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11th Frame: Bowlers diminish value of team (01-23-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:54
The Professional Bowling Association is debuting its new team format this week. The events are being contested in Detroit.
Amateur bowlers have seen the value in the team concept as teams are the bread and butter of most leagues throughout the country.
Ray Bluth, Don Carter, Tom Hennessey, Pat Patterson and Dick Weber comprised the famed Budweiser team in the 1950s. Despite its 1958 record 3,858 team total being broken more than 38 years later, they still are considered the greatest team of bowlers ever assembled.
Because of the primary focus of the PBA, individual recognition has been a dominant focus for bowlers in recent years. There are far too many league bowlers who have diminished the value of working together as a team.
A good team member:
• Will worry more about the team winning than their individual accomplishments. Better to bowl a bad game and the team win, than to bowl great and still have the team lose its game or match.
• Encourages a teammate if they have a bad frame or game. It serves no purpose to berate your teammate for an errant shot or a rough game.
• Gently provides a suggestion or comment primarily only after being asked by a teammate. With a good cooperative relationship, can initiate such a conversation by saying something like, "I saw something in your (release, approach, delivery, etc.) that may help you if you are interested in hearing about it."
By such a comment you provide your fellow bowler with the opportunity to hear about your observation or suggestion.
• Congratulates the opponents on a good ball, split conversion, etc. as well as a high-scoring game or series. By keeping the atmosphere friendly (even though you may be quietly and politely rooting for the opposing team to stumble) it spurs better bowing by you and your teammates.
• Puts the team's needs ahead of their own individual glory.
Anyone who has not tried bowling on a team in an organized league, should consider the possibility. Many teams often need a substitute for a night or a replacement due to injury or other circumstances during the middle of a season.
Youth of the Week: Youth bowlers who bowled the most pins over their average in any one game, with pins over, were: Jan. 12: Brendon Kolkemeyer, 64; Dawson Wohler, 63; Oletha Ketcham, 53; Destiny Garner, 31. Jan. 19: Kelly Miller, 63; Erin Spangenberg, 55; Logan Keller, 62; Jackson Stevens, 54.
Footbowling time: Al-Mar's fourth annual Footbowl Championship is Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.
Teams of three bowlers will compete in the handicap event, which converts bowling success into field goals, touchdowns etc. The football scores based on the team points won will win the match and remain alive in a team bracket format. Entry fee is $30 per bowler, with first place estimated at $450 for the championship team, based on a full squad of 16 teams.
Footbowl points are awarded for individual as well as team success.
Visit or call the bowling center at (419) 352-4637 for complete details. The event is open to the first 16 teams to pay their entry.
Surviving the game: The six bowlers eliminated in Week 13 of Al-Mar's "Surviving the Game" were primarily from the Elks and American leagues. Those eliminated with pins under average were: Matt Truman, Elks, 97; Al Seifert, Elks, 88; Jim Korpusik, American, 87; Bill Ryan, American, 82; Vinny Nuhfer, Elks, 81; and Nate Henschen, Randy Miller Classic, 77.
High Rollers:
Bowler    Game    Series
House shot
Pancha Melendrez    256,
235    706
Pancha Melendrez    268    672
Jodie Wint    267    659,
Mary Ann Dimick    225    615
Dawn Poirier    220    -
Dean Bressler 278    -
Nate Foos    277    -
National tourney shot
Scotty Santysiak    277    -
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:56

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