PEORIA — Eight teams will kick off the men’s division of the Journal Star Tournament of Champions at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Landmark Lanes.

Based on averages, the tightest match should be between Landmark Trio and Sunset Strikers, where the team from Sunset Lanes in Pekin will get just two pins of handicap a game.

Top averages for Landmark Trio are Hailey Jepson (225), who was on the mixed and women’s championship teams last year, Jon Davis Jr. (220) and Tony Wysinger (225). The Sunset Lanes team will counter with Greg Wheeler (220), Cary Woll (219), Larry Bridgeman (218) and Mike Jones (217).

Mark Stenger was on last year's men's division championship team from the Bill Mastronardi/Bud Light Masters. He also was on this year's winning team from the traveling league. His Safari Bowl team will start title defense on Saturday’s 1 p.m. squad against Maxxx Revs Pro Shop 2 from the American Legion league at Landmark.

Stenger’s team includes Masters average leader Brad Moore (238), Rob Johnson, Bill Maher and Tommy Barnwell. The Maxxx Revs roster includes Sammy Taylor Jr., Shane Taylor, Tony DeVita, Duane Durbin, Lynn Kaufmann and Andre Campos.

The mixed division starts on Sunday, and the women's division on Thursday, May 17.