The Braggin’ Rights Tournament held at Plamor Lanes in Decatur last Sunday came down to bonus pins. And Team Bloomington had plenty to spare.
The Bloomington bowlers claimed the trophy by 140 pins over Team Peoria, earning 300 more bonus pins than the runner-up squad.
Bloomington finished with a total pinfall of 16,194 for 24 Baker-style games. Peoria was second with 16,054, Decatur third with 1,5737 and Springfield fourth at 15,553.
Team Peoria had the high scratch pinfall for the event with 15,169, 160 pins more than Team Bloomington.
But the Bloomington bowlers earned 915 bonus pins for winning individual games, and 270 additional bonus pins for sweeping any of the two-game matches. The Peoria teams earned 735 bonus pins for games, and just 150 for sweeps.
"Honestly, we didn’t bowl that bad," Team Peoria captain Tommy Barnwell said. "We knocked down the most pins overall, but we just couldn’t get sweeps.
"We were in fourth place after 10 games, 600 pins behind Bloomington, and we actually got it close with one game to go. I’m just so proud of our group for not giving up."
Bloomington Team A (Ashley Gargano, Gordie Glover, David Bartlett, Will Keiser and Tyler Adams) earned 510 of its team’s 1,185 bonus pins, Bloomington Team C (Jessica Underhill, Chris Stenger, Rick Kidd, Jason Jones and Andy Stone) added 420 and Bloomington Team B (Melissa Hopkins, Mike Boogren, Dustin Hopkins, Adam Johnson and Matt Gargano) 255 more.
The team with high scratch pinfall in the event was Peoria Team A (Tommy Barnwell, Tony Wysinger, Mark Stenger, Benny Barnwell and Hailey Jepson) at 5,208. The group added bonus pins.
Peoria Team B (Travis Anderson, Gary Alstott, Brian Davis, Gary Robinson and Jennifer Mauerman) knocked down 5,026 pins, but earned just 195 bonus pins, including zero for sweeps. Peoria Team C (Steve Taylor, Ryan Driskill, Bob Baker, Rob Johnson and Lynn Kaufman) had a pinfall total of 4,935 and added 360 bonus pins.
The event will be in Bloomington next season, but there could be some changes.
"We have some kinks to work out, like after we bowled 12 games, for some reason we switched to fresh pairs," Tommy Barnwell said. "So you never had to bowl on the burn, which can separate the men from the boys.
"And I’m pretty sure I’m going to figure out some qualifying system for Team Peoria. I’ll run three or four sweepers on those type of oil patterns, with a points system. I picked the team this year just because of the short window we had to get the event going."
FAMILY AFFAIR: The mother-son duo of Rhea and Joe Wolf teamed with Eddie Flanigan to claim the title in the Holiday Trios Handicap Tournament at Mt. Hawley Bowl last Sunday.
They knocked off the top-seeded team of Sammy Taylor, Josh Barnwell and Jorden Stanley 697-685 in the title match to claim the title.
Rhea Wolf was over average in her first (194) and last (225) qualifying games, and finished with a handicap total of 969. Joe Wolf, getting 20 pins a game, rolled a 910 scratch for a 990, and Flanigan had closing games of 289 and 268 for a 981 scratch total.
Taylor totaled 982 scratch in qualifying, the same total as Stanley, who was getting four pins of handicap a game. Barnwell, who was trying to win the event for the fourth time in six years, closed with a 289 game and totaled 978 with his 36 pins of handicap. The trio edged Wolf, Flanigan and Wolf by two pins, 2,942 to 2,940, to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals.
In the first match of the finals, the team of Ron Sullivan, Matt Wiesner and Larry Lanier topped David Blackard, Greg Wilson and David McVey 666-621. Wolf, Flanigan and Wolf then eliminated Sullivan, Wiesner and Lanier 680-582 to reach the title match.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 686-3214. Read his Spare Change blog at blogs.pjstar.com/sparechange, or follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyCampos59.