New Team All-Events leader at USBC Open

by Bob Johnson 0

After moving into second place in Regular Team at the USBC Open Championships on April 7, Junior Team USA Support 1 of Mansfield, Texas, returned to the National Bowling Stadium lanes on Monday take the Team All-Events lead with a 10,247 total, the 10th-highest in tournament history.

Steve Novak led the way with a 2153 all-events effort, which is currently good for third place in Regular All-Events. He was followed by former Junior Team USA and Team USA member Erik Vermilyea (2097), PBA Tour titlist Anthony LaCaze (2050), Matthew Tuckfield (2046) and former Junior Team USA member Jeffrey Mersch (1901).

Derek Magno of Cicero, N.Y., and Joe Conti Jr. of Liverpool, N.Y., worked their way into a tie for the lead in Regular Doubles with a 1403 total Monday. Chris Greene and Joe Keltner of Wichita, Kan., members of the 2008 Regular Team champions, shot 1403 on March 23.

Magno, a 33-year-old right-hander, led the way with 752, and Conti, a 28-year-old right-hander, added 651.


Chad Kloss of West Allis, Wis.; David Flemming of Fairborn, Ohio, and Chris Snyder of Allegan, Mich., each rolled a 300 game on the tournament lanes last Friday.

It was the first time since June 2011 that three perfectos were recorded in a single day. All three came during team competition, and brought this year’s total to seven.

Kloss, a 36-year-old right-hander, added games of 203 and 228 for a 731 series. Flemming, a 55-year-old right-hander, added 216 and 170 for 686, while Snyder, a 39-year-old right-hander, rolled 209 and 215 for a 724 series.


• Defending Regular Singles champion Henry Teetz III of West Allis, Wis., will not become the first bowler to win back-to-back singles titles after he shot 637 in singles on Saturday. The 41-year-old right-hander added 678 in doubles and 569 in team for an 1884 all-events total.

• Teetz’s performance helped him and Ben Hoefs of Mobile, Ala., into fourth place in Regular Doubles with 1392. Hoefs added 714 to the cause.

• This Saturday, Maynard Johnson of Crystal, Minn., will become the 17th bowler in ABC/Open Championships history to reach 60 tournament appearances. Johnson, 82, has knocked down 97,192 pins at the event for a lifetime average of 185.

• Also on Saturday, Team USA member Shannon O’Keefe of Arlington, Texas, will be shown live on BowlTV starting at 10 p.m. Eastern. Her group also features Bryan O’Keefe, Ron Nelson, Chris Viale and Bill Webb.

• The following day, Dale Diamond of Chatham, Ill., will make his 50th ABC/Open Championships appearance. The 71-year-old has amassed a career pinfall total of 81,740 for a 185 average.


Team Event

1, Lodge Lanes Too (Mitch Jabczenski, John Gaines, Scott Newell, Vernon Peterson, John Janawicz), Orlando, Fla., 3,538. 2, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,521. 3, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,499. 4, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 3,358. 5, Joliet Town and Country Lanes, Joliet, Ill., 3,346. 6, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,328. 7, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 3,326. 8, D & B, Tempe, Ariz., 3,319. 9, National Bowling Stores, Flowery Branch, Ga., 3,288. 10, Rancho Bowl 1, Lompoc, Calif., 3,285.


1 (tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 3, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 4, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 5 (tie), Curtis Rasnic Jr./Curt Rasnic Sr., Fairborn, Ohio, and Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich./Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,366. 7, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga./Stephen Mohn, Norcross, Ga., 1,365. 8, Scott How, Oregon City, Ore./Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 1,351. 9, Derek Hartnell, Wichita, Kan./Scott Hartnell, Kenosha, Wis., 1,341. 10, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill./Rick Coy, Taylorville, Ill., 1,323.


1, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 2, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 3, Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., 769. 4, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 755. 5, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 751. 6, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 748. 7, Kris George, Las Vegas, 745. 8 (tie), David Rutherford, Warner Robins, Ga., and Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 744. 10, Jason Rasinske, Dimondale, Mich., 742.


1, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 2, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 3, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 2,153. 4, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 2,103. 5, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 2,097. 6, Scott How, Oregon City, Ore., 2,090. 7, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 2,070. 8 (tie), Vernon Peterson, Winter Haven, Fla., Richard Thomas, Middleton, Wis., and Andy Mills, Onalaska, Wis., 2,051.

Team All-Events

1, Junior Team USA Support 1(Matthew Tuckfield, Steve Novak, Anthony LaCaze, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Mansfield, Texas, 10,247. 2, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 3, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 4, Brunswick Five Horseman, Racine, Wis., 9,841. 5, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,820. 6, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 9,766. 7, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 9,650. 8, Southern Storm, Ocala, Fla., 9,605. 9, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 9,553. 10, Kingpin Lanes, Central Square, N.Y., 9,521.

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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