PBA League champ takes over 2 top spots in Reno

by Bob Johnson 0

John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., threw 31 strikes in his final set at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno on Sunday to take the lead in Regular Singles and All-Events at the 2013 USBC Open Championships.

The 25-year-old right-hander — a member of the winning WTT New York City KingPins in the inaugural season of the PBA League — finished with games of 279, 269 and 241 for a 789 singles series. He added 777 in team and 662 in doubles for a 2228 all-events total.

Kelly Bonta of Wichita, Kan., previously held the Regular Singles lead with 776, while two-time USBC Open Championships titlist John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., had topped the all-events standings with 2169.

“I had a pretty good look [Saturday] night and knew the pattern would be close, even though it’s a little bit shorter,” said Szczerbinski, who won the 2013 USBC Team USA Trials to earn his third berth on Team USA and a trip to the QubicaAMF World Cup later this year. “I came in with a game plan of making quality shots, and that’s what happened. When you’ve got 10 guys around you who are rooting for you and giving you support, it makes it a lot easier to make those quality shots.”

Three of Szczerbinski’s five Open Championships appearances have come at the NBS, where he has averaged 238.5 for 27 games, including a 299 game and 805 series in singles in 2011.


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, CareerAthletes.com, Wichita, Kan., 3,469. 5, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,439. 6, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,420. 7, Blue Ball Rebellion, Wichita, Kansas, 3,375. 8, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,371. 9, Team NABRankings.com, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,361. 10, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 3,358.


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, Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio/Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., 1,373. 6, Donald Robinson/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,370. 7 (tie), Curtiss Rasnic Jr./Curt Rasnic Sr., Fairborn, Ohio, and Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich./Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,366. 9, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga./Stephen Mohn, Norcross, Ga., 1,365. 10, Michael Harpster, Flinton, Pa./Anthony Sobczak, Altoona, Pa., 1,363.


1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 2, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 3, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 4, Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., 769. 5, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 756. 6, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 755. 7, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 754. 8, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 751. 9 (tie), Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Gordon Kilpatrick, Waterloo, Iowa, 748.


1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,228. 2, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 3, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 4, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 2,153. 5, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,151. 6, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 2,139. 7, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,124. 8, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kansas, 2,110. 9, Bill Webb, Guilford, Conn., 2,107. 10, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 2,103.

Team All-Events

1, Junior Team USA Support 1(Matthew Tuckfield, Steve Novak, Anthony LaCaze, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Mansfield, Texas, 10,247. 2, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 10,204. 3, Backhaul Direct - Lumper, Indianapolis, 10,111. 4, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 5, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 6, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,988. 7, CareerAthletes.com, Wichita, Kan., 9,921. 8, Team NABRankings.com, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,906. 9, Brunswick Five Horseman, Racine, Wis., 9,841. 10, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,820.

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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