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Army's Riefflin, Air Force's Seifert Top Bowlers

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

WASHINGTON, April 15, 1997 – Winning the men's and women's armed forcesbowling titles at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., turned out to bea "major" accomplishment for two officers.

Army Maj. Deb Riefflin and Air Force Maj. Mark Seifertcaptured individual overall titles at the armed serviceschampionships held April 7-10.

The Air Force captured both men's and women's team honorsduring the four-day tournament. Army finished second, followed byNavy and Marine Corps.

Riefflin, assigned at the Pentagon, posted a 221.04 averageover four days in claiming the women's combined title. Her 5,305pins were 365 better than Navy Cdr. Linda Muth of Tampa, Fla.

A trio of Air Force bowlers grabbed the next threepositions, with Staff Sgt. Muriel Howell of Nellis Air ForceBase, Nev., taking third. Tech. Sgt. Christine Coy of RamsteinAir Base, Germany, and Senior Master Sgt. Catherine Faber ofOffutt Air Force Base, Neb., finished fourth and fifthrespectively.

Besides the overall title, Riefflin also captured the one-day singles event, defeating Air Force Master Sgt. Darlene McGill(Scott Air Force Base, Ill.) by 80 pins. Coy took third.

Riefflin also combined with Army Chief Warrant OfficerElaine Riggs of Columbus, Ohio, to win the women's doubles title.The two combined for 2,522 total pins (210.2 average), defeatingMuth and Navy Lt. Sylvia Nagy (Norfolk Naval Base, Va.) by 38pins. Third place went to Air Force's Howell and McGill.

Meanwhile, Seifert successfully defended his 1996 men'stitle and led a top-three Air Force sweep of the men's overallchampionship. The Scott officer's 227.33 average was three pins-per-game better than Master Sgt. Charlie Hall of Lackland AirForce Base, Texas. Staff Sgt. Chuck Carroll of Sheppard Air ForceBase, Texas, finished third.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Tony Szeluga of Camp Casey, Korea, tookfourth, while Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael Boyd ofCamp Lejeune, N.C. -- winner of the men's one-day singles title -- grabbed fifth overall. Seifert teamed with Hall to capture the men's doubles crown.The two rolled a combined 2,852 (237.7 average) in defeatingCarroll and Staff Sgt. Mark Zamora (Offutt) by 178 pins. Szelugaand Army Chief Warrant Officer Scott Huther (Fort Leavenworth,Kan.) finished third, 212 pins behind the leaders.

Seifert also finished third in the men's one-day tournament,finishing 53 pins behind Boyd and 30 pins behind Carroll.

Coy and Carroll gave Air Force the top spot in mixed doublescompetition. Their 12-game 2,603 total was 55 pins better thanMarine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Faye Witt (Iwakuni, Japan) andSgt. Fred Riano (Camp Pendleton, Calif.). Howell and Hallfinished third, 71 pins off the pace.

Both Air Force men's and women's teams captured first placein the one-day team competition held April 7. The Air Force men -- Hall, Seifert, Carroll, Zamora, Senior Airman Steve Sayward(McChord) and Senior Airman Martin Beford (RAF Mildenhall, UnitedKingdom) -- knocked down 7,544 pins in claiming first place. Thatwas 201 pins better than second place Army. Marine Corps tookthird, followed by Navy.

Howell, McGill, Coy, Faber, Chief Master Sgt. Bobbi Boutwell(Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.) and Senior Airman Karin Bagley(Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.) rolled Air Force to a 176-pinvictory over Army in the women's single-day team competition.Navy finished third, followed by Marine Corps.

Women's Combined Competition

                                     Mixed

                      Team    Dbls   Dbls   Sgls   Total   Avg.

Deb Riefflin (A)      1342    1464   1175   1324    5305   221.04

Linda Muth (N)        1235    1325   1253   1127    4940   205.83

Muriel Howell (AF)    1188    1268   1205   1109    4770   198.75

Christine Coy (AF)    1167    1078   1228   1209    4682   195.03

Catherine Faber (AF)  1160    1160   1150   1188    4658   194.08

Darlene McGill (AF)   1134    1144   1119   1244    4641   193.38

Faye Witt (MC)        1088    1205   1184   1158    4635   193.13

Hyacinth James (A)    1154    1182   1131   1127    4594   191.42

Dee Foust (N)         1059    1205   1095   1180    4539   189.13

Karin Bagley (AF)     1036    1087   1253   1159    4535   188.96

Nancy Minter (N)      1078    1242   1127   1070    4517   188.21

Sylvia Nagy (N)       1041    1159   1111   1168    4479   188.63

Sherry Meneely (MC)   1014    1183   1050   1180    4427   184.46

Elaine Riggs (A)      1096    1058   1210   1059    4423   184.29

Jan Berry (A)         1034    1084   1092   1156    4366   181.92

Linda Beeksma (MC)    1036    1097   1142   1068    4343   180.96

Regina Collins (MC)   1131    1121   1083   1007    4342   180.92

Bobbi Boutwell (AF)   1097    1081   1122   1038    4338   180.75

Deann Thompson (N)    1014    1100   1061   1107    4282   178.42

Patricia Nance (A)    1011    1074   1067   1099    4251   177.13

Wanita Klika (MC)     1099    1033   1076   1027    4235   176.46

Cathleen O'Connor (N)  916    1031   1163   1046    4156   173.17

Lucille Mirra (MC)     949     994   1084   1054    4081   170.04

Patricia Essick (A)    979    1018    940   1092    4029   167.88

Men's Combined Competition

                                    Mixed

                      Team    Dbls   Dbls   Sgls   Total   Avg.

Mark Seifert (AF)     1341    1391   1384   1340    5456   227.33

Charlie Hall (AF)     1285    1461   1327   1310    5383   224.29

Chuck Carroll (AF)    1290    1340   1375   1370    5375   223.96

Tony Szeluga (A)      1260    1338   1302   1299    5199   216.63

Michael Boyd (MC)     1207    1231   1271   1393    5102   212.58

Mark Zamora (AF)      1205    1338   1258   1292    5093   212.21

Shawn Vernon (N)      1218    1324   1376   1160    5078   211.58

Ken Reynolds (A)      1269    1293   1295   1187    5044   210.17

Lance Lonsdale (A)    1144    1255   1349   1284    5032   209.67

Bill Anthony (A)      1262    1183   1233   1301    4979   207.56

Arthur Twitty (MC)    1251    1239   1172   1312    4974   207.25

Jeff Long (N)         1210    1118   1351   1247    4926   205.25

Scott Huther (A)      1175    1302   1204   1208    4889   203.71

Roy Yamahuna (N)      1054    1254   1327   1254    4889   203.71

Fred Riano (MC)       1158    1092   1364   1263    4877   203.21

Steve Sayward (AF)    1255    1244   1175   1159    4833   201.38

Bill Murtley (N)      1124    1301   1156   1233    4814   200.58

Martin Bedford (AF)   1168    1256   1289   1076    4789   199.54

Mitchell Gibson (MC)  1193    1203   1237   1137    4770   198.75

Fredrick Analla (A)   1233    1096   1209   1215    4753   198.04

Ken Jaquett (N)       1118    1254   1199   1178    4749   197.88

Eric Gottshall (N)    1215    1162   1131   1195    4703   195.96

Robert Fleck (MC)     1128    1246   1173   1136    4683   195.13

James Bloomer (MC)    1313    1039   1160   1158    4670   194.58

One-Day Singles (six games per person)

Men                      Total      Average

1. Michael Boyd (MC)     1,393      232.17

2. Chuck Carroll (AF)    1,370      228.33

3. Mark Seifert (AF)     1,340      223.33

4. Arthur Twitty (MC)    1,312      218.67

5. Charlie Hall (AF)     1,310      218.33

Women                    Total      Average

1. Deb Riefflin (A)      1,324      220.67

2. Darlene McGill (AF)   1,244      207.33

3. Christine Coy (AF)    1,209      201.50

4. Catherine Faber (AF)  1,188      198.00

5. Sherry Meneely (MC)   1,180      196.67

   Dee Foust (N)         1,180      196.67

Men's Doubles Competition (12 games per team)

                                     Total     Average

1. Mark Seifert-Charlie Hall (AF)    2,852     237.67

2. Chuck Carroll-Mark Zamora (AF)    2,678     223.17

3. Tony Szeluga-Scott Huther (A)     2,640     220.00

4. Bill Murtley-Shawn Vernon (N)     2,625     218.75

5. Steve Sayward-Martin Bedford (AF) 2,500     208.33

Women's Doubles Competition (12 games per team)

                                     Total     Average

1. Deb Riefflin-Elaine Riggs (A)     2,522     210.17

2. Linda Muth-Sylvia Nagy (N)        2,484     207.00

3. Darlene McGill-Muriel Howell (AF) 2,412     201.00

4. Nancy Minter-Deann Thompson (N)   2,342     195.17

5. Faye Witt-Lisa Beeksma (MC)       2,302     191.83

Mixed Doubles Competition (12 games per team)

                                     Total     Average

1. Christine Coy-Chuck Carroll (AF)  2,603     216.92

2. Faye Witt-Fred Riano (MC)         2,548     212.33

3. Muriel Howell-Charlie Hall (AF)   2,532     211.00

4. Elaine Riggs-Tony Szeluga (A)     2,512     209.33

5. Karin Bagley-Mark Zamora (AF)     2,511     209.25

One-Day Team Competition (36 games per team)

Men                      Total      Average

1. Air Force             7,544      209.56

2. Army                  7,343      203.97

3. Marine Corps          7,250      201.39

4. Navy                  6,939      192.75

Women                    Total      Average

1. Air Force             6,782      188.39

2. Army                  6,616      183.78

3. Navy                  6,343      176.19

4. Marine Corps          6,317      175.47

Overall Team (144 games per team)

Men                      Total      Average

1. Air Force            30,929      214.78

2. Army                 29,896      207.61

3. Navy                 29,159      202.49

4. Marine Corps         29,076      201.92

Women                    Total      Average

1. Air Force            27,624      191.83

2. Army                 27,112      188.28

3. Navy                 26,913      186.90

4. Marine Corps         26,063      180.99

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