The tournament season hits full swing this weekend, with the start of the first Peoria River City Association City Tournament at Plaza Lanes.

The event runs the first three weekends of January, with squads set for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sundays. There also will be 6:30 p.m. squads on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The new merged association also will host the first Youth City Tournament at Christian Center Lanes the first two weekends of January.

Squad times are set for 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sundays.

While the 95th annual Brothers Tournament runs for a few more weekends, the Sisters Tournament starts this weekend at Landmark Lanes. There are divisions for sisters, sisters-in-law, adult/juvenile and juvenile.

The tournament started on Saturday, but the remaining squads will be on the final three weekends of January. Squad times are at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS: Steve Taylor and Eddie Flanigan edged top-seeded Tommy Barnwell and Travis Anderson, 443-437, in the title game to win the 31st annual New Years Eve Sweeper at Striketown Bowl last Sunday.

In the first game of the stepladder finals, Jason Queen and Tom Adcock beat Mike McBride and Shawn Reed, 404-390. Flanigan and Taylor then eliminated Queen and Adcock, 460-416, and then beat Charlie Hodgkins and Lester Wernowsky, 440-413, to reach the title match.

In the Over/Under 50 Holiday Doubles at Roxy's Lanes in Pekin, Ryan Driskill and Benny Barnwell got on a roll in the stepladder finals and claimed the title.

They opened the stepladder finals with a 435-392 decision over Mark Stenger and Rick Kidd. Driskill and Barnwell then opened with a 279 Baker-style doubles game and went on to beat my son, Andre, and me, 462-435.

Since I bowl just three games a week and was at least 12 years older than any other bowler in the finals, I thought our third-place finish was respectable. I just wish I could have helped out my son a little more in our last match. He bowled great all day, despite bowling league only a couple of times a month because of his busy work schedule.

Driskill and Barnwell then knocked off top-seeded Kenny Combs and Vince Pollard, 511-435, in the title match.

SUPER SENIOR: In the Goodtimers League at Sunset Lanes in Pekin, Leroy Bland rolled the second 300 of the season in the senior league.

It was the fourth career trey for the 71-year-old, who finished with a 763 series.

His Retirees team also took over high team game in the league with an opening 1,000. Bland led off with his 300, Terry Markley added 216, Larry Bridgeman 226 and Steve Martin 258.

NEW LEADERS: Jim and Jeff Howell took the lead in the brothers division of the 95th annual Brothers Tournament at Landmark Lanes.

Jeff Howell led the way with a scratch 761, while Jim added 691 (703 with handicap). Their 1,464 is 60 ahead of Douglas and Justin Hammel.

Mike Bohm and Mark Zimmerman held on to their lead in the brothers-in-law division. Their 1,372 is eight pins better than the 1,364 posted by Zac Traenkenschuh and Rob Miller. Traenkenschuh rolled a scratch 684 off his 176 average, while Miller added a handicap 599.

Trent and Brayden Sherlock took over the adult/juvenile lead with 1,288, while John and Christopher Gray are the new juvenile leaders with 1,136.

UPCOMING PEKIN EVENTS: The Greater Pekin USBC Bowling Association will be hosting its 87th annual city tournament.

The team event is set for Roxy's Lanes starting the weekend of January 20-21. There will also be squads on Saturday, Jan. 27. Squad times are at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on the 21st.

The doubles and singles are set for the weekends of February 10-11 and 17-18 at Sunset Lanes. Squad times are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Sunset also will host the 19th annual 9-pin no-tap team tournament, hosted by the UAW Local 974 Heather Henninger Scholarship Committee, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3.

And the fourth Sunset Lanes Winter Singles Sweeper is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 14. Entry fee is $30.

JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at jcampos@pjstar.com or 686-3214. Read his Spare Change blog at blogs.pjstar.com/sparechange, or follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyCampos59.