It’s time for the Professional Bowlers Assn. League season to spring to action again.
This will be the league’s second season and it will be held with new competitive formats and revised rosters for the eight teams.
The season starts Saturday in Allen Park, Mich., and this opening round will last until Monday. Once again, the Los Angeles X and the Silver Lake (Calif.) Atom Splitters will represent the local entries.
All eight teams will have eyes on winning the grand prize – which is the Elias Cup championship that will be held April 6 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Ind.
Last year the top four teams qualified for the Elias Cup finals. The X and Atom Splitters barely failed to advance, finishing fifth and sixth.
The X has put together a powerful team with Jason Belmonte at No. 1; Mika Koivuniemi at No. 2; Parker Bohn III at No. 3; Andres Gomez at No. 4; and E.J. Tackett at No. 5.
Koivuniemi and Tackett are new members; Koivuniemi bowled at No. 2 last season for the Philadelphia Hitmen and Tackett will be competing in the league for the first time.
The Atom Splitters look formidable as well with Chris Barnes at No. 1; Wes Malott at No. 2; Tommy Jones at No. 3; Dom Barrett at No. 4; and Bryon Smith at No. 5. Malott, Jones and Smith are newcomers to the team.
Malott bowled at No. 2 for the X last season, Jones performed at No. 2 for the league champion New York City WTT KingPins and Smith bowled at No. 4 for the Dallas Strikers.
ESPN will again handle television coverage of the league. It will show the X’s series against the BROOKLYN STyLES at noon Feb. 9.