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!
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!
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
7th – 8th Place finishers $200 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein
5th – 6th place finishers $300 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein
4th Place $500 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein
3rd Place $700 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein
2nd Place $900 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein
2018 Budweiser Big 10 Champion $1500 and a Budweiser 40th Anniversary Holiday Stein