Asimenios, Zigas win at duckpins BOWLING

November 08, 1993|By Don Vitek | Don Vitek,Contributing Writer

A veteran and a rookie walked off with the first-place checks yesterday in the Women's National Duckpin Association at Fair Lanes Westview and the men's Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association tournament at Fair Lanes Pikesville.

Veteran Adele Asimenios of Baltimore, seeded third in the stepladder finals, never faltered in the women's tournament, defeating Corrine Lipka of Baltimore, 149-121, in the championship match to win $2,000.

Rookie Joe Zigas of Crofton squeaked to his first DPBA victory in the men's competition, defeating veteran Jeff Pyles in the championship match, 149-141. Zigas won $5,000.

In yesterday's women's finals, Betty Byrum of Riverdale defeated Terri Hicks of East Providence, R.I., 134-116, before falling to Asimenios, 167-125. Asimenios then defeated Sharon Sachs of Baltimore, 165-153.

In the championship match, Lipka and Asimenios were tied at 38 in the third frame before Asimenios took over, stringing seven marks from the third through ninth frames.

"This the biggest tournament I've ever won," said Asimenios, "and my first pro victory since the 1991 Greenway East event."

Lipka, a 134-average bowler with a career-high game of 233 and a high series of 512, said: "I bowled well all day. The hardest part was waiting. I was nervous."

On the men's side, Zigas had plenty to be nervous about. An excellent youth bowler when he lived in Baltimore, the tractor-trailer driver had stopped bowling for 16 years.

"This is only my third season back," he said. "Rod Weaver, secretary of the Friday night traveling league, talked me into trying it. Then when I walked in [to the Pikesville center], I saw all these great duckpin bowlers, and I just wanted to go home right then."

He stuck around and was seeded second for the six-man stepladder finals.

Fifth seed Bobby Stockman defeated wild card Barry Egolf, 152-125, then defeated No. 4 Roy Cochefski, 149-119. No. 3 Jerry Conner ousted Stockman, 156-145, but then fell to Zigas, 181-132.

Zigas beat Conner, 181-132, to advance to the final against Hall of Famer Pyles.

Zigas led the match 100-93 after seven frames. Pyles threw a strike and counted a spare in the eighth and ninth frames. Zigas threw a doubleheader in the eighth and ninth, then chopped a three count in the 10th to finish at 149.

Pyles needed a good count in the final frame, a mark and another strong count for the victory.

Pyles smashed the ball into the pocket for a nine, spared, and in the 10th frame threw another into the pocket. The 10 pin stood.

Pyles took a few extra seconds on the approach before he fired at the pin he had to hit for chance at victory -- and missed.

And the rookie from Crofton who didn't want to come to Baltimore had the championship.

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