champs BJ Baker & Katie Andros-Murphy


Most bowlers consider Las Vegas to be the “Bowling Capital of the World”.  With the adult megabuck tournaments having just concluded one day earlier, there was no better setting for BJ Baker to have won his 8th career title, surpassing a milestone along the way.  Baker, who won the previous day’s JBTSW Arizona Conference tournament for his 7th title, capped off his perfect weekend by defeating California’s Josh Blanchard 237-184 to become the first person ever to win two titles on the same weekend.  With the win, Baker also avenged a championship match loss to Blanchard last May in a California Conference event.  Baker’s dual wins and $695 two-day scholarship total allowed him to become just the 10th bowler in JBTSW history (and only second lefty, the other being Team USA’s Andrew Cain) to surpass the $5,000 plateau in earnings. 

The 53-person star-studded scratch division field was the largest ever in the Mojave Conference and second largest field ever in JBTSW history.  The crowd was treated to a superb display of bowling by two of California’s finest juniors, Blanchard and Brian Carmichael.  Although Carmichael’s big 794 in games 3 through 5 allowed him to become the qualifying leader, it was Blanchard’s steady barrage of large deuces that gave him the top spot after the semifinals was completed and an astounding 243 average for his eight games.

High scores would not be seen, however, in the finals as the large field stripped most of the oil from the lanes.  Philip Schwartz threw a four-bagger in the middle of his game, which would be enough for him to defeat Tom Anderson and Josh Wilson 224-193-179 in the opening match of the eight person stepladder finals.  Anderson had wowed the huge crowd at Sam’s Town with a 297 in the second game of qualifying.  In match two, Baker, winner of the 2003/2004 Sportsmanship Award,  would take over with a double in the tenth frame to shut out Bobby Majdanski and Schwartz 203-181-176.  Baker would once again be the only bowler to string strikes in the semifinal match.  A triple was enough to defeat Carmichael’s clean game and Brandon Watts 225-215-165, setting up his rematch against Blanchard for the championship.  Before that game, Watts was the only person in the tournament NOT to shoot under 200 the entire day.  His fourth place finish is his best scratch division finish to date.  In the finale, Baker began with a triple and never relinquished his lead.  The right-handed Blanchard would, amazingly, leave three 7 pins along the way as Baker cruised home with 5 more strikes and his place in the JBTSW record book. 

In the important Points race, both Watts and Schwartz moved into the top 5 knocking out DJ Sloan and an inactive Cayson Coyle.  The top 5 at the end of the season receive additional scholarship bonuses as well as getting an automatic bye into the finals portion of the year ending Invitational event held at Gold Coast Bowling Center in May.


The handicap division certainly had its share of excitement.  Nick Lamek, riding a super wave of confidence with his victory just last week at Suncoast Bowling Center, attempted to climb the ladder and win four matches for his second consecutive title.  He fell just short, allowing Katie Andros-Murphy to become the second female to win a title in the Mojave handicap division this season, the other being Maddie Pellegrino at Suncoast Bowling Center at the season opener in September.

Lamek opened up the finals round by defeating first-time finalist Casey Bybee 213-191, throwing the first six out of seven strikes.  Lamek cruised through the next two matches with easy victories.  Against third seeded Robert Page, Lamek had the last four out of five strikes to win 204-150, and against number two seed Justin Spurrier he struck out from the 8th frame for a 215-137 win to propel him into the championship match against Andros-Murphy.   The strikes became harder to come by for Lamek, who averaged over 192 for his 12 games.  Andros-Murphy only had one open in her first championship match, winning 218-171 for her first title.

In the Points race, Lamek edged ever closer to leader Taylor McKenrick, jumping two spots into second place.  Nick Seghetti also took over 5th position by outbowling Hannah Chipman in today’s event.

The JBTSW wishes to thank Sam’s Town Bowling Center once again for supporting junior bowling through hosting our events.  Thanks to manager Mike Kaufman’s great staff,  Mike, Cheryl and the rest of the great desk support,  and event coordinator Donna Harding.  Thank you to Storm Bowling Products for their continued support of all JBTSW events. Tim Bertotti won a Storm ball of his choice by winning today’s raffle.

The JBTSW Mojave Conference takes some time off to allow for the SNUSBC Junior Masters Tournament on March 5-6 at Santa Fe Station Bowling Center.  Our next event will take us on a day trip to Havasu Lanes in Lake Havasu City, AZ on Sunday March 13 followed the next week by a return to Texas Station.  The JBTSW tournaments are perfect for ALL bowlers of ANY age with ANY average.  We hope to see you at one of these great events!  


Sam's Town- final results and optional scholarship winners  
Mojave Conference      
Scratch Division      
rank name city, state score prize
1 BJ Baker Tempe, AZ p 252 $280
2 Josh Blanchard Upland, CA p 438 $210
3 Brian Carmichael Moreno Valley, CA p 305 $90
4 Brandon Watts Lake Havasu City, AZ p 267 $130
5 Bobby Majdanski Las Vegas, NV p 260 $60
6 Philip Schwartz Oro Valley, AZ p 174 $80
7 Tom Anderson Chandler, AZ p 249 $40
8 Josh Wilson Vista, CA p 200 $45
9 Michael Yusi Las Vegas, NV p 104 $20
10 Nathan Panaligan N. Las Vegas, NV p 91  
11 Jerimiah Wiltfang Lake Havasu City, AZ p 86  
12 Christian Jensen Anthem, AZ p 81 $15
13 Steven Black Phoenix, AZ p 80 $75
14 Steven Slivka Las Vegas, NV p 79  
15 Kurt Plotkin Las Vegas, NV p 75  
16 Steven Florez Las Vegas, NV p 71  
17 Brandon Donnelly Lake Havasu City, AZ p 67  
18 John Ailstock Laughlin, NV p 47 $15
19 Chris McCloskey Las Vegas, NV p 20 $30
20 Cody Raynoha Las Vegas, NV p 17  
21 Sam Ficalora Las Vegas, NV p 14  
22 Daniel Hansak Las Vegas, NV p 7 $15
23 Antoine Kawaauhau Las Vegas, NV m 12  
24 Heather Brown Las Vegas, NV m 19 $30
25 Berman Sae-Aee Glendale, AZ m 26  
26 Raoul Saiz Las Vegas, NV m 30 $15
27 Chris Clemence Las Vegas, NV m 46  
28 Tim Bertotti Kingman, AZ m 51  
29 Chris Kagawa Las Vegas, NV m 29  
30 Jeff Mathews Las Vegas, NV m 30 $15
31 Carl Winder Las Vegas, NV m 32  
32 Jerad Faulkenborg Las Vegas, NV m 32  
33 Johnny Ray Las Vegas, NV m 33  
34 Andrew Decker Las Vegas, NV m 41  
35 DJ Sloan Las Vegas, NV m 49  
36 Chris Hooks Las Vegas, NV m 52  
37 Augie Guerrero Las Vegas, NV m 68  
38 Brandon Faulkenborg Las Vegas, NV m 68  
39 Andy Reynoso Las Vegas, NV m 73  
40 Nick Lindsey Las Vegas, NV m 73  
41 Brandon Allred Las Vegas, NV m 77  
42 Derrick Parnell Las Vegas, NV m 99 $15
43 Jessica Hetkowski Las Vegas, NV m 106  
44 Ray Griffith Las Vegas, NV m 112  
45 Hasan Kural Glendale, AZ m 119  
46 Steven Archer Las Vegas, NV m 120  
47 Savannah Guerrero Riverside, CA m 142  
48 Matt Cossey Henderson, NV m 147  
49 Steven Clemence Las Vegas, NV m 154  
50 Bobby Sherman Las Vegas, NV m 155  
51 Jeremy Bellflower Las Vegas, NV m 170  
52 Kyle Turner Las Vegas, NV m 175  
53 Eddie Schaub Las Vegas, NV m 205  
Handicap Division      
rank name city, state score prize
1 Katie Andros-Murphy Kingman, AZ p 148 $30
2 Nick Lamek Las Vegas, NV p 117 $245
3 Justin Spurrier Las Vegas, NV p 134 $115
4 Robert Page Los Angeles, CA p 132 $60
5 Casey Bybee Las Vegas, NV p 110 $55
6 Sam Cefalu Las Vegas, NV p 94 $43
7 Zack Newman Las Vegas, NV p 91 $20
8 Brandon Dauphinais Henderson, NV p 86 $15
9 Steven Ashley N. Las Vegas, NV p 75 $15
10 Alicia Sullivan Kingman, AZ p 73 $73
11 Melanie Griffith Las Vegas, NV p 69  
12 Jordan Ferrer Las Vegas, NV p 68 $15
13 Allie Ijams Mission Viejo, CA p 58  
14 Brittany Page Los Angeles, CA p 43 $15
15 Maddie Pellegrino Henderson, NV p 28  
16 Bryce Hackney Las Vegas, NV p 14  
17 Merrill Hill Las Vegas, NV p 8  
18 Nick Seghetti Las Vegas, NV m 45  
19 Taylor McKenrick Henderson, NV p 15 $58
20 Danielle Guidone Las Vegas, NV p 14  
21 Jenna Graydon Las Vegas, NV m 12  
22 Kyle Bridgman Kingman, AZ m 13  
23 Sasha Black Fort Mohave, AZ m 16  
24 Jordan Katz Las Vegas, NV m 22  
25 Hannah Chipman Las Vegas, NV m 29  
26 Garrett Lowery Las Vegas, NV m 32  
27 Matthew Raagas Las Vegas, NV m 34  
28 Erica Mox Henderson, NV m 44  
29 Jason Majdanski Las Vegas, NV m 49  
30 Walker Newman Las Vegas, NV m 63  
31 Kelly White Henderson, NV m 69  
32 Willie Dubovik IV Las Vegas, NV m 69  
33 Alex Katz Las Vegas, NV m 112  
34 Mike Lugo Las Vegas, NV m 135  
35 Troy Graydon Las Vegas, NV dnf  
High Games: scratch: Schwartz 279, McCloskey 279, Wilson 276.  Handicap: Cefalu 299, Sullivan 252, McKenrick 252
High Female: Heather Brown 1005, Brittany Page 980    
Cuts: scratch -26, handicap +16      
Storm Ball Winner: Tim Bertotti      
Junior Gold Qualifier: Josh Wilson, Brandon Donnelly