By Dennis Clark
TERRE HAUTE — Does the unlikely combination of 32 two-person bowling teams, 16-foot slabs of ice, frozen turkeys and chainsaws sound intriguing?
Well, the new Metropolis — my wife’s favorite shopping destination, by the way — outdoor shopping mall in nearby Plainfield featured the first Indiana State Frozen Turkey Bowling State Championships last weekend.
While this may unofficially be a first for the state of Indiana, Elegant Ice our of Columbus, Ohio, has already staged these type of competitions in Ohio and Michigan.
The competition consisted of four 16-foot slabs of ice used as lanes, with pins set up and cushioned by bales of hays. A full field of 32 two-person teams then bowled in an elimination format just like the real game of bowling. Only throwing frozen turkeys down the lane.
Not to leave out the children, they could try their hand bowling on a smaller lane using Cornish game hens. Also on the agenda for all ages was a “dueling chainsaw” ice sculpture performance.
Sounds like fun to me.
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But all is not wacky on the subject of bowling as we begin another season of Kegler’s Korner:
n Breshears Blaze-ing — Allen Breshears has enjoyed a busy start to his sophomore season of collegiate bowling for the nationally-acclaimed Vincennes University men’s bowling team.
Breshears, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound graduate of Terre Haute North, has stepped up his game this season, bowling in all of VU’s scheduled events.
As a freshman, his Trailblazers’ team finished second in last year's NJCAA tournament, only 123 pins behind champion Erie (N.Y.) Community College. That was the same Erie team VU defeated to win the 2006 NJCAA title.
Below is Breshears’ bowling resume thus far in 2007:
• Oct. 6-7 — The Trailblazers opened the season at the Midwest Collegiate Classic at AMF Bowlero Lanes in Milwaukee, Wisc., finishing 13th among 40 teams in the field. Breshears posted a 195 average (1,563 pins, eight games).
• Oct. 13-14 — VU finished sixth in the 25-team Brickyard Classic at Sport Bowl in Indianapolis. Breashears led VU’s “Blue” team to a seventh-place finish with 1,162 pins over six games for a 193 average. He had the high three-game series of 606.
• Oct. 20-21 — The Blazers placed fifth in the 36-team Pikeville Orange and Black Classic in Dayton, Ohio. VU’s “Blue” team finished 10th, led by Breshears 194 average (971 pins, five games).
• Oct. 27-28 — The Blazers competed in the 29-team Illinois BPA Classic in Freeport, Ill. Wichita State won the team title, while VU finished 19th overall. Breshears averaged just 167 (839 pins, five games).
• Nov. 3-4 — VU competed in the 22-team Purdue Boilermaker Classic in West Lafayette. Bowling for the Blazers’ “Blue” team once again, Breshears averaged 205 (1,028 pins, five games).
Below is the remaining 2007-08 Vincennes University bowling team schedule:
Dec. 1-2 — Leatherneck Classic, Moline, Ill.
Dec. 27-28 — Keystone Quaker Classic, Allentown, Pa.
Dec. 29-30 — Nittany Lion Kegler Classic, Stratford, Pa.
Jan. 26-27 — Blue and Gold Classic, South Bend
Feb. 2-3 — McKendree Baker Classic, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Feb. 16-17 — Hoosier Classic, Indianapolis
Mar. 6-9 — NJCAA Championships, Buffalo, N.Y.
Mar. 15-16 — ITC Sectional Qualifier, TBA
Apr. 16-19 — ITC National Championships, Wichita, Kan.
• Team Davis wins THBC Shootout — At Terre Haute Bowling Center, Team Davis easily won the 2007 THBC A-B-C-D Shootout and split the $1,300 first prize purse over the weekend of Nov. 17-18.
Team Davis — Darrell Davis, Jay Scamihorn, Sam Jones, Randy Jenkins — averaged 889 as a team over the 10 games rolled, five games each day. Individually, Davis averaged 245 a game, Scamihorn 221, Jenkins 219 and Jones 204.
Second place went to Team Costello ($700) — Harold Costello, Guy Johnson, Jim Sullivan, Bob Lovvron — with an team average 874.
Tournament sponsors were First Financial Bank, Pepsi-Cola and Affordable Awards.
The following are full Shootout results:
Team results — 1. Davis (Davis, Scamihorn, Jones, Jenkins) 8,912; 2. Costello (Costello, Johnson, Sullivan, Lovvron) 8,757; 3. Norris (Jared Norris, Chris Drake, Mike Fisher Jr., Everett Sweatt Jr.) 8,628; 4. Dressler (J.C. Dressler, Clint Woods, Gary Busiere, Gary Figg) 8,588; 5. Taylor (Brian Taylor, Steve Lang, Tom Rottmann, Clem Laubert) 8,450; 6. Nichols (Ryan Nichols, Paco Hoopingarner, Scott Johansen, Larry Lemmons) 8,427; 7. Minett (Trey Minett, Brent Hoopingarner, Dave Renshaw, Allen Fagg) 8.372; 8. Alford (Jeff Alford, Danny Travelstead, Jared Tapy, Gary Hiddle) 8,297; 9. Monroney (Dave Monroney, Tom Barr, Todd Hart, Everett Sweatt Sr.) 8,265; 10. Ruble (Luke Ruble, Mike Fisher Sr., Brad Stephens, Scott Barbour) 8,223; 11. Pruett (Marc Pruett, George Meiners, Mike Gambill, Tony Jackewicz) 8,187; 12. Paulin (Dave Paulin, Doug Weaver, Mike Acree, Scott Leturgez) 7,975.
High individual scratch games — Davis 300, Scamihorn and Travelstead 290, Woods 286, Busiere 280.
High individual average— Davis 245.8, Costello 235.0, Drake 234.0, Monroney 229.8, Nichols 229.7.
• Wilkins a winner — At Clinton, Carolyn Wilkins was the winner of the 600 Club Singles Tournament at Paradise Bowl on Nov. 4.
Wilkins’ winning three-game handicap score was 662, followed by Joan Goetz (639), Cathy Wortman (622) and Alusta Kneeves (619).
• THBC No-Tap winners — At Terre Haute Bowling Center, Sean Pepper (876 score/Nov.), Darrell Davis (862 score/Oct.), Brittany Gambill (915 score/Nov.) and Nancy Effner (809 score/Oct.) were recent winners of monthly No-Tap tournaments.
For the uninitiated, in a no-tap game the scoring is the same as a regular game, but rolling a nine on your first ball results in a strike.
n New “Voice” for PBA telecasts — Rob Stone has been serving as the new lead play-by-play announcer on ESPN Sunday telecasts of Professional Bowling Association tournament finals in the 2007-08 season.
Stone brings a solid background in of all sports, soccer to the booth, spending most of the last decade broadcasting national and international soccer events for ESPN
Stone has joined veteran PBA analyst Randy Pedersen, who is entering his sixth season as the lead color announcer for Denny’s PBA Tour telecasts on ESPN.
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We’ll be back every two weeks throughout the rest of the fall/winter/spring season. Please send results and news items to the addresses noted below.
Dennis Clark can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com; by mail at P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN 47808; or by fax at (812) 231-4321.
Vigo County Bowling Leagues
Affordable Awards — High games: Melinda Clark 257, Casey Coffee Shop 882. High series: Clark 600, Casey Coffee Shop 2,432.
Eagles Mixed — High games: Harold Welker 249, Crystal Sullivan 235, Four Skinz 835. High series: Tim Gess 696, Sullivan 651, Four Skinz 2,426.
Springhill Wholesale — High games: Alusta Kneeves 226, Vigo Bowl 481. High series: Kneeves 554, Bell’s Bowlers 1,368.
Bell Welding — High games: James Conger 256, Good Ole Boys 1,061. High series: Conger 701, Good Ole Boys 3,015.
The Bush — High games: Brad Burris and Rob Auterson 300, Bill’s Trophy Shop 1,192. High series: Burris 813, Bill’s Trophy Shop 3,237.
Davison Service and Equipment — High games: Chuck Fields, Ryan Breneman, Dan Hunt and Bob Waters 279, Bowlers Ball Resurfacing 1,181. High series: Breneman 793, Remax 3,353.
Bush Seniors Mixed — High games: Ron Sharp 264, Jean Liggett 213, Jane’s Gang 794. High series: Sharp 714, Liggett 540, Jane’s Gang 2,236.
Vigo Bowl Bantams — High games: Nicholas Wagner 89, Victoria McMillen 91, Hot Shots 245. High series: Wagner 152, McMillen 161, Hot Shots 488.
Vigo Bowl Preps — High games: Travis Reese 148, Darian Perry 129, Bad Boys 532. High series: Reese 420, Perry 322, Silver Dragons 1,488.
Vigo Bowl Juniors — High games: Tyler Lawrence 200, Brooke Howard 199, Team 3 770. High series: Lawrence 495, Howard 533, Team 3 2,244.
Vigo Bowl Seniors — High games: Nicholas Fields 265, Sara Shepherd 210, Turbo Chargers 946. High series: Fields 673, Shepherd 553, Turbo Chargers 2,711.
Terre Haute Bowling Center
Affordable Awards Mixed — High games: Jim Sullivan 277, Eryn Remley 257, Tony’s Cafe 910. High series: Sullivan and Matt Lugar 677, Brittany Gambill 707, Tony’s Cafe 2,609.
Chandler Construction — High games: Roger Kerns 221, Pat Stewart 203, Lucky Strikes 744. High series: William Stewart 583, P.Stewart 542, Lucky Strikes 2,130.
THBC Prime Timer — High games: Jay Scamihorn 245, Wilma Roman 230. High series: Scamihorn 645, Jean Liggett 530.
Air National Guard Mixed — High games: Bryan Salmond 259, Tami Saylor 213, Big Dogs 766. High series: John Chapman 673, Marsha Marcum 539, Big Dogs 2,202.
Wabash Valley Christian — James Shaffer 232, Pat Hoxworth 162, Salt of the Earth 672. High series: Shaffer 550, Janet Swalls and Candy Rooksberry 438, Salt of the Earth 1,897.
Wednesday Prime Timers — High games: Herb Gosnell 278, Sara Wright 182. High series: Jay Scamihorn 664, Ruth Johnson 511.
Guarantee Roofing — High games: Roy Kneeves 268, Foster Construction 1,130. High series: Lefty Lovvron 712, Bowler’s Pro Shop 3,211.
THBC Bantams — High games: Josh Combs 127, Rachel Goekler 75. High series: Combs 348, Madison Rice 205.
THBC Preps — High games: Ben Dillion 149, Kelly Combs 178. High series: Dillion 399, Combs 478.
THBC Juniors — High games: Ian Bartlett 278, Erin Hazelrigg 195. High series: Bartlett 698, Megan Schmidt 484.
THBC Seniors — High games: Cass Summers 242, Mackenzie Pepper 191. High series: Summers 662, Pepper 493.
Junior — High games: Scott Higginbotham 221, Casie Edington 168, Team Extreme 534. High series: Higginbotham 602, Edington 420, Team Extreme 1,500.
Smith Trucking — High games: Guy Johnson 299, Contemporary Drilling 1,167. High series: Crystal Sullivan 739, Al’s Sports Bar 3,194.
Sunday Mixed — High games: Phil Cooper 279, Lissa Dressler 247, In Cognito 835. High series: Cooper 753, Dressler 628, In Cognito 2,361.
Tuesday Ladies — High games: Debie Reed 188, 3 Plus 1 466. High series: Reed 486, 3 Plus 1 1,296.
WIMS Lounge — High games: Ryan Nichols 278, Vicki Rich 248, Stuckey’s 892. High series: Richard Rich and Nichols 726, V.Rich 674, Stuckey’s 2,643.
Archie’s Sports Bar — High games: Craig Miller 278, T.G.I. Friday’s 1,151. High series: Miller 781, T.G.I. Friday’s 3,275.
John Curry Lanes (Elks)
Tuesday Men — High games: Phil Cooper 258, Green Leaf 1,000. High series: Cooper 708, Green Leaf 2,794.