champ Kyle King

Kyle King enjoyed a dominant day in Flagstaff, capturing his 16th career JBT title- matching his age- in exciting scratch-only action at Starlite Lanes.

Our popular 'scratchplay' format features a cut to the top 16 after five games of all-matchplay qualifying.  King went 5-0 in qualifying to nab the top seed, while a score of -16 was good enough to make the cut on the very challenging lane conditions.    Three females and two handicap-division regulars made the cut, creating a diverse 16-person field that featured nearly 100 JBT titles between them!

#3 Miguel Lopez was the highest-seeded upset in round one, falling 2-0 to #14 Chris Weyrauch, in a round where 7 of the 8 matches were 2-0 sweeps, with only #12 Greg Geering's beating of #5 Jeff Spiesman going to the third game.

In the round of 8, King swept #8 Cameron Smith with 493 for two, Geering swept Weyrauch in two tough games, Garbera got by #7 Nathan Shock in three games, and #10 BJ Baker edged #13 Jess Gagliardi 2-1, by three pins in game three.

In one game semifinal matches, Geering beat Garbera in an "all-Greg G." matchup 236-211, while King got by BJ in a true clash of the titans 204-178 to set up the final game.

Geering has improved a lot this year and had been knocking on the door of his first scratch title match for a while, but now that he had arrived, he got stuck playing the red-hot King, who nobody has been able to figure out this year.  Early opens by Greg gave Kyle all the room he needed, and he and his Ebonite Complete NV cruised to a 214-148 win and his 16th career win, already tied for 5th on our all-time title list.

Thanks as always to Roger and Ilene Hailey and everyone at Starlite for a great job hosting our tour in beautiful Northern Arizona.  Over $1,400 was awarded- want in on the fun?  Come on down to the next JBT event, it's as simple as that!

Starlite Lanes- final results and optional scholarship winners
Arizona Conference    
Scratch Division    
rank name city, state prize
1 Kyle King Phoenix, AZ $405
2 Greg Geering Phoenix, AZ $152
3 Greg Garbera Tempe, AZ $152
4 BJ Baker Tempe, AZ $105
5 Nathan Shock Thornton, CO $70
6 Cameron Smith Santee, CA $115
7 Jess Gagliardi Alamosa, CO $46
8 Chris Weyrauch Chandler, AZ $11
9 Miguel Lopez Peoria, AZ $26
10 Jerod Florez Flagstaff, AZ $125
11 Jeff Spiesman Ventura, CA $123
12 Bill Grant Rio Rancho, NM $60
13 Chelsea Zemelka Phoenix, AZ $15
14 Kaitlin Mayall Chula Vista, CA $40
15 Rebeca Reguero Phoenix, AZ  
16 Mike Cross Tucson, AZ  
17 Tiffany King Surprise, AZ  
18 James Hawkins Quail Valley, CA  
19 Jeff Ellis Phoenix, AZ  
20 Matt Herbert Prescott, AZ  
21 Kalyn Washburn Tucson, AZ  
22 Robert Atherton Glendale, AZ $50
23 Diego Lucero Santa Fe, NM  
24 Bethany Baker Tempe, AZ  
25 Mike Armstrong Tucson, AZ $15
26 Andy Holick Tucson, AZ  
27 Andrew Bienias Scottsdale, AZ  
28 Chris Varholdt Chandler, AZ  
29 Allie Ijams Flagstaff, AZ  
30 Josh Shoup Tolleson, AZ  
31 Matt Payne Phoenix, AZ  
32 Brandon Longo Chandler, AZ  
33 Brian Ballard San Diego, CA  
34 Alex Holbrook Flagstaff, AZ  
35 Eric Vitzthum Glendale, AZ  
36 Eric Demo San Diego, CA  
37 Matthew Young Flagstaff, AZ  
38 Nick Muller Santa Fe, NM  
39 Matt Cormack Van Nuys, CA $5
Scratch High Games: Spiesman 278, Geering 258, Lopez 246
Ebonite Ball Winner: Rebeca Reguero