Liedes, Leggett, Coty capture city tourney titles

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010

The results are in for the 50th annual city tournament. Total scores include handicap unless noted, and divisions are separated by averages. Division I is for averages 158 and above; Division II is for averages 121 to 157 and Division III is for averages 120 and below.

The Division II all-events champion is Jordan Liedes. Jordan, who is in her second year as a Soldotna-Kenai Women's Bowling Association member, not only won her division but also led the entire field of 56 bowlers.

For the nine-game event, Jordan scored 1,550 scratch and averaged 172. Jordan averaged an astounding 35 pins over her entering average of 137 and accumulated a pin-fall count of 2,054.

En route to her title, Jordan also placed first in the singles and doubles competition.

In the singles event, Jordan rolled games of 199, 180 and 173 for a 552 scratch series and a score of 720. Jordan's 184 average for three games was 141 pins over her entering average of 137.

In doubles, Jordan teamed up with Alaskalanes high-series season leader and Bowler's Corner contributor Teresa Liedes. The pair, led by Jordan's continued assault on the pins, placed first out of a field of 30 teams. Jordan rolled games of 191, 178 and 156 for a 525 scratch series and a 175 average.

Awesome bowling Jordan! Good luck at your first state tournament as a WBA member in March.

Second place for all-events in Division II went to Dawn Grimshaw with a score of 1,998.

Dawn entered the tournament with a 131 average and averaged 150 for 15 games. Dawn's high game of 189 occurred during the singles event where she rolled a 501 scratch series. The 108-pin performance above average also placed Dawn in second for singles.

In doubles, Dawn teamed up with tournament winner Jordan Liedes for another second-place finish out of a field of 30 teams.

Winner of the Division I all-events title is the Alaskalanes season-high game leader, tournament-scratch, high-game leader and moonlight bowling jackpot winner Cindy Coty.

Cindy, for nine games, averaged 193.444 and scored 1,930 for the event. The .444 was extremely important to Cindy given the fact that she won the highly competitive field by only two sticks.

Teresa Liedes placed second with a 1,928.

Third place for the division went to Jocelyn Wells, the Thursday evening Dirty Dozen league secretary, with an 1,889.

Cindy's tournament-leading, scratch high game of 257 occurred during the singles event, when she bowled a 621 series. Cindy's 207 average for the set was just enough to win her first place in singles.

Division I second-place finisher for singles was Jocelyn Wells. Jocelyn entered the event with a 167 average and rolled games of 204, 192 and 191 for a 587 scratch series, 674 total.

Jocelyn also converted the very difficult 6-7 split during the team event. Great, consistent bowling Jocelyn!

Division III all-events champion and the second-highest score out of the field of 56 bowlers is Valerie Leggett. Valerie walked into the tournament averaging 94 and left with a 126 average after bowling all nine games well above average.

Valerie rolled her two highest games of 156 and 139 in the singles event, where she scored a 699 and won first place by a margin of 35 pins.

Second-place winner for all-events in Division III is Dollie Nicholson. Dollie, who made her city tournament debut last weekend, improved significantly on her all-events total and singles score with a 190 game, 264 score. The 264 score was one of the highest scores of the tournament.

Dollie also placed second in the singles event with a 664 score. Third in singles went to Cynthia Boyer with a 661.

Division III doubles, for averages 241 and below, was won by Leslie Wahl and Melody Mounts. Leslie carries a 121 average and rolled her top games for the tournament of 173 and 137. Melody maintains a 116 average and rolled a 130 game during the set to aid the pair in collecting first place. Nice bowling ladies!

For the team event in Division II, the pair teamed up with bowlers Kay Roberts and Montey's Eagles secretary Marie Miller. The group bowled themselves to a second-place finish with help from Marie Miller, who converted the 1-5-7-9 split to give the team a 10-pin advantage over third-place finisher Alaska Waste.

First place went to The Crabby Patties -- Chris Thorne, Karla Appelhans, Michele Petterson and Hall of Fame bowler Soni Burzinski.

Division I, first-place team winner was Petterson Construction -- Michele Petterson, Soni Burzinski, 2007 Soldotna-Kenai Hall of Fame inductee Peggy Marchant and Soldotna-Kenai Women's Bowling Association manager Colleen Denbrock. Peggy and Colleen led the team to a first-place finish with Peggy's 214 game and 44-pins-over-average series and Colleen's 49-pins-over-average 199 game.

High handicap score for the tournament of 291 was achieved by the 2009 Thanksgiving scotch doubles tournament champion Nancy Mackey. Nancy, who placed third in singles for Division II with a 679, rolled a four-bagger, also sometimes referred to as a "hambone," on her way to a 222 game. This was 99 pins over her entering average of 123. Very nice Nancy!

Congratulations to all, and best of luck in the state tournament in March. For anyone who is considering participating in the event, you may want to attend the opening ceremonies. The Soldotna-Kenai WBA has announced that it will be inducting a bowler into the Hall of Fame.

The women's association would like to thank the many volunteers who helped to ensure that the 50th annual Soldotna-Kenai United States Bowling Congress city tournament was a successful, enjoyable and fun experience for everyone.

Those volunteers are Dollie, Amber and Trey Nicholson; Tori Askin; Rebecca and Emmie Axtell; Gavin Mikesell; Marty Pierce and Mikayla Miller.

Next on the list of many upcoming events at Alaskalanes is the third annual Kenai Peninsula Scholastic Bowling League fundraiser on Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Bowler's Corner is submitted by Randy Stiedl. For any questions, comments or suggestions, e-mail akrms1@yahoo.com.



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