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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New Jersey Man Tops Edwards for PBA50 Regional Title

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (July 29, 2018) – Steven DiMartino of Upper Saddle River, N.J., bowling in his first PBA regional event as a member, compiled a 5-2-1 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,352 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes Saturday by 49 pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.
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NYS Queens Champion Liz Kuhlkin Claims U.S. Open Title in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – The road to the U.S. Women's Open finals is long and tedious, especially if you start back in the pack.

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Youth Scholarships

Schenectady County's Dominick Favata
Selected to Receive 'Pat' Zonneville Scholarship

Dominick Favata of Schenectady has been selected to receive the Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Scholarship awarded by the New York State USBC for the 2017-18 season.

The $4,000 scholarship -- $1,000 annually, renewable for up to four years -- is named after Priscilla Zonneville, the first president of the NYS USBC and NYS Hall of Famer, who passed away on Sept. 6, 2016.

Six other graduating senior scholar-athletes will be receiving scholarships from the state bowling association as a result of judging by the NYS USBC Youth Education Services committee. The NYS Youth Leaders contribute $1,000 to these scholarships.

Dominick Favata, Niskayuna, $4,000 ($1,000 renewable annually up to four years).
Dominick attends Niskayuna High School, where he holds a 3.87 GPA. He has been bowling for 11 years and holds a 208 average, with a high game of 300 and high series of 824. School activities: National Honor Society. Warrior Project Club, Symphonic Band, Aviation Club, Varsity Cross Country, Bowling and Track and Field. Community involvement: Food Bank, Youth Ministry, Niskayuna Baseball Announcer and traffic monitor. Scholarships: RIT Computing Medal and Scholarship, Sandra G. Morley Phys Ed. Leadership Award, Certificate of Merit - World Languages, 1st Place Computer Science Contest and Scholar Athlete for all four years. Dominick was voted the MVP Bowler in the Joey Schmidt Sunday Travel League by his peers and coaches. He plans to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study Computer Science.

Tristan Turner, Schuylerville, $3,000 ($750 renewable annually for up to four years).
Tristan attends Schuylerville High School and holds a 97.3 average and is ranked 16th out of 149 students. As captain of the varsity bowling team, he averaged 152 with a high game of 259 and high series of 599. School activities: National Honor Society, Drama Club Lighting Team Leader, Varsity Golf, Track and Field, Spanish Club, Drama Club, Mathletes, and the Envirothon Team. Community involvement: Boy Scouts, Aids Orphan Education Trust-Fund, Youth Church Service, Bible School, Fundraising for the James Project-shadow of his wings orphanage. Honors: Eagle Scout, Scholar Athlete, Foothills Council Sportsman of the Year, Who's Who of HS Students, BSA Religious Award, and BSA Conservation Service Award. He plans to attend RIT with a major in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Bio Chemistry.

NYS President Roger Buckman presents scholarship to Christina Aldridge during ceremonies at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester on May 29.

Christina Aldridge, Webster, $2,000 ($500 renewable annually for up to four years).
Christina attends Bishop Kearney High School and holds a 94 average, and is ranked seventh out of 52 students. She has bowled for nine years, and has a 187 average, 290 high game and 688 high series. School activities: National Honor Society, Varsity Bowling captain, Varsity Volleyball, Student Council, Musical Theater, Show Choir, School Retreat leader. Community activities: Girl Scout for 10 years, and is a member of the Parish Council. Honors: American Chemical Society Award, Rochester Leadership Scholarship, Rochester Community Boating Foundation Scholarship, and a grant from the Morin Foundation Christina will be attending Daemen College to study Physical Therapy.

Nicholas Nawrocki, Lewiston, $1,000.
Nicholas attends the Lewiston-Porter High School and holds a 4.0 GPA and is ranked 23rd out of 179 students. He has bowled for nine years and has served as varsity team captain, holding a 199 average with a 300 game and 800 series. School activities: National Honor Society, National Spanish Society, and the National Science Society, Varsity Football, Track & Field, Spanish Club, Varsity Club. Community activities: Soup Kitchen volunteer, Public Library, Charity Basket Auction, and multiple local charity races. Honors: Scholar Athlete, Western NY HS All Academic Football Team, Team Player Award and the Character Athlete Award, both for football. Nicholas will attend the University of Buffalo to major in Pharmacy.

Christopher Wollschleger, Bloomfield, $1,000.
Christopher attends Bloomfield High School and holds a 4.0 GPA, and is ranked 12th out of 66 students. He has bowled for 12 years, and holds a 208 average with a 300 game and 733 series. School activities: National Honor Society, Marching Band, Varsity Bowling, Varsity Track & Field, Varsity Soccer. Honors: Lamp of Knowledge, SUNY Polytechnic Presidential Scholarship, Alfred State Excellence in Education Scholarship and the Sage Selected Student Scholarship. He plans to attend RIT to study Mechanical Engineering Technology

Michael Mirabile, Coram, $1,000.
Michael attends Longwood High School and holds an 89 Average and is ranked 36th out of 637 students. A bowler for 10 years, he has a current average of 210 with a 300 game and 802 high series. He is captain of the Varsity Bowling Team. School activities: Scholar Athlete, Youth Leader. Community involvement: Bronze and Gold Palms, Animal Rescue foundation, Troop Flag Placement and retrieval on Memorial Day Weekend, Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen. He is set to attend St. John's University to study Sports Management.

Cassandra Bowman, Waverly, $1,000.
Cassandra attends Waverly Central School and holds a 4.0 GPA and is ranked 6th out of 134 students. As a varsity bowler, she has a 200 average with a 278 high game and 719 high series. School activities: National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, Chemistry Team, Junior Rotarian. She also volunteers as a tutor, Honors: Scholar Award (Clarkson University). She will attend Clarkson University with plans to major in Mathematics.

NYS USBC Youth Scholarship Opportunity

The New York State USBC annual awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating seniors and to underclassmen through our Youth Education Services Committee.

Here are the available scholarships for the 2017-18 season:

Graduating Seniors ($13,000)

1 - Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Award -- $4,000 award - $1,000 renewable annually up to 4 years
1 - $3,000 award - $750 renewable annually up to 4 years
1 - $2,000 awards - $500 renewable annually up to 4 years
4 - $1,000 awards

The deadline to submit an application is FEBRUARY 1, 2018

CLICK HERE for application.

Future Stars Award - Athletes in Grades K-7 ($750)

Youth Bowlers are asked to submit (electronically) a bowling related photo ("selfie") with an appropriate caption explaining "Why I like to bowl!"

1st place -- $250
2nd place -- $200
3rd place -- $150
4th place -- $100
5th place -- $50

The deadline to submit an application is FEBRUARY 1, 2018

CLICK HERE for application.

Youth Spirit Award - Athletes in Grades 8-11 ($1,500)

Coaches are asked to nominate a Youth Bowler for this award, based on the criteria of Sportsmanship, Commitment and Leadership.

1st place -- $750
2nd place -- $500
3rd place -- $250

The deadline to submit an application is FEBRUARY 1, 2018

CLICK HERE for application.

Additional scholarships are available by participating in NYS USBC Youth Championship Tournaments.

Important Information for Graduating Seniors

Dear Youth Bowler,

Welcome to and the New York State USBC Online Scholarship Application Portal.

The New York State USBC Association, through its Youth Education Services Fund, is committed to providing scholarship opportunities for our youth bowlers seeking to further his or her education. This season, we will award a total of $13,000 in scholarship awards to graduating senior student athletes.

As a graduating senior, you are eligible for one of seven scholarship awards.

We are continuing the use of our groundbreaking online scholarship application that was the first of its kind in the bowling industry. We hope you take the time to review the qualifications and information before proceeding to complete the online application.

As an applicant, you will need the following important information to proceed and submit your application:
• USBC Member ID #, as found on your USBC Youth membership card
• Name of Youth League Official and their Phone #
• Highest Current Average and # of Games

Please be prepared to provide us with as much information as possible in reference to the following:
• School Activities and Offices Held
• Community, Civic, and/or Church Activities
• Bowling and Other Honors

Each of the items above should include the timeframes of each activity and honors. Please refer to the examples provided in the application.

In addition to the online application submissions, the final steps of the application process includes:

• Acquiring a Letter of Recommendation

• Download the School Official Evaluation & Data Sheet

• Download the Youth Official Evaluation & Data Sheet

If you should have any questions in regards to this process please do not hesitate to contact: Kathy Leitgeb, via e-mail: or via telephone: (518) 464-1176.

Staten Island USBC Honors NYS Recipient

STATEN ISLAND SCHOLAR: Jessica Forminio accepts her plaque from the NYS USBC at Monday night's (June 26, 2017) Staten Island USBC Youth Awards Dinner from USBC President Frank Wilkinson and NYS USBC Vice President Liz DeHart. The event took place at Li Greci's Staaten. Jessica's scholarship was for $1,000.

Rochester's Turner Receives
1st 'Pat' Zonneville Scholarship

Bequest from Late President
Will Advance Youth Bowling

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Two Rochester NY USBC youth members are recipients of the NYS USBC's top scholarships for 2017 -- Adam Turner, who was selected to receive the $4,000 Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Scholarship and Sarah Gerken, who was selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship. They were recognized on May 17 by NYS USBC President Roger Buckman at the Rochester NY USBC Hall of Fame ceremony. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

NYS USBC Honors First President
With Scholarship in Her Name

SEPT. 27, 2016 – The New York State USBC's top scholastic award will be renamed the Priscilla M. "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Scholarship as a result of action taken by the state association's Board of Directors over the weekend.

Directors, at meetings on Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton, gratefully accepted a bequest of $20,000 from the estate of the late Zonneville, who passed away on Sept. 6, and agreed to use those funds to support youth scholarships per her request.

Zonneville was elected as the first president of the New York State United States Bowling Congress in 2011, and served for four years.

Before that she was president of the New York State USBC Women's Bowling Association for more than a decade and, all told, she served in various capacities at the local, state and national levels for more than 30 years.

"Pat had a heart for the sport of bowling, and this generous gift will serve to perpetuate her desire to see young people who have taken a keen interest in the bowling achieve their personal goals," NYS USBC President Roger Buckman said.

Buckman said that $2,000 of the bequest will be allocated annually for 10 years to support the NYS USBC's maximum scholarship of $4,000 ($1,000 each year up to four years) to a graduating senior based on academics and bowling accomplishment. The NYS USBC will be funding the rest of that scholarship, along with other scholarships for graduating seniors (see below).

He also noted that local associations and individual bowlers will be able to donate to a fund is being set up in Zonneville's name.

The board also voted to award a pair of $250 scholarships at the 2017 NYS Youth Team Championships in Syracuse in memory of Zonneville.

In related action, the board:

-- Approved recommendations by the Youth Education Services (YES) Committee to support these additional scholarships for the 2016-17 season – $3,000 ($750 renewable annually up to four years), $2,000 ($500 renewable annually up to four years) and four $1,000 awards for graduating seniors; three Spirit Awards totaling $1,500 for grades 8-11, and five Future Stars Awards totaling $750 for grades K-7.

Information on how to apply for these scholarships will be posted in the near future on the Youth Scholarships page of this website.

-- Approved recommendations from the Finance Committee to send contributions of $10,000 to Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, $1,500 to Bowlers to Veterans Link and $2,000 to the YES Committee for scholarships as a result of member donations at state tournaments and at the Annual Meeting during the 2015-16 season.

-- Approved a recommendation from the YES Committee to allocate up $7,400 in 2016-17 to fund up to two High School Assistance Grants and up to two In-School Bowling Kits, both programs of the International Bowling Campus Youth Development Team.

Last season, the NYS USBC awarded $2,500 to Sachem East High School in Farmingdale to assist its scholastic bowling program and $1,200 to Lockport City School District for an In-School Bowling Grant consisting of six carpet bowling lanes with balls and pins along with teaching curriculum.

-- Forwarded a Bylaws amendment stating that qualifications (resume) of those wishing to run for a spot on the NYS USBC Board of Directors must be submitted, in writing, at least 30 days prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting. The current bylaw reads that the resume must be submitted at least two weeks prior.


One of the great benefits of USBC Youth membership is the chance to earn college scholarships! Several scholarship applications are due Dec. 1, so we encourage association leaders and youth directors to make sure your USBC Youth bowlers are aware of the following scholarships:

Go to for complete information on scholarships for information on the High School Grant Program.

Collegiate Bowling Information

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Attention Scholarship Winners!
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New York State Women's 500 Club

** Curtis/Hunt Memorial Scholarship Application

New York State Women's 600 Club

** Priscilla Zonneville Memorial Educational Award/Graduating High School Female
Frances Lansbury Memorial Award/Adult Female Learner

Other National Scholarship Opportunities

Bowling Writers Association of America Scholarship Award
Dexter High School All-American Scholarship Awards

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