11th Frame: Local teams do well in state tourney

Three local teams recently found success as each finished seventh in their respective divisions of a
state tournament.
The teams competed in the Bowling Centers Association of Ohio Family Tournament state finals.
Erikka West and her mother, Pam West, were seventh in the Parent-Youth division with a 1,427 handicap
total. The winning team earned $200 for their 1,507 total.
Richard Murray and his father, Brian Murray, finished seventh in the Parent-Teen division with a 1,372
handicap total. The winners in that division also earned $200 with a 1,461 total.
Justin Overhulse and his older brother, Paul Overhulse were seventh in the Adult-Youth division with a
1,353 pinfall. The winners in that division totaled 1,518 for their $200 win.
CHANGES: Redesigned 300 and 800 rings and a new 11-strikes-in-a-row trophy are among the many changes
being made to the United States Bowling Congress recognition program for the 2009-10 season that began
this month.
The rings have been redesigned to take on a completely new and modern look.
A new 11-in-a-row USBC-branded resin trophy replaces the old plaque. A personalized name plate shows off
the bowler’s name, score and date bowled.
There’s also a completely redesigned awards application to show off the numerous upgrade possibilities
that are available.
Another major change is replacing emblems for adult special achievements with unique magnets. In
addition, the requirements to acquire these awards have changed to reflect the challenge. Special
achievement awards now will be given out for games and series only.
USBC officials noted fewer people using or wearing the patches.
Pins over average and series, all-spare games, Dutch 200, triplicate series, 7-10 and Big Four split
conversions have been eliminated from the special achievement program.
However, certificates and a purchasable award program will be available on bowl.com for members who wish
to print out or purchase items to commemorate the eliminated accomplishments.
RECORD: Ollie Harbin of Lee’s Summit, Mo., became the oldest woman to roll a 300 game when the
81-year-old bowler achieved the feat July 8 in the Summer Series Mixer League at AMF West Lanes in
nearby Overland Park, Kan.
Harbin, who also had a 300 game at age 77 in 2005, moved past Shirlee VanDenBurg who rolled 300 at age 80
in Battle Creek, Mich., in November. Another Lee’s Summit bowler, Lois Morgan, held the record before
VanDenBurg with a 300 at age 79 in 2004.
Harbin’s 300 game opened her day and was followed by 235 and 244 for a 779 series, the sixth best
three-game set for a senior bowler. She narrowly missed becoming the oldest woman with an 800 series.

High Rollers:
Bowler (Lanes) Game Series
Pro shot
Brent Norris (V) 265 722
Kevin Taber (V) 255 712
Chad Koles (V) 274 –
Ernie Tebeau (V) 264 –
Jodie Woessner (V) 256 714
Jodie Woessner (V) 267 667
Jodi Woessner (V) 247 635
Jodi Woessner (V) 257 577
Jodie Woessner (V) 222 –
National tourney shot
Richie Serrato (A) 278 707
Nate Henschen (A) 276 –
Pancha Melendrez (A) 231 –
Tracy Close (A) 222 –
Kathy Coombs (A) 214 –
House shot
Steve Etzel (A) 300 –
Pancha Melendrez (A) 258 619
Kathy Coombs (A) 232 606,838
Sharon Alvord (A) 236 –
Pancha Melendrez (A) 227 –