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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:22 am, Mon Jun 24, 2013.

With more than 2 months before tournament time, the August Military tournament in Las Vegas is reporting a record number of teams. The event has grown every year with last year’s 103 teams taking the floor.

As of now, there are 145 teams already registered. A & B Squads both filled quickly so the 6 p.m.re-entry squad was turned into a C Squad to accommodate the additional teams. The re-entry squads will now be held at 9:30p.m. each night.

There will be fresh oil for every shift including the re-entry squads. The oil pattern can now be viewed www.high-roller.com.     

High Roller conducts two military tournaments a year in January and August and has become very popular. Many local bowlers from our association compete in both events.

Sam’s Town is offering the contestants great room rates again this year. Call now to reserve your room at 1-877-593-5993. Rates start at $27 plus tax and fees. Mention the August Military Classic by August 1 to get those rates.

The tournament will be conducted Aug. 19 through Aug. 22.

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Although our local bowlers have not been doing well at the USBC Open Tournament in Reno, many others have been. Eric Espinda of Albuquerque, N.M., rolled the highest triplicate in 110 years of United States Bowling Congress Open Championships competition last Wednesday on the way to an 837 series at the National Bowling Stadium.

The 29-year-old right-hander struck 30 times during his team event, and his trio of 279 games tops Kevin Shafer of Eaton, Ind., and Gary Exner Jr. of Racine, Wis., who previously held the triplicate record with 248.

Chris Schuch of Oak Lawn, Ill., knew something special was in the air at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday as he recorded the 25th perfect game of the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

The 27-year-old, who uses a two-handed approach to attack the lanes from the right side, kicked off his team event with a 224 game before lining up 12 consecutive strikes. He finished with 213 for a 737 series.

Larry Rumple of Malibu, Calif., got into a better rhythm with every shot during his team event at the National Bowling Stadium on Thursday and finished with a wave of strikes as he recorded the 24th perfect game of the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

The 66-year-old right-hander started with games of 183 and 202 before firing 12 consecutive strikes for a 685 series.

I’m still waiting for the opportunity to report a local bowler or team to make the leader board.

Three months of competition at the 2013 USBC Open Championships are in the books in Reno, and the number of honor scores has been impressive.

There have been 24 perfect games, a dozen 299s and one 298, while 22 other bowlers have thrown 11 strikes in a row.

The 2013 tournament kicked off its 125-day run on March 1. Competition will slow down briefly as the NBS welcomes the USBC Senior Championships, July 1-3. The Open Championships will wrap up July 7 when the last of 10,253 teams take the lanes.

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I recently walked in to Hallmark Lanes to watch some of the league bowlers and found myself spending my time behind Pete Schirripa, Jr. He rolled a perfect 300 game on the Russian Roulette league. He finished with a 779 series and threw 17 strikes in a row.

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During the GEICO PBA Summer Swing’s Lucas Oil Wolf Open, Mike Wolfe was the first player to bowl a 300 game during match play on the new Wolf lane conditioning pattern. Similar name anomalies cannot be reported for either the Bear or Badger patterns.    

 Mike Fagan, Chris Barnes and Andres Gomez were the only players who bowled every qualifying and match play game — a total of 107 games — during the Summer Swing. Tell me that bowlers are not athletes.

See you on the lanes.    

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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