2018-04-11 / Sports

Shea, Cramer take home B.O.Y titles

Historical win for one, brand new for the other
BY DALE BALL
Sports Editor


Champions of the lanes! Del Shea from Sandusky and Crystal Cramer from Peck claimed the trophies in the Sanilac County News’ 37th Annual Bowler of the Year Tournament. The long-standing event was held at Liberty Lanes, Sandusky, this past Saturday night. Round-by-round results on page 13A. 
Photo by Dale Ball Champions of the lanes! Del Shea from Sandusky and Crystal Cramer from Peck claimed the trophies in the Sanilac County News’ 37th Annual Bowler of the Year Tournament. The long-standing event was held at Liberty Lanes, Sandusky, this past Saturday night. Round-by-round results on page 13A. Photo by Dale Ball SANDUSKY – In the 37 seasons of the Bowler of the Year Tournament, only one man has owned more than two titles. That man is Del Shea, who now claims four.

On the other side, in the women’s championship, Shawna Lentner already owned for four, but was denied another by Crystal Cramer.

Shea and Cramer emerged Saturday night at Liberty Lanes as the 2017-18 Bowler of the Year champs.

In the women’s division, which had 20 competitors, Cramer emerged as the No. 2 seed with a 665 three-game series in the qualifying round.

She did not let up from there.

In the quarterfinals, Cramer breezed to a, 231-145, win over No. 7 seed Dara Sinclair. She then took on Nicole Johnston, the No. 6 seed, and held on with a tight, 209-200, victory.

When Lentner, in the championship match, missed a single pin spare in the first frame, it opened the door for Cramer to take an early lead. After another open in the sixth by Lentner, Cramer’s edge inflated to 37 pins.

While her only open of game came in the ninth frame, Cramer finished in style with a three-bagger in the 10th to earn her first Bowler of the Year trophy.

Lentner reached the title match by defeating two other former Bowler of the Year champions. In her first round contest, she knocked off two-time champion, Jaime Nicol, 222-216. In the semis, Lentner stopped Julie Dooley, the defending champion, 195-173.

In the other quarterfinal matches, Dooley defeated Lacey Grabitz and Johnston took down Ashley Kandell, 192-138.

On the men’s side, Shea broke out of his title slump (the last coming in 2006), earning the No. 3 seed with his 737 qualifying series. He finished behind the potent duo of Robert Cramer (No. 1, 804) and Richard Lewis (No. 2, 765).

In the opening match for Shea in the playoffs, he had to fend off former Sandusky High standout, Seth Steinkopf. And, he did it after an open in the ninth frame that left him with just a two-pin, 199-197, advantage going into the 10th.

Shea quickly righted the ship by striking out in the 10th while Steinkopf settled for a spare and seven pins in a 229-214, finish.

Next up was Rich Lewis, the No. 2 seed who had come off a 765 qualifying series and a, 259-222, win in the quarters.

When Lewis had back-to-back one-pin spares in the second and third frame, Shea delivered six straight strikes to build a lead.

Lewis, though, countered with five in a row and was back within 10 pins. The ninth frame started Shea’s way to the championship match. Shea had a strike and followed with a strike- spare in the 10th. Lewis left a pin on his first ball in the ninth. He settled for a spare and then struck out in the 10th, but it was not enough – Shea winning, 257- 248.

In the title match, Shea took on Ross McIvor, the No. 8 seed, who battled his way through the playoff bracket.

McIvor had an open in the first frame and another in the seventh that helped Shea open up a 30-pin lead, 147-117. Shea stayed strong the rest of the way with three strikes and a pair of one-pin spares to close out his title run.

When a tie-breaker determined that McIvor was the No. 8 seed in the playoffs, he didn’t flinch. He upended Robert Cramer, the No. 1 seed (804 qualifying series), by one pin, 183-182. He then knocked off Matthew Bombard, the No. 4 seed, in the semifinals, 256-214.

Overall, the tournament was another success. While the number of bowlers in Sanilac County have diminished in recent years, the quality of the bowling has not.

And, again, thanks go out to all the staff Liberty Lanes for their quality effort and for their continued support with the tournament.

2018 SCN Bowler of the Year Tournament

4-7-18 Liberty Lanes, Sandusky Women’s qualifying round Top 8 scores (3-game series): 1. Julie Dooley 672 (214-214-244); 2. Crystal Cramer 665 (237-236-192); 3. Ashley Kandell 652 (211-218-223); 4. Jaime Nicol 650 228-215-207); 5. Shawna Lentner 620 (225-194-201); 6. Nicole Johnston 616 (230-201- 185); 7. Dara Sinclair 597

(169-195-233); 8. Lacey Grabitz 578

Other top non-qualifying scores: Yvonne Wilkinson 565; Keri Molloy 559; Patti Molloy 556; Jen Green 531

Quarterfinals

Julie Dooley def. Lacey Grabitz, 184-179; Shawna Lentner def. Jaime Nicol, 222-216; Nicole Johnston def. Ashley Kandell, 192- 138; Crystal Cramer def. Dara Sinclair 231-145

Semifinals

Shawna Lentner def. Julie Dooley, 195-173; Crystal Cramer def. Nicole Johnston, 209-200

Finals

Crystal Cramer def. Shawna Lentner, 205-177

Men’s qualifying round Top 8 scores: 1. Robert Cramer 804 (279-278-247); 2. Richard Lewis 765 (258- 266-241); 3. Del Shea 737 (244-257-236); 4. Matthew Bombard 734 (244-233-257);

5. Justin Dooley 689 (221- 235-233); 6. Seth Steinkopf 672 (212-223-237); 7. Jared Miller 669; 8. Ross McIvor 669 (225-245-199)

Other top non-qualifying scores: Ken Pierce II 662; Jeremy Bloor 652; Don Molloy 650; Eric Molloy 647; Jim Brown 643; Kyle Chaffee 635; Paul Faszczewski 635; Tyler Johnston 632; Brian Fazio 631; David Black 630

Quarterfinals

Ross McIvor def. Robert Cramer, 183-182; Matthew Bombard def. Justin Dooley 269-235; Del Shea def. Seth Steinkopf, 229-214; Richard Lewis def. Jared Miller 259- 227

Semifinals

Ross McIvor def. Matthew Bombard, 256-214; Del Shea def. Richard Lewis, 257-248

Finals

Del Shea def. Ross McIvor 206-158

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