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

2014 Week 1 Pairings have been drawn

Qualifying is done, the matches have been drawn and its time to bowl!

November 1st, 2014 – at 6, 7 and 8 pm – circle this date on your calendar and then come on down to Creslanes to watch the first round of the Budweiser Big 10 Tournament

Week 1 Pairings

Greatest Matches – Championship Week

Tonight after 7 weeks of match play and 2 weekends of qualifying the 2013 Budweiser Big 10 will crown a winner.  The crowd was amazing for the title match, there were many past champions in the crowd and supporters for both bowlers.  It looked to be one of the largest crowds they have had in recent years.

Its a battle of the Steve Bs, Steve Breitbach the Champion of the Winners Bracket and Steve Beck the Champion of the Losers Bracket. Steve Breitbach needs one win to be crowned the champion while Beck needs to defeat Steve Breitbach twice to the title.

Before we get to that – we first need to congratulate Creslanes Pro Shop for winning the Baker Tournament.  Team members include:

Andy Ehrlich
Tony Habel
Stephen Habel
Bob Beyer
Steve Kamentz
 

Great Job Guys – this is a fun tournament where 5 guys bowl one game, each member of the team completing 2 frames each game – across lanes 1-12.  Top 4 made it to the finals and a 2 game match play where 1 bowled 4 and 2 bowled 3 winners met for the championship!  There were a lot of great games and fun was had by all!

Now on to the marquee match

Steve Breitbach vs  Steve Beck

At 7 pm on lanes 7-8, Breitbach a lefty starts us with a strike,  Beck starts with a strike on 8 and then gets another on 7 – almost leaving the 7-10 split but carries both out for a double to start. Breitbach goes  2-4-7 for a spare, strike,  Beck goes light leaves the 2-8 and spares then strikes again,  Breitbach leaves the  4-6-10 split and covers 2 for an open, 7 pin spare,    Beck leaves the 10 pin and spares then leaves the bucket and covers it, Breitbach carries a light strike on 8, then a solid shot on 7 for a double, Beck strikes, then leaves a 4 pin and spares, Breitbach carries 2 more solid shots for strikes to make a 4 bagger, Beck covers the 7 pin, then trips the 10 in the first shot in the 10th on and then throws 2 solid strikes for 214.  Breitbach can strike out for a 20 pin lead to start the match, but goes high leaving the 4-7-10 split and covers 2 for an open and a 203 game.   Beck with an 11 pin lead starts game 2 with a 4 pin spare, Breitbach misses the 7 pin to start game 2, then carries a light strike, Beck carries a light strike in the 2nd, then goes high and leaves the 4-6-7 split for an open covering 2, Breitbach leave the 2-4-7 and spares, then misses wide left leaving the 1-2-9 and only taking the 1-2 on the spare attempt, Beck trips the 10 for a strike then rolls a solid strike,  Breitbach goes high and leaves the 4-7 and spares, then with pins flying across the deck leaves a 7 pin and spares, Beck strikes again, then leaves a solid 9 pin and spares, Breitbach trips the 6-10 for a strike, then leaves a washout and covers 3, Beck strikes on his next two shots, Breitbach strikes in the 9th, then goes light leaving the 3 pin and spares, then strikes for 162 (his low game for the tournament).  Beck finishes game 2 with a pair of strikes and a 10 pin for 236 and a 85 pin lead going into game 3.  Last game Breitbach carries a light strike,  Beck strikes then leaves the 10 pin and spares, Breitbach carries another light mixer then carries a solid shot in the 3rd, Beck leaves another 10 pin and spares, then strikes, Breitbach comes in light and leaves a 10 pin and spares, then strikes, Beck strikes 2 more times(3 in a row), Breitbach carries a light shot, then stuffs the pocket for a solid strike giving him a turkey,  Beck trips the 10 out for a strike but goes high the next shot for 3-6-10 and spares, Breitbach strikes in the 8th, then trips the 6 for a strike in the 9th and a 5 bagger,  Beck then strikes in the 9th and the first match is his, he finishes with a double and 9 for 245/695.  Breitbach finishes his match with a 6 pin spare and then leaves the 7 pin for a nice 257 finish but comes up short with a 622 series.  Now each bowler has a loss and the next match is for the Championship!

Steve Breitbach  vs  Steve Beck (match 2)

Match 2 moves a pair to the right – to 9-10 at 8 pm.  Breitbach starts us out with a strike, Beck doubles, Breitbach leaves a light 7 pin and spares, then carries a mixer, Beck trips the 4 pin for a strike, then rolls a solid shot for strike, Breitbach strikes in the 4th, then leaves a solid 7 pin and misses it, Beck leaves a 9 pin tripping out the 4 to avoid a split and spares, then strikes in the 6th, Breitbach strikes, the leaves the 6-9 and spares, Beck leaves a 10 pin and spares, then a 9 pin and spares, Breitbach leaves a 7 pin and covers this one, then carries a mixer,  Beck trips the 10 for a strike, then strikes again in the 10th, in the 11th he leaves a 10 pin and spares for 237, Breitbach strikes out in the 10th for 216.  Beck starts game 2 with a 21 pin lead, and starts with a strike, Breitbach starts with 2 solid strikes, Beck carries 2 more, Breitbach strikes again in the 3rd, then leaves the 4-7 and covers only the 7 pin for an open, Beck trips the 4 for a strike, then another solid shot to make a 5 bagger, Breitbach leaves the 7 pin and spares, then comes in light and leaves the 10 pin and spares,  Beck ends his string of strikes with a solid 8 and spares, then carries a light strike, Breitbach doubles on his next turn, Beck trips out the 10 pin and strikes then rolls another solid shot for a strike, Breitbach goes high leaving the 4-7-10 and covers 2 for an open in the 9th, then strikes out in the 10th for 210.  Beck goes light leaving the 7 pin and spares, then strikes for 258.  Beck leads Breitbach 495 – 426 after 2 games.  Down 69 pins Breitbach starts with a strike, Beck matches him then leaves a 7 pin and spares, Breitbach goes light leaving the 2 pin and spares, then carries a light mixer, Beck leaves back to back 10s but covers them both, Breitbach goes high leaving the 4-7 and spares, then carries another light strike, Beck strikes in the 5th, then leaves a 7 pin and spares, Breitbach leaves a 7 pin and spares and is running out of frames, he leaves a solid 6 pin in the 7th and spares, Beck packs 2 solid strikes, Breitbach rolls a great shot but cant get the 7 pin to fall but moves it off its spot and spares and he strikes, when Beck strikes in the 9th the championship is his, he finishes with a 10 pin spares and 9 for 216 and a 711 series.  Breitbach strikes out for 218 and 644.  Steve Beck is your 2013 Budweiser Big 10 Champion!  Congratulations!   The crowd was on its feet for both bowlers who bowled terrific.

Both Steve’s had to deal with Cancer this year, Steve Breitbach lost his grandmother this past week to cancer, and Steve Beck battled Throat Cancer earlier this year.  Both bowlers were gracious and gave great speeches, saying that no matter what each felt like a winner just getting to the finals.  You could have heard a pin drop when while Beck gave his speech, thanking his family, friends and fellow bowlers for helping him through his trying year, Beck capped it all off by saying his goal this season after surviving Cancer was just to bowl and watch his son Cody play ball.

And with that its a wrap!  The 2013 tournament is complete, we will see you all next year!

Here is a complete breakdown of the cashers and high scores

Steve Beck is the Winner of the 2013 Budweiser Big 10 Tournament!

 2013 Budweiser Big 10 Champion - Steve Beck

2013 Budweiser Big 10 Champion – Steve Beck

Steve  defeated Steve Breitbach in the 1st match tonight 695 to 622 to to force a second match, which he also won 711 – 644 to take the championship of the Budweiser Big 10 tournament!

Big 10 Prize fund
1st place $1000.00 plus Trophy
2nd place $ 500.00 plus Trophy
prize fund pays down to 12th place.

Prizes also awarded for:

  • High Game of Tournament
  • High Series of Tournament
  • High Qualifying Score

Total prize fund – $2,815.00!!

Call Creslanes to schedule your qualifying time at 563-583-9766

Budweiser Big 10 – Final Results 2012

High Qualifier
Winner received a Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein and $35.00
Colton Hedrick and Kurt Schmidt
High Game
Winners received A Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein and $15.00 cash
Tyler Kohl 300
Tony Habel (2) 300
Dennis Pergande 300
Steve Beck  300

 

High Series
Winners received A Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein, and $15.00 cash
Kenny Slaght  836
9th Thru 12th Place
Winners receive A Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein, and $75.00 cash
Tony Habel
Terry Cottrell
Bo Bertolini
Jason Lanser
7th and 8th Place
Winners receive A Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein, and $100.00 cash
Dan Moore
Dennis Pergande
5th and 6th Place
Brian White
Josh Einsweiler

 

4th Place
Winner receives A Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein, and $200.00 cash
Chris Schultz
3rd Place
Winner receives A Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein, and $300.00 cash
Zach Althaus
2nd Place
Winner receives A Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein, A Plaque and $500.00 cash
Steve Breitbach
1st Place
Winner receives A Budweiser Commemorative Beer Stein, A Plaque, A Budweiser Champion Jacket and $1000.00 cash
Steve Beck
Champion Steve Beck with Runner up Steve Breitbach

Champion Steve Beck with Runner up Steve Breitbach

2013 Week 6 – Losers Bracket Champion Determined tonight!

After tonight there is one week left of the 2013 Budweiser Big 10 tournament, Winners bracket champion Steve Breitbach gets to enjoy the night off, while Chris Schultz, Brian White, Zach Althaus, Josh Einsweiler and Steve Beck duke it out to see who will survive the night and win the right to face Breitbach next week.  Whoever wins – will have to win twice next week to be the champion.  There were 4 matches tonight – we will review all 4

Brian White  vs  Chris Schultz

White starts us out with a double, 2-10 split for an open, turkey, 10 pin spare, a messenger takes out the 10 pin for a strike, almost leaves the 7-10 split but the 10 is taken out late and he covers the 7 for a spare, double and 9 for 224 the first game.  Schultz goes 10 pin spare, strike, 2 pin spare, 4 bagger, 4-8 spare, 5-7 split for an open, solid 8 pin for a spare and strike for 215 and done 9.  2nd Schultz goes double, 10 pin spare, strike, 7 pin spare, 7 bagger for 259,  White goes strike 10 pin spare, 4 bagger, covers the bucket, turkey, 10  pin spare for 246.  Schultz has a 4 pin lead going into game 3.  White starts with a 2 pin spare, Schultz trips the 10 in the first for a strike, then a messenger takes out the 10 in the 2nd to give him a double, White strikes in the 2nd, then goes light for the 2-8 and covers only the 8 on the spare attempt for an open.  Schultz tacks on 2 more strikes, White trips a 9 for a strike, then a sold shot to make a double, Schultz rolls 2 more strikes, White leaves the 10 pin and covers it, then strikes, Schultz leaves back to back 4 pins and covers both, giving a slim opening to White who strikes in the 8th and 9th, but now he needs an opening from Schultz – who does not give it to him, Schultz strikes in the 9th, 10th and 11th to shut White out his 265 /739 finish knocks White 237/707 out of the tournament.  White finishes in a tie for 5th and 6th place and also joins the 700 and lose club.  Great bowling guys – Congrats to Chris – he will meet the winner of the next match at 7 pm.

Zach Althaus vs Josh Einsweiler

Althaus starts us out on 9-10 with a turkey, 10 pin spare, double, 10 pin spare, double 7 pin spare and 10 pin for 236.  Einsweiler double, 3-6 spare, double, 2-8 and only gets one for an open, 10 pin spare, 3-10 split for a spare, 1-2-6-8-10 washout and gets 2 for an open, 2-10 split for an open for a 173 and down 63.  Einsweiler goes strike 9 pin spare, 5 bagger, 2-8-10 split for an open, 1-2 spare, 3-6-10 spare and then for 221 and 394 after 2.  Althaus goes 2 pin spare, double, 6 count  bucket and gets 3, strike, 7 pin spare, strike, trips the 10 for another strike, then another strike in the 9th for a turkey, 7 pin spare and strike for 213 and 449 and a 54 pin lead.  The last game Althaus starts with a 4 bagger, Einsweiler leaves a 10 pin and spares then turkeys, then leaves the 7 pin and spares and then strikes, Althaus covers the 10 pin the 5th, then doubles.  When Eisweiler leaves a 10 pin in the 7th and misses it the match is over, he spares the 9th and doubles in the 10th for 213 and 607, but Althaus strikes in the 8th and 9th, leaves the 10 pin the 10th and covers it and strikes for 258 and 707 – a 100 pin win over Einsweiler who had a great tournament – finishing his tournament in a tie for 5th and 6th place.  Althaus will face Schultz at 7 pm – the winner of that match will face Beck for the chance to bowl for the Championship of the Losers bracket.

Zach Althaus vs  Chris Schultz

Althaus starts us on 5-6 with a light 8 pin and spares, then a pair of 10 pin spares, and finally gets the first strike of the match in the 4th carrying out the 7-10 last.  4 more strikes for a 5 bagger, 2 pin spare, strike, bucket for a spare and a 237 start.  Schultz covers the bucket, then 8-10 split for an open, misses the 10 for another open, covers the 2-4-8, turkey, 10 pin miss, 10 pin spare, turkey for 193 and down 44 pins.  Schultz starts the 2nd game with a 10 pin spare, 5 bagger, 4-6-7 split for an open, 2-4-8 spare, 7 pin spare, turkey for 234.  Althaus goes double, bucket spare, 4 bagger, 5-7 split for an open, 4 pin spare and trips the 10 in the first strike in the 10th and tacks on 2 more for 232 and 469 and still up 42 pins.  Last game Althaus leaves the 7 pin and spares, Schultz doubles, Althaus doubles, Schultz leaves back to back 10s but covers both, Althaus leaves the 10 and spares, then strikes, Schultz carries a light strike then leaves a 4 pin and spares on the next shot.  Althaus leaves the bucket and gets on 3 for an open, then a light strike, Schultz throws 2 solid shots and he is down 22 pins with a few frames to go.  Althaus leaves the 3-6-10 and spares, then trips the 10 for a strike, Schultz needs to strike out, but leaves the 10 pin and spares, then a strike spare finish for 217 and 644.  Althaus strikes out for 217 and 686 and wins the match by 42 pins.  Schultz – last years runner up finishes in 4th place this year – another great tournament.  Althaus will face Steve Beck for the championship of the Losers bracket at 8 pm.

Championship match for the Losers Bracket

Zach Althaus vs  Steve Beck

Althaus starts the match on 7-8 with a turkey, 3-6-10 spare, 4-8 spare, strike, messenger takes out the 10 for another strike, light strike, solid strike, 4 pin spare, strike for a 244 start.  Beck goes 10 pin spare, strike, trip 4 for another strike, strike, trip 10 for a 4 bagger and then one more solid shot for 5 in a row, 4 pin spare, double 10 pin spare and 9 for 247 and a 3 pin lead.  2nd game Beck throws 12 strikes for a 300 game and 547 after 2 games, Althaus starts with a turkey, Greek Church for an open getting 3, 2 pin spare, strike, 4-7 spare, then finishes with a 5 bagger for 231 and 475 but down 72 pins going into the last game.  Althaus starts us with a solid 9 and spares it, Beck leaves the 10 pin and spares then strikes, Althaus covers the 2-4 then strikes, Beck rolls 2 more strikes, Althaus strikes in the 4th and a light mixer in the 5th and he has a turkey, Beck strikes in the 5th and then leaves the 2 pin and spares,  Althaus leaves the 2-8 and spares, then covers the 2-4,  Beck strikes in the 7th, carries a light strike in the 8th to clinch the win, Althaus finishes the game with a spare, split for an open and then covers the 2-5-7-8 split for a spare then strikes for 198/673 and finishes in 3rd place and a great showing in the tournament.  Beck opens the 9th, strike spare in the 10th for 223 and a 770 series.  Steve Beck is your 2013 Losers Bracket Champion!  He will face Steve Breitbach next week at 7 pm and must beat him twice to claim the championship!

So which Stevie B will win the tournament? The lefty who did an amazing job of carving his way through the winners bracket, or the righty who wasn’t so sure he would even be able to start the bowling season this year.  So choose your side, come cheer on Team Beck or Team Breitbach next week and have a great time!  Don’t forget the Baker Team Tournament starts Saturday afternoon at 1:30 – this team event is one of my favorite tournaments, because 5 bowlers have to come together to compete as one.  

As many of you know 10 months ago we didn’t know if Steve would even be able to bowl this year.  He was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  We found out he had Cancer at the end of February, it started on his tongue and spread to a lymph node.  With aggressive treatment starting the first week of April in Iowa City, 7 weeks of Radiation and 2 rounds of Chemo (he was too weak to take the 3rd round) he was given a clean bill of health in August!  I personally want to thank everyone that helped us get to the cure, the doctors, our family, friends and our bowling family.  For 7 weeks our family and friends drove us to Iowa City.  I never ran out of volunteers, and when it was a doctor day and I was the driver, others like the Monday night league at Creslanes donated money to help pay for gas.  Others like Chris Hill and Tiffany did a t-shirt fund raiser for Team Beck – Strike out Cancer.  There have been so many people that have gone out of their way to help us and we truly appreciate each and every one of you!  Win or lose next week – a very crappy 2013 will end on a high note with Steve in good health.

Have a great week – stay safe – and stay warm!

Stephanie