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SILL CAPTURES TOP STEPLADDER SEED IN MATCH PLAY

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The match-play portion of the Women's International Bowling Congress Queens Tournament ended Wednesday at Ritz Classic Bowl with two-time Queens champion Aleta Sill earning the top stepladder seed.

Sill, of Dearborn, Mich., earned the top position by defeating Dede Davidson of San Jose, Calif., 621-547 in a three-game match."I feel a little more pressure now because I have two goals which are important," Sill said. "One, I'd like to win to be only the second three-time Queens champion. Two, this win would mean my 20th title, which is something I've been striving for.

Finishing off the five bowler field for the stepladder final will be Davidson; Regi Jonak, St. Peters, Mo.; triple-crown winner Wendy Macpherson-Papanos, Henderson, Nev.; and Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla.

Duggan is coming off a Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour tournament win last week in Santa Maria, Calif.

Davidson and Macpherson-Papanos are also past champions in the Queens.

Jonak gained the third position in the tournament by defeating Macpherson-Papanos 673-598 in match-play. The defeat gave Macpherson-Papanos the fourth seed.

Anne Marie Duggan gained the fifth stepladder seed by defeating Marianne DiRupo, Succasunna, N.J., 598-567 in the final match-play round.

Davidson will be seeded in the second position.

The bowlers will vie for large amounts of cash - the first place prize is $10,000.

Total prize money for the Queens tournament reached $55,315 this year.

The stepladder finals begin Thursday night at 7 p.m. and will be held at Ritz Classic Bowl. Admission to the stepladder is $3 and the doors open at 5 p.m. Seating is limited. For those who are not able to attend, the stepladder will be televised on tape delay Tuesday night at 12:30 p.m. on the Prime Sports Network.