2015 Bowlers of the Year

The best bowlers of the 2014-2015 season were honored at a banquet Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Ladd Moose.  Top honors went to Bowlers of the Year, Deric Plochocki and Theresa McLachlan.  Plochocki averaged 222 in the Tuesday Rudy Stubler Memorial League while bowling five 279 games and a 758 series.  McLachlan bowls in two weekly leagues and compiled a 171 average with a high game of 227 and three 600 series.

Also receiving awards were Women's All Stars: Cathy Koch, Staci Miller, Kristi Leix, Sindee Stubler, Danielle DeCarlo, Cecelia Juritz, Kathi Gerard, Tabitha Sousa, Michelle McPhedran and Linda Hoffmann.  Joe Zokal, Mike Raccuglia, Eric Acuncius, Matt Gapski, James (JT) Dant, Austin Ploch, Mike Castelli, Mike McClure, Scott Vickrey and Brian Marcinkus rounded out the Men's All Star Team.

Deric Plochocki and Theresa McLachlan

Deric Plochocki and Theresa McLachlan

Summer Leagues

New this year!  3 ways to win Jim and Bob's money!

1. Bowl the first 300 game game in the Tuesday 4 x 4 league to win $500.
2. Bowl the first 900 series in the Friday 9-pin No-Tap league to win $500.
3. Bowl the first 300 game in the Friday 9-pin No-Tap league where EVERY frame is a 9 count strike to win $5,000.

Rules:

  • Bowler must be a regular member of the league.
  • Bowler will be paid at the completion of the league.
  • Bowler weekly fees must be paid in full.
  • Bowl-outs are ineligible for awards and do NOT count.
  • Only the first person to accomplish each category will be paid.
  • If more than one player accomplishes one of the feats on the same night, the money will be split.

Call 815.223.5085 to sign up.  Individuals and teams welcome!

Association Team Series Record Smashed

Every Tuesday the best bowlers in the Illinois Valley area come to I.V. Super Bowl to compete in the prestigious Rudy Stubler Memorial League.  They come from Princeton, Mendota, Morris, Streator, La Salle - Peru and everywhere in between.  A 185 average is a prerequisite just to join the league which includes eleven past Players of the Year, six members of the USBCIV Hall of Fame, four past News-Tribune High School Players of the Year, two PBA members and three of this exclusive group of bowlers are females.

When this collection of bowling talent is assembled into ten teams, great things can happen as was the case one Tuesday night recently.  Team BFM smashed the association team series record with a mighty score of 3,701 on games of 1,228, 1,334 and 1,139 beating the former record by 49 pins.  The old record was held by the same team just three weeks prior with a score of 3,652.  They also bowled the highest team game ever in the local association with their 1,334 game.

The scores from the historic night are as follows:  Matt Gapski - 242, 246, 224 (712 series); Bill Scarratt - 258, 255, 241 (754 series); Randy Hanson - 235, 299, 261 (795 series); Mike McClure - 278, 300, 214 (792 series); and substitute Brad Austin - 215, 235, 199 (648 series).  Team BFM bowled 128 strikes on 178 attempts for a strike percentage of 74.4%.

Youth Scholarship Tournament Winners

Congratulations to our youth bowlers, who earned scholarship money for college with their awesome tournament bowling Saturday, January 3, 2015.   Bumper Bowlers - 1st Place ($150) Aiden Godwin and 2nd ($75) Sammy Einhaus; Age 11 and under - 1st Place ($250) Trenton Acuncius, 2nd ($150) Haiden Ator and 3rd ($100) RJ Talbot; Age 12 and over - 1st Place ($250) Eric Sobin, 2nd ($150) Kelton Pelzer and 3rd ($100) Sheridan Ferguson.  Bob Stubler is shown below presenting the awards to the winners of each category.


J.T. Dant Wins 700 Club Tournament

J.T. Dant emerged as the victor in the 28th Annual 700 Club Tournament from a field of 36 top players.  Below he is shown receiving a check from Jim Stubler, representing the Super Bowl, for $400.00.  Kristi Leix, second place and Charlie Batus, third place received $230.00 and $130.00 for their efforts.  Dant defeated Leix in the championship match 268 to 182.

 


From BINGO to Perfection

Every good bowler's nightmare is rolling a game under 100 and every bowler's dream is to bowl a 300 game.  Luke Tomasewski accomplished both feats within a week.  On Thursday, September 25th in the Thursday Men's Handicap League, he bowled a 96 in his second of three game series following a 205 start.  That's right - 096 (someone yell BINGO)!  Luke sports a 204 average, so that was 98 pins below his average.  Luke did not get rattled by the sub 100 game and just wanted to finish the night.  The following Thursday in the same league with his new Motiv Revolt (purchased and drilled at the Super Bowl Pro Shop) bowling ball, he began the night with 180 game and then went on to throw 12 consecutive strikes for his first 300 game.  He finished the night with 182 for a 662 series to help his team to a 2 - 2 split for the night.  The moral of the story - never give up!  Luke didn't.

Luke is a 19 year old IVCC student and works part-time at the Super Bowl.  He is a chemistry major and plans to attend Illinois State University next year.

Luke Tomasewski

Luke Tomasewski

Traber and Wolsyn Win PBA50 Titles

In two separate Illinois Valley Midwest PBA50 events, September 6-7, 2014, Dave Traber and Rick Wolsyn came out on top, each earning $1,500.00 for their titles.

Traber won Saturday's event defeating Don Holmes (30 - 28) after tying 228 - 228 in the title match.

In Sunday's final game, Wolsyn defeated fellow bowler and good friend, John Dudak 193 - 189 for his first ever PBA title.  Sunday's title capped a strong weekend for Wolsyn as he also finished in fifth place during Saturday's event at Illinois Valley Super Bowl.

Locals, Scott Weber (La Salle), Ron Koch (Ottawa), Bill Kozma (Hennepin) and Gene Azarskis (Spring Valley) bowled in the weekend tournaments, but none advanced to match play either day. 

Final tournament scores for both days can be seen at PBA.com.

Bowlers of the Year - Miller and Vickrey

The annual Illinois Valley Bowling Association awards dinner was Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Ladd Moose Lodge 1528.  Illinois Valley Super Bowl presented Men's All-Star Team awards to Eric Acuncius, Mike Castelli, J.T. Dant, Jason Fabish, Matt Gapski, Jeff Miller, Mike Raccuglia, Steve Reynolds, Scott Weber and Joe Zokal.  The Super Bowl Ladies All-Star award recipients were Danelle DeCarlo, Kathi Gerard, Linda Hoffmann, Cecelia Joritz, Cathy Koch, Kristi Leix, Theresa McLaughlin, Michelle McPhedran, Sindee Stubler and Diana Viscovi.

Scott Vickrey was honored as Mens' Bowler of the Year for having achieved games of 200+ (84), 250+ (26), 275+ (9), including a high of 299.  He rolled 17 - 700+ series, including 5 of 750+ with a high of 780.  Vickrey average 230 for the 2013 - 2014.

The top female award went to Staci Miller who finished the season with a 205 average.  Her other accomplishments included games of 200+ (51), 250+ (6) with a high of 289.  She bowled 20 - 600+ series and 2 - 700+ series (737 and 718).

Nathan Stubler Defends Pepsi Tournament Championship

Nate Stubler recently defended his title at the Pepsi State Bowling Championship U15 (under age 15) held at Landmark Lanes in Peoria, Illinois.  Stubler's qualifying score of 2,918 for 12 games was bowled on games of 246, 279, 232, 265, 247, 190, 192, 190, 235, 289, 277 and 289.  In match play he bowled games of 235, 224, 168, 233, 228 and 218.  He won 2 of those 6 games.  For his efforts he was awarded $1,065.00 in college scholarship money.

In June, Nate bowled in the Illinois Youth All Star Shoot Out, sponsored by the Illinois Bowling Proprietors Association, at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet. The tournament is held each year and is bowled on a sport condition.  Stubler bowled 1,517 for eight games which was good for seventh place and a scholarship award of $300.00.

Nathan Stubler

Nathan Stubler