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2008 - 2009 Season

Top 100 Bowlers in Canada

see the top 100 bowlers of the century as selected for the 100th anniversary of the sport.

Central Albertan bowlers selected include

Nancy Gervais

Bev Gigliuk

Gene Ziebarth

Lawrence Fobert

Greg Gigliuk

Mark Johnstone

Master Bowlers National Results

Congratulations to the following Central Bowlers

Ladies Team National Champions

Men's Team National Champions

Shauna Pirie Laisnez

Gary Baird

Gene Ziebarth

Karie Kreutz

Victor Fobert (formerly Central)

Verna Erickson was on the Teaching Ladies team which finished sixth


Lana Clubine of Heritage Lanes wins provincial UNO Ca$h event and a cheque for $1,000 at the provincial finals in Calgary.

Provincial Open Championships

·       Gene Ziebarth wins singles qualifying round, then wins singles final, losing the first game, but winning the second, and is crowned provincial champion.

·       Mixed team places 3rd.

·       Ladies team ends in 4th place.

·       Men's team ends in 4th place.

·       Gary Baird bowls a 410 in team competition.

Central bowlers capture Provincial High Low Championship

Deb Martens and Bob Gorenko of Rocky Lanes won the Provincial Championship in Calgary on Saturday, April 4th along with a $1,000 prize.

The team was 440 pins over average for the five games and beat the second place team by 130 pins.

A National Champion for Central Zone!


Holly Harris, of Olds, bowling on the Alberta team at the Canadian Youth Challenge Nationals in Hamilton won the team championship after Alberta took the round robin portion of the tournament before winning the stepladder final. 

 Terry Ell of Innisfail was one of the two coaches for the team.  Congratulation to Holly and Terry!

Innisfail resident to coach national bowling team


Innisfail Province

March 3, 2009

Terry Ell and six Alberta youths are looking for strikes and perfect scores as they head to the Youth Challenge national bowling competition in Hamilton, Ont. March 26, 27 and 28.

Although Ell said he has taken many teams to provincial competitions in the various divisions, this will be his first time coaching at the nationals. In order to secure this coaching spot, Ell submitted a resume to the committee that runs the provincial competition.

“It was a shock,” he said of being picked as coach. “I feel fairly privileged. It’s an honour and I was quite shocked.”

For the nationals, one male and one female coach are picked, and then the top three boys and the top three girls from the province are picked to make up the team. Ell and coach Gerri Anderson, from Edmonton, make up the coaching staff.

Under their direction, Halea Desutter-Pederson, from Calgary; Holly Harris, from Olds; Danielle Deblois, from Edmonton; Dylan Descheneaux, from Grande Prairie; Michael Martindale, from Edmonton, and Christopher Curtis, from Calgary will try and bowl their way to a gold medal. And not only do these players get a shot at bringing home a medal for their home province, but each player is awarded with a $1,000 educational scholarship from the Bowling Federation of Alberta.

Ell, 52, has been bowling for about 40 years.  “My grandma got me into bowling,” he said. “She managed a bowling alley in Bow Island and I got a job there as a pin-setter.”  Ell went on to say that he started his bowling career with an adult league and then he and his cousin joined his aunt’s bowling team.

“I enjoy the challenge to bowl well,” he said of the sport. “It’s not easy.”

Ell bowls competitively on a professional circuit and this past weekend made the trip to Regina, Sask. to compete against about 150 other players for a spot in the top 32.  “I’ve come in third a few times,” he said.

He is also a member of the Master Bowlers Association and has been coaching youth bowlers, ages nine to 19, for a number of years. “The kids are great,” he said. “I get a lot out of coaching the kids.”

Ell bowled out of the Innisfail bowling alley for many years, but now coaches out of Heritage Lanes in Red Deer.

Over the years, Ell has won one Master’s Tournament, scored a 425 (perfect being 450), and came in third in a Canada-wide bowling tournament.  “It’s been a real struggle the last year and a half,” he said, adding that he tore the cartilage in his knee and had to have surgery to repair the damage. “It’s starting to come back though.”

For the future, Ell said he wants to keep bowling and coaching for as long as he can.  “I’ve coached a lot of other sports over the years, but I got into bowling and stayed there.”

He said he plans to take more teams to the provincial competition and may even apply to coach another national team.

Sleeman Traditional Tournament

Gary Baird captures 2nd annual Sleeman Traditional  tournament with 326-314 win over Martin Talbot of Hamilton

Central Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers Association

2009 Annual Raffle

Draw at Edmonton Delta South

Saturday, April 11th




Blair Foster


Emily Grant


John Jardine  


Terisa Matejka 


Juel Pedersen


Katherine Steblyk 


Jim Woolridge  


Youth Challenge Results


Congratulations to Holly Harris of Olds who makes the National Championship with a 236 average, and to Terry Ell named coach for the Nationals.

The Central Boys Black team of Kent Gigliuk, Russell Murray, Eric Kjos, Tim Pratt, Paul Waisman and coach Greg Gigliuk fell a single point short of capturing the gold medal at the Youth Challenge, ending in a second place tie with Calgary. The boys defeated Edmonton 5-3 in final match of the tournament to just miss the title.

Team Silver, the second boys team finished eighth in the ten team competition.

The team Black girls team finished in fifth place, with the silver team in ninth.

In the mixed event the Silver team finished sixth with the Black team in eighth place.

Thanks to the coaches and managers of the team for accepting the responsibility of guiding the Youth bowlers.


Team Black   Team Silver






Kerry Fincaryk


Linda Seitz


Greg Gigliuk


Eric Andersen


Terry Ell


Brian Anderson


Waneta Armstrong


Rob Armstrong


Open Bowling Championship

Marking the 100th anniversary of the invention of 5 pin bowling, the Central Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers held the annual Open Zone Championships at Heritage Lanes with Eric Andersen of Ponoka and Nancy Gervais of Red Deer capturing the men’s and ladies crowns.

Andersen busted out of the starting gate with a first game and tournament high 380 score and never relinquished the top spot while recording a 278 average over the 20 game event.

Gervais en-route to her 12th singles title since 1986 averaged 252, but didn’t assume a permanent lead until game 13.  Nancy also recorded the women’s top score with a 352.

The provincial championships will take place in Edmonton, April 8th to 11th.

Joining Gervais and also bowling singles at the provincials are Shantelle Szuch of Red Deer (243 average) and Linda Seitz of Ponoka (234).  In addition to singles, the ladies will bowl in the team event with Jenne Campbell of Olds (231), Red Deer’s Rhonda Barber (229) and Geraldine Parsons of Wainwright (226).  Coaching the ladies will be Nicole Corbett

Andersen bowls in the singles competition with Blair Pizzey of Wainwright (272) and Gene Ziebarth of Millet (266).  Other members of the men’s team are Red Deer’s Gary Baird (265) and  Mike Tweedy (263) and Lacombe’s Lawrence Fobert (263).  Tweedy also bagged a tournament high 380 matching winner Eric Andersen.  The men’s coach is Kerry Fincaryk.

Andrea Leavitt of Drumheller had to defeat Bonnie Clermont of Red Deer in a one game sudden death roll off when they tied with a 217.2 average for the last spot on the mixed team.  Other ladies on the team are Carol Van Eaton of Lacombe (221) and Deb Holfeld of Camrose (217.7).  Clermont will assume the manager’s position on the contingent.

The men on the mixed team are Karie Kreutz of Wetaskiwin (260), Todd Hvamb of Ponoka (259) and Darby Chrest of Red Deer (258) who beat his brother Shelby by 26 to grab the last spot.  The coach will be Dale Holfeld.

Provincial Cash Singles (Proprietor Event)
Placement for Central Area Bowler


BJ DeMarco



Neils Damgaard



Shawn Shwartz



Sheryl Ashley



Pat O'Callaghan



Bev Morin



Denise Hitschke



Reiner Smith



Tami Black



Kevin Hamilton



Bruce Hicks



Patrick Michalko



Jon Leard



Louis Gendre



Nick Burlo



Jacques Roussel



Terry Burns Canadian Centennial ProjecT

100 Years of 5 Pin Bowling - Terry in  Toronto Sun

Follow Terry's Mission to visit 100 bowling centres in 100 days

·       Introduction

·       Day 1 - 25

·       Day 26 - 50

·       Day 51 - 75

·       Day 76 - 100 (Day 84 is Heritage Lanes in Red Deer)

·       Dip in the Pacific




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