2014 Championship Week of the Budweiser Big 10

It’s finally here – Championship Week!  Who will win tonight and will there be one match or two? This all started in October with qualifying and we are finally at the Championship after 2 weekends of qualifying and 6 weeks of match play!

Today we started the day with the Baker Team Tournament.  If you have never participated or watched this even, you need to go down next year!  12 – 5 man teams, with each team combining together to make up one game.  Bowler 1 bowls the 1st and 6th frame, Bowler 2 the 2nd and 7th, Bowler 3 the 3rd and 8th, Bowler 4 the 4th and 9th, and the 5th bowler has the 5th and all of the 10th frame.  All 12 teams bowl across lanes 1 – 12 bowling one game on each lane.  Top 4 teams are the finals with the #1 seed bowling the #4 and the #2 and #3 seeds facing each other, the winners of those matches bowl in the finals.  Here are the results

Qualifers were

1 Schultz
2 Sanders
3 Creslanes
4 Creslanes Pro Shop

Creslanes Pro Shop defeated Schultz on Lanes 3&4 490 – 485
Creslanes defeated Sanders on Lanes 7&8  489 – 404
Creslanes Pro shop defeated Creslanes on Lanes 5&6   508 – 364

Congratulations to the Creslanes Pro Shop team (Andy Ehrlich, Stephen Habel, Tony Habel, Bob Beyer and Steve Kamentz) took 1st place today in the Creslanes Baker Team Tournament.

And now we move to the Championship match(s).  If Jason wins – the tournament is over, If Heath wins the first match – they bowl again – as it is a double elimination tournament.   So here we go one last time for 2014…

Heath Kohl  vs  Jason Lanser

We start this match on 7-8, Heath starts game 1 with a 7 pin spare, 9 pin spare, strike, misses the 10 pin, 5 bagger, 3-6 spare and 9 for 224.  Jason goes 9 pin spare, strike, 4-9 split for an open covering 1, strikes,  6-10 spare, 5 bagger, 4-6-7 split for an open and gets 2 for 224. We are tied after game one.  Game 2 Lanser goes strike, 4-8 spare, strike, 9 pin spare, 2-4-10 split for an open getting 2, 2-8 spare, 4 pin spare, 2-4-8-10 split for an open getting 3, then switches balls and strikes out for 190.  Heath goes strike, 10 pin miss, 7 pin spare, turkey, 10 pin spare, 10 pin spare, 4 bagger for 226 and a 36 pin lead.   Heath starts game 3 with a 10 pin spare,  Jason goes strike, crashes through the nose for a strike and a double, Kohl carries 2 strikes on his next turn,  Jason goes 9 pin spare, 4-7 spare, Kohl strikes and then covers the 10,  Lanser leaves the 3-4-6-10 split for an open getting 3, the strikes,  Kohl leaves another 10 pin and spares then covers the bucket,  Lanser strikes  and then another solid 9 and spares when he needed to strike to put pressure on Kohl.  Heath doubles on his next turn sealing the win and forcing match 2.  Lanser goes 4-6 split for an open, and spare and 9 for 187, Kohl gets double and 9 in the 10th for 244 and 694, Lanser finishes with 601.  So its on to match 2! Winner takes all!

Heath Kohl   vs  Jason Lanser

We move over to 9-10 for the 2nd match, and after a brief break Kohl starts us of with a big game – turkey, 10 pin spare, 5 bagger, the dreaded 10 pin spare and a strike for 258.  So you would think he would have some sort of lead…. but Lanser goes 2-10 split for an open getting 1, strike, 9 pin spare, then rolls the next 9 strikes for 259 and a 1 pin lead of Heath.  Game 2 Lanser starts by missing the 10 pin, strikes, 7 pin spare, turkey, 10 pin spare, 1-2-6-10 washout and gets 2 for an open, strikes out for 212.  Kohl goes strike, 10 pin spare, strike, big 4, gets 1, double, then gets another strike after a very late trip of the 7 and 10 pins, misses the 10 pin, covers the 10 pin and turkeys for 201.  Lanser has the small lead of 12 pins.  Kohl rolls first and gets a strike, Lanser strikes, then leaves the 10 and spares, Kohl strikes for a double, then leaves the 3-6-9-10  and chops it leaving the 10 for an open, Lanser doubles next turn, Kohl strikes and misses the 10 pin, Lanser goes way wide and leaves the 2 pin and spares, then leaves a solid 9 again for a spare,  Kohl leaves another 10 pin and gets this one then strikes,  Lanser strikes then misses the 10 pin,  Kohl needs a strike and goes wide and leaves the 2 pin and spares, then throws a solid strike, Lanser needs to stay clean to shut Kohl out and he covers another 9 pin and then leaves the dreaded 10 pin in the 10th frame which he picks up – then keeps the ball on the lane for the win!  Kohl finishes out leaving a 10 pin but the match is over – His 170 – 629 is not enough to pull out a second win over Lanser who finished with a 194 game and 665 series.  3 10 pin misses and a chopped spare away from the championship Kohl takes 2nd and had an amazing tournament!

Jason Lanser who bowled great and lost only one match and that was tonight to Kohl is your new 2014 Budweiser Big 10 Champion!  Jason made a big change to the line and the ball he was throwing from Match 1 and it paid off.  Congratulations Jason!  Job well done!

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So I leave you with some photos from the night

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Heath Kohl and Jason Lanser after the match

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Heath Kohl with the Budweiser Girls

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Jenny Kohl with her Check/fees for Coaching her Husband Heath during the Tournament!

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2013 Champion Steve Beck putting the Jacket on this Years Champion – Jason Lanser

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Champion Jason Lanser with the Bud Girls

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Champion Jason Lanser with Tournament Director Steve Kamentz – who is thanking the crowd for Jason Lanser

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Steve Kamentz with the Budweiser Team

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Jason Lanser enjoys some joking around with his friends after the finals

regarding his “no smile” in Photos policy!

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Heath Kohl with his favorite scorekeeper – Cody Beck – who along with Steve and many others did a great job helping me give you details on all the close and best matches!

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Sandy Birch and Steve Kamentz enjoying the end of the Tournament

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Heath Kohl with a gift from his boss’s – a very kewl retro white Budweiser bowling bag with a Budweiser Spare ball.    Looks like that ol’ 10 pin wont cause him any issues next year!

Well that wraps it up for this year, qualifying starts in October of 2015!  Have a safe and Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year.

Stephanie

2014 Week 6 – Losers Bracket Championship

Its hard to believe but we are one week away from Crowning the Budweiser Big 10 Champion!  Who will win out the night and face Jason Lanser next week??  We have 4 matches so will touch on them all.

Dennis Pergande  vs  Heath Kohl

We are on 3&4 for this match,   Pergande starts with a 4 bagger, 4 pin spare, double, 7 pin spare, double and 10 pin spare for 247.  Kohl picks up the 9 pin, 6 bagger, wiffs the 10 pin, turkey and 9 for 256 and a 9 pin lead.  Game 2 Kohl goes double, 10 pin spare, 3-4-6-7 split and gets 3 for an open, turkey, 2-4-8 spare, strike, 7 pin spare and strike for 211 and 467 after 2.  Pergande goes 7 pin spare, 5 bagger, 8 pin spare, 7 pin spare, 2-7 split and gets 1 for an open, double and 9 to toss a 234 game and have 481 for 2 games and a 14 pin lead.  Last game Pergande goes 7 pin spare, Kohl covers the 10 pin and strikes, Pergande strikes and then leaves a 7 pin and covers it, Kohl tacks on 2 more strikes, Pergande covers the 3 pin, then the 6 pin, Kohl adds 2 more strikes and takes the lead, Pergande strikes in the 6th then leaves another 7 pin and spares, Kohl adds one more strike for a 6 bagger, then leaves the 3-4-6-7-10 split and gets 2 for an open.  Pergande strikes on his next shot, but leaves a 6 pin when he really needed a strike and spares, Kohl finishes the match off by striking out in the 9th and 10th for 249 and 716.  With the match over – Pergande misses the spare in the 10th and shoots 184 – 665.  Pergande had a great tournament and was rocking the pins the first 2 games but his carry just went away.  He finishes in a tie for 5th/6th with the loser of the next match.  Kohl faces the winner of the next match, so here we go….

Colton Hedrick   vs  Steve Breitbach Jr

This match is on 9&10 Winner will face Heath Kohl at 7 pm.  Hedrick starts with  a 5 bagger, 4-8 spare, 8 pin spare, 5 bagger for 267.  Breitbach leaves the 1-3-4 and spares then throws a 6 bagger, 2-4 spare, 7 pin spare, 6 pin spare and strike for 246.    Down 21, Breitbach starts with 4 bagger in game 2, 4-7-8 spare,  big 4 split and gets 3 for an open, double, 10 pin spare, strike and leaves the 7 and misses it for 219 and 465 after 2.  Hedrick goes strike, back to back 4 pin spares, strike, covers the bucket, then strings the last 7 strikes for 249 and 516 after 2 and a 50 pin lead over Breitbach.  Hedrick starts the last game with a strike, Breitbach doubles, Hedrick covers the 10 pin in back to back frames, Breitbach tacks on 2 more strikes, Hedrick strikes then misses a 10 pin, Breitbach strikes for a 5 bagger, and just when he can take the lead he leaves the 7 pin and misses it, Hedrick leaves the 2 and spares then strikes, Breitbach down 10 now leaves a 10 pin and misses it then leaves the 2-4-6-7 split and spares, Hedrick trips the 2 forward for a strike, then strikes again solidly, Breitbach leaves the 2-9 and spares and the match is over, he finishes by covering the 7 and getting 9 more for 212/677.  Hedrick gets 2 more strike for a 5 bagger and 9 to roll a 226/742 and wins the right to face Heath Kohl.  Breitbach Jr has another great tournament, finishing 2nd last year to Steve Beck, he finishes this year tied for 5th/6th – great bowling!

Colton Hedrick  vs  Heath Kohl

The winner of this match will face Kyle Wiest for the championship of the Losers Bracket.  This match takes place on 5&6.  Hedrick starts us off with a 5-7 split and gets 1, then doubles, covers the 7 pin, throws 2 solid strikes then goes High/brooklyn and a sweeper takes out the 6-10 for another strike, 4-8 and gets 1, strike, 10 pin spare and 7 for 201.  Kohl starts off missing the 10 pin, 9 strikes, with the last one a brooklyn, then leaves the 10 pin and spares for 268 and 67 pin lead.  Kohl starts game 2 with an 8 bagger, 10 pin spare, then opens the 10th when he leaves the 7-10 split and gets none for 255 and 523 after 2.  Hedrick goes 7 pin spare, 10 pin spare, 8-10 split for an open getting one, 3-6-10 spare, 8 pin spare and almost left the 10 on that one too, strike, 2 pin spare, 4 bagger and 9 for 214 and 415 after 2.  Down 108 pin Hedrick starts with a strike, Kohl needing just 193 to shut Hedrick out  and starts with a double, Hedrick leaves the 4-6-9 split and gets 2, and then covers the 4-7, Kohls magic number dropped to 15, he covers the 10 pin and strikes and he is half way to victory, Hedrick strikes then leaves the 10 pin and spares, Kohl leaves the 2-10 split and gets none and strikes, Hedrick fails to strike in the 6th leaving a 4 and spares and the match is over, he finishes out with a double, pair of spare and a strike for 194 and 609.   Kohl doubles and covers the 7 pin and gets 9 and his 189 along with the prior 2 games knocks Hedrick out of the tournament, He finishes in 4th place and had a great tournament.   Kohl rolls another 700 count – 712 to win the chance at the Losers Bracket Championship

Heath Kohl   vs  Kyle Wiest

Kohl starts with a turkey,10 pin miss, double, 10 pin spare, double, 10 pin spare, strike for 225.  Wiest goes 5 bagger, 4-6-7 split and gets two for an open, strike, misses the 4 pin doubles and leaves the big 4 getting 2 for 217.  Down 8 pins Wiest goes 3-9 spare, doubles, 10 pin spare, 2-10 split for an open, strike, 9 pin spare, 5 pin spare, strike, brooklyn on the first shot in the 10th, then strikes out for 215 and 432 after 2.  Kohl starts with the first 7 strikes, 3-6-10 spare, double and 3-6-10 spare for 264 and 489 after two.  Kohl has a 67 pin lead and starts game 3 with a strike, Wiest doubles, Kohl strikes and then covers the 10 pin, Wiest goes high leaving the 3-6-10 and spares then strikes,  Kohl covers another 10 pin then strikes, Wiest trips out the 6-10 late on a high strike for a double then leaves a shooshing 7 pin and spares, Kohl takes on 2 more strikes, Wiest doubles, and when Kohl doubles is pretty much his, Wiest leaves the 1-2-10 washout and its over.  He finishes with a 207 and 639 and his best finish in the Budweiser Big 10 – 3rd place  – great job Kyle! Kohl finishes out with a 257 and 746 and averages 241 for the night to take down the field and wins the right to face Jason Lanser for the championship of the Budweiser Big 10.  He must defeat him twice to be the champion!

Good luck to both bowlers next week!  It looks to be a great finale and we will crown a champion who has never won the tournament before!

Reminder the Baker Team Tournament starts Saturday afternoon at 1:30 – if you have never watched this event before come down – it is a great team event as 5 bowlers combine to bowl a game, and each team will bowl 12 games – across lanes 1-12.  Then Match Play finals where 1st qualifier bowls 4th, and 2nd bowls 3rd,  winners to bowl for the championship.  And as always Budweiser will have some fun activities for all.  Some come on out for the finals!

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2014 Week 5 Greatest Matches – Championship Bracket Winner Determined

We are on the downhill side of the tournament, everyone in cashes and we determine the Winners bracket champion tonight!  Next week we will have the Losers bracket champion.  Tonight we start with 12 bowlers and whittle it down to 6.  So lets see who survives and who is our Winners Bracket Champion…..

Jason Lanser  vs  Heath Kohl

A winners bracket match on 3-4 at 7 pm.  Lanser Throws a 6 bagger the first game and leaves the Greek Church in the 10th for 235, then rolls a double, and 2 turkeys – missing a 10 pin for a 236 for the first 2 games, Kohl has a 6 bagger the first game also – stays clean and finishes with a 245.  2nd game he covers the 2-4-10 split to start the game, misses the 1-2-4 in the 7th and then turkeys for 207.   Down 193 splits the last game for Kohl – 2 of them for opens and he cant catch Lanser who opens the last game with a 4 bagger, covers the 8 pin and strikes through the 11th for a 278 game.  Kohl ended his game with a 5 bagger but it was too little he loses his match to Lanser 665- 749.  Lanser will face the winner of the next match – Kohl will bowl next week at 7 pm.

Kyle Wiest  vs  Steve Breitback Jr

Wiest starts game one with a 7 bagger, leaves a 10 pin covers it, strikes, picks up the 6 and gets 7 for 256, Breitbach opens the first leaving the 2-4 and getting one, then turkeys, covers the 6 pin, strike, 6 pin spare, strike, 4-7-10 split for an open getting 2, strikes in the 10th then leaves the 3-7 and gets one for 195, down 61 Breitbach throws the first 9 strikes, going a little high in the 10th and leaves the 6 pin and spares then strikes for 279.  Wiest starts with the first 4 strikes, covers the 2 pin, rolls 2 strikes, then trips the 4-9 out for another strike, tacks on 2 more solid strikes and an 8 pin spare for 268.  And as Steve said, that was a lot of strikes to gain just 11 pins!  Game 3 Wiest starts with a strike, Breitbach doubles, Wiest comes in light and leaves the 2-8 and sparesthen strikes, Breitbach tacks on one more strike for a turkey then leaves the 6-8 split for an open when he covers 1.  Wiest strikes for a double, picks up the unusual 2-5-7-8 split, Breitbach strikes, then covers the 6 pin, Wiest opens the 6th leaving the 2-8 and misses both, then strikes, Breitbach leaves an 8 pin and spares then strikes and he has chipped away a little at Wiest’s lead, Wiest leaves an 8-10 split and gets 1 for an open and suddenly his lead is down to 25,  he covers the 10 pin in the 9th and now Breitbach can take the advantage with a strike, he comes in light and leaves the 3 pin and spares, then strikes out for 215 and 689.  Wiest needs 8 and 1 or 9 miss to win his match, and he rolls a strike, then strikes again and gets 7 and survives the last game to win his match 711 – 689.  Wiest will face Lanser next shift for the Winners Bracket Championship match.  Breitbach will also bowl at 7 pm next week and must win twice to be the Losers bracket champion.

Colton Hedrick  vs  Dan Moore

Hedrick starts game 1 on 7-8 at 7 pm with a 4 pin spare, strike, covers the bucket, turkey, crosses over and leaves the 6 pin and spares, strike, another 6 pin spare, 2-4-8 spare and strike for 216.  Moore starts with the first 6 strikes – getting a nice trip 6 in the 2nd frame, leaves the 7 in the 7th and spares, strike, 7 pin spare, 6 pin spare and another 7 pin for 247.  Up 31 Moore starts with a strike, goes high and leaves the 4 pin and spares, 7 pin spare, 6 pin spare, Kicks the 7 out late for a strike, adds another for a double, 7 pin spare and strikes out for 237 and 484 after 2.  Hedrick goes strike, 10 pin spare, 5 bagger, leaves the 10 and spares, strike, 10 pin spare and strike for 239 and 455 after 2.   Down 29 Hedrick starts game 3 witha 3-6 spare, Moore doubles, Hedrick leaves a 10 pin and spares, then covers the 9 pin, Moore leaves the 7 pin and spares then picks up the 1-3-6-9, Hedrick doubles, then Moore doubles, Hedrick leaves a 4 pin and spares then get a light shaker for a strike, Moore leaves a 7 pin and spares, then goes high and leaves the 4-6 split and gets 1, Hedrick jumps on the mistake and adds two more strikes,  Moore leaves another 7 pin and spares then does the same in the 10th and strikes for 200 and 684.  Hedrick needs the first 2 strikes and gets them, then a few pins for count (he gets a strike) and he wins the match with a 247 game – throwing the 8 of the last 9 balls for strikes and a 692 series nipping Moore by 8.  Moore is out of the tournament.  Hedrick must win his next match to continue on!  Great come-from-behind win by Colton!

Chris Clancy  vs  Chris Schultz

Clancy starts out this match on 1 & 2 at 7 pm with a 4 pin spare, strike, 3-6-10 spare, 2-4 spare and a 7 bagger and leaves the 10 pin for a 257 start, Schultz struggles the whole first game, covers the 10 in the first, picks up a wash out, leaves the bucket and gets 2 for an open, 10 pin spare 3 frames in a row, 6-9-10 spare, 4 pin spare, 10 pin spare, 4 pin spare and finally strikes in the fill ball in the 11th for 172 and down 85 pins.  Game two Schultz goes double, 3 pin spare, 5 bagger 9 pin spare, turkey for 258 and 430 after 2.  Clancy goes big 4 to start game 2 and gets two, 10 pin spare, double, 10 pin spare, covers another single pin, turkey, 2-8 spare and strike for 214 and 471 after two.  Up 41 Clancy strikes to start the 3rd game, Schults rolls a pair of strikes, Clancy strikes and then covers the 2 pin, Schultz tacks on 2 more strikes, Clancy strikes then covers the 10 pin, Schultz throws 2 more strikes and we are tied!  Clancy strikes on his next turn and then leaves the 10 pin and misses it, Schultz rolls two more strikes for the first 8 in a row and has the lead in the match, Clancy leaves another 10 pin and spares this time, then strikes, Schultz strikes in the 9th and then strikes out in the 10th for a 300 game and the win!  He shoots 730 and rolls 22 strikes in his last two games when he couldn’t strike the first game.  Clancy finishes out with a double and 9 for 216 and 687 and is bumped from the tournament.  Clancy who had a great tournament taking out several past champions last week is one of 4 bowlers placing in 9th – 12th.

Those bowlers are –  Dan Moore, Chris Clancy, Brian Breen, Logan Klinge – congratulations bowlers on a very nice tournament!

Doug Dammann  vs  Dennis Pergande

We move to 8 pm on lanes 7-8 – a losers bracket match Dammann starts out with a pair of light mixers for strikes, throws a solid one for a turkey, then is light again with the 2-8 spare, shakes the rack again for a strike, almost carries a wiggling 10 pin – but then misses it for an open frame, covers the 10 next frame, almost leaves the 2-8-10 but the 8 and 10 are tripped out for an easy 2 pin spare, comes light again for another 2 pin spare and strike for 203.  Pergande a lefty starts with 5 strikes, covers the 7 pin, trips the 8 for a strike, then goes through the nose for a 4-6-10 split and gets 2, strikes in the 9th and then goes light and leaves a 7 pin and spare then leaves the 6 for 226 and a 23 pin lead.  2nd game Pergande leaves the bucket and gets 3 for an open, then a 7 bagger, 9 pin spare, 2-4-7 and spares and strikes for 245 and 471 after 2.  Dammann starts hitting the pocket more solidly and is rewarded with the first 9 strikes in a row, comes up light in the 10th and leaves the 2 pin and spares then strikes for 279 and 482 after 2 and an 11 pin lead.  Game 3, Dammann starts with a 2 pin spare, Pergande doubles, Dammann covers the 4 and strkes, Pergande tacks on 2 more strikes for a 4 bagger , Dammann adds 2 more strikes on his next turn, Pergande leave a 10 pin and spares, then carries a light mixer, Dammann goes 7 pin spare and strike and when Pergande strikes in the 7th he takes the lead, he adds another in the 8th,  Dammann leaves a light 8 pin and spares then strikes, Pergande strikes in the 9th and when he spares the 10th the come-from-behind win is his, his fill shot was a strike and he rolls a 256 – 727.  Dammann doubles in the 10th and gets 9 but its not enough – his 237 – 719 is not enough to keep him in the tournament, High Qualifier Pergande out strikes him the last game and will face Heath Kohl next week – he must win 3 times to make the finals.  Dammann bowls well but is out and finishes in  7th  – 8th place

The two bowlers who did not survive the second shift are Doug Dammann and Chris Schultz.

Championship match

Kyle Wiest   vs  Jason Lanser

The match on 5-6 will determine the Winners Bracket Championship and will also give the winner the week off next week! Wiest starts with a strike, then covers back to back buckets, changes balls and goes brooklyn for a pair of strikes, then leaves the 4-6-7 split and gets 2, solid strike in the pocket, 7-10 split for an open, turkeys with the first in the 10th being another brooklyn and he gets 198.  Lanser goes turkey, 4-7-9 split for an open, 6 bagger then 2-8-10 for an open but his 251 gives him a 53 pin lead.  2nd game both bowlers struggle to carry.  Lanser leaves the 2-8-10 split again for an open in the 3rd, covers 3  – 10 pins, a 4 pin and a 9 pin  with two doubles he gets a 203 which is great news for Wiest but he struggles too, 3 open frames, misses the 2-4-5, 2-8-10 split and a 10 pin, 2 single strikes and a turkey in the 8th – 10th nets him 182 and now 74.  Both bowlers strike out of the gate – Wiest turkeys, Lanser doubles, Wiest leaves the 10 pin and misses it, then strike, 4 pin spare, strike 10 pin spare, Lanser goes 4 pin spare, double, 2 pin spare but even when he leaves the 8-10 split in the 7th the match is over, Wiest finishes with his best game a 216, while Lanser strikes in the 9, 10 and 11 to seal the win 222- 676 over Wiest’s 216 – 596.  Wiest is still alive and will bowl the survivor of the 6 and 7 pm shifts to have another crack at Lanser.

Jason Lanser is the 2014 Winners Bracket Champion of the Budweiser Big 10 Tournament!  Congratulations Jason!  Great Bowling!

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Next week at 6-7-8 PM – 5 bowlers vi for the Championship of the Losers bracket

First up are:

Colton Hedrick vs Steve Breitbach Jr
Dennis Pergande vs Heath Kohl

Then the winners of those matches face off with the winner of that match facing Kyle Wiest for the Championship of the losers bracket!  Good luck to all and see you at the lanes to see who will win out and get the chance to bowl Jason Lanser in the finals of the Budqweiser Big 10 Tournament!

Stephanie

2014 Week 4 – Hell Week – Greatest Matches

Welcome to Hell Week!  If you can survive the night – you cash in the tournament.   By the end of the night there will be 12 bowlers left from a field of 64 bowlers.   There were a lot of exciting matches tonight, 2 were decided by less than 10 pins, 6 come from behind wins.  So here we go….

Keith McDermott  vs  Kevin Birch

This is a Losers bracket match, winner bowls on, loser is out of the tournament.  Lanes 1&2.  McDermott starts with a turkey, 10 pin miss, turkey4 pin spare, double, 6-10 split for an open and a 233 start.  Birch had a horrible start, going 3-10 split and covers none, 1-2 and takes one for another open, then leaves a wash out getting only 3 for a third open, 3-4-6 split and takes 2 for a 4th open, and just 35 in the 4th.  He then gets it together – striking the next 6 shots, finishing with another big split 4-6-10 and gets 1 for a 200 game.  Game 2 Birch goes strike, 10 pin spare, strike, 4 pin spare, turkey, 9 pin spare, 10 pin spare, turkey for 228.  McDermott goes high and leaves the 3-6-9-10 and spares, 4 bagger, 9 pin spare, 4 bagger, 8 pin and spares for 258 and 491 after 2 vs Birch’s 428…..  McDermott starts with a strike in game 3, Birch down 63 starts with a double, McDermott leaves the 3-4-6-7-10 split and spares it, then strikes, Birch gets 2 more strikes, McDermott leaves the 1-6-10 and gets 2 for an open, then the 7-10 split for an open, Birch strikes for a 5 bagger then covers the 2 pin,  McDermott doubles in the 6th and 7th, Birch misses a 10 pin, then picks up the 10 in the 8th, McDermott with the lead – leaves a 4 pin and covers it, then the 7 pin and spares, Birch strikes in the 9th, if he strikes out in the 10th he forces McDermott to spare and then get 10 for a tie, strike and spare of the win.  Birch Carries the first strike, McDermott leaves the 6 pin and spares, Birch strikes again, if both bowlers strike its a tie and we have a roll off, Birch strikes, McDermott goes high and leaves the 3-6-9-10 and Birch gets the come from behind win – down 63 pin and wins by 4, 675 – 671.  McDermott exits the tournament just shy of cashing, Birch who won back to back exciting wins (last week vs Beck 751-749) will bowl round two at 7 pm.

Chris Schultz  vs   Heath Kohl

Lets stay on the same pair, same shift, This time a championship match.  Schultz starts us out by picking up the 4 pin, strike, 5 pin spare, double, misses the 10 pin, strike, 9 pin spare, 2 pin spare, turkey for 206.  Kohl 4 pin spare, strike, 3-7-9-10 split and gets 2, turkey, 10 pin spare, strike, 2-8 spare, turkey  for a 215 game.  Kohl starts game 2 with a strike, back to back 10 pin spares, double, 10 pin spare, turkey and then opens the 10th when he leaves the 4-7-10 split and gets 2 for 213.  Schultz covers the 3-6, 7 count spare, 3-6 spare again, 7 bagger, 2-10 split and converts for 253 and 459 after 2, Up 31 pin over Kohl who has 428 after 2, Schultz misses the 10 pin to start game 3, Kohl picks up the 10 and strikes, Schultz covers the 2 and strikes, Kohl covers the 7 pin and strikes, Schultz Strikes in the 4th and the picks up the 7 pin, Kohl covers another 10 pin and strikes, Schultz leaves the 4 pin and spares then strikes, when Kohl tacks on 2 more strikes in the 7th and 8th the match is under 20 pins with Schultz hanging on to the lead.  Schultz goes high and leaves the 6-9 and gets just one pin, Kohl strikes in the 9th and takes the lead, Schultz covers the 4 pin the 9th, both bowlers leave the 10 pin the 10th and the match is over  Kohl covers his and strikes for 229 / 657 and Schultz misses his for 173 and 632.  Kohl remains in the Championship bracket, Schultz will have to wait out the rest of the nights matches tonight and watch one match next week to see who his opponent will be….  Nice come from behind win for Kohl – who makes the top 4 and will bowl next week for the championship of the winners bracket.

Ken Kauffmann  vs   Terry Cottrell

The last 6 pm match we will review tonight – its on 7-8.  Kauffmann starts with a strike then misses the 10 pin, then picks up the 6 pin, leaves the 3-4-6-7-1-0 split and gets 2, then turkeys, 10 pin spare, 8 pin spare, turkey for 198.  Cottrell starts with a light mixer for a strike, Big 4 split and gets 2 for an open, 4 pin spare, strike, 2-4-8-10 split and gets 3 for another open, double, 10 pin spare, double, 2 pin spare for 192.  Cottrell starts game 2 with a strike, 10 pin spare, 7 bagger tripping out the 4-9 in the middle of that string, 10 pin spare, strike for 259.  Kauffmann goes turkey, 6 pin miss, 2 pin spare, double, goes high and trips the 4 from behind for a strike, then adds one one more for a 4 bagger, 9 pin spare and strike for 236.  Kauffmann has 434 after 2 – Cottrell 451.  Game 3 Kauffmann misses the 10 in the first, Cottrell doubles, Kauffmann gets a double, Cottrell leaves a 9 pin and spares then strikes, Kauffmann leaves a split and gets 2 for an open, then strikes, Cottrell goes high and leaves the 6 pin and spares then trips the 4 for a strike, Kauffmann tacks on 2 more strikes, Cottrell trips a 9 for a double, then leaves a 10 pin and spares, Kauffmann adds 2 more strikes,  Cottrell carries a light strike in the 9th,  Kauffmann strikes the first ball in the 10th, Cottrell leaves the Greek Church split and the match is over, Kauffmann finishes out with 2 more strikes ending the match with a string of 8 strikes.  He wins 244/678 to Cottrell’s 206/651.   Cottrell is out of the tournament, Kauffman moves on to round two with his nice come from behind win.

Jim Leach  vs  Brian White

So who survives the match between teammates and friends, both former champions find themselves in win or go home situation.  Its now 7pm  and we are on 3-4.  Leach starts out with a Brooklyn but then throws 6 more strikes in the pocket, going high in the 8th leaving the 4-10  and getting none, strikes, 6-10 spare and a strike for 244.  White starts with a 5 bagger, leaves the 6 pin and spares,  then high again with the big 4 and gets 2 for an open, 5 strikes to finish for 253.  White starts game 2 with a 9 pin lead  –  opens the first two frames – 4-6-7 split and gets 2 then a 3-10 split and gets one, turkey, 3 pin spare, 4 bagger, 8 pin spare for 226.  Leach takes the lead with a string of 8 strikes, going high in the 9th with the 6-10 spare then strikes out for 278 and 522 after 2 – White has 479.  43 pins in the lead and Leach starts with the big 4 split and gets 2, White doubles and just like that the lead is down to 20 pins, Leach doubles, White leaves a solid 9 and spares then leaves the 10 and spares, Leach strikes again and regains his original lead,  then leaves the 7 pin and spares, White doubles, and when Leach leaves the 4-7 and spares, then a 2 pin spare, White gets back a dozen pins, he leaves the 6-10 and spares, then an 8 pin and spares, Leach opens the door leaving the 6-7-10 split and gets none, then strikes.  White leaves another 10 pin and spares in the 9th, then he leaves a 7 pin in the 10th, Leach leaves the 4-10 split and gets one, White spares and gets 7 and can’t quite muster up the come-from-behind win Leach hangs on 698 – 689, Former Champ White is knocked out of the tournament and Leach will bowl again at 8.  This was a great back and forth match which was never really decided til the very end.

Colton Hedrick vs  Dan Olberding

Another 7 pm match, lanes 5-6 Hedrick takes on 2 time former Champion Dan Olberding.  Hedrick  goes strike, 3-6 spare, trips the 10 for a strike, adds another for a double, 10 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, strike, 4 pin spare, strike, and ends the game on a 7-10 split for 207.  Olberding goes turkey, 10 pin spare, strike, 3-6-9-10 and gets 2 for an open, turkey, 3 pin spare and 6 for 220.  2nd game Olberding goes double, 2-8 spare, 4 pin spare, trips the 4 for a strike, 10 pin spare, 6 strikes to finish the game with 247.  Hedrick goes 4 bagger, 1-3-6 spare, strike, 6 pin spare, double, 6 pin spare and 9 for 235.  Hedrick has 442 after 2, Olberding has 667.  Hedrick starts with a strike, Olberding doubles, Hedrick goes 4 pin spare and strike, Olberding leaves the 4-6-7 split and gets 2, then strikes, Hedrick tacks on 2 more strikes for a turkey, Olberding goes high and leaves the 3-6-10 and spares, then leaves the bucket and spares, Hedrick leaves the 10 and covers it, then strikes, Olberding leaves the 7 pin and spares then strikes, Hedrick strikes in the 8th and 9th and now has control of the match, Olberding strikes in the 9th and gets the first one in the 10th, Hedrick matches, and then seals the match with a strike in the 11th, Olberding strikes in the 11th and gets 7 but its too late as Hedrick finishes with a strike and a 259/701 win over Olberding 218/685.  Hedrick threw 10 strikes the last game to win the match and knock Olberding out of the tournament.  Hedrick has another match at 8 to survive to get a check.

Doug Dammann vs Ryan Kase

We move to 8 pm on 9-10, win you cash lose you are out.  Dammann starts with a 7 pin spare, turkey, 10 pin spare, 2-8 spare, trips the 2-8 for a strike, 4 pin spare, 10 pin spare, strike and 10 pin spare for 216. Kase starts with a 2-8-10 spare, strike, 2-10 split and makes it, 3-4-6-7-9-10 split and covers it, strike, 10 pin spare, 6 pin spare, and then a 5 bagger to end the game with 212.  Game 2 he goes 9 pin spare, 3-6-7-10 split and gets 3, the big 4 split and gets 2 for another open, double, a pair of 10 pin spares, 9 pin spare, trips the 9 for a strike, adds on 2 more and 8 to finish with 198 and 410 after 2.  Dammann leaves the 2-7 split and gets 1, double, 9 pin spare, 2 pin spare, strike, 3-6-7-10 split and gets 3, 2 pin spare, 6-10 spare, then opens the 10th when he leaves the 2-8-10 split and gets 2 for a 169 game and 385 after 2.  Game 3 down 25 pins, both bowlers start with the first 4 strikes, Dammann strikes in the 5th while Kase leaves a 10 pin and misses it, then Kase leaves the 6-10 and gets one for a second open, Dammann strikes 3 more times for a 8 bagger, Kase doubles in the 7th and 8th but the control of the match swung to Dammann when he kept striking and Kase failed to convert his spares, Dammann leaves a 7 pin in the 9th and covers it, Kase leaves a 2 pin and spares, both double in the 10th but the match is over – Dammann rolls 10 strikes for a 277 game and a 662 series and knocks Kase out of the tournament with his 224/634.  Too many splits and missed spares for Kase cost him the match, Dammann despite a 3 split 2nd game – figures out the lanes and comes from behind to win.  Dammann makes the final 12, Kase comes up short.

Jim Leach vs Dennis Pergande

Former Champ Leach is trying to make it into the winners circle one more time – but has to get by a tough lefty – Dennis Pergande.  8 pm match on 7-8 Leach goes strike, solid 8 and spares, strike, 2-8-10 split and gets 2, trips the 4 for a strike adds 5 more strikes and then a 4 pin spare for 237.  Pergande starts with a 6 bagger, 7 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, 10 pin spare and leaves a 4 pin for 247 and a 1o pin lead.  Game 2 – Pergande starts with the first 7 strikes, tripping a 6 and ending on a light shaker, then leaves a 6 pin and spares, strike, solid 9 and a spare, then leaves the 10 pin for a 258 and 505 after 2, Leach matches Pergandes string starting with the first 7 strikes, getting a nice light strike in the 6th to keep the string going.  Goes high in the 8th for a 3-6-10 spare, turkey and 9 for a nice 276 game and 513 after 2 and a slim 8 pin lead.  Game 3 Leach strikes to start the match, Pergande covers the 10 pin and strikes, Leach almost leaves the 4-9 split on a high pocket shot but trips out both for a strike, then leaves the 4 pin and spares, Pergande adds 2 more strikes for  a turkey, Leach rolls another light strike getting a late tap out of the 7 pin then rolls a sold strike for a double, Pergande leaves the 7 pin and misses it then strikes, Leach has padded his lead by 10, sticks a 10 pin in the 6th and spares then leaves another one and misses it, Pergande trips out the 8 pin for a strike and adds on another solid strike for a turkey and suddenly the lead is his, Leach leaves another single pin – the 7 and spares then covers a 10 pin, Pergande leaves back to back 7s and spares, Leach leaves a single pin in the 10th and misses it but the match was over his 706 is not enough to continue on, Pergande 2 turkeys the last game nets him 224/729 and gives him a 23 pin win over former champ Leach.  Pergande survives Hell Week and will need to win 2 more times next week to stay in.

Honorable mentions and notable scores  – Colton Hedrick was the only bowler that was able to win a match and not shoot at least 600 – his 598 nips Ken Kauffmann’s 581, at 8 pm to get him to the final 12, Kauffmann had the big series of the night the shift before with 779 but couldn’t keep it going to stay in the tournament.  Jim Leach and Rick Jacobs both roll 700’s but lose Leach 706 vs Pergande’s 729 and Jacob’s 703 vs Ryan Kase are both out of the tournament.  Then Bowler of the night honors has to go to Chris Clancy who was a giant killer tonight, surviving 3 matches in the losers bracket, First up Bob Hochrein who pitches a 279 out of the gate, but Clancy rolls 25 strikes in the match and has one open frame in the 3rd game a split, he strikes in the 8, 9 and 10th frames to clinch the win over former champ Hochrein.  Clancy 736 – Hochrein 687.  Round 2 Clancy takes on former champ Tom Kramer who has a rough start with a 167 game, but narrowly misses a 300 game leaving 2 solid 8 pins, Kramer starts game 3 with a 4 bagger and then leaves the Greek Church for an open, Clancy never gave Kramer an opening, he was clean through all 3 games, starting with 240 and 238, then covered 5 ten pins the last game with an impressive 4 makes in a row, he finally carries the 10 and strikes out for 225 and a 703 win over Kramer’s 634.  Then Kramer takes on Benji Meyer who has been hot all tournament, but Meyer didn’t have it tonight and Clancy cruises for the win 675 – 544.

And there you have it, no past champion survived the night, Hochrein, Leach, Kramer, Olberding and White are all gone.  So your new Budweiser Big 10 Champion will not be a repeat.  Winners bracket results

Kyle Wiest  670 vs Brian Breen  643
Steve Breitbach Jr.  718 vs Logan Klinge  653
Dan Moore  648 vs Jason Lanser  714
Chris Schultz  632 vs Heath Kohl  657

So Wiest, Breitbach Jr, Jason Lanser, and Kohl will bowl for the winners bracket championship next week.  Breen, Klinge, Moore, Schultz, Hedrick, Clancy, Dammann and Pergande make up the rest of the field.  Good Luck to all – one of you will be the next Budweiser Big 10 Champion!

Have a great and safe Holiday week!

Stephanie

 

2014 Week 3 Greatest Matches

Winter came early and on a snowy night Week 3 is in the books.  With 4 weeks to go in the tournament half the field has been eliminated.  After week 4 – which we call Hell Week….  if you survive you cash!  Already the guys in the winners bracket tonight are guaranteed to cash.

I am going to quick review 4 come from behind wins and then go in depth on 4 more of the greatest matches of the night.

Honorable mentions for Come from Behind Wins:

Bob Hochrein vs Tyler Kohl.  Hochrein had 360 after two and Kohl had 381.  Hochrein started the last game with the first 7 strikes in a row,  split for an open in the 7th by Kohl and the match was over – Hochrein shoots 268 for 628 and hangs on in the Losers bracket with a nice come from behind win.  Kohl who finished with 189 and 520 is out of the tournament.

Jay Lanser vs Josh Einsweiler.  After two games Lanser had 373 vs Einsweiler’s 390.  The last game Lanser started with a turkey, 3 spares and finished with the last 6 strikes for 251.  Einsweiler never doubled until the 10th frame, 2 splits for opens and finishes with 179 / 569 and is eliminated.  Lanser finds it the last game for the come from behind win and must win 3 next week to cash in the tournament.

Bob Meisenburg vs Joe Ryan – First game Bob rolls 267 – and Joe shoots 147 – down 120 after one, Joe chips away at Bobs lead….  Game 2 Meisenburg has 5 open frames for 156/ 423.  Ryan stays clean and rolls a 5 bagger and a double for 244 / 391.  Down 32 but with a better shot Ryan starts with a 5 bagger and ends with a 5 bagger for 277.  Meisenburg has a couple more opens and turkey for 191 /614 and loses to Ryan’s 668 and huge come turnaround, down 120 he wins by 54.  Meisenburg exits the tournament early.  Ryan never gives up and gets to stick around for Hell week!

Brian Breen vs Tom Kramer – Breen starts 187 – 243 for 430 after 2, Kramer goes 249 – 180 for 429 – 1 pin separates this winners bracket match.  Breen starts with 5 spares, Kramer opens twice in the first 3 frames, then doubles, Breen doubles and then goes spare, strike, spare, strike for a 204 finish, Kramer goes spare, 4-10 split for an open, spare and misses the 6 pin for 171 and 600 getting bumped to the losers bracket, where he will bowl the winner of a 6 pm match.  Breen will face the winner of Wiest /Gross next week as his 634 is enough to gaurantee him a check.

 

Stephen Habel vs Greg Klauer

This is a 7 pm match on 9-10 – winner of this match will need to win 3 more matches next week to cash, loser goes home.  Habel starts off this match with 5 pin spare, 6-10 split and gets none for an open, 4 pin spare, Brooklyn and pocket strike for a double, 6-10 spare, washout and gets 3, strike, 9 pin spare, single pin spare and 8 for 176.  Klauer goes double, 10 pin miss, 9 pin spare, double, 2-4-8-10 split for an open getting 3, strike, 5 count washout and 4 for an open, double and 7 for 186 and a 10 pin lead.  2nd game Klauer leaves another washout and gets 2, strikes, 4-6-10 split for an open getting 2, 8 pin spare, Brooklyn, 4-10 split and gets none, turkey, 3-6-10 spare and strike for 179 and 365.  Habel goes double, 6-7-10 split and 2 for an open, 10 pin spare x 3, double, 3-6-10 spare, strike and a spare for 200 and 376.  Up 11 pins Hable starts us with a 9 pin spare, Klauer doubles and the match is even, Habel trips the 4 for a strike then covers the 2-5, Klauer throws 2 more strikes, Habel gets a Brooklyn, then a 7 pin spare, Klauer gets one more strike for a 5 bagger, then covers the 2-4.  Habel doesn’t cover the 2-8  getting only 1,  then strikes.  Match seemingly in hand – Klauer misses the 10 pin in the 7 th then strikes, Habel tacks on 2 more strikes, Klauer strikes in the 9th and Habel matches and then gets the first one in the 10th, Klauer strikes in the 10th and shuts Habel out when he gets 9 and spares for 245 and 610.  Hable strikes out f or 227 finishing with the last 6 strikes comes up just short with 603 and loses. Habel gets edged out of the tournament by Klauer who recovers from the missed 10 pin to hang on and win by 7, he also will need to win 3 times next week to cash!

Tim Gottschalk vs Craig Liddle

7 PM match on 11-12 this is another win you move on lose you go home match.  Gottschalk starts with picking up a washout, strikes, 3-10 split for a spare, strike, brooklyn, 5-9 spare, 10 pin spare, double, 6-10 spare and 9 for 214.  Liddle goes strike, 2 pin spare, 2-7 split for a spare, misses the 6-10 completely, 10 pin spare, trips the 2-8 for a strike, strikes again, 6 pin spare, 2-4-8 spare and then misses the 2-4-8 for 176.  Liddle does a little better the second game, going 2-5 spare, 4 bagger, 1-2-8  and opens, strike, misses a single pin, strikes, 4-7 spare, and 8 more for 203 and 379.  Gottschalk goes turkey, 10 pin miss, 8-10 split for an open, double, 10 pin spare, strike and misses another 10 pin for 183 and 407.  Despite missing 2 ten pins, Gottschalk is ahead in the match by 28 pins.  Gottschalk starts game 3 with a strike, Liddle gets 2 strikes, Gottschalk covers the 10 pin and strikes, Liddle tacks on 2 more, Gottschalk gets 2 strikes,  Liddle gets 2 more, Gottschalk leaves the 7 and spares and then strikes, Liddle strikes again for a 7 bagger, then misses the 10 pin,  Gottschalk rolls 2 more strikes, Liddle covers the 10 pin and strikes in the 10th,  Gottschalk leaves the 10 pin and misses it, Liddle gets the next strike and needs 7 to tie and 8 to win and he strikes for 257 / 636, Gottschalks 3 missed 10 pins eliminates him from the tournament.  Liddle strikes out for a nice come from behind win and now will face Hell Week.

The next two matches all 4 bowlers will shoot 700, so two will join the 700 and lose club and both will be eliminated from the tournament!

 

Brian White vs Lonie Brown

White covers the 3-6 spare, 4 bagger, 9 pin spare, turkey, 4 pin spare, strike for 248.  Brown starts with a Brooklyn, then adds on 3 more for a 4 bagger, 3 pin spare, 10 pin spare back to back, double, 10 pin spare and  strike for 236, game 2 he goes double and 7 pin spare, then strikes out for 267.  White goes 6 bagger, 7 pin spare, double and 4-6-7 split for an open for 242 and 490.  Brown has 502 after 2 and a 12 pin lead. White starts with a 3-6 spare, Brown covers the 10 pin and strikes, White covers the 10 and strikes, Brown covers the 10 again and then the bucket, strikes again then trips out the 7-10 late for another strike, Brown doubles,  White strikes again for a 4 bagger then leaves the 4-7-10 split for an open, Brown tacks on 2 more strikes, tripping the 9 on the second one, White doubles, Brown can strike out now and shut out White, he leaves the 7 pin and spares, he can still shut White out, White strikes in the 10th, Brown leaves the 4 pin and spares, Brown finishes with a strike and 225, White gets the strike in the 11th and finishes with a strike to win by 6 pins.  734- 728.  Brown is knocked out of the tournament – great match guys, White could bowl 3 more times next week and needs to win all three to cash and remain in the tournament.

Kevin Birch vs Steve Beck

This match came down to the last ball.  Birch starts with strike 10 pins spare, 9 pin spare, 3-10 spare, 6 baggers and a 4 pin spare for 246.  Beck goes turkey, 4 pin spare, turkey, 6 pin spare, 7-10 split for an open and turkeys in the 10th for 235.  down 11 Beck goes double, 4 pin spare, and strikes out for 279 and 514.  Birch goes 7 pin spare, turkey, almost leaves the 7-10 split but a sweeper takes out the 10 and spares, another single pin spare, 4 bagger and a 10 pin miss for another 246 and 492.  Down 22 Birch starts with a strike, Beck doubles, Birch strikes and then leaves a 4 pin and spares, Beck leaves a solid 8 and spares then strikes, Birch strikes, then covers the 7, Beck strikes, then trips a couple pins for another strike, Birch gets a double, Beck strikes and leaves a 10 pin and strikes, Birch goes high and trips the 4-6-7 for a strike, then throws one flush, Beck leaves the 9 pin and spares, Beck can strike out and win, strike spare and Birch would need to strike out to tie, Beck goes high and leaves the 6-10, Birch strikes, Beck Spares, and Birch strike again, Beck strikes and force Birch to get 8 to tie, 9 will win, Birch strikes one more time solidly for the win, knocking last years champ – Steve Beck out of the tournament.  Beck shoots 749 and rolls 27 strikes in the loss to Birch who finishes with the last 7 strikes to win by 2 – shooting 751.  Beck also becomes our 2nd member of the 700 and lose club tonight.  Birch wins a thriller and will have to win 3 more next week to cash!  Great match guys!

Well half the field is gone, last years champion – Steve Beck has been eliminated along with past champion Kurt Schmidt.  Congratulations to Kyle Wiest who threw a 300 game in game two of his match – he strung 19 strikes in a row on the way to his win. The winners bracket has no past champions!  These 8 bowler will cash no matter their results next week!  Here are their matches:

 

Kyle Wiest vs Brian Breen
Steve Breitbach Jr. vs Logan Klinge
Dan Moore vs Jason Lanser
Chris Schultz vs Heath Kohl

The 5 remaining past Champions are all in the losers bracket, Bob Hochrein, Brian White, Jim Leach, Tom Kramer and Dan Olberding.  We will start the night with 32 bowlers and when the night is done 12 will remain standing.  Welcome to Hell Week!  Matches are at 6, 7 and 8 pm.

Round up of scores tonight 1 forfeit, 12 – 500 series – 1 win with a 599, 24 – 600 series, 11 – 700s of which 2 bowlers were eliminated with 749 and 728.  High game of 300 by Kyle Wiest and High series og 768.

Thanks to all my scorekeepers too,  so far Cody Beck has been there every night, Ron Dohrer, Steve Beck, Phill Breitbach, Zach Althaus, Andy Ehrlich have pitched in too.  I wouldn’t be able to report the details with these guys!

Good Night and Good bowling to all!  And we will see you at Creslanes next week for the big elimination week!

Stephanie

2014 Week 3 matches complete

Week 3 matches are complete and half the field has been eliminated!

Next week if you survive, you cash.

View all of this weeks scores and next weeks pairings by following the links below!

Week 3 Results

Week 4 Pairings

2014 Week 2 Greatest matches

Hey Big 10 Fans!  Another week in the books.  16 bowlers found themselves exiting earlier than they ever would have liked… Some bowled their way out of the tournament, others ran into bad luck.  There were some bowlers who won with a 550 series and one other who lost tonight with a 700.   It’s what makes the tournament so interesting, because anything can happen based on

  • The pair you are on
  • The bowlers on your pair
  • Who bowled before you
  • What shift you are on
  • Luck of the draw and how the brackets are shaking out

How do I decide who makes the Greatest matches?  I first scan for matches decided under 10 pins, then I look at the last game of the rest of the matches to see if someone was down in the 2nd game and then came from behind to win.  Then I sort through these sheets to see how many matches there are, look at the score sheets from my scorekeepers to see did something exciting happen at the end of the match or was the match decided earlier in the last game.  It also depends on the week.  Obviously the first 2 weeks there are 32 matches so there is a higher probability of close matches and come-from-behind wins, so those weeks I try to keep the matches I choose under 8.  Last week, I was up until 4:30 AM(3:30 DST time) covering the matches.  This week I am going to include some honorable mentions – those that came from behind to win but the match was over well before the end of the game 3.

So here we go, the best of Week 2!

Jon Catron  vs Dan Olberding

This is a 6 pm match on lanes 7 & 8 and an elimination match.  From my perspective the 6 PM shift looked tough.  The matches were all elimination matches and I don’t think I have ever written down so many Wash-outs and 2-10(3-7) splits in one shift!  We will start this match with Jon a lefty, who starts with a 4-6 split gets one for an open, 9 pin spare, 7-10 split and 1, turkey, 3-9 spare, strike, 5 count washout and spares, 2 solid strikes and a Brooklyn in the 10th for 204. Dan starts double, misses a 10 pin, 4 bagger, 10 pin spare, strike, 2-8 and gets only 1 in the 10th for 214.  Up 10 Dan starts game 2 with a double, covers the 7, misses another 10 pin, Light strike, trips the 4 for another strike, goes Brooklyn and leaves the 5-8 and spares, 5 count bucket getting only 4 for an open, strike, 10 pin spare, strike for 189 and 403 after 2.  Jon goes strike, 7 pin miss, solid 9 and spares, turkey, 7 pin and spares this time, strike, coves the 7 again, misses the headpin left for the 1-3-6 and spares then 8 more for 202 and 406, giving him a slim 3 pin lead.  Jon starts the last game with the 1-3 and spares, Dan strikes and leaves the 2-8-10 split and gets 2, Jon doubles, Dan strikes and leaves the 2-8 and spares, Jon strikes again then leaves the 3-9-10 split and gets none, but still has the lead even when Dan strikes twice, tripping the 10 late on the second strike, Jon strikes in the 6th, then covers a single pin, Dan adds 2 more strikes and takes the lead – but its under 10 pins.  Jon strikes again then goes high and leaves the 6-10 and spares.  Dan leaves the 3-9-10 split after going high and covers 2, and the match is within a couple pins.  Dan leaves the 2 pin and spares, Jon can double and win but leaves the 2-8 when he pushes high and gets only 1, Dan finishes with a strike and the win his 203/606 is enough is enough to stay in the tournament.  Jon Catron is out early with his 187/593.  Jon had two close matches this year and finds himself on the losing end of both.  Hope to see you again next year!  Past Champion Olberding survives his match and will bowl Zach Althaus next week.

Riley Smith   vs  Bob Hochrein

Another 6 PM winner moves on match, on lanes 1 & 2.  Smith fresh out of Jr. leagues can throw a lot of strikes, but is a bit wild on spares.  Hochrein finds himself in the losers bracket after week 1, but has taken this long road twice to win the championship in the past.  Riley another lefty starts with an 8 pin spare, then leaves the bucket and gets 3 for an open, double, 8 pin spare, double, 3-9 spare, 4-7 spare, leaves the 7 in the 10th and misses it for 188.  Bob goes strike, 2-8-10 and gets 2, misses the 10 pin for another open, covers the 10, 2-8-10 and misses all of them.  3-6 spare, 3-4-6-7-10 split and gets 2, 4 pin spare, turkey and 9 for 162 and down 26.  2nd game Bob goes strike, 2-4-8-10 split and spares it, 10  pin spare, double, 10 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, strike, 3 pin spare and strike for 208 and 370 after 2.  Riley goes strike, big 4 and gets 2, 2-4 spare, 4 bagger, then goes high and leaves the 2-4-7-10 split and gets 3, strike then misses the 10 pin in the 10th for another 188 and 376 and a 6 pin lead.  So here we go to game 3,  Riley starts with a strike, Bob covers the 1o and strikes, Riley covers the 4-7-8, and then the 6 pin, Bob strikes again and the match is tied, then leaves another 2-4-8-10 split and gets 3, Riley strikes, then leaves the 7-9 split and misses both,  Bob leaves another 2-4-8-10 split and gets 3 again, then comes up light again with the 2-10 split and gets 1.  Riley leaves the 3-6-7-9 split and gets 3 then strikes, Bob strikes then covers the 10, Riley strikes again to maintain his lead and then covers the 2-7 baby split.  Bob strikes in the 9th,  and when he strikes in the 10th, Riley must strike to try to shut Bob out  but leaves the 3-6-9 and spares, Bob throws a strike in the 11th and 6 for the fill, and Riley gets 8 on the fill.  Bob survives the match missing one spare, throwing 16 strikes (2 doubles, 2 turkeys) and 7 splits converting one and accept one split got max count on all to win by 5.  Riley had 14 strikes (3 doubles and a 4 bagger), 4 open frames, 2 were single pins in the 10th frame, 5 splits covering 1.  In the end a few single pin spares in the difference in this match, Hochrein had all sorts of trouble getting to the pocket (every bowlers dream when facing him!) but Smith was not able to stay clean and put him away and Hochrein’s ability to find a couple of strikes at the end of the match save his tournament.  Riley Smith is out early but I am sure we will see him again next year.  Hochrein will face the loser of the Jason Lanser Tyler Kohl match reviewed later in the blog.

Josh Orr  vs  Jerome Lang

Another 6 pm match on the other end pair 11-12, this match is not an high scoring match but the loser is done, winner moves on.  Josh starts with a 5 count bucket for a spare, strike, 8 pin spare, 4 bagger, misses the 10 pin, 7-10 split for an open, single pin spare and strike for 206, Jerome goes strike, 10 pin miss, 3-6-9-10 spare, 7 pin spare, 3-6-10 and gets 2, 4-7-10 split and gets 2, double, 10 pin spare, strike, big 4 and gets one for 168.  Game 2 Jerome gets strike, 10 pin spare, 5 bagger, misses the 6 pin, strike, 7 pin spare, strike for 227 and 395 after two.   Josh goes strike, washout and 1 for an open, double, bucket and gets 2 for another open, turkey, 1-3-6-10 spare, strike and covers the bucket in the 11th for 194 and 400 after two.  Josh is up 5, starts with a strike, Jerome matches and then leaves a 4 pin and spares, Josh leaves the 3 and spares then leaves the 2-8 and covers 1 for an open, Jerome leaves another 4 pin and spares and takes the lead, the goes high and leaves the 3-4-6 split and gets 2 for an open, Josh doubles and takes back the lead,  Jerome leaves the 3-10 baby split and gets 1 then strikes, Josh leaves the 3-6 and spares then leaves a washout for an open getting 3, Jerome leaves the 6 pin and spares and the match is within 10 pins, he goes high again and leaves the 4-6 split and gets 1, Josh is now in control but misses right and leaves the 1-2 and spares, then misses a single pin letting Jerome back in the match, he covers a single pin then strikes in the 10th, Josh matches his strike, Jerome strikes again forcing Josh to strike, which he does and when Josh strikes again the match is over his 178/578 is enough to take out Jerome 168/573.  Both bowlers struggled with splits, missing a few easy spares and carrying strikes to get a few strings going.  Lang had 1 double at the end and a 5 bagger, while Orr was able to put more strikes together 2 doubles, 2 turkeys and a 4 bagger, he had 7 opens to keep Lang in the match who had the same number of open frames.  Jerome is out of the tournament, Orr has a tough match next week with Rick Jacobs so he needs to reduce the number of open frames to get a win!

Brian White  vs  Josh Smith

We have another elimination match – this one at 7 pm and we are back on 11-12.  Brian starts us with a strike, 3 pin spare, 4 pin spare, turkey, bucket and spares, turkey and 4 pin spare for 235, Josh starts with a 5 bagger, 3-6 spare, double, 2-4-6-10 split and gets 2 then double and 9 in the 1oth for 239 and a 4 lead.  Game 2 Josh starts with another 5 bagger, goes Brooklyn and leaves the 5 and spares, another 5 bagger and 9 and he has 278 and 517 after 2.  Brian leaves the 3-6-10 and spares, double, 4 pin spare, goes High and crashes the 4-7-10 late for a strike, then a light strike for a double, Big 4 split and 2, trips the 9 for a strike, solid strike for a double, then sticks another 4 pin and spares and strikes for 210 and 445 and down 72 pins.  Last game Brian starts with a 3-6 spare, Josh goes 5 count washout and 3, then strikes, Brian covers the 6-10 and strikes, Josh strikes for a double, then leaves the 10 and spares, Brian takes on 2 more strikes, Josh goes high leaves the 6 pin and misses it, then covers the 4 pin, Brian adds 2 more strikes and the match is under 20 pins with Josh Smith still in the lead, he leaves teh 4-7-10 split in the 7th and gets 1 and then strikes, Brian strikes one more time for a 6 bagger and then goes 4-7 spare and takes a narrow 4 pin lead in the match, Josh comes in light for a 2 pin and spares then strikes first ball in the 1oth, Brian leaves a 4 pin and spares, a strike wins the match for Josh who leaves a 9 pin he spares and Brian needs 8 for the win hits the pocket and walks away from a 7-10 split but its enough to win the match 243/688 to Josh Smith’s 170/687.  What looked to be a blowout ends up coming down to the very last balls.  Smith is eliminated and White will face Lonie Brown next week.   Great match guys!

Ryan Kase   vs   Kurt Schmidt

This shoot out is a Winners bracket match at 8 pm, Kase starts with a 4 bagger, 10 pin spare, strike, goes high but strikes for a double, 10 pin spare, and strikes out for 258.  Schmidt goes strike, 6-7 split and gets one, 6 bagger, 3-6-7-9 split and spares, light strike in the 1oth and a 6-7 split and 1 for 233.  Down 25, Schmidt goes 10 pin spare, double, goes high but strikes, 5 more strikes for an 8 bagger, 2-4-7-8 and spares then strike for 266 and 499 after 2.  Kase starts with turkey, 4-8 and chops it for an open, 3-4-6-10 split and gets 3 for an open, 4 bagger, single pin spare and strike for 224 and 482.  Down 17 Kase starts with a strike, Schmidt matches and then leaves an 8 pin and spares, Kase tacks on 2 more strikes, Schmidt misses a 7 pin and strikes, Kase leaves a 4 pin and spares, then goes high and leaves the 6 pin and spares, Schmidt covers the 7 pin and strikes, Kase doubles in the 6th and 7th and goes up by 14, Schmidt strikes and then goes light and leaves the 3 pin and spares, Kase strikes again for a turkey, then leaves the 6-10 and gets one letting Schmidt back in the match.  Schmidt strikes in the 9th, now if both bowlers strike out we have a tie, Kase strikes with a sweeper kicking the 10 out, Schmidt leaves the 7 pin and the match is over, Kase strikes again and leaves 9 while Schmidt covers the 7 and gets 9 more.  Kase finishes with 233/715 to Schmidt s 196/695.  Great match guys, Schmidt is still in the tournament and will face Ken Kauffman next week, Kase remains undefeated and will have another tough match when he faces Heath Kohl next week.

Tyler Kohl  vs  Jason Lanser

Last match to be highlighted this week, one of these bowlers will shoot 700 and lose!  Kohl a lefty starts us off with a strike, trip 7 for a strike, and adds on one more for turkey, goes Brooklyn and leaves the 4 pin and spares, 3-9 spare, 7 pin spare, 3-7 split for an open, turkey, 6 pin spare for 222.  Lanser goes strike, 3-6-9-10 spare, 3-6-10 and gets only 2 for an open, strike, 7 pin spare, turkey, 4 pin spare, double and 7 for 212 and down 10.  2nd game Lanser goes 4-7 spare, 4 strikes, sweeps the 10 out for 5, then tacks on another solid strike for a 6 bagger, leaves the 10 pin and barely touches it for a spare, 9 pin s spare, 10 pin spare and a strike for 247 and 459.  Kohl goes 4-6-10 split for an open 5 bagger, 7 pin spare, 6 pin spare, 4 bagger for 247 and 469 and maintains his 10 pin advantage.  Both bowlers start with the first 4 strikes, Kohl leaves a 7 pin in the 5th and spares, Lanser strikes, and goes high in the 6th but crashes out the 4-7 for a strike, Kohl strikes then trips the 6 late for a double,  Lanser carries 2 more strikes for an 11 pin lead, Kohl goes high and trips the 4-7 out then strikes in the 9th.  Lanser strikes in the 9th for 9 in a row, then goes high and leaves the 6-9-10, Kohl can strike out and win but goes high and leaves the 2-4-7-10 split and covers it and then gets 6, Lanser covers his spare and gets a strike for 277/736 – Kohl shoots a nice 251/720 but finds himself in the losers bracket rolling the 3rd highest series of the night but against the wrong opponent and the first member of the 700 and lose club.   Kohl has the unlucky draw of getting Bob Hochrein for his next match – this should be a good match to watch!  Lanser faces another tough left-hander next week – Dennis Pergande.  Great job guys!

There were 3 other honorable mention come from behind wins but they were not “photo” finishes!

Tom Bastian vs Kevin Birch – Birch down 20 – rolls a 233 his last game to eliminate Bastian from the tournament 619 – 552.  Birch faces the loser of the next match between past Champions.

Steve Beck vs  Tom Kramer – Beck was up 13 going into the last game, 482 – 469.  A rough 10th frame in the 2nd game and a few open frames for Beck, while Kramer covered 4 – 7 pin spares in a row, then a 4 bagger and Kramer wins out the match 695 – 642.  Beck moves to the losers bracket and will face Kevin Birch next week, Kramer will face Brian Breen the 2nd high qualifier this year.

Josh Einsweiler vs Colton Hedrick – Hedrick was down one pin going into the last game 437 – 436. Einsweiler starts with turkey, but 3 opens in the 2nd half of the game and Hedrick stays clean with a double and a 4 bagger to win out 666 – 614.  Einsweiler moves to the losers bracket and will face Jay Lanser next week, Hedrick makes the top 16 in the winners bracket and faces last years runner up – Steve Breitbach Jr.

I did a count of the scores – there were 6 – 700 series, 25 – 600 series and 33 – 500 series – so bowlers learn your lessons now – pick your spares up and stay clean.

Have a great day everyone!  The crowd was great tonight!  Next week we eliminate 16 more bowlers and field will be cut in half – squads at 7 and 8 – come cheer on your favorite bowlers!

Stephanie

 

2014 Week 2 matches complete, 16 bowlers eliminated and next weeks pairings are set

Budweiser Big 10 action from November 8th, 2014

Last night was the first elimination week – 16 bowlers were eliminated after 2 weeks of bowling.  Next week 16 more will be eliminated

Those exiting early are:

Jon Catron
Jacob Simmons
Dan Grant
Kody Klein
Matt Gantebein
Fred Benn
Rob Runde
Riley Smith
Casey Hedrick
Todd Cheever
Jerome Lang
Jeff Pregler
Josh Smith
Fred Reimer
Luke Althaus
Tom Bastian

To view the matches and results follow these links to Results and next weeks Pairings

Week 2 Results

Week 3 Pairings

Good luck to everyone still in the tournament!

2014 Greatest Matches Week 1

The 2014 Budweiser Big 10 has Tournament has finally started!  There were a lot of good matches to report on and I will get to them in a minute….

But first its time for me to step up on my soap box again because of the bad behavior of a few people….

This is directed to the Fans and the bowlers they support.  The 64 bowlers who are bowling in this tournament EARNED the right to be here.  They paid their money, bowled well and are now trying to compete one match at a time vs their opponent.  Too many times, as happened tonight, a Fan thinks they have the right to try to change the outcome of a match by heckling or distracting a bowler or multiple bowlers by screaming or chanting.  This is not your right, you have the right to cheer respectfully FOR your friend or family member.  You do NOT have the right to show disrespect to other bowlers and affect the outcome of their match.

Bowlers, if your fans are out of control.  Tell them to SHUT UP.  If you don’t, then you are as bad as they are because you are condoning their bad behavior.  You know the difference between good and bad behavior and if you have to have fans win a match for you – don’t get in the tournament because no one will respect you.

Now back to what I am here to do….  Talk about the great matches that did occur.

Kyle Wiest  vs  Jon Catron

6 PM match on lanes 7 & 8.  We will start with Wiest who has a rough start.  Strike, 2-4-8 Spare, missed a 10 pin, strike,  7 pin spare, baby split for an open, strike, 4 pin spare, strike, 3-6-10 spare and 6 for 171.  Catron a lefty, faired slightly better, leaving the 1-3-6 and sparing, 2-4-8 and getting only 2, strike, 6 pin spare, turkey, 7-10 split for an open, 10 pin spare, 7 pin spare, and a strike for 191 and a 20 pin lead.  Game 2 Catron goes 7 pin spare, strike, 6 pin spare, 5 bagger, then leaves the 3-9 and covers it, 7 pin spare and a strike for 237 and 428 after two.  Wiest bowls better – starts with the 6-10 spare, turkey, 4-9 split for an open, turkey, 7 pin spare, double and 9 to finish with 234  and 405 after two.  Down 23 Wiest starts game 3 with a 10 pin spare, Catron leaves the 3 and spares and then strikes, Wiest comes back with a strike, then leaves a 7 pin and spares.  Catron leaves the 7 pin and spares, then the 1-3-10 and spares, Wiest leaves another 7 pin in the 4th and spares, then strikes.  Catron comes back with a strike, then leaves the 6-8 split and gets one for an open, Wiest leaves a 9 pin and converts, then strikes.  Catron’s lead in under 10 now, leaves a 6 pin and spares,  then leaves the 3-9 and spares.  Wiest tacks on two more strikes to string 3 in a row and takes the lead.  Catron misses a 7 pin in the 9th and then strikes out for 181 and 609.  Wiest strikes out in the 10th for 239 and 644 and gets the very late come from behind win over Catron.  Both bowlers will bowl next week as this is double elimination.

Tom Kramer  vs  Joe Pregler

Another 6 pm Match on lanes 3 & 4.  Kramer startes with a strike, 3 pin spare, double, 10 pin spare, double, 7 pin spare, 7 -10 split for an open and finishes with a double and 9 for 214.  Pregler leaves the head pin and spares, strikes, gutter and 9, double, 5 pin spare, 8 pin spare, light strike, 10 pin spare, 1-2-8 spare and 9 for 192.  Game two Pregler strikes, misses the 10 pin, strikes, 2-7 split for an open then finishes with the last 8 strikes for 236 and 428 after two.  Kramer goes 4 bagger, 4-6-10 split for an open, double, 4-7 spare, Trips the 7 for a strike, then sticks a 7 for a spare and finishes with a strike for 223 and 437 and a thin 9 pin lead.  Game 3 Kramer starts with a strke, Pregler picks up the 3-6-9-10 and then strikes, Kramer strikes a gain then leaves another 7-10 split for an open, Pregler leaves a 4 pin and spares then strikes, Kramer strikes on the next ball then sticks a 7 pin and misses it and loses the lead.  Pregler strikes for a double, then leaves the 4 pin and spares, Kramer goes high and leaves the 6-7-10 split and covers it, then trips the 7 late for a strike in the 7 th.  Pregler goes high and leaves the 6 pin and spares, then leaves a 10 pin and covers it,  Kramer goes high and leaves the 6-10 and spares then strikes.  Pregler strikes in the 9th and  Kramer bowls first in the 10th and leaves the 7 pin, a spare wins it for Pregler but he leaves the 3-6-7-10 split, Kramer covers the 7 pin forcing Pregler to get 2 pins to shut him out, but he gets none.  Kramer still needs count to win and strikes.  Escaping with a narrow 3 pin win 620 -617.  Kramer is lucky to find he is still in the winners bracket.  Pregler narrowly misses knocking the past champion to the losers bracket, finds himself on that side of the board with a long road to go to the championship.

Joe Ryan  vs  Riley Smith

We move to 7 pm, lanes 1 and 2.  We start with the more experienced bowler – Ryan who goes strike, 10 pin spare, double,  2-10 split and gets none, 4-6 split and gets 1, 2-10 split and covers it, double, 9 pin spare and a strike for 192.  Smith the left handed rookie is fresh out of high school starts by picking up the 3-6-7-9 split, strikes, covers the 3-6, picks up the 6 pin, strikes, misses a 7 pin then covers a 7 pin, leaves the 1-3-7 washout and gets 1, then strikes and opens the 10th with the 2-4-6-7-10 and gets 3 for a 158 start.  Then a switch flips, and Smith goes turkey, brooklyn, turkey for a 7 bagger, leaves a 3 pin and spares, then leaves the 3-5-6 bucket and gets 2, then covers the 7 and strikes for a nice 245 game and 403 after 2.  Ryan goes double, 2-4-8 spare then 4 bagger, then throws a gutter  and 8, doubles and finishes with 7 and 2 for 219 and 411.  Ryan has the lead but the gutter cost him at least 20 pins!  Game 3, he starts with a 1-2-4-7 spare, Smith continues to strike getting a double, Ryan opens leaving the 2-4-10 and getting 2 then strikes, Smith gets 2 more strikes and now has the lead, Ryan tacks on 2 more strikes but still trails in the match.  Smith leaves the 2-4-7 and takes only 2 then strikes again, Ryan adds 2 more strikes and takes the lead back, Smith leaves the 7-9 split and takes 1  then covers the 2-4-7,  Ryan strikes once more  striking 6 strikes before leaving a 2-10 split and getting one.  Smith can strike out and put pressure on Ryan but misses the 7 pin in the 9th then strikes out in the 10th for 201.  Ryan leaves the 2-10 again in the 10th but wins the match with a 211 – 622 to Smith’s 201  – 604.    Smith did a great job getting back in the match, but Ryan put the pressure on and his 6 bagger at the end was the difference.  Again both bowlers will be back next week – Smith is just taking the longer route to the championship.

Rob Runde  vs   Mike LuGrain

Moving down to 9-10  at 7 pm…..  We have the highest scoring close match to review.  Runde starts us out with 4 pin spare, double, 10 pin spare, turkey, 7 pin spare, double and 8 spare for  236.  LuGrain goes 5 bagger out of the gate, 3-6-10 spare, 5 pin spare, 4-6-7 split for an open, strike, 3 pin spare and 9 for 221.  2nd game LuGrain goes strike, split for an open, 3 – 9 spares in a row then a 5 bagger, 9 spare for 225 and 446 after two.  Runde opens the first with a 4-6-7 split, then doubles, 9 pin spare, 7-10 split for an open, 6-10 spare, 5 bagger and 6 for 221 and 457 giving him an 11 pin lead.  Runde starts with a 4 pin spare, LuGrain opens the first with a 3-10 split, then covers the 10 pin, Runde leaves the 3-6-10 and only gets one then strikes, LuGrain strikes then leaves the 9 and covers it, Runde tacks on two more strikes, LuGrain gets 2 strikes, Runde adds one more strike for a 4 bagger then leaves the 10 and covers it, LuGrain carries two more strikes, Runde who still has a slight edge leaves another 10 and covers it, then misses the 7 pin, LuGrain strikes in the 9th and 10th then gets 8 spare for 237 and 683 and wins the match, Runde strikes out but its too late his 211 and 668 aren’t enough to keep him in the winners bracket.  More late game herioics by Lugrain to win the match.

Logan Klinge  vs  Bob Hochrein

We move a pair to the right to 11-12 a second shift match but on fresh lanes since they were not used the shift before.   Klinge starts us with a turkey, leaves a solid 10 but misses it, then covers the 7 pin, then covers the 5 count wash out – 1-2-4-6-10, 2-10 split for an open and then a 4 bagger and 9 for 218.  Hochrein goes double, 7-10 split for an open, 4 bagger, solid 10 pin and spared, 2 pin spare,  strike and 10 pin spare for 222.  Hochrein starts the 2nd game missing the 10 pin, back to back solid 9’s and spares, turkey, 10 pin spare,3-4-6-7-10 split for a spare, 6-10 spare and 2 pin spare and 7 of r 196. Klinge goes strike, greek church and 2, solid 9 for a spare, 2-4-8 spare, strike, solid 9 again for a spare, strike, 3-10 split missing both, 2-8-10 split for an open getting 2, double and 9 for 165.  Hochrein has a 35 pin lead going into game 3, Logan starts with a strike and Hochrein matches it, then goes high for the 3-6 and spares, Klinge adds 2 more strikes, Hochrein strikes, then covers the 2-8, Klinge gets 2 more strikes, Hochrein strikes again then opens with the 2-8-10 split, Klinge adds 2 more strikes, Hochrein covers the 4 pin and strikes, Klinge who has clinched the match  adds 2 more strikes for the first 9, Hochrein adds 3 more strikes and 7 for 215, Klinge leaves a solid 9 pin to end his strike fest and covers it and tacks on another strike for a 279 game and a 662-631 win over Hochrein.  Great finish Logan! Which brings up the question – can Hochrein win the rest of his matches to win the tournament?  He has done this twice before, knocked into the losers bracket the first week and wins out….  and my next question – has anyone else been knocked to the losers bracket and still won?

Tyler Kohl  vs  Bob Meisenburg

Back to lanes 1 & 2 but the 8 pm shift, the first of 2 close matches on this pair for this shift.  Kohl starts strong with a 6 bagger, then the lefty misses the 7 for an open, covers the 6, makes the 7 in the 9th and then goes strike spare in the 10th for 236.  Meisenburg has a really rough start, 2-4-8 and gets 2, 10 pin spare, 1-2-4-7 and covers only 2, 1-3 spare, 2 pin spare, misses the 10, trips the 10 for his first strike of the night, then 3-9 spare, and turkey 9 for 179.  Meisenburg does much better the send game, going strike, 4 pin spare, double, 4 pin spare, 5 bagger and 10 pin miss for 247.  Kohl goes strike, 7 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, turkey, 4-6-10 split for an open, 8 pin spare and finishes with a turkey for 215 and a 26 pin lead over Meisenburg.  Kohl strikes in the first, Meisenburg matches, then covers a single pin, Kohl strikes, then covers the 6 pin, Meisenburg cover the 2-4-7-8 and then the 4-7.  Kohl covers the 6-10 and strikes, Meisenburg doubles, Kohl picks up the 6-10 then the 4-7.  Meisenburg strikes again then leaves the 2 pin and spares, Kohl keeps Meisenburg in the match when he leaves the 6 pin and spares, then gives away his lead when he inexplicably gutters and gets 7 , Meisenburg strikes and its his match to win, Kohl strikes first ball in the 10th, and Meisenburg leaves the 6-10, Kohl gets 8 and when Meisenburg chops the spare – Kohl is the winner!  He survives a late game disaster to win the match 631- 627!  After a dismal first 6 inning start to the match – Meisenburg almost made a terrific comeback…. but finds himself on the other side of the board and only one life left to spend…

Jason Lanser  vs  Jeff Pregler

More fun on 1 & 2, Can Jeff show his brother how to win?  Let’s read on and find out the answer to that question.  Lanser strikes the first 4 times on the left lane, however on the right lane he goes 3-10 and gets none, 10 pin miss, 4 pin spare, 10 pin miss, then finally misses on the left lane leaving another 10 pin for a spare then opens the 10th with the 3-4-6-7 split for a 146 start.  Pregler goes 4 pin spare, 6 bagger, 7-10 split and gets none, double and 7 and 2 for 240.  2nd game he goes double, 10 pin spare, gutter and 8 , 2 pin spare, double, 3-6-9-10 spare, 2-10 split for an open, strike and spare for 180.  Lanser goes strike, 2-8 spare, double, 10 pin miss, strike, 2-4 spare, double and 8 and 1 in the 10th for 193.  Down 81 pins Lanser strikes in the first, Pregler matches and then leaves a 4 pin and spares, Lanser tacks on 2 more, Pregler misses a 10 pin and strikes, Lanser gets 2 more, Pregler strikes for a double, then leaves a 9 pin and spares, Lanser gets 2 more again and has the front 7, Pregler washes out and gets 3 then strikes,  Lanswer strikes again for a string of 8, then leaves the 10 pin and covers it.  The match after all these strikes is in Preglers hands, he gets a strike in the 9th, and Lanser gets 8 spare in the 10th, Pregler takes himself out of the match when he leaves the 4-10 split and gets one, Lanser takes on 9 more strikes for an impressive win – down 81 over Pregler.  Lanser 266 – 605  beats Pregler’s 176 – 596.  Great job of never giving up!

Zach Althaus  vs Brian White

Last match to cover on lanes 3-4 at 8 pm.  Another super close match starts with Althaus opening the first with a 2-8-10 split and getting 2, then strike, 10 pin spare, strike, covers the bucket, strike, 7 pin spare, turkey and 8 spare for 207.  White goes double, 3-10 split for a spare, strike, 10 pin spare, 6 bagger and 6 for 254.  2nd game White goes 3-6-10 spare back to back, strikes, 2-8-10 split for an open, brooklyn, and a pocket strike, 4-6-10 split for an open, misses the 6 pin, strike, spare, strike for 169 and 423 after two.  Althaus goes double, bucket spare, 10 pin spare, 2-5 spare, double, 10 pin spare, 1-2-8-10 washout and gets 3 and the a 9 pin spare and 6 for 194 and 401 after 2.  Last game Althaus starts with a strike, White leaves a 4 pin and spares then strikes, Althaus tacks on 2 more, White leaves the 9 and spares, then strikes, Althaus gets another strike for a 4 bagger then covers the bucket, White leaves the 4 pin and spares, then misses the 3-6-10, Althaus cover the bucket again and slips into the lead.   He covers the 4-7 spare in the 7th, while White struggles to find the pocket he covers the 6 count bucket, then coverts the baby split, Althaus doubles and forces White to strike out to have a chance (turkey and 9) which forces Althaus to mark in the 10th, he leaves the 10 pin and nips the inside edge of the pin for the win adding a strike for 231 and 632, 6 pin win over White’s 203 and 626.  Another great match and its a reminder to never give up….  there is always a chance.

Great job tonight  bowling – the scores were not super high but the matches were good!  There were a lot of matches decided in the 10th but a few more spare pick ups early on in the match would have taken some of these and made them easy wins.  If the scores remain lower and tighter — strikes are important but spares seem to be the key this year!  Good luck to everyone next week!

P.S.  I am glad I get to roll the clock back because its 3:50 AM!

Until next week!

2014 – Week 1 matches complete – Week 2 Pairings set

The 2014 Budweiser Big 10 Tournament has started!  32 bowlers have won their first match and 32 bowlers are taking the long route to the finals.  After Week 2, 16 will have bowled their final match of 2014.

Check out the latest scores from the first week here

2014 Week 1 Results

Check out next weeks pairings here

2014 Week 2 Pairings