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Bowling Notebook:ESPN showing World Series of Bowling IX

December 3, 2017 GMT

It’s time again for one of my favorite bowling series to return to national television. Even if they’re taped.

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX was held in November in Reno, Nevada. Bowlers competed on the PBA Tour’s four animal patterns and four emerged from each competition to make the ESPN telecasts. Finals were Nov. 16-17 and streamed live on ESPN3. The four championship rounds will air Dec. 17 and Dec. 24.

The Chameleon Championship will be on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. On the show will be Liz Johnson, Wes Malott, Anthony Pepe and Tom Smallwood. The Shark Championship will be on that day at 2 p.m. to complete the first doubleheader. The four competitors are Marshall Kent, Tom Daugherty, rookie Charlie Brown Jr. and Richie Teece from England.

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The Cheetah Championship will start the twinbill on Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. On the show are Jesper Svensson of Sweden, Jason Belmonte of Australia, Sam Cooley of Australia and Thomas Larsen for an all-international field. At 2 p.m., it’s the Scorpion Championship. Belmonte is on the telecast along with reigning PBA Player of the Year E.J. Tackett, Brandon Novak from Chillicothe, Ohio, and Shawn Maldonado.

Format for all animal pattern finals has the four bowlers simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two advancing to a head-to-head title match. Making adjustments was important as the four oil patterns are quite different. Chameleon is 39 feet, Shark 45 feet, Cheetah 33 feet and Scorpion 42 feet.

For Novak, this is his second straight championship appearance on the Scorpion show. He finished fourth last year.

Johnson is out to become the second woman to win a PBA Tour title. Kelly Kulick was No. 1 with her win in the PBA Tournament of Champions in 2010. Johnson is a two-time PBA regional winner. Her best PBA Tour finish was second in the Banquet Open in 2005. Hint. Tune in for this one as chances are good the outcome will have an historic touch.

HONOR SCORES: Kyle McComas and Brian Fite shot honor scores in league play at Colonial Lanes. McComas rolled a perfect game in the C-K Independent League. The 300 helped him to a 778 series

Fite fired a 299 in the Industrial Management League. He left a single pin on his final shot. He finished with a 766 series.

STRIKE ZONE TOURNAMENT: Justin Adkins is holding a singles tournament Sunday at Strike Zone Bowling Center. Bowling starts at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee $10 for Strike Zone bowlers and $20 for other bowlers. Three-game qualifier, cut to top 10 regardless of entry total, two-game match play and then top

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five to stepladder finals. Shot undecided. Contact Adkins at the center to let him know what you want. Requests so far are urethane only, Badger, keep it a secret and any PBA Tour animal pattern except Badger.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Justin Adkins was one of several area bowlers who traveled to Chillicothe, Ohio, to compete in the popular Thanksgiving Shootout at Shawnee Lanes. The tournament had 145 entries. Adkins, who competes in leagues at Strike Zone Bowling Center and runs the pro shop there, made it to match play. The top 32 advanced and he came in 29th. He won his first two matches thanks to making big shots at key moments.

He wrote missing an easy spare cost him the match in the round of eight. He wound in the 5th-8th spot and got a nice check. Kyle Arthur, a lefty at Strike Zone, also made the cut, but didn’t go as far as Adkins.

Adkins and friends are expected to return to Shawnee Lanes on Dec. 18 for the Christmas Shootout.

David Walsh covers bowling for The Herald-Dispatch. His email address is bigdogdown@gmail.com.