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11th Frame: PBA telecasts have viewers seeing blue (01-28-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:29
Those who have been watching the Professional Bowlers Association telecasts this season have been seeing blue.
Not blue as in sad, but the innovative blue dye added to the oil used as lane dressing on some of the telecasts.
The initial idea was to help the viewers see the formerly invisible obstacles the oil created for the bowlers. While the blue dressing was certainly visible and clearly showed the oil pattern displayed, there was very little change most weeks for the viewers to truly see how the pattern changed throughout the telecast.
That was not the case on Sunday at the Tournament of Champions event.
Whether it was better camera angles or there were more significant changes in the lanes at that event, but the pattern on the lane of the blue dye certainly changed and that change was evident through the side by side shots displayed during the telecast.
Another feature on Sunday's telecast was an explanation of pin placement in the drilling of the bowling balls. It was a brief but effective explanation of how where the holes are drilled in a bowling ball can make a difference.
Sunday's telecast was a treat for fans for the bowling and the educational features.
USBC awards: John Emmerich rolled his first career 300 game last Tuesday in the Elks League at Al-Mar Lanes. He added a 214 and finished with a 686 series.
League 'lites: The Sentinel Classic at Al-Mar Lanes is a league based on having demanding lane conditions.  Scoring is often lower with most bowlers averaging far less than they would on normal house conditions.
On Jan. 20, the lanes played right into the hands of several bowlers including Charles Easton, who rolled a 300 game and an 800 series. He earned two USBC honor score awards.
His 805 is a season high for the league, besting his own previous high of 793. He also was the second bowler to roll a perfect game in the league this season, matching Larry Long Jr. Easton began with a 236 and finished with a 269 game.
On the same night, Donnie Backus rolled a 279 game for a 793 set while John Przybylski recorded a 710 with a 245 high game.
On Wednesday in the American League, Bill Schumacher had games of 257, 258 and 269 for a 784 series.
Surviving the game: The seven bowlers eliminated for Week 13 in Al-Mar's "Surviving the Game" included Mark Wolford twice. He was eliminated in the Sentinel Classic league for being 82 pins under average; and three days later in the Randy Miller Memorial with 75 pins under.
The other five bowlers eliminated with league and pins under average were: Jan Cavanaugh, Elks, 92; Robb Waynick, Randy Miller Memorial, 80; Dennis St. Peter, Saturday Mixed, 78; Sam Craig, Elks, 71; and Sid Sink, American, 61.
High Rollers:
Bowler                  Game     Series
House shot
John Emmerich    300    -
Bill Schumacher    -    784
Bob Desmond Jr.     278    744
Brad Simon    287    -
Billy Malik    279    -
Chris DeLuca Jr.    276    -
Gary Wachter    275    -
Pancha Melendrez
226,223    642
Denise Miller    221    637
Conni Steffan    235    -
National tourney shot
Charles Easton 300    805
Donnie Backus    279    793
John Przybylski    -    710
Chris Bagrowski    278    -

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