I have heard nothing but good comments about Sunday’s telecast of the PBA Team Bowling.

The BROOKLYN STyLES team consisted of Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y.; Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., and Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., and Sean Rash. Rash threw two strikes in the 10th frame to clinch a 225-215 victory for his STyLES team over the New York City WTT KingPins in the debut of PBA League team bowling on ESPN  from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

The STyLES, owned by Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, held a two-pin lead heading into the 10th frame. After KingPins’ anchor bowler Pete Weber struck and spared in his half of the 10th frame, Rash answered with two strikes to lock up the win.

Sunday’s PBA League round included the top five of eight five-player teams that had qualified over a span of four days and 32 team games on four different lane conditions as part of the PBA Detroit Winter Swing at Thunderbowl Lanes.

It’s great to see the PBA bowling as a five-person team. The Detroit Winter swing included five rounds of PBA League competition, with points awarded after each round. The top four teams after five rounds will advance to the Elias Cup finals, named in honor of PBA founder Eddie Elias, which will be conducted March 31 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis as part of PBA Tournament of Champions week.

Strike Ten Entertainment, the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the United States Bowling Congress have just unveiled a new league program designed exclusively for first-time adult bowlers.

The “Adult 8 For 8” league program is similar to the “Youth 8 For 8” initiative and has been successfully used in a number of BPAA-member centers, which reported flooring thousands of new league bowlers.

The new “8 For 8” program is available exclusively to BPAA- and STE-member centers, and is scheduled to run Feb. 1 through April 30.

“This is an encore of the successful ‘Youth 8 For 8’ program that recently ended,” said Frank DeSocio of Strike Ten Entertainment. “To build on that success, we designed a similar program for adults to experience the fun of bowling league for the first time at a great value.

Hallmark Lanes will be participating in this program. For more information, contact Hallmark at (254) 690-4949, or bowling@hallmarklanes.com.

Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., the winner of 10 PBA Tour titles, including four major championships, and Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, a 12-time tour winner with one major, have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.

Kent and Wiseman will be inducted during the PBA’s Hall of Fame Dinner on Saturday, March 30, in Indianapolis as part of PBA Tournament of Champions week.

Bowlers Journal International reports, “The PBA Hall of Fame might be loaded with sterling performers, but like Doug Kent, it also has its share of members who are or were bowling proprietors, or considered as such because of their managerial effort. To wit: Glenn Allison, Earl Anthony, Mike Aulby, Ray Bluth, Don Carter, Steve Cook, Dave Davis, Mike Durbin, Dave Ferraro, Skee Foremsky, Johnny Guenther, John Handegard, Billy Hardwick, Tommy Hudson, Dave Husted, Doug Kent, Andy Marzich, Mike McGrath, Amleto Monacelli, George Pappas, Mark Roth, Wayne Webb, Dick Weber, Mark Williams and Wayne Zahn. The roll call would be greatly expanded if all of the PBA’s Meritorious Service honorees were included.”

Could the USBC Women’s Championships be returning to its roots; i.e., away from convention centers and back to traditional bowling centers? BJI reported the answer won’t be known for at least a few weeks, but it could happen if USBC officials approve either of the bids made by the city of Wichita, Kan., last week. According to the Wichita Eagle, the city submitted bids for both the 2017 and 2019 Women’s Championships. The move out of bowling centers and into convention centers was hailed as the beginning of a new era for the tournament in a 2010 USBC news release, as the event prepared to make its convention center debut at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.

Jacob Reed became the second high school bowler to roll a perfect game. Reed is a member of the Copperas Cove high school bowling club. The first high school 300 game was rolled last season by Adarius Stanford of Harker Heights. I’ll have more on Reed next week.

See you on the lanes.    

Contact Don Wright at wrightdk@hot.rr.com

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