champs Cortez Schenck & Nathan Tran, with runner-up Justus Ficklin

        Cortez Schenck and Nathan Tran both stayed ahead of the 'rising tide', capturing titles in exciting NM-TX Conference action at Silva Lanes in Albuquerque.

        In this exciting format, an increasing number of bowlers are eliminated each round based on total pinfall, with only one survivor eventually staying above the 'tide'.  In the scratch division, Schenck led qualifying at +169, giving him a big advantage as the tide eliminated all but the final four bowlers.  However, each round also includes a 'life line' of bonus pins to the high game, which meant that Jacob Gill, who trailed by 59 pins headed into the final game, would only need to beat Cortez by 20, as long as he had the high game out of the four finalists.  Gill came out striking, coming up with a wonderful 245 game, but Ryan Gose was completely locked in.  His big 268 game was good for the high game of the round, which left Schenck's 223 enough to stay in the lead and earn the title, the 46th of his JBT career.  Gill barely hung on to hold off Gose for second, while Mark Vigil rounded out the top four.

        Nathan Tran held the qualifying lead in the handicap division, and also survived through to the final game, which in their case was a head to head match with newcomer Justus Ficklin.  Justus had narrowed the margin to less than the 50 pins available for the high game, so the title game was winner-take-all.  Both Tran and Ficklin had been way over average all night, and in the end Justus' great finish forced Nathan to strike in the tenth for the win.  Tran was up to the task, shredding the rack for the strike and a 253-251 win, good for the second title of his JBT career.

        Adel Wahner kept rolling along in the Women's Series, defeating Morgan Ellis for the day's girls title.

        Thanks as always to the crew at Silva for a great job hosting us, and fitting us in on a busy Saturday evening.  Want in on all the excitement?  Just check out our schedule and come on down to the next JBT event!

Silva Lanes- final results and scholarship winners
  Scratch Division  
rank bowler prize
1 Cortez Schenck $243
2 Jacob Gill $100
3 Ryan Gose $50
4 Mark Vigil $30
5 Brad Harvey $49
6 Matthew Tran  
7 Josh Helmick  
8 Zach Harvey $19
9 Adel Wahner  
10 Ahkeen Williams  
11 Carson Opela  
12 Armando Ortega  
13 Ben Stedman  
14 John Ellis  
15 Josh Demick  
16 Angel Ortega  
17 Bree Vargas  
18 Doug Griffith  
19 Isziah Zuni  
20 Christian Apolonio  
21 Alex Benavidez   
  Handicap Division  
1 Nathan Tran $200
2 Justus Ficklin $105
3 Blayne Hurst $93
4 Quirino Sanchez $30
5 Nathaniel Duran $34
6 Rodrigo De La O  
7 Nick Sanchez  
8 Donius Jeffries II $14
9 Morgan Ellis  
10 Brandon Brown  
11 Montana Cdebaca $48
12 Toby Cdebaca $15
13 Joshua Crespin  
14 Gerilynn Delegarito  
15 Katie McNeil $20
16 Justin Hackney  
17 Jonah Seawright   
18 Destiny Johnson  
19 Brando Dalton  
20 Cerra Strickland  
21 Noah Martinez  
22 Kelly McNeil  
23 Lindsey Sanchez  
24 James Fine  
25 Mikie Cates   
26 Lacey Shelton  
27 Christina Ward  
28 Jacob Marquis  
29 Alyssa Williams  
30 Isaac Duran   
  Women's Series  
1 Wahner +1*  
2 M Ellis -28  
3 Bree Vargas -126  
4 M Cdebaca -173  
5 Kelly McNeil -187  
  High Games  
  Scratch Handicap
1 Gose 268 N Tran 296
2 Schenck 268 De La O 279
3 Z Harvey 265 Hurst 275
4 Schenc k 254 Ficklin 268
5 B Harvey 247 De La O 268
  Round Leaders  
  Scratch Handicap
1 Schenck N Duran
2 B Harvey De La O
3 B Harvey De La O
4 Schenck N Tran
5 Schenck N Tran