PORTLAND, Maine – PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber are in. Two-time PBA League Most Valuable Player Dick Allen is among the “free agents” on the outside awaiting his fate after the PBAL’s eight team managers announced on Monday the players they have returned to their 2019 rosters based on previous performances in PBA League competition.
PBA League fans can begin the debate over who will fill out the team roster vacancies when the PBA League Draft is held on Monday, April 8 at Bayside Bowl. Among those hoping to make their PBA League debut in 2019 are 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., and first-time PBA Tour title winners Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., and Matt Ogle of Louisville, Ky.
For the first time, Bayside fans will have an opportunity to attend the draft when the eight 2019 team managers complete their rosters as the draft airs live on FloBowling, PBA’s official online live-streaming outlet, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.
Leading off the draft, Portland Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack will make the first pick from a pool of players who finish in the top 40 in 2019 competition points as of Monday, April 1 by virtue of the Lumberjacks’ last-place finish in the 2018 Elias Cup tournament. Choosing second will be L.A. X, followed by the Brooklyn Styles, New York City Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen and defending champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The serpentine draft will then find the Atom Splitters making the first selection as the second round reverses the selection order. The Brooklyn Styles, who protected only two of their five 2018 rostered players, will then make the final selection to complete their five-player roster.
In order to be eligible for the draft pool, PBA members must be ranked in the top 40 in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points standings at the conclusion of the 2019 USBC Masters on April 1. The PBA points list heading into the Masters is noted below, with players in bold already selected for 2019 and an asterisk identifying players who were on a 2018 roster, but not protected and therefore returned to the draft pool.
Once the PBA Playoffs point list is finalized, eligible players will have until Wednesday, April 3, to declare their intent to enter the draft. Following the draft, managers will have until Monday, April 15, to make player trades if they are so inclined.
April 8 will not only be “draft day” in Portland but will also debut the inaugural round of PBA Playoffs matches that will air later in the evening, live on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The PBA Playoffs is a new Go Bowling! PBA Tour singles competition that will feature the season’s top 24 players in competition points in a single-elimination match play series. The entire PBA Playoff series will air in eight FS1 telecasts in April and May, leading up to the live FOX telecasts of the semifinal and final rounds on June 1 and 2. The winner will earn a PBA Tour title and $100,000. Bayside Bowl will host the entire PBA Playoffs series.
PBA League players will return to Bayside Bowl for the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition on July 16, 17 and 18. All rounds will air live on FOX Sports’ FS1 in prime time.
2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS (including players protected from 2018 rosters)
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard.
● Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders.
● Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty.
PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS STANDINGS
(As of Monday, March 25; players in bold face are already members of 2019 PBA League teams; * denotes players who were on 2018 rosters and will be eligible for the 2019 draft if they finish among the top 40 in points as of April 1)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 29,210
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 17,715
3, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 17,160
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 16,960
5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 15,775
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 13,450
7, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13,065
8, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 12,885
9, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12,180
10, *Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 11,985
11, *Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 10,640
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10,615
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9,818
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 9,658
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9,595
16, *Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 9,585
17, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 8,600
18, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 8,508
19, Dom Barrett, England, 8,010
20, *DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 7,915
21, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 7,420
22, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,190
23, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,870
24, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 6,865
25, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6,850
26, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 6,830
27, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 6,685
28, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 6,398
29, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,325
30, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 6,225
31, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,918
32, Stuart Williams, England, 5,900
33, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,873
34, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,725
35, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,440
36, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 5,310
37, *AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,273
38, *Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,105
39, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., ,4955
40, *Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,880
41, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,835
42, Richie Teece, England, 4,623
43, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,608
44, *Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,353
45, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,095
46, *Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4,040
47, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,038
48, *Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,938
49, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 3,845
50, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,660
59, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,920
103, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 968
2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
(A part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 16-18 (live on FS1)
Tuesday, July 16
3:30 p.m. – Bayside Bowl rooftop “tailgate party”
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match One: Team #1 vs. Team #8
8 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Two: Team #5 vs. Team #4
9 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Three: Team #2 vs. Team #7
10 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Four: Team #6 vs. Team #3
Wednesday, July 17
9 p.m. – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two
10 p.m. – Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four
Thursday, July 18
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two