Spokane's Nick Powell bested the 45-bowler field at this past Sunday's Central Washington Open, hosted by Valley Lanes in Sunnyside.
Powell averaged 231.7 in the six qualifying games, advancing to the "Final 14" trophy round as the No. 2 seed. In the four-game finals, he tacked on another 1,035 pins to pull away from the field. Moses Lake's Ed Samuelson finished a distant second, 75 pins back of Powell.
The monthly Central Washington Open competitions are held from August to April each year at different bowling centers throughout central Washington. The fields typically include PBA regional touring professionals, as well as amateurs who carry league averages of 190 or better.
This past Sunday's tourney field included six local bowlers, two of whom advanced to the trophy round. The two who cashed were Valley Lanes owner and PBA pro Rob Rice, and Sunnyside's Derek Colley, the manager of the local bowling center.
Rice, who qualified No. 3 for the round of 14 with a six-game average of 231.0, finished in fifth place overall. Colley, who averaged 225.5 for the seventh best pinfall in the six qualifying games, recorded an 11th place finish.
The four other Valley Lanes regulars who competed Sunday included amateurs Joseph LaClair of Selah, Tanner Schaneman of Sunnyside, Anthoney Aranda of Toppenish and Charles Jacobs of Grandview.
LaClair placed 22nd overall with opening round games of 215-229-200-169-216.
Schaneman, only 17 years old but billed as the Lower Valley's hottest up-and-comer in bowling circles, placed 25th overall with games of 257-242-175-196-171-185.
Aranda garnered a 33rd place finish on games of 171-201-187-191-234-195.
Jacobs was 40th in the 45-person field with games of 194-234-168-173-202-157.
Kennewick's Ted Dreibelbis went into the trophy round as the No. 1 seed, having averaged 232.5 in the six qualifying round games. He faded in the four head-to-head match-ups, however, and settled for eighth place honors.
The top 10 individual game performances in the qualifying round included a 279 from Dreibelbis, a pair of 278's from Powell and Rice, and a pair of 269's from Colley and 20th place finishing Greg Brennan. Rounding out the top 10 scores were a 268 by 16th place finishing Scott Petrone, a 267 by 15th place finishing J.J. Jensen, a pair of 266's from Rice and 10th place finishing Chris Bailey of Yakima, and a 263 by 17th place finishing Les Speck.
Central Washington Open
Nov. 18, 2007
Sunnyside's Valley Lanes
Nick Powell - Spokane $390
Ed Samuelson - Moses Lake $290
Evan Nash - Kennewick $230
Pat Cochrane - Pasco $220
Rob Rice - Sunnyside $185
Jeff Britton - Kennewick $175
Elray Compo - Yakima $165
Matt Olsen - Spokane $150
Ted Dreibelbis - Kennewick $150
Chris Bailey - Yakima $135
Derek Colley - Sunnyside $125
Matt Descoteaux - Spokane $115
Tony Trethewey - Cheney $110
Alan Cook - Kennewick $105
J.J. Jensen - Kennewick $100