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Motiv’s LaCaze sets new All-Event bar at USBC Open Championships

By: Chad Roberts

After coming back the year after the Junior Team USA Support 1 team won the Team All-Event title in 2013 at the USBC Open Championships in Reno, NV, Antony LaCaze put on an amazing performance shooting scores of 765, 766, and 742 for a now leading all-events score of 2273.

That score launches him past previous all-events leader Tim Damerow of Waupun, WI, who had finished with a total of 2,228.

The previous day, LaCaze was able to lead the Junior Team USA Support 1 team with a set of 765. Joined by Steve Novak (732), Erik Vermilyea (684), Matthew Tuckfield (650), and Jeffrey Mersch (648), the team now sits in fifth place with a total of 3479.

LaCaze switched to the Venom Shock in game 2 of doubles. After that he never looked back. He was able to shoot scores of 222, 265, and 279 for a set of 766. He and his partner, Steve Novak of Bay City, MI, are sitting third in doubles with a total of 1367.

Corey Miller wins his 3rd MMBA Title at Wayne Bowl

The Budweiser Michigan Majors Bowling Association’s traveled to Wayne Bowl on April 19th. Corey Miller of Grand Blanc defeated a red hot Craig Nidiffer of Trenton 253-246 to win his 3rdMMBA title. Miller received $1,000 along with the championship trophy, while Nidiffer settled for $500 with his second place finish. Nidiffer, who lapped the field in the qualifying round with an astounding 1508 for 6 games, was also the 9 game leader and number one seed going into the stepladder finals. The cut score to make the semi-final round was 1293.

Angela Wilt Wins MDUSBC Women's Series Event at Mayflower Lanes

Runner-Up Lisa Bishop, MDUSBC President Mike DeRousie, and Champion Angela Wilt

Angela Wilt of Westland won the Metro Detroit USBC Association (MDUSBC) Rip 10 Entertainment Women’s Series event on Sunday with a 207-194 triumph over Lisa Bishop of Garden City at Mayflower Lanes in Redford. Wilt took home the top prize of $500, while Bishop settled for $250.

Wilt qualified seventh in the field of 31, with a four-game total of 796. She started slow in qualifying, but closed with a 246 game to make the cut by 27 pins. In match play she beat Tanisha Burris of Lansing in triple overtime 40-36 after tying at 179. The first two ninth and 10th frame rolloffs ended up tied with 38 and 28.

After getting by the first match she beat three previous Women’s Series champions, Sara Litteral of Redford 215-189, Sandra Schultz of Macomb 202-153 and Bishop.

Bishop qualified fourth with 848. In match play she beat Rebecca Keegan of Carleton 256-209 and Cathleen Kowalski of Livonia 224-209 to advance to the final match.

Ronnie Sparks Jr Wins Michigan State Masters at Century Bowl

Runner-Up Gary Schluchter, Director Scott McLeod, and Champion Ronnie Sparks, Jr.

Ronnie Sparks Jr. of Inkster won the Michigan State Masters at Century Bowl in Waterford Township Sunday when he defeated Gary Schluchter of Fremont, Ohio 457-445 in the two-game title match to win the $4,000 first prize. Schluchter settled for the second place check of $2,000.

Sparks qualified 12th with a six-game total of 1,355. His run in the winner’s bracket included wins over John Robertson of Waterford Township 470-335, Ryan Mouw of Muskegon 450-350, Terrence Syring Jr. of Bay City 453-370, Thomas Smallwood of Saginaw 463-438 and Schluchter the first time 429-426. He then lost to Schluchter 448-363 to force a final match. Sparks averaged 222 for 20 games of competition.

He also won a paid entry into the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Masters tournament.

DALE STRIKE WINS $2,500 FIRST PRIZE IN MICHIGAN STATE SENIOR MASTERS

Champion Dale Strike, Director Scott McLeod, and Runner-Up Harold Sullins

Dale Strike of Saginaw won the sixth annual Michigan State Senior Masters at Century Bowl in Waterford Township Sunday when he defeated Harold Sullins of Chesterfield Township 443-421 in the final two-game total pins match to win the $2,500 first prize and the title. Sullins settled for the second place check of $1,500.

Strike qualified 11th with a six-game total of 1,332 on games of 197, 256, 225, 237, 225 and 192. He remained in the winner’s bracket with triumphs over Marvin Holly of Commerce Township 455-410, Timothy Baker of Shelby Township 447-428, Mike Raleigh of Clyde 462-393 and Nick Cipiti of Clinton Township 436-362 before losing to Sullins 481-371. In the loser's bracket he beat Curtis Odom of Coldwater 420-418 to advance to the final match where he avenged his earlier defeat to Sullins 465-398 to extend the match.

Strike averaged 223 for the entire tournament. He also wins a paid entry into the 2014 USBC Senior Masters tournament.

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