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Navy, Army Win Bowling; Airman, Soldier Take Overall

By Master Sgt. Stephen Barrett, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 19, 1996 – Air Force Maj. Mark Seifert and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Debra Smith captured overall titles at the armed forces bowling championships. Nearly 50 bowlers competed in the four-day event held recently at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Seifert, stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., averaged 205 in winning the 1995 combined championship. That pace was 1.5 pins better than Army Sgt. 1st Class Ray Porritt of Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Third place went to Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Frederick of the Detroit Military Entry Processing Station. Following Frederick was Army Staff Sgt. Bill Anthony of Fort Eustis, Va., the defending men's champion. Air Force Senior Airman Bob Sense of Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., was fifth.

Smith easily captured the women's crown, rolling a 199.2 average in claiming the title. The Fort Huachuca, Ariz., soldier cruised to a 10-pin victory over teammate Maj. Debra Riefflin of Army's Military District of Washington. Riefflin was also the runner-up in 1995.

Third was Tech. Sgt. Christina Coy of Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. Fourth went to Petty Officer 1st Class Lana Mink of Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, the 1995 women's defending champion. Army Chief Warrant Officer Elaine Riggs (Columbus, Ohio) took fifth.

Navy took the men's overall bowling championship, followed by Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. Army captured the women's overall team title, followed by Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.

In singles competition, Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Bev Brennan of Barbers Point Naval Air Station, Hawaii, took the women's competition. Brennan averaged 205.5 in beating Smith. Riefflin took third, followed by Mink and Riggs.

Anthony grabbed the men's singles competition, averaging nearly 216 pins per game. This was more than nine pins per game better than Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Cowles (Naval Medical Center, San Diego). Frederick took third, followed by Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Bill Eckley (Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan) and Porritt.

Riefflin and Anthony combined to capture the mixed doubles title with nearly a 203 average. Their win was more than five pins per game better than Navy's Chief Petty Officer Dee Foust (Sasebo Fleet Activity, Japan) and Petty Officer 1st Class John Pangburn (Miramar Naval Air Station, Calif.). Siefert and Air Force Capt. Patricia Fox (Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.) took third.

In women's doubles, Smith and Riefflin combined for a 193.3 average to take the event. Army teammates Capt. Madeline Bondy (Fort Knox, Ky.) and Sgt. 1st Class Karen Mayfield (Fort Story, Va.) took second place, with third going to the Air Force team of Coy and Staff Sgt. Karen Clacken (Brooks).

Siefert and Master Sgt. Steve Bergan (Scott Base) teamed to win the men's doubles title. The duo combined for 2,555 pins -- an average of 212.9. The Navy pair of Frederick and Cowles took second, followed by Pangburn and Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Bozarth (Long Beach, Calif.).

In the one-day team competition, the Air Force team of Coy, Clacken, Fox, Senior Master Sgt. Bobbi Boutwell (Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.), Master Sgt. Catherine Faber (Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.) and Senior Airman Karin Bagley (Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas) took top honors in the women's competition. Army finished second, followed by Navy and Marine Corps.

Porritt and Anthony helped Army men take their one-day team event. The two combined with Sgt. 1st Class Tony Szeluga (Fort Campbell, Ky.), Sgt. Alton Betts (Fort Hood, Texas), Staff Sgt. Clark Blosser (Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii) and Chief Warrant Officer Danny Berardi (Wiesbaden, Germany) for the title.

Each competitor rolled six games per event, with individual scores from all events combined to decide the overall champions.

WOMEN'S TOP TEN -- OVERALL COMPETITION

                         Mixed

                   Dbls   Dbls    Team     Sgls    Total   Avg.

Debra Smith (A)    1172   1192    1187     1229     4780   199.2

Deb Riefflin (A)   1148   1152    1097     1153     4550   189.6

Chris Coy (AF)     1204   1042    1173     1104     4523   188.5

Lana Mink (N)      1091   1130    1155     1140     4516   188.2

Elaine Riggs (A)   1134   1180    1055     1135     4504   187.7

Karen Glacken (AF) 1074   1166    1128     1120     4488   187.0

Suzanne Neigum (A) 1095   1127    1156     1104     4482   186.8

Maddie Bondy (A)   1190   1117    1104     1051     4462   185.9

Patti Fox (AF)     1122   1142    1125     1065     4454   185.6

Bev Brennan (N)    1081   1055    1066     1233     4435   184.8

MEN'S TOP TEN -- OVERALL COMPETITION

                         Mixed

                   Dbls   Dbls    Team     Sgls    Total   Avg.

Mark Siefert (AF)  1276   1194    1278     1171     4919   205.0

Ray Porritt (A)    1217   1197    1273     1198     4885   203.5

Kevin Frederick(N) 1245   1220    1191     1215     4871   203.0

Bill Anthony (A)   1110   1282    1183     1295     4870   202.9

Bob Sense (AF)     1226   1275    1232     1087     4820   200.8

Mike Cowles (N)    1251   1191    1112     1237     4791   199.6

Bill Eckley (MC)   1238   1108    1215     1201     4762   198.4

Steve Bergan (AF)  1279   1159    1130     1192     4760   198.3

Jeff Long (N)      1124   1239    1184     1187     4734   197.3

Tony Szeluga (A)   1210   1142    1241     1124     4717   196.5

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