The Professional Bowlers Association’s 33rd consecutive season of television coverage begins Dec. 9 with the first of 16 telecasts on ESPN, including 11 shows expanded from 90 minutes to two hours, and live coverage of two major championships plus the first round of an all-new team competition.
Lon McEachern will be the announcer and PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will be the color analyst for all ESPN PBA telecasts. The schedule includes only the winter and spring segments of the PBA’s 2012-13 schedule. Coverage of additional events, including the 70th U.S. Open, will be announced later.
The PBA Tour lost Tony Reyes, who died in a car accident near San Francisco. He was 38. Reyes competed in 14 seasons on the PBA Tour and won his lone tour title in dramatic fashion in the 2006 Motor City Classic in Detroit, where he bowled the 18th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history in the semi-final match against Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III before going on to defeat Wes Malott in the championship match, 255-238.
“You hear descriptions about people all the time as being ‘great guys,’” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “Well, in Tony Reyes’ case, that is an understatement. No one who ever met Tony Reyes didn’t like Tony Reyes. He was a great bowler, a unique talent with a gift of spreading the virtues of the game, a wonderful friend, and the sadness we feel is indescribable.”
Reyes cut back on Tour competition in recent seasons to concentrate on his pro shop business. He is survived by his wife, Nicole, and 1-year-old daughter, Gianna.
The Traveling Classic Bowling Association All-Stars saw competition Oct 5-7 at City View Lanes in Fort Worth. As of this writing, I have not received any information of the results.
The travel league will have its next stop at Killeen Bowlerama on Sunday.
The current standings have Westview Wranglers in first place in District 1 with a record of 21-11.
District 2 leader is Mel’s Nine and Out at 21-11.
The annual Awards and Christmas Banquet will be on Saturday, Dec 1. Hall of Fame inductions, association awards and the Open Tournament checks will be awarded. Once again it will be held at the American Legion Post 223 in Killeen. Tickets are $12 from any board member. Big Hoss will cater the meal, consisting of brisket, chicken; center cut pork loin, potato salad, coleslaw, bread, tea or lemonade and all condiments. Pete Schirripa and Misty Cina will be the DJ’s for the night with music and karaoke.
Entries close Oct. 21 for the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Open Tournament. Teams will consist of four persons, with two divisions. Cost per event is $19; optional handicap all- events $4, and scratch all-events $5.
The team event will be held at Hallmark Lanes, with doubles and singles at Killeen Bowlerama. Handicap is 90 percent of 230. Checks will be distributed at the annual awards banquet on Dec. 1.
The event is scheduled for the weekends of Nov. 3-4 and 10-11.
Bowlers who roll an honor score are required to complete an Honor Score Award form. Bowlers and league official must sign the form and submit it to the association within 20 days. Bowlers should ensure the form is correctly marked. An award is ordered based on the honor score form. USBC charges bowlers additional fees to make corrections to any honor score award. USBC honor scores are not offered if rolled in unopposed pre-bowling or post-bowling sessions. Honor scores are posted on Facebook once the award has been submitted to USBC. This will assist the bowler in knowing when to expect the award. Awards normally take 6 to 8 weeks once submitted to USBC.
The 2012 Harvest Tournament was very successful and the winners of the event were Heda’s Team with a score of 3,223. The team consisted of Zane Heda, Deanna Heda, Elizabeth Heda and Travis Pusateri.
Second place went to Reed’s Team, with James Norris, William Foster, Jacob Reed and Kim Reed. They finished just 22 pins back at 3,201.
Pete Schirripa, Natalie Short and James and Caitlyn Schirripa — the Creating Memories — team placed third with 3,149.
Get well wishes go out to Mel Macie, who is recuperating at home after major surgery. Mel bowls in the senior leagues and the Commercial league at Bowlerama.
See you on the lanes.