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New York State USBC Hall of Fame

NYS Hall of Fame Nomination Forms -- 2019-20

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HALL OF FAME, SERVICE AWARDS: Four people were inducted into the NYS USBC Hall of Fame and three others were presented with Service Awards on Saturday night in Syracuse. Front from left are Sandy Aitchison of Mamaroneck, Service to Youth Award, and Mark MacBain of Syracuse, Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award; back, Robert Tyler of Highland, HOF Meritorious Service; Kelley Foster of Ithaca, HOF Superior Performance; William Young of Cortland, HOF Superior Performance, and Patrick Brick of Buffalo, HOF Superior Performance. Sandy Suchy of Gloversville received the Service to Bowling/Community Award but was unable to attend.

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
Service Award Honoree Lifts Up

Bowling as a Way to Unite People

JUNE 4, 2019 – An inspiring acceptance speech by Proprietor Recognition Award recipient Mark MacBain and words of support for the New York State USBC highlighted the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner ceremony on Saturday at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse.

MacBain, proprietor of Bowl-Mor Lanes in East Syracuse, was one of seven honorees during the ceremony, which was attended by 120 people.

Inducted into the NYS USBC Hall of Fame were:

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

Other Service Award winners were Sandy Aitchison (Westchester County USBC), Service to Youth Award, and Sandy Suchy (Fulton County Regional USBC), Service to Bowling/Community Award.

Their achievements and accomplishments can be found by scrolling down on this home page.

The message of the speech by MacBain, who was recognized for his pro-active approach to promoting the sport of bowling and the USBC, was that bowling is a bridge-builder – a valuable activity that unites people of all races, religions and lifestyles.

“Bowling is something that brings us together … in a divided world,” said MacBain, who shared that he stepped away from the sport for a period of time in the context of him being “an openly gay person.”

Since his return, he said he has found a true “bowling family” at Bowl-Mor, many of whom were at the dinner to support him.

MacBain serves as the vice president of the IGBO, which holds national conventions and oversees tournament competition.

Young, following a heartfelt introduction by longtime teammate Rick Lambrecht, and Brick, who was introduced by NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, talked about bowling’s role in their families and of the competitive drive that fuels them.

Both also thanked the NYS USBC for running outstanding tournaments for its members.

Foster thanked her family and teammates for supporting her from a young age through league and tournament play and as a former Empire State Games champion.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

HALL OF FAME, SERVICE AWARDS: The New York State USBC inducted four to the state Hall of Fame and honored two Adirondack USBC members for their service to the sport of bowling at its Hall of Fame & Awards Dinner on Saturday night (June 2) at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany. Seated from left are Frank Cornicelli of Schenectady and Corinthia Ward of the Bronx, inducted for meritorious service; standing, Doug Bohannon of South Glens Falls, proprietor recognition; David Demperio of Syracuse, HOF superior performance; Helen Waite of Glens Falls, HOF superior performance, and Nelson Chase of Hudson Falls, service to youth. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC association manager.

NYS USBC Hall of Fame Inducts
Cornicelli, Ward, Demperio, Waite

JUNE 4, 2018 – Induction into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame is the icing on the cake, said 95-year-old Frank Cornicelli of Schenectady as he along with three others – Corinthia Ward of the Bronx, David Demperio of Syracuse and Helen Waite of Glens Falls – were enshrined during ceremonies on Saturday night.

One hundred sixty-five people attended the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany.

Cornicelli and Ward were inducted into the Meritorious Service category while Demperio and Waite were honored for Superior Performance.

NYS USBC "service awards" were given to Nelson Chase of Hudson Falls, Service to Youth; and Doug Bohannon of South Glens Falls, Proprietor/Manager Recognition.

"I thought my induction into the Schenectady Hall of Fame was something, but being put into the state Hall of Fame tops everything," Cornicelli said as he concluded his acceptance speech in front of 50 family members and friends – including PBA stars Parker Bohn III and Doug Kent, whose appearances were surprises to Frank.

In photo at right, Kent, Bohn and PBA Regional standout Ray Edwards with Frank Cornicelli.

Cornicelli, in his role as coordinator for the Schenectady Hall of Fame dinners, regularly was able to get professional bowlers to speak at the events, and has become friends with many PBA members.

A NYS director for 20 years and two-time past president of the Schenectady BA, Cornicelli made his mark as the association's sole lane inspector, beginning in 1983. He often would have to go to several centers in one evening to check the lanes following an honor score.

Later on, he chaired the association's certification crew, continuing those duties – including lying down in the pit to take lane measurements -- until he was 89!

"He thanked his wife, Eunice, for letting him contribute to the sport he loves, calling her "the Hall of Famer in my house."

Ward made it a point to thank her children – who were at the dinner along with her grandchildren – for encouraging her to serve the New York City, Triboro Youth and New York State associations in various capacities over the past 35 years.

"No matter what I got involved in, they were always supporting me," she said. "My goal was that I wanted to see people be happy (about bowling) and find a way to make things better."

Demperio, a frequent top finisher in NYS championship tournaments (including a 2011 NYS Open Senior Doubles title) and Syracuse USBC BA Hall of Famer, kept his speech short, but did share how he got started 52 years ago as a "Bantam" bowler in Camillus.

"I remember telling my dad that I joined the Bantam league and the cost was 90 cents a week," he said. "He said, 'How are you going to pay for that?' So, I delivered penny savers – 212 of them for $2.12 per week. My mom gave me a buck and put the rest in the bank."

Demperio's regional tournament titles include the Syracuse Herald Masters in 1988 and 1989, the Van Wie Doubles in 1989, the Lilac City Team event and Bud Light Shootout. In 1987-88, he captured the Syracuse BA tournament All-Events title.

"Grateful and honored" were the feelings shared by Waite, who has numerous NYS tournament victories to her credit, including four Team titles (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016), a Singles title (2010), two Doubles titles (2008, 2010) and two All-Events titles (2009, 2010).

A Glens Falls WBA Hall of Famer and Empire State Games medalist, she thanked John and Sean Bickford of Broadway Lanes, NYS Hall of Famer Sheila Allen, "who said I would be here someday," and all those who helped her achieve success in the sport.

Chase, coordinator of the Youth Pepsi Championships for the NYS USBC since 2004, credited Tom Solimine Sr. of White Plains, the longtime NYS youth bowling director, for mentoring him and "running a great ship."

"This should be called the Tom Solimine Service to Youth Award, don't you think?" he said as he accepted his plaque.

The Youth Pepsi tournament – a scratch event -- has flourished under Chase's guidance as he has capable handled responsibilities at the local, regional and state finals levels.

Proprietor of Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center since 2013, Bohannon said the recognition is a "team award."

"Our team -- circle of friends and family – are what make this possible," he said.

Bohannon has made it a priority to enhance the bowling experience through promotions, tournaments and fundraisers for many local charities, and through special events and coaching clinics for youth bowlers.

New York State USBC Hall Of Fame

(NYS USBC merger took effect in 2012)

2019 Patrick Brick, Buffalo, Superior Performance
2019 Robert Tyler, Highland, Meritorious Service
2019 William Young, Cortland, Superior Performance
2018 David Demperio, Syracuse, Superior Performance
2018 Frank Cornicelli, Schenectady, Meritorious Service
2017 Gary Kinyon, Lockport, Superior Performance
2017 Peter Sheridan, Cortland, Meritorious Service
2016 Tommy Kress, Hilton, Superior Performance
2016 John LaSpina, Long Beach, Meritorious Service
2015 Ron Priester, Albany, Superior Performance
2015 Marcel Fournier, Florida (formerly of Rochester), Meritorious Service
2014 Benny Appleby, Auburn, Superior Performance
2013 Joe Losurdo, Oswego/Syracuse, Superior Performance
2012 Robert Hoefer Oswego Superior Performance
2012 Thomas Solimine Sr. White Plains Meritorious Service
2011 Frank Formicola Rochester Meritorious Service
2011 Dick Battista * New York City Outstanding Ability
2010 Jack Moran Canandaigua Meritorious Service
2010 Mark Roth Fulton Outstanding Ability
2010 Tom Baker Buffalo Outstanding Ability
2010 Mike Faliero West Seneca Outstanding Ability
2008 Paul Kupelian Constantia Meritorious Service
2008 Frank Cannistra Utica Meritorious Service
2008 Thomas J. Minnegan Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2008 Gary B. Cunningham Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2008 Joseph Sopp * Cortland Outstanding Ability
2007 Edward Rundle * Ithaca Meritorious Service
2007 William Fortino Rochester Meritorious Service
2007 David Carpenter, Sr. Outstanding Ability - Veteran
2007 Clifford Saliba Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2006 Samuel Ventura Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2006 Michael Daley Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2006 Leo Casarsa * Buffalo Outstanding Ability
2005 Michael Tryniski Fulton Outstanding Ability
2005 Frank Asselta Utica Outstanding Ability
2004 George Zaharis * Johnson City Outstanding Ability
2004 Frank Hermans * Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2004 Andy Melynk Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2004 Mike Christie Albany Outstanding Ability
2003 Angelo Russo* Buffalo Outstanding Ability
2003 Francis Bax Niagara Falls Outstanding Ability
2002 Bud Schwabl Buffalo Outstanding Ability
2002 Martin Fichera Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2002 John Spadaro Eastern Long Island Meritorious Service
2002 Vito Galligano Rome Meritorious Service
2001 Hugo Mcgroty Schenectady Outstanding Ability
2001 "Richard Vigars, Jr.*" Schenectady Outstanding Ability
2001 Pete Cambio Buffalo Outstanding Ability - Veteran
2001 Ray Barton * Elmira Outstanding Ability
2001 Elmer Seidel * Rochester Meritorious Service
2000 Don Gates Syracuse Outstanding Ability
2000 Gus Lampo Endicott/Oneonta Outstanding Ability - Veteran
2000 Jim Lewis Albany Outstanding Ability - Veteran
2000 Al Faragalli * New York City Outstanding Ability
2000 Marty Casio * New York City Outstanding Ability
2000 Thomas DeChalus * Eastern Long Island Meritorious Service
2000 William Schwartzenberg * Westchester Meritorious Service
1999 Mark Chafel * Rochester Outstanding Ability
1999 Vince DiNapoli, Sr. * Rochester Outstanding Ability - Veteran
1999 Joe Goleblewski Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1999 Angelo Bell * Batavia Meritorious Service
1998 Junie McMahon * New York City Outstanding Ability
1998 Anthony "Nin" Angelo Lockport Outstanding Ability
1997 Mort Lindsay * New York City Outstanding Ability
1997 Arthur Jeziorski Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1997 Kenneth C. Kreger Tonawanda Meritorious Service
1997 Robert B. Lowe Tonawanda Meritorious Service
1996 Bruce Koch Rochester Outstanding Ability - Veteran
1996 Lou Campi * New York City Outstanding Ability
1996 Phil Versace Poughkeepsie Outstanding Ability
1996 Fred O. Reed * Clyde Meritorious Service
1996 Milton E. Alt * Rochester Meritorious Service
1995 Ray DiSanto Rochester Outstanding Ability - Veteran
1995 Phil Cleary Binghamton Outstanding Ability
1995 Edward Reddy * Syracuse Meritorious Service
1995 Jerry Back * Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1995 Frank Santore * New York City Outstanding Ability
1995 Charles Young * Albany Meritorious Service
1995 Sam Furcinito * Utica Meritorious Service
1994 Ken Campbell * Ithaca Outstanding Ability
1994 Jerry Cargill, Sr. Endicott Meritorious Service
1993 Louis Scrimale Syracuse Outstanding Ability
1993 Anthony Quaranto, Sr. Niagara Falls Meritorious Service
1993 Joseph Paussa, Jr. * Syracuse Meritorious Service
1993 J. Nelson Thurston * Lockport Meritorious Service
1993 Joseph Higgins Fulton Meritorious Service
1992 Marty Piraino * Syracuse Outstanding Ability
1992 Joseph Malambri * Fulton Meritorious Service
1992 Joseph Koch * Rochester Outstanding Ability - Veteran
1992 John R. Capozzi Ithaca Meritorious Service
1992 Ben Berinstein * Syracuse Meritorious Service
1992 Louis Barnard Elmira Outstanding Ability
1991 John Russo * Syracuse Outstanding Ability
1991 Harold Shaul * Binghamton Meritorious Service
1991 John R. Nevada * Rochester Meritorious Service
1990 Butch Hoefner * Rochester Outstanding Ability
1990 Victor Giromini * Syracuse Outstanding Ability
1990 Morris Cramer Troy Outstanding Ability
1990 William Landgraf * New York City Meritorious Service
1989 Ralph Engan * Westchester Outstanding Ability
1989 Lil Villani Niagara Falls Outstanding Ability
1989 John Walther, Jr. * Albany Outstanding Ability
1989 Herbert E. Burns * Tonawanda Meritorious Service
1988 George Young * Long Island Outstanding Ability
1988 Joe Schmidt * Albany Outstanding Ability
1988 Joe Minella * Rochester Meritorious Service
1988 Chet Power * Rochester Meritorious Service
1988 Robert Lynch * Yonkers Meritorious Service
1987 Edwin Wildey * Rochester Meritorious Service
1987 Blase P. Palumbo * Buffalo Meritorious Service
1987 Vic Herrmann Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1987 Robert Allen * Westchester Outstanding Ability
1986 Jack Zack * Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1986 Richard Vigars, Sr. * Albany Outstanding Ability
1986 Al Lattin * New York City Meritorious Service
1986 Addison Jones * Kingston Meritorious Service
1986 Greg Griffo * Syracuse Outstanding Ability
1986 Joe Difiglia * Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1986 Eddie Adams * Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1985 Larry Sutton * Rochester Outstanding Ability
1985 James Schroeder Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1985 George A. Obenauer * Buffalo Meritorious Service
1985 William Marchese * Buffalo Meritorious Service
1984 Berard Sarno, Sr. * Syracuse Meritorious Service
1984 Joseph Robelotto * Albany Meritorious Service
1984 John Quinzi * Rochester Outstanding Ability
1984 Maurice Hayes * Rochester Meritorious Service
1984 Steve Czerwinski * Buffalo Outstanding Ability
1982 Andy Varipapa * West Hempstead Ability - Charter Member
1982 Barry Spinella * New York City Ability - Charter Member
1982 Tony Sparando * Rego Park Ability - Charter Member
1982 James Smith * Buffalo Ability - Charter Member
1982 John O. Martino * Syracuse Ability - Charter Member
1982 John Koster * East Nyack Ability - Charter Member
1982 Joe Falcaro * New York City Ability - Charter Member
1982 Grazio Castellano * New York City Ability - Charter Member
1982 Frank Caruana * Buffalo Ability - Charter Member
1982 Allie Brandt * Lockport Ability - Charter Member
1982 Joe Thum * New York City Meritorious - Charter Member


1. Iolia F. Lasher, Albany, Meritorious Service 1961 *
2. Ruth Hunzinger, Utica, Meritorious Service 1962 *
3. Alberta E. Crowe, Syracuse, Meritorious Service 1963 *
4. Hattie Dean, Buffalo, Meritorious Service 1963 *
5. Josephine Slezak, NYC, Meritorious Service 1963 *
6. Alice Love, Jamestown, Meritorious Service 1964 *
7. Ruth Brisson, Syracuse, Meritorious Service 1965 *
8. Theresa Reynolds, B-JC-E, Meritorious Service 1966 *
9. Mary E. Ward,  Rochester, Meritorious Service 1967 *
10. Addie Ruschmeyer, Westchester, Superior Performance 1968 *
11. Emily Chapman, Poughkeepsie, Meritorious Service 1969 *
12. Gladys Banker, Finger Lakes, Meritorious Service 1970 *
13. Clover Bayley, Watertown, Meritorious Service 1971 *
14. Edith Flansburg, Utica, Meritorious Service 1972 *
15. Harriet Darling, Syracuse, Meritorious Service 1973 *
16. Ermine K. Mulholland, Albany, Meritorious Service 1974 *
17. Margaret J. Barry, Buffalo, Meritorious Service 1974 *
18. Doris Coburn, Buffalo, Superior Performance 1975
19. Mildred Ignizio, Rochester, Superior Performance 1976
20. Jean Leffers, Buffalo, Meritorious Service 1977 *
21. Anne Happel, Poughkeepsie, Meritorious Service  1977 *
22. Katherine Linder, Jamestown, Meritorious Service 1978 *
23. Hazel Fischer, Syracuse, Meritorious Service1979 *
24. Jean Godkin, Geneva, Meritorious Service1980
25. Gladys O' Neill, Gouveneur, Meritorious Service 1981 *
26. Martha Martell, Rochester, Meritorious Service 1982 *
27. Ethel Vogelsang, Buffalo, Superior Performance 1983 *
28. Frances Priolo, Syracuse, Superior Performance 1984 *
29. Marie Munson, Niagara Falls, Meritorious Service 1985 *
30. Jane Rossi, Westchester, Meritorious Service1985 *
31. Phyllis Notaro, Buffalo, Superior Performance 1986
32. Lillian Oliver, Nassau County, Meritorious Service 1986 *
33. Frances Bessette, Plattsburgh, Meritorious Service 1987 *
34. Rose Schatzel, Kingston, Superior Performance 1987
35. Betty Maw, Buffalo, Superior Performance 1988
36. Mary Peters, Syracuse, Meritorious Service 1988 *
37. Helena Perry, Schenectady, Meritorious Service 1989 *
38. Barbara Leicht-Bowers, Albany, Superior Performance 1989 *
39. Helen Green, Buffalo, Superior Performance 1990 *
40. Mary Smack, B-JC-E, Meritorious Service1990 *
41. Connie Barlette, Albany, Meritorious Service1991 *
42. Ethel Brock, Westchester, Meritorious Service1992 *
43. Barbara Shelton, Nassau County, Superior Performance 1992
44. Marie Baxter, Nassau County, Superior Performance 1993
45. Anna M. Fries, Poughkeepsie, Meritorious Service 1993 *
46. Pearl Keller, Westchester, Meritorious Service 1994
47. Jennette Adams, Syracuse, Superior Performance 1994
48. Frances Lansbury, Auburn, Meritorious Service 1995 *
49. Judy Koester, Rochester, Superior Performance 1995
50. Connie Coulter, Glens Falls, Meritorious Service 1996
51. Irene Kreidler, Nassau County, Meritorious Service1997 *
52. Sandy Love, Rochester, Superior Performance 1997
53. Nancy Walczyk, Erie County, Meritorious Service 1998
54. Joann Peworchik, B-JC-E, Superior Performance 1998
55. Frances McCormick, Albany, Meritorious Service 1999 *
56. Freida Gates, Syracuse, Superior Performance 1999
57. Beverly Schino, Ithaca, Meritorious Service 2000 *
58. Susan George, Suffolk County, Superior Performance 2000
59. Mildred Hunt, B-J C-E, Meritorious Service2000 *
60. Betty R. Hopkins, Rochester, Meritorious Service2001
61. Carol Crandall, Schenectady, Superior Performance 2001
62. Mary Louise Corkery, Jamestown, Meritorious Service 2002
63. Marie Mazone, Albany, Superior Performance 2002
64. Claire ‘Penny’ Noller, Nassau Co., Meritorious Service 2003 *
65. Cindy Coburn-Carroll, Buffalo, Superior Performance 2003
66. Esther Henry, Rochester, Superior Performance 2003 *
67. Bibsy Wansor, Nassau County, Meritorious Service  2004 *
68. Jeanne Zappulla, New York City, Superior Performance 2004
69. Maureen Baker, Rockland Co., Meritorious Service 2005 *
70. Alberta Wambold, Rochester, Superior Performance 2005
71. Colleen Celentani, Rochester, Superior Performance 2006
72. Vi Bonomo, Utica, Meritorious Service 2006 *
73. Janet Manfredi, Poughkeepsie, Superior Performance 2007
74. Betty K. Kingsley, Rochester, Meritorious Service 2007
75. Denise De Carlo Johnson, Albany Superior Performance 2008
76. Elizabeth Taylor, Gloversville, Meritorious Service 2008
77. Liz A. Johnson, Greater Buffalo, Superior Performance 2009
78. Priscilla Zonneville, Wayne County, Meritorious Service 2009 *
79. Kathy Cavicchi, Long Island, Superior Performance 2010
80. JoAnn LaTulip, Oswego/Syracuse, Meritorious Service 2010
81. Sheila Allen, Peekskill, Superior Performance 2011
82. Marilyn Johnson, Poughkeepsie, Meritorious Service 2011
NYS USBC merger took effect in 2012
Gina Wrights Redding, Rochester, Superior Performance 2012
Patricia Allen, Ithaca, Meritorious Service 2012 *
Jodi Musto, Schenectady, Superior Performance 2013
Anne Strom Baird, Cortland, Meritorious Service 2013
Traci Spanitz, Rochester, Superior Performance 2014
Margaret Lancaster, Marion, Meritorious Service 2014
Jane Abraham, Oswego, Meritorious Service 2015
Patti TeNyenhuis, Saugerties, Superior Performance 2015
Margaret Clinton-Jensen, Staten Island, Meritorious Service 2016
Bambi Asmuth, Rochester, Superior Performance 2016
Joan Ashby, Auburn, Meritorious Service 2017
Roseann DiFlorio, Syracuse, Superior Performance 2017
Corinthia Ward, Bronx, Meritorious Service 2018
Helen Waite, Glens Falls, Superior Performance 2018
Kelley Foster, Ithaca, Superior Performance 2019


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