Going strictly by the numbers, the Peoria River City USBC Association was pretty happy with the participation in last weekend’s Mixed Doubles Tournament at Plaza Lanes.
The group ended up with 57 teams, just three shy of the pre-COVID total for the previous event. One of the early squads was even sold out.
"Given today’s circumstances, we are definitely happy with 57 entries," PRCA board member Kathleen Hermacinski said.
The local association followed COVID guidelines, spreading out the entries with a maximum of two teams (four players) per pair during the two-day event.
Kim Novak and Mike Rimkavich were the unofficial winners in the handicap division with a three-game combined pinfall total of 1,471. They rolled a 1,315 scratch and got 156 pins of handicap.
Novak also won the women’s handicap singles division with a 782
They finished 13 pins ahead of Kristen Cowan and Brad Moore, who finished second with a 1,458 total. Cowan provided the handicap, adding 240 pins of handicap to her 429 actual score. Moore had the second highest three-game series in the tournament with a 789 on games of 278, 232 and 279.
Maggie and Kevin Audi were third in the handicap division with 1,455.
The team of Nicole Hartseil and Tony Wysinger claimed the scratch title with 1,469.
Hartseil has done well recently at Plaza, winning a couple of their weekly sweepers during the summer. She rolled a scratch 679 set on games of 216, 199 and 264.
Wysinger, the head coach of the Illinois Central College men’s basketball team, added a 790 on games of 246, 245 and 299 — just enough to edge Moore for the high scratch singles title.
Wysinger, who has rolled more than 50 perfect games in his career, left a 10-pin on his final ball going for the 300.
Bill Maher teamed with Kayla Johnson for second place in scratch at 1,396, and with Danielle van der Meer for third at 1,354.
Rob Sollenberger was the men’s handicap singles winner with a 742, and Hartseil won the women’s scratch singles with a 686.
While Kathleen Hermacinski did not win any divisions in the Mixed Doubles Tournament at Plaza, she did do much better on Thursday night at Potter’s Alley.
Bowling on lanes 3-4, she had games of 277, 263 and 227 for a 767 series — one of her highest three-game sets ever.
That series came on the heels of a not-so-great set a couple of weeks ago in the same league — on the high end of the house.
Let’s just say that her first two games on Thursday eclipsed her three-game effort from two weeks ago.
"The lower end of the house is much nicer to me," she said.
Hermacinski had a shot at an 800 series, but had her only open in Game 2.
"I had the front nine in the second game," she said. "I got slow and left the 3-6-10, and chopped the 3 right off the rest. Otherwise, I had all strikes and spared. That second game cost me my first 800!"
Bowling right next to Hermacinski, on lanes 5-6, on Thursday, left-handed Matt Sadler did not miss out on an 800 series, finishing with an 813 set at Potter’s.
At Mt. Hawley on Tuesday night, Gerald Barnett rolled his first 700 series, a 709, on games of 243, 220 and 246. But he wasn’t high on his team in the Peoria Square & Compass League. Teammate Aaron Newell rolled a 751 on games of 279, 257 and 215.
PBA BACK ON TV
The chase for the Elias Cup trophy will begin on Sunday when Professional Bowlers Association League kicks off live team bowling at 11 a.m. on FS1.
There will be six live two-hour telecasts over the next few days, starting with two quarterfinals rounds on Sunday and ending with championship match at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
The 12 teams going for the title include some of the top male, female and international players, including two all-female teams that feature 10 of the top PWBA bowlers.
Next up for the Peoria association is hosting the 50+ Handicap Tournament next weekend at Mt. Hawley Bowl.
Squads are set for 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Johnny Campos is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.