New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Zaffino Wins Cecil Raymond Memorial for 26th PBA Regional Title

Stratford, N.J. (July 10, 2016) –Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa. defeated Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., 279-232, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at 30 Strikes Sunday for his 26th overall QubicaAMF PBA Regional title.
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New York's Adam Zimmerman Captures Teen Masters Crown

TAMARAC, Fla. (July 8, 2016) – Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, N.Y., and three-time Junior Team USA member Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., won the boys' and girls' division titles in the Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships at Sawgrass Lanes Friday.
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New Yorker Britaney Myers Named to All-American Team

ARLINGTON, Texas – The 2015-2016 Dexter/United States Bowling Congress All-American Team includes a national award winner, a national youth champion and a returning member of the team.
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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.

At the 2016 Junior Gold Championships, Diem showed she also has a pretty good game. While she just made the cut to the top eight for match play, she beat the top seed twice to reach the U12 finals, including a one-pin victory in the match to determine who made the TV show.

In the TV finals, Diem took to a 36-pin lead against Coutta after the opening game, then Diem opened Game 2 with a spare followed by four consecutive strikes before having two open frames.

"I was feeling pretty comfortable but knew I couldn't risk messing up anything," Diem said. "I was a bit frustrated after missing a few spares, but I knew I still had a little room. I felt I could still win it if I struck and made the rest of my spares."

She would go strike, spare, spare with a 9-count on her fill ball for a 204-174 victory in Game 2 and the 385-319 total-pins victory. Diem is coached by United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame member Lucy Sandelin, who started working with Diem in 2013, and she credited Sandelin, saying, "she's amazing. She's always been there for me."

And it was taking Diem a little time for the accomplishment of winning a Junior Gold Championships title to sink.

"It doesn't feel real, honestly," said Diem. "It feels like I'm dreaming this."

Coutta did have one major accomplishment at Junior Gold – meeting her favorite bowler, Jason Belmonte, before the final and getting to talk to him after her match. She also enjoyed her TV experience.

"I liked it but, yeah, I was kind of nervous," said Coutta, who already plans to be back next year. "Now, I've got to practice more."

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.


Around NYS – July 2016

Meet the Millers:
New Owners in Groton

GROTON – The husband and wife team of Robert and Desiree Miller have purchased Groton Corona Club and intend to change the name of the eight-lane facility to Heartlynn Café & Bowling.

The couple said the transaction should be finalized by the middle of this month, and they plan to continue to welcome bowlers – hoping to retain and form new leagues as part of the Seven Valley USBC while building their open bowling business.

Their remodeling plans include a new dining area and the addition of video games and a pool table.

Walton Lanes Reportedly Closes its Doors

WALTON – According to Lou Klinegardner, longtime association manager of the Catskill Mountain USBC BA, Walton Lanes has closed effective June 1. The closing affects about 120 certified bowlers in the men's and women's (Katskill Foothills USBC WBA) associations.

"After 55 years of being involved in bowling, I can say with confidence it will be bittersweet for all the local bowlers and the community that supported the bowling center," Klinegardner said, noting that some of the bowlers relocated to Oneonta and others to Hancock while many of the Margaretville house bowlers are going to the Kingston area.

"Unfortunately, many of our bowlers have just quit," he said.

The closing also will bring an end to the previously mentioned local associations, Klinegardner said.

NYS BPA's Summer Meeting is Aug. 7-9

ALBANY – The New York State BPA (Bowling Proprietors Association)'s Summer Meeting is scheduled for Aug. 7-9 at Barton Hill Hotel & Spa in Lewiston, near Niagara Falls.

Open to BPA members and guests, the event will be highlighted by a presentation by C.J. Ullrich, WNY District Manager for the Boston Beer Co. He will speak about the importance of selling craft beer products and pairing beer and food specials.

The schedule includes a "Taste of Buffalo" reception dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7; the craft beer seminar at 8 a.m. Aug. 8; dinner and installation of officers at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, and the NYS BPA meeting at 9 a.m. Aug. 9.

Registration is $120 per person. For more information, call the NYS BPA office at 518-464-1176.


'Find-A-Member' to Become
A Members-Only Benefit

JUNE 17, 2016 -- The Find-A-Member search application available on BOWL.com will become a members-only benefit on July 6.

Currently available to anyone through BOWL.com, Find A Member will be placed behind a protected login and accessible only to USBC members. USBC already uses logins for the BOWL.com Mobile application and on the BOWL.com website to access the Sub Boards for the Open and Women's Championships.

If you already are a USBC member and have created a login for BOWL.com or the Mobile app, starting July 6 you can access Find A Member simply by using the same email address login/password you already use.

If you are a USBC member who has not created a login, go to BOWL.com and click the "Login" button at the top of the page or go here. Every member will be required to log in with a unique email address and must have a birthday on file with USBC to authenticate the account.

USBC membership is required to create a login, so anyone seeking to use Find A Member must be a USBC member. Also, a grace period is set for USBC members so they will not have any disruption from season to season while memberships are processed or if a member's league is later in the season.

Those who do not hold USBC membership can purchase a membership online. But they should be aware that if they are a new member, or their membership expired more than a season ago, after purchasing a membership online they will not be able to create BOWL.com login until the next business day, after their online purchase has been processed.

Once logged in, users may stay logged in from the same device without re-entering a password each time they visit.

Please be sure to pass along this information any individuals you know who might currently use Find a Member.


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:

Doubles:

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.

Singles:

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.

All-Events:

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.


NYS Open Senior Championships
Set for Oct. 15-16, 22-23 in S. Glens Falls

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.

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