champs Brandon Allred & Sabrina Myracle

          Brandon Allred and Sabrina Myracle picked up $1,000 scholarships and the beautiful glass cactus trophy as champions of the 2008 JBT Desert Open, presented by, and hosted by AMF Deer Valley Lanes.

         Allred qualified third after 14 games of qualifying for the 32-person matchplay finals, and then began a tear through matchplay.  He opened with a 4-0 sweep of #29 Zach Simon in round one, then fired 762 for his final three games to dispatch #14 Matt Herbert 4-2 in the round of 16.

        Other top seeds also fared well in the opening round, with #1 Kyle King beating Rebeca Reguero 4-1, #2 Matt Jones beating Martika Cabezas 4-0, and #4 JR Monteith sweeping Tiffany King 4-0. #5 Brian Weyrauch  was the highest first round upset, as Rachelle Davis doubled in the tenth frame of the final game to eliminate Brian 4-3.  However, the match that drew the biggest crowd was BJ baker playing Chris Weyrauch, both veterans in their final JBT appearance.  In a back and forth battle, Weyrauch won game seven 216-209 for a 4-3 win, eliminating Baker and the 35-time champs' outstanding career.

        Weyrauch continued to extend his own career, upsetting King 4-2 in the round of 16, while defending champ Kris George orchestrated the only sweep of the round, 4-0 over Jake Peters.

      The round of 8 proved to be much tougher for Allred, as #10 Alex Chuo had put on a clinic himself in matchplay.  In the end though, a 244-236 game six decision gave him a hard fought 4-2 win, advancing him to the round of 8.  In other action, Monteith won the final four games to beat Miguel Lopez 4-2, Jones survived a tough battle against Mike Armstrong 4-2, and George swept Weyrauch 4-0, sending Chris off into the adult world as well.

       In one-game semifinal matches, Monteith doubled in the tenth to defeat George 210-205, while Allred escaped by Jones, 213-195, to set up a highly talented title match featuring bowlers with 15 JBT titles and over $20,000 in JBT earnings between the two of them.

     The title match was dramatic, with Allred's early lead being eclipsed by a late charge from JR.  However, needing a mark to win, Monteith came up high in the tenth, leaving a 4-6 which he could not convert.  Needing 19 pins to win, Allred got 9-spare in the tenth, and then struck on his fill ball for the thrilling 217-216 win and the title, the second major and seventh win of his JBT career.

     Deer Valley league bowlers, under the tutelage of GM Peggy Cianciola, a huge supporter of junior bowling, continued to make the Desert Open their own personal playground, grabbing six of the sixteen handicap division matchplay spots.  Top seed and defending champ Steven Cheatham, who practices daily at Deer Valley, continued to reap the rewards of improvement, grabbing the top seed and sweeping his first match 4-0 over Danny Varholdt.   Top seeds fared well here also, as #2 Ryan Rhaodes beat Eric Demo 4-2, Myracle beat #14 Kyle Karpovich 4-0, and #4 Marina Stever got by Justin Givler 4-2.

     In the round of 8, #8 Aaron Bristow upset Cheatham 4-1, Stever beat Deven Johnston in a 4-3 slugfest, Myracle beat Jacqui Gerchak 4-2, and Rhoades got by Nick Armstrong 4-1, advancing the winners to the final four.

     The semifinal matches went to the ladies, as Myracle beat Rhoades 228-187, and Stever got by Bristow 240-212, to set up the title match.   In the finale, Stever, who was enjoying her best JBT result of the season, struggled a bit, and Sabrina, who hadn't stopped smiling since ball one of the tournament, came up with her high game of the whole tournament (in the 20th game!) to easily get by Marina 248-193, good for her first JBT title and the $1,000 top prize.

    Almost $7,000 in scholarships was awarded at the event, bringing the total awarded by the JBT to over $300,000 for the 07-08 season!  Want in on all this fun and opportunity?  Visit us at a JBT event as the 08-09 season starts in late August!  


Desert Open- final results and optional scholarship winners
Scratch Division    
rank name city, state prize
1 Brandon Allred Las Vegas, NV $1,150
2 JR Monteith Orange, CA $510
3 Matt Jones Winnetka, CA $535
4 Kris George Las Vegas, NV $385
5 Mike Armstrong Tucson, AZ $245
6 Miguel Lopez Peoria, AZ $150
7 Alex Chuo Thermal, CA $150
8 Chris Weyrauch Chandler, AZ $210
9 Kyle King Phoenix, AZ $270
10 Theo Douthit Phoenix, AZ $30
11 Cameron Smith Santee, CA $15
12 Christian Jensen Wichita, KS  
13 Matt Herbert Prescott, AZ  $45
14 Ricky Brown RSM, CA  
15 Shawn Peters Glendale, AZ  
16 Rachelle Davis Tucson, AZ $100
17 Brian Weyrauch Tempe, AZ  
18 DJ Sloan Las Vegas, NV  
19 James Hawkins Quail Valley, CA  
20 BJ Baker Tempe, AZ $50
21 Randy Cote Tucson, AZ  
22 Nathan Shock Thornton, CO  
23 April Urban Henderson, NV $50
24 Greg Garbera Tempe, AZ  
25 Mike Cross Tucson, AZ  
26 Mikey May Vista, CA  
27 Jacob Smith Tucson, AZ  
28 Allie Ijams Flagstaff, AZ  
29 Tiffany King Surprise, AZ  
30 Zach Simon Tempe, AZ  
31 Martika Cabezas Palm Springs, CA  
32 Rebeca Reguero Phoenix, AZ  
33 Chris Varholdt Chandler, AZ  
34 Scott Alavarez La Quinta, CA  
35 Elias Ewert Chandler, AZ  
36 Chris Kutcher Las Vegas,NV  
37 Chelsea Zemelka Phoenix, AZ $5
38 Alyse McGinnes La Crescenta, CA
39 Robert Hines Tucson, AZ  
40 Tyson Lewis Peoria, AZ  
41 Lana Lycan Santee, CA  
42 Matt Payne Phoenix, AZ  
Handicap Division    
rank name city, state prize
1 Sabrina Myracle Phoenix, AZ $1,000
2 Marina Stever Mesa, AZ $545
3 Ryan Rhaodes Phoenix, AZ $300
4 Aaron Bristow Farmington, NM $300
5 Steven Cheatham Phoenix, AZ $180
6 Deven Johnston Glendale, AZ $165
7 Jacqui Gerchak Phoenix, AZ $150
8 Nick Armstrong Tucson, AZ $150
9 Kyle Chambers Chandler, AZ $15
10 Brandon Longo Chandler, AZ  
11 Jeffrey Schultz Phoenix, AZ  
12 Kristen Lee Tucson, AZ  
13 Justin Givler Phoenix, AZ  
14 Kyle Karpovich Chandler, AZ $60
15 Eric Demo San Diego, CA  
16 Danny Varholdt Chandler, AZ $30
17 Cris Boyle Mesa, AZ  
18 Anthony Tripi Avondale, AZ $30
19 Sam Zermeno El Paso, TX $15
20 Lindsey Ailport Phoenix, AZ  
21 Benjamin Meils Cave Creek, AZ  
22 Justin Villa San Diego, CA $75
23 Kolt Downey Phoenix, AZ  
24 Jeremy Throne Farmington, NM $15
25 Alexis Atkin Phoenix,AZ  
26 Amanda Ailport Phoenix, AZ  
27 Josh Shoup Tolleson, AZ  
28 Savannah Carr Goodyear, AZ  
29 Jewel-Leigh Cassesse Phoenix, AZ  
30 Blake Kalaf Chandler, AZ $30
31 Becki Meils Cave Creek, AZ  
32 Taylor Knight Phoenix, AZ  
33 Taylor Coleman Scottsdale, AZ $5
34 Taylor King Phoenix, AZ $30
35 Jay Prewitt Chandler, AZ  
36 Debbie Read Albuquerque, NM  
37 Daniel Cotten Glendale, AZ  
38 Sandy Truman Phoenix, AZ $5
39 Brandon Turner San Diego, CA  
40 Bethany Baker Tempe, AZ $15
41 Keith Thomas Phoenix, AZ  
42 Jared Billman Peoria, AZ  
43 Stephen Haanpaa Phoenix, AZ  
44 Shannon Ryan Mesa, AZ  
45 Megan Carlson Chandler, AZ  
46 Kyle Frederick Chandler, AZ  
47 Travis Johnson Phoenix, AZ  
Ebonite Ball Winner: BJ Baker, Kyle King