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Duke's emotional win lands him in Tournament of Champions

| Friday, Dec. 6, 2002

Norm Duke, of Clermont, Fla., earned his way back into the Tournament of Champions in an emotional sudden-death triple overtime against Dave Traber, of Woodstock, Ill., in the PBA Cambridge Credit Classic. He picked up $40,000, his 20th title and a trip back to the T of C next week. He was knocked out of the T of C with Randy Pedersen's win last week.

Norm Duke, of Clermont, Fla., earned his way back into the Tournament of Champions in an emotional sudden-death triple overtime against Dave Traber, of Woodstock, Ill., in the PBA Cambridge Credit Classic. He picked up $40,000, his 20th title and a trip back to the T of C next week. He was knocked out of the T of C with Randy Pedersen's win last week.

“I finally told myself, 'You've just got to pick that hammer up (strike), or he's going to dust you,' " Duke said. “I think I willed 'em (the pins) over. My legs were wobbling on that first shot

"I can't believe I got nine. The way it came off my hand, that was a six-count all day long.”

Duke and Traber ended with 245 after Traber tripled in the 10th frame. In the sudden death roll-off, both left a single pin on the first ball and struck on the second ball, with Duke throwing a strike after Traber left the four-pin.

“I think I threw the best three shots of my career (to send the game to sudden death),” Traber, who earned $20,000, said. “In the roll-offs, I knew it was going to be a 10 or a 9-count on every shot. I just pinched it enough to leave a 4-pin (on the left lane).”

For both bowlers, it was the longest (and closest) game they'd ever been a part of. Steve Hoskins was knocked out of the T of C with Duke's win. Mike Aulby is on the bubble for this week's last tournament before the T of C. This week's finals will be held at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.

LOCAL

Ken Poczynek, of Monroeville, converted the 4-6-7 and 8-10 splits in back-to-back frames in the Tuesday Nite Classic League at Plum Boro's Holiday Lanes.

  • In New Great Valley Lanes junior program, Sean Yates, 10, of East Pittsburgh, with a 92 average, had a 182, while Justin Fawcett, 13, of McKeesport, with a 122 average, posted a 204/474, and D.J. Novotniak, 15, of N. Huntingdon, with a 144 average, ang up a 619 series on games of 203, 212, 204.

  • Steve Magdic, rolling in the WABCO League at North Versailles Bowling Center, posted a huge 798 on games of 224, 278, 296.

  • John Vukovich of South Park, carrying a 203 average, shot an 836 on games of 289, 289, 258 in the Wednesday Night Classic at AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes.

  • Michael Ley, rolling in the Level Green League at Miracle Lanes, had an 801 with games of 279, 256, 266.

    PGH AREA SCRATCH TRAVEL LEAGUE

    Sheffield Lanes opened up a seven-point lead over Pines Plaza Lanes and eleven points over Nesbit's Lanes in the Pittsburgh Area Scratch Travel League.

    Action took place at White Oak Bowl, where Shawn Pilyih (Swissvale Arcade Lanes) had high single of 289 and second high series of 888 (four-games). Joe Brown (Lokay Lanes) was next with 268 and Jack Eyerman (Pines Plaza) 267. Rich Walster (Sheffield) had a high four of 891. The next session takes place at Rosedale Lanes at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 15.

    KING OF THE HILL

    In the first leg of the “King of the Hill” competition between the junior programs of Nesbit's Lanes and Holiday Lanes, Nesbit's took a 42-34 lead.

    Leading Nesbit's were Greg Ising, 213; Brian Kacin, 213; Paul Henry, 212; and Amy Dolby, 217. Tops for Holiday were Jeff Tomanio's 267, 233/704; Jeff Borello's 256, 255/710; Brian Tratar, 267; P.J. Cheripka, 244; and Ryan Ondo, 237.

    TOURNAMENTS

  • Holiday Lanes will hold a junior scholarship tournament the next two weekends, this Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 14-15. For reservations and information, contact Darryl Pilyih at (724) 733-4197.

  • Main Bowling Center will host a No-Tap Doubles tournament Dec. 15. The first place prize is $800. The entry fee is $38 per team. For reservations, call (724) 837-0708.

  • Hillview Lanes will hold its bi-monthly No-Tap Handicap Doubles tournament Sunday with squad times at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30. The entry fee is $44 per team. For reservations, call (724) 834-8222.

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