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Liz Johnson competes in TV spotlight

The World Bowling Tour finals, the sixth of the seventh World Series of Bowling competitions that were taped in November, will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday on ESPN.

The three-bowler women’s final will have Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga against defending champion Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., in the first match of the stepladder finals. The winner will face Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., in the championship match.

Results of the final were reported previously, so this is a spoiler alert:

Johnson lost to Parkin, 198-195, and then Kulick routed the defending champion, 267-194, in the title match.

Parkin won last year’s title by defeating Johnson, 238-190, in the final. In the men’s final telecast, 2011 champion Mika Koivuniemi, who now makes his home in Hartland, Mich., took on four-time PBA Tour winner and two-time WBT finalist Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas. The winner faced top qualifier and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who is also making his second WBT Finals appearance.

Hannon, Herbert at trials

Western New York has always been well-represented in international competition.

Johnson, John Szczerbinski, Brad Angelo, Patrick Healy and Dan Patterson are among those who have represented the country internationally as members of Team USA. Most recently, Szczerbinski finished fourth in the QubicaAMF World Cup in Russia.

Melanie Hannon of Cheektowaga and Andrew Herbert of Eden are among those competing in the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials going on now at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, with a record entry of 280 bowlers taking part.

Several Rochester bowlers are entered, including Emily Notebaert, who won the girls division of the Festival of Lights Tournament last Monday at AMF Thruway Lanes. Notebaert bowls for Gates-Chili High.

Six games each day for five days will determine the top three men and three women for the stepladder finals. All rounds of the competition will be broadcast live on’s BowlTV.

The top three men and top three women after qualifying will be guaranteed spots on Team USA in 2014 and will bowl in the finals for the right to be declared champion, a spot in the QubicaAMF World Cup and prize money. Two more men and two more women from the event will be selected to join Team USA, while five men and five women will be selected from a pool of eligible bowlers based on their bowling resumes and trials performance.

A total of eight Junior Team USA spots – four boys and four girls – also will be available. The top two boys and top two girls in the final points standings will earn automatic spots, while two boys and two girls spots will be at-large selections taken from either the Team USA Trials field or the finals field from the Junior Gold Championships held in July 2013. All bowlers 20 and under as of Jan. 1, 2014, are eligible for Junior Team USA.

Kent makes USBC Hall

Doug Kent of Newark and Steve Cook of Granite Bay, Calif., were elected to the USBC Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.

They were among six bowlers on the men’s national ballot this year. Although they fell short of the required 70 percent of the votes cast, they were given the nod by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee.

Also on the Superior Performance ballot this year were David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas, Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., and Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla. There were no candidates on the women’s side.

Kent is originally from Canandaigua. Although he is from the Finger Lakes, the semi-retired PBA Tour veteran and lanes proprietor in Newark is well-known and popular in Western New York. Kent, 46, owns 10 PBA titles, including four majors – the USBC Masters (1991 and 2006) and PBA World Championship (2002 and 2007). He won the 2006 Geico Classic at AMF Thruway Lanes, defeating Norm Duke, 222-201, in the title match.

Kent was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 2013. He also is a member of the Canandaigua and Lake Ontario halls of fame and the Rochester Walk of Fame.

Meinhart tops Kreger Memorial

Jason Meinhart defeated top qualifier D. Samuel LoQuasto, 264-209, in the Division A title match of the Tonawandas USBC Association’s Keith Kreger Memorial Singles Shootout Tournament. Meinhart advanced to the final by defeating Steven Krafft, 254-226. In Division B, former champion Bruce Harrison took an early lead but had a late open and lost to Maria George, 198-197.


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