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McEwan in Queens Finals on CBS Sports Network Tonight

LAS VEGAS – Sweden's Sandra Andersson went undefeated in match play to earn the top seed, while New York's Danielle McEwan also is in the stepladder finals of the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens, which will air live on CBS Sports Network on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern.
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Weber Tops LeClair for Third Straight PBA50 Tour Victory

MAY 10, 2016 -- Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber continued his torrid 2016 PBA50 Tour campaign Tuesday night, winning the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes for a record-tying third consecutive PBA50 Tour title.
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Wilkinson is Re-Elected as USBC President

MAY 10, 2016 -- Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, New York, was re-elected president of the United States Bowling Congress and Cathy DeSocio of Wichita, Kansas, will continue to serve as vice president of USBC.
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Tickets Available for HOF
Dinner in Albany on June 4

MAY 19, 2016 – It's not too late to get tickets for the 2016 NYS Hall of Fame dinner on June 4 at the Radisson Hotel Albany on Wolf Road (formerly Holiday Inn Albany), 205 Wolf Road.

Four people are being inducted into the state Hall of Fame -- Rochesterians Tommy Kress and Bambi Asmuth in the Superior Performance category and New York City/Long Island area bowling promoters John LaSpina and Margaret "Penny" Clinton-Jensen in the Meritorious Service category.

For tickets for the event, which begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at

Tickets are $40. Choices are prime rib or baked hailbut. The deadline is May 27.

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.


NYS Women's Championships
Team Leaders Retain Top Spots;
Spanitz Posts 2,186 in All-Events

MAY 18, 2016 – Towne Rock N Bowl (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA), Jamestown Bowling 3 (Jamestown Area USBC) and Pierce Milling (Greater Buffalo USBC) held onto first place in their respective Team divisions as the 80th NYS Women's Championships drew to a close last weekend in Rochester.

Team competition took place at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes in Greece while Doubles & Singles action took place at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes in Henrietta.

CLICK HERE for unofficial standings.

CLICK HERE for the NYS Women's Championships projected prize list.

Prize checks will be mailed, after the final verification process, in mid-June.

In Team competition, there were no changes at the top of Division I (760-and-Over Scratch) as Towne Rock N Bowl's 2,850 score prevailed, and in Division III (599-and-Under Handicap) where Pierce Milling stayed on top with 2,527.

Rachel's Girls (Rome NY USBC) moved into second place in Division II (600-759 Handicap) with 2,509 – 165 pins behind Jamestown Bowling 3. 

In Doubles, Jennifer Creno (Syracuse USBC WBA) and Traci Spanitz (Rochester USBC WBA) combined for 1,438 to move into second place in Division I (380-and-Over Scratch) – 70 pins behind leaders Kara Struffolino and Jessica Aiezza (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA).

Spanitz did pull ahead of Aiezza in the 190-and-Over Scratch All-Events with a 2,186 total – including 290—750 in Doubles. Aiezza had led with a 2,181 total.

Also in Doubles, Krista Voelker-Burt and Michelle Sterner (Niagara Falls USBC WBA) posted 1,431, good for a fourth-place tie with Jessica Mamon (Tonawandas USBC) and Voelker-Burt's previous effort.

In Singles, Susan Hluska (Rome NY USBC) moved into fifth place in Division II (150-189 Handicap) with 737, and in All-Events, Lori Kimmes (Tri-County NY USBC) took over the top spot in Division III (149-and-Under Handicap) with 2,009, while Marcia Mowers (Rome NY USBC) moved into a fifth-place tie with 1,955.

All told, the tournament produced two 300 games, a 299 and five 290 games, plus 80 700-plus series, all but 15 of them coming in Doubles & Singles competition. Aiezza posted the lone 800 series – 811 in Doubles, while Spanitz's 792 and Suzanne Morine's (Albany USBC) 791 led the way in Team and Singles, respectively.

Thanks to the Rochester USBC WBA for providing outstanding support and to the management and staff of both bowling centers for hosting the tournament. Next year's NYS Women's Championships are scheduled for Tonawanda Bowling Center in Tonawanda (near Niagara Falls).

CLICK HERE for a 2017 entry form.

CLICK HERE for a 2017 reservations form.

NYS Open Championships
New York City USBC Team
Falls Just Short of Top Spot;
Three Roll 300, Two 800's

MAY 17, 2016 – The Bowlievers team (New York City USBC) made a run at first place in the Handicap division, falling short of Mastropietro Concrete (Troy USBC) by seven pins, as the 92nd NYS Open Championships concluded over the weekend with an impressive display of high scoring that featured three more perfect games and two more 800 series.

Bowlievers posted 3,610 with handicap, which is good for second place out of the 229 teams that competed in the four-weekend tournament at AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.

CLICK HERE for unofficial standings.

CLICK HERE for the NYS Open Championships projected prize list.

Local association designations reflect the association of the contact person on the entry.

Prize checks will be mailed, after the final verification process, in mid-June.

Damian Walsh (658) and Mark Hulser (607) led the way for Bowlievers, a high handicap team of "20-somethings" that also included Toni Joliffe, Elizabeth Petter and Terry Beeson.

In Team Scratch competition, teams moved into third through fifth places – Richie's Wildcats II (Syracuse USBC BA), 3,464; RPM Auto (Seven Valley USBC), 3,421, and Hooks Pro Shop I (Syracuse USBC BA), 3,411. Joshua Cornell rolled an 805 series for Richie's, a team comprised of former SUNY Polytechnic Institute bowlers.

El Paso Delay (Rochester USBC BA) won the Team Scratch title with 3,547 – its second straight first-place finish.

In Doubles Handicap, Steve Meyer (Rochester USBC BA) and Derek Magno (Syracuse USBC BA), and Tony and Louis Micellotta (Rochester USBC BA) tied at 1,520 to move into fifth place, while Meyer and Magno are in second in the Scratch division. Magno posted an 826 series in Doubles.

In Doubles Scratch, Matt Chetney (Syracuse USBC BA) and Mike Rose Jr. (Rochester USBC BA) registered 1,465, good for third place.

Rodger Blanchard III and Jim Zimmerman (Syracuse USBC BA) held onto the top spot in both Handicap and Scratch divisions with 1,541. Blanchard had the tournament's high series of 837.

In Singles Handicap, Patrick McAdams (Schoharie County USBC) rolled 816, good for third place, behind leaders Paul Scism Jr. (Kingston NY USBC BA) and Anthony Palumbo (Schenectady USBC BA), who previously shot 826 and 822, respectively.

In Singles Scratch, Scott Dingman (Rochester USBC BA), 797; Greg Puccio (Rome NY USBC), 795; Josh McClusky (Syracuse USBC BA), 794, and Jeff Fetzner (Hornell USBC) moved into the top five. McClusky's effort was highlighted by a 300 game.

There were no changes in All-Events Handicap – George Johnson (Kingston NY USBC BA) leads with 2,331 – while Anthony Dolan (Greater Buffalo USBC) posted 2,274 scratch, just 20 pins behind leader Michael Zarcone (Greater Buffalo USBC).

Mike Walker II (Auburn USBC BA) and Elliot Jones (Long Island USBC) rolled 300 games, with Jones' perfect game coming in the final game of the team event on Sunday. The tournament's first of 12 300 games, by Mark Fitch (Albany USBC), came during the first game of the team event on opening day (April 16).

Seven bowlers recorded 299 games and nine had series of 800 or better.

Thanks to the Utica CNY USBC for providing its support to the tournament and to the management and staff at AMF Pin-O-Rama for hosting the tournament. Next year, the NYS Open Championships are scheduled to take place at Endicott Bowling Center, outside of Binghamton.

Coming Together for Our Veterans 

GETTING THE BALL ROLLING: John LaSpina's granddaughters -- Anna and Gracie -- roll the ceremonial first balls at the PBA50 Johnny Petragilia BVL Open on Saturday night at Farmingdale Lanes.

HONORING OUR NATION'S HEROES: Taking part in a check presentation to the Long Island State Veterans Home are, from left, Joe LaSpina, John LaSpina, Fred Sganga and Johnny Petraglia. Photos by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

Patriotic Spirit Shines Brightly
at Farmingdale's BVL Event

MAY 9, 2016 – Sometime late Tuesday night, one person will emerge as the winner of the second annual PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open at Farmingdale Lanes.

But over the weekend, the several hundred participants and spectators at the Pro Am event to support the Bowlers to Veterans Link could call themselves "champions" as they helped raise around $50,000 for the Bowlers to Veterans Link – the favorite charity of the LaSpina family.

"BVL is part of our fabric ... part of what we do each day," said John M. LaSpina, president of Maple Family Centers.

The Pro Am, special give-a-ways and exhibition matches featuring PBA legends Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli, Pete Weber and Johnny Petraglia and former servicemen led up to a brief ceremony Saturday night that included representatives of the Nassau County Civil Air patrol and Michael Pezzella, E4 Specialist NY Army National Guard, whose father, Albie, is a longtime bowler at Maple Family Centers.

Petraglia said our nation's veterans are "heroes because they are willing to risk their lives for their country."

The ceremony also included Libbi Fletcher of Detroit, USBC liaison to the BVL, who thanked the LaSpina family for its commitment to enhancing the lives of veterans.

LaSpina presented a check for $12,500 to Fred S. Sganga, executive director of the Long Island State Veterans Home, who said the money will be used to purchase an "eye-gazer," a transformational piece of equipment for a Korean War vet who is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

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

CLICK HERE for photos and biographical information.

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.

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Attention: 2016 Women's Senior Singles Bowlers
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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.

CLICK HERE for resumes of slated candidates.

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

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