Cumberland Times-News


March 25, 2014

Curtis, Grant stand out in tourney

The Western Maryland USBC Association Tournament was held at The Bowler over two weekends.  BJ Curtis won the All Events title with 2,213 (an average of  245 for 9 games).  David Yates came in second at 2,186 and Troy Cubbage finished third with 2,148.

Scratch singles was won by Derek Yates with 742, barely edging out his brother, Dave Yates, who had 738. Curtis finished third with 730.

Scratch doubles had Dave Yates and Calvin “Buck” Lease winning with a total of 1,449. Jack Burner and Jeff Bell finished second with 1,401 and Dion Athey and Travis Shreve came in third with 1,397.

The Scratch team winner was the 5 Sugars team from White Oak Lanes with a winning score of 3,321. B-Team and Kroll’s Taxidermy, both from the Bowler, finished second and third.

Thomas Grant won the Handicap All Events division with a score of 2,429. Drew Miller came in second with 2,390. Ralph Knieriem had 2,377 to finish third.

Thomas Grant also won handicap singles with an 839 series. Jim Helminiak finished second with 811 and Scott Sheaffer came in third with 807.

Thomas Grant decided to let his wife Autumn join the fun as they won handicap Doubles with a score of 1,590. Jack Burner and Jeff Bell came in second at 1,567. Rick Kroll and Don Humbertson finished third with 1,563.

Kroll’s Taxidermy, led by Ralph Knieriem’s 845 series, won the handicap team division with 3,835. Sinclair’s Boys and The Wreckers came in second and third.  All three teams represented The Bowler.

In addition, Cary Lowery rolled a 300 game during the tourney.

In league action, Joe Mullenax’s 778 on the Winding Road Sport Pattern was high for the week. Mike Conley shot 773 at the Bowler. Seth Perdew had 760 at White Oaks. Eric Bittner rolled 752 at the Bowler and Darren Durbin had 741 at White Oaks.  Thomas Grant continued his hot streak with his first career 700 series.

Stephanie Hawley led the ladies with 670.  Autumn Grant shot 656 at White Oaks and Becky Torrington rolled 647 at The Bowler.

Darron Warner led the Juniors with 696 at White Oaks.  Kasey Sullivan had 687, also at White Oaks. Brent Schofield shot 673 at Rainbow to round out the scoring.

As a final note, thanks to all the directors of the Western Maryland USBC, especially Association Manager Hugh Schrier, for running the tournament the past few weekends. These men and women put in a lot of time and effort so that we bowlers have the opportunity to compete. Also, thanks to The Bowler for doing a fine job hosting the event.

Joe Mullenax is the Cumberland Times-News bowling columnist. Write to him at

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