Zach Sasser releases a shot Tuesday in the Men’s Division during the second night of qualifying for the Match Game Bowling Tournament at Guttormsen Recreation Center. Sasser fired a 300 on his second game of the night Tuesday.

New leaders take over the top spots on the second night of Match Game qualifying

Nick DeCesaro, Crystal Schultz and Jeff Rampart all unseat Monday's leaders

By Mike JohnsonKENOSHA.COM

Johnson began covering sports in Kenosha in 2004 as a staff writer for the Kenosha News and eventually became a news and sports editor there, serving in that role and covering the community until May 2022. Johnson grew up in Kenosha, graduating from Bradford High School in 2000 and then the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He still happily resides in town with his wife, Bridget, and son, Brady.

After a long night of bowling Tuesday, Crystal Schultz summed up what most bowlers feel like at the end of a long qualifying night in the Match Game Bowling Tournament.

“I’m tired,” Schultz said. “It was a lot, for sure. I’m definitely ready to go home and go to bed.”

She earned the rest.

Schultz fired an eight-game block of 1,793 pins to take the lead atop the Women’s Division on the second night of Match Game qualifying at Guttormsen Recreation Center. Qualifying, which will determine the field in each of the four divisions for next week’s finals, runs through Friday at GRC.

Bowlers fill the lanes Tuesday during the second night of qualifying for the Match Game Bowling Tournament at Guttormsen Recreation Center. Qualifying runs through Friday and begins at 6:30 p.m. each night at GRC.

Bowling begins each night at 6:30 p.m.

With a high game of 257 on Tuesday, Schultz was able to work her way through the marathon night to lead the Women’s Division field. The top 12 in qualifying advance to next week’s finals.

For Schultz, bowling at GRC helped relieve some pressure.

“This is my house,” she said. “… I think it helped me relax, honestly.”

Former Women’s Division champion Kim Koch also bowled Tuesday and moved into a tie for second place behind Schultz with a pinfall of 1,767, a total matched by Sarah Pobloski, who also bowled Tuesday. Savannah Gerou, who bowled Monday, now sits in fourth place at 1,748, followed by Ashley Zagar, who totaled a 1,689 on Tuesday.

In the Men’s Division field, Nick DeCesaro sizzled his way to an eight-game block of 2,077 on Tuesday to take the top spot after two nights of qualifying. DeCesaro kick-started his night with an 806 series over his first three games.

The top 16 in Men’s Division qualifying advance to next week’s finals.

“I was throwing it really good, and I felt something I could get really comfortable doing and made a lot of really good shots,” said DeCesaro, who’s competed in several Match Games previously.

“… What you’re always looking for is to shoot somewhere between 1,900 and 1,950, and you’re probably going to be in (the finals). So that’s all I was looking for, just trying to start as fast as I could and throw as many strikes as I could.”

Three-time Men’s Division champion Jeff Rampart is now in second place after he took the early qualifying lead with a 2,041 on Monday.

Zach Sasser fired a 300 in his second game Tuesday and finished with a pinfall of 1,999 to move into third place, while defending Men’s Division champion Kyle Zagar also rolled a perfect game in his fifth game Tuesday to move into fourth place at 1,998. Zagar won the Men’s Division title last year at Surfside Bowl.

Billy Harris, also a former Men’s Division champion, sits in fifth place after his 1,996 on Tuesday.

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Ken Woods throws a strike in the Dick Reynolds Memorial Super Senior Men’s Division as Women’s Division competitor Tammy Schmidtke looks on Tuesday during the second night of qualifying for the Match Game Bowling Tournament at Guttormsen Recreation Center. Woods rolled a six-game block of 1,426 to move into second place in his division after two nights of qualifying.

Rampart also qualified in the Senior Men’s Division on Tuesday and took the lead in that division atop a number of heavy hitters who bowled on Tuesday.

With a high game of 268, Rampart took over the top spot in the Senior Men’s Division with an eight-game pinfall of 1,879. He’s followed by Steve Oberst, who led after Monday’s qualifying with an 1,869 and is now in second place.

In third place is a huge name, as defending Senior Men’s champion Rich Beltoya fired an 1,866 on Tuesday. Beltoya has four Senior Men’s titles and a Men’s title to his name already. Following Beltoya after Tuesday’s qualifying are Gene Pobloski in fourth place at 1,856 and Steve Wittkowski in fifth at 1,841.

And in the Dick Reynolds Super Senior Men’s Division, Tim Ruelle maintains the qualifying lead after totaling a six-game block of 1,455 on Monday. Ken Woods, who qualified on Tuesday, is in second place at 1,426, followed by Rick Flocker (1,364), Ed Seliga (1,347) and Bruce Stebbins (1,346).

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