For the first time since 2013, the Braggin' Rights Tournament is back, featuring bowlers from Peoria, Decatur, Springfield and Bloomington.
The teams will square off at Playmor Lanes in Decatur at 9 a.m. Sunday to decide which bowlers get to hoist the cup and claim bragging rights until the next event.
Team Peoria won the inaugural event in 2012, but the Team Decatur bowlers won in 2013 and are the reigning champs.
"Phillip Barry from Decatur wanted to bring it back, and I volunteered to captain our team," Team Peoria captain Tommy Barnwell said. "Brian Davis and Bob Baker volunteered to help, because Phillip wanted three people from each city. We chose our team."
This year's tournament will consist of three teams from each city, with each of the teams including (at least) one senior (age 50 and older) and one female.
Here are the three teams representing Peoria: Team 1 — Tommy Barnwell, Tony Wysinger, Mark Stenger, Benny Barnwell and Hailey Jepson; Team 2 — Travis Anderson, Gary Alstott, Gary Robinson, Brian Davis and Jennifer Mauerman; Team 3 — Steve Taylor, Ryan Driskill, Rob Johnson, Bob Baker and Lynn Kaufman.
The 12 teams will bowl round-robin matches, with each match consisting of two Baker-style games. Each win is worth bonus pins, and a sweep earns teams additional bonus pins.
There is no prize money involved. The only thing at stake: Braggin' Rights.
HOLIDAY TRIOS: Also on Sunday, Mt. Hawley Bowl is hosting the sixth annual Holiday Trios Tournament, starting at 10 a.m.
Two of last year's winners, David Blackard and Greg Wilson, are back to defend their title, teaming with David McVey this year.
Three-time winner Josh Barnwell is bowling with Sammy Taylor Jr. and Jorden Stanley this year, while two-time champ Joe Robards is teamed with Kile Hardin and Chad Barnes.
The winning team will split $1,000 with a sold-out field of 22 teams.
THANKSGIVING DOUBLES: Will Keiser and Tyler Adams outlasted a full field of 30 teams to win the Thanksgiving Doubles event and $800 at Plaza Lanes in Washington.
They were the leading qualifiers with a 2,381 five-game team total, 48 pins better than Tommy and Benny Barnwell, who finished third. Adams led the winners with a 243.8 average, while Keiser was at 232.4.
After qualifying, the field was trimmed to the top seven duos for the stepladder finals. Andy Stone and Larry Larsen, who qualified fourth, made the biggest move in the finals, winning three matches before losing in the title match to Keiser and Adams, 409-406.
EARLY LEADERS: Mike and Ken Mayo couldn't duplicate their perfect start from 1995, but still managed to grab the early lead in the 95th annual Brothers Tournament on opening weekend at Landmark Lanes. The Mayos opened the 1995 event with 300s in the same game.
They finished this year's tournament with a 1,278 to lead Anthony and Kenneth Eyer by 41 pins in the scratch division. Mike Mayo led the way with a 647 set, while Ken added a 631.
Randy and Jeff Hurst lead in the handicap division with 1,366.
Other early handicap leaders were Kelby Burgess and Jake Holzinger (1,320) in the brothers-in-law division, Robby and Billy Hurst (1,231) in adult/juvenile, and Bryan and Marc Holzinger (1,023) in juvenile. Jake Holzinger also had the high scratch set of 738 on opening weekend.
The tournament runs on weekends through Sunday, Jan. 28 next year.
SUNSET SWEEPER: The third Sunset Lanes Winter Singles Sweeper is set for next Sunday at 10 a.m. in Pekin.
Entry fee is $30, and handicap is 90 percent from 220. Anyone wishing to bowl in the Championship Sweeper, set for March 11 next year, must bowl three of the five sweepers to qualify.
PBA ON TV: Also set for next Sunday is the the telecast of the USA vs. The World, starting at noon on ESPN.
It's the first of 17 Professional Bowlers Association Sunday telecasts scheduled on ESPN during the upcoming months.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at email@example.com or 686-3214. Read his Spare Change blog at blogs.pjstar.com/sparechange, or follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyCampos59.