Melissa Kraus tops city bowling women with 710 series

Liz Johnson wins fourth U.S. Women's Open title

Melissa Kraus posted the highest women’s series of the city’s league season by stringing together games of 242, 202 and 266 for a 710 series last week in the Friday Mixer League at West Ridge Lanes.

 

It is the only women’s 700 to date this season.

The men, meanwhile, were led by Mike McBride’s 268 – 773 a week ago Monday in the BNSF League, and Dylan Burns’ 299 – 770 and Brandon Benoit’s 267 – 770 a week ago Tuesday in the Lenahan Ultimate Scratch League, all at West Ridge.

Topping the seniors last week were Rick Schauff, 257 – 681; Gary Hamilton, 259 – 679; Mickey Smith, 254 – 675; RoxAnn Crowder, 254 – 601; and Pearl Colby, 237 – 581, all at West Ridge.

The youth were led by Brayden Prockish, 234 – 639; Walker Gwaltney, 248 – 592; Alex Pheigaru, 590; and Whitney Prockish, 221 – 566, all at Gage Center Bowl.

■ Liz Johnson continued to add to her USBC Hall of Fame credentials by winning her fourth U.S. Women’s Open title — and the $50,000 top prize — Sunday in North Brunswick, N.J.

Johnson, 41, defeated Team USA teammate Shannon O’Keefe, 190-189, at Brunswick Zone Carolier to claim her second consecutive PWBA Tour title and third overall this season. She won the season-opening USBC Queens — a major like the Open — in May.

The win pushed Johnson into the PWBA season points lead ahead of Stefanie Johnson (84,550 to 81,425), making them the top two seeds — directly into the semifinals — in this week’s season-ending The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship in Arlington, Texas.

Liz Johnson also leads the tour in earnings ($87,700) and average (214.76).

Also qualifying for the 16-player Tour Championship are Kelly Kulick and Diana Zavjalova, the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds (into the second round), respectively, Elysia Current, Danielle McEwan, Shannon O’Keefe, Missy Parkin, Kristina Wendell, Liz Kuhlkin, Erin McCarthy, Clara Guerrero, Rocio Restrepo, Bryanna Caldwell, Shannon Pluhowsky and Amanda Greene.

To see the complete bracket, go to pwba.com.

Last week’s city leaders

(League scores from Aug. 31-Sept. 6)

GAGE CENTER BOWL

Men’s series — David Halseth 738, Allen Payne 734, Brett Starbuck 720, Luke Rosdahl 717, Josh Winiecki 715, Greg Hoefer 704, Mike Parhomek 690, Craig Trapp 684, Jerry McCart 676.

Men’s games — Mike Parhomek 269, Greg Hoefer 269, Jake Blodgett 265, Allen Payne 264, David Halseth 257, Steve Patrick 256, Josh Winiecki 256, Brett Starbuck 255, Mike Shandler 252.

Women’s series — Chelsie Bahr 688, Sheryl Drewis 627, Belinda Kern 581.

Women’s games — Chelsie Bahr 235, Patty Bricker 229, Sheryl Drewis 223, Sheryl Berroth 219, Melva Bottom 212, Terri Hubbell 202, Belinda Kern 201.

Senior men — Mike Granger 235/643, Larry Rosetta 225/640, Dennis Uhl 223/639, Mark White 222/598, Rex Haney 214/581.

Senior women — Sheila Gropp 180/536, Barb Tidwell 219/535, Nancy Besta 180/492, Donna Vialle 178, Julie Turner 175.

Youth boys — Brayden Prockish 234/639, Walker Gwaltney 248/592, Alex Pheigaru 214/590, Jonathan Wickstrum 210/578, T.J. Whitmarsh 212.

Youth girls — Whitney Prockish 221/566, Abigail Duensing 194/523, Majayla Boyd 193, Jenna Sands 177.

WEST RIDGE LANES

Men’s series — Mike McBride 773, Dylan Burns 770, Brandon Benoit 770, Matt Turpin 744, Rick Schauff 711, Travis Baird 709, Ray Cushinberry 706.

Men’s games — Dylan Burns 299, Geoff Morris 279, Ray Cushinberry 278, Mike McBride 268, Brandon Benoit 267, Matt Turpin 266, Ryan Essman 259, Ray Cushinberry 259, Rich Seals 259, Rick Schauff 258, Earl Pinkston III 257, Earl Pinkston Jr. 256.

Women’s series — Melissa Kraus 710, Rachel Barber 628, Chelsie Bahr 596, Angel Rosdahl 578, Susan Carrick 564, Stephanie Goodman 561, Barb Huske 555, Laura Kongs 552, Toni McIver 548.

Women’s games — Melissa Kraus 266, Melissa Kraus 242, Susan Carrick 226, Stephanie Goodman 221, Toni McIver 217, Rachel Barber 214, Barb Huske 213, Kendra Riddle 213, Chelsie Bahr 210, Angel Rosdahl 207, Brandi Zirkle 205.

Senior men — Rick Schauff 257/681, Gary Hamilton 259/679, Mickey Smith 254/675 & 639, Dean Porter 239/665, Harry Stewart 266/653 & 624, Hank Halseth 627, Jim Charity 625, Claude Coffman 256, Pat Mellott 254, Hal Gakeler 248, Don Hoover 248.

Senior women — RoxAnn Crowder 167-180-254/601 & 525, Pearl Colby 237/581 & 524, Ann Dick 211/554 & 542 & 521, Kay Johnson 213/543, Barb Huske 520, Butch Morris 214, Cleora Cushinberry 207.

Youth boys & girls — Did not bowl.

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