TERRE HAUTE —
The 84th Indiana Women’s State Tournament will complete its third weekend of bowling competition at Vigo Bowl (team) and Terre Haute Bowling Center (doubles/singles) today.
A few Wabash Valley teams are near the top of the leaderboard through the second week ending on April 3.
In the team competition, Art Compton’s Team (3,436 pins) is in second place and Heather Woolery’s Team (3,406 pins) in third place of the 5-man Team Handicap Division 2 (751 and under).
Crystal Sullivan’s Team (3,119 pins) trails the leading team, Cathy’s Girls (3,119 pins) of the Indy USBC, by just four pins in the 5-man Team Scratch Division.
Family Ties (2,640 pins) sits in fifth place in the 4-man Team Division Handicap (601 and under).
Individually, the standout performance for the first two weekends is Elizabeth Strubel of Indy USBC, who rolled a 300 game.
Strubel also leads in Singles Scratch with 785, All-Events Scratch with 2,122, Singles Handicap Division I (151 and over) with 833 and is second in All-Events Handicap Division I (151 and over) with 2,266.
The tournament runs through the weekend of May 8, with Easter (April 23-24) being an off weekend.
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Six regional champions will compete for three finals spots in the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Conference Championships at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis at 1 p.m. (ESPN) today.
In today’s “TAPE-DELAYED” televised matches, Steve Jaros (East Region) will meet Randy Weiss (South Region), Dick Allen (Central Region) takes on Jack Jurek (Midwest Region), followed by two-handed Australian Jason Belmonte (Southwest Region) vs. Chris Barnes (West/Northwest Region).
The three survivors will meet “LIVE” in Indianapolis at 1 p.m. (ESPN) on April 17.
In the “LIVE” finals, the three conference champions will bowl one game, with the low score eliminated. In the championship match, the two remaining will bowl a best-of-two game match. If the players split the two games, the title will be determined in a one-ball roll-off.
Because the PBA is keeping today’s “TAPE-DELAYED” telecast results a big secret, it’s a bit difficult to locate results on the Internet.
But I like a challenge. So, after a bit of snooping, I found posted results of today’s “TAPE-DELAYED” Dick Weber PBA Conference Championship matches on the Indianapolis Star’s indy.com website.
If you don’t want to know what happened, feel free to skip the rest of the column. But if inquiring minds want to know, or you just can’t help yourself, here goes:
Randy Weiss defeated Steve Jaros 191-179, Dick Allen topped Jack Jurek 222-198, and Chris Barnes overwhelmed Jason Belmonte 260-199.
Weiss, Allen and Barnes will meet April 17 in a “LIVE” championship round. The winner gets $50,000, runner-up $25,000 and the third-place finisher $13,000.
Dennis Clark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.