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Fargo bowling team takes lead at Vegas tournament

Members of Kruse's Pro Shop bowling team of Fargo moved into first place in the regular team division of the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Las Vegas. Team members are (left to right): Zack Wilhelmi, Casey Stavenger, Bradley Nordick, Douglas Wagner Jr. and Eric Parvey.

LAS VEGAS—A bowling team from Fargo grabbed the lead at the United State Bowling Congress Open Championships being held in Las Vegas, while one of its members grabbed the lead in the standard all-events division.

Kruse's Pro Shop of Fargo rolled games of 1,021, 1,116 and 1,061 for a 3,198 total to take the lead in the regular team division of the national tournament that began on Feb. 18 and will conclude July 16. Kruse's Pro Shop overtook the lead of 3,158 previously held by Classic Lanes Raisins of Milwaukee.

"It's kind of surreal to be leading," said team member Eric Parvey. "I know the score isn't going to hold up, since we left some sticks out there, but it's cool to be leading at the Open."

Parvey led the Kruse's Pro Shop with a 671 series followed by teammates Douglas Wagner Jr. (657), Bradley Nordick (641), Zack Wilhelmi (619) and Casey Stavenger (610).

Knowing the lead was well within reach heading into Game 3, the teammates felt the pressure of contending for the top spot, but were able to settle in down the stretch to set up a 10th frame that included 10 strikes in 14 attempts.

"I think we got a little nervous after the second game," Parvey said. "We started making our spares and putting a few strikes together. That 10th frame was fun. You just start feeding off of each other and it's kind of electric."

Nordick used that wave of emotion to help him overtake the lead in the standard all-events division. Nordick, a 21-year-old righthander, rolled sets of 696 in doubles, 641 in team and 548 in singles for a 1,885 all-events total. That catapulted him past Tommy Purvy of San Diego who was the all-events leader since the tournament's opening weekend with 1,769.

"The team and group I bowl with has a lot to do with it," said Nordick, who said he will definitely be watching the leader boards in the team division and all-events division for the next few weeks. "We'll see if it holds up. This means a lot, being such a big tournament."

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