Entries closed Sunday for the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Men’s and Women’s Tournament, which will be held March 29-30 and April 5-6. The team event will be held at Hallmark Lanes, with doubles and singles at Killeen Bowlerama.

Last year’s winner for the men was Lots A Balls #1, consisting of Jerry Piechocki, Douglas Parker, Rod Kensinger and Ken Cason.

The women had Ciesiolka’s Team with Kelly Atkinson, Owa Ciesiolka, Lisa Blackman and Karin Ciesiolka.

Let’s hope for a great turnout this year.

The Centex Travel League saw competition at Phantom Warrior Lanes on March 9. The standings as of March 2 had Lake Air Wranglers on top in District 1 with a record of 56.5 wins and 47.5 losses.

Second place has Sparetime with a 55-49 record.

District 2 has Phantom Warrior Gunners in first place with a record of 60-44. Second place is Max Attack Pro Shop at 56.5-47.5.

The next stop for the TCBA is Sunday at AMF Lake Air Lanes in Waco.

Towne & Country Lanes 1 of Hartland, Wis., has been working hard to establish itself as one of the premier teams at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and took another step toward that goal Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

The group flirted with the Regular Team lead at the NBS last year, but came up short after a final-frame battle with another team on the same squad. This time, Matt Zagar and his teammates took control of the spotlight and cruised into the top spot with games of 1,108, 1,154 and 1,049 for a 3,311 total.

Zagar, a 49-year-old right-hander, set the pace as the leadoff bowler for Towne & Country and posted games of 254, 267 and 213 for a 734 set. He was joined by Jerry Riemer (686), Dave Gajewski (664), Tony Buss (615) and Robert Milbrath (612). Coach’s Corner 1 of Lafayette, Colo., previously held the lead with 3,236.

That will give Spare Time #2 incentive as we approach June.

The last semifinal berth in the 2014 PBA League season will be decided when LaMarr Woodley’s Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits meet Kevin Hart’s Philadelphia Hitmen in a quarterfinal matchup Sunday on ESPN at noon.

After Sunday’s telecast, the PBA League will be down to four teams that will advance to semifinal action beginning March 30 on ESPN.

Sunday’s winner will advance to a semifinal matchup on April 6 against Chris Hardwick’s Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Chris Barnes, Bryon Smith, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott and Tommy Jones) who defeated Terrell Owens’ Dallas Strikers (Norm Duke, Mike Machuga, Amleto Monacelli, Dave Wodka and Rhino Page), 5-1, in the match that aired on March 2.

The March 30 semifinal match on ESPN will pit Chris Paul’s L.A. X team against the defending Elias Cup champions, Billie Jean King’s New York City WTT KingPins.

A special PBA League auction begins today on pba.com featuring a variety of autographed merchandise donated by PBA League members. Proceeds from the online auction, which ends March 26, will benefit NBA star Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation.

The online auction is the conclusion of a competition between PBA League teams that began during the PBA World Series of Bowling V at the South Point complex in Las Vegas in November.

A special PBA League Skills Challenge pitted the eight team captains against each other in a series of unique bowling events, with the winner earning the right to name the charity that would benefit from the auction. Jason Belmonte, the captain of the L.A. X team owned by Paul, won the challenge, and he selected Paul’s charity as the benefactor.

Established in 2005, the Los Angeles Clippers’ All-Star point guard’s CP3 Foundation provides funding for activities ranging from a scholarship program to food drives to recreational support programs for children in under-served communities. For more information about the CP3 Foundation, go to www.cp3foundation.org.

Bowling fans are asked to visit pba.com to check out the merchandise available, and then submit bids via email to bids@pba.com.

Included in the auction are a number of bowling balls and game-worn jerseys belonging to PBA League franchise players Belmonte (L.A. X), Pete Weber (New York City WTT KingPins), Norm Duke (Dallas Strikers), Sean Rash (BROOKLYN STyLES), Mike Fagan (Motown Muscle), Bill O’Neill (Philadelphia Hitmen), Osku Palermaa (Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits) and Chris Barnes (Silver Lake Atom Splitters) as well as items donated by PBA Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli, Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., and other PBA League competitors, including established PBA champions and stars of the future.

See you on the lanes.

Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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