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RENO, Nev. - Carolyn Evans of Little Rock, Ark., was touched by the recognition she received as she made her 50th appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships this week at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

The 73-year-old right-hander made her tournament debut at the 1963 USBC Women's Championships in Memphis, Tenn., and received a plaque and medallion Monday to commemorate her longevity on the championship lanes.

"It feels very, very special," Evans said. "I'm very honored. It's a special memory of a special day in my life."

Evans, who was the fifth bowler to join the 50-Year Club at the 2014 event, also has competed in 55 Arkansas State tournaments. Her dedication to the sport earned her a spot in the Central Arkansas USBC WBA Hall of Fame in 2006. 

She was accompanied on the lanes this year by her daughter, Nancy Burrow, and was surprised at the airport as she was about to depart for The Biggest Little City in the World by her sister, Betty Townsend. Evans also was joined by longtime teammate Suda Bailey of Cabot, Ark., who made her 52nd Women's Championships appearance. 

"Seeing so much of the country, and the fellowship and friendship of all the bowlers that we've bowled with, are things I'll always remember," Evans said. "Being at 50 tournaments also means a lot to me. It has been my honor."

Evans has no plans of slowing down and looks forward to continuing her participation all the way to the 100th edition of the Women's Championships scheduled for Wichita, Kan., in 2019. The event will make its return to traditional bowling centers, and that tournament also would mark her daughter's 25th tournament appearance.

"I would love to be there," Evans said. "That would be a great milestone. It would be perfect."

In her 50th appearance, Evans put together sets of 503 in singles, 433 in team and 428 in doubles for an all-events score of 1,364.

Three new leaders emerge at USBC Women’s Championships

The top spots in Sapphire Team, Division 4 Singles and Division 3 All-Events all changed hands this week at the USBC Women’s Championships.

Outsiders of Hueytown, Ala., rolled games of 578, 661 and 617 for a 1,856 series June 4, edging Oneida County Hospital of Garland, Utah, which posted a 1,850 total June 1.

Ann Peeples led the way for Outsiders with a 476 set and was joined at the RSCC by Jane Covington (471), Melva Estes (470) and Bobbie Pickle (439).

Cathy Torgerson of Ozark, Ala., set the new standard in Division 4 Singles with games of 174, 211 and 228 for a 613 series. Clarita Laje of Milpitas, Calif., previously held the lead with 571.

Eileen Stires of Hammonton, N.J., moved to the top of the standings in Division 3 All-Events with sets of 606 in team, 552 in doubles and 547 in singles for a 1,705 total. Shannon Ross-Porter of Dallas, Ore., had been leading with 1,700.

A look ahead
Lorraine Sandven of Tucson, Ariz., will become the sixth and final bowler of the 2014 USBC Women’s Championships to make her 50th tournament appearance when she takes the lanes June 13 at 7 p.m. EDT.

Sandven, 78, made her tournament debut at the 1962 Women’s Championships in Phoenix.

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2014 USBC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nev.

(Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall)

TEAM
Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 725 and above)
1, Eagle’s Edge Pro Shop (Joey Biondo, Keri Caduto, Tina Becke, Jonquay Armon), Carpentersville, Ill., 2,628. 2, VISE/IT Grips, Waukesha, Wis., 2,581. 3, Junior Team USA Support 1, Lincoln, Calif., 2,555. 4, Doin Twerk, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,506. 5, Coming in Hot, Mansfield, Texas, 2,487.

Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 650-724)
1, USA-Japan Travelers 1 (Marge Miyoda, Christine Nagayama, Tely Ikehara, Mihoko Matsuoka), Orange, Calif., 2,215. 2, Old Friends 2, Lake Helen, Fla., 2,192. 3, All Star Lanes 2, Silverdale, Wash., 2,187. 4, Reno Divas, Greendale, Wis., 2,174. 5, Kreations, Muscatine, Iowa, 2,134.

Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 575-649)
1, Fabulous Five II (Ruth Weaver, Nancy Guiden, Venicia Hannah, Sandra McIntosh), Richton Park, Ill., 2,036. 2, Country Ladies, Rhodes, Mich., 2,029. 3, 3 Cougars and a Young Cub, Fort Collins, Colo., 2,028. 4, Whatever, Deer Park, Texas, 2,000. 5, Dolls with Balls, Davenport, Iowa, 1,999.

Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 574 and below)
1, Outsiders (Jane Covington, Melva Estes, Bobbie Pickle, Ann Peeples), Hueytown, Ala., 1,856. 2, Oneida County Hospital, Garland, Utah, 1,850. 3, KRB Ranches, Sandia, Texas, 1,825. 4, No Gutter Gals, Sidney, Ohio, 1,817. 5, Keystone Keglers II, Middleburg, Pa., 1,808.

DOUBLES
Division 1
(For bowlers with combined averages of 380 and above)

1, Jan Schmidt, Hales Corners, Wis./Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., 1,311. 2, Amy SaLee/Rebecca Wilke, Grandville, Mich., 1,299. 3, Cassandra Cannon/Stacie Watson, San Diego, 1,286. 4, Diane Marget, Champlin, Minn./Angela Chirpich, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,280. 5, Lori Thompson, Cedar Park, Texas/Maryiedth Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,279.

Division 2
(For bowlers with combined averages of 350-379)
1, Tely Ikehara, Covina, Calif./Mihoko Matsuoka, Orange, Calif., 1,211. 2, Denise Johnson, Durango, Colo./Karyn Coffey, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,207. 3, Charla Scott, Muskogee, Okla./Jesslyn Rhoades, Oklahoma City, 1,191. 4(tie), Jan Nagamine, Kaneohe, Hawaii/Kellie Inouye, Honolulu, and Kimberly Crabtree, Gardnerville, Nev./Kellie Inouye, Honolulu, 1,183.

Division 3
(For bowlers with combined averages of 320-349)
1, Sue Moen, Beloit, Wis./Denise Jenson, Chaska, Minn., 1,169. 2, Michelle Little/Christina Scholten, Cadillac, Mich., 1,135. 3, Julie Baker, Peoria, Ill./Anita Oberle, Morton, Ill., 1,104. 4, Janet Woodward/Donna Hickman, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1,101. 5, Bobbie Deese, Newport News, Va./Frances Langejans, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,098.

Division 4
(For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
1, Casey Kacena/Carole Kacena, Iowa City, Iowa, 1,082. 2, Audrey Osborn, Federal Way, Wash./Gloria Arend, Auburn, Wash., 1,077. 3, Paula Thomson, Western Springs, Ill./Robyn Brown, Lockport, Ill., 1,069. 4, Stephanie Edwards-White/Sherley Bourland, Rialto, Calif., 1,063. 5, Cathy Sutton, Independence, Ky./Debbie Holcomb, Burlington, Ky., 1,059.

Division 5
(For bowlers with combined averages of 260-289)
1, Tess Li/Marlyn Bisnar, Henderson, Nev., 1,028. 2, Angel Bachman, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Rose Burke, Austin, Minn., 1,005. 3, Daisy Murphy, Jacksonville, Fla./Gayle Selph, Callahan, Fla., 976. 4, Sandy Marsh, Moore, Okla./Kathy Rose, Oklahoma City, 975. 5, Martha Langley/Valorie Dunn, Rensselaer, Ind., 973.

Division 6
(For bowlers with combined averages of 259 and below)
1, Myrlee VanAusdal/Georgie Johnson, Santaquin, Utah, 965. 2, Anne Pattillo/Brenda Terral, Little Rock, Ark., 877. 3, Carrie Hagedorn/LaDeena Gray, Eureka, Calif., 871. 4, Sarah Jensen/Laura Lippai, Vancouver, Wash., 868. 5, Terri Mulder, Madison, Wis./Pamela McCarthy, Middleton, Wis., 854.

SINGLES
Division 1
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)

1, Lisa Kelley, Wichita, Kan., 748. 2(tie), Amy Stolz, Newport, Wash., and Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 743. 4, Joey Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 726. 5(tie), Liz Sautter, San Jose, Calif., and Annie Silvers, Spokane, Wash., 719.

Division 2
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Eva Erlich, Warner Robins, Ga., 682. 2, Jan Schmidt, Naperville, Ill., 677. 3, Debra Pahdocony, Shawnee, Okla., 667. 4, Robin Cnossen, Ponca City, Okla., 659. 5, Lana Albrecht, Wyoming, Minn., 646.

Division 3
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Cecelia Daniels-Harrod, Bowie, Md., 623. 2, Sabrina Middleton, Loxley, Ala., 612. 3, Tonia Chambers, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 609. 4, Ann Keerbs, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 602. 5, Renee Byers, Eureka, Calif., 601.

Division 4
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Cathy Torgerson, Ozark, Ala., 613. 2, Clarita Laje, Milpitas, Calif., 571. 3, Malissa Hunt, Wamego, Kan., 563. 4, Pam Hartman, Lindstrom, Minn., 561. 5, Linda Couser, Bakersfield, Calif., 559.

Division 5
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Laura Roberts, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 558. 2, Michele Sedersten, Saronville, Neb., 534. 3, Janet Radke, Corvallis, Ore., 532. 4, Janet Herrold, Spring Mills, Pa., 531. 5, Shirley Grider, Gilroy, Calif., 530.

Division 6
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Stacy Rafferty, Eureka, Calif., 531. 2, Christine Batt, Crystal Lake, Ill., 514. 3, Michelle Hernandez, Stroudsburg, Pa., 499. 4, Antonisha Doakes, Houston, 492. 5, Mardelle Corker, North Highlands, Calif., 490.

ALL-EVENTS
Division 1
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)

1, Joey Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,074. 2, Tina Becke, Carol Stream, Ill., 2,038. 3, Stacie Watson, San Diego, 2,031. 4, Mihoko Matsuoka, Orange, Calif., 2,019. 5, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., 2,015.

Division 2
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Mallory Nutting, Monmouth, Maine, 1,853. 2, Susan Schlink, Chicago, 1,843. 3, Debra Pahdocony, Shawnee, Okla., 1,799. 4, Sandra Giddens, Orlando, Fla., 1,798. 5, Lana Albrecht, Wyoming, Minn., 1,791.

Division 3
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Eileen Stires, Hammonton, N.J., 1,705. 2, Shannon Ross-Porter, Dallas, Ore., 1,700. 3, Tiffany Smith, Orange City, Fla., 1,688. 4, Tonia Chambers, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,680. 5, Carolyn Bills, Joliet, Ill., 1,677.

Division 4
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Elaine Weaver-Purdy, Las Vegas, 1,601. 2, Catherine Marin-Wisdom, Oakland, Calif., 1,588. 3, Rose Burke, Austin, Minn., 1,584. 4, Susan Lessley, Bozeman, Mont., 1,572. 5, Martha Baker, Odessa, Texas, 1,568.

Division 5
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Michele Sedersten, Saronville, Neb., 1,478. 2, Marie Lerandeau, Cottonwood, Idaho, 1,473. 3, Cassandra Kelly-Moore, Tucson, Ariz., 1,454. 4, Ryanne Bright, Chicago, 1,446. 5, Peggy Haynes, Fort Collins, Colo., 1,445.

Division 6
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Antonisha Doakes, Houston, 1,412. 2, Penelope Wilkins, San Leandro, Calif., 1,406. 3, Terry Fallon, Natick, Mass., 1,396. 4, Stacy Rafferty, Eureka, Calif., 1,382. 5, Linda Silcott, Sacramento, Calif., 1,379.


Presenting sponsors for the 2014 USBC Women's Championships include Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno.

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