Houston and San Antonio take team titles in Latin Bowlers Tournament
The Houston team, End Results, withstood all challenges during Sunday's Victoria Latin Bowlers Tournament action to win the men's team title with a score of 6,675.
End Results was the leader after Saturday's competition by 20 pins and extended their lead to 75 pins to defeat a hard charging team, Just Do It, from San Antonio.
Just Do It was not in the top five after Saturday's competition but caught fire on Sunday to move into second place with a score of 6,600.
Team members on the winning team are Marc Salinas, Tony Mireles, James Pollett, Frank Ortega Sr. and Anthony Hernandez.
The Just Do It members are Joe Buenrostro, Ryan Whitley, Dennis Gutiereez Jr. Dennis Gutierrez Sr. and Charles Rangel.
Rounding out the top five men's teams in the standings were Quieres Mas 6,442 (Corpus Christi), Texas Riviera 6,442 (Corpus Christi), and a tie for fifth place between Shoot Um 6,394 (Victoria) and Bad to The Bone 6,394 (Houston).
The Shoot Um members are Frank Suniga, Klint Weinheimer, Bobby Rodriguez, Rick Kalmus and Justin Tweedle.
Team Latoya (San Antonio) won the women's title with a total score of 6,564. They had been in second place after Saturday's competition but overcame a 30-pin deficit to Serve And Collect, who was Saturday's leader. Team Latoya team members are Latoya Williams, Niki Batistoni, Barbara Martinez, Felisha McClain and Glenda Buenrotro.
Serve And Collect (Houston) finished in second place with a score of 6,454. Team members are Felecia Holmes, Alisha Norman, Ane Oullette, Tangela Doakes and Deme Safu.
A Victoria team, Team Gabrysch, made a strong move during Sunday's competition to claim the 3rd place money with a score of 6,340. Team members are Denise Gabrysch, Nicole Mergele, Rebekah Martinez, Julie Dollins and Melinda Savage.
Rounding out the top five in the women's title run were On A Mission 6,286 (Corpus Christi) and Poco Loco 6,256 (Houston).
Isacc Barajas (Round Rock) won the men's individual title for the second time in four years. Barajas bowled a 300 game and 799 series during the Sunday's morning squad to help towards his 6 game total of 1,534. Since he has no handicap, he averaged 255 per game for the tournament.
Another scratch bowler, Joe Buenrostro (San Antonio) made a strong showing on Sunday to move into 2nd place with a total of 1,482. The Texas State USBC Hall of Famer is always a threat to win a title.
Victorian Joe Blount also made an impression with a handicap score of 1,466 to win third place money. Mike Silgero 1,431 (Corpus Christi) and David Martinez 1,426 (San Antonio) placed fourth and fifth respectively.
Becky Bowen 1,473 (Corpus Christi) nosed out hard charging Victorian Rebekah Martinez 1,463 for the title. Martinez was not in the top five after Saturday's action but finished strong on Sunday for second place money.
Finishing up the top five women individual winners were Latoya Williams 1,433 (San Antonio), Bobbie Long 1,400 (Victoria) and Felecia Holmes 1,390 (Houston).
With a total of 480 bowlers from all over the state participating, it was a great competition.
Walter and Linda Wilson use to live in Corpus Christi several years ago before Walter's job transferred him to Oklahoma City. He happened to read about the tournament on the internet and decided to drive down to participate in it. Both Walter and Linda were able to sub on teams so their trip was worthwhile.
David Martinez (San Antonio) bowled a 298 scratch game during the Sunday Morning squad.
To those who bowled well congratulations and to those who did not, wait until next year for the 36th Annual Victoria Latin Bowlers tournament.