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News from the PBA Regionals

Steven Black (Photo courtesy PBA LLC)


In a joint PBA Northwest/West Regional event in Reno, Nev., on July 25, Steven Black of Phoenix won for his third time in the last four events in the Sands Regency Casino Summer Classic at High Sierra Lanes. Black, who won $2,000, defeated Curtis Woods Jr. of Santa Rosa, Calif., 184-179, for his fifth career PBA regional title. Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., the 2002 USBC Masters champ, finished third. Exempt players Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., finished fourth and ninth, respectively, while former exempt player Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., finished sixth.

In the PBA East Region, Terry Miller of York, Pa., picked up his second PBA Regional victory and $2,500 on July 25 defeating Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., 227-188, to win the Cap Card Open at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa. PBA Exempt players Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, picked up $2,400 and his fifth career PBA regional victory in the PBA Midwest’s Olathe Lanes East Marathon Open in Olathe, Kan., on July 25. Hess averaged 213 for 20 games across four different lane conditions, similar to the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s Marathon Open, to top fellow Iowan Jason Poli by 89 pins for the win. Exempt player and 2010 PBA Harry Golden Rookie of the Year Anthony LaCaze finished fifth.

In the South Region, Chip Collins of Fayetteville, N.C. earned his third regional title and $2,500 in the Fayetteville Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C. Exempt and former exempt notables among the top 10 were: Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., second; Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., third; Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., fifth; Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., sixth, and Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., eighth.

All PBA title holders (National, Senior, Regional, Senior Regional, Women's Series champions) who are PBA members in good standing as of Sept. 1 are eligible for the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Danny Wiseman (Photo courtesy PBA LLC)


Danny Wiseman, a 12-time PBA Tour champion, won his second PBA East Regional title in a month Sunday, defeating Terry Miller of York, Pa., 279-225, to win the Mid-County Lanes Open in Middletown, Del. Wiseman earned $2,500, his eighth career PBA regional title, and he prevented Miller from winning back-to-back titles. PBA Exempt player Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Bobby Hall II of Landover, Md., finished fifth and 10th, respectively.

In the joint Midwest/Central Region Thunderbowl Open in Mokena, Ill., Brian Waliczek of Birch Run, Mich., picked up his sixth career regional victory and $2,500 on Aug. 1. Waliczek defeated Paul Gibson of Brunswick, Ohio, 203-191, in the title match. Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., finished seventh.

Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., ventured into the Southwest Region Sunday where the 13-time PBA Tour title winner toppled Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, 254-236, to win $2,500 and his 21st career regional title in the Plano Super Bowl Open in Plano, Texas. Former exempt player Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, finished third while exempt players Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, finished fifth and seventh, respectively.

In the West/Northwest joint Don Johnson Memorial at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., on Aug. 1, Jeff Frankos of Daly City, Calif., won his 13th career regional title and $2,500 with a 215-162 victory over Kevin Harlin of Milpitas, Calif. PBA Tour titlist Tony Reyes of San Bruno, Calif., finished fourth. Former exempt player P.J. Haggerty of Clovis, Calif., finished fifth and Steven Black of Phoenix, Ariz., the winner of three of the past four West Region events, finished 10th.

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