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MOOKIE BETTS CONTINUES TO IMPRESS IN RETURN TO PBA TOUR COMPETITION
Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts, in his first appearance in PBA Tour competition since the 2017 PBA World Series of Bowling, continued to impress his fellow competitors with his promise as a bowling talent.
A feature story by Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Jeff Wilson includes high praise for Betts’ bowling skills while competing at the highest level of the sport in this week’s PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas. The first tournament of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season gave Betts a chance to bowl at an elite level before reporting to spring training with the Red Sox.
Bowling on a PBA Commissioner’s Exemption, Betts had no expectation of winning the tournament against a field of 55 PBA members, 40 of whom are PBA Tour champions.
“The No. 1 thing is don’t come in last,” Betts said. “After that, it’s still competition and making sure you enjoy yourself. Obviously, I’ll do a lot of learning, so when I go back home I can take these things and apply them.”
Bowling on a challenging scoring environment involving different lane conditions applied to the right and left lanes across the bowling center, Betts hoped to finish “even,” which is bowling parlance means a 200 average for his 12 qualifying games. He just missed, averaging 198.58, but he accomplished goal No. 1, finishing in 48th place in the field of 56 – outscoring six PBA title winners.
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KRIS PRATHER RANKS SECOND IN PBA TELEVISION WINNING PERCENTAGE
As the 2020 PBA Tour closes in on its first television final (PBA Hall of Fame Classic Sunday at 1 p.m. EST on FS1), it’s a good time to review a couple of the PBA’s most notable television records: winning percentage and scoring average.
In the aftermath of the 2019 season, when he won his first two PBA Tour titles (PBA Scorpion Championship and PBA Playoffs), Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., moved into second place in winning percentage among PBA Players who have made at least 10 television appearances in singles events. Prather, who has now bowled on television 12 times, has won 13 matches and lost only five times for a 72.22 winning percentage. He trails only Jim Pencak who posted a remarkable 22-8 record in his 12 TV appearances back in the 1989-90 era (73.33 percent success rate).
It’s also interesting to note that in the history of PBA televised matches, only 25 qualifying players have won at least 60 per cent of their TV matches.
In the scoring category, five active players are among the top 10 in career averages for at least 10 singles events, led by Ryan Ciminelli with a 232.05 average for 31 games in 19 appearances and No. 2 Jakob Butturff who has averaged 230.14 for 15 games in 13 appearances. Svensson is eighth on the list with a 226.23 average for 33 games in 21 appearances.
But most impressive on the list – are two superstars with more than 100 games on television: PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke, who ranks fourth on the all-time list with a 228.88 average for 189 games in 118 appearances, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. who is right behind Duke, scoring at a 228.21 pace for his record 228 games bowled in 177 TV appearances.
MYKAELA MITCHELL WINS WOMEN'S SERIES EVENT AT THUNDERBOWL LANES
Mykaela Mitchell of London, Ontario won the Metro Detroit USBC (MDUSBC) Women's Series event Sunday with a 221-208 triumph over high school student Melanie Straub of Chesterfield at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. Mitchell took home the top prize of $500, while Straub settled for 50 scholarship points.
Mitchell qualified fourth in the field of 32, with a four-game total of 850. After a slow start with 185, she surged back with games of 207, 247 and 211. In match play she beat Darlene Dysart of Southfield 235-185 and top qualifier Trisha Reid of Romulus 212-160 to advance to the finals.
Straub qualified seventh with 820 on games of 192, 212, 223 and 193. After she finished qualifying she thought she missed the cut, but made it. In match play she was victorious over second seed Madalyn Klein of Whitmore Lake 194-161 and last year's Cup champion Brandie Reamy of Livonia 216-202 on her way to the finals.
Mitchell moved up into second place in the season long Cup race with 295 points, only one point behind leader Sheri Verespej of Newport. Mitchell won the "Battle of the Series" by defeating Men's champion Michael Snow of Windsor, Ontario 188-151.
JUSTIN KNOWLES WINS MEN'S SERIES EVENT AT WESTLAND BOWL
Justin Knowles of Okemos won the Metro Detroit USBC (MDUSBC) Men's Series event Sunday with a 214-187 triumph over Chris Szczepaniak of Wyandotte at Westland Bowl in Westland. Knowles took home the top prize of $500, while
Szczepaniak settled for $250.
Knowles qualified sixth in the field of 50, with a four-game total of 859 on games of 214, 208, 247 and 190. In match play he beat Darren Alexander of Essex, Ontario 239-193, Aaron Lorincz of Centerline 213-186 and Anthony Wright of Detroit 198-193 to advance to the championship match.
Szczepaniak qualified ninth with 845, including a high game of 227. In match play he defeated Lenard Jackson of Sterling Heights 234-205, top qualifier Jordan Hornes of Detroit 225-206 and Mark Brooks of Westland 196-176 on his way to the finals.
Hornes led the field with 968 on games of 257, 201, 244 and 266. He then lost his first match to take home $75.
Women's champion Stacey Timmer of Wayland won the "Battle of the Series" by defeating Knowles 188-183 in a spirited match.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today that seven programs have accepted bowl invitations for the 2019 bowl season as invitations were extended Sunday afternoon. The MAC set a Conference record with eight teams bowl eligible and matched a league record with seven bowl invitations this upcoming bowl season. The seven bowl invitations tie the Conference mark set in both the 2012 and 2015 bowl seasons.
Miami (LendingTree Bowl), Central Michigan (New Mexico Bowl), Buffalo (Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl), Western Michigan (SERVEPRO First Responder Bowl), Ohio (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Kent State (Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl) and Eastern Michigan (Quick Lane Bowl) will represent the MAC in bowl games this season.
This marks the fifth time in MAC history to have six or more programs receive a bowl invitation (2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019) in a single-season. This also marks the 12th time in MAC history to have five or more programs receive a bowl invitation (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) in a single-season.
2019 MAC Bowl Schedule:
Buffalo vs. Charlotte (C-USA), Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl, Dec. 20, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN)
Kent State vs. Utah State (Mountain West), Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, Dec. 20, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN2)
Central Michigan vs. San Diego State (Mountain West), New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 21, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN)
Eastern Michigan vs. Pitt (ACC), Quick Lane Bowl, Dec. 26, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN)
Western Michigan vs. Western Kentucky (C-USA), SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, Dec. 30, 12:30 pm (ESPN)
Ohio vs. Nevada (Mountain West), Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Jan. 3, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN)
Miami vs. Louisiana (Sun Belt), LendingTree Bowl, Jan. 6, 7:30 pm ET (ESPN)
“I am happy for our students, coaches and fans from our seven MAC member institutions who will get to experience a great array of bowl opportunities,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “The matchups are compelling and will provide memorable competitive opportunities. I appreciate our bowl partners who work all year to facilitate great experiences for the game participants and fans.”
BROOKLYN, Mich. By Brad Kuhlbander- (August 11, 2019) –
Kevin Harvick overcame early race trouble to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 for the second consecutive season.
In the first stage of the race, Harvick suffered a flat tire that forced him to make an unscheduled pit stop. The stop put him a lap down early, but he continued to make adjustments on his car and by the third stage he was back on the lead lap.
“We just had a really fast car all weekend,” Harvick said. “Our car handled really well today, and with the multiple lanes, we were able to run all three lanes pretty well and make our way through traffic. So just really proud of everybody on our Mobil 1 Ford, everybody from Busch and Hunt Brothers and Jimmy John's and everybody back at the shop from Haas Automation and Stewart‑Haas Racing, just put a really fast car on the racetrack and we were able to capitalize on it, and that's always fun.”
Harvick’s crew made the right call on his last pit stop and the most important thing was they put enough fuel in the car. As other cars had to stop for fuel in the final 10 laps, Harvick managed his fuel and had just enough to win the race.
The driver of #4 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas has now won three times at MIS during his career.
The win capped an impressive season for Ford Performance at Michigan International Speedway. The manufacturer swept both races after Joey Logano won the FireKeepers Casino 400 in June. Ford has posted four consecutive wins at its home track, with Harvick taking two of them.
Ford Performance will take the Michigan Heritage for the fourth straight MENCS race at MIS. The manufacturer will proudly display the trophy at its corporate headquarters just down the road from the track, and celebrate with its employees.
“We want to win every race but we definitely want to win here at Michigan,” Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance said. “To have the Heritage Trophy, we display it proudly and it will go back and be in Dearborn first thing in the morning for our executives to see there and we will put it on display for our employees to see. It is kind of neat the way the trophy works. You bring it out here and give it back at the beginning of the race and it is kind of neat to take it right back at the end of the race. It is great to do it four races in a row. We want to keep that streak going.”
Michigan driver Brad Keselowski started on the pole and looked like he was the car to beat early in race. The first stage of the race saw two drivers make unscheduled pit stops as Jimmie Johnson and Harvick both had tires go flat.
But Martin Truex Jr. was the talk of the first round. He started at the back of the field after he failed prerace inspection. He quickly moved through the field and was in second place on the last lap behind Denny Hamlin. Truex got a run to get around Hamlin to the take the green and white checkered flag.
Keselowski spun with four laps remaining in stage two to bring out the caution flag and set up a one-lap dash to the finish. Kyle Busch took advantage to hold off Truex. The action was behind the leaders as Aric Almirola, Daniel Hemric and Austin Dillon were in a three-car accident coming to the green and white checkered flag.
Erik Jones, from Byron, Mich. brought his car home 18th and Keselowski finished 19th.
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