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Story by: Robert M. Jadach
Photos: Artur Partyka and Robert M. Jadach

Lockport, Illinois - The 71st National Bowling Tournament was held this year on April 28, 29 and 30, 2017 in Lockport, Illinois. Bowlers and guests gathered at the Strike ‘N Spare II Bowl for their assigned squads.

After the Friday squads of Singles and Doubles, the bowlers were treated to a hospitality night to welcome the bowlers at the Comfort Inn in Romeoville. The Home Office provided snacks and drinks for all attending.

Saturday featured the team events with two squads bowling during the day. Between the two sessions, the tournament was officially started with the annual opening ceremonies held at Strike ‘N Spare II Bowl. Vice President David Milcinovic was introduced by Fraternal Coordinator Mary Srodon. He welcomed the bowlers to Lockport and wished them good bowling and high scores thanked the management of Strike ‘N Spare II Bowl and their staff for the terrific job they have done for the tournament and then introduced President Frank J. Spula, who addressed the bowlers and guests. The Mayor of Lockport Mr. Steven Streit was introduced, who spoke, and then threw out the first ball to officially open the tournament. PNA dignitaries and guests who attended the opening ceremonies included; PNA President Frank J. Spula, Vice President David Milcinovic, Treasurer Marian Grabowski, PNA Directors, Val Pawlos, Jeff Twardy, Greg Chilecki, and Barbara Wesolowski; PNA Commissioner; Wanda Juda (District 13), Fraternal Coordinator Mary Srodon, Former PNA Directors, Joseph Kaminski, Anna Wierzbicki, Cecelia Tomaszkiewicz, and Former PNA Commissioner Jerry Hejna. PNA Director Steve Tokarski, Former Vice President Paul Odrobina, and Former Director Christopher Nowotarski also visited with the bowlers over the weekend.

To keep with the tradition started a few years back, the winning Men's and Ladies teams from the 70th Tournament held in Las Vegas, Nevada were announced by Robert M. Jadach and awarded their first prize awards. The winning men's team was "Lightning" from Lemont, IL and Casey Grabowski is the team captain. The team also consisted of Marian Grabowski, James Kontos, Dominik Adamiak and Christopher Kowalski. The winning ladies team was "Slick Chicks" from Erie, PA and Rose Konsel was the team captain. The team also consisted of Wendy Albers, Jennifer Jo Telisky, Teresa (Tracy) Smith and Helen Rucka (who was attending this year).

The 2018 tournament will be held in Florida. Details will follow.

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MEN'S TEAM EVENTS
POS. TEAM/CAPTAIN/CITY SCORE
1 St. Joe's Polish Club
Jeremy Hood - Harrison City, PA
3371
2 High Rollers
Gary Kovack - Cortland, OH
3296
3 Double Coupons
Jeff Puc - N. Huntington, PA
3259
4 Beer Frame
Travis Fox - Finleyville, PA
3204
5 Archie's Army
John Schubert - Pittsburgh, PA
3193
6 The Jokers
John Svitek - Canonsburg, PA
3160
7 NWO
Brian Jones - White Oak, PA
3137
JISM
Ed Bavolar - N. Huntington, PA
3132
9 Fuzzy's Bombers
Brian Geisel - Sharpsville, PA
3110
10 Eddie's Boys
Val Pawlos - Pittsburgh, PA
3092

MEN'S SINGLES EVENTS
POS. BOWLER/CITY SCORE
1 Jeff Stevenson - Canonsburg, PA 824
2 James Kontos - Lockport, IL 756
3 Frank Ruccio - McKeesport, PA 744
4 Pete Smerecky Jr. - McKeesport, PA 734
5 Brian Geisel - Sharpsville, PA 730
6 David Kern - Wexford, PA 728
7 Brandon Peebly - McKeesport, PA 726
8 Tom DeFelice Sr. - White Oak, PA 720
9 Joe Pici - N. Huntington, PA 719
10 Eric Pawlos - Pittsburgh, PA 713
11 Frank Mozuch - Pittsburgh, PA 708
12 Jeremy Hood - Harrison City, PA 704
13 Gary Kovack -Cortland, OH 701
14 Tim Gessler - Houston, PA 700
15 Tony Brajdic - N. Versailles, PA 697
16 Casey Carpenter - Stabane, PA 691
17 Dave Dobbins - Canonsburg, PA 679
18 Jim Meinzer - Pittsburgh, PA 677
19 Bill Reynolds - Canonsburg, PA 676
20 John Baritche Jr. - Brownstown, MI 675
21 Russ Miller - McKeesport, PA 674
22 Jeffrey Twardy - Pittsburgh, PA 672
23 Mark Pawlos - Pittsburgh, PA 669
24 Bill Wygant - Sharpsville, PA 665
25 Dominik Adamiak - Edgerton, WI 664
26 John Schubert - Pittsburgh, PA 662
27 Bill Humanic - White Oak, PA 660
27 Ryan Simms - Canonsburg, PA 660
27 Dave Grygiel - Naperville, IL 660
30 Mark Goodin - Fairborn, OH 658
30 Pete Smerecky Sr. - White Oak, PA 658

MEN'S DOUBLES EVENTS
POS. BOWLERS/CITY SCORE
1 Keith Smith - Eric Pawlos
Pittsburgh, PA
1414
2 Brandon Peebly - Jay Peebly
McKeesport, PA
1400
3 Casey Grabowski - Marion Grabowski
Lemont, IL
1394
4 Alex Kontos -James Kontos
Lockport, IL
1393
5 Braxton Stedman - Jason Schultz
Roscoe, PA
1383
6 Peter Smerecky Jr. - Joseph Hetrick
Pittsburgh, PA
1382
7 Mark Pawlos - Jeff Twardy
Pittsburgh, PA
1381
7 Jeff Wudkwych - Rick Flood
Canonsburg, PA
1381
9 Gary Sobieralski - A. J. Roche
North Liberty, IN
1364
10 Steve Kulback - Fred Smallhoover
Pittsburgh, PA
1346
11 Thomas Crothers - Paul Kotlinski
Bridgeville, PA
1341
12 Casey Carpenter - Jason Marinski
Canonsburg, PA
1320
13 Joe Cwiklinski - Robert Lloyd
Washington, PA
1319
14 Rich Kubarek - Bob Madej
Niles, IL/Bonita Springs, FL
1315
15 Don O'Neil - Richard Tonsetic
Canonsburg, PA
1314
15 Vince Maiolo - Luke Baverso
Irwin, PA
1314

MEN'S ALL EVENTS
POS. BOWLER/CITY SCORE
1 Eric Pawlos - Pittsburgh, PA 2173
2 Fred Smith - West Middlesex, PA 2118
3 Jeremy Hood. - Harrison City, PA 2108
4 Brandon Peebly - McKeesport, PA 2103
5 James Mainzer - Pittsburgh, PA 2095
6 Pete Smerecky Jr. - White Oak, PA 2092
7 Frank Ruccio - McKeesport, PA 2080
8 James Kontos - Lockport, IL 2066
9 Tony Brajdic - N. Versailles, PA 2065
10 David Kern - Wexford, PA 2064
11 Steve Verbanets - Pittsburgh, PA 2055
12 James Sherman - Sharpsville, PA 2048
13 Ed Bavolar - N. Huntington, PA 2045
14 Braxton Stedman - Belle Vernon, PA 2037
15 Vincent Maiolo - Trafford, PA 2033

MEN'S SPECIAL CASH PRIZES
TEAM SERIES - SCRATCH

POS. TEAM/CAPTAIN/CITY SCORE
1 Fore Men
Robert Madej - Bonita Springs, FL
2918
2 Beer Frame
Travis Fox - Canonsburg, PA
2823
3 No Mercy
John M. Kowalski - Mishawaka, IN
2805

HIGH IND. SERIES - SCRATCH
POS. BOWLER/CITY SCORE
1 Ed Bavolar - N. Huntington, PA 779
2 Jeremy Hood - Harrison City, PA 742
3 James Kontos - Lockport, PA 726

HIGH IND. GAME - SCRATCH
POS. BOWLER/CITY SCORE
1 Ed Bavolar - N. Huntington, PA 287
2 Jeremy Hood - Harrison City, PA 278
3 A. J. Roche - South Bend, IN 278

WOMEN'S TEAM EVENTS
POS. TEAM/CAPTAIN/CITY SCORE
1 Rose's Slick Chicks
Rose Konsel - Erie, PA
3136
2 Help Me! Lodge 664
Lisa Myers - Harrison City, PA
3109
3 Team Ta-Ta's
Joni DelFratte - Sharpsville, PA
3038
4 Dayton Gals
Mary Beth Goodin - Fairborn, OH
3030
5 Wolak's Lounge
Sharon Liska - Berwyn, IL
3015

WOMEN'S SINGLES EVENTS
POS. BOWLER/CITY SCORE
1 Carolyn Nelson - Woodridge, IL 705
2 Mary Beth Goodin - Fairborn, OH 691
3 Sharon Liska - Berwyn, IL 657
4 Camille Simon - Ambridge, PA 646
5 Brianna McAninch -Sharpsville, PA 643
6 Susie Telego - Cortland, OH 641
7 Rosalie Jacobs - Kingsford Hts., IN 640
8 Teresa Smith - Pittsburgh, PA 636
8 Tonya Van Ord - Greenville, PA 636
10 June E. Tolone - Hubbard, OH 635
11 Jess Szymanski - N. Huntington, PA 632
12 Rose Konsel - Erie, PA 625
13 Nicole Myers - Manor, PA 623
14 Sandy Gregory - Brookfield, OH 619

WOMEN'S DOUBLES EVENTS
POS. BOWLERS/CITY SCORE
1 Rosalie Jacobs - Mae Jasko
Kingsford Hts., IN/Oak Lawn, IL
1361
2 Susie Telego - Lisa McAninch
Sharpsville, PA
1335
3 Joyce Boister - Marissa Owen
Houston, TX
1307
4 Lisa Myers - Tracy Maiolo
Trafford, PA
1274
5 Sharon Liska - Carolyn Nelson
Woodridge, IL
1272
6 Mary Ellen Kovack - Joyce Geisel
Sharpsville, PA
1271
7 Rose Konsel - Teresa Smith
Erie, PA/Pittsburgh, PA
1262

WOMEN'S ALL EVENTS
POS. BOWLER/CITY SCORE
1 Rosalie Jacobs - Kingsford Hts., IN 2298
2 Mae Jasko - Oak Lawn, IL 2002
3 Carolyn Nelson - Woodridge, IL 1998
4 Mary Beth Goodin - Fairborn, OH 1997
5 Teresa Smith - Pittsburgh, PA 1990
6 Wendy Albers - St. Clair Shores, MI 1927
7 Lisa McAninch - Sharpsville, PA 1926
8 Nicole Myers - Harrison City, PA 1922

WOMEN'S SPECIAL CASH PRIZES
TEAM SERIES - SCRATCH

POS. TEAM/CAPTAIN/CITY SCORE
1 Rose's Slick Chicks
Rose Konsel - Erie, PA
2161
2 Polish Bioches
Leanne Knapp - South Bend, IN
2160
3 Team Ta-Ta's
Joni DelFratte - Sharpsville, PA
1949

HIGH IND. SERIES - SCRATCH
POS. BOWLER/CITY SCORE
1 Joyce Geisel - Sharpsville, PA 535 
2 Wendy Albers - St. Clair Shores, MI 515
3 Lisa McAninch - Sharpsville, PA 513

HIGH IND. GAME - SCRATCH
POS. BOWLER/CITY SCORE
1 Joyce Geisel - Sharpsville, PA 203
2 Rosalie Jacobs - Kingsford Hts., IN 192
3 Carolyn Krol - South Bend, IN 187