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Angelo, Johnson earn slots in Cheetah stepladder final

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Brad Angelo of Lockport, returning to competition after a year of injuries, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga earned two of the four stepladder slots Saturday in the PBA Cheetah Championship part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center.

Angelo, who had earned only $1,500 for 2014 on the tour, finished second after 14 games of qualifying to top qualifier Dick Allen, his best Tour finish since he won the Viper Championship in 2012. Angelo totaled 3,414, seven pins behind Allen, who needed to double in the final frame of his last game to retain the No. 1 position.

It was Johnson, though, who authored the night’s most amazing story. Qualifying in the last spot, 24th, after seven games in the first round, Liz caught fire in the nighttime round. After a 190 in her second game she bowled 279, 245, 278, 258 and 248 for a 3,397 total to track down PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and knock him out of the television round by 43 pins.

Johnson became the first woman to become a two-time PBA Tour national television finalist. She was the first to appear on the show when she finished second in the 2004 Banquet Open in Wyoming, Mich., losing to 15-time winner Tommy Jones.

John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda finished 21st in the Cheetah with 3,129 pins, good for $1,275.

The Cheetah stepladder final will be bowled on Sunday and taped for showing on ESPN at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.