champs BJ Baker & Eric Sanford

      BJ Baker capped off a dream weekend with another win, while Eric Sanford rolled to his second career title, in the JBT's Tournament of All-Time Champions (and almost champs), hosted at Bowl El Paso.

      The unique event is open to anyone who ever finished in the top two of a JBT event.  JBT alumni Mike Moyer was the only adult to make either stepladder final, but he was stopped in the opening match of the scratch division stepladder final, 245-229, by Chris Pierson.  Pierson then defeated 2-time winner Jess Gagliardi 224-201 to advance to the title match.

      Because this event allows 2nd-place finishers, Pierson was looking to become the 3rd bowler to have the statistical quirk of winning their first title in a Tournament of Champions, but to do so he'd have to get by the bowler who has stopped him in most of his title quests, top seed BJ Baker.  BJ has been on yet another of the big-time rolls he's gotten on in his long, successful JBT career, having won the Invitational the day before, and winning the 50 clean jackpot TWICE in the process.  Although Pierson beat Baker in matchplay, BJ was able to earn the top seed for the finals, and early opens in the title match by Chris created too big of a hole for him to dig out of.  Baker ended up stringing strikes for a 268-176 title match win, and his 34th career JBT victory.

      Eric Sanford had already had an interesting weekend, winning a rolloff to get into the Invitational finals the day before, then sneaking into the stepladder finals at the T of C, all with a ball won in our Ebonite raffle, drilled Saturday morning at Bowl El Paso!  He began the finals with a 202-184 win over Jacob Gill, and followed with a 227-215 win over Leo Guzman, to advance to the title game.

     Top seed Seth Jaramillo had led most of the day in a mission, like Eric, to win his second career title.  In a well-bowled match from both players, Sanford escaped with the 236-213 win for the T of C championship and the $300 scholarship,

    Thanks to everyone for their participation, and Bowl El Paso for once again being great hosts.  We hope to see you over the summer at our big-money summer events, or in September for the start of the 08-09 JBT NM-TX season!


NM-TX Invitational- final results and optional scholarship winners
NM-TX Conference    
Scratch Division    
rank name city, state prize
1 BJ Baker Tempe, AZ $695
2 Chris Pierson Waukesha, WI $225
3 Jess Gagliardi Alamosa, CO $115
4 Mike Moyer Las Cruces, NM $75
5 George Gaucin El Paso, TX  
6 Amanda Falk Tucson, AZ  
7 William Entsminger El Paso, TX $40
8 Stephen Gaucin El Paso, TX $30
9 Greg Garbera Tempe, AZ $39
10 Geoffrey Young Denton, TX  
11 Brandy Silva Albuquerque, NM  
12 Paul Carper Rio Rancho,NM  
13 Allie Ijams Flagstaff, AZ $15
14 BJ Eichensehr El Paso, TX  
15 Kyle King Phoenix, AZ $75
16 Cory Shepan Las Cruces, NM  
17 Chris Weyrauch Chandler, AZ  
18 Rachel Carr Chandler, AZ  
19 Justin Medina  Santa Fe, NM  
20 Jose Gabaldon Santa Fe, NM  
21 Andy Byer Albuquerque, NM  
22 Charlie Elliott Santa Fe, NM  
23 Nathan Shock Thornton, CO  
24 Jerod Florez Tempe, AZ  
25 Chris Varholdt Chandler, AZ  
26 Randy Cote Tucson, AZ  
27 Mike Cross Tucson, AZ  
28 Dan Romero Santa Fe, NM  
Handicap Division    
rank name city, state prize
1 Eric Sanford Santa Fe, NM $400
2 Seth Jaramillo Rio Rancho, NM $165
3 Leo Guzman El Paso, TX $130
4 Jacob Gill Albuquerque, NM $75
5 Kyla Casuas Roswell, NM $50
6 Sophie Diaz Santa Fe, NM $30
7 Jonathan Frederick El Paso, TX  
8 Billy Read El Paso, TX $50
9 Kyle Chambers Glendale, AZ  
10 Elizabeth Romero Santa Fe, NM $15
11 Sam Zermeno El Paso, TX $35
12 Josh Barress Albuquerque, NM  
13 Bailey McFarland El Paso, TX  
14 Mike Romero Santa Fe, NM $30
15 Stephanie Barela Santa Fe, NM  
16 Jamar McDaniel Rio Rancho, NM  
17 Bethany Baker Tempe,AZ  
18 Jonah Seawright Albuquerque, NM  
19 Jeremy Larance Amarillo, TX  
20 Kaitlin Mayall Chula Vista, CA  
21 Krista Casaus Roswell, NM  
22 Andrew McKinsey Rio Rancho, NM $15
23 Andrew Esparza El Paso, TX $15
24 Ryan Doan Las Cruces, NM  
25 Sara Vargas Albuquerque, NM  
26 David Morgan El Paso, TX  
27 Kara Casaus Roswell, NM $15
28 Wendy Shelton Albuquerque, NM  
29 Janeyl Carper Rio Rancho, NM  
30 Olivia Silva Albuquerque, NM  
31 Josh Reyes El Paso, TX  
32 Samantha McFarland El Paso, TX  
33 Brandy Main El Paso, TX  
34 Taylor Quintana El Paso, TX  
35 Brandon Gill Albuquerque, NM  
Ebonite Ball Winner:  Kyle Chambers