May 25, 2017
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Courtney Wolf wins one for mom

Women’s champion climbs from fifth place on final day; Stettner wins Super Senior Men’s title



After one final strike to close out a sparkling finishing kick, Courtney Wolf pointed her fingers skyward then walked over to her support group of family and friends to exchange some tearful embraces.

Once again, this one was for mom.

Wolf captured her second Women’s Division title in the 54th annual Kenosha News Match Game Bowling Tournament on Wednesday at Sheridan Lanes, closing with a scorching four-game finish of 279, 248, 228 and 259.

By the time her placement round victory over Tracy Beltoya was complete, Wolf was thinking of her mom, Laurie, who died in 2008.

Her sentiments were no different than when she won in 2015.

“This was mom’s tournament,” Wolf said. “My mom passed away in 2008, so this is her tournament. Always for her. It’s always mom. It’s always dad (Gary). It’s them. They’re my support.”

Of course, it was up to Wolf to provide her own support by knocking down pins, and she did so in impressive fashion. She finished with a two-day match record of 8-2 and a total pinfall of 2,287 for 527 points.

Bowlers are awarded 30 points for each match victory and either gain or lose a point for each pin over or under 200.

Unlike last year, when she entered the second day of finals in first place before settling for third, Wolf began Wednesday in fifth place after Sunday’s first night of finals. She was 216 points behind leader Sarah Pobloski and thought she may have officially ended her chance to win after beginning Wednesday with a 197.

“After my first game tonight, I kind of thought I was out of it,” Wolf said.

But she caught a break by winning that match, then she began to take off with a second-game 279 that jumped her into third place.

“I just got my confidence,” Wolf said. “I told myself I could do it, and I did it. ... I got a couple breaks, but that’s what bowling is. It’s breaks.”

Some of those breaks came in the struggles of Pobloski and defending champion Amanda Van Duyn, who began the night in second place.

Pobloski opened 170-190 as Van Duyn moved into first, but Pobloski seized the top spot again with a 234-184 victory over Van Duyn in the third match. That was highlighted by Pobloski picking up a 3-6-4-7 split in the seventh frame.

Pobloski’s turn back in first didn’t last long, though, as she dropped a 218-159 decision to Beltoya in the fourth match. Wolf capitalized with a 228-194 defeat of Van Duyn, which pushed Wolf into first place for the first time and gave her a 66-point lead on Beltoya — who had vaulted into second — going into the placement round.

Beltoya needed to defeat Wolf by 37 pins for the title, but Wolf never opened the door even a crack, striking in five of her first six frames.

There was no doubt by the 10th, and Wolf’s comeback from starting the day in fifth — she also qualified for the 10th and final spot just to make the finals — was complete.

“Kenosha News is always the best tournament to bowl in Kenosha,” she said. “It brings the best women out. Basically, you have a shot no matter what you do.”

Van Duyn closed with a 226 to place second with a two-day record of 5-5, a pinfall of 2,241 and 391 points.

Beltoya (6-4, 2,166) took third with 346 points, Jaime Bain (6-4, 2,161) was fourth with 341 and Pobloski (6-4, 2,156) ended up fifth with 336.

Super Senior Men

As far as his recreational sports exploits go, it’s two down and one to go for Rick Stettner.

Stettner entered the final night of the Super Senior Men’s Division finals in first place, and despite things getting a bit tight during the middle portion of Wednesday’s action, Stettner pulled away for a wide margin of victory.

It was the first Match Game title in any division for the 63-year-old Stettner, who said he’s competed in the event about 15 to 20 times.

“This is my first time I’ve ever won really anything in bowling,” Stettner said. “I’ve won KGA events in golf. Now the next thing is I want to win a drag race.”

This will do fine for now.

Stettner finished with a two-day record of 8-2 and a pinfall of 2,307 for 547 points, which ended up 125 clear of Tom Kaddatz, who went 6-4 with 2,242 pins for 422 points.

Stettner actually opened with two losses despite games of 246 and 203. Kaddatz, the Senior Men’s Division champion in 2006 and 2007, opened 255-247 to close within just 20 points of Stettner.

But the third match was the big swing, as Stettner fired a 268 in a win, while Kaddatz had a 173 in a loss. Stettner backed that with a 259 in the fourth match, giving him a big cushion headed into the placement round despite Kaddatz bowling a 276 and Sergio Elia firing a 268 in their fourth matches.

Stettner had a string of 15 consecutive strikes between his third and fourth matches.

“That was it, because Tom bowled 276 and Sergio bowled 268,” he said. “If I have a bad game, they’re right there.”

Stettner defeated Elia 245-224 in the placement round and joined his daughter Sarah, the 2010 Women’s champion, as a Match Game winner in the family.

Elia finished third with a 5-5 record and a pinfall of 2,222 for 372 points, Carl Martens Sr. (6-4, 2,117) placed fourth with 297 and Rick Flocker (5-5, 2,026) was fifth with 176.

The tournament continues at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Sheridan with the final night of the Senior Men’s Division. Rich Beltoya will enter in first place as he attempts to defend his title.

Beltoya is also the leader in the Men’s Division, which concludes the tournament on Friday night.


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