Editor’s note: Due to press time, this story did not appear in Thursday’s edition of the News but ran online at www.kenoshanews.com.
Sarah Pobloski knew she was up against a formidable opponent in her final match of the 56th annual Kenosha News Match Game Bowling Tournament on Wednesday night at Guttormsen Recreation Center.
“I think Courtney (Wolf) has proven she’s the best bowler in the city,” said Pobloski.
Pobloski had a close-up view of Wolf’s talents Wednesday, as Wolf topped Pobloski 246-186 in the final match to claim her third Match Game title in the women’s division.
Wolf won four of her five matches on the last night of the event to finish with 571 points and a 10-game pin total of 2,330. She trailed Pobloski by 139 points after the first night (Sunday) of match play.
Pobloski and Tori Hedges both finished with 503 points but Pobloski took home second place based on her 2,293 pin total. Hedges ended up with 2,223 pins.
Jackie Petts was third with 496 points (2,316 pins) in the 10-bowler finals field, followed by Tammy Schmidtke with 462 points (2,180 pins).
Wolf also captured the tournament in 2015 and 2017, completing the Kenosha trifecta with wins at Surfside Bowl, Sheridan Lanes and Guttormsen.
“I feels great to win it at three different places,” said Wolf. “I didn’t bowl that well on Sunday, so I knew I had to make up some ground (on Wednesday).
“I just relaxed and tried to bowl my best. I had a good night. It helped that I bowled a 299 in my first game.”
The near-perfect game followed by a 277 in her second match propelled Wolf to a great night.
Wolf had a slight hiccup with an open fifth frame in her final match against Pobloski, but she finished strong with seven consecutive strikes to close out the match and the tournament victory.
“I really owe this to my dad Gary and my husband Evan,” said Wolf. “They have really been behind me and support me in all my tournaments.”
Wolf will have to take a break from bowling as she will have her third knee surgery today.
“I guess it is from bowling, but I love the sport so much I don’t see me giving it up anytime soon,” she said.
Pobloski will also continue trying to capture her first Match Game Tournament.
“I’ve been playing in this tournament for eight years and I’ve come close, so I will keep giving it my best shot,” she said.
Sergio Elia won his first Kenosha News Match Game title with a victory in the Super Senior Men’s Division (over 62 years) on Wednesday.
Elia topped Bob Casarsa 236-207 in his final match to finish with 546 points and a 2,261 pin total in 12 games.
“I’m 71 years old and I tell you I was getting a little tired in the middle of the fifth game, but I found some energy in that final game to finish it off,” said Elia.
Elia trailed Frank Haselwander by three points heading into Wednesday’s final six matches, but was able to pull out the tourney win by posting a 3-2-1 record. He was a perfect 6-0 in Sunday’s opening night.
“I’m so excited to finally win this tournament,” he said. “I’ve been trying for 25 years, so this is really big for me.”
Haselwander held on for second place with 495 points (2,685 pins), while Casarsa was third with 475 points (2,632 pins) and Larry Willems was fourth with 449 points (2,639 pins).
The tourney continued Thursday night with the conclusion of Senior Men’s Division finals. See www.kenoshanews.com for more details. Updated results will appear in Saturday’s edition of Kenosha News.
The tournament concludes tonight with Men’s Division finals at GRC.