The finale of
the 54th Times-News Open move to
Eastway Lanes on a snowy Sunday
afternoon with the schedule showing
the final 7 head-to-head matches and
a position round match for game 8.
conditions proved to be a challenge
for the areas top bowlers as, by
day's end, just 5 of the 16
finalists were able to average 200
for the day with three of them
finishing in the top three
defending champion Lee Eighmy, Jr.
was able to hold the lead every game
on Saturday, advancing that streak
to 13 games overall but that streak
ended quickly this Sunday as Eighmy
suffered a match loss to Robbie
Troutman, 211-201 while T.J.
Mitchell was disposing of Jake Martz
206-199 moving Mitchell 7 pins in
front. However the next game
Mitchell was trounced by the high
game of the day, a 279 by Nick
Kightlinger to his 176. A 234-194
victory over Chris Jannazzo allowed
Eighmy to climb back on top.
Interestingly enough, Mike Machuga
had the same to opponents in games 9
and 10 and was able to defeat both,
Jannzzo 234-206 and Troutman
259-228. That was enough to jump
Mitchell into second place setting
up one of the mega matches of the
day, Eighmy vs. Machuga, 1 vs. 2.
Eighmy had his struggles while
Machuga continued his hot start
taking the match 237-206 and moving
himself into the lead, 16 pins in
front of Eighmy.
second time, Eighmy and
Machuga would face common opponents
with Eighmy taking down Bob Stile
237-134 and Corey Rapela 228-192.
Machuga was not so fortunate besting
Rapela 213-192 but then dropping his
match with Stile 249-220. Eighmy's
lead was now 46.
Champion Mike Shady was keeping
within striking range following a
loss in game 9 with 4 consecutive
victories leaving himself still 160
back with Mitchell another 62
further back in 4th.
stage was now set as for the third
time Eighmy and Machuga would face
common opponents and one of those
opponents was Shady.
able to take down Machuga 258-235
while Eighmy was struggling with
Chris Moffett. Eighmy was able to
eek out a 166-156 victory and now
Eighmy's lead was just 7 over
Machuga and Shady was just 68 back.
now take on Eighmy in game 15, badly
needing a win to tighten the race.
He bowled a good game but Eighmy was
better, 246-233. With Machuga
topping Moffett 213-188, Eighmy's
lead grew to 40 pins heading to the
position round match with Machuga.
Shady still had a shot but was now
111 back as he would be facing
Mitchell in the 3 v. 4 match.
started fast with a triple, Machuga
couldn't manage a double. A solid 10
pin in the 4th slowed Eighmy down
and when he missed it, Machuga had
the opening he needed, however, he
could capitalize on it. A split in
the 6th for Machuga put the match
and the tournament firmly in
Eighmy's grasp. When Eighmy followed
up a spare in the 5th with strikes
in the 6th, 7th, and 8th spelled
sure victory for Eighmy and he
closed the game with strikes for
257, one of the high games of the
entire day. Machuga finished with
187 and his second consecutive
runner up finish to Eighmy. Mitchell
defeated Shady 180-160 but it was
not enough to overtake him, Shady
finishing 3rd and Mitchell 4th.
Kightlinger had the two highest
games of the day, a 279 in game 10
in a victory over Mitchell's 170 and
then a 268 in game 14 to Nick
Godfrey's 228. In the finale against
Corey Rapela, Kightlinger was not
able to manage much, 164 but it was
good enough against Rapela's 161
allowing Kightlinger to hold onto
5th, leaving Rapela 6th.
the only other 200+ game in game 16
and that was good enough to propel
him from 9th to 7th, dropping Josh
Dodson 8th. Petroff remained 9th
falling one pin behind Dodson. Danny
Mackowski, Jr. also made a jump,
moving from 12th to 10th, by
defeating Kylle Twaroski 183-152.
Bob Stile dropped to 11th and
Twaroski to 12th.
no changes in places 13 through 16
in any of the day's final 4 games
with Chris Moffett 13th, Robbie
Troutman 14th, Chris Jannazzo 15th,
and Jake Martz II 16th.
was Eighmy's 8th, two better than
both Ron Palombi, Jr. and Mike
Shady. It was also his third in a
row matching Shady's feat in