Harcarik goes from 8th to title

Special to Tribune Chronicle Tom Harcarik, right, receives the first-place trophy from Ted Snyder, tournament manager of the Warren Challenge bowling tournament which concluded Sunday at Cortland Lanes.

He had to strike out Saturday in the 18th and final game of qualifying just to make it into the eighth — and last — finals position.

Tom Harcarik followed that effort up on Sunday by averaging 252 for the day as he won the 39th Warren Challenge bowling tournament at Cortland Lanes. It was Harcarik’s first championship in the event.

Harcarik moved into first place after the second match of the finals, before falling behind four-time and defending champion Adam Barta after the third match. Harcarik then rolled an 813 series, firing games of 277, 268 and 268, to regain the lead.

He held that spot even though he lost in match seven to Mark Lias, 247-237. Harcarik went into the final position round with a 149-pin lead over 2014 champion Mike Benton, who defeated Harcarik, 248-241. But Harcarik was able to keep the match close enough to close out his first Challenge title.

Harcarik’s 813 series not surprisingly was the high series for the day. Barta had a 749 and Benton a 743. Harcarik’s 277 game was tops, followed by a 268 by Bob Haynie and a 267 by Barta.

Benton and Lias had the best win-loss records, each going 6-2 on the day. Harcarik was 5-3.

Bowler&Total&W-L&Avg.

Tom Harcarik&2170&5-3&252

Mike Benton&2058&6-2&235

Adam Barta&1988&4-4&233

Mark Lias&1964&6-2&223

Rich Speicher&1846&3-5&219

Bob Haynie&1842&3-5&219

Joe Nuzzo&1783&3-5&211

James Nolen&1766&2-6&213

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