A.J. Johnson of Oswego is no longer searching for his first Regional PBA title this year. Sunday, September 3 he earned the honor of 1st Place in the Illinois Valley Midwest Classic at Illinois Valley Super Bowl. Johnson captured the title and earned $1700 for his efforts by averaging 226.93 over 13 games. He beat Kyle Sherman in the title match 253 - 237. Sherman finished 2nd overall and won $900. There were participants from 11 states.
In 2017 Johnson finished second in Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic losing to Josh Blanchard 232-204 in championship match and finished fourth in Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open losing to Marshall Kent 259-228 in opening stepladder match. He is the holder of 4 Regional PBA titles.
Tournament sponsors include: La Salle State Bank, City of Peru, Ebonite, Brunswick, Classic Products, Toedter Oil, Western Bowling Proprietors Insurance, Eureka Savings Bank, P & D Sign, Illinois Valley Community Hospital and Spring Creek Golf Course.