul 225 191 202 204 234 209 182 180 268 80 0 1975 884 2859
8 Marrone, Erik 202 154 185 214 240 213 215 243 193 120 0 1979 850 2829
9 Salonen, Petteri 217 214 171 194 167 213 223 190 223 50 0 1862 848 2710
10 Ljung, Peter 178 190 198 197 234 175 164 215 200 60 0 1811 885 2696

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.