New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Josie Earnest Climbs Ladder to Win PWBA Rochester Open Title

August 24, 2016, ADDISON, Ill. – To calm herself as she looked to capture her first Professional Women's Bowling Association title, Josie Earnest thought about the patches she received as a youth bowler, the ones that reminded her that bowling is fun.
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Thomas Coco Wins PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Eastern Open

York, Pa. (August 7, 2016) – Thomas Coco Jr. of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., defeated Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 221-187, to win the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Eastern Open presented by Roto-Grip at Colony Park Lanes North Sunday for his first QubicaAMF PBA Regional title.
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Liz Johnson Claims Fifth U.S. Women's Open Championship

ADDISON, Ill. – For the third consecutive time, and fifth overall, United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Liz Johnson will be taking home the U.S. Women's Open trophy, and she will savor every moment.
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NYS Women's Senior Singles

BOWLING FOR THE CURE: These eight ladies from the Niagara Falls USBC WBA proudly wore their breast cancer awareness jerseys over the weekend at the 36th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships at Crystal Lanes in Corning. Seated from left are Betty Schnettler, Donna Bevacqua and Joan Charles; standing, Kimberly Grace, Peggy Leone, Jeri Marshall, Marcia Zimmerman and Cindy Gertz. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

Bowlers from Six Associations
Top Women's Senior Standings

UPDATE -- AUGUST 29, 2016

CLICK HERE for unofficial final standings.

CLICK HERE for official prize list.

AUGUST 29, 2016 – Bowlers from six New York State USBC local associations are the unofficial age division winners of the 36th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships that concluded its two-weekend run at Crystal Lanes in Corning on Sunday afternoon.

Shirley Ebron (New York City USBC), 75-and-over; Cindy Baker (Adirondack USBC), 70-74; Janet Jacob (Syracuse USBC WBA), 65-69; Tanga Stephenson (Long Island USBC), 60-64; Denice Hall (Auburn USBC), 55-59; and Jane Duffer (Lowville USBC), 50-54, topped their respective divisions after about 520 of the 550 women who entered the tournament rolled their six games over two days.

All results are subject to final average verification. Prize checks will be mailed by Sept. 28. At least one in six in each age classification will cash.

In Class AA, Ebron posted 1,333 with handicap while Dorothy Pecha (Southern Tier USBC) had 1,334, and Dolores Seamans (Genesee Region USBC) finished with 1,331.

In Class A, Baker's 1,296 edged Barbara Sim (Albany USBC) by four pins, while three bowlers -- Virginia Connell (Tri-County NY USBC), Arleen Strecker (Tri-County NY USBC) and Sandra Gates (Genesee Region USBC) tied with 1,279 each.

In Class B, Jacob tallied 1,345 -- 12 pins more than Bonnie View (Mohawk Valley Towns USBC). Darlene Amarilla (Tri-County NY USBC) is third with 1,289.

In Class C. Stephenson shot 1,322, two pins better than Barbara Knoll (Wayne County USBC WBA) and 10 pins higher than Karen Wilson (Tri-County NY USBC).

In Class D, Hall's 1,374 is 46 more than Donna Gilfus, also of Auburn USBC WBA.  Teri Gayton (Mid-Hudson) is next with 1,285.

And in Class E, Duffer registered 1,284, while Lori Heneka (Hudson Valley USBC) and Anne Haase (Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC) posted 1,268 and 1,266, respectively.

The champions of each of the six age groups will win a free entry to the 2017 USBC Senior Championships.

Winners of the breast cancer awareness bowling balls were Arthalia Brown of Freeport (Long Island USBC) and Anna Hammell of Blasdell (Greater Buffalo USBC).

The NYS USBC would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the Corning USBC WBA women's committee under the direction of Brenda Swanson and to the management and staff of Crystal Lanes for their valuable assistance throughout the tournament.

Thank You, Bowlers!

ON THE RIGHT PATH-WAYS: Julia Harvey, special events coordinator for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, accepts a check for $10,000 from Roger Buckman, left, NYS USBC president, and Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, on behalf of the state association's members who donated to the Pathways to the Cure charity fundraisers at state tournaments during the 2014-15 season.  The NYS USBC is expected to authorize, in September, a similar donation to Roswell, and also to Memorial Sloat-Kettering Cancer Institute in New York City for donations received during the 2015-16 season.

51 Prize Checks Yet to be Cashed
from Open, Women's Tournaments

UPDATE -- AUGUST 29, 2016

Fifty-one prize checks issued to bowlers who competed in the NYS Open and Women's Championships this past spring have yet to be cashed or deposited -- and time is running out.

Almost 1,300 prize checks were mailed on June 12 to team captains and/or individual bowlers who cashed at the tournaments in Utica (Open) and Rochester (Women's). As of today, 28 checks from the Open and 23 from the Women's have not been cashed or deposited.

The deadline for these checks to be cashed or deposited in the bank is Sept. 12. After that, they will be declared void and the NYS USBC is not responsible for re-issuing replacement checks.

If you are holding onto your check(s) or checks for teammates or if you think you are entitled to a check but have not received it, please contact the NYS USBC office by email at as soon as possible.

Links to final prize lists are located in the tournament recaps on this page.

Mossotti Places 16th
at USBC Senior Event

AUGUST 12, 2016 – Robert Mossotti (Syracuse USBC BA) finished in 16th place out of 37 competitors Thursday in the Open Division 75-and-over age classification at the USBC Senior Championships at Sunset Station in Las Vegas.

Mossotti fared best out of the five New Yorkers who took part in the tournament. All earned the right to participate by either winning or finishing in the top three at the NYS Women's Senior Singles and NYS Open Senior Singles last season.

Mossotti's total was 1,270 with handicap -- about 100 pins off the pace needed to reach the Medal Round (top six scores).

Other New Yorkers and their results:

Open – William Young (Auburn USBC BA), 50-54, 1166 scratch, no handicap, 24th place; John Maloy (Tri-County NY USBC), 65-69, 1120 with handicap, 37th place; Ed DeSio (Lake Ontario USBC BA), 70-74, 1152 with handicap, 28th place.

Women – Karen Brouwere (Corning USBC WBA), 55-59, 1132 with handicap, 33rd place.

11-Year-Old Boy Youngest
to Roll Perfect Game
in USBC's NYS History

Rockville Centre Lanes Places
Stephen Winley Jr. on "Wall of Fame"

AUGUST 4, 2016 — Eleven-year-old Stephen Winley Jr. of Laurelton has had the perfect summer — literally — as he bowled a perfect game on July 26 at Rockville Centre Lanes.

A member of RVC Lanes' Adult/Junior League, which is USBC certified, Stephen set the crowd roaring when he rolled a 300 game — making him the youngest bowler to ever score a USBC-certified perfect game in New York State.

Stephen turned 11 on April 27, making him 11 years and 3 months old -- a month younger younger than Long Island's Alex Cavagnaro, who was 11 years, 4 months and 28 days old when he reached perfection on Nov. 17, 1995. Cavagnaro posted another 300 game 10 days later on Nov. 27, 1995.

Sam Arnone of Rochester was 11 1/2 years old when he rolled a 300 game on Dec. 19, 1993 in a Youth Bowling Tour event in Ithaca.

"Perfect games are always exciting — even during elite competition when adults bowl them," said John LaSpina, President of Maple Family Centers, which operates RVC Lanes and four additional bowling centers in New York and Florida. "Having a junior bowler do it was even more exciting. The center erupted when Stephen rolled his final strike."

LaSpina was present for the momentous occasion and documented it on video, which appears on Rockville Centre Lanes' Facebook page.

"We posted the video on all our centers' Facebook pages and the reach has been really strong with an estimated combined viewing of about 10,000 people," he noted.

As part of the Adult/Junior League, Stephen along with other league players are eligible for a scholarship.

"Many of our junior bowlers earn thousands of dollars in scholarships throughout their youth bowling 'careers,'" LaSpina said. "We are proud to provide scholarships within our leagues and tournaments."

Stephen — who is also part of RVC Lanes' Winter Saturday Scholarship League — will join RVC Lanes' "Wall of Fame" board in the center, which acknowledges all perfect games.

Ironically, Stephen's coach, Steve Friedman, rolled his seventh 800 series, an 824 effort, in the Trios League at Rockville Center on Aug. 1.  Friedman is 75 years young.

Around NYS – August 2016

July Lottery Fundraiser Brings In
$3,159 for NYS USBC Charities

AUGUST 1, 2016 – Contributions to the New York State USBC's July fundraiser have raised $3,159 to help support cancer programs, youth scholarships and other charities

The fundraiser was based on the New York Lottery evening number.

Thank you to all those who purchased a ticket or block of tickets and to those who help sell them across the state.

CLICK HERE for a list of winners.

NYS Open Senior Set for Oct. 15-16, 22-23

The 38th NYS Open Senior Championships will take place Oct. 15-16, 22-23 at King Pin Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

Entries have already started coming into the NYS USBC office for the Doubles, Singles and Six-Game Combine handicap tournament featuring competitionin six different age classifications. Squad times are noon and 2:30 p.m. each of the four days.


Six-game combine winners in each age group will win a free entry to the 2017 USBC Senior Championships.

CLICK HERE for an entry form.

Note: The Ramada Inn in Queensbury is offering $72 per night rooms, with an additional 5 percent off if $25 or more is spent at the restaurant there. Address: 1 Abby Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804. Phone:(518) 793-7701.

New York State USBC
Awards Bowler Ed Grant
to Lockport School District

JULY 28, 2016 -- The New York State USBC has awarded a Bowler's Ed grant to the Lockport (Niagara County) City School District, a mobile bowling equipment and curriculum to help teach children the sport of bowling.

Funding ($1,450) will come from the state association's Youth Education Services Committee.

It is one of 28 kits given to schools and organizations through International Bowling Campus Youth Development.

A New York City organization,The Speyer Legacy School, also will receive a kit, courtesy of IBC Youth Development.

The Murfreesboro (Tennessee) City Elementary School District will receive 12 grants, with 10 of the bowling kits going to extended school programs in the district. Lanes, Trains, and Automobiles, a local bowling center in Murfreesboro, will fund four of the 12 Bowler's Ed kits.

The Bowler's Ed bowling grants help schools, youth groups and other organizations teach students the lifelong sport of bowling. Besides a step-by-step teaching progression for students, Bowler's Ed kits have activities to enhance cardiovascular health, coordination and endurance by using mobile bowling equipment.

Brooklyn's Mastroianni Second
at Junior Gold Championships

JULY 27, 2016 – Not too often do you see a national record holder competing in a youth bowling tournament, much less in a 12-and-under division.

The U12 finals in the boys and girls divisions of the Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master were televised Tuesday on CBS Sports Network, the first of three shows taped for broadcast at the event.

Hannah Diem of Seminole, Florida, topped Elizabeth Coutta of Smyrna, Tennessee, 385-319, in the two-game, total-pins final to win the girls title while Edgar Burgos of Dorado, Puerto Rico, captured the boys' title by getting past Anthony Mastroianni (photo at right) of Brooklyn, New York, 392-367.

But the finalists in the U12 division were the first group to bowl under the bright lights of the TV set at Western Bowl, and for Diem the bright lights were nothing new.The U15 finals will air Aug. 2 and the U20 finals will be televised Aug. 9 on CBS Sports Network, with each show starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. 

She gained national attention in 2013 when she bowled a perfect game at the age of 9 years, 6 months, 19 days, to become the youngest bowler to record a certified 300 game. She later would appear on the Steve Harvey Show because of the accomplishment.

In the boys title match, Mastroianni would take the opening game despite the fact Burgos started with four consecutive strikes. But after the strike string, Burgos would open in three of his next five frames while Mastroianni would miss just one single-pin spare to take a 188-187 victory.

"I was just really nervous and my head was not in the game," said Burgos, who started bowling when he was four and earned the top seed for match play. "Then my dad, in the second game, calmed me. He said 'You got this.'"

Burgos' dad was one of several supporters there to cheer on Burgos, including his grandmother, and his sister, Yarelis.

In Game 2, Mastroianni again would have just one open frame, but could manage only one strike while Burgos stayed clean for a 205-179 victory to take the title with a 392-367 two-game total.

Mastroianni said, for him, the week had been a great experience. "I got to meet all these great new friends, and the friends that I already have competed against before, so it really was a great week for me," Mastroianni said.

NYS Open Championships
Troy USBC Team Places First;
Syracuse, Kingston, Buffalo,
Schenectady Bowlers Triumph

JUNE 16, 2016 – Mastropietro Concrete (Troy USBC) captured the Handicap Team first prize of $3,350 at the 92nd NYS Open Championships, which took place from April 16 through May 15 at AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.

"We've been bowling for quite some time, and never really won too much," said Marc Scelsi, team captain.

Scelsi's teammates were John Zecca, John Ellison, Michael Scelsi (his father) and Jason Mastropietro, who had to be replaced after the first game due to an arm injury. Ed Horvath Sr. of Utica filled in and the team posted 3,617 with handicap on the tournament's opening weekend.

The score held up, edging Bowlievers (New York City USBC) by seven pins. The tournament drew 229 teams – 29 more than last year.

CLICK HERE for final standings. Local association designations after the team or bowlers' names indicate the association of the contact person on the entry.

CLICK HERE for the prize list. Checks were mailed earlier this week.

Checks were mailed to the people that were designated as the contact for the team(s). Please be advised that checks must be cashed or deposited within 30 days or they will be void. The NYS USBC is not obligated to re-issue checks that have not been cashed during that time frame.

Other event champions are as follows:

Scratch Team – El Paso Delay (Rochester USBC), 3,547. This is the team's second straight scratch title, and Steve Meyer's third straight. Other members are Dan Vick, Sarah Germano, Derek Magno and William Hasiotis.

Handicap & Scratch DoublesR.J. Blanchard and Jim Zimmerman (Syracuse USBC BA) led the way with 1,541 – all scratch – to lead both divisions. They split $1,650.

Handicap SinglesPaul Scism Jr. (Kingston NY USBC BA) topped the list with 826 – 810 scratch – to earn the $800 first prize.

Scratch SinglesAnthony Palumbo (Schenectady USBC BA) rolled 822 scratch to place first. He won $700 as his score was the second best in the Handicap division.

Handicap All-EventsGeorge Johnson (Kingston NY USBC BA) posted 2,331 with handicap – 2,187 scratch – to claim the $400 first prize.

Scratch All-EventsMichael Zarcone (Greater Buffalo USBC) earned a paid entry to the 2017 USBC Masters by virtue of his 2,294 score, which was seven pins more than hometown favorite Ray Cyr Jr. Zarcone's total was second in the Handicap division, earning him $300.

NYS Women's Championships
Schenectady-Scotia, Jamestown,
Greater Buffalo Teams Place 1st;
Spanitz Tops in All-Events at 2,186

JUNE 16, 2016 – Make it a "three-peat" for Helen Waite (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA) as her team captured first place in Division I (760-and-Over Scratch) for the third straight year at the 80th NYS Women's Championships.

Waite, Laura Rotter, Deb Capullo and Carol Crandall combined for a 2,850 score to beat out 35 other scratch teams and win the $940 first prize at the 80th annual tournament at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes in Rochester.

Doubles and singles competition took place at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes. The tournament ran for five weekends, starting on April 9 and ending on May 15.

In Division II (600-759 Handicap), Jamestown Bowling 3 placed first with 2,674, winning $1,400. Team members are Theresa Jackson, Jennifer Peters, Kate Foti and Chelsey Mee.

In Division III (599-and-Under Handicap), Pierce Milling (Greater Buffalo USBC) led the way with 2,527, good for $1,300. Team members are Amanda Wielkie, Kathleen Wilson, Jaime Ann Bray and Staci Ward.

CLICK HERE for final standings. Local association designations after the team or bowlers' names indicate the association of the contact person on the entry.

CLICK HERE for the prize list. Checks were mailed earlier this week. Please be advised that checks must be cashed or deposited within 30 days or they will be void. The NYS USBC is not obligated to re-issue checks that have not been cashed during that time frame.

Other event champions are as follows:


Division I – Kara Struffolino and Jessica Aiezza (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA), 1,508, for their second straight title.
Division II – Nicole Esposito and Courtney Radick (Fulton USBC WBA), 1,472.
Division III – Gloria Rodriguez and Lori Holcomb (Wayne Co USBC WBA), 1,348.


Division I – Suzanne Morine (Albany USBC), 791.
Division II – Deanna Rose (Rochester USBC WBA), 771.
Division III – Christine Angus (Johnstown USBC WBA) and Clara Seyfarth (Kingston USBC WBA), 712, tie.


Division I – Traci Spanitz (Rochester USBC WBA), 2,186.
Division II – Stephanie Piechuta (Auburn USBC WBA), 2,028.
Division III – Lori Kimmes (Tri-County NY USBC), 2,009.

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