2019 Budweiser Big 10 Championship Night!

Welcome to Championship night! Who will win the 2019 tournament Stephen Habel, who needs to win 1 match or Kyle Wiest who needs to win match 1 to force a second match?

But first there is the Baker Team Tournament. This is one of my favorite tournaments and formats. 5 bowlers combine together to bowl 1 game. This format is also used in High School and Collegiate Bowling. Bowler 1 bowls the 1st and the 6th frames, Bowler 2 the 2nd and 7th frames, Bowler 3 bowls the 3rd and 8th frames, Bowler 4 the 4th and 9th frames and bowler 5 bowls the 5th and all of the 10th.

There were 19 teams in the Baker this year, up from last year. You had to be in the top 8 to cash. Two teams tied for 8th place, Family Beer and Sandy’s Studs. The Family Beer team won the Roll Off and joined 7 other teams in match play. You win a 2 game match against your opponent you move on. Hi Qualifier with a 2666 was Darkside Promotions. after 2 rounds of match play the championship match was between Fuzzy’s Nuts and DK Inc. The match came down to the 10th frame in game 2. After DK Inc finished the 10th – Fuzzy’s Nuts needed a mark to win – Anchor Brandon Birch crossed over to the Brooklyn side to net the win! Congrats to 2nd place team DK Inc – Pj Connolly, Pat Connolly, Dan Kennedy, Rich Glennon and Dan Glennon. Your Championship team was:

Fuzzy’s Nuts – Heath Kohl, Kevin Birch, Fuzzy Gottschalk, Kevin Scheffert and Brandon Birch.

Now on to the first championship match

Stephen Habel vs Kyle Wiest – Lanes 7-8 at 7 PM. Game 1 – Habel goes spare, Wiest goes strike spare on his turn, Habel doubles, Wiest Strikes then leaves the 2-8-10 split and gets 2, Habel covers the 10 pin spare, then strikes, Wiest leaves the 3-6 and gets only the 6 for an open, then strikes. Habel doubles on his next turn for a turkey, Wiest gets 2 more strikes in the 7th and 8th, Hable leaves the 3-6-10 spare, almost leaves the 7-10 in the 9th but kicks the 10 out and covers the 7, Wiest finishes up game 1 bu striking out in the 9th and 10th for a 227 game finishing with the last 7 strikes to get that. Habel strikes in the 10th and then covers the 6 pin for a 225 game.

Game 2 Wiest starts with the 3-6 and spares this one. Habel starts the game with the 2-4-8 spare, then the 4-7-10 split and gets 2, Wiest slips and fouls, then knocks them all down with a backward strike, then still not steady after falling throws a brooklyn. Habel then goes brooklyn, then gets a light mixer for a double, Wiest comes back with a solid strike, picks up the 5-7 split. Habel throws 2 more solid strikes for a 4 bagger, Wiest comes back with 2 solid strikes, Habel picks up a wash out, then strikes, Wiest strikes in the 8th and 9th, Habel finishes first covering the 3-6-9-10 spare, then striking out for 222 and 447 after 2 games. Wiest strikes in the 10th for a 5 bagger, then leaves the 5 count washout and gets 3 for a 231 game and 458 after 2 games and an 11 pin lead.

Game 3 Habel starts with a strike, Wiest misses the 7 pin, then goes high but gets the strike, Habel leaves the 7-10 split and gets 1, then strikes, Wiest srtikes , then almost leaves the 7-10 split but the 10 falls and then covers the 7 pin spare. Habel leaves the 4-6 and misses both then strikes, Wiest doubles on his next turn, Habel throws 2 mores strikes for a turkey, Wiest misses a 10 pin, then strikes. Habel covers the 1-2-8 for a spare, then strikes. The match is Wiest’s to win, he leaves the 2-8-10 split and backs it down the left side of the lane and nearly makes it, then he strikes out in the 10th for a 193 and a 651. Habel can win if he gets the first 2 strikes, he gets the first strike, but leaves a 10 pin on the next shot and spares for a 200 game and 647 series. Its 4 PINS short of a win and the championship! Wiest escapes with the win with his 193 – 651 – and we have a Winner take all match coming up at 8 pm!

Kyle Wiest and Stephen Habel

Stephen Habel vs Kyle Wiest – Round 2 – Winner is the 2019 Budweiser Big 10 Champion! Lanes 9-10 – 8 PM. Habel struggles in game 1, out of the gate he leaves the 3-10 split and gets 1, then doubles, 4-7-10 split and gets 2, 2-10 split and gets 1, 2 pin spare, strike, 10 pin spare, strike and finishes with a 3-10 split, missing both for the open frame and a 161 start. Wiest goes turkey, 9 pin spare, strike, comes in light and almost leaves the 2-8-10 but the 2 falls, he gets 1 on the split for an open, then finishes with a 6 bagger for a 247 game and an 86 pin lead. Game 2 the rolls switch. Wiest goes light in the pocket and leaves the 4-7 and gets 1, doubles, leaves the 8 pin and spares, 9 pin and spares, 10 pin and spares, doule, Solid 9 pin in the 9th and strikes out in the 10th for a 215 and 462 after 2. Habel starts with the first 8 strikes leaves a 10 pin spares and strikes out for 279 and 440 after 2 and most of the lead Wiest has is gone. Down 22 pins we pick it up in Game 3

Habel opens with a strike, Wiest goes 6-10 spare, 3-6-9-10 spare, Habel goes 5 wash out and gets 3, then strikes, Wiest strikes then leaves the 7-10 split and gets 1, Habel gets 2 more strikes on his next turn and now has the lead. Wiest picks up the 4-7, then strikes. Habel strikes one more time for a 4 bagger, then leaves the 4 pin and spares, Wiest strikes for a double, then leaves the 2-8-10 split and misses all. Habel strikes in the 8th and the leaves a 9 pin and spares, Wiest comes in light and leaves the 2 pin and spares, then strikes out to force Habel to mark and get count to win. Habel strikes on the first ball then gets 7 for the come from behind win over Wiest who throws a 185 – 647 series to lost to Habel who finishes with a 213 game and 653 seres. Wiest took the first match by 4, Habel takes match 2 by 6, after 2 full sets (6 games) the difference in score was 2 pins! Wiest made an incredible run getting bumped to the losers bracket in Week 2, he went on a 10 match win streak but came up short. Habel who never quits even when down big is your New Champion!

CONGRATULATIONS TO STEPHEN HABEL – THE 2019 BUDWEISER BIG 10 CHAMPION!

2019 Budweiser Big 10 Champion – Stephen Habel

Here is a full prize list and winners

Hi Qualifier  $50 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Andrew Willems – 1522

Hi Game       $25 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Heath Kohl  300

Brody Green 300

Kyle Wiest (2) 300

Randy Mackey 300 – this was Randy’s first 300 ever

Hi Series       $25 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Kyle Wiest 792

9th – 12th Place finishers    $150 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Steve Beck

Cody Beck

Jerome Lang

Brody Green

7th – 8th Place finishers    $200 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Nate Oertel

Kevin Scheffert

5th – 6th place finishers      $300 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Heath Kohl

Jordan Schoettmer

4th Place                                 $500 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Andrew Willems

3rd Place                                 $700 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Jeremy Hirsch

2nd Place                                $900 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Kyle Wiest

2018 Budweiser Big 10 Champion $1500 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein

Stephen Habel

2019 Budweiser Big 10 Losers Bracket Champion Week

Stephen Habel earned the week off this week by winning the Winner Bracket last weekend. While he was home spending time with his Wife and Newborn baby who was born a day after winning the Winners Bracket! Congrats Stephen and family!

This week Jeremy Hirsch waits for 4 other bowlers duke it out to see who will get the chance to bowl him for the Championship of the Losers Bracket and possibly get the chance to bowl Habel next week in the Finals! In the finals this week is Kyle Wiest, Jordan Schoettmer, Heath Kohl and Andrew Willems, along with Jeremy Hirsch. Lets see how the pins fell this week.

Kyle Wiest vs Jordan Schoettmer – Lanes 3-4 at 6 pm. Game 1 Wiest takes the early lead with a 237 game, Schoettmer is not far behind rolling a 223. Game 2 Wiest steps up his game and rolls a 259, Schoettmer runs into some splits which nets him a 172 game. Down 101 pins with a game to go, Schoettmer does his best to put pressure on Wiest – he rolls a 267 game and a 662 series but Wiest keeps up and his 256 – 752 gets him the win and 1 step closer to the finals. He will face the winner of the next match. Schoettmer has a great first tournament but with 2 losses he is bumped out of the tournament

Andrew Willems vs Heath Kohl – Lanes 9-10 at 6 pm. Game 1 both bowlers struggled – Willems finished with a 172, Kohl knocks down 10 more for a 182. Game 2 Willems rolls a nice 244 game but falls further behind when Kohl shoots a 267 and has 449 after 2 games, to Willems 416. Down 33 pins Willems has work to do to make the finals. Kohl on the other hand has the advantage and just came off a big game. Willems starts game 3 with a single pin spare, Kohl strikes then leaves a split and gets 1. Willems doubles on his next turn, Kohl splits and gets 2, then strikes and the match is about even. Willems goes 6 split his next turn and gets 3, then strikes. Kohl goes back to back single pin spares. Willems adds on 2 more strikes his next turn for a turkey and now the advantage moves to Willems. Kohl goes 9 spare, then 10 pin miss. Willems goes 6 and 3 on his next turn then strikes. Now Kohl can force Willems to match what he does in the 9th and 10th and if he doesn’t Kohl will get the win. He strikes in the 9th and strikes out in the 10th, for a 183. Willems needs a 216 to tie 217 to win which mean he needs a double and 8 for the tie. He gets the first 2 strikes and then the match comes down to one ball. Willems gets 9 and gets the 1 pin come from behind win over Kohl. Willems finishes with 217 / 633 which is just enough to beat Kohl’s 183 / 632. Willems will face Wiest at 7 pm – which is our next match. Kohl has another great tournament but suffers a tough loss at the end due to spares. Congratulations to Schoettmer and Kohl, who finish in a tie for 5th and 6th place

Kyle Wiest vs Andrew Willems – Lanes 5-6 at 7 pm. The first game is a great game – both bowlers struck a lot Wiest gets a 245, Willems 243. Game 2 Willems runs into some trouble on the right lane, running into some splits for a 192 game. Wiest rolls 10 strikes and has 2 spares in game 2 for a 258 and a 68 pin lead going into game 3. Both bowlers start hot in game 3 but the right lane gets Willems again and he finishes with a 225 and a nice 660 series. Its not enough as Wiest continues his onslaught of the pins rolling a 268 game and a 771 series. Andrew Willems has a great tournament, finishes in 4th place, congrats on a great tournament! Wiest now gets to take on Hirsch in our final match of the night.

Jeremy Hirsch vs Kyle Wiest – Lanes 7-8 at 8 pm. Wiest who bowled 2 shifts already starts this match, he threw and early washout and covered all but 1, then had the 2-8-10 split and got 2, he ended the game with a 6 bagger and a 224 game. Hirsch who had to wait for the first two match gets 4 balls and gets to start the match. He had a rough start with 2 splits for opens, then later missed a 7 pin and a couple of 10 pins for a 130 start. Game 2 Hirsh bowled a bit better misses another single pin and nets a 186, Wiest left a 4-6 split and got 1, 3-6-7-10 and got 3, but had a 5 bagger for another 224 game and 448 after 2. Hirsch bowled better the third game – rolling a 221 game but its not near enough as Wiest starts with a big string of strikes, leaves a single pin and spares and gets a 279 game another 700 series – 727 winning big over Hirsch, who in his first Budweiser Big 10 tournament finishes 3rd! Congratulations to Hirsch for a very nice run, losing his last two matches to Habel in the finals of the Championship bracket and Wiest in the championship of the Losers bracket!

Congratulations to Kyle Wiest – Winner of the Losers bracket. Wiest took the long route through the Losers bracket, Winning the first week but losing to Josh Oertel in Week 2. He has won 10 matches and lost 1 and now needs to win 2 more matches against Habel to be crowned the 2019 Budweiser Big 10 Champion.

Come on out next week – to watch the Baker Team Tournament in the afternoon, stick around for some Budweiser fun and then the files of the 2019 Budweiser Big 10 Tournament where Stephen Habel will try to go undefeated and win it all, or can Kyle Wiest stay hot and win both matches – the first at 7 pm and the second if needed at 8 pm.

Who do you think will win…. no matter what happens we will crown a new Champion! Come on down to the lanes and enjoy the fun!

Stephanie

2019 Budweiser Big 10 Championship week – Greatest Matches

Budweiser fans its Winners Bracket Championship week. This week the Champion of the Winners Bracket will be determined… That bowler will get next week off. Tonight we also cut the field in half at the end of the night there will be the Champion on the Winners Bracket side and 5 bowlers who will duke it out next week to be the Winner of the Losers Bracket.

Jerome Lang vs Nate Oertel – Lanes 5-6 – Losers Bracket match at 7 pm. Lang starts game 1 with a 227 game – Oertel 216, Lang comes back with a 207, Oertel 264. Lang is down 434 – 480. In the third game Lang strikes, then Oertel gets 6 split and gets only 1, then strikes. Lang spare and strikes on his next turn, Oertel adds 2 more strikes for a turkey, Lang strikes then picks up a single pin. Oertel has another big split and gets 3 for an open then strikes, Lang doubles on his next turn and Oertel’s lead is cut in half. Oertel does strike to make a double then covers a 7 count spare. Lang picks up an 8 spare in the 8th, then covers a single pin for another spare, Oertel strike in the 9th then splits the 10th and gets 2 for a 183 game. Lang leaves a single pin and finishes with a spare and strike for 215 and is bumped from the tournament 649 – Oertel’s 663. He almost makes a come back but Oertel hangs on to move to the 8 PM match vs the winner of the next match. Lang had another good tournament but comes up short.

Kyle Wiest vs Brody Green – Lanes 7-8 – Losers Bracket match at 7 pm. Both bowlers have been bowling great in the tournament – lets see who survives this match. Wiest rolls a 224 the first game, Green 259. Down 35 pins Wiest needs to strike to pick up ground and does for his 2nd 300 game of the tournament, however he does not make up any ground as Green goes strike for strike with Wiest and finishes with a 3oo game! First time in Big 10 history that bowlers threw 300 games at each other. Wiest now has 524 after 2 games, but Green is better – he has 559 after 2 and leads by 35. Wiest rolls first and leaves a 10 pin and spare. Green does the same, then leaves another single pin and spares. Wiest doubles on his next turn, Green leaves an 8 split and gets 1 for an open, then strikes. Wiest strikes again for a turkey, then covers a single pin through 5. Green strikes in the 6th then covers another single pin for a spare, Wiest doubles on his next turn and the match is tied up. Green leaves a 5 count wash out and gets 3 for an open, then picks up another single pin. Wiest strikes in the 8th and 9th for a 4 bagger, Green strikes out for a 198 game and a nice 757 series. Wiest needs 8 pins to win and gets a double and 9 for a 268 game and 792 series – which is the new High Series for the tournament. Green rolls a 300 game and a 757 and loses, I dont believe I have ever seen a match like this. It was impressive how both bowlers bowled. Green loses TWICE while shooting a 700 series unfortunately even though he bowled really, really well, he joins Jerome Lang, Steve Beck and Cody Beck in finishing in 9th – 12th place.

Jordan Schoettmer vs Stephen Habel – Lanes 11-12 – Winners Bracket Match 7 pm. Schoettmer struggles in game 1 to a 158 game, giving Habel a 45 pin lead when he bowls a 203 game. Game 2 Schoettmer improves to a 222 game – Habel rolls a 205 but maintains a lead 408 – 380. Schoettmer down 28 pins starts game 3 with a strike, Habel doubles, Schoettmer adds two more strikes to make a turkey, Habel strikes for a turkey then gets 8 and spares. Schoettmer doubles to make a 5 bagger, Habel doubles on his next turn and his lead is down to 3 pins. Schoettmer strikes 2 more times for a 7 bagger, Habel rolls a 7 split and gets 2 for an open, then strikes, Schoettmer now has the lead after Habel opens, but it does not last long, he splits in the 8th getting 8 and then 1 then strikes, Habel finishes first and strikes out in the 9th and 10th for a 5 bagger to end the third game and has a 243 game and 651 series. Schoettmer strikes out for 266 but its not enough as his 646 falls 6 pins short of winning. This is Schoettmer’s first loss so he will move to the Loser’s bracket and will have to win 2 matches to make it to the Championship match. Habel will bowl again at 8 pm.

7 PM Winners bracket match -Jeremy HIrsch defeats Heath Kohl and will bowl the final match we cover this week against Stephen Habel.

8 pm Losers Bracket matches – Kyle Wiest defeats Nate Oertel at 8 pm. Andrew Willems defeats Kevin Scheffert. Oertel and Scheffert finish in a tie for 7th and 8th place. Willems and Wiest will face Schoettmer and Kohl next week.

Final Match – Lanes 7-8 Championship Match for the Winners Bracket at 8 pm.

Stephen Habel vs Jeremy Hirsch. Habel starts hot. Rolling a 245 game vs Hirsch’s 188. That lead did not last long though, as Hirsch found the strike zone and rolled a 235 game for 423 after 2 games, Habel rolled a 186 and 431 for 3. Up just 8 pins Habel starts game 3 with a strike, Hirsch doubles to start game 3, Habel adds 2 more strikes for a turkey, Hirsch strikes then misses a single pin, Habel goes back to back 8 spares, Hirsch doubles his next turn. Habel covers 2 more spares, Hirsch adds on 2 more strikes for a 4 bagger. Habel goes 8 spare and strike and finds himself down by about 18. Hirsch leaves the 10 pin in the 9th and misses it, then gets a strike, 9 spare to finish with a 224 game and a 647 series. Habel must strike again to win the match and does, then gets a 9 spare to finish with a 220 game and a 651 series to win the match by 4 pins! Hirsch loses his first match after missing a few single pins in the match but has had a heck of a tournament so far! He will face the survivor of Wiest, Schoettmer, Kohl and Willems who bowl the first two rounds next week. He will need to win his 8 pm match to get to the finals. Good Luck to all 5 of the Loser’s Bracket bowlers – who ever wins the last match will be in the finals!

CONGRATULATIONS to Stephen Habel – he wins the 2019 Budweiser Big 10 Winners Bracket and gets the week off next week. Stephen won 2 tough matches in the 10th frame. You definitely earned the week off!

Stephen Habel- 2019 Winners Bracket Champion

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Good luck to all of the bowlers next week which is a Mini Hell week as someone will need to win 2 matches to face Hirsch next week in the finals of the Budweiser Big 10 Losers Bracket.

Stephanie

2019 Budweiser Big 10 – Greatest Matches – Hell Week

Welcomes to Hell Week for the Losers Bracket. By the end of the night16 bowlers in the Losers bracket will be whittled down to 4. To survive you have to bowl at least 6 games in match play, some will bowl 9. Let’s see if anyone can run the gauntlet…..

But first the Winners Bracket is bowling this week too, 8 bowlers become 4 and before the start of the night – all 8 bowlers will survive the week and be in the money. 4 will bowl next week for the Winners Bracket Championship.

Congratulations to Kyle Wiest, he rolled a 300 game in his 6 pm match vs Charlie Ties he went on to win 766 – 612.

Andrew Willems vs Stephen Habel – Lanes 1-2 – Winners Bracket Match. This match starts slow – Willems takes a 2 pin lead with a 190 game to Habel’s 188. Second game the pins start flying, Willems adds to his lead with a 257 – 243 win over Habel, up 16 we go into game 3. Willems starts with a spare and a 4 bagger, Habel strikes the first 5 frames. Willems opens the 6th, then strikes, Habel gets 2 more strikes and has the lead, Willems opens the 8th and strikes out for a 220, Habel Strikes in the 8th, 9th and 10th before leaving a single pin – but more importantly gets the come from behind win 289 – 720 to Willems 220 – 667. Both bowlers have bowled fantastic this tournament. Good luck to both next week.

Jordan Schoettmer vs Kevin Scheffert – Lanes 3-4 – Winners Bracket Match. Scheffert takes the early lead rolling a 236 game to Schoettmer’s 207. Schoettmer evens up the match the second game by bowling a 238 game to Scheffert;s 206. Schoettmer takes a 3 pin lead into game 3. Schoettmer starts game 3 with a strike, spare, turkey, Scheffert opens the first, pair of spares and a double, in the 6th Schoettmer spares then gets 7 and spares, Scheffert strikes, then spares, Gaining a little in pin count Scheffert strikes in the 8th, Schoettmer gets another 7 and spares, At this point its a 1 pin match if both strike out with advantage to Schoettmer who strikes in the 9th, Scheffert throws a split and gets 2, he doubles and gets 7 in the 10th for a 200 game, but when Schoettmer strikes in the 10th the match is over. Schoettmer finishes with a 222 – 667 win over Scheffert’s 200 – 642. Scheffert last years Champion will have to take the longer route this year if he wants to repeat. Schoettmer bowls next week for the Winners Bracket Championship.

Jeremy Hirsch vs Brody Green – Lanes 5-6 – Winners Bracket Match. Hirsch starts game 1 with a 224 game, Green 232 for the early lead. Game 2 Hirsch rolls 214 for 438 after 2. Green rolls 208 for 440 and a 2 pin lead. Game 3 is about who will flinch first, both start with the first 6 strikes, Hirsch gets the 7the one, Green leaves a split for an open, both strike in the 8th and 9th frames, Green strikes out in the 10th for 266 and 706, Hirsch strikes in the 10th for the win and then fails to strike in the 11th but finishes with a 287 game and the Win with a 725. Green becomes one of the few bowlers to roll a 700 this year and lose, but he can still win the tournament. Hirsch is in the finals next week and must win 2 matches to become the Winners Bracket Champion.

Since we covered the other 3 Winners bracket matches – Heath Kohl nets the win over Nate Oertel – Heath rolls games of 267 and 279 to start with 546 after 2 games, Oertel bowl 246 – 203 for 449 after 2 games down almost 100 – he is never able to make up the ground – Kohl wins 727 – 640 and is our 4th bowler in the Winners Bracket Finals. Oertel will move to the losers bracket and take the longer road to the finals.

Shaun Manning vs Jay Lanser – Lanes 1-2 – Losers Bracket Match. Lanser takes the lead in game 1 with 246 over Manning’s 221. Game 2 Manning picks up a few pins winning 203 – 199. Game 3 starts with Lanser leading 445 – to Manning’s 424. Down 21 pins – Manning starts with a turkey, 8 spare and strike through 5. Lanser goes strike, spare, back to back splits for opens and a spare. Manning is now in the lead adds on 2 more strikes for a turkey, Lanser spares and doubles to try to get back in it. Manning covers a single pin, then strikes. Lanser needs to strike out to have a chance and leaves a split he finishes with a 179, Manning rolls a 236 and a 660 series to knock Lanser out of the tournament with his 624 series. Manning will bowl next shift to try to run the gauntlet.

Cody Beck vs Kody Klein – Lanes 9-10 – Losers Bracket Match. Beck starts slow with a pair of open frames for a 203 start, Klein starts hot with a 258 game, Game 2 Klein rolls a 202 game for 460 after two. Beck rolls a 257 game and we are TIED – 460 a piece. Game 3 Beck starts with the first 5 strikes, Klein goes strike, single pin miss, strike and back to back spares. Klein starts striking in the 6th and has a 4 bagger going into the 10th. Beck rolls 3 more strikes for an 8 bagger, then leaves 7 and spares. Klein strikes out in the 10th for a 237 – 697 set, Beck finishes by sparing in the 10th for a 264 – 724 win over Klein, Klein is bumped from the tournament, Beck will have to win twice more to run the gauntlet to stay in the tournament

Family Feud – Week 4

Kyle Wiest vs Ben Cottrell – Lanes 5-6 – Losers Bracket Match. Cousins Wiest and Cottrell face off in this losers bracket match. Winner is in – loser is bumped out. Wiest starts the match with a 238, Cottrell bowls 213, Game 2 Cottrell has a nice 257 game – Wiest rolls another 238 to be up by 6 pins 476 – 470. Cottrell starts game 2 with a split for an open then strike, spare 4 bagger through 7 frames. Wiest starts with the first 7 strikes. Cottrell spares in the 8th and 9th and then gets a double and 8 to finish with a 223 game and 693 series which was the 4th highest series this shift but its not enough as Wiest starts with the first 9 strikes leaves a 10 pin, spares and strikes for 279 and 755 knocking his cousin out of the tournament. Wiest must win one more match at 8 pm to stay in.

Jerome Lang vs Justin Lanser – Lanes 3-4 – Losers Bracket Match. Lanser starts with a 231 game, Lang goes 202 and down 29 pins. Lang rolls a 242 in game 2 for 444 after 2, Lanser rolls a 200 for 431 and down 13 pins after 2 games. Lang starts game 3 with a strike, 8 split and none, Lanser goes single pin miss, then a turkey, Lang goes strike and then 6 and 3 for another open and now Lanser has the lead. Lang strikes in the 5th then spares, Lanser goes back to back 9 spares . Both strike in the 7th, Lang strikes in the 8th while Lanser covers another single pin. Lang has a 1 pin lead going into the 9th frame. Lang strikes, Lanser misses a single pin. There is still a chance, Lanser strikes in the 10th, Lang strikes in the 10th and the match is over he finishes with a 213 – 657 – Lanser has 195 – 626 and is bumped from the tournament. Lang needs 1 more win to stay in ….. Stay tuned for 8 pm!

Jerome Lang vs Keith McDermott – Lanes 7-8 – Losers Bracket Match. Lang starts us out with a 228 game McDermott rolls a 199. Game 2 Lang maintains his lead rolling a 226 and 454 after 2. McDermott rolls a 222 for 421 after 2 and down 33 pins. McDermott starts game 3 with a double, 8 spare, double, Lang goes strike spare, split for an open then doubles. McDermott spares in the 6th and 7th, while Lang adds a strike for a turkey then covers a single pin. McDermott strikes, Lang spares. McDermott can strike out for 245 and put pressure on Lang, Lang strikes in the 8th, McDermott leaves 7 and spares. He gets a double and 9 in the 10th for 224 and a 645 series, Lang needs 9 in the 10th for the win and strikes then spares for 213 – 667 and is our first bowler to run the gauntlet and win 3 matches to make the money – Congrats to Jerome Lang! McDermott gets bumped one match from the money but has a great tournment!

Randy Mackey vs Kyle Wiest – Lanes 5-6 – Losers Bracket Match. Mackey has a great tournament but runs into a Wiest who had 766 and 755 in his two previous matches. Mackey rolls games of 247-201-210 for 658. Wiest continues his onslaught of the pins and rolls games of 278-213-270 for 761! Wiest is our second bowler to complete the gauntlet in Hell week!

Blake Nadermann vs Cody Beck – Lanes 9-10 – Losers Bracket Match. Nadermann and Beck are both trying to win 3 matches, both good young bowlers. Nadermann starts with 213 the first game, Beck struggles to a 173 game. Game 3 is a struggle for both, Naddermann goes 161 for 374 after 2 games. Beck rolls a 193 for 366 and down 8 pins. The last game is a blur for me and in my nervousness in watching this match I forgot to take a photo of the last game. Both bowlers were bowling well. Beck had a 4 bagger in the middle of the game, Nadermann missed a 10 pin late in the match and bowled a 211 game, Beck struck in the 9th and 10th to shut Nadermann out and finished with a 238 game and 604 series. Nadermann who had a very nice tournament finished with 211 and 585 and is bumped from the tournament. Beck is our 3rd and final bowler to run the gauntlet and make the finals next week. Where there are still chances for more family feud matches next week.

Dylan Pfab vs Steve Beck – Lanes 3-4 – Loser Bracket Match. Pfab and Beck lost in the Winners bracket last week – both have to win 2 matches to stay in. Dylan Pfab 634 defeathed Jason Lanser 578 at 7 pm. Steve Beck 623 defeated Marcus Henry 563 at 7 pm. Both Pfab and Beck have a rough start – Pfab goes 176, Beck 166. down 10 Beck rolls a nice 234 game but Pfab nips him by 1 in game 2 with a 235 game and 411 after 2 and an 11 pin advantage. Pfab starts game 3 with a single pin miss, then doubles, single pin spare and picks up a split. Beck goes 7 spare, strike, 9 spare, 8 spare and 6 spare but with all the pin count loss he is down only 13 pins after 5 frames. Beck strikes in the 8th and spares, Pfab spares, then splits and does not convert this one. Pfab then doubles, Beck spares in the 8th and 9th. Advantage to Pfab as he can shut Beck out with a strike in the 10th. Beck finishes first and strikes out for 202 and a 602 series. Pfab must strike to win and leaves a single pin spares and gets 5 for a 185 and 596. Pfab another young bowler who had a great tournament is bumped from the tournament in the last frame of the night. Beck who has won the tournament twice, survives. BARELY. But its enough to put him into the money.

Good luck to all of the bowlers next week!

Stephanie

***I want to thank Kyle for taking it easy on his Mom’s nerves as the two Beck’s caused me a LOT of stress!

2019 Budweiser Big 10 – Greatest Matches – Week 3

It’s week 3 and after tonight half of the field of competitors will be eliminated. Who will survive?

Congrats to Kevin Scheffert who had the first 11 strikes for a 297 and a 760 series. Kevin is last years champion, won his match easily tonight and remains in the Winners bracket for Hell Week next week.

For our first set of matches – we have 2 honorable mentions for come-from-behind wins. Andrew Willems had 474 after 2, his opponent Randy Mackey had 471 – this was an 8 pm Winners Bracket match. Randy ran into trouble and Willems rolled a 220 game to get the win 694 – 640. Both bowlers will bowl next week, Mackey will take on the winner of one of the 7 pm matches. Willems will face Stephen Habel

Our 2nd match is Zach Althaus vs Mike Kaesbauer another 8 pm match on Lanes 3-4. Kaesbauer has the early lead with games of 221-244 for 465, Althaus goes 234-224 for 458. The last game Kaesbauer runs into trouble Althaus after being down 7 going into the last game finishes with a 233 game and a 691 series vs Kaesbauer’s 612. In this match, Kaesbauer is bumped from the tournament and Althaus wins the right to bowl Jason Lanser next week in Round 1 of Hell Week.

Dan Moore vs Danny Behning Lanes 1&2 – 7 pm Shift – Losers Bracket match. Moore goes 192 – 204 for 396 after 2. Behning goes 187 – 234 for 421 and a 26 pin lead over Moore going into game 3. Moore starts with a double, Behning goes strike spare, Moore covers a single pin and then gets another double, Behning rolls a turkey to get us through 5 frames and the match is still 25 pin in favor of Behning. In the 6th Moore covers a single pin, Behning leaves an 8 split and gets 1, Both strike in the 7th, Behning’s lead is cut in half. Moore strikes again for a double, Behning gets 7 and 2 in the 8th and now Moore has the lead, he gets a 6 spare to set up the 10th, Behning strikes to give himself a chance. Moore strikes in the 10th, Behning needs a strike and leaves a single pin and spares, he strikes his last ball, Moore finishes with a 7 spare and a 224 game and 620 series. Behning finishes with a 192 game and 613 series and loses by 7. Moore stays in the tournament because he was able to stay clean the last game to get the win. Behning is bumped from the tournament.

Cody Beck vs Josh Einsweiler – we are staying on 1 & 2 at 7 pm for this match. Winner is in, loser goes home. Beck goes 277 – 172 for 449, it was a great first game, but split trouble got him trouble in game 2. Einsweiler was more consistent he rolled 236 – 222 for 458 after 2 games and a 9 pin lead over Beck. Beck starts game 3 with another split for an open, then a 10 pin spare. Einsweiler starts game 3 with a 4 bagger, then misses a single pin in the 5th. Beck strikes in frames 3 – 5, the game is back to even and the match has Beck down by 11 now. Beck strikes in the 6th, Einsweiler picks up a single pin. Both strike in the 7th and now Beck has a 3 pin advantage. Both strike in the 8th, 9th and first ball in the 10th. Whoever flinches, loses. Einsweiler strike in the 11th, Beck goes high brooklyn for a strike, Einsweiler strikes in the 12th for 257 and 715. Beck finishes with another solid strike in the pocket for a 269 finish and a 718 series and the win by 3 pins. Einsweiler bowled great all night, missed just a couple of single pin spares and is the 2nd member of the 700 and lose club. Since this is a losers bracket match he unfortunately is bumped from the tournament. Beck shakes off a bad middle game and puts another big game together at the end for the win (with a little luck, thanks to the brookyn). He remains in the tournament in the losers bracket and will face Kody Klein next week.

Heath Kohl vs Jeremy Cook – Lanes 1 & 2 again – 8 pm Winners bracket match. Both bowlers struggled the first game to a 160 game, tied going into game 2 Kohl rolls a 190 for 350 after 2, Cook is just a little better with a 205 and 365 after 2. Down 15 after 2 games Kohl goes strike, 9 spare, turkey to start game 2. Cook opens the first with an 8 split and gets 1, then rips off a 4 bagger and the game is even with 5 frames to go. Both strike in the 6th. Both open the 7th – Cook misses a single pin, Kohl goes 7 and 1. Kohl strikes in the 8th and Cook misses another single pin. Both spare the 9th. Cook still has the advantage by 7 pins if they both strike out. Both strike in the 10th, Cook leaves a single pin in the 11th, Kohl strikes. Cook misses the single pin and Kohl strikes the last ball to win this Winner’s bracket match 223- 573 to Cook’s 204 – 569 losing by 4 pins. I am sure there were missed opportunities by both bowlers, but the 2 single pin misses in game 3 by Cook loom large. Cook moves to the Losers bracket and will bowl at 7 pm next week and will face the winner of Rick Schatzabel vs Blake Nadermann who bowl at 6 pm. Kohl will bowl at 6 pm against the winner of this week’s Family Feud match.

This week’s Family Feud match features brothers in the Oertel family

Josh Oertel vs Nate Oertel – lanes 11-12 at 8 pm. This is a winners bracket match – so when it’s over both bowlers remain in the tournament. Game 1 Josh has 227 vs Nate’s 235. Game 2 Josh rolls 219 vs Nate’s 238. Nate is up by 27 pins going into game 3. Josh starts us off with a double, Nate goes strike spare, Josh rolls 2 more strikes, Nate matches him. Josh has picked about 10 pins of the 27 pin deficit, through 4 and the match is getting tight. He leaves a single pin in the 5th and spares, Nate Strikes. Josh strikes in the 6th, Nate goes 6 spare. Both leave a single pin the 7th, Nate covers his, Josh misses his. Both strike in the 8th, advantage is with Nate as they both can strike out for 240 games, Nate gets a strike in the 9th, Josh leaves a single pin and spares and the match is pretty much over, Both strike in the 10th and the 11th. Nate finishes the game with another strike ending the game with a 5 bagger and also winning family bragging rights as he defeats Josh 718 – 672. Nate will face Heath Kohl next week in the final 8 of the Winners bracket. Josh must win twice next week and will face the winner of the 6 pm match between Cody Beck and Kody Klein.

Depending on how the matches fall, there are more chances in the coming weeks for new editions of Family Feud!

Good luck to all next week, if you survive you cash! The field will go from 32 bowlers down to 12 in a few short hours!

Stephanie

2019 Budweiser Big 10 – Week 2 Greatest matches

Week 2 is complete. 16 bowlers exit early from the tournament. There were a lot of great games and Matches. Congratulation to Heath Kohl who shot a 300 game and Won his 8 pm match against Danny Behning!

6 PM matches – Loser Bracket matches

Josh Orr vs Shawn Timmermann – lanes 7-8. Josh starts the first 2 games with 224-168 for 392, Timmermann goes 173- 226 for 399 and a slim 7 pin lead. Orr goes spare, single pin open, 4 bagger, spare, single pin open, strike spare and 8 for a 203 game and 595. Timmermann goes strike, spare, strike, 7-2, 2 single pin spares, strike, 2 single pin spares, Leaves another single pin spares and strikes for 185 and 584 – Orr gets the come from behind win and remains in the tournament – Shawn is our first bowler who is out of the tournament early.

Phill Breitbach vs Dan Atchison – Lanes 1-2. Breitbach goes 212-200 for 412 after 2 games. Atchison goes 185-223 for 408. 4 pins separates the two going into the last game. Breitbach goes spare, 5 spare, 6 split and gets 2, strike, spare, 7 spare, double, 7 and 2 for an open and misses a single pin in the tenth for 160. Atchison goes 7 split and 1 for an open, spare, strike, 7 split and 2 for another open, double, 9 spare, strike 8 split in the 9th and gets 1, then strikes out for a 183 and the win 591 – 572. Breitbach exits early despite bowling well this past month in league play.. Atchison will compete again next week.

Shawn Manning vs Andy Slaght lanes 11-12. This was not a High scoring match but Manning gets the come from behind win with a 196 his last game to net the win over Slaght who struggled to a 158. Slaght exits early. A win is a win not matter the score, Manning will get another chance next week!

Jay Lanser vs Jerry Lanser – Lanes 7-8 – two Brothers duke it out in this match. We will start with Jay who rulls 223 – 226 for 449 after 2 games. His brother Jerry goes 174 – 209 for 383 and down 66 pins. This last game was not pretty. Jay goes 10 pin miss, spare strike, 8 split and 1, 10 pin miss, spare, split and 1 through 7. Jerry goes single pin miss, spare, turkey, 8 split and 1, double, through 8 and has picked up more than half the deficit from the first two games. Jay strikes in the 8th. Both brothers split in the 9th – Jay leaves the 3-4-6-7 and gets 1, Jerry leaves the 7 – 10 and gets 1. Jay is up by 12, strikes the first ball, Jerry leaves a split and gets 2, Jay gets 9 spare to close out an ugly 137 game for 586 but nets the win over Jerry who rolled a 180 and 563. Jerry is knocked out of the tournament early by his brother. Jay suvives the night and will bowl at 7 pm next week.

Luke Althaus vs Cody Beck – Lanes 3-4. Althaus rolls a 222 the first game, Beck 215. Althaus goes 201 in game 2 for 423 but finds himself down after Beck starts with the first 9 strikes, leaves a 10 pin and spares for 278 and 493 and a nice 70 pin cushion. Game 3 Althaus goes strike, 10 pin spare, turkey through 5, Beck goes double, single pin spare, double and looks to cruise to a win when Althaus leaves another single pin after his turkey, Beck matches with a single pin spare, Althaus strikes in the 7th – 9th frames, putting pressure on Beck, who splits in the 7th and gets 2, then strikes, then picks up the 10 pin. Althaus strikes in the 10th for a 4 bagger, after picking up the 10 pin Beck needs 8 pins on the first ball to get the win and strikes. Althaus finishes with a nice 248 and 671 series, Beck finishes the game with a double and 9 for 213 and 706 and his first win in the Big 10 tournament after watching and keeping score for many years. Althaus unfortunately is bumped from the tournament after pushing hard for the win.

Wes Hartford vs Terry Cottrell lanes 1-2. We are back on 1 and 2 for another close match. Hartford goes 160 – 234 for 394 after 2 games, Cottrell goes 193-221 for 414 and up 20 pins going into game 3. Hartford goes strike, spare, 4 bagger, Cottrell goes double, 9 spare, 9 spare, 7 split and 2 for an open and then 9 spare through 6 frames. Hartford has made up the deficit and padded his lead by 26, he strikes in the 7th to make a 5 bagger, then leaves a single pin and spares, Cottrell doubles, Hartford leaves another single pin and spares, Cottrell strikes again and now has a slight advantage over Hartford. 10th frame Hartford leaves another single pin and spares, Cottrell strikes, both strike in the 11th and Cottrell finishes the match with one more strike for a game winning 6 bagger. Hartford has a 237 – 631 but comes up short when Cottrell is able to finish strong and nets a 234 game and 648 series. Hartford is bumped from the tournament after just 2 weeks, as he was not able to overcome the slow start in this match.

7 pm Match

Josh Einsweiler vs Ben Cottrell – Lanes 1-2. This is a winners bracket match so both are in the tournament after the match is over, its just a matter of which side of the board. Einsweiler goes 169 – 243 for 412 after 2, Cottrell 235 – 185 for 420 after 2. Cottrell starts us with 3 single pin spares and a double through 5. Einsweiler goes strike, spare, 8 split for an open and gets 1, strike, another 8 split and gets none. Cottrell is up 42 pins now. Both pick up single pins in the 6th. Einsweiler strikes in the 7th and 8th, Cottrell covers two single pin spares. They both strike in the 9th, Einsweiler strikes out in the 10th for 213 and 625, If he gets a spare and strike – it’s a tie, he strikes the strikes the first ball and then gets 6 spare for the win 631 – 625. Cottrell stays in the winners bracket while Einsweiler moves over to the losers bracket. He had a great second half of the game to give himself a shot at the win, but his first game set him behind and the first half of game 3, leaving a pair of splits didn’t help his cause either. But there is not quit – so be wary if you draw him down the road. Good luck to both next week!

8 pm Matches

Jerome Lang vs Dylan Pfab – Lanes 3-4. Lang starts 178 – 243 for 421. Pfab rolls 190 – 212 for 402. Lang is up by 19. Lang has 3 splits for opens and missed 2 spares to roll a 160 his last game for 581. A few missed spares and splits in his 3 game set and Pfab rolls a double and a turkey, but a split and and open frame and he bowls good enough to win with a 202 the last game and 604 – netting a nice come from behind win. This was a winners bracket match so Lang will have another chance next week to stay in the tournament. Pfab is in the winners bracket and taking the short path to the finals. Good luck to both next week!

Kyle Wiest vs Josh Oertel – Lanes 5-6. Wiest starts with a 247 – 202 for 449 after 2 games. Oertel had 206-226 for 432 and down 17 pins. Game 3 Wiest goes back to back 9 spares, double and 9 spare. Oertel opens the first with 6-2, then 5 strikes in a row through 6. Wiest strikes in the 6th – 8th frames, while Oertel goes 7 spare strike and pins Oertel had made up, are gone and the game is even. Oertel strikes in the 9th, Wiest leaves the 6-10 and gets only the 10 pin, both strike in the 10th, Wiest leaves a 10 in the 11th and Oertel strikes for the win. Wiest finishes with a 213 game and 662 series, Oertel takes the win and rolls a nice 255 and 687 to remain in the winners bracket. Wiest will stay in the tournament but moves to the losers bracket. Josh will face off next week against his brother Nate. Good luck to all!

Ricky Garner vs Jeremy Cook – Lanes 7-8, we keep moving lanes to the right, Garner goes 241 out of the gate then 190 for 431 after 2. Cook goes 224 – 194 for 418. Both bowlers had good games but Cook was just better. Garner ended the night with 223 and 654, Cook had 258 and 676 to net the come from behind win. Again this is another winners bracket match, Cook stays on the winners bracket side and faces Heath Kohl next week, Garner moves to the losers bracket to face Brad Huekels.

Andrew Gantenbein vs Steve Beck – Lanes 9-10. Last match to be reviewed for the night. Both bowlers bowled well, Gantenbein starts with 224 – 236 for 460 after 2. Beck goes 226, then the first 9 strikes then leaves the 4 in the 10th and covers it and gets 9 more for 278. The last game Gantenbein who is down 44 pins, starts with a turkey and back to back 9 spares, Beck goes strike spares, double, 9 spare. Both strike in the 6th, Beck leaves a single pin in the 7th and spares, Gantenbein strikes in the 7th and 8th to make a turkey and games 29 of the 44 pins he was down. Beck strikes in the 8th and 9th, Gantenbein also strikes in the 9th, Beck is up 15 pins, Both strike in the 10th and when both strike in the 11th, Beck wins the match – Both strike out in the 10th – Gantenbein has a nice 268 for 728 and becomes the first bowler to lose while bowling a 700 series. Beck finishes with a 239 and 743 and remains in the Winners bracket. Gantenbein will face Jay Lanser next week in the losers bracket. Beck will take on Brody Green.

There were a lot of really good matches tonight, unfortunately quite a few came in the Losers Bracket. There were quite a few bowlers that ended their Big 10 bid for a championship losing by under 20 pins. Next week the field is cut in half – who will survive to make it to Hell Week!

Good luck to all!

Stephanie

2019 Budweiser Big 10 Championship Tournament Week 1

Welcome back Budweiser Big 10 Tournament fans!  Are you ready for the 2019 Tournament to start?  We some exciting matches the first week, a first 300 game for a bowler, a family match and the possibility of more family matches in the coming weeks!

First – Congratulations to Randy Mackey who bowled his first 300 game on 9-10 in front of a big crowd the first game of his 7 pm match.  He added a 209 and 265 for 774 and a big win over Dan Atchison who shot a respectable 640.

Family Match 1  – Week 1  – 8 pm on lanes 3-4 – Was Brother-in-Laws Terry Cottrell vs Steve Beck – Beck wins the match this time shooting a 682.

Watch for Family Match 2 – Next week Jay Lanser vs Jerry Lanser in the Losers Bracket

And now for more of this week’s closest matches.

Jason Lanser vs Dan Moore on lanes 3-4 at 6 pm.  Lanser is hot out of the gate rolling a 259 game Moore rolls a nice 212 but finds himself down 47 pins.  Game 2 Moore rolls a 227, but doesn’t gain any ground as Lanser matches him.  Game 3 Moore starts hot and looks to make up some ground but he leaves a few single pins towards the end of the match and Lanser finishes big.  They almost match scores again – Moore rolls a 246 for a 685 series, Lanser 247 and a 733 series for the big win over Moore last years runner up in the finals.  Its week 1 so Moore will bowl again next week vs Casey Hedrick, while Lanser will face Jordan Schoettmer

Champion watch – Last years champion Kevin Scheffert is a little luckier this week than Moore, he  rolls a 585 but wins the match easily over opponent Josh Orr who struggled in the second and third games and could not send the Champion to the Losers Bracket.  Scheffert will face Marcus Henry next week at 7 pm

Bob Meisenburg Jr vs Rick Jacobs on lanes 7-8 at 6 pm.  Bob starts the match with 197, Rick rolls a 225 and has a 28 pin edge, game 2 Rick rolls 216 but Bob makes the match virtually even by rolling a 241 game.  Up only 3 pins Rick rolls a 189 his last game, Bob gets the first come from behind win with a 211 game and a 649 – 630 win over Rick Jacobs.  Its Week 1 so both will bowl again next week.  Jacobs will face Jeff Mauthe and Meisenburg will face Keith McDermott

Jeremy Hirsch vs Blake Nadermann on lanes 7-8 at 7 pm. Hirsch starts with a 195 game, Nadermann 223 and is up 28 pins in game 1.  Game 2 Hirsch has 227 and Nadermann rolls a 200 and has a slim 1 pin lead going into game 3.  Hirsch starts with a double, spare, strike, 2 more spare, strike, spare and a strike through the first 9 frames.  Nadermann starts strike, spare, strike, 2 spares, split and misses both, turkey through 9 frames.  Nadermann leaves a single pin the 10th and spares then strikes for 204, Hirsch gets the first strike and the 8 spare for the win and a 214 game.  His 636 gives him the come from behind win over Nadermann’s 627.  Nadermann will bowl on the Losers bracket side and face Ken Kauffmann next week at 6 pm.  Hirsch will bowl at 8 pm in the Winners bracket and face Gene Ninneman

Ryan Kase vs Kyle Wiest on lanes 1-2 at 8 pm.  The pins were flying in this match Kase rolls a nice 237 but is down 21 pins as Wiest shoots 258.  Game 2 Wiest matches his game one score shooting another 258 game, Kase falls further behind with a 212 game where he struggle a bit in the middle of the game to strike but finished strong.  Down 67, Kase rolls his best game of 248 and makes up some ground but not all of the deficit.  Wiest rolls 227 and a 743 to take the match.  Kase bowled a great 697 which would win him a match most nights (8 bowlers topped him of 64) but this week he moves to the Losers bracket and faces Colton Hedrick at 7 pm next week.  Wiest bowls at 8 pm vs Josh Oertel

Wes Hartford vs Andrew Gantenbein on lanes 9-10 at 8 pm.  This match is our closest match of the night. Hartford starts big with a 235, Gantenbein has a 194 and now finds himself down 41.  Game 2 Hartford is the one struggling to a 199 game and 434 after 2, Gantenbein rolls a 233 and has 427 after 2 and has 7 more pins to make up in game 3 to get the win.  Both bowlers struggle but Gantenbein takes the win with a 186-613 finish to Hardford’s 177 – 611.  Winning by 2 keeps Gantenbein in the Winners bracket for Week 2 against where he will face Steve Beck at 8pm, Hartford moves the Losers bracket and will face Terry Cottrell at 6 pm

Good luck to all of the bowlers next week!  16 bowlers will not survive and by week 3 the field will be cut in half!

Stephanie

2018 Budweiser Big 10 Finals Week

Its finally here, the finals of the 2018 Budweiser Big 10 Championship Tournament!

Who will win Kevin Scheffert your winners bracket Champion or Dan Moore your Losers Bracket Champion?  We will check on them after we look at what happened earlier in the day with the Baker Team Tournament.

The Baker Team Tournament is a tournament where 5 bowler combine to bowl a single game, then repeat that 11 more times for a 12 game tournament.  If you have ever watched a High School or Collegiate Meet you have seen this exciting format.  This is how the format goes.  I will use my teammates names for simplicity.  I bowl the 1st and 6th frames, Cindy bowled the 2nd and 7th frames, Beco bowled the 3rd and 8th frames, Terry bowled the 4th and 9th frames and Steve bowled the 5th and all of the 10th frame.  You can change the order you bowl at any time during the start of a new game.  The tournament has always been a 12 team tournament and was expanded this year to 17 teams this year with hopes that it will grow and fill both sides.  Teams qualified by bowling one game on their starting lane, then switching with the team on their pair and bowling a full game on the other lane on their pair.  Then skipping one set of lanes and repeating on the next pair until they have completed 12 games.   The expanded field means more teams can qualify for the finals, in previous years 4 teams qualified, thankfully 8 teams qualified this year for bracket play!  8th place was 2499 – so it took 99 over to qualify this year.  The matches will be 2 game matches in the finals with each team bowling a complete game against their opponent on the pair they were assigned

In Round 1.   #4 DCS defeated 3. Sunset Lanes  #2 Lanser defeated #7 Fuzzy Nuts.  On the other side of the brack for round 1.   #4 FGC defeated #6 Last One.   #8 Creslanes defeated #1 Family Beer.

Round 2 #2 Lansers defeated DSC to move on to the championship match.  #5 FGC defeated Creslanes to get to the finals

Round 3 – The Championship round.

The Lansers team members were – Jason Lanser, Jerry Lanser, Justin Lanser, Ryan Duhme and Jeremy Cook

The FGC team members were – Dennis Pergande, Tom Bertjens, Tim Cole, Jason Robey and Clayton Cole

#5 FGC rolled a 223 game #2 Lansers a 219 game.  In game 2 both struggled Lansers bowled a 151 game and a 370 series, FGC struggled a bit too but comes out on top with a 181 game and a 404 2 game series and the 2018 Baker Team Championship!   Congratulations to all the qualified and especially to the FGC team!

Now on to the Finals of the 2018 Budweiser Big 10 championship Tournament.   Dan Moore must defeat Kevin Scheffert twice to be crowned champion.  Dan was in this same situation a few years back and forced a second match, he then lost the 2nd match and was runner up, not what he wanted but still a great tournament.   The crowd was pretty big this year, some of the bowlers from the Baker Tournament hung out to see who would be champion.  The Budweiser Crew was in attendance, Gary Fagan the Big 10 photographer and Jim Leitner from the Telegraph Herald.  Now on to the first Match!

Kevin Scheffert vs Dan Moore     Lanes 7&8      7 pm

Scheffert has an up and down start to game 1, he starts with the 3-6-10 and chops the 3 off for an open in the 1st, then doubles, leaves the 3-4-6-7 split and covers only the the 3-6 for another open.  Then gets some light shakers to go and turkeys in the 5th – 7th, ending that string with another split – the 3-4-6-7-10 getting only the 6-10 for a third open, he strikes out in the 9th and 10th for a 199 rolling 9 strikes in the game but had 3 opens.  Moore (a left hander) starts the first game with a light shot and leaves the 3-9 and spares, then covers the 3 pin, he then changes balls and 4 bagger with a few nice light mixers, he leaves a 7 pin to end the string and covers it, then gets lucky and trips the 3 to get a strike in the 8th, adds another in the 9th for a double then comes in light again leaving the 3 pin spares and leaves a 4 pin for a nice 236 game and a 37 pin lead.

Game 2 Moore is the one that struggles, he starts with another ball change gets a brooklyn to start, then covers the 4 pin, uncharacteristically misses an 8 pin, strikes,  goes high and leaves the 4-7-10 split, 8 pin and spares this time, washes out and gets 3 for an open, another ball change and strikes, a mixer in the 9th for a double then a mixer for a double, leaves the 4-7 in the 10th and chops it for his 4th open in the game for a 157 game and 393 after 2.  Scheffert has the light strike going and starts with a 4 bagger, comes in light for a 2 pin spare, 10 pin spare, 4 bagger to finish the game and a 7 spare and his 255 – 454 tops Moore by 61 pins going into the last game.  The two missed spares cost Moore about 31 pins (assuming he strikes on the fill ball in the 10th)

Game 3 Scheffert goes first and covers the 7 pin, Moore doubles, Scheffert opens leaving the 2-4-10 and gets 2,  then strikes, Moore leaves the 2-4 and spares, then gets a brooklyn, Scheffert strikes twice to make a turkey, Moore rolls 2 more strikes in the 5th and 6th for a turkey, Scheffert strikes in the 6th to make it 4 in a row and then goes high and leaves the 3-4-6-7-10 split and gets 3.  Moore strikes in the 7th and again in the 8th getting a light mixer and he has picked up 50 pins on Scheffert with a few frames to go.  Scheffert throws 2 solid shots in a row for a double in the 8th and 9th, Moore needs a double to force Scheffert to mark, but he doesnt get it he leaves a 9 pin the 9th and spares and covers the 7 pin the 10th and gets 9 for a 245 game and 638.  Scheffert finishes the match with a 3 pin spare and a strike for the Championship!  his 206 – 660 gets him the 2018 Budweiser Big 10 Championship.  Congratulations to both bowlers, this was an up and down match that could have gone either way.  Scheffert finishes the tournament UNDEFEATED!

Runner Up Dan Moore and Champion Kevin Scheffert

Here is a full prize list and winners

Hi Qualifier  $35 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Jason Lanser     1471

Hi Game       $15 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Colton Hedrick  300

Hi Series       $15 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Brett Besler        781

9th – 12th Place finishers    $75 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Keith McDermott

Jay Lanser

Brett Besler

Bobby Petsche

7th – 8th Place finishers      $100 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Josh Orr

Tyler Kohl

5th – 6th place finishers      $125 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Steve Beck

Rick Jacobs

4th Place                                 $225 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Jason Lanser

3rd Place                                 $325 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Ryan Kase

2nd Place                                $650 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Dan Moore

2018 Budweiser Big 10 Champion $1300 and a Budweiser Holiday Stein

Kevin Scheffert

2018 Budweiser Big 10 Champion Kevin Scheffert

 

 

2018 Budweiser Big 10 Losers Bracket Championship Week

Budweiser Big 10 fans – its one week before the finals.  Who will win out the Mini Hell week and face Kevin Scheffert next week in the finals of the Big 10 Championship?  Rick Jacobs, Jason Lanser, Steve Beck, Ryan Kase or Dan Moore.

Rick Jacobs vs Jason Lanser – Jacobs starts with 206 and 223 – 429 after 2 games.  Lanser goes 233 and 214 – 447 after 2.  Jacobs rolls 4 strikes the last game, 2 of them for a double, 5 single pin spares and stayed clean for 201, Lanser rolled 9 strikes and left 3 single pins and was clean also for a 249 game Lanser wins 696 to Jacobs 632.  Jacobs finishes in a tie for 5th and 6th with the loser of the next match – Lanser will bowl round two against the Winner of the next match.

Ryan Kase vs  Steve Beck – Kase rolls a 219 the first game – Beck goes 248.  Game 2 rolls reverse and Kase has the higher game of 223 with 2 opens and a 6 bagger, Beck nets 183 with no doubles and an open in the 10th.  Kase is up by 11 going into the last game.  The last game they start the same strike spare, then Kase takes off and rolls a 4 bagger, hitting ’em thin and watchin’ em spin.  Beck was clean again the last game until the 10th, only carried 3 strikes he nets a 181, while Kase is clean til the 11th, rolling a big double in the 9th and 10th to shut Beck out.  His 231 – 673 finish knocks 2 time past champion Beck out of the tournament with a 612 series.  He finishes in a tie for 5th and 6th with Jacobs.

Jason Lanser vs  Ryan Kase  –  Both bowlers came off pretty big wins, but we move to a fresh pair.  Game 1 Lanser 2 doubles and a clean game and gets 213.  Kase misses a 10 pin and has a split for 2 opens, he finishes the game with a 5 bagger and 7 count for 212 and 1 pin down.  Game 2 Kase leaves the 2-10 split and misses both, he rattles off 4 9 spares in a row and then finally in the 6th frames gets a strike and turns it into a turkey, 9 spare and strikes out in the 1oth for 214.  Lanser has 2 splits for opens, a 5 bagger and a double for 217.  The match is 430 for Lanser to 426 for Kase.  Lanser starts with a spare, Kase doubles and takes the lead.  Lanser goes strike spare, Kase spare strike, Lanser splits for an open and then spares, Kase tacks on 2 more strikes for a turkey, Lanser goes spare and strike, Kase strikes in the 7th and looks to have a 50 pin lead, then leaves the 10 pin in the 8th and misses it.  Lanser jumps on the open and gets 2 more strikes catching a break on a Brooklyn in the 9th for a turkey and gets himself back in the match.  Kase comes up light in the 9th leaving the 2-4-8-10 and gets only 2.  Kase strikes in the 10th and then gets a 9 spare for a 213 game and 639 series.  Now he sits and watches as his fate is in the next toss by Lanser, who makes a good shot but its a solid 10 pin, he spares and leaves another 10 pin for a 205 game and 633 series.  Kase edges Lanser by 6 thin pins.  Lanser who is the second past champion ousted by Kase tonight finishes in 4th place.  Can Kase win 3 matches in one night to make it to the Championship match or will Dan Moore deny him this opportunity and send himself to the Championship match to get revenge on Kevin Scheffert?

Ryan Kase vs  Dan Moore – Game 1 Kase rolls 2 doubles and a 5 bagger but has 2 big splits for opens so only nets a 221 for his 9 strike effort.  Moore gets a brooklyn for a double, another double and a 4 bagger.  He also has 9 strikes but he is clean and rolls a 238 game.  Game 2 Moore goes double, back to back splits for opens, strike, spare, spare, washes out for an open, then when it seemed bleakest he found the pocket and struck out in the 9th and 10th for a 187 and 425 after 2. Kase went strike, 3 spares, double spare double and when he needed a spare or better yet a strike to put himself up by 30 or more he opens leaving the 2-4-8 and catches only 2 for a 201 game and 422 after 2 and down by 3 pins.  Game 3 both bowlers start with turkeys, Kase adds a 4th strike, while Moore misses the 7 pin the 4th, then strikes, Kase gets a 5th strike and has the lead, and maintains the lead when he leaves the 2-7-8 split but covers it.  Moore rolls 2 more strikes to make a turkey through the 7th.  Kase has back to back disaster frames leaving the 3-4-6-7 split and gets 2 for an open, then leaves the bucket and gets only 2 for back to back opens.  Moore who went from being down to open just by watching Kase bowl, strikes in the 8th then covers the 3-9 spare, Kase rolls a great shot and leaves the 7 pin and spares, strikes in the 10th then comes in light and leaves the 8 – 10 split for an open and a 208 game and 630 series.  Moore needs pins and gets a strike to get the win, he caps it off with 9 more and misses the 7 pin but it doesn’t matter. his 234 game and 659 series sends Dan Moore to the Championship Match!  Congratulations Dan!  Dan took the 2nd easier route to the championship match as his only loss came when he bowled Kevin Scheffert in the championship round and lost by only 2 pins.  This should be a great finals next week.  Kase has his best finish yet in the Budweiser Big 10 Championship tournament and was a couple frames short of making the finals, he bowled well during the tournament and nets himself the 3rd place check.  Congrats on a great tournament!

So that is it – one week to go.  Matches are at 7 and 8 pm on Saturday.  I am looking forward to a fantastic finals!  Good luck to Scheffert and Moore!  If Moore is able to outscore Scheffert the first match he will have to defeat him twice, so there could be a winner take all 2nd match!

Before the finals, stop down in the afternoon to watch the Baker Team Tournament – it has been expanded  this year and may grow to be 24 teams in the next year or two…..  The baker tournament is 5 person teams where each bowler bowls 2 frames each in a game.  So all 5 bowlers combine to bowl 1 game.  If you have not seen Baker team bowling on TV or at a High School or Collegiate meet then this is something you need to stop down and watch!  Its one of my favorite events all year!

Good luck to all and see you at the lanes!

Stephanie

2018 Budweiser Big 10 Championship Winners Bracket Champion

It’s Winners Bracket Championship week!  Who will win out and get a bye week next week?  Jason Lanser, Kevin Scheffert, Steve Beck or Dan Moore

7 Pm matches

Tyler Kohl defeats Jay Lanser, rolling a 205 his last game to win easily 598-534.  Lanser and losers of the next 4 matches finish in a Tie for 9th – 12th place

Rick Jacobs defeats Bobby Petsche.  Petsche tries to get the come from behind win and rolls a nice 223 game but Jacobs rolls a 216 and wins easily 665 – 617.

Brett Besler loses to Ryan Kase.  Kase starts big with a 266 and never really lets Besler get back in the match – Kase wins 669 – 559

Keith McDermott loses to Josh Orr, Orr was consistent rolling a 599 McDermott struggled til the last game but his 224 finish falls way short with his 520 series.

So Lanser, Petsche, Besler and McDermott cash in 9 – 12th place

Dan Moore vs Jason Lanser – Winners Bracket match.  Both struggle mightly the first game Moore nets an 8 pin advantage 156 – 148.  Moore rolls 245 the next game and adds 42 more pins to his lead when Jason Lanser rolls 203.  Last game is a strike fest for both, but that is not good news for Lanser as his 245 does not get him the come from behind win as Moore tops him by 3 shooting a 248.  Moore’s 649 tops Lanser’s 596 and puts him in the finals for the Winners Bracket Champion – bowling the winner of the next match

Steve Beck  vs Kevin Scheffert.  Beck starts slow but nets a 217, but he is down 28 pins with  Scheffert striking out of the gate and getting 245 his first game.  Scheffert stays hot and gets a 246 in game 2, a ball change does not help Beck as he struggles to strike and rolls a 189, down 85 pins Beck finally starts striking but its not enough, he leaves a couple single pins to get a 246 game, Scheffert does run into a little trouble but not enough to lose his lead he finishes with a 202 the last game and finishes with a 693, Beck’s 652 was second high in the Winners bracket but he loses to the one bowler that bowled better than him.   A few missed spares pushes him too far behind and he and Jason Lanser will have to win 3 times (a mini Hell Week) to try to make it to the Big 10 Finals.

Ryan Kase vs  Josh Orr, Orr strugglers all 3 games – has a nice tournament but loses to Kase 589 – 514.  Orr is bumped and finishes in a tie for 7th and 8th place.  Kase will bowl Beck next week and he also needs to win 3 to make the finals

Tyler Kohl vs Rick Jacobs – Losers bracket match – Kohl starts with 222 and 213 435 after 2.  Jacobs has a 181 start, then comes back with a 236 game 417 after 2 and down 18.  Kohl doesnt finish as well as he started and ends his tournament with a 182 – 617 series and finishes in a tie for 7th and 8th.  Jacobs manages another big finish the last game to get the come from behind win – his 236 finish and 649 series earns him the right to bowl in the Mini Hell week next week.

Dan Moore vs  Kevin Scheffert – Winners Bracket Championship match

Moore starts with 211 and 202 – 413 after two games, Scheffert starts with a 245 and then drops to a 182 and is up just 14 pins going into the last game.  Game 3 Moore rolls first and strikes, Scheffert Strikes on his turn and then a 4-8 and gets 1 for an open.  Moore strikes on his next two shots, Scheffert doubles on his next turn, Moore rolls 2 more strikes for a 5 bagger, Scheffert doubles on his next trip but he is down now.  Moore rolls strike #6 then leaves the 3 pin and spares, Scheffert gest a light mixer and a solid shot for a 6 bagger going into the 9th frame.  Moore strikes on the right lane again and again leaves a light 3 pin on the left lane and covers it.  Scheffert finishes first, he goes brooklyn in the 9th and leaves the 10 pin and spares, he has a 2 pin lead going into the 10th.  Scheffert strikes all 3 shots, Moore finishes by striking out also but by 2 thin Pins Scheffert is the WINNERS BRACKET CHAMPION!  Congratulations!  Moore is not out of the tournament but will have to bowl next week to try to get to get the Championship matches.

So Next week we have Lanser vs Jacobs, Beck vs Kohl, the winner of those matches will bowl each other.  The winner of that match will bowl Moore at 8 pm to determine the winners bracket champion

Good luck to all – matches next week start at 6pm