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COBURN-CARROLL AND NEUMANN SET MIXED TWO-PLAYER RECORD

Cindy Coburn-Carroll and Mike Neumann teamed for 20 consecutive strikes Thursday night at Thruway Lanes and bowled a 1,581 to better the most recent published record for a mixed two-player series.

Neumann finished an 833 series with a 280 game, while Carroll, substituting in the league -- the OV/Thruway Classic -- finished off a 748 set with a 266 game.

In their third game Neumann, of Buffalo, went strike, spare, before finising with 10 strikes in a row.

Carroll, of the Town of Tonawanda, had a spare and split before going off the board with 10 strikes. Neumann started the night with games of 289 and 264. Carroll opened with games of 236 and 246.

The listed record in the Bowlers Encyclopedia was set by another area duo.

Michelle Frank and Jim Geedy of Tonawanda bowled a 1,574 on Feb. 25, 1994, in the Genesee/Coke Classic at Manor Lanes.

The 1,581 must be submitted to the encyclopedia for verification.

At Thruway Lanes, Mike Wozniak rolled his second perfect game the season and of his career in the Scratch Trio league Thursday night. Wozniak, a right-hander, carries a 189 average.

Jaros pushes PBA lead to 193

ERIE, Pa. -- Steve Jaros had a 300 game Thursday night in addition to games of 286 and 279 in building a 193-pin lead after four rounds of the Professional Bowlers Association's $180,000 SplitFire Spark Plug Open.

Jaros, a two-time champion from Bolingbrook, Ill., won five of eight matches in taking the lead heading into today's final day of qualifying.

The 29-year-old right-hander has a field-best 244 average for 26 games.

Jaros had a match-play record of 5-3.

Six-time titlist Mark Williams also had a 5-3 record and held second with 6,308 pins, four ahead of Mike Taylor, who won five matches.

Danny Wiseman, with a 4-4 record, was fourth with 6,293, followed by Marty Letscher, who improved five spots with a pinfall of 6,185. Letscher won six matches.

Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, who won last week's tournament in Windsor Locks, Conn., made the cut for match play.

Jurek, who had averaged 228 to make the cut to the top 24, slipped to a 209 average and had a 3-5 record in the the fourth round and was 23rd. His actual pinfall was 5,781 for a 222 average.

Two more rounds of match play are scheduled today, with the top five scorers advancing to Saturday's stepladder finals at the Erie Civic Center.

A crowd approaching 5,000 is expected in the arena venue.

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