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New York State USBC Hall of Fame

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 New York State USBC 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.

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.

Tommy Kress, a 1999 Rochester USBC Hall of Famer and 2009 inductee into the city’s Frontier Field Walk of Fame, has carved out a remarkable resume over 40 years of competitive bowling at all levels, including the Professional Bowlers Association Tour.

The tall right-hander placed second in two PBA national events – including victories over Earl Anthony and Pete Weber in the 1985 ABC Masters in Tulsa, Okla. – and held the record for qualifying for 43 straight Tour stops through the PTQ (rabbit squads) in the 1980’s.

A two-time Rochester Masters and 2005 Rochester Senior Masters champion, Kress has won more than a dozen singles tournaments, including the 1979 Ideal Open in Endicott, which featured a star-studded field of 500 bowlers. He also captured three Bowl-Inn singles titles in Buffalo over a four-year stretch (1981-1984), and was on the first-place team at the 1983 Petersen Classic in Chicago.

Kress has 22 300 games (six on the PBA Tour), rolling a perfect game in five consecutive decades, and has posted 10 800 series. He has averaged more than 230 in league play five times. He has participated in more than 10 NYS championship tournaments, placing second twice in Doubles (1994 and 1996).

Currently, the sales rep for Doan Buick-GMC bowls in two leagues at his hometown Pleasure Lanes (where he has a 300 and 800 this season) and runs the popular Labatt’s 60-and-Over Tour in the Rochester area.

Bambi Asmuth, a 30-year participant in the NYS Women’s Championships with a 2002 Team title to her credit, has garnered numerous achievements and records in Rochester USBC WBA league and tournament play.

A consistent 200-plus average bowler (she posted a 226 mark in 2006-07), Asmuth has seven 300 games and 75 700 series, with a high of 783 in 1994.

She is a six-time Rochester WBA All-Star, won the association’s Queens Tournament twice and captured the 1992 Coors Tournament of Champions. She was a 16-time champion in the Coors/Pinbusters Travel Tournament.

Asmuth holds several Rochester WBA scoring records – including high three-player team series (2,165); two-player team series (1,447); four-player team game (962), and three-player team game (773). In the Rochester WBA annual championship tournament, she has three Team title, four Doubles titles, two Singles titles and an All-Events title. She works as a quality inspector at TCS Industries in Gates.

John LaSpina, proprietor of four bowling centers on Long Island and another in Brooklyn, has been a respected “mover-and-shaker” for the bowling industry for more than 40 years through his involvement with the Bowling Proprietors Association of America and Bowlers to Veterans Link.

LaSpina was introduced to bowling’s organizational structure as a teenager and followed in his father’s (Peter) footsteps to become a leader on city, state and national BPAA boards, eventually serving as the national BPAA president from 1992-94. He also has served as chairman of the East Coast Bowling Centers’ Convention committee and as chairman of the International Bowl Expo.

Since 2012, he has been on the board of directors of BVL, a charitable organization that contributes to the well-being of America’s disabled veterans. He is involved in numerous other charities, including the St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Red Cross and International Bowling Hall of Fame,

On a personal basis, he and his brother, Peter, have contributed more than $75,000 to all scholarship awards for the Peter J. LaSpina Memorial Scholarship Tournament in memory of their father.

LaSpina has received many awards at all levels, most notably the 2002 Victor Lerner Memorial Medal recipient (Hall of Fame) from the national BPAA. He was the International Bowling Industry “Person of the Year” in 1994, NYS BPAA Award of Excellence recipient in 1996 and NYS WBA Proprietor of the Year in 2003.

His wife, Anita, is an award-winning librarian at the Rockville Centre Public Library and their children, Joe and Teresa, are part of the management team of the bowling center business, with Joe serving with his father on the BPAA board of directors.

Margaret “Penny” Clinton-Jensen has been a dedicated volunteer and advocate for youth bowling for more than 30 years. She has served on the local and state Young American Bowling Alliance and USBC board of directors and was the longtime secretary-treasurer of the NYS YABA.

Her tireless efforts helped state youth bowling organizations grow immensely, leading to the awarding of thousands of dollars in scholarships to worthy boys and girls. Clinton-Jensen served on various committees, was the last secretary-treasurer of the New York State Bowling Council and, until stepping down this year, was a NYS USBC director and NYS USBC Youth Committee secretary.

Closer to home, she was the Staten Island USBC association manager from 2005-08, coordinator of the Penro Junior Bowling League for 22 years, bronze level coach and certified bowler for 40 years.

For her efforts, she was named NYS USBC Coach of the Year in 2010 and was inducted into the Staten Island USBC Hall of Fame in 2007.  Her son, Thomas, is continuing “Penny’s” legacy as he was elected to serve on the NYS USBC board earlier this year.

Mike Callan’s impact on bowling in the Rochester and New York State can be measured on the number of young bowlers that have excelled in the sport – bowlers such as Marc D’Errico and Jon Buckert who advanced from the youth program at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes to become USBC Chuck Hall “Star of Tomorrow” award winners.

A certified coach for more than 30 years, Callan (a current NYS USBC director and Youth Committee member), played a key role in forming house and travel youth programs throughout the Rochester area. At the state level, he is the NYS USBC Region 2 director, responsible for the promotion and coordination of the state Youth Team and Youth Pepsi championship tournaments.

He also is the current president of the Rochester USBC BA and was a former vice president of the Rochester USBC Youth Association. He has attended five national conventions, numerous youth workshops and is part of the transition committee overseeing the merger of the Rochester USBC BA, WBA and Youth associations. On the lanes, he has six 300 games and three 800 series.

Fran Piraino is an award-winning journalist, respectfully known in Syracuse and Central New York as “the bowling writer.” She began covering local bowling for the Syracuse Newspapers (The Post-Standard) in 1998 and continues covering the sport today as a free-lance reporter for Syracuse.com – the media group’s website.

She covers just about every local tournament on the website and also as editor of The CNY Striker, the Syracuse USBC BA and WBA’s bowling newspaper. She assisted in the coverage of the USBC Women’s Championships in 2011 and her feature story subjects include legends such as Dick Weber, Mark Roth, Marty Piraino and Greg Griffo.  

A member of the Syracuse USBC Hall of Fame for distinguished service, Piraino has received writing awards from the International Bowling Media Association, New York State Bowling Writers Association and the USBC. She also is the PR coordinator for the Syracuse Rose Society and volunteers her time with the Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights program through the Gage Foundation.


New York State USBC Hall Of Fame

MEN
(NYS USBC merger took effect in 2012)

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

 *Deceased

WOMEN
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

*Deceased

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