New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Andretta Rallies Past Angelo for PBA East Regional Crown

York, Pa. (August 5, 2018) – Darren Andretta of Wantagh, N.Y., rallied from a 30-pin deficit after seven frames to defeat Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 228-207, in the championship round of the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North Sunday.
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NYS Women's Championships
Fulton USBC Bowler 
Moves into Singles Lead
as Tournament Concludes

MAY 21, 2019 – Only one lead changed hands as the 83rd NYS Women’s Championships wrapped up its five-weekend run at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

Betty Guernsey (Fulton USBC) moved into first place in 149-and-Under Singles by recording 690 – 387 scratch and 303 pins handicap, based on her 89 average.

She jumped past previous leader Stephanie VanHorn (Central NY USBC), who now is in second place at 685.

In 299-and-Under Doubles, Joann Votraw and Kathy Bennett (Northern Adirondack USBC) combined for 1,305 to move into the second spot – 40 pins behind leaders Nicole Delaney and Suzzy Stowell (Auburn NY USBC).

Others finding their way into the top five were the Sunsetter’s team (Finger Lakes NY USBC), third in the 600-759 division with 2,429; Kelsey Broome (Finger Lakes NY USBC), second in 150-189 All-Events and Taylor LaValley (Northern Adirondack USBC), third in the same event.

LaValley (189 average) rolled 254—687 in Doubles.

CLICK HERE for unofficial final standings.

CLICK HERE for proposed prize list.

Other divisional leaders are as follows:

599-and-Under Team – QC Pinbusters (Ithaca USBC), 2,528; Staib’s Transport (Northern Adirondack USBC), 2,525.

600-759 Team – Bi Polar Rollers of Fulton (Fulton USBC), 2,454; Savona Storage (Corning USBC), 2,434.

760-and-Over Scratch Team – 3 B’s & 1E (Schenectady USBC), 2,748; Towne Bowling I (Schenectady USBC), 2,738.

300-379 Doubles – Margaret Randall and Vickie Tobias (Corning USBC), 1,317; Susan Pepe and Michele Gregg (Albany USBC), 1,299.

380-and-Over Scratch Doubles – Patti TeNyenhuis and Laura Rotter (Hudson Valley USBC), 1,426; Anne Conner and Joanna Carter (Central NY USBC), 1,425.

150-189 Singles – Brittany Cornell (Auburn NY USBC), 732; Amy Emens (Rochester NY USBC), 715.

190-and-Over Scratch Singles – Shanna Chepelsky (Rochester NY USBC), 761; Deanna Ort (Central NY USBC), 761.

149-and-Under All-Events – Linda Vannederynen (Ithaca USBC), 2,012; Kristina Seyfarth (Kingston USBC), 1,988.

150-189 All-Events – Margaret Randall (Corning USBC), 2,054; Kelsey Broome (Finger Lakes NY USBC), 1,997.

190-and-Over Scratch All-Events – Deborah Capullo (Schenectady USBC), 2,174; Julie Selk (Greater Buffalo USBC), 2,129.

Nancy Hurteau (Northern Adirondack USBC) and Jessica Heeman (Finger Lakes NY USBC) won breast cancer awareness bowling balls.

The NYS USBC wishes to thank the management and staff of Kingpin’s Alley and the local volunteers who contributed greatly to the success of the tournament.


NYS Open Championships
Rochester, SAW Valley Teams
Rise to Top; Rudnick Rolls

MAY 20, 2019 – A Rochester NY USBC trio continued its recent dominance in the Team event while a Greater Buffalo USBC member returned to the All-Events winner’s circle over the weekend as the 95th NYS Open Championship concluded at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

The Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes team, captained by Bill Hasiotis, recorded 3,609 to shatter the previous high score by nearly 200 pins to win the Team 1001 & Over title on Sunday.

This is the third Team (handicap or scratch) title for Hasiotis and teammate Dan Vick since 2015 and the fourth for Steve Meyer, who placed third in the 201 & Over Singles (794) and third in the 201 & Over All-Events (2,219) this year.

Meyer set the pace for the winning team with a 762 series, while sponsor Doug Kent posted 758, Vick 708, Chris Bardol 693 and Hasiotis 688.

Sparetime Bowling (Greater Buffalo USBC) moved into the second spot with 3,503 as Eric Johns rolled 749, Pete Zmozynski 739, Pat Brick 721, Andy Ochal 667 and John Kustich 627.

Previous leader Goomba’s Gang (Rome NY USBC) finished in third place at 3,412, followed by Goomba’s Gang 4 (Rome NY USBC) and Good Stuff (Norwich USBC) at 3,383 and 3,367, respectively.

CLICK HERE for unofficial final standings.

CLICK HERE for proposed prize list.

The NYS USBC has 30 days to send out checks, unless extended due to issues with average verification.

Rob Rudnick Jr. (Greater Buffalo USBC) had the line from the opening frame – shooting 772 and 810 in Doubles and Singles, respectively, on Saturday and finishing with 663 on Sunday in the Team event.

Rudnick struck out in the 10th frame on Sunday to tally a 2,245 score to edge fellow lefty Brick by seven pins for the 201 & Over All-Events title. Brick’s series were 766-751-721.

In the 2010 state tournament, Rudnick won the All-Events scratch title, Singles handicap title and Doubles scratch title (with his brother, Dave).

In 201 & Over Singles, Tom Bennett (Tri-County USBC) has the top spot with 813 (765 scratch) with Rudnick and Meyer next at 810 and 794, respectively.

In 401 & Over Doubles, the top five scores held up with Michael Platter and David Kirsch (Greater Buffalo USBC) setting the pace with 1,520 recorded on the tournament’s opening weekend.

Four Leary’s (Sayre Athens Waverly USBC) holds the lead in 1000 & Under Team competition as its 2,962 score held off a challenge this weekend from Stump, Drop and Roll (Rochester NY USBC), which ended with 2,945.

The lead changed hands in 400 & Under Doubles, however, as Sarah Meath and Christopher Kardas (Rochester NY USBC) combined for 1,306 to edge Jordan and Justin Drew (Tri-County NY USBC) by six pins.

Both of those duos moved past the previous leaders, Mark Hammond and Eric Benscoter (Bath USBC).

Benscoter held on to the leads in 200 & Under Singles (706) and 200 & Under All-Events (1,996), surviving a challenge by Kenneth Raines (Mid-Hudson USBC), who finished with 1,978.

High scores for this weekend:

Games -- Craig Smith (Schenectady USBC), 299; Kyle Haines (Schenectady USBC), 298; Bruce Smith Jr. (Schenectady USBC), 290; Hasiotis 290.

Series – Rudnick 810, Jeremy Hoogkamp (Schenectady USBC), 785; Meyer, 778; Smith, 777; Kyle Stevens (Mid-Hudson USBC), 765 and 763.

The NYS USBC would like to thank the SAW Valley USBC and the management and staff of Valley Bowling Center for their support. Charles Schofield (Tri-County NY USBC) won the MOTIV Hydra bowling ball.


Attention: NYS Hall of Fame
Dinner Ticket Deadline Extended

MAY 15, 2019 -- The New York State USBC has extended the deadline for people wishing to attend the Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on June 1 at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse.

The deadline has been moved to Thursday, May 23.

To purchase tickets, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at 585-343-3736. Tickets are $45 per person.

More information about the banquet can be found further down on this home page.


Congratulations, Kathy
NYS Youth Leaders Honor
Retiring BPA Executive

FAREWELL, KATHY: Kathy Leitgeb, left, of Schenectady receives flowers and treats from Amber Lupi, New York State Youth Leaders president, during the NYS USBC's youth weekend in Syracuse last Saturday. Leitgeb is retiring after 45 years with the New York State Bowling Proprietors Association -- the last 34 as the organization's executive director. She also has served on the NYS USBC Board of Directors since its inception in 2011.


Flames Destroy Alpha Lanes in Troy

MAY 9, 2019 -- Alpha Lanes in Lansingburgh (Troy USBC) was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.

The bowling center was owned by Joe Scaccia, and was part of the family business for over 50 years. The Scaccias also own Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady and Town 'N Country Lanes in Guilderland.

CLICK HERE to read a story from the Daily Gazette.


L.I.'s Jeremy Milito
Records 900 Series

ARLINGTON, Texas, APRIL 26, 2019 – Jeremy Milito said he had bowled on Lanes 1 and 2 of the Farmingdale Bowling Center about five times this season and not had much success.

But, bowling on the pair again Thursday night, the 26-year-old left-hander from Patchogue, New York, told himself he would try a different game plan, and it literally worked to perfection, as he became the 35th bowler to roll a 900 series, connecting for 36 consecutive strikes during the Epic Edge Trios league.

“It was absolutely surreal,” Milito said. “Our league is a full half-side, and there is another full league on the other side of the house. By the end, people were watching, and there was a huge crowd. It was dead quiet, they unplugged the games, no announcements – it was really quiet. It was a really awesome environment.”

Milito’s achievement is pending approval from the United States Bowling Congress and would be the second perfect series of the 2018-2019 season and 36th USBC-approved 900 overall. Jonathan Wilbur of North Clarendon, Vermont, rolled a 900 series on Jan. 14, 2019.

Milito’s 900 came on the first pair of the center, and he had recently shot 640 on that pair. He explained that Lane 1 was a lot tighter, and Lane 2 hooks early, so he used a stronger ball on Lane 1 and a weaker ball on Lane 2. He stuck with the same two balls the entire series.

Milito, who is a financial analyst, also had to clear a mental hurdle he had not encountered during an 878 series, his previous best series, shot two years ago.

“My longest run from the start had been the front 18, so after the first game and a half, it was unchartered territory,” Milito said. “Even with the 878, I shot 278 the first game, then went 300-300. So, I was little nervous in the 10th frame of Game 2, because I felt if I got the first two (300 games), then I have a chance at something really big.”

He said in Game 3, it was just all about taking it slow.

“Everyone was kind of staying away from me, like a pitcher with a perfect game, and the pace was really good, everyone going when it was their turn,” Milito said.

The first USBC-approved 900 occurred Feb. 2, 1997 when Jeremy Sonnenfeld rolled three consecutive perfect games in Lincoln, Nebraska.


NYS USBC Announces Scholarship Winners

APRIL 23, 2019 -- The New York State USBC YES Committee has announced its Graduating Senior Scholarship, Spirit and Future Stars award winners for this season.

2019 Graduating Senior Scholarship Winners:

Daniel Palmer, Niskayuna, Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Scholarship, $4,000

Andrew Ritz, Rochester, $3,000

Andrew Schwartz, Clifton Park, $2,000

Taylor Eggert, Kings Park, $1,000 (Sponsored by NYS Youth Leaders)

Skyler Schrlau, Wellsville, $1,000 (Sponsored by NYS Youth Leaders)

Erin Blank, Mt. Marion, $1,000

Max Pedone, Seaford, $1,000

2019 Spirit Award Scholarship Winners:

1. $750 – Sydney Kraft, Rochester

2. $500 – Rachel Hines, Medford

3. $125 --- Brian Mclean, Nesconset

3. $125 -- Alexis Ingersoll, Oswego

2019 Future Star Scholarship Winners, Grades 5-8

1. $200 – Oscar Sybert, Newfield

2. $100 – Ava Mazella, Coram

3. $75 – Savannah Swiatocha, Scotia

2019 Future Star Scholarship Winners, Grades K-4

1. $200 – Kelsey Fischer, Frewsburg

2. $100 – Sadrianna Erb, Farmington

3. $75 – Ezra Sybert, Newfield


NYS USBC Hall of Fame
Brick, Young, Foster,
Tyler to be Inducted

DECEMBER 19, 2018 – The New York State USBC's Awards Committee has announced its selections for induction into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame for 2019.

CLICK HERE for Hall of Fame dinner ticket information.

In the Superior Performance category, Patrick Brick (Greater Buffalo USBC and Tonawanda USBC), William Young (Seven Valley USBC) and Kelley Foster (Ithaca USBC) will be enshrined, and in the Meritorious Service category, Robert Tyler (Hudson Valley USBC) will be inducted.

Sandy Aitchison (Westchester County USBC) will receive the Service to Youth Award, Sandy Suchy (Fulton County Regional USBC) will receive the Service to Bowling/Community Award, and Mark MacBain (Central NY USBC) will receive the Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award.

The Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner is scheduled for the evening of June 1, 2019, at The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY, 13057, following the NYS USBC Annual Meeting that day.

Brick, one of the most accomplished bowlers in Western New York, has excelled at the state level, having won multiple NYS titles – including the 1999 NYS Masters crown, and the 2001 NYS Open All-Events (2,217) and Singles (799) titles.

He also has placed in the top 10 in state tournament competition on numerous occasions, highlighted by a second in the 2018 NYS Senior Masters, fourth in the 2001 and 2010 NYS Open Singles with 785 and 759, respectively, and sixth in the 2010 NYS Open All-Events (2,203).

A Tonawandas and Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Famer, Brick won the prestigious George Obernauer Masters in 2004, the Tri-City Masters in 1996 and 2010 and the Tonawanda and Buffalo City tournaments several times. In 1999, he teamed with Jeff Walsh, Joe Jack, Jack Jurek and Jim Reese to win the Tonawanda City scratch title with a record 3,734 score.

Since 1998, the smooth left-hander has posted around 75 USBC-certified 300 games and 40 800 series, with a high of 834. He consistently averages in the 230’s. As a collegiate bowler, he was a member of the Erie Community College team that won the national championship in 1988.

Young, like Brick, has fared well in NYS competition over the past two decades, having captured the NYS Open Senior “triple crown” in 2015 – Doubles (with Steve Aloi), 1,404; Singles, 775, and Six-Game Combine (1,545). The right-hander rolled two of his 104 USBC-certified perfect games in that event.

He also was a member of the 2013 NYS Open champion RPM Auto team, rolling 696, and has placed in the top 10 in state tournaments several times. A Cortland Masters champion in 1995 and 1997, Young averaged 251 over two separate seasons, with that mark being the third best in the nation in 2006-07.

His 898 series (he has more than 20 800 sets) in 2004 was the highest in NYS at that time.

Young is a Seven Valley USBC Hall of Famer and a gold medalist at the 2015 Empire State Senior Games.

Foster has excelled in league and in a variety of tournament competition over the past 25 years, with titles in NYS Women’s Championships, 600/700 Club events, Empire State Games and local association tourneys to her credit.

A 25-year participant in the NYS Women’s event, the right-hander is a two-time Team champion (1988 and 2005) who placed ninth in Doubles in 2014. She also has competed in 15 NYS Queens events, with a 10th place finish in 2007 on her resume.

Foster has three Women’s 600 Club titles and one Women’s 700 Club title, along with eight local association titles in all the events. An Ithaca Women’s Bowling Hall of Famer (1998), she has a high average of 223, two 800 series, four 300 games and 87 700 series.

She competed in 10 Empire State Games, winning nine medals, including three gold, and was voted “Athlete of the Week” by an Ithaca radio station in April 1994 for her first 800 series – 800 on the nose.

Tyler is being recognized for his 20 years of service to USBC adult and youth members at the state, local and national levels.

The association manager of the Hudson Valley USBC since 2006, Tyler has made his mark as a past Empire State USBC BA director (2008-2010), secretary and assistant secretary for the Dutchess-Putnam association (2002-2006), as a league secretary-treasurer of three leagues for 15 years, as a Level I and II bowling coach and as a USBC national delegate.

He currently serves as a NYS USBC Regional Manager, serving youth in the Poughkeepsie area and beyond, and participates in state Open and Senior tournaments.  He has a NYS Open Senior title, placing first in Class A in 2009.

Aitchison has made a tremendous contribution to youth bowling in New York State, working tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of the NYS USBC Youth Committee.

A member of the Westchester County USBC board, Aitchison has volunteered her services over the past 20 years to design all of the state association’s program booklets for both the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi tournaments – never duplicating the program and never accepting reimbursement for her expenses. These booklets have helped the youth committee raise more than $15,000 in scholarships for junior bowlers.

With this being the 50th anniversary of the NYS youth program, Aitchison has continued her commitment and designed the anniversary patch (CLICK HERE). This patch will be given to each of the finalists at the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi tournaments in Syracuse and Rome, respectively.

Suchy, a 22-year USBC member in the Gloversville area and a Fulton County Hall of Famer, has volunteered countless hours as a bowling ambassador to her church and to the community’s charitable causes.

She has assisted the Sisters of the Holy Spirit’s fundraising efforts for many years, commits two or three days a week to visit patients and help out at the Gloversville Nathan Littauer Hospital Extended Care Unit, and has contributed to the success of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fulton County “Bowl for Kids Sake” tournament.

A NYS Women’s 600 Club member, she has competed in numerous NYS tournaments and several WIBC and USBC national tournaments.

MacBain takes a proactive role in the promotion of USBC-certified bowling by using all avenues – social media (Facebook), email, electronic and printer flyers, traditional media and, above all, by personally handing out entry forms and information to bowlers at his Bowl-Mor Lanes in East Syracuse and at other area centers.

He also has been a consistent and generous sponsor of several tournaments, including the Post-Standard Masters, Women’s Masters, Christmas and New Year’s events, Central NY Queens, Van Wie Doubles and MS Fish Bowl, and several leagues. His commitment to “getting the word out” has more than kept bowling relevant in the Syracuse area.

On an international level, MacBain plays a key role in IGBO and serves as vice president on the organization’s national board.


2019 Annual Meeting
Scheduled for June 1
at DoubleTree Syracuse

APRIL 16, 2019 – The New York State USBC’s 8th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY, 13057.

The Annual Meeting will begin at 1 p.m., and will be preceded by a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.

The DoubleTree also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, May 31, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 1.

The hotel’s phone number is 315-432-0200. Room rate for NYS USBC delegates and guests is $119 plus taxes. The Hall of Fame dinner information will be announced in the near future.

CLICK HERE for a list of delegates (updated).

Positions up for election in 2019 are as follows:

-- President (see resume form for specific qualifications).
-- Sergeant-at-Arms
-- Three Adult Directors.
-- One Youth Directors.

CLICK HERE for candidate resumes.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2020 USBC Annual Meeting.


Future NYS USBC Adult
Championship Tournaments

CLICK HERE for NYS Adult Championship tournaments through 2021.

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