New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Vets to Benefit as A-List of PBA Stars Head to Farmingdale Lanes

MAY 5, 2016 – American military veterans will be the beneficiaries when an "A-List" of Professional Bowlers Association stars arrive in Farmingdale Saturday to participate in the second annual PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes.
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Boghosian Defeats Brunette for Elmira Rossi Lanes Open Title

Elmira, N.Y. (March 20, 2016) – Brian Boghosian of Springfield, Mass., defeated Jerry Brunette of Rochester, N.Y., 247-182, to win the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open at Rossi Lanes Sunday.
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Three NY Youths Among 2016 "Gift for Life" Scholarship Winners

ARLINGTON, Texas - Twelve youth bowlers -- including three New Yorkers -- have been selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee to receive Gift For Life Scholarships in 2016. All 12 of this year's recipients are seniors in high school.
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NYS USBC Sets Schedule
for 2016-17 State Tournaments

CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 NYS USBC championship tournaments.

NYS Youth Leaders Extend
Deadline for Yearly Awards

MAY 2, 2016 -- The NYS Youth Leaders have extend the deadline for nominations for their annual awards -- Coach of the Year, Bridging of the Gap (Youth and Adult) and Youth Leader of the Year.

CLICK HERE for the nomination forms.

Glenville's Matthew Gonzales
to Receive $4,000 Scholarship

APRIL 22, 2016 – Matthew Gonzales of Glenville has been selected to receive the New York State USBC's top scholarship for this season -- $4,000 ($1,000 renewable annually for up to four years).

Six other scholar-athletes will be receiving scholarships from the state bowling association as a result of judging by the NYS USBC Youth Education Services committee.

They are:

-- Anthony Naujokas of Lake Ronkonkoma, $3,000 ($750 renewable annually for up to four years)

-- Julia Favata of Niskayuna, $2,000 ($500 renewable annually for up to four years)

-- Peter Konrad of Schenectady, $1,000 ($500 from NYS USBC and $500 from NYS USBC Youth Leaders)

-- Nathaniel Moretz of Washington Mills, $1,000 ($500 from NYS USBC and $500 from NYS USBC Youth Leaders)

-- Samantha Ng of Bethpage, $1,000

-- Christopher Radliff of Schenectady, $1,000

Watch for bios of these recipients on this website next week.

The NYS USBC previously awarded Spirit Awards (grades 8-11) and Future Stars Awards (grades K-7) for 2015-16. Spirit Award winners are those who exhibit sportsmanship, commitment and leadership. They were nominated by their youth bowling coaches.

Spirit Award winners are Alexandra Hasiotis, Rochester, 11th grade, $750; William Phillips, Saugerties, 10th grade, $500; Erin Blank, Mount Marion, 9th grade, $250.

Future Stars Awards go to students in grades K-7 who were asked to submit (electronically) a bowling related photo ("selfie") with an appropriate caption explaining "Why I like to bowl!"

Future Stars Award winners are Donovan Lind, Kingston, 1st grade, $250; Arloween Loucks-Scuteri, Watkins Glen, 1st grade, $200; Tyler Deluca, Staten Island, 6th grade, $150; Payton Hoffay, Kingston, 4th grade, $100; Tanner Hoffay, Kingston, 7th grade, $50.

The scholarships will be deposited into the students' SMART accounts through the USBC.

NYS 'ROYALTY': NYS USBC President Roger Buckman congratulates Shannon Sellens, left, and Dena Alberti on Saturday at the 45th NYS Queens Championship at AMF Empire Lanes in Webster. Sellens claimed an unprecendented third straight Open Division title while Alberti won the Classified (194-and-Over) Division. Photos by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager.

NYS Queens Championship

Sellens Wins Open Division
for Third Straight Year;
Alberti 1st in Classified

APRIL 18, 2016 – Shannon Sellens (Long Island USBC) became the first bowler to win the Open Division of the NYS Queens Championship for the third consecutive year Saturday at AMF Empire Lanes in the Rochester suburb of Webster.

The 33-year-old mortgage banker from Copiague continued her stellar season with a 223-154 victory over hometown favorite Traci Spanitz to take home the $1,150 first prize.

Spanitz, the 2000 Queens champion who rolled a 300 game during the qualifying round, earned $675.

In the Classified (194-and-under) Division, Dena Alberti of Rochester claimed her first singles tournament title with a 165-146 victory over top-seeded Jeanette Sease of Brockport. Alberti earned $500 while Sease won $350.

The Open Division drew 102 entrants, and there were 29 in the Classified Division.

Kristina Wendell (Kingston USBC WBA) was the Open Division's high qualifier with 1,224, including a closing 299 game.

Please go to the Tournaments page -- Queens -- for more details and photos.

CLICK HERE for a list of qualifiers and match play results.

NYS Women's Championships

Buffalo Team Takes Div. III Lead;
Radick, Esposito on Top in Div. II

MAY 4, 2016 – Last weekend's action in the 80th NYS Women's Championships in Rochester has resulted in changes at the top of the leaderboard in three categories – Division III Team (599-and-Under Handicap), Division II Doubles (300-379 Handicap) and Division III Singles (149-and-Under Handicap).

The Team event is taking place at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes and the Doubles & Singles are taking place at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes. The tournament is off for Mother's Day weekend and concludes on May 14-15.

CLICK HERE for other divisional leaders and complete unofficial standings after four weeks.

In Team competition, Staci Ward's Four (Gr Buffalo USBC) moved into first place with a 2,527 effort, displacing RLM Landscaping (Syracuse USBC WBA) by 34 pins. Ward led the way with a 600 scratch series. Other team members are Amanda Wielkie, Kathleen Wilson and Jamie Ann Bray.

In Doubles, Nicole Esposito and Courtney Radick (Fulton USBC WBA) combined for 1,472 to take over the lead in Division II by 60 pins over previous frontrunners Christle Pajrowski and Julianne Richmond (Rochester USBC WBA).

Radick (222 average) rolled a 280 game and 785 series while Esposito (155 average) had a 582 series.

In Singles, Christine Angus (Johnstown USBC WBA) moved into a tie for the Division III top spot with 712, matching Clara Seyfarth (Kingston USBC WBA). Sandra Slonosky (Syracuse USBC WBA) posted 704, which is good for a third place tie with Kari Veeder (Finger Lakes USBC WBA).

In Division II Team (600-759 Handicap), The Gamblers (Norwich USBC), Hansen Farms (Finger Lakes USBC WBA) and Miassis Dragon (Hudson Valley USBC) moved into second through fourth with 2,491, 2,488 and 2,487, respectively.

In Division II Doubles, Jacqueline Smith and Gwendolyn Alston (New York City USBC) moved into third place with 1,378, while Lynn Baker and Kristina Abbott moved into fifth place with 1,337. Abbott rolled a 715 scratch series.

In Division III All-Events, Sandra Krist (Gr Buffalo USBC) registered 1,971 – a pin short of leader Tammy Wren (Wayne Co USBC WBA).

High series last weekend: Roseann DiFlorio (Syracuse USBC WBA) 749, Tracy Tarsio (Mid-Hudson USBC) 733, Judy Langworthy (Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC) 732, Theresa Dey (Rochester USBC WBA) 720 and 705, Sarah Germano (Rochester USBC WBA) 716, Anna Porter (Finger Lakes USB WBA) 712.

CLICK HERE for proposed prize lists.

The 10-pin rule once again is being used. Any bowler whose 2015-16 highest league average as of April 1, 2016 for at least 21 games is 10 or more pins higher than her highest 2014-15 average, will be required to use the 2015-16 average. The penalty for the submission of an incorrect average will be disqualification.

 NYS Open Championships

Auburn, Syracuse Teams
Move into 2nd, 3rd Place;
5 300 Games, 3 800 Sets

MAY 3, 2016 – The "Strike-Fest on Bourbon Street" continued in full force over the weekend as five 300 games, three 800 series and a barrage of other high scores – including a pair of 3,400-plus scratch team efforts – were recorded at the 92nd NYS Open Championships at AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.

The Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events tournaments takes a Mother's Day break this weekend before concluding with a jam-packed schedule from May 13-15.

Openings for both Team and D/S remain on Friday, May 13, but there are no openings on May 14 (D/S) and only a few openings on May 15 (Team).

CLICK HERE for current unofficial standings.

CLICK HERE for the tournament oil pattern -- Kegel Bourbon Street.

In Team action, Friday Nite Mixed #2 (Tri-County NY USBC) moved into fifth place in the Handicap division with 3,516. Mastropietro Concrete (Troy USBC) is still on top at 3,617.

In the Scratch division, three teams cracked the top five: Central Auto Body Supply I (Auburn USBC BA), 3,484, second place; Hooks Pro Shop I (Syracuse USBC BA), 3,411, third place; and Maximum Potential (Utica CNY USBC BA), 3,345, fifth place.

In Doubles, Rahmin Bahar and Jonathan Carlton combined for 1,540 to just miss the top spot by one pin in the Handicap division. Bahar rolled a 730 scratch series – his first 700 ever. Steve Talcott and Bill Dockstader Jr. posted 1,509 to move into a tie for fifth place.

In Singles, Anthony Palumbo (Schenectady USBC BA) fired 822 scratch to take over first place in the Scratch division and third place in the Handicap division. Two others made it into the top five in the Handicap division – Bruce Szczepanski (Rochester USBC BA) and Patrick McAdams (Schoharie County USBC) with 816 and 811, respectively.

Local standout Ray Cyr Jr. (Utica CNY USBC BA) made a run at the All-Events Scratch division lead as his 2,287 fell seven pins short of Mike Zarcone's (Gr Buffalo USBC) 2,294. Cyr rolled a 299 game in Team competition.

Matthew Chetney (Syracuse USBC BA) put up two honor scores over the weekend – rolling a 300 game in Doubles and a tournament-best 825 series in Team play en route to a 2,214 scratch All-Events score, which is good for fifth place.

Other highlights of the past weekend:

-- Josh Means (Rochester USBC BA), 300 game, the first for the 21-year-old righty, in Singles.
-- JJ West (Syracuse USBC BA), 300; Tim Carlson (Auburn USBC BA), 300, his first; Daniel Bibbens (Auburn USBC BA), 300.
-- Joshua Cook (Seven Valley USBC), 802.
-- Bob Casciaro (Kingston NY USBC BA), 794.
-- Jeff Harrington (Utica CNY USBC) and RJ Blanchard (Syracuse USBC BA) picked the 7-10 split.

So far, the tournament has produced nine 300 games, four 299 games and eight other scores of 290 or better, along with seven 800 series.

Entry deadline is May 6 or the weekend of May 13. Fully paid entries must be received by that date.

Please note that the D/S squad on May 14 at 6 p.m. will have six bowlers per pair due to the large turnout.

Bowlers with averages of 220 or higher are allowed to compete in scratch brackets only -- with a maximum of 50 brackets per category (handicap or scratch).

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Around NYS – April 2016

Rochester Associations Complete Merger

ROCHESTER – Three Rochester local USBC associations successfully completed their consolidation process on April 9 at the organizational meeting of the Rochester NY USBC at Sunset Lanes.

Mike Callan, who serves on the NYS USBC board of directors, was elected president and Barry Vee, also a NYS USBC director, was elected vice president of the new organization that is a merger of the former men's, women's and youth associations.

Elected as directors were Cindy Burnett, Scott Gerken, Mimi Lucey, youth; and Dena Alberti, Michael Kime, Troy McClure, Alyssa Pratt, Russell Pratt, Julie Richmond, Gina Redding and Heidi Wooledge, adult.

Sixty people attended the meeting.

NYS USBC Receives Award from Albany Group

ALBANY – The New York State USBC was named as an Albany Champion by the Albany Visitor and Convention Bureau at a ceremony held at the newly-restored Renaissance Hotel in downtown Albany on March 31.

Albany Champions are entities located outside Albany County who bring convention, tournaments and other sporting events supporting the Albany area. The NYS Women's Championships were held in Albany in 2013.

Youth Coaching Seminar is Well Received

EAST GRENBUSH – A USA Bowling coaching seminar sponsored by the New York State USBC attracted 30 participants from throughout the Capital District. Attendees ranged from seasoned veterans to those with little or no experience in coaching youth bowlers.

Silver Level Instructor Tom Fluker of Batavia reported that he covered topics such as safety, best practices, communication and lesson plans during the three-hour session, and also took the class out on to the lanes to demonstrate various coaching techniques.

The seminar is part of an ongoing effort by the NYS USBC to get more adults involved in bowling through proper coaching, instruction and leadership.

Sachem High Boys Capture State Championship

LAKE RONKONKOMA – The Sachem high school boys bowling team captured the New York State championship at AMF Airport Lanes in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga last month, a few weeks after a Long Island-record performance to win the Suffolk County title.

The Sachem boys knocked down 6,918 pins in the Suffolk County event, a LI record and just shy of the national record.

Earlier this year, Sachem East High in Farmingville was the recipient of a High School Assistance Grant from the NYS USBC in the amount of $2,500 to help the school sustain its varsity interscholastic bowling program.

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NYS USBC to Induct Four
into State Hall of Fame

DECEMBER 11, 2015 – A pair of longtime Rochester area bowling standouts headline the 2016 New York State Hall of Fame class.

Tommy Kress of Hilton and Bambi Asmuth of Rochester will be inducted into the Superior Performance category at the state association’s Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on June 4, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Albany on Wolf Road (formerly Holiday Inn Albany), 205 Wolf Road, Albany.

For tickets to the dinner, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at Tickets are $40. Dinner choices are prime rib or baked hailbut. The deadline to order tickets is May 15.

They will be joined by two longtime New York City/Long Island area bowling promoters – John LaSpina of Long Beach and Margaret “Penny” Clinton-Jensen of Staten Island. Both will be inducted into the Meritorious Service category.

The NYS USBC awards committee also selected two people for “service” awards – Mike Callan of Rochester, Service to Youth; and Fran Piraino of Syracuse, Service to Bowling/Community.


Delegate count at 188 for 2016 Annual Meeting

DECEMBER 15, 2015 – More than 180 delegates, representing 48 United States Bowling Congress local associations in New York, will be eligible to vote at the 5th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC on June 4, 2016.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Albany (formerly Holiday Inn Albany), 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY, 12205. A Memorial Service will precede the meeting, starting at 12:30 p.m. The phone number for the hotel is 518-458-7250. Room rate for NYS Delegates and guests is $111 per night plus 14% tax.

USBC President Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island is tentatively scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting.

The delegate count is as follows:

-- NYS USBC Directors – 10 Adult delegates;
-- NYS USBC Directors – 4 Adult/Youth delegates;
-- Adult Delegates – 129;
-- Youth Delegates – 34
-- Adult/Youth Delegates -- 11. 

More information about the Annual Meeting and that evening’s Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner will be mailed to delegates in April. All registered delegates will have voice and voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

CLICK HERE for a list of delegates and alternates that were submitted by local association officials to the NYS USBC office.

Positions up for election in 2016 are as follows:

-- Vice President (see resume form for specific qualifications), currently held by Liz DeHart.
-- Three Adult Directors, currently held by Karen Krauss and Corinthia Ward and one vacant.
-- Two Youth Directors, currently held by A.S. “Doc” Doctorow and Tom Solimine.

Potential candidates must send a copy of the resume form to the Nominating Committee chair – Betty Kingsley, 61 Alta Vista Drive, Rochester, NY, 14625 -- by Jan. 15, 2016. For qualifications, please refer to Article 5, Section B of the NYS USBC Bylaws, which can be found on the About Us page of this website.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2017 USBC Annual Meeting.

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