Bowling: Calumet College coaching duo rolls in GCABA tournament
By Steve T. Gorches email@example.com March 26, 2013 9:10PM
Updated: April 28, 2013 7:11AM
The way Mike Kubacki put it, “the kid carried the old man” in the Greater Calumet Area Bowling Association tourney in which the Calumet College of St. Joseph’s coach and GCABA Hall of Famer won the doubles title with his former CCSJ standout and current assistant Sammy Krucek.
It was tongue in cheek as the duo rolled what most officials think is an association record 1,589 actual score. That’s a monster score, meaning both shot well — Krucek had 803 while Kubacki had 786. They rolled to the actual title by more than 160 pins, and cruised to the pins-over-average (POA) title at plus-299. Doubly impressive is that it came on a tougher non-league oil condition that Krucek and Kubacki figured out perfectly together.
Also taking home a pair of titles on the men’s side was Tony Miller, who was part of the team actual champ “Storm Tracking” (his teammates were Jeff Snuffer, Al Dobrowolski and Kevin Mikalouski) and took home the singles actual title with 790. Chuck Ford took first in all-events with 2,155.
The team POA champions were “Unknowns” made up of Steve Cato, Daniel Evanich, John Blasko and Richard Matlon. For Blasko, it’s his first association tourney title in a long career of bowling the event.
Women’s tourney titles went to Glenda Andrews in singles actual (659), Chris McCune in singles POA (+78), Kim Bridges in all-events actual (1,917), Pat Quayle in all-events POA (-42) and the teams of “Better Than Our Men” (Bridges, Colleen Lidster, Lisa Gulick and Kathi Tucker) in actual and “Four Babes” (Quayle, Gerly Sabin, Linda Olszewski and Becky Betts) in POA.
All association tourneys champions earn $5 entries into the Post-Tribune Tournaments on May 25 (women) and 26 (men) at Stardust III in Dyer.
King of the Hill: Speaking of Cal College bowlers and P-T Tournament qualifiers, Justin Hauser earned a qualifying spot into the men’s event after winning the first Stardust III King of the Hill of the spring last Friday. The Griffith High School grad defeated Bob Kammer Jr. on the 42-foot “Flat on the Floor” pattern. The next event will be Friday starting at 10:45 p.m. with this week’s shot the 46-foot “Long and Strange Road.” For more details, call 322-3666.
Collegiate Challenge: The final official Indiana High School Bowling event of the season took place on Saturday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. The third annual Collegiate Challenge allowed high school bowlers to compete for scholarship money in front of college coaches. For the second straight year, Northwest Indiana bowlers shined. Defending boys champ Nate Maciejewski rolled in qualifying with a 778 series culminated by a 300 game. The Lake Central senior kept up the scoring pace in the first match with a 279 game before losing in the final four to Franklin Central’s Zach Weidman 40-39 in a rolloff after they tied at 177.
Boone Grove’s Paige Kraushaar took the top girls seed with 701, but she lost in the first match of the finals. Merrillville had two girls in the final eight — state singles champ Carly Larson and Kasey Stewart. Larson lost in the final four to Taylor Davis of Lebanon, but Stewart got revenge for Larson by beating Davis 238-184 in the final. In fact, Stewart rolled games of 268 and 237 in the previous two matches for a final three-game set of 743.
Post-Tribune Tournaments: The annual P-T youth and adult invitational tournaments are right around the corner. The 11th annual youth scholarship event will be Saturday, May 11 at Stardust Bowl II in Hobart (girls and boys in separate tourneys), while the adult events will be on May 25 and 26 at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer — women on Saturday and men on Sunday. The qualifier lists have been posted at www.post-trib.com/sports and will be updated each week through the end of the season. Entry fees have changed with all youth entrants costing $10, while the highest adult entry will be $15, based on qualification (women who roll 600 series or higher in league play, men who have rolled 780 or higher, 300 game or won local sport shot tournament). For more details, call or text (219) 331-5600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.