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!