With just one weekend left in the Illinois State Tournament, some area bowlers are in good position to win state titles.
In the North Sectional, at Brookmont Center in Kankakee, Harley Bollinger opened the weekend with a 290 game on his way to a 704 series in his first team event.
But on Sunday he added a 728 in singles and an 801 in doubles to take the scratch all-events lead with 1,529. His three games in doubles were 265, 277 and 258.
With his 2,233 scratch total in all-events, Bollinger was in fourth place in handicap all events.
His father, Tim Bollinger, added a 625 series in doubles, and they took the lead in the scratch division with 1,426. That total also left them in 22nd place in handicap doubles.
Tim did a little better in singles, rolling a scratch 718, putting him in 18th place, just two spots behind his son. In handicap singles, Tim was in 12th place with 777.
In the South Sectional, at Pheasant Lanes in Bloomington, Tommy Barnwell took the lead in scratch singles with a 792, and added a 724 in doubles. That gave him the lead in scratch all-events with 1,516.
Unfortunately, the current standings on the Illinois Bowling Association still show the previous leaders in scratch singles and scratch all events. The IBA is aware of the error and said it will correct the errors next week.
Also in the South Sectional, Turbo Grip #2 leads in both scratch and handicap team with a 3,603 total. Team members were Rick Kidd, Tom Adcock, David Bartlett, Jason Queen and Larry Larsen.
PBA FINAL 4: Sunday’s televised finals of the PBA League will feature two semifinal matches, starting at noon on ESPN.
In the first match, the Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty and Chris Barnes) will face Motown Muscle (Josh Blanchard, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett).
The second semifinal match will feature two-time defending champs Dallas Strikers (Norm Duke, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Tommy Jones and Kyle Sherman) against the Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood and Chris Loschetter).
The winners will advance to next Sunday’s title match.
GREAT EFFORT: After barely missing a check by two spots in the PBA50 season-opening Lucas Magazine Classic, Gary Alstott of Washington made a great run the following week in the PBA50 National Championship in The Villages, Fla.
He averaged 215.89 in qualifying and advanced to match play in 22nd place in the strong 170-man field.
In the first round of modified match play, Alstott went 6-2 to advance to the second round. He went 4-4 and ended up in 12th place for a payday of $1,650.
The five players who ended up advancing to the stepladder finals were USBC Hall of Famer Lennis Boersch Jr., the eventual winner; and PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Ron Mohr, Parker Bohn III and Walter Ray Williams Jr.
SEASON’S OVER: The Sunset Strikers team from the Goodtimers senior league made a quick exit on the first night of the Journal Star Tournament of Champions at Landmark Lanes on Friday.
After a slow start, the Landmark Trio team closed out a 3,396-3,137 win with games of 1,175 and 1,136.
I knew we were in trouble when I saw that our team was giving handicap to a much younger team that included Hailey Jepson (225 average), Tony Wysinger (225) and Ray Leavitt (218).
But the guy who really stepped up for the Landmark team was sub Seth Smith. Bowling off a 193 average, he finished with games of 211, 256 and 244. He struck on 18 of his final 20 shots for a 711 series.
Wysinger added a 707, Leavitt 671, Jepson 655, and Kelly McBride 649.
Mike Craig was high man for the Sunset Strikers, which won the first game by 19 pins, with a 693 and Mike Jones added a 679.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.