champs Nathan Panaligan & Maddie Pellegrino

Nathan Panaligan capped off a high-scoring day with a thrilling show, while Maddie's ladder-climbing skills put a Pellegrino in the winner's circle for the first time in ten years, in the Mojave Conference season-opener at Suncoast.

The very high-scoring scratch division action was highlighted by Christian Jensen's 300 game during qualifying, and our third highest-scoring match ever during matchplay, as Hasan Kural bested Matt Herbert 279-277.  

The scratch finals opened with Cameron Foster rolling ten strikes en route to a 265-178 victory over Robert Adams.  In round two, Foster cooled off, and Cayson Coyle took advantage for a 210-191 win.  In an exciting semifinal match, 27-time winner Steven Black finished with 212, forcing Coyle to strike out for the win.  Cayson got the first hit, but his second shot came in high, giving Steven a 212-201 win to advance to another title match.  For Coyle, it was his third 3rd place finish in as many events this season.

15-year old top qualifier Nathan Panaligan caught the lead with a big game eight, but came out with three spares to open the title match, while Steven ran the front five. However, the carry started to turn in the late frames, as Panaligan strung four of his own.  After a spare in the eighth, Nathan dug out a clutch four-bagger to finish, forcing Steven to also double to win.  Steven's first ball looked absolutely perfect, but an ultra-solid 10 stared back at him, and Panaligan came away with a 240-235 win, and the second JBT SW title of his career.

The handicap division featured, by far, the closest spread of finalists in our 230+ tournament history.  Taylor McKenrick led after game 8 at +208, while three bowlers tied for 3rd-5th at +202, for a grand total of six pins between first and fifth.  

In round one of the finals, two of those +202 bowlers squared off, with Maddie Pellegrino edging Teodoro Cipriaso 205-201.  Miss Pellegrino then defeated Ryan Yadao 198-182, and followed with an exciting 228-224 win over a very tough John Haggerty to advance to the title match.

In the final,  Pellegrino remained in control and was able to defeat McKenrick 214-187, for her first JBT title.  Big brother Mike last won a JBT title (on the east coast) in 1994, so her win brings the Pellegrino name back to the JBT winners' circle for the first time in a decade.      


Suncoast- final results and optional scholarship winners
Scratch Division
rank name city score prize
1 Nathan Panaligan North Las Vegas, NV p 351 $200
2 Steven Black Phoenix, AZ p 322 $170
3 Cayson Coyle Las Vegas, NV p 246 $100
4 Cameron Foster Taylorsville, UT p 215 $80
5 Robby Adams Las Vegas, NV p 201 $30
6 Hasan Kural Glendale, AZ p 197 $50
7 Kevin Valmonte La Verde, CA p 193 $90
8 Ty Brown Phoenix, AZ p 172  
9 BJ Baker Tempe, AZ p 159


10 Kurt Plotkin Henderson, NV p 148 $30
11 Heather Brown Las Vegas, NV p 136 $35
12 Berman Sae-Aee San Diego, CA p 135  
13 Christian Jensen Chandler, AZ p 127 $40
14 Theo Douthit San Diego, CA p 115 $30
15 Cody Raynoha Las Vegas, NV p 72
16 Matt Herbert Prescott, AZ p 54  
17 John Ailstock Laughlin, NV p 47
18 Andrew Decker Las Vegas, NV p 32 $15
19 Eddie Schaub Las Vegas, NV m 11
20 Tiffany Chi Prescott, AZ m 18  
21 Brandon Watts Lake Havasu City, AZ m 25
22 Brandon Allred Las Vegas, NV m 26
23 Matt Cossey Henderson, NV m 34  
24 Daniel Hansak Las Vegas, NV m 40
25 DJ Sloan Las Vegas, NV m 41
26 Rand Kelly Las Vegas, NV m 66  
27 Kyle Turner Las Vegas, NV m 77
28 Sam Ficalora Las Vegas, NV m 77
29 Rachel Carr Chandler, AZ m 77
30 Jerimiah Wiltfang Lake Havasu City, AZ m 86
31 Bobby Sherman Las Vegas, NV m 95
32 Derick Parnell Las Vegas, NV m 99
33 Johnny Ray Las Vegas, NV m 100
34 Brian Ballard San Diego, CA m 102
35 Stacey Schofield Las Vegas, NV m 106
36 Sarah Carity Flagstaff, AZ m 135
37 Philip Schwartz Oro Valley, AZ DNF
Handicap Division
rank name city score prize
1 Maddie Pellegrino Henderson, NV p 202  
2 Taylor McKenrick Las Vegas, NV p 208 $240
3 John Haggerty Las Vegas, NV p 203 $100
4 Ryan Yadao Las Vegas, NV p 202  
5 Teofisto Cipriaso Jr. Las Vegas, NV p 202  
6 Brandon Dauphinais Las Vegas, NV p 165 $60
7 Chris McCloskey Las Vegas, NV p 152 $60
8 Chris Kagawa Las Vegas, NV p 149 $20
9 Alyssa Madrid Las Vegas, NV p 149 $20
10 Darcie Staggs Las Vegas, NV p 143  
11 Sean Harrison Las Vegas, NV p 131 $15
12 Kyle Bridgman Kingman, AZ p 119  
13 Michelle Cashmon Las Vegas, NV p 64  
14 Steven Slivka Las Vegas, NV p 64  
15 Kelly White Las Vegas, NV p 54  
16 Megan Withey Phoenix, AZ p 53  
17 Travis Stroud Las Vegas, NV p 37
18 Brianna Mullins Las Vegas, NV DNF  
19 Anthony Euerle Las Vegas, NV p 31  
20 Jordan Ferrer Las Vegas, NV p 23 $15
21 Taylor Aufill Las Vegas, NV p 21
22 Jason Majdanski Las Vegas, NV p 14
23 Jessica Hetkowski Las Vegas, NV p 6
24 Bobby Majdanski Las Vegas, NV p 1  
25 Nick Seghetti Las Vegas, NV even
26 Alesha Pannier Lake Havasu City, AZ m 10  
27 Kealey Fukuyama Las Vegas, NV m 22
28 Hannah Chipman Las Vegas, NV m 27
29 Andrew Gottlieb Las Vegas, NV m 62
30 Carl Winder III Las Vegas, NV m 85  
31 Tracy Berna Las Vegas, NV m 90
32 Vaughn Cruz Las Vegas, NV m 124
33 Nick Lamek Las Vegas, NV m 143  
34 Troy Graydon Las Vegas, NV DNF
35 Jeremy Bellflower Las Vegas, NV no card
300 Games: Christian Jensen
Cuts: scratch: minus 25, handicap: plus 35
High Games: scratch: Jensen 300, Baker 279, Coyle 278.  handicap: McCLoskey 256, Harrison 251, McKenrick 250
Jr. Gold Qualifiers: none
Hi Female: Heather Brown 1071
Storm Ball Winner: Darcie Staggs
Stepladder Results:
Foster def. Adams 265-178
Coyle def. Foster 210-191
Black def. Coyle 212-201
Panaligan def. Black 240-235
Pellegrino def. Cipriaso 205-201
Pellegrino def. Yadao 198-192
Pellegrino def. Haggerty 228-224
Pellegrino def. McJenrick 214-187