Modesto girl is competing for Team USA spot

Modesto's Rose Brown is in Las Vegas this week competing for one of eight spots on the 2008 Team USA.

Team USA represents the United States in international competitions and programs. The trials started Monday and continue through Friday with nine-game blocks each day. The top two men and women earn team spots. Two additional men and women will be selected from the field to join the team.

Brown won a spot in last year's event and is a current member of Team USA. You can follow her progress at under the Team USA tab.

The unofficial results have been released for the New Year's Day Junior/Adult Scholarship Tournament held at Yosemite Lanes.

Locals Scott Boyle and Jason Walton topped the Scratch prize list. Casey Albert and Donald Benner of Granada Bowl in Livermore were second. Will and Wayne Garber finished third. Holding the first spot on the Handicap prize list is Granada's Keifer and Philip Sivret. Taylor and Staci Pierce of Valley Center Bowl in Tracy were next and locals Derrick and Steve Munson third. Scholarships will be awarded to the youth member of the team.

Rod Hirtzell teamed with Dennis McKinney to take the top spot in the Let's Do Doubles Tournament at McHenry. The pair turned in a 1,732 score, including a no-tap 300 by McKinney. Teeny Allen and Gin Quinton finished five pins behind with a 1,727. Finishing third at 1,689 were Bobbie and Mike Sargent.

Kathy Burner, Claudelle Bonaccini and Alice Lazzerini teamed up to win the Ladies Luncheon No-tap at Yosemite. The trio rolled a 2,597 set and added 424 handicap pins for a 3,021 total.

The 55 & Older No-Tap rolls at 1 p.m. Friday at Yosemite. A participation ticket will be given for an April prize drawing.

Signups are being accepted for the Modesto USBC Friendship Doubles Tournament, scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at Yosemite. Check-in is at 12:30. The first two games will be rolled in eight-pin no-tap and the last game in nine-pin no-tap. Part of each entry is donated to the BVL Fund to help support veteran programs in our area.

Nominations are open for the Modesto Hall of Fame and Pioneer Award, and submission forms are available at McHenry and Yosemite. To qualify for Hall of Fame consideration, nominees must have 20 years of membership in a local association, unless the nomination is posthumous. Nominations may be submitted in Meritorious Service or Superior Performance. To qualify for a Pioneer Award, a person must have been a strong supporter of bowling for at least 30 years. Nominations for both awards are open until Feb. 1.

Short leagues are starting next week at McHenry. The Have-a-Ball league is offered Sundays at 6 p.m., and the Mid Winter league is Tuesdays at 6:30. Spots are open on the four-member teams. Call Pam or Dave at 571-2695 for information or to sign up.

The Modesto USBC and Brunswick/Dexter are sponsoring an instructional mini-camp Feb. 9-10 at McHenry. Youth classes will be held Feb. 9 and adults Feb. 10. The two-hour program is offered twice each day. Fliers will be available soon at both bowling centers.

Dallas Kadry can be reached at or 571-2695.