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!