Ciminelli Honored as April Bowler of the Month

by Bob Johnson 0

PortlandLumberjacks_Ciminelli.Ryan_2016PBAL(8)Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., has been chosen as the April 2016 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association.

Ciminelli defeated Tommy Jones, 2-0 (255-213, 225-203), in a best-of-three match for the PBA Maine Shootout crown for his his sixth PBA title and fourth in the last two seasons.

Ciminelli began tournament play downing Michael Markin of Tafton, Pa., 2-1 in the Round of 64, then Ronnie Russell of Marion Ind., 2-0 in the Round of 32.
Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado of Houston, were the next opponents in the Round of 16 and Round of 8, losing 2-1 and 2-0, respectively. Veteran Tim Mack gave Ciminelli a tough battle in the third game in the Round of 4, coming up just short in a 2-1 decision, setting up the title match with Jones.

Ciminelli nearly won a second time in April, falling in the title match, 217-210, to E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., at the PBA XtraFrame Storm Open in Carpentersville, Illinois.

In close voting this month, others obtaining consideration were Walter Ray Williams, Jr., winner of the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, E.J. Tackett, Winner of the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open, Rob Gotchall, winner of the Open, and Pete Weber, winner of the PBA50 United HealthCare Sun Bowl In the Villages, presented by Radical.

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.

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