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David Walsh: Scratch singles tourney set at Colonial Lanes

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 11:38 PM

Justin Adkins will conduct the final scratch singles tournament on Jan. 5 at Colonial Lanes. He serves as tournament director for the popular event.

Entry fee is $40 and bowling begins at noon. Amy Neighborgall-Fisher, Colonial’s general manager, is adding $500 to the prize fund. The winner will get $500 regardless of the number of entries. There’s the added incentive to show up. In the past, Adkins made payouts from the money paid for entry fees.

The format is a four-game qualifier with a cut to the top 10 for two-game matches in seeded match play. After that, the top five will move on to the stepladder finals. Adkins noted bowlers seeded one through five have never won the tournament. “That shows you anything can happen,” he said.

Adkins said bowlers will compete on the WTBA London oil pattern (44 feet). The London is one of four long-oil patterns for the World Tenpin Bowling Association. More information about the patterN is available at worldtenpinbowling.com.

Adkins recently competed in a tournament at Sunset Lanes in Portsmouth, Ohio. He made the cut to the top eight for match play. He beat Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, in his first match. On Nov. 29-30, Novak won the La-Z-Boyt/Monroe Sport Center Central Open, a stop on the PBA Central Region schedule. Novak took home $1,800. Adkins lost his next match.

HUNTINGTON USBC: The Huntington USBC Championships will be held Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2. Singles and doubles are at Strike Zone and team event is at Colonial Lanes. All squad times start at 1 p.m. Entry fee $20 per event plus $3 for all-events. Entry deadline is Jan. 20. Forms available at Strike Zone and Colonial.

PARTY TIME: Check with your area center for New Year’s Eve festivities.

WORLD SERIES: The PBA World Championship airs at 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPN. On the show are top qualifier Dom Barrett, Pete Weber, Tom Smallwood, Mike Fagan and Sean Rash.

PBA UPDATE: No. 3 qualifier Ryan Ciminelli won three matches to take home the title in the PBA Chameleon Championship on Dec. 15. The left-hander beat No. 1 seed Dom Barrett, 258-203, in the title match. That more than made up for the disappointment Ciminelli had the week before when he left a 7-10 split in the 10th frame to open the door for Chris Barnes to win the Viper crown. In earlier matches, Ciminelli beat Tom Smallwood, 255-197, and Brian Kretzer, 235-179. In the PBA League Challenge — ­Obstacle Bowling — ­Sean Rash beat Osku Palermaa in a one-ball roll-off after they tied 28-28 out of a possible 30. Players tried to knock down as many pins as they could by throwing three shots through or around an obstacle course of rubber pins positioned at intervals down the lane.

In the Scorpion Championship finals on Dec. 22, Smallwood survived a five-frame roll-off in the semifinals to win and end a four-year winless drought on TV. Smallwood beat No. 1 seed Marshall Kent, 221-216, in the title match. Josh Blanchard started the finals with a 234-226 win over Tommy Jones. In the semifinal match, Kent got a 6-count on his final shot in the 10th and that left him and Smallwood tied at 232-232. In the longest sudden-death roll-off in PBA history, both players got strikes in the first four rounds. Smallwood struck on the fifth shot and Kent left a 10-pin.

Kent, a two-time Collegiate Player of the Year, competed in the World Series on a special exemption from the PBA Commissioner. The “T.O. Challenge” made up the final PBA League Challenge. The competition called for each of the eight bowlers to try to match the exact pinfall of a shot thrown by Terrell Owens, a PBA League owner and long-time NFL all-pro wide receiver. Owens threw a strike for five of the eight players, but the only player to match his effort was Jason Belmonte, who won the challenge and the overall competition.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.

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