Some area bowlers were able to cut down the nets at the conclusion of the Illinois Bowling Association state tournament last weekend.

Most of the leaders heading into the final weekend held on to their top spots and are now state champions.

In the North Sectional, Harley Bollinger won scratch all events with 1,529 and claimed the scratch doubles title with his dad, Tim, with a 1,426 total.

"I was shocked, honestly, because I didn’t think I’d hold onto it, let alone be the highest (all-events total) in both the North and South," Harley Bollinger said. "The only recognition I get is being a house bowler. Guess that shows them!"

Harley rolled a 728 in singles, but followed up with an 801 set in doubles. Tim Bollinger added a 625 to the winning doubles total.

"I did better in singles (718 scratch) than in doubles, so Harley did most of it," Tim Bollinger said. "I couldn’t carry corner pins in doubles, but stayed clean all three games."

Tommy Barnwell also was leading two events going into the final weekend, and went 1-for-2 in state titles. His 792 did win scratch singles in the South Sectional. But his 1,516 all-events total came up a pin short.

Jason Queen of Decatur edged him with a 1,517, rolling 723 in singles and 794 in doubles.

"Next time I will be on time and get practice shots," Barnwell said. "My 9-miss in the first frame came back to haunt me."

Barnwell struck on his final 11 shots in Game 1 for a 279 and came back with games of 255 and 258 in singles.

Also in the South Sectional, Rick Kidd was on the Turbo Grip #2 team that won both scratch and handicap with a 3,603 total. His teammates were Queen, Tom Adcock, David Bartlett and Larry Larsen.

T OF C ROUNDUP: There were four perfect games last week in the men’s division of the Journal Star Tournament of Champions at Landmark Lanes.

On Monday, Steve Taylor had games of 228, 300 and 258 for a 786 series for WingStop in a win over Perfect Angle Pro Shop. Ron Sullivan countered with closing games of 267 and 299 in a 771 set for Perfect Angle.

John Hinkle also had a trey in a 691 set for Deadley Alliance in a win over Aramark, while Steve Martin rolled a trey in a 721 series for a team from Pekin.

Then on Wednesday, Johntay Jones rolled his second career 300 in a tournament-high 798 series for Bullpen. He had games of 219, 300 and 279.

The men’s division is still in the third round, but the mixed division has reached the Round of 16. The women’s division starts play on Thursday night.

BOWLING WITH CHIEFS: The Peoria River City USBC Association will host Bowling Night at the Peoria Chiefs on Thursday, May 31.

The Chiefs will be hosting Burlington for a doubleheader that day, with a 5 p.m. start for Game 1 at Dozer Park. The second game will be a makeup for a game postponed last month.

Unfortunately, that’s also the same night as the finals for all three divisions of the Journal Star Tournament of Champions. So some bowlers might have to either leave early or arrive late.

FINAL ESPN TELECAST: The finals of the PBA League on Sunday will mark the end of an era for the Professional Bowlers Association.

The Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty and Christ Barnes) will take on the Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Chris Loschetter, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood and Matt Sanders) for the Elias Cup at noon Sunday on ESPN. It will be the final ESPN telecast after 38 years of continuous coverage of PBA tournaments.

The PBA recently signed a new agreement with Fox Sports to televise future PBA events.

JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or jcampos@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.