champs Justin Medina & Sam Zermeno

Justin Medina and Sam Zermeno picked up JBT titles in exciting West Texas JBT action at Lubbock's South Plains Lanes.

Medina climbed the ladder en route to his fifth career JBT triumph.  He began with what turned out to be his toughest match, a 223-212 win over Bill Grant.  He then had fairly easy wins over William Enstminger (257-215) and Nathan Shock (221-180), to advance to the title match.

Top qualifier Sam Cuevas had absolutely dominated the field in his hometown, leading by over 150 pins.  However, the carry he had during the day disappeared in the title match as he fell victim to a slew of 9-counts.  Justin took advantage for a 227-184 win and the title.

Ashley Olriksen made her first NM-TX finals a success by winning round one of the handicap stepladder finals 259-217 over Doug Cherry.  Forrest Lockhart then defeated Olriksen in a high scoring battle 256-239, before Zermeno squeaked by Forrest in the semifinals 201-194 to reach the title match. 

Top seed Travis Turner started the day with a 289 game and regained the lead in time for the finals, but found himself in a battle with Zermeno, who clearly learned from his first title match experience in February.  Despite a nervous tenth frame, Sam had enough for a 214-209 win, good for his first career JBT title.

 Everyone who finished in the top 5 qualifies for the 2007 JBT NM-TX Invitational Tournament, the regular season's year end event, featuring a guaranteed minimum $1,000 first place scholarship in each division.  Top season-long point scorers also qualify for the 2007 JBT Touring Players' Championship, featuring a guaranteed minimum $2,000 first place scholarship per division! 

Big thanks to Mr. Jim McClain and everyone at South Plains for a great job hosting our event.  Over $1,500 in scholarships was awarded to the field!


South Plains Lanes- final results and optional scholarship winners
NM-TX Conference    
Scratch Division    
rank name city, state prize
1 Justin Medina Santa Fe, NM $220
2 Sam Cuevas Lubbock, TX $222
3 Nathan Shock Thornton, CO $85
4 William Entsminger El Paso, TX $75
5 Bill Grant Rio Rancho, NM $40
6 Troy Gaudette Abilene, TX $24
7 Jeremy Medina Santa Fe, NM  
8 Zach Wilkinson Amarillo, TX $10
9 Andy Byer Albuquerque, NM $30
10 Brian Collier Amarillo, TX  
11 Jerod Florez Bosque Farms, NM  
12 Andrew Chandler Lubbock, TX  
13 Paul Carper Rio Rancho, NM  
14 Anthony Johnson Amarillo, TX  
15 Matt Hutchinson Escondido, CA  
16 Dan Romero Santa Fe, NM  
17 Glenn Gumbrecht Clovis, NM  
Handicap Division    
rank name city, state prize
1 Sam Zermeno El Paso, TX $236
2 Travis Turner Amarillo, TX $100
3 Forrest Lockhart Lubbock, TX $70
4 Ashley Olriksen Albuquerque, NM $95
5 Doug Cherry Lubbock, TX $55
6 Sara Vargas Albuquerque, NM $30
7 Staci Gleason Lubbock, TX $35
8 Sydney Bowerman Amarillo, TX  
9 Matt McDonald Lubbock, TX  
10 Nathan Hughes San Jose, NM $65
11 Wendy Shelton Albuquerque, NM $45
12 Carlos Abeyta Alcalde, NM  
13 Robbie Swope Lubbock, TX  
14 Kat Swindell Amarillo, TX  
15 Jory Dunavin Lubbock, TX  
16 Kyla Collier Amarillo, TX  
17 Diego Lucero Santa Fe, NM $10
18 Marlee Wall Lubbock, TX  
19 Joseph Lynch Lubbock, TX  
20 Mike Romero Santa Fe, NM  
21 Janeyl Carper Rio Rancho, NM $15
22 Kaycie Wertz Lubbock, TX $15
23 Brittany Tyson Lubbock, TX  
24 Brandon Gill Albuquerque, NM  
25 Coy Gleason Lubbock, TX $20
26 Rachel Thompson Albuquerque, NM  
27 Brady Wertz Lubbock, TX  
28 Stephanie Barela Albuquerque, NM $15
29 Lacey Shelton Albuquerque, NM  
30 Sabrina Vargas Albuquerque, NM  
31 Chelsea Johnson Lubbock, TX  
32 Amanda Jarzemba Santa Fe, NM  
33 Olivia Silva Albuquerque, NM  
34 Debbie Jarzemba Santa Fe, NM  
35 Michael Hurt Lubbock, TX  
36 Corey Roundtree Lubbock, TX  
37 Elizabeth Romero Santa Fe, NM  
38 Jacob Gill Albuquerque, NM  
39 Amanda Johnson Rio Rancho, NM $5
40 Isaiah Johnson Lubbock, TX  
41 Tevynn Laws Albuquerque, NM  
42 Rusty Wilkinson Amarillo, TX  
43 Jonathan Nicholson Amarillo, TX  
 Ball Winner: Jeff Wertz