Top-rated UCF rolls; USF women falter

Published March 24, 2005

The University of Central Florida men's team won the Allentown, Pa., section and its women finished second, but the University of South Florida's women fell short as the field was set for the 2005 Intercollegiate Bowling Championships.

Four section competitions were held over the weekend: at Fairview Heights, Ill.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; San Jose, Calif., and Allentown. The top four men's and four women's squads from each section advanced to the national championships April 20-23 at Rockville, Ill., now a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) event.

Shawn Ryan, Shawn Deufel and Billy Ragatz led Central Florida by finishing sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively, after 64 Baker System games. Erie Community College, Morehead State and Vincennes were the other Allentown qualifiers. Miami's Stephanie Nation finished fourth, teammates Desire Erler was seventh and Michelle Carcagente was eighth to lead the Lady Knights into second place behind Morehead State. Penn State and Erie also qualified. UCF was ranked No. 1 in the country by Bowling Magazine and is coached by WIBC Hall of Famer Pat Costello.

Pikeville players captured the top three individual spots to key their team's victory in the Chattanooga section. McKendree, the University of Kansas and Purdue also qualified. USF finished sixth in its first national competition, with Crystal Stutler its top scorer in 14th place. The USF men's team did not make the trip. Florida State was seventh and the University of Florida finished ninth.

Fresno State took the men's and women's competition at San Jose and Nebraska and Wichita State won the Fairview section. Pikeville and Kansas are the defending national champions.

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HALL OF FAME: The ABC Hall of Fame welcomed four new members and celebrated the career of a recently deceased Hall of Famer last week at Baton Rouge.

Amateur standout Todd Savoy of Superior, Wis., professional bowlers Bob Chamberlain of The Villages, and Ocala's Walter Ray Williams, Jr., and former ABC communications executive Steve James of Fox Point, Wis., were inducted into the Hall. The late Dick Weber was honored in a video tribute.

The first annual convention of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) is April 19-23, 2006, at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center.

WIBC INVASION: Tulsa, Okla., is bracing for an invasion of about 40,000 bowlers for the 2005 WIBC Championship Tournament April 9-June 24.

Nearly 8,000 five-players teams will compete in the 86th annual event, now run by the USBC. The tournament will feature 19,989 sets of doubles, 39,978 singles and 37,812 all-events entries. The prize fund for the tournament is an estimated $1.6-million.

The tournament features competition in five divisions: Classic for bowlers with averages of 190 and above; Division 1 for averages of 170-189; Division 2 for averages of 150-169; Division 3 for averages of 131-149; and Division 4 for averages of 130 and below. Division 4, created in 2003, gives lower average bowlers an opportunity to compete with other bowlers of similar abilities for prize money and international championships.

The tournament attracts bowlers from each U.S. state and Canada, as well as participants from Australia, Bermuda and Japan. It is the world's largest participatory sporting event for women.

Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes8@msn.com