The Herald Bulletin

January 9, 2014

Angie Colip: Blizzard allows time to keep up with Team USA


The Herald Bulletin

---- — I am hoping that everyone is staying safe and warm during this nasty weather. You know that the roads have to be treacherous for a bowling center to close, and that is exactly what happened this week.

Cooper’s Sport Bowl was closed for two days this week, and that never happens. Even on holidays, they are open.

Thinking of the safety of their patrons, they closed the doors and cancelled league play. Some leagues have built in “snow” days, while others will either make it up at the end of the season or opt not to make up this week. This is determined by each league individually.

While being snowed in and with no work to get to, we spent time watching bowling on the computer. The Team USA trials were held this week in Las Vegas. It was broadcast live via Bowl.com.

After five days with six games each, the top three qualifiers met in a step ladder final with a guaranteed spot on the team. Each day was a different sport shot and proved to be difficult at times.

While only four lanes with five to six on a pair were being broadcast live, there was also live streaming of every lane. If you wanted to watch a particular bowler, there were real-time score sheets.

We were able to watch the featured lanes and also keep track of our favorites. Bowlers moved lanes after every game, giving us quite the variety of bowlers. It was interesting to see how the amateurs stacked up to the professionals.

Chris Barnes walked away the winner of the men’s division with Mike Fagan runner-up and John Szczerbinski finishing third. Rounding out the team based upon resumes are Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones, John Janawicz, AJ Johnson and Sean Rash.

Two members making the team based on their trial performance were Robert Gotshall and Marshall Kent.

On the women’s side, Brittni Hamiton was crowned champion, while Shannon Pluhowsky and Sarah Lokker rounded out the top three. Named to the team based on resumes are Shannon O’Keefe, Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick, Missy Parkin and Stefanie Johnson.

Trial performance positions were awarded to Danielle McEwan and Holly Harris.

Speaking of tournaments, I know I gave you quite the list last week, and I need to add details to a few of them and include one for this weekend.

The annual City Seniors Tournament will be Saturday and Sunday at Cooper’s Sport Bowl.

Squad times are Saturday 2, 4 and 6 p.m. for singles and doubles and 1 and 4 p.m. for the team event. Sunday’s singles and doubles will be at 10 a.m. and noon, while team is 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is a four-man team event.

The annual Local Championship will be the weekends of Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16. Deadline for reserve entries is Feb. 4.

The annual Women’s Tournament will be the weekends of Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 8-9. Deadline for reserve entries is Jan. 29.

Get your team together and get those entries in.