USBC posts bowling score awards for 2017-18

February 3, 2019

It’s time for one of my favorite stories of the year. It covers USBC national high average and series awards for 2017-18. Numbers I get to write about but don’t come close to matching.

Shannon Pluhowsky, of Dayton, Ohio, a Team USA standout and PWBA Tour member, earned the USBC National High Average and High Series awards and reclaimed the record for the highest average for a season by a woman. The lefty posted a 250.7 average for 71 games in a league in Kettering, Ohio. Previous high was 245.7 (2015-16) by Jodi Woessner of Oregon. This is Pluhowsky’s third national high average honor. She earned the National High Series honor when she shot 289-299-280 for an 868 in league play in Fairborn, Ohio.

On the men’s side, John Delp II, of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, led the National High Average chart with 256.4 on 68 games in league play. The National High Series goes to Joseph Novara of New York who shot 300-300-300 for a 900 in league play on Oct. 16. He became the 33rd bowler to roll a perfect series.

For youth bowlers, the honorees for average are Andrew Olson of Wisconsin and Julia Bocamazo of New York. Olson, 18, rolled a 242.7 average for 72 games in a league in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Bocamazo, 18, posted a 226.6 average for 68 games in league in East Islip, New York.

High series go to Blaine Hunt of Illinois and Mackenzie O’Herien of New York. Hunt, 18, fired an 869 on games of 269-300-300 in Bloomington, Illinois, on June 28. O’Herien, 17, posted games of 289-246-300 for an 835 on March 18. It was her first perfect game.

ALLEN WINS IN TEXAS: Missed single-pin spares are proving costly in the early going on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour. When No. 1 qualifier Sean Rash missed a 10-pin in the 10th frame, Dick Allen stepped up to get a double and 8-count on his final shot in the 10th to prevail, 201-200, in the PBA Lubbock Sports Open in Texas. In Week 1, top seed Jakob Butturff missed a 7-pin and 4-7, allowing Bill O’Neill to win the Hall of Fame tournament title.

TOURNAMENT TIME: The 14th West Virginia USBC Open Handicap Championships are March 23-24, March 30-31, April 6-7, April 13-14 and April 27-28 in Parkersburg. No bowling Easter weekend. Host centers are Emerson Lanes for team event and Pike Street Lanes for singles and doubles. Singles and doubles shifts on Saturdays at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Team event shifts Sundays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Entry fee $27 per event plus $5 optional all-events and $12 for scratch events. Entry deadline March 9.

The 70th West Virginia State USBC Women’s Champions start May 4-5 in Morgantown and continue on weekends until schedule is completed. All events at Suburban Lanes. Entry fee $28 per event. Entries close April 20. Singles and doubles are on Saturdays with shifts at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Team event squads on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (also 5 p.m. if necessary). Forms for both events available at Strike Zone Bowling Center and on www.bowlerwv.com.

David Walsh covers bowling for The Herald-Dispatch. Email him at bigdogdown@gmail.com.

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