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March 21, 2017 - 2:55pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

Attention Genesee Region USBC league secretaries:

If you would like your league's weekly high scores to be published on The Batavian, send an email to [email protected]. Men's scores of 225 (game) and 600 (series) or better and women's scores of 190 (game) and 540 (series) will be posted. Photos of honor score bowlers or those with newsworthy accomplishments will be posted as long as they are emailed to the same email address.

Week of 3/13/17

Monday Independent Ladies
High Games

Cheryl Young 201
Michelle Krtanik 191
Catrina Penders 191
Grace West 191
Genesee Realty/No Finer Diner
High Series

Rick Saunders 242--670
Mike Pettinella 247--655
Brian Green 247--644
High Games
Justin Burdick 227
Wednesday Night Misfits
High Games
Tom Urbanczyk 250
Andy Stone 236
North Pole/Family Affair Boat Repair
Thursday Night
High Series

Rich Wagner 279--744
Denny Rogers 279--738
Jason Gallo 232--673
Jim Pursel 239--663
Rob Stefani 244--662
Chuck Bobo 280--659
Mike Lambert 256--647
Mark Brown 236--644
Brian Green 226--635
Gregg Wolff 232--628
Joe Trigilio 235--628
Greg Siedlecki 246--621
Ron Lawrence 607
Kathy LaFarnara 234--578
High Games
Nate Balduf 258
Steve Hart 236
Geoff Harloff 233
Nate Wright 227
Kevin Shirtz 226
Mike DeVay Jr. 225
Kristin Lazarony 193
TF Brown's Adult-Child
High Series

Benjamin Sputore 193--515
High Games
Chris Roberts 226
Mike Sputore 225
Thursday Owls
High Series

Gary MacDonald 242--680
Frank Jarkiewicz 236--679
Rob Husted 252--676
Mike Pettinella 246--665
Harris Busmire 244--664
Robert Mattil 245--653
Frank Stumpf 252--625
Mark Mack 254--623
Bob Van Dorn 235--615
Sneezy's Monday Night
High Series
Josh Bowman 247--731
Mike Dillon 243--695
Joe Furness 245--686
Paul Baney 296--691
Rusty Walls 279--682
High Games
Randy Hanks 256
Scott Christ 247
Ken Mosele 244
Joshua Bennett 243
Wednesday Community
High Series

Scott Allis 247--719
Rob Dennis 233--661
Bob Hodgson 242--653
Kevin Kirkpatrick 258--652
Jerry Allen 231--626
Jackie Jurinich 200-199--581
Sue Seefeldt 193-200--555
Roger Allis 637
Phil Schepis 612
Chris Bacon 610
High Games
Sterling Allis 231
Josh Adams 234
Bob Boyle 234
Becky Carpenter 205
Jenelle Boyd 200

March 16, 2017 - 8:09am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

A victory for the “little guy (and gal).”

This year’s T.F. Brown’s Restaurant King & Queen mixed doubles handicap tournament proved to be just that as Marshall and Megan Trykowski Faron chopped down a few “Goliaths” on their way to capturing faron_king_and_queen.jpgthe $500 first prize last Saturday at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

“It is definitely a shock, especially since we went into the tournament thinking it was a no-tap (where nine pins counts as a strike),” Marshall said. “This is only our second tournament, and we just picked up the league on Thursday nights this season.”

Both are new members of the North Pole Restaurant/Family Affair Boat Repair League on Thursdays at Mancuso’s, where Marshall has a 150 average and Megan has a 124 average.

At the King & Queen event, the Batavia couple bowled slightly better than their averages – qualifying 14th out of the 59 entrants to advance to match play and then winning four one-game head-to-head matches to take the title.

“We tried to keep it fun,” Marshall said, adding that it was nerve-racking as well. “We’re built for three games, and here we were in game (number) seven.”

The Farons received 116 pins per game handicap and needed just about all of those pins in two of their matches – a 462-459 victory over scratch bowlers Michelle Sterner of Niagara Falls and Roger Thaine of Rochester, and a 391-389 win over scratch bowlers Tracy Spanitz of Rochester and Mark Brown of Attica.

The victory over Spanitz and Brown propelled the Farons into the finals, where Megan rolled 134 and Marshall 169 in a 419-365 triumph against Batavians Kathy Stearns and Rob Stefani.

Marshall, an Akron native, recently started his own business, C.J.’s Heating & Cooling, which he named after his 3-year-old son, Colton James. The couple is expecting their second child in nine weeks – a son who they will name Connor Joseph in keeping with the C.J.’s theme.

Megan, who has family in Batavia and Darien, starts a new job next week as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the VA Medical Center.

Stearns and Stefani earned $300 for placing second while Spanitz/Brown and Stephanie Alexander of Canandaigua and Scott Culp of Lima each won $200 for reaching the semis.

Other cashers were as follows:

Quarterfinalists, $130 each -- Andrea Pizzo of Rochester and Rob Sease of Brockport, Frank Jarkiewicz of Byron and Laurie Morgante of Bergen, Jeanette Sease of Brockport and Mike Lavender of Medina, and Sandy Restieri and Norm Bialuski of Rochester.

First round, $100 each – Chase Cone of Bergen and Jen Merle of Batavia, Sterner and Thaine, Penny Brown of Attica and Rich Culver of Medina, Rich and Jen Wagner of Batavia, Scott and Christine Shields of Batavia, Joanna and Jerry Menzie Jr. of Bergen, Dana and Christopher Charvella of Batavia, and Kelly and Shayne Herold of Batavia.

Spanitz and Brown were the high qualifiers with 1,382 for three games. Rob Sease had the tournament’s high game (290), while Culver (751) and Spanitz (744) posted the high three-game series.


Mike Hackett said he is optimistic about his bowling future now that he has made a successful switch to a two-handed delivery.

The 27-year-old Pavilion resident rolled his first 300 game on March 7 on lanes 3-4 in the Industrial B League at Legion Lanes in Le Roy while filling in for a regular league member.

“I’ve gone from a 155 average to a 193 average in a year and a half since I went to two hands, and I plan to take the game more seriously,” said Hackett, a PRC tank processor at Pcore Electric Co. Inc. in Le Roy. 

A league bowler for three years, Hackett said he got a couple breaks on the first two balls in the 10th frame – a light hit that collapsed the pocket and then a late-falling 10-pin – before putting the ball squarely into the 1-3 pocket for the 300.

“I was really nervous, but the last ball put them all in the back of the pit,” he said. “After that, my nerves were crazy.”

The pins didn’t cooperate as well after the perfect game as Hackett ended with a 632 series, but he wasn’t too upset.

“I finally got the 300,” he said, eclipsing his previous high of 289, which he said he reached six or seven times.

A regular in two leagues in Le Roy last season, he suffered a broken arm while playing softball last summer and is subbing at Legion Lanes and at Gates Bowl in Rochester this season.

At Oak Orchard Bowl in his hometown of Albion, Greg Gilman said he stayed with the new Loch Ness Monster bowling ball to spin his first 300 game in the Saturday Mixed League on March 11.’

“It’s been 57 years in the coming,” said Gilman, referring to his age. “I just got the ball a couple weeks ago, but I hadn’t bowled too well with it as I was getting used to the way it hooked.”

The ball is the first offering from Monster Bowling, a company co-founded by Rochester pro shop owner Brad Buckert.

Gilman, a right-hander, registered 189 and 205 before zeroing in on the second arrow to finish with the 300 and a 694 series.

“As long as I stayed smooth, it read the lane and hooked into the pocket,” he said. “I got a couple of light mixers where it took out the 7-10, but they all were right there.”

A 190-plus average bowler, Gilman’s previous high game was 289. A recent New York State retiree, he also bowls on Monday and Thursday nights in Albion.

Three other perfect games were reported last week:

-- Rob Sease of Brockport posted 300—741 on March 7 while subbing in the G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

-- Chris Bardol of Rochester, a frequent flyer in this column, popped another 300 en route to a 687 series in the North Pole/Family Affair Boat Repair League at Mancuso’s on March 9.

-- Rob Dennis of Medina fired 228-222-300—750 in the Thursday Firefighters League at Medina Lanes on March 9.

Honorable mention: Jason Quilliam of Batavia, 290, in the North Pole/Family Affair League and Paul Baney of Holley, 296, in the Sneezy’s Monday Night League at Oak Orchard Bowl.


Letchworth Pines in Portageville and Perry Bowling Center are hosting the 11th annual Genesee Region USBC Association Tournament, a team, doubles, singles and all-events competition scheduled for March 24-26 and March 31-April 2.

The team event will take place at Letchworth Pines and doubles and singles events will be contested at Perry Bowling Center.

In the Open Division, teams consist of five bowlers; in the Women’s Division, teams are made up of four bowlers.

For more information and to download an entry form, go to

Information about other tournaments this month can be found by scrolling down this page to the March 2 Pin Points column.


Forty-one teams supported the Perry Fire Department’s “Sonny Yencer” three-person handicap no-tap tournament fundraiser last weekend.

The team of Shawn Illerbrun of Warsaw and Marie and Richard Stone of Perry placed first with a 2,420 total to take home the $440 top prize.

They were followed by Ed Doody of Pavilion, Brian Wetmore of Perry and Joe Rosowski of Warsaw, 2,413, $210; Brett Van Duser of Perry, Marty Weaver of Castile and Jamie Schery of Pike, 2,411, $120; and the Perry trio of Rachel Van Duser, John Huntz and Chris Huntz, 2,372, $90.

At Mount Morris Lanes, the Motley Crew team captained by Dave DiSalvo won the Bob Bertram Memorial five-person no-tap tournament’s first prize of $1,000.

A team captained by Tom Sweeney placed second, good for $500.

DiSalvo also won the singles tournament with 878 – earning another $200.

More than $1,200 was generated for both Livingston County Hospice and Teresa House by the event’s 40 teams.


Bowlers from Mancuso Bowling Center and Perry Bowling Center combined forces to take first place in Division A of the Genesee Region USBC Youth Team Tournament on March 4-5 at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

The Thrown Together squad of Brooke Jurek, Emma Miller, Tony Sprague and Matt Hurlburt posted a 2,555 score with handicap to edge Scopano's Scrappers team by eight pins and capture the top prize of $100 scholarships each.

In Division C (there was no Division B), scholarships went to the Mancuso's team of Lily Martin, Jonah Martin, Noah Martin and Zach Wester with 2,440.

The Genesee Region Youth Travel League concludes its season this Sunday afternoon at Mancuso Bowling Center. Batavia Strike Force holds an 11-point lead with 19 points up for grabs as it takes on second-place Scopano’s Lanes No. 1.


Thoughts and prayers go out to the Allis family from the Medina area and the Ecker family of Albion on the passing of their loved ones – Sydney Allis and Bill Ecker.

Syd was the patriarch of a multi-generational and extremely skilled bowling family that lists around 20 USBC-certified adult and youth members. He passed away on March 12 at the age of 92.

Bill, who died suddenly on March 9 at the age of 55, leaves behind his wife, Kay, and sons, Cameron and Dallas, all avid bowlers at Oak Orchard Bowl.

(Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column appears every other Thursday on The Batavian, the region’s No. 1 source for online news. To advertise on this page, contact Mike at [email protected] or at 585-343-3736).

March 2, 2017 - 7:30am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

With multiple 300 games, 800 series and tournament victories, Chris Bardol, an “adopted” Batavian by way of Rochester and Brockport, is in the upper echelon of bowlers in our area.bardol.jpg

But on wood lanes, like the ones he cut his bowling teeth on at Brockport Bowl, the 29-year-old right-hander stands at the very top.

Bardol, owner of North Pole Restaurant in Batavia, added to his accomplishments recently when he captured the $1,000 first prize at the Miller Lanes scratch tournament in Honeoye Falls on Feb. 19 and, two nights later, when he posted 247-267-300—814 in the G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

Both centers have wood lanes.

In Honeoye Falls, Bardol outlasted 88 other entrants, defeating Brian Hall of Macedon, 238-234, in the title match. He also was the high qualifier in the event with a 935 score for four games – a 233 average.

In the G&W Vending League, Bardol has averaged around 225 over the past four seasons, rolling a handful of perfect games and 800 series along the way.

And just two nights ago, he nearly tacked on a couple more honor scores with a 277-289-218—784 effort on lanes 3-4.  A 10-pin on the 11th ball of the second game cost him another 300 and five 10-pins and a 4-pin in the final game cost him a high 800 series.

His 784 wasn’t the evening’s best, however, as 22-year-old Rochester resident Rich Ehnre exploded for 257-300-265—822 on lanes 5-6.

Bardol said many of today’s young competitive bowlers have problems on wood lanes, since most of them have learned how to bowl on synthetic lanes.

“I definitely don’t shy away from them (wood lanes),” he said, noting that he his familiarity with the way wood lanes transition gives him an advantage.

He also competes in (and co-sponsors) the North Pole/Family Affair Boat Repair League on Thursday nights at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia (another hall with wood lanes), but said he hasn’t been able to dial in there just yet.

“I’ve been banging my head against the wall to manage 630 or 640 (in league play) there,” he said. “It’s been tough as the shot seems to change from week to week.”

Bardol said he plans to defend his T.F. Brown’s scratch singles tournament title at Mancuso’s later this month (see the March tournament listing below).


Two of Orleans County’s finest – Medina residents Curtis Foss and Mike Allis – notched 300 games in league play last month.

Foss, who has split time between WNY and Florida this season, filled in on the Friday Night Mixers League at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion on Feb. 17 to the tune of 268-300-268—836, and now has four 800 series this season alone.  He is averaging 240 for 33 games in the league.

Allis, another high-revving power player, recorded his second 300 game of the season on Feb. 9 in the Thursday Firefighters League at Medina Lanes, and finished with a 750 series.


Bob Hodgson, the retired school teacher who has excelled in league play at Medina Lanes over the years, came through with three strikes in the 10th frame of the title match on Sunday to place first in the 60-and-Over Tournament Bowlers Club event at Pleasure Lanes in Hilton.

Hodgson defeated Charlie Gfleller, 257-246, in an exciting finale that saw the 81-year-old Gfleller end with a flurry of strikes to force Hodgson to double in the 10th.

After a slow start in qualifying (181), Hodgson, 69, said he switched to a “just drilled” Roto-Grip Daredevil and the results were impressive. He finished with 251 and 247 for a 679 series to secure the final spot to match play, and then bowled 258 and 258 to advance to the title game.

Attica’s Joe Trigilio rolled 740 in qualifying and also cashed.


Buffalo residents John Masiello, Bill Swiat and John Stobnicki teamed with Rochester’s Steve Meyer to take first place in the annual Ron Riggi Memorial handicap team tournament at Legion Lanes in Le Roy last weekend.

The winning foursome posted 3,629 with handicap for four games to take home the $1,000 top prize.

Local bowlers Matt Balduf, Mark Brown, Tom Rohl and Scott Culp were second with 3,540, good for $500, and Balduf and Brown were also on the third-place team with Rob Sease and Sam Steffenella, shooting 3,531 and winning $320.

The top seven teams cashed out of the 40 that entered.  In the optional singles event, Shayne Herold of Le Roy placed first with 992 to win $150.

The Scotts Rockin’ team of Tom Borer, Julie Grover and Eileen Nugent placed first with a 2,400 score at the Nunda Fire Company three-person handicap no-tap event at Letchworth Pines in Portageville. Nunda Lumber was second at 2,386 and Once Again placed third at 2,381.

The tourney drew 57 teams.

Individually, Steve Maher of Castile won the singles event with an 858 score. He was followed by Craig Barkley of Portageville (849), Eric Galton of Portageville (844) and John Thompson of Dalton (842).


Teams from Perry Bowling Center and Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia took top honors at the Genesee Region USBC Youth Doubles Tournament at Mount Morris Lanes on Feb. 18-19.

In Division A, Matt Hurlburt and Dennis Van Duser combined for a 1,345 score to move past Skylar Laesser and James Townsend (Mancuso's) and win the $200 scholarship -- $100 apiece. Laesser and Townsend posted 1,320.

Dominic Perkins (Mount Morris) and Townsend placed third with 1,292.

In Division B, Brooke Jurek and Van Duser earned the $200 scholarship with 1,194 -- five pins better than Madelynn Pimm and Brooke Jarkiewicz (Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen).

Haylee Thornley and Zack Wester (Mancuso's) placed third with 1,124.

In Division C, Brock Bigsby and Ben Sputore (Mancuso's) placed first, winning the $200 scholarship, with 1,229.

They were followed by Lily Martin and Jonah Martin (Mancuso's and Jillian Menzie and Jarkiewicz (Rose Garden Bowl) with 1,198 and 1,186, respectively.

The tournament attracted 28 teams. The top three teams in each division received trophies.


Following is a list of tournaments in the Genesee Region during the month of March:

GRUSBC Youth Team, March 4-5, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen: Squad times are at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. and during the GR Youth Travel League on Sunday. Entry fee is $64 per four-person team. Teams will be divided into three groups, by average, with scholarships and trophies awarded to the top three teams in each division. To enter, call 585-284-2637.

18th annual Bob Bertram Memorial No-Tap, March 4-5, 11-12, Mount Morris Lanes: Squad times are at noon and 3 p.m. each of the four days of the five-person, no-tap handicap event that benefits Livingston County Hospice and Teresa House. First place is $1,000 guaranteed. Entry fee is $125 per team. To enter, call 585-658-2540.

King & Queen Mixed Doubles, March 11, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia: Squad times are noon and 2 p.m. for this mixed doubles handicap event, which offers a $500 top prize based on 60 entries. Entry fee is $50 per team. The top 12 teams will advance to match play. To enter, call 716-474-7960.

Sonny Yencer Perry FD No-Tap, March 11-12, Perry Bowling Center: The Perry FD handicap tournament fundraiser returns after a couple-year hiatus with squads at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3, 5 and 7 p.m. on Sunday. The entry fee is $60 per team. To enter, call 585-237-6358.

T.F. Brown’s Scratch Eliminator, March 17-18, Mancuso Bowling Center: A $1,500 first prize awaits the winner of this scratch singles tournament that lists squad times (four games) at 6:30 p.m. on March 17 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 18. Entry fee is $65. One in five bowlers per squad will advance to the eliminator round (where half the field advances after each game). To enter, call 716-474-7960.

KIWA Three-Person No-Tap, March 18, Medina Lanes: The entry fee is $75 per team for his handicap event, which lists squads at 1 and 3 p.m. The prize fund is based on entries. Call 585-318-4474 to enter.

Five-Person Baker Team Challenge, March 19, Medina Lanes: This handicap five-person event offers a $1,000 first prize and $500 second prize – both guaranteed. Squad times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with each team rolling eight Baker-style games (where players alternate frames) across eight lanes, and then one in five will advance to match play. To enter, call 585-318-4474

60-and-Over Tour Scratch, March 26, Rose Garden Bowl: Open to all bowlers age 60 and over, there will be two three-game qualifying squads, with the top 12, including a guaranteed spot for a bowler in the 65-69, 70-74 and 75-and-over divisions, advancing to match play. To enter, call 585-739-3097.

GRUSBC Association Tournament, March 24-26, 31, April 1-2: Letchworth Pines will host the Team event and Perry Bowling Center will host Doubles & Singles for the annual association tournament, which features five-person teams in Open and Women’s Divisions. Squad times are at 7 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. and 2:30 (or 3 p.m. for D/S) on Saturdays and 11:30 a.m and 3 p.m. on Sundays.  For more information, go to

(Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column appears every other Thursday on The Batavian, the region’s No. 1 source for online news. To advertise on this page, contact Mike at [email protected] or at 585-343-3736).

February 16, 2017 - 7:04am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.


The affectionately-named “house pro” took it to the house on Sunday by posting a wire-to-wire victory in the 56th annual Genesee Region USBC Masters Tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

Rich Wagner (at left in photo at top along with runner-up Jim Foss) burst onto the bowling scene as a teenager – I think he had the first of his dozens of 300 games at the age of 15 – and, over the next 19 years, has continued to be a dominant league and tournament player in the area.

The Batavia left-hander has been especially tough at Mancuso’s, where he regularly averages around the 230 mark in the Thursday night league (he bowls just once a week) and usually cashes in tournaments there.

Last weekend, he quickly took control of the eight-bowler Peterson Point finals of the Masters by defeating No. 1 qualifier Scott Shields of Batavia, 226-219, in the opening match to move into the top spot.  From there, he stayed in front the rest of the way to capture the $475 first prize along with a special Masters champion ring and plaque.

“It feels great. This is the one I wanted,” Wagner said. “I’m kind of speechless right now.”

Wagner averaged 215 for his eight games on Sunday and 216 overall during the scratch singles tournament, which started on Saturday with qualifying (four games) and semifinal (top 16, four games) rounds.

Seventy-two bowlers entered the event, which was contested on the challenging Kegel Beaten Path oil pattern – a 41-foot condition that created an “out-of-bounds” outside of the second arrow.

“I played a completely different shot than I normally do here – the second arrow. Usually I play up the gutter. I just had to keep focused and tried to stay clean,” Wagner said, who added he received “sound advice” from his father, Rich, who cheered him on during the finals.

Ironically, in an age where new bowling balls are being released to the public on what seem a weekly basis, Wagner uses a Storm X-Factor Ace (circa 2004) and a Jet Altitude (2011).

“The Ace is almost old enough to have a learner’s permit,” he joked.

It was the first Masters title for Wagner, a corrections officer who found success in late November – winning two of three matches -- as a contestant on the Buffalo-based TV show, "Beat The Champ."

After beating Shields in the first game on Sunday, Wagner built a 177-point lead after a sixth-game, a 217-180 win over eventual runner-up Jim Foss of Medina. He coasted home despite losing his last two matches.

Wagner posted a 5-3 match game record in the finals, and amassed 327 Peterson Points -- 90 more than Foss. Bowlers are awarded Peterson Points based on match victories (30 points for a win, 15 for a tie) and score in relation to 200.

Foss earned $325 for placing second, and Shields won $225 for his third-place finish.  Foss reached the finals at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo in 2013 but was unable to bowl as he was in a car accident on the way to the tournament. Shields was the runner-up in 2014 at Medina Lanes.

Defending champion Scott Culp of Lima was fourth, good for $175, and was followed by Rick Lee of Mount Morris ($150), Nate Wright of Batavia ($135), Joe Trigilio of Attica ($120) and Brian Weber of Perry ($110).

The top 16 bowlers out of the 72 who entered cashed. Other cashers were Jason Quilliam of Batavia ($90), Curtis Foss of Medina ($90), Brady Weber of Perry ($85), Bob Santini of Mount Morris ($85), Mike Pettinella of Batavia ($80), Scott Allis of Medina ($80), Rob Stefani of Batavia ($75) and Jeff Wolinski of Perry ($75).

To view final standings, qualifying and semifinal scores, go to


A not-so-funny thing happened to Rick Lee on his way to a possible 800 series in the Wednesday Night Labatts Classic League on Feb. 1 at Mount Morris Lanes.

The 46-year-old right-hander had already posted games of 300 and 265 on lanes 3-4, putting himself in position for his second USBC-certified 800.

Unfortunately, in the eighth frame of the last game, he stuck at the foul line and fell onto the lane – over the foul line – which cost him his pinfall. After gathering himself, he left the 10-pin on the spare ball for an open frame.

He came back with four straight strikes, but the damage was done. The 223 third game resulted in a 788 total.

Obviously, Lee, a sales engineer for Frontier Communications, was disappointed.

“You get that close, and to come up shy by sticking and going over the foul line …,” he said. “And the thing is that I always drag my left foot to start my approach to make sure it slides. I’m real cautious about sticking.”

Still, Lee – using a Storm IQ Tour -- registered his fourth perfect game and raised his average to 229.

He said he changed his game a couple years ago, opting to throw a straighter line with more speed, and has raised his average from the low 200s.

Longtime league and tournament bowler Jim Passarell of Albion finally entered the 300 circle as he posted a perfect game on Feb. 6 while substituting in the Sneezy’s Monday Night League at Oak Orchard Bowl.

“I came close many times and had a couple of non-sanctioned 300s, but on Monday night things fell into place,” said Passarell, a 62-year-old right-hander who bowls regularly in the Thursday Firefighters League at Medina Lanes.

The fleet parts manager for Kistner Concrete in East Pembroke said he played an inside line on lanes 5-6 while one of his two Storm Marvel Pearl bowling balls – a “pin up” version “that I knew would turn the corner.”

His magic touch eluded him a bit after the opening 300 as he finished with a 645 series.

In any event, he now has his perfect game to go along with the 810 series he rolled in February 1990 in league play at Oak Orchard Bowl.


It’s not too late to sign up your team for the 21st annual Betty Ellison “Strike Out for Crossroads House” fundraiser this weekend at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Although the Friday night and Saturday 6 p.m. squads are full, openings remain for the Saturday 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. squads.

The entry fee is $100 per team and all proceeds – there is no prize money – will go to benefit Crossroads House, a comfort home for the dying.

This year’s tournament is dedicated to the late Joe Gerace, a lifelong Batavian who organized many teams over the years.  Gerace passed away on Nov. 17 at the age of 80.

To enter, contact Tara Lowder at 585-409-0136.

Medina Lanes will be hosting the Webster-Bane Memorial no-tap singles tournament at 2 p.m. Feb. 26.  The entry fee is $20.  Call Medina Lanes at 318-4474 for details.

For information on other tournaments this month, scroll down to the Feb. 2 Pin Points column.


Thirty-six teams and onlookers combined to raise $1,890 for Genesee Cancer Assistance at the Curt Haight Memorial four-person no-tap tournament on Jan. 21 at Mancuso’s.

The Rochester team of Steve Meyer, John Martorella Sr., Norm Bialuski and Kara Mangiola placed first, winning $900, and the team of Mark Brown of Attica, Kai Clark of Rochester, Traci Spanitz of Rochester and Rob Sease of Brockport was second, winning $500.

The top six teams cashed.


Mount Morris Lanes is hosting the 11th annual Genesee Region USBC Youth Doubles Tournament this weekend – squads are at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. and during the GR Youth Travel League at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

GRUSBC youth members will be teaming up for handicap doubles competition in three divisions, based on their combined averages. Scholarships will be awarded to the first-place teams in each division and trophies will go to the top three spots in each division.

The entry fee is $32 per team.  Contact Tom Fluker, GRUSBC president, at 585-284-2637, to enter.

In recent Travel League action, Scopano’s I maintained its five-point lead over Batavia Strike Force with a split against third-place Batavia X-Factor at Mancuso’s on Feb. 5.

Individually, Matt Baker and Skylar Laesser rolled 606 and 601 series, respectively, to lead the boys while Emma Miller had 584 to lead the girls.


Jason Belmonte’s two-year drought is over.

The three-time Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year won his seventh major title by defeating Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 221-204, in a battle of two-handers in the finals of the Barbasol PBA Players Championship Sunday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus (Ohio) Bowl.

The Australian pocketed $40,000 for the victory, which is his 13th PBA Tour title overall. Prior to Sunday, his last win was his record third straight USBC Masters in February 2015.

The PBA is back with another live show at 1 p.m. this Sunday on ESPN – the finals of the Tournament of Champions. On Feb. 26, there will be back-to-back live telecasts of the USBC Masters finals and World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, beginning at 1 p.m.

In other PBA news, 24-year-old E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., was the overwhelming choice as the 2016 GEICO Chris Schenkel Player of the Year, and Francois Lavoie of Quebec City, Canada, was selected as the PBA Rookie of the Year.

Tackett’s year featured four titles, including a victory in the PBA World Championship, and he led the earnings list with $154,900.  Lavoie captured the U.S. Open, a major. En route to his victory, he rolled the first nationally-televised perfect game in the tournament’s 74-year history.

(Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column appears every other Thursday on The Batavian, the region’s No. 1 source for online news. To advertise on this page, contact Mike at [email protected] or at 585-343-3736).

February 11, 2017 - 2:47pm

The 21st annual bowling tournament known as the Betty Ellison Memorial "Strike Out" for Crossroads House will take place next weekend -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday Feb. 17-19 -- at Mancuso Bowling Center, located at 214 Main St. in the City of Batavia.

This year it is dedicated in memory of Joe Gerace, longtime Crossroads House supporter and champion in community service and volunteerism.

Each five-person team fee is a total of $100 ($20 per person).

Lane times are: Friday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Secure registration and payment can be made at the Crossroads House website: (choose the Events tab).

Registration forms are also available at MBC or at Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia.

For additional information, call Cindy at 993-0584 or Tara at 409-0136.

February 2, 2017 - 8:57am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Handicap bowling tournaments have much to offer in the way of competition, prize money, charitable fundraising, social bonding, etc., etc.

For those who run these events, however, the process of determining handicap – additional pins given to bowlers based on their averages – can be difficult and, at times, contentious.

Not only do tournament managers have to come up with a fair handicap formula (for example, 90 percent of the difference in the bowler’s average and 220) but they also have to be aware of bowlers who have compiled tournament scores and/or exhibit skill levels above and beyond their recorded league averages.

And, more importantly than awareness, tournament directors must not be afraid to adjust a bowler’s average when necessary in order to ensure the fairness of the tournament.

As someone who runs several tournaments each year, I adhere to the “big picture” philosophy:  It is better to possibly upset one or two people whose averages need to be adjusted (hopefully they will agree with the “rerate”) than to tee off the majority and destroy the tournament’s integrity.

In the course of promoting handicap regular and no-tap tournaments through this column, I take note of the variety of handicap formulas that are used.  The percentage varies from 70 to 100 percent, and the average base varies from 200 to 230.

A closer look at these handicap schemes shows that a tournament using 80 percent of 200, for example, favors the higher average bowler.

Most good bowlers today have 210, 220, 230 and even 240 league averages. When they bowl in tournaments with a 200 average base, they are getting free handicap pins in two ways – they’re not penalized for averaging over 200 and the bowlers averaging less than 200 are not receiving as many pins as they would have if the base was higher.

Thus, I am not surprised when the higher average bowlers continue to win and place high in these handicap tournaments.

Then there’s the “sandbagging” factor or the art of keeping one’s league average at a level less than the bowler’s true ability.

Tournament directors should be aware that they have the backing of the United States Bowling Congress to adjust (rerate) averages through Rule 17a and 319 of the USBC Playing Rules. And just recently, the USBC established an online directory of bowlers who already have been rerated, and welcomes tournament directors to submit names of bowlers who they have adjusted or rerated.

Per Rule 17a, information that can be used by tournament managers for average adjustment prior to the start of competition includes, but is not limited to:

-- Average bowled on a Sport/Challenge condition in a league was not marked as such;

-- Bowler has multiple league averages which are significantly higher, all with less than 21 games;

-- Bowler shows a big decrease in average in consecutive years;

-- Bowler has had his/her entering average adjusted by another tournament. lists averages for all USBC-certified bowlers, including those in leagues with less than 21 games (as long as the secretary of the league forwards these averages to their local association office). It is not uncommon to find bowlers who have much higher averages in leagues where they have bowled less than 21 games (the number primarily used for consideration in tournament play) than they do in leagues where they have bowled a full season.

Additionally, there are those who bowl in houses with tougher lane conditions and, generally speaking, their league averages prove to be less than their tournament averages.

Rule 319c requires tournament bowlers to report any previous average rerates or adjustments, whether the bowler accepted the adjustment/rerate or not, at the time of bowling.  If a bowler refuses an adjustment or rerate, he or she can appeal to the USBC Rules Department or choose not to bowl and, if applicable, receive a refund of his or her entry fee.

Tournament directors owe it to all of their bowlers to run the fairest events possible by carefully considering the handicap formula and by using the average adjustment/rerate tools at their disposal.

Through detailed record-keeping, sharing data with and obtaining data from local association officials, and utilizing the national rerate database, tournament managers will be better equipped to conduct fair and equitable tournaments.


February may be the shortest month, but there is no shortage of local tournaments scheduled over the next four weekends.

Feb. 11-12, GRUSBC Masters, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia

Batavian Paul Spiotta once again will be directing the Genesee Region USBC Masters, a scratch singles tournament featuring a four-game qualifier, four-game semifinals and (for the top eight finishers) eight-game Peterson Point finals.

Qualifying squad times (four games) are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, with the semifinals to follow. The top eight will return at 1 p.m. Sunday for head-to-head match play with bonus points awarded for victories and scores in relation to 200.

Scott Culp of Lima is the defending champion.  The lane condition will not be a “house” shot.

First place, based on 80 entries, is $500 plus a ring. One in five entries will cash.  To enter, contact Spiotta at 585-303-6458.

Feb. 17-19, Strike Out for Crossroads House, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia

The 21st annual Betty Ellison “Strike Out for Crossroads House” fundraiser has already sold out two of its four squads – on Friday night and at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Openings for the five-person team event do remain, however, for the 3 p.m. squad on Saturday and the 1 p.m. squad on Sunday.  The entry fee is $100 per team and all proceeds – there is no prize money – will go to benefit Crossroads House, a comfort home for the dying.

This year’s tournament is dedicated to the late Joe Gerace, a lifelong Batavian who organized many teams over the years.  Gerace passed away on Nov. 17 at the age of 80.

To enter, contact Tara Lowder at 585-409-0136.

Feb. 18, Valentines Luv’em or Hate’em Mixed Doubles, Medina Lanes

This is a man-woman doubles handicap event with a guaranteed first prize of $500.

Squad times are 1 and 3:30 p.m., with match play to follow. The entry fee is $55 per team.

Handicap is based on 80 percent of a 440 team average and the 10-pin rule is in effect, meaning that a bowler must use this season’s highest average if it is at least 10 pins more than the 2015-16 highest average.

To enter, call Medina Lanes at 585-318-4474.

Feb. 18-19, Nunda Fire Company Three-Person No-Tap, Letchworth Pines, Portageville

A $700 first prize (based on 40 teams) awaits the winner of this fundraising tournament that lists squad times are noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The entry fee is $60 per team. An optional singles tournament and 300 game jackpot also are available.

Prize money will go to one out of every 10 entries. Handicap is based on 100 percent of 200, using last year’s highest USBC league average, with a maximum of 75 pins per game per bowler.

To enter, contact Dana Cotton at 585-261-5799.

Feb. 24-26, Ron Riggi Memorial Four-Person, Legion Lanes, Le Roy

Squad times for the 15th annual Riggi Memorial handicap event are 6:30 p.m. Friday, noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and noon and 3 p.m. Sunday.

First place, based on 40 entries, is $1,000. The entry fee is $100 per team. Handicap is based on 80 percent of 210 and the 10-pin rule is in effect.

Proceeds will go toward two scholarships in Ron Riggi’s name to a junior bowler at Legion Lanes and in Rochester.

To enter, contact Mark Brown at 716-474-7960 or Legion Lanes at 585-768-8597.


Three no-tap tournaments took place over the past couple weeks at area bowling centers, and here are the results of two of them.

The team of Aaron Verheyn, Jeanette Sease and Scott Allis captured the $500 first prize at the “Knock Cancer to the Gutter” event at Medina Lanes, posting a 2,600 score with handicap to edge the second place team of Jeremy Herman, Shannon Parker and Chris Bacon by five pins.

The top 10 teams earned prize money at the tourney, which raised several thousand dollars for the family of Shaun Ayrhart, who has an incurable brain tumor.

The foursome of Shayne Herold, Mike Hackett, Tom Rohl and Mark Brown split the $600 top prize at the Help-R-Heroes event at Legion Lanes in Le Roy. Twenty-one teams entered, raising $2,200 to support wounded soldiers returning home.

Calls and emails to obtain results of the Curt Haight Memorial four-person no-tap event were not returned.


Many area bowlers, especially those in the Warsaw and Bergen areas, will remember Ken Raley who passed away on Jan. 1 at the age of 73.

Raley managed the former Valley View Lanes in Warsaw in the 1990s, and in later years pushed through debilitating illness to bowl in leagues and tournaments at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

As I recall, he was proud of his golf simulator during his time at Valley View and would make an occasional trip to Mancuso’s in Batavia (when I was the manager there) to obtain a part for a pinsetter.

A Vietnam Vet, he was a unique and a bit eccentric individual, who often would display his gift of gab by sharing an amusing story.


The Genesee Region Youth Travel League is in action at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Currently, Scopano’s I holds a 5 ½ point lead over Batavia Strike Force, with Perry Bowling Center another seven points back.

In recent action, Trevor O’Dell of Scopano’s led the way with a 253 game and 648 series while Corinne Saluste of Strike Force led the girls with a 204 game and 545 series.

The GRUSBC board of directors will be meeting at 1 p.m. at T.F. Brown’s on Sunday as well.

January 19, 2017 - 8:02am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Tournaments, tournaments, tournaments.

The past couple weeks have produced some exciting and impressive performances by bowlers – young and old – in tournaments across the Genesee Region. And there are plenty more to come before the season ends.

So, let’s get to it.

Genesee Region USBC Scratch Memorial
Jan. 7-8, Medina Lanes

Bowling on two different – and challenging -- lane conditions (a 47-foot pattern during qualifying and a 38-foot pattern during the semifinals and step-ladder finals), the 63rd GRUSBC Scratch Memorial came down to a battle of the local association’s high-revving scratch_memorial_finalists.jpgheavyweights – Scott Culp of Lima (at right in photo) and Curtis Foss of Medina (at left).

The two had met in the finals of this event back in 2009 at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield, with Foss emerging victorious.

This time, it was Culp who captured the title and $750 first prize, putting together three strikes in frames eight through 10 for a 206-189 win.  Foss earned $400.

Culp entered the five-person step-ladder finals as the No. 2 seed after eight qualifying and semifinal games and, following a victory over fifth-seeded Geoff Harloff of Batavia, 231-204 -- earned the right to square off against the top-seeded Foss.

It was the second straight GRUSBC scratch tournament victory for Culp, who won the Masters Tournament last February at Oak Orchard Lanes in Albion.  He plans to defend his title next month at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

The tournament attracted 69 entrants -- up from 41 last year.

Harloff claimed the No. 5 seed -- the top five of the 17 qualifiers advanced to the step-ladder finals -- and moved up two places with victories over this writer, No. 4 Mike Pettinella of Batavia ( (216-193),  and No. 3 and defending champion Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw (246-223).

Harloff pocketed $300 while Gray won $250 and I was fortunate enough to earn $200.

Other qualifiers (in order of finish) were Fred Gravanda of Batavia, Scott Allis of Medina, Brady Weber of Perry, Chris Bacon of Medina, Rick Lee of Mount Morris, Mickey Hyde of Le Roy, Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls, Brett Van Duser of Perry, Dean Cadieux Jr. of Oakfield, Aaron Verheyn of Medina, Bob Santini of Mount Morris and Rich Wagner of Batavia.

For tournament statistics, go to

Mount Morris Pepsi Open
Jan. 13-15, Mount Morris Lanes

Norm Bialuski of Rochester, a regular participant in tournaments in the Batavia area, added $1,500 to his bank account on Sunday evening at the 39th annual Mount Morris Pepsi Open.

Bialuski outscored the red-hot Dan Vick of Rochester, 276-266, in the championship match of the event contested for the first time on the eight-lane center’s new synthetic lanes.

Proprietor Bob Santini used a short-oil pattern (37 feet) which forced the bowlers to move to the extreme right (or left in the case of left-hander Vick) of the lane. And when they did, and matched up with the right ball and the right speed, the strikes came in bunches. It took a score of 854 for four games to make the cut (cashers) and after that -- in the eliminator rounds and match play -- most of the winning scores were in the 220 range and up.

Vick, a winner of big tournaments in his hometown over the past few months, won $600, while Rochester residents John Martorella Sr. and Kara Mangiola won $200 apiece for reaching the semifinals. Martorella won the tournament in 2016.

Local bowlers who cashed were Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw, Dave DiSalvo of Mount Morris, Mickey Hyde of Le Roy and Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls.

The tournament drew 91 entrants, down from 103 last year.

GRUSBC Adult-Junior Doubles
Jan. 14-15, Medina Lanes

Medina bowlers topped the pack in both divisions of the tournament, which attracted 59 teams – 29 in the 12-and-Under category and 30 in the 13-and-Over category.

In the 12-and-Under division, Chris Bacon and his son, Jared, posted a 1,499 score with handicap to win the $250 first prize.  They were followed by Bailey Quilliam and her father, Jason, of Batavia; Gracelin and Jason Mahnke of Medina, Juliana and Amy Allis of Medina, and Madison and Joe Sanders of Medina.

In the 13-and-Over division, Foss teamed with youth bowler Alex Allis of Medina for a 1,443 score – two pins better and Matt and Diane Hurlburt of Perry.

Matt Hurlburt and Sean Sickles of Perry placed third, while the father-daughter duo of Tom and Danielle Fluker placed fourth and fifth.

The top five teams in each division earned prize money. All youth prize money will be placed into their SMART scholarship account through the United States Bowling Congress.

Individually, Matt Hurlburt notched the front nine strikes for a 279 game en route to a 737 series, and Alex Allis posted series of 697 and 643 (as bowlers were allowed to re-enter). Hurlburt also had a 653 series, and Sam Miller rolled a 264 game and 649 series.

High games: Juliana Allis 192, Dennis Van Duser 192, Ian Wagner 196, Ethan Cramer 231, Paige Snook 198, Jared Bacon 231, Morgan Allis 212, Gracelin Mahnke 191, Ryleigh Culver 193, Collin Scheiber 194, Julia Menzie 214, Danielle Fluker 190. By the way, Danielle Fluker registered her first 600 series ever -- 236-189-175--600 -- on Jan. 14 in the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

The adults registered numerous high series, led by Quilliam’s 730, Bacon’s 728, Steve O’Dell’s 726 and Foss’ 719. Scott Allis shot 706, while Mike Lavender had 694, John Culverwell 683, Fluker 668, Mahnke 659, Ray Neuman 655, Frank Jarkiewicz 651 and Colleen Pimm 604.

Scott Whittier Memorial Tournament
Jan. 7, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion

The team of Judy Ward of Albion, Robbie Hanks of Spencerport and Curtis Foss took top honors in the fifth annual Scott Whittier Memorial three-person no-tap tournament.

The fundraiser attracted 66 teams over four shifts of bowling and raised $1,500 for the Scott Whittier Scholarship Foundation.

Ward, Hanks and Foss split $600 for their 2,537 score with handicap, which was 14 pins more than the team of Brian Stefaniak, Chris Ray and Shannon Parker. Eleven teams cashed.

In tournament action in Buffalo on Jan. 15, Foss won the Greater Buffalo Bowlers Tour event at AMF Airport Lanes, defeating Carl Kinyon of Lockport, 224-223, in the title match for the $500 first prize.

The 29-year-old right-hander also added to his long list of honor scores with a 299-247-278—824 effort on Jan. 6 while substituting in the Friday Night Mixers League at Oak Orchard Bowl.


In national developments, news that David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas, has been elected to the USBC Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category transported me back in time to the late 1980s and early 1990s when the PBA Tour visited WNY on a regularozio_1.jpg basis.

I remember having lunch with Ozio at Marcel’s Olympic Bowl in Rochester during a promotion for the upcoming tour stop.  He was very gracious, answering all of my questions, and he was as classy off the lanes as he was smooth on the lanes.

You would be hard-pressed to find a bowler as fundamentally sound as Ozio, and if you don’t believe me, check out some of his videos on You Tube.

A 1995 inductee into the PBA Hall of Fame, Ozio has 11 titles, including the 1991 PBA Tournament of Champions in 1991 – a year in which he won four events and was recognized as the PBA Player of the Year.

Today, Ozio, 62, a former competitive fisherman, spends more than 300 days each year on the water at Texas' Lake Fork, where he offers guided fishing tours and instruction.


I’ve often noted that bowling is a lifetime sport.

On Jan. 11, 70-year-old John Buchanan III of Evansville, Ind., experienced the thrill of a lifetime when he became the oldest bowler in USBC history to record a 900 series. The right-hander’s achievement came in the Woodward Commercial Seniors League at Evansville’s Franklin Lanes.

Just three weeks shy of his 71st birthday, Buchanan surpasses Dale Gerhard of Mill Hall, Pa., as the oldest to attain three-game perfection. Gerhard was 59 when he rolled his 900 series last January.

Buchanan's achievement is pending approval from USBC and would be the 31st USBC-approved 900.


Three handicap no-tap tournaments to benefit worthy causes are scheduled fo Mancuso Bowling Center, Legion Lanes in Le Roy and Medina Lanes over the next two weekends.

-- The Curt Haight Memorial four-person no-tap tourney will take place this Saturday at Mancuso's, with squads at noon and 3 p.m.

First place, based on 48 teams, is $1,000, and the entry fee is $100 per team. A portion of the proceeds will go to Genesee Cancer Assistance,

To enter, contact Matt Balduf at 585-415-2964 or Mancuso Bowling Center at 585-343-1319.

-- The Help-R-Heroes four-person no-tap tourney will take place Jan. 27-29 in Le Roy, with squad times at 7 p.m. on Friday, noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

First place, based on 40 teams is $1,000. The entry fee is $100 per team.

Proceeds will go toward supporting wounded soldiers returning home.

To enter, contact Scott O’Neill at 585-409-0459.

-- The Knock Cancer to the Gutter three-person no-tap tournament is set for Jan. 28 at Medina Lanes, with squads at 2 and 4 p.m.

First place is a guaranteed $500. The entry fee is $75 per team.

Proceeds from the event as well as basket raffles and a 55-inch TV raffle will go to benefit the family of Shaun Ayrhart, who has been stricken with an incurable brain tumor.

 (Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column appears every other Thursday on The Batavian. To advertise on this page or to suggest story ideas, contact Mike at [email protected]).

January 5, 2017 - 8:05am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

The year 2016 was a year of numerous “highs” as well as the lowest of “lows” for Curtis Foss of Medina, unquestionably one of the best league and tournament bowlers in Western New York.


During the 12 months that dissolved into history at midnight last Saturday, the strapping 29-year-old right-hander rolled seven 300 games and two 800 series, cashed in numerous tournaments and averaged a Genesee Region USBC association-best 242 and 241 in two leagues at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

He placed third at the Greater Buffalo USBC’s Obenauer Masters last May, losing only to two of the Queen City’s best bowlers -- touring professionals Ryan Ciminelli and John Szczerbinski.

It was a shining moment for Foss, who has won four Genesee Region USBC Masters titles since 2008, but it also turned out to be the last time that his father, Bob Foss Jr., had a chance to watch Curtis bowl.

The next day, Bob, the 2012 GRUSBC Masters champion, suffered a stroke.  Less than five months later, he died at the age of 55.

Since then, Curtis has immersed himself into bowling more than ever – competing in leagues from Monday through Friday and in tournaments on the weekends -- as he struggles to deal with the loss of his dad and his best friend.

“I think about him every day. I’m just trying to get through each day,” Foss said. “He always was with me when we drove to tournaments.  It’s been hard to get my mindset (in the right place). Dad was always there.”

Curtis has been splitting time between Genesee County and Florida over the past three months, subbing in leagues in Albion, Medina, Oakfield, Batavia, Lockport and Buffalo when not staying with friends in the Sunshine State.

Foss said he will be bowling in the Scott Whittier Memorial three-person no-tap tournament in Albion this Saturday and the GRUSBC Scratch Memorial singles tournament at Medina Lanes on Sunday, before heading to Florida on Jan. 17 for another month-long stay.

His plans there include competing in a PBA South Regional tournament in Tavares on Feb. 4.

“I’m bowling as much as I can,” said Foss, acknowledging that his father would have wanted it that way and that it keeps him from dwelling on his dad’s passing. “I plan to be back here to bowl in the (GRUSBC) Masters on February 11th.”

He already has added to his list of 800 sets in 2017, having recorded 814 on Tuesday night (Jan. 3) at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport.

Foss now 25 perfect games and 15 800 series, and coupled with his tournament success, he may be in line to land an amateur staff position with Storm Bowling, since he uses only Storm and Roto-Grip (a division of Storm) bowling balls.


Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw will be attempting to defend his title this weekend at the 63rd GRUSBC Scratch Memorial Tournament at Medina Lanes. Gray is signed up for the first of four qualifying squads at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Other qualifying squads (four games) are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, with one in five bowlers advancing to the four-game semifinals.

First place, based on 80 entries, is $1,000.  For registration information, go to to download an entry form.

(To see a list of other local tournaments this month, scroll down to the Dec. 22 Pin Points column on this page).


Just as fellow Batavian Rich Wagner did before him, veteran bowler Fred Gravanda won two of his three matches on the “Beat The Champ” TV show, a regular weekend feature of WBBZ-TV (MeTV) out of Buffalo.

In the show from Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia that aired on Dec. 24, Gravanda defeated John Danielwicz of Sanborn, 247-224, and Paul Tatone of St. Catharines, Ontario, 246-197, before falling to George Szczublewski of West Seneca, 258-215. The 66-year-old right-hander earned $250 for his effort.

On the final show from Mancuso’s that aired on Dec. 31, the duo of Frank Jarkiewicz of Byron and Laurie Morgante of Bergen captured a mixed doubles event by defeating the brother and sister team of Chris and Jennifer Bardol of Rochester in the title match.  Other competitors were the husband and wife duos of Rich and Jen Wagner, and Mark and Penny Brown.


Shawn Hurlburt of Freedom rolled 803 – his first USBC-certified 800 series -- on Dec. 22 in the Thursday Nite Intertown League at Letchworth Pines in Portageville. His games on lanes 3-4 were 245-279-279.

Hurlburt, a 40-year-old right-hander who works for Bliss Machine in Arcade, said he used a Track Hx05 ball, spotting around the second arrow, to consistently hit the pocket. After the opening 245, he left only a 10-pin in the sixth frame of game two and another 10-pin in the ninth frame of game three.

Hurlburt said he was calm – until the final two shots.

“I was definitely nervous on the 11th ball because I knew I needed that one,” he said. “But I threw it good. On the last ball, it went Brooklyn (crossing to the left of the 1-3 pocket), but they all went down.”

Hurlburt is averaging 213 in the league, which consist of five-person teams.  He said he is choosing a ring as his award from the United States Bowling Congress.

He has three children, including Karson, a ninth-grader who bowls for the Pioneer Central School team.

On Dec. 22, Robbie Hanks registered a 300 game on lanes 7-8 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion. Previously, the son of proprietor Randy Hanks notched an 800 series in a summer league on May 19.

And on Dec. 28, Scott Allis of Medina recorded a 300 game en route to a 740 series in the Wednesday Community League at Medina Lanes.  Allis has been red-hot this season, shooting an 811 on Sept. 14 and a 290 game on Oct. 27.


A 15-5 victory over Batavia Strike Force propelled the Scopano’s I team into first place at the halfway point of the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

Mason Cadieux’s 521 series sparked the Oakfield foursome to the win in Dec. 18 action at Mancuso Bowling Center.  Cadieux’s series with handicap was 761, which is high for the season.

The league resumes competition at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

Scopano’s I holds a 5.5 point lead over Strike Force, with Perry Bowling Center another 10 points back in the 12-team league.

Individually, Matt Hurlburt of Perry led the way with a 210 game and 575 series for the boys, while Emma Miller of Batavia X-Factor rolled a 190 game and 466 series to lead the girls.

(Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column appears every other Thursday on The Batavian. To advertise on this page or to suggest story ideas, contact Mike at [email protected]).

December 22, 2016 - 7:52am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

WALTER RAY WILLIAMS JR., the all-time leader in victories on the Professional Bowlers Association national tour, reached another milestone last week at the PBA/PBA50/PBA60 Decker Appraisal Services Baker Trios tournament in Harrisonburg, Va.


“Deadeye,” as he is known by virtue of his bowling and horseshoe pitching skill, combined with Dennis Lane and Dick Allen to win the trios event for his 100th overall PBA title.

Some of you may remember that Walter Ray put on a bowling and horseshoe pitching exhibition at Mancuso Bowling Center (then Mancuso Lanes) about 30 years ago at the invitation of Mike DiMartino. It was quite a show as Williams, a nine-time World Champion horseshoe pitcher, and DiMartino, at least a nine-time NYS horseshoe pitching champion, tossed ringer after ringer on portable pits set up in the parking lot outside the bowling center's east entrance.

Williams' latest bowling title is his 10th as a PBA50 Regional competitor. He also has 47 wins on the regular PBA Tour, 32 PBA Regional crowns and 11 PBA50 Tour titles.

Fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber has 99 combined Tour titles.

In other PBA news:

-- Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., won his first PBA Tour title in eight years, defeating Darren Tang of San Francisco, 279-143, in the finals of the Cheetah Championship that was televised on Sunday on ESPN.

The win added $20,000 to Wolfe’s bank account, while Tang, a 21-year-old rookie, pocketed $10,000.

-- The finals of three more “animal pattern” tournaments from last month’s World Series of Bowling will be televised this weekend on ESPN – the Chameleon Championship at 1 p.m. Saturday, and a Christmas Day doubleheader on Sunday featuring the Scorpion Championship at 2:30 p.m. and the Shark Championship at 3:30 p.m.

-- Last month, I cast my vote for three people on the ballot for the PBA Hall of Fame and I am glad to announce that all three – Bryan Goebel, Steve Hoskins and Mike Scroggins – have been elected for superior performance.

All three were forces on the PBA Tour in the 1980s, ‘90s and 2000s. Goebel and Hoskins are 10-time champions with major tournament titles, and Scroggins has eight titles including the USBC Masters and U.S. Open.

Induction ceremonies will take place on Feb. 13 at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.


Fans of the “Beat The Champ” bowling show on WBBZ-TV (MeTV) were able to watch Batavian Rich Wagner win two matches before losing his third match on Dec. 10 – earning $250 for his efforts – and now will have the opportunity to see another Batavia resident this Saturday at 4 p.m. (with a repeat showing at 11 p.m. Sunday).

Fred Gravanda will take on current champion John Danielwicz of Sanborn in the first match. The winner will go up against Paul Tatone of St. Catharines, Ontario, and the winner of that match will take on Szczublewski of West Seneca.

The fourth and final show from Mancuso Bowling Center (taping took place on Nov. 30) will be televised on Dec. 31. It will be a mixed doubles event featuring four teams of Genesee Region bowlers – Rich and Jen Wagner, Chris and Jenn Bardol, Frank Jarkiewicz and Laurie Morgante, and Mark and Penny Brown.


Three days after undergoing surgery on his left thumb, Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls was back on the lanes and found a measure of success at the 60-and-Over Tournament Bowlers Club event at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes in Rochester.

The 63-year-old right-hander, wearing a cast on his left hand, placed fourth out of 46 bowlers, just missing the three-bowler finals by a few pins.  Still, he won $125.

Gravanda and Joe Trigilio of Attica also cashed in the tournament by advancing to the top 12.


The team of Tyler Roth, Lily Martin, Jonah Martin and Brock Bigsby captured top honors at the third annual Genesee Region USBC Youth Baker Team tournament at Scopano’s Lanes on Dec. 10.

The Batavia team won $400 in the form of $100 scholarships each for their efforts. Another Batavia squad of Corinne Saluste, Tara Clattenburg, Zach Wester and Skylar Laesser finished in second place, splitting $120 in scholarship money.

Another GRUSBC youth tournament – Adult-Junior Doubles -- is scheduled for Jan. 14-15 at Medina Lanes. For an entry form, go to


Medina Lanes will host two Genesee Region USBC tournaments in January, a month that also will feature a three-person no-tap event at Oak Orchard Lanes in Albion and the annual scratch singles tourney at Mount Morris Lanes.

-- Jan. 7, Scott Whittier Memorial 3-Person Handicap No-Tap, Oak Orchard Bowl. This is the fifth year of the tournament that benefits the Scott Whittier Scholarship Foundation. First prize is $600 and the entry fee is $60 per team. Squad times are 1, 3 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. To enter, call 585-589-6900.

-- Jan. 7-8, GRUSBC Scratch Memorial, Medina Lanes.  A $1,000 first prize (based on 80 entries) awaits the winner of the scratch singles event, which lists squad times at 1 and 4 p.m. on Jan. 7 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 8.  Qualifying will be bowled on a 47-foot oil pattern and the finals will be contested on a 38-foot oil pattern. Entry fee is $55.  To enter, call 585-861-0404 or send an email to [email protected].

-- Jan. 13-15, Mount Morris Pepsi Open, Mount Morris Lanes.  First place is a guaranteed $1,500 and one out of five will cash. Qualifying (four games) dates and times are 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 15. Entry fee is $70 and the re-entry fee is $50. To enter, call 585-658-2540.

-- Jan. 14-15, GRUSBC Adult-Junior Doubles, Medina Lanes.  Squad times are noon, 3 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 14 and noon and 3 p.m. on Jan. 15 for the handicap tournament, which lists two divisions – 12 & under and 13 & over.  Entry fee is $30 per team. Youth winnings will be in the form of scholarships; adult winnings will in the form of checks mailed from the GRUSBC office. To enter, call 585-284-2637 or send an email to [email protected].


As 2016 draws to a close, I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to Howard Owens, publisher of The Batavian, and Lisa Ace, his graphic artist, as well as all the businesses who advertise on this page for supporting the Pin Points column that reaches out to bowlers and bowling fans in the GLOW region.

Bowling continues to be a popular organized sport in our area (as well as the nation and world) and I count it a privilege to be able to share bowlers’ accomplishments and information about the sport on The Batavian, the area’s No. 1 source of online news.

We’ll be back with the first column of 2017 on Jan. 5.  Until then, have a Blessed and Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

(Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column appears every other Thursday on The Batavian. To advertise on this page or to suggest story ideas, contact Mike at [email protected]).

December 22, 2016 - 7:50am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Bob Hodgson of Medina notched his second 800 series of the season while Scott Noble of Perry recorded his first United States Bowling Congress-certified 300 game in recent Genesee Region USBC league competition.

Hodgson, 69, a retired sixth-grade teacher for Medina Central School, rolled 279-279-258—816 in the Wednesday Community League at Medina Lanes on Dec. 7.

On Nov. 9, he posted 810, and this past January, he had two 300 games in the Thursday Firefighters League at Medina Lanes.

When it was mentioned to him that he’s on quite a roll, Hodgson said, “It’s been hot and cold. Some nights I’ve had it and some not so good.”

The right-hander said his new ball, the Storm Optimus, has worked very well on the center’s new synthetic lanes.

“I have to play a little wider because the lanes seem to hold the oil better,” Hodgson said. “They don’t dry out as quickly and the oil is longer. It’s easier to pick the 10-pins.”

That’s all Hodgson left in the first two games on lanes 17-18 – rolling nine straight strikes in each before leaving a 10-pin.  He struck on the final ball of each game for back-to-back 279s, and then added nine more strikes in the third game for 258.

He bowls on a team with his wife, Merry; daughter, Tricia, and son, Tim.

“It’s great bowling with the family, especially for Tim, who has Down syndrome,” Hodgson said. “He loves to bowl and he has a 145 average.”

Hodgson holds a 213 average in the Wednesday league. He now has seven 800 series and 10 perfect games.

At Perry Bowling Center, Noble shook off the effects of a mishap at work earlier in the day to roll 300-247-193—734 on lanes 7-8 on Dec. 8 in the Thursday Night League.

“I tire blew up on me and it kind of took the wind out of me,” said Noble, a 32-year-old righty who works for Sedam Tires in Perry. “I was pretty sore later on.”

Despite the accident and the fact that he didn’t get lined up in practice, Noble started with the first 18 strikes before breaking off in the middle of the second game.

“During practice, I couldn’t find anything … the ball wasn’t moving,” he said. “So I decided to throw a totally different shot than I normally throw.”

Noble said he moved back a foot on the approach and moved about eight boards to the right.

“I ended up shooting down the 10-board (second arrow),” said Noble, who used a year-old Hammer Dark Legend. “I usually don’t play that straight.”

He said he will be ordering a ring from USBC, which awards certified bowlers for their first 300 game or 800 series. 

In action at Mancuso Bowling Center, left-hander Rich Wagner (coming off a successful appearance on the "Beat The Champ" TV show) gave himself an early Christmas and birthday present – he will be 34 on Christmas Day – with a 300 game en route to a 781 series in the North Pole Restaurant/Family Affair Boat Repair Thursday night league on Dec. 8.

Jim Dommer of Batavia just missed perfection as he shot 299 in the first game of that night.

Honorable mention goes to Michele Larson of Batavia, who rolled 246-236-215—697 on Dec. 14 in the Wednesday Night Ladies League at Mancuso’s, and to Bobby Donovan, who recorded a 735 series (his first 700) in the Thursday Owls League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen on Dec. 8.

December 12, 2016 - 9:09am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

RENO, Nev., DEC. 12, 2016 – E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., one of the Professional Bowlers Association’s rising young stars, defeated veteran Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 246-180, to win the PBA World Championship Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

Tackett, PBA’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, won his first major championship and his fourth title of the 2016 season with a closing string of six strikes after Smallwood lost his strike line on the left lane and suffered two open frames late in the match. Tackett, the top qualifier for the World Championship for the second year in a row, earned $60,000 along with his fifth career title.

“It was the greatest feeling in the world to have my dad here to watch,” Tackett said after a tearful embrace with his father, Ed Tackett.

“It was great to bowl a good game to win,” Tackett said. “Tom gave me some breaks, which you’d never expect from him, but to throw the last six strikes, to be able to perform like that on a stage like this is what you dream about. It’s been a huge breakout year for me. I just hope I can keep riding the wave. I don’t expect to win every time, but I just want to bowl well.”

With his win, the 5-foot-7, 130-pound right hander, put himself into the thick of the PBA Player of the Year race.

“Player of the Year is one of those things you strive for,” the 24-year-old Tackett said. “Now it’s a matter of what my peers think. With the kind of year I’ve had, I’d put myself in the top five in the world. Where, I’m not sure, but I grew up watching Tiger Woods, and I want to be the Tiger Woods of bowling.”

Smallwood earned his berth in the title match with three consecutive wins, including a 266-235 victory over England’s Dom Barrett in the semifinal match. Smallwood, who became a hero among America’s working class in early 2010, started the match against Barrett with eight strikes before leaving the 3-6-10 in the ninth frame.

Smallwood’s legacy began during the recession of 2009 when he lost his job with GMC and decided to pursue his dream of bowling professionally. He earned an exemption to bowl on the PBA Tour during the 2009-10 season, but more importantly, won the 2010 PBA World Championship for his first title and a $50,000 prize.

Smallwood, with key strikes when he needed them, eliminated 19-year-old Anthony Simonsen, who failed to carry strikes at critical opportunities, in the first match, 204-193. Simonsen, a two-handed player from Austin, Texas, was trying to become the youngest player to win two major titles in the same season after winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters in February.

In the second match, Smallwood rebounded from an open second frame with a string of five strikes, building a lead Australia’s Jason Belmonte couldn’t overcome. Belmonte, the three-time reigning PBA Player of the Year, saw his hopes for his first title in 2016 die when he left the 3-4-6-7 split in the ninth frame and failed to convert, losing to Smallwood, 224-185.

The PBA World Championship was the final event of the 2016 PBA Tour season. PBA competition resumes January 10-14 when a field of 16 PBA stars will join 16 Japanese players in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in Osaka.


National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Sunday

Final Standings:

1, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $60,000.

2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., $30,000.

3, Dom Barrett, England, $25,000.

4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $20,000.

5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $15,000.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Smallwood def. Simonsen, 204-193.

Match Two – Smallwood def. Belmonte, 224-185.

Semifinal Match – Smallwood def. Barrett, 266-235.

Championship – Tackett def. Smallwood, 246-180.

December 8, 2016 - 7:54am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

It looks as though E.J. Tackett has become the next “big thing” on the Professional Bowlers Tour.

Already a two-time winner this season, Tackett, a 24-year-old right-hander from Huntington, Ind., is in the running for four more PBA Tour titles at this week’s GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno, Nev.tackett.ej_huntington_in_2016_wsob.jpg

Through Wednesday’s action, Tackett finds himself in the Round of 8 of three of the four “animal” pattern events – Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark – and, to top it off, is the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the PBA World Championship, which will be televised live at 1 p.m. this Sunday on ESPN.

With a couple more tournament victories (especially the World Championship), Tackett, the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, would become the favorite to win Player of the Year honors.

All four animal pattern tournament Round of 8 matches are taking place today. The top four in each event will advance to the ESPN finals, which will be contested on Saturday and televised on a tape-delayed basis (see schedule below).

In the World Championship stepladder finals on Sunday, Tackett will have to bowl just one match – against either second-seeded Dom Barrett, England; No. 3 Jason Belmonte, Australia; No. 4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., or No. 5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas.

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, bowling well despite a hip injury, finished in sixth place in the World Championship, missing out on another TV appearance but still earning $11,000.  No New Yorkers made it to the top 24.

Here is the ESPN schedule through Jan. 1:

-- Dec. 11, 1 p.m., PBA World Championship.
-- Dec. 18, 1 p.m., PBA Cheetah Championship.
-- Dec. 24, 1 p.m., PBA Chameleon Championship.
-- Dec. 25, 2:30 p.m., PBA Scorpion Championship.
-- Dec. 25, 3:30 p.m., PBA Shark Championship.
-- Jan. 1, 4 p.m., PBA World Championship (repeat).


Batavian Rich Wagner will be among four competitors on the “Beat The Champ” TV show airing at 4 p.m. this Saturday (and repeated at 11 p.m. Sunday) on WBBZ-TV (MeTV). The show is the first of four that were taped at Mancuso Bowling Center on Nov. 30.

The 33-year-old left-hander, who qualified for the show by rolling an 815 series at Mancuso’s on Nov. 20, will face Joe Ciffa of Niagara Falls, the current “champ”, in the first match.

The winner of that match will move on to meet Tony Dolan of West Seneca and the winner of that match will face Pat Brick of Buffalo for the right to become the new champion and advance to the next show.

The winner of each match earns $100 while the loser pockets $50.

Rick Mancuso, proprietor of Mancuso Bowling Center, is a guest on the show, which features commentators Paul Peck and Sue Nawojski.

Fred Gravanda of Batavia will appear on the third show from Mancuso’s, scheduled to air on Dec. 24.


Attica resident Joe Trigilio added to his long list of tournament titles on Nov. 27 when he placed first in the 60-and-Over Tournament Bowlers Club event at AMF Terrace Gardens in Rochester.

The 63-year-old Batavia native rolled a 233 game in the three-man finals to defeat Bob Hodgson of Medina (204) and Charlie Gfeller of Rochester (183) for the $220 first prize.

Trigilio was the top qualifier out of the 42 entrants with 699 for three games. He posted a 223 game in the round of 12 to advance to the round of six, where his 214 effort was good enough to make it to the finals.

Gravanda, Joe’s longtime teammate and doubles partner, was the second-high qualifier with 697 and went on to place sixth. The top 12 received prize money.

The next 60-and-Over tournament is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. this Sunday (Dec. 11) at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes on Jefferson Road in Rochester.


The Scopano’s I team holds a slim lead over Batavia Strike Force after four weeks of the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

The team of Mason Cadieux, Austin Kotarski, Collin Scheiber and Trevor O’Dell has a 53.5-22.5 record, just ahead of Strike Force’s 53-23.  Batavia X-Factor is third at 53-23 in the 12-team league.

In recent action, Tony Sprague posted 257—668 to lead X-Factor to a 15-4 win over Le Roy Legion Lanes, while Skylar Laesser shot 628 and Corinne Saluste added 220—597 to help Strike Force top Oak Orchard I, 13-6.

Scopano’s I, meanwhile, defeated Perry Bowling Center, 16-3, as Scheiber and O’Dell rolled 557 and 552, respectively.

Competition resumes this Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m.) at Legion Lanes in Le Roy and continues on Dec. 18 at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.


Legion Lanes in Le Roy’s annual scratch doubles tournament is scheduled for this Saturday, with qualifying squad times at 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Entry fee is $70 per team and first place, based on 36 entries, is $800.

All teams will roll two games, moving two pairs of lanes to the right after the first game. The top eight teams – including the top two teams from the first qualifying squad -- will advance to the head-to-head round (based on 32 teams). If less than 32 teams, the top six will advance.

Head-to-head rounds will consist of one game of Baker-style bowling, where the teammates alternate frames.

For more information or to enter, contact Penny Brown at 716-474-7960.  The tournament is being sponsored by Striking Effects Pro Shop, owned by Brian Green, who became a first-time dad with the birth of his son, Caleb, last week.


The third annual Youth “Baker” Team tournament sponsored by the Genesee Region USBC will take place Saturday at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield, with squad times at noon and 2:30 p.m.

Scholarships totaling $1,300 will be awarded to the top four teams.  The entry fee is $60 per team ($15 per bowler).

Handicap is based on 90 percent of the difference in the team’s average and 800, with bowlers using their highest current USBC certified average for at least nine games.

To enter, contact Tom Fluker, GRUSBC president, at [email protected] or 585-284-2637.

December 8, 2016 - 7:53am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

The honor score list in the Genesee Region USBC this season continues to grow at a rapid pace as five more bowlers posted 300 games over the past couple weeks, with one of them making it a “daily double” by recording an 800 series as well.

Matt Slocum of Perry shot his eighth USBC-certified perfect game in the middle of a 267-300-248—815 effort on Nov. 21 in the Monday Napa 400 League at Perry Bowling Center.

The big 31-year-old right-hander, nicknamed Strapper, said he took a five-year-old Roto-Grip Nomad Dagger out of the closet recently and, despite it having “3,500 games on it,” as he said, crushed the 1-3 pocket on lanes 3-4.

He said he wasn’t trying to add up his score but knew he was approaching 800. When he struck on the first ball in the 10th frame the honor score was secure.  His high series is 836.

An officer at Groveland Correction Facility in Sonyea, Slocum bowls on a team with his cousin, Ryan Smith; Brian and Brady Weber, and Don Parrott.

Slocum has enjoyed much tournament success over the years, but said he’s now devoting more time to teaching his stepdaughter, Allie Faryna, the finer points of the sport, and is excited to see his 4-year-old son, Gavin, stepping onto the lanes.

Nathan Wright of Batavia credited his parents for encouraging him to play sports in high school after rolling his second 300 game while substituting in the Realty USA/No Finer Diner Doubles League at Mancuso Bowling Center on Monday (Dec. 5).

The 27-year-old Wright, a 6-foot, 300-pound muscular NYS corrections officer, started with the 300 game on lanes 9-10, and finished with 247 and 202 for a 749 series. Last year, he had his other 300 in the same league.

A league bowler for only the past five years (he’s a regular in the Antique World Tuesday night league at Mancuso’s), Wright said he sees the game as an extension of a commitment to athletics that began while a student at Pembroke Central School.

“I was in wrestling, football, baseball and track (at Pembroke),” he said. “I’m thankful that my parents pushed me to stay in sports. They said I would stay out of trouble … and keep me off the streets. As it turned out, if I would have had any misdemeanors on my record, I wouldn't have been able to work for the State.”

Wright throws a high-revving ball, without placing his thumb into the hole, with a smooth delivery. Fellow bowler John Gerace rewarded him – and the other 16 members of the league -- by purchasing cheesy bread after the perfect game.

Thomas Friedl of Fillmore, better known as T.J., said the first-time experience of bowling a 300 “is just surreal” when talking about his perfect game on Nov. 27 in the Sunday Night Mixed A League at Letchworth Pines in Portageville.

“I’ve never done anything like this before,” said the 37-year-old righty, a third shift supervisor at Morton Salt in Silver Springs. “Everything just came together.”

Friedl admitted he was a “little nervous” entering the 10th frame of the third game on lanes 5-6, following games of 206 and 266.  He finished with the last seven strikes in the second game, giving him 16 in a row going into the final frame.

“I buried the first ball. The second ball was a bit wide, but came back (to strike). I thought I was going to leave the 10-pin,” he said.

His last delivery was solid in the 1-3 pocket and minutes later he was filling out the application to receive his ring from the United States Bowling Congress.

Friedl, who averages around 200, also has a 299 game to his credit. The 772 is his high series. He’s the patriarch of a bowling family that includes his wife, Erica, and daughters, Sage, 12, and Summer, 9.

Rob Sease of Brockport added to his lengthy list of honor scores with a 300 game while substituting in G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl on Nov. 29.  The 38-year-old right finished with a 740 series.

Sease, who now has about a dozen perfect games to go with a handful of 800 sets, also had a 290 game in the same league on Oct. 18.

Jeff Baes of Gasport rolled his second 300 game of the season on Nov. 23 in the Wednesday Community League at Medina Lanes.  His first one came on Sept. 14.

His games were 203-256-300 for a 759 series, raising his average to 214.

Unofficially, there have been 16 perfect games and 11 800 series so far this season in the GRUSBC.

December 6, 2016 - 2:26pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.


The South team, receiving contributions up and down its 12-man roster, defeated the North, 66 1/2 to 56 1/2, on Saturday afternoon to win the 23rd annual Karl Marth Cup Match at Medina Lanes. 

The South's victory ended a five-year winning streak for the North squad, which now leads the series 13-10.  The match is named for the late Karl Marth, a Hall of Famer who bowled at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion when it was part of the former Batavia Bowling Association.

Teams are divided by location, with most of the North bowlers residing in the Medina/Albion areas and most of the South bowlers residing in the Batavia/Pavilion areas.

Competition -- all scratch -- took place in Doubles, Singles, Baker Doubles and Baker 4-Person Team events, with points awarded for game and match victories in the four categories.

Trailing by three points entering the final event, Baker Team, the South swept two of the three matches en route to a 20-7 margin.  The winning teams were Brett Van Duser, Matt Slocum, Ed Doody and Dean Cadieux Jr, who posted 664 for three games, and Joe Trigilio, Fred Gravanda, Mike Pettinella and Paul Spiotta, who totaled 662 for three games.

The North opened the match by taking 13 of 24 points in Doubles, with victories by Rob Sease and Jason Mahnke (892 for two games), Jim Foss and Scott Shields (904) and Aaron Verheyn and Scott Gibson (880) leading the way. VanDuser/Slocum (975), Trigilio/Gravanda (941) and Rick Saunders/Jim Pursel (924) won their matches for the South.

The South rallied in Baker Doubles to even the match, with VanDuser/Slocum, Doody/Cadieux Jr. and Geoff Harloff/Gregg Wolff posting victories for the South, before the North bounced back to win the Singles event by three points.

Singles winners for the North were Mike Allis (486 for two games), Foss (471), Rich Culver (458), Gibson (441), Tom Allis (419) and Sease (411). Singles winners for the South were Spiotta (471), Gravanda (467), Trigilio (459), Saunders (429), Pettinella (424) and Cadieux Jr. (412).

Gravanda averaged 247 for his four matches to earn the Scott Wright Memorial Outstanding Bowler Award.  He posted 521 for his two Doubles games to go with his 467 in Singles.

Gibson rolled a 290 game, stringing 11 strikes after an opening spare, and Sease and Culver combined for a Baker-style 300 game (where bowlers alternate each frame).

Doody was the captain of the South squad, which gets to hold on to the Karl Marth Cup for a year, and Tom Allis captained the North team.

Photo at top -- South team members, from left, Brett Van Duser, Matt Slocum, Joe Trigilio, Dean Cadieux Jr., Geoff Harloff, Paul Spiotta, Ed Doody, Fred Gravanda, Rick Saunders, Jim Pursel, Gregg Wolff and Mike Pettinella.

November 30, 2016 - 9:57pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.


The production team of the "Beat The Champ" TV show -- a WBBZ-TV (MeTV) offering that airs on Saturdays at 4 p.m. with an encore showing on Sundays at 11 p.m. -- talks things over around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday before embarking on the taping of four TV shows, which are scheduled to be telecast on Dec. 10, 17, 24 and 31 from Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia. From left are Andy Smyczynski, director; Kyle Wilson, producer; Janelle Sabin, scorekeeper; John DiSciullo, WBBZ-TV promotion and production coordinator, and commentators Sue Nawojski and Paul Peck.


Rich Wagner of Batavia, left, and Tony Dolan of West Seneca were among the four participants on the first show of the day. The Batavian is not publishing results of any of the matches since they will be televised at a later date. The show featuring Wagner is scheduled for Dec. 10.


Batavian Fred Gravanda, third from left, competed in the third show -- to be aired on Dec. 24 -- along with George Szczublewski of West Seneca, Paul Tatone of St. Catharines, Ontario, and John Danielewicz of Sanborn.


Special guests during the shows included Rick Mancuso, right, owner of Mancuso Bowling Center, who spoke about the rich tradition of Batavia bowling.  Other guests were Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager and bowling columnist for The Batavian, and Mike Sputore, manager of Mancuso Bowling Center.


Lights, camera, action. Batavian Fred Gravanda delivers the ball during competition on the third show -- which is scheduled to be aired on Dec. 24 (note that Sabin is wearing a Christmas cap while keeping score at left).


A quartet of former Classic League standouts at Mancuso Bowling Center (then Mancuso Lanes) were among the spectators on hand to enjoy the match play. They are, from left, Joe Mirando, Paul Spiotta, Frank Corradini and Joe Mortellaro.  "Beat The Champ" production personnel said the crowd in Batavia was the largest of the season for the show, which travels to bowling centers in the Buffalo area each month. Its second season starts in January at Jamestown Bowling Company.


Peck and Nawojski, as well as Sabin, spent time with members of the audience, including 3-year-old Silas Stock, grandson of Mark and Penny Brown of Attica, who competed on the fourth show -- a mixed doubles event that will be televised on Dec. 31.  Penny Brown said that Silas is "obsessed with the Beat The Champ show, and watches it every week."


The four teams that competed in a "Baker-style" mixed couples match on the fourth TV show are, from left, Laurie Morgante of Bergen and Frank Jarkiewicz of Byron, Jenn and Chris Bardol of Rochester, Penny and Mark Brown of Attica, and Rich and Jen Wagner of Batavia.  In Baker-style bowling, teammates alternate frames.  Photos by Mike Pettinella.

November 25, 2016 - 8:04am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.


Growing up on the wood lanes at Brockport Bowl is paying off in tournament victories for Chris Bardol, who has become a force to be reckoned with at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen and Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

The 28-year-old right-hander, son of former Brockport Bowl manager Ray Bardol, has been putting up impressive numbers (300 games and 800 series) in league play at Rose Garden Bowl, and on Nov. 13, he translated that success into a first-place finish in the ninth annual Triple O Mechanical Handicap Singles Tournament.

Bardol defeated 69-year-old Don Perrault of Rochester, 236-182, in the title match to win the $500 first prize (see photo above, with Tom Sardou, left, proprietor of Rose Garden Bowl). The tournament drew 69 entrants, just three short of the maximum, and the most ever in the event sponsored by Luke Giannone, owner of Triple O Mechanical in Bergen.

"I'm just used to it, having grown up on older wood (lanes)," Bardol said. "I'm not sure whether it's my ball roll or what, but typically I bowl good on wood."

Bardol rolled games of 234-233-245 for a 712 series during the qualifying round (to place ninth out of the 16 who advanced) and followed that with games of 248, 267 and 260 in the eliminator finals before finishing with the 236. In the eliminator finals, each round featured four bowlers on pair of lanes with the top two from each pair advancing.

The day before, Bardol was part of the winning team at the Brian Morasco Memorial no-tap tournament in Batavia (see below) and this past weekend, he cashed at the Beat the Champ qualifier at Mancuso's (but fell short of making the TV show).

At the Triple O tourney, Perrault qualified with 706 and advanced to the final round with games of 181, 233 and 253.  The right-hander earned $250.

Other cashers were Scott Dingman of Rochester and Pat Brick of Tonawana, $125 each; Jerry Menzie Jr. of Bergen, Rodney Jopson of Churchville, John Martorella Sr. and Ricky Zinone of Rochester, $70 each; and Brian Green of Batavia, Harris Busmire of Bergen, Jeanette and Rob Sease of Brockport, and Pat Bruton, Andrew Goodwin, Jeff Dewar and Kara Mangiola, all of Rochester, $50 apiece.

Martorella rolled two 300 games, while Dingman posted a 300 game and 813 series (during the eliminator rounds). The tournament was certified by the United States Bowling Congress.


If there was a "club pro" equivalent in bowling, Rich Wagner would have that title at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Wagner, now 33, has occupied the top rung of the ladder at the Batavia establishment since his early teens. On Sunday, he continued his mastery of the lanes there by rolling an 815 series to capture the No. 1 seed during qualifying for the Beat The Champ TV show, which is aired by WBBZ-TV (MeTV) on Saturday afternoons (and repeated on Sunday evenings).

The lefty was one of 24 bowlers who advanced to the final round out of the 103 entrants who put down their $30 in an attempt to bowl on TV.  When the smoke had cleared, he topped the list by virtue of his 257-279-279 performance.

He and veteran Fred Gravanda, a former Channel 4 Open champion back in the 1980s, will represent Batavia on the new version of Beat The Champ, which will be taped at Mancuso's on Nov. 30, starting at 10 a.m.  Gravanda posted a 670 series to place seventh, which was good enough since the top nine advanced to the TV show.

All of the others who made it are from the Greater Buffalo area, except for Paul Tatone, a St. Catharines, Ontario resident.

On the TV show, the winner of each match will receive $100 and the loser will pocket $50.

Here's how the taping will work:

-- Show No. 1 (to be aired on Dec. 10) -- Wagner will face the current champion, with the winner of that match facing Tony Dolan, and the winner of that match facing Pat Brick to determine the "champ."
-- Show No. 2 (to be aired on Dec. 17) -- The champ will face Jeff Pohlman, with the winner of that match facing Chuck Jagodzinski, and the winner of that match facing John Danielewicz to determine the "champ."
-- Show No. 3 (to be aired on Dec. 24) -- The champ will face Gravanda, with the winner of that match facing Paul Tatone, and the winner of that match facing George Szczublewski to determine the "champ."
-- Show No. 4 (to be aired on Dec. 31) -- A mixed doubles tournament featuring four teams from the Genesee Region -- Rich and Jen Wagner, Chris and Jenn Bardol, Frank Jarkiewicz and Laurie Morgante, and Mark and Penny Brown.

The public is invited to watch the taping.


Recent honor score bowlers in league play in the Genesee Region USBC:

-- Bob Hodgson, 810, Medina Lanes, Nov. 9. The retired school teacher has several 300 games and 800 series at his hometown lanes, the latest a 280-273-257 effort in the Wednesday Community League.

-- Bill HIckman, 300, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion, Nov. 11. Hickman notched his first USBC-certified perfect game on lanes 7-8 in the Friday Night Mixers League. The 38-year-old right-hander started with 300 and finished with a 697 series, using a Storm Crux Pearl bowling ball. 

-- Curtis Foss, 800, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion, Nov. 11. A prolific scorer, Foss fired 264-269-267 on lanes 3-4 in the Friday Night Mixers League. Despite spending much time in Florida recently, Foss already has two 800 sets and a 300 game this season.

-- Ray Neuman and Mike Allis, 300, Medina Lanes, Nov. 17, both in the Thursday Firefighters League.

-- Jason Quilliam, 805, Mancuso Bowling Center, Nov. 22. A late starter in the sport, the 37-year-old Batavian, owner of Game On on East Main Street, rolled a 300 game a few years ago and now has an 800 series to go with it. 

Quilliam said he had been struggling of late, but moved his line farther to the right and consistently hit the 1-3 pocket.

"I piped it up 5 (the five board) and I couldn't miss," said Quilliam, who posted games of 268-247-290, leaving four 7-pins when he didn't strike. He notched the front eight strikes in the first game and, in the last game, finished with 11 strikes iafter an opening spare on lanes 13-14 in the Antique World Tuesday Coed League.

He said he was glad that his wife, Jen, and two young children were there to witness the achievement.

-- Matt Slocum, 300--815, Perry Bowling Center, Nov. 21, Monday Napa 400 League.


The first Brian Morasco three-person handicap no-tap tournament drew 40 teams on Nov. 12 at Mancuso Bowling Center and raised $1,600 for Genesee Cancer Assistance.

The event was directed by Mark Brown of Attica, who -- like many of us -- worked with and were friends of Brian, who passed away at the age of 57 on August 17.

Seven teams cashed, led by the trio of the two Seases and Bardol.  Their 2,374 score edged the Wagners and South Byron's Darleen Balduf by three pins to capture the $580 first prize.  The Wagners and Balduf earned $300 to split.

The Wagners teamed with Matt Balduf, Darleen's husband, to take third place (2,347, $190), while Dan Cone of Stafford, A.J. Allenbrandt of Le Roy and Matt Balduf finished fourth with 2,346, good for $180.


If you're at least 60 years old and if the competitive juices are still flowing, then the 60-and-Over Tournament Bowlers Club coordinated by Rochester and New York State Hall of Famer Tommy Kress is for you.

Kress' monthly scratch singles tournaments continue to be a popular choice for senior bowlers throughout Western New York, and this month's event is scheduled for this Sunday (Nov. 27) at AMF Terrace Garden Lanes on Ridgeway Avenue in Rochester. The three-game qualifying squad starts at noon (11 a.m. check-in), with the top 12 -- including guaranteed spots for those in the 65-69, 70-74 and 75-and-over age brackets -- advancing to the finals.

Steve Nowicki of Rochester won the season's first tournament last month, outpacing 31 other participants at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes.  In the three-person finals, Nowicki rolled 209 to edge Charlie Gfeller of Rochester (206) and Frank Cascio of Buffalo (192) for the $200 top prize.

Gravanda was the top qualifier with 711, and other locals making the cut were Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls (703) and Al Vlietstra of Geneseo (681).

The rest of the tour schedule is as follows:

-- Dec. 11, Bowl-A-Roll Lanes, Rochester.
-- Jan. 29, Parkview Lanes, Rochester.
-- Feb. 26, Pleasure Lanes, Hilton.
-- March 26, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen.
-- April 23, Brockport Bowl,
-- May final tournament, TBA.


Livingston Lanes in Geneseo is this year's host of the Bowlers to Veterans Link fundraiser tournament sponsored by the Genesee Region USBC.

The three-person handicap no-tap event is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, with squads at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The entry fee is $90 per team and first place, based on 30 teams, is $405. One in six teams will cash.

All proceeds will go to support services for hospitalized veterans at the VA Medical Center in Batavia.

To enter, contact Tom Fluker at 585-284-2637.

Mount Morris Lanes will host the Al Taylor Memorial three-person handicap no-tap tournament on Dec. 2-4, with squads at 9:30 p.m. Friday; 2, 4 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

First prize is a guaranteed $750, and the entry fee is $90 per team.

This tournament offers an added "bonus" -- when a bowler leaves a split, it will be counted as a spare. As in all no-tap events, nine pins on the first ball counts as a strike.

To enter, contact Bob Santini at 585-658-2540.


The North team (guys who bowl in Albion, Medina and Oakfield) will have "home field" advantage on Dec. 3 -- not that they need it -- as the Karl Marth Cup challenge match moves into its 23rd year.

Last year, the North defeated the South (Batavia, Attica and Le Roy areas) for the fifth consecutive year, and now leads the series by a 13-9 margin. This year's event will get under way at 1:30 p.m. at Medina Lanes, which means that this will be the first time the match will take place on synthetic lanes.

Competition includes doubles, singles, Baker-style doubles and Baker-style team, with points awarded for victories.  The public is invited to attend.

Team rosters are as follows:

North -- Tom Allis, captain; Mike Lavender, Rob Sease, Aaron Verheyn, Scott Allis, Scott Gibson, Scott Shields, Roger Allis, Jim Foss, Rich Culver, Mike Allis and Jason Mahnke.

South -- Ed Doody, captain; Dean Cadieux Jr., Paul Spiotta, Mike Pettinella, Joe Trigilio, Fred Gravanda, Rick Saunders, Jim Pursel, Geoff Harloff, Gregg Wolff, and first-time invitees Brett Van Duser and Matt Slocum.


Top-seeded Skylar Laesser edged fellow Batavian James Townsend to win the $208 top scholarship at the fifth annual GRUSBC Youth Eliminator tournament in Albion.

The title match was determined by a ninth and 10th frame rolloff after the two boys tied at 209. Laesser spared and then delivered three strikes to nip Townsend, who rolled two strikes before leaving two pins and getting the spare.

Townsend earned a $180 scholarship for placing second.

Sam Miller of Le Roy placed third, earning $150, and Ryleigh Culver of Medina was fourth, winning $120.

The fifth through eighth place bowlers each won $40 scholarships. They were Paige Snook of Albion, Emma Miller of Le Roy, Dennis Van Duser of Perry and Jesse Keller of Albion.

Youth from Oak Orchard Bowl, Medina Lanes, Perry Bowling Center, Scopano's Lanes, Le Roy Legion Lanes, Mancuso Bowling Center and Perry Bowling Center competed. Fluker reported that most matches were close and the scoring pace was high.


The area lost two more friends of bowling in recent days -- Kathy Lewis of Corfu and Joe Gerace of Batavia.

Lewis was the longtime secretary-treasurer of the Ladies Classic League at Mancuso Lanes (and now Bowling Center), a scratch league that featured the best women bowlers in Genesee County and beyond. Kathy was very meticulous (that was the school teacher in her) and extremely competent in her job, always looking out for her bowlers' best interests. I also had the opportunity to bowl with her in the mid-1990's on a short-season (NFL or NBA) at Mancuso's, and enjoyed her company. Kathy passed away on Nov. 11 at the age of 90.

Gerace, well known in Batavia for his civic and community involvement, also was an avid league bowler for many years. I remember seeing him practicing either the day before or on the same day as his league night -- most of the time on the pair of lanes he would be bowling on that evening.  Joe also was the driving force behind the Rotary Club's multi-team participation in the annual Strike Out for Crossroads House fundraiser, which isn't surprising as he was all about putting others first.  Joe passed away on Nov. 17 at the age of 80.

November 19, 2016 - 11:35am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling.


PRIZE FOR PERFECTION: Bill Hayes, left, owner of Turnbull Heating & Air and sponsor of the Turnbull Heating Junior Bowling program at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia, presents a $100 gift card from Dick's Sporting Goods this morning to Jordan Fluker, the 19-year-old Batavian who rolled a 300 game last Saturday in league competition.

"This is a worthy accomplishment -- something to be proud of and something that can carry you forward to future success," Hayes said, as parents and youth bowlers looked on during a brief presentation.

A story about the achievement can be found by clicking on the Pin Points link at the top of the home page. Photo by Mike Pettinella.

November 16, 2016 - 3:51pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling, Turnbull Heating & Air.


Jordan Fluker has continued to participate in organized youth bowling into his late teens, and the Batavian's dedication to the sport was rewarded at the highest level last Saturday (Nov. 12) when he rolled a 300 game at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Jordan, 19, joined a handful of Batavia youth bowlers who reached perfection by starting with 12 strikes in a row on lanes 17-18 in the Turnbull Heating Junior League, that is coordinated by his father, Tom Fluker, president of the Genesee Region USBC (in photo above).

A second-year student at Genesee Community College, Jordan said he started in the youth program at the age of 9, and has received coaching from his dad, who is a USBC Silver Level instructor.

"I saw my dad walking around behind me, and checking the scores but he didn't say anything to me during the game," Jordan said. "I think that he didn't want to mess up my game."

The slim right-hander said he became more and more nervous as the string of strikes increased, but kept his composure enough to keep the ball in the 1-3 pocket on all but one delivery -- the 11th ball.

"That one came up a little high and I got a good break to carry," he said. "That was the closest one to not being a strike."

The 12th ball was flush in the 1-3 pocket and all 10 pins flew into the pit. Hugs (the first one was from his dad) and handshakes from his teammates, other youth bowlers, parents and coaches followed.

Jordan said he was still shaky in the second game, suffering a few splits for a 181, but bounced back in the third game for 248 and a 729 series, a personal best.

A 200 average bowler, he has competed in two NYS Team Tournament finals and the NYS Youth Pepsi finals. He said that this is his final year of youth bowling, but wants to continue with the sport -- either when he transfers to a college with a bowling program or as part of an adult league.

Jordan, a former Mr. Batavian at Batavia High School, is on track for an associate degree at GCC in the spring, and said he is leaning toward majoring in Accounting or Web Design.

By the way, Tom Fluker rolled his first of his 10 USBC-certified perfect games at the age of 29.

November 9, 2016 - 12:25pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

IF YOU TUNED IN to the CBS Sports Network to watch the live telecast of the finals of the U.S. Open at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, you saw what happens when a bowler has the best of both worlds -- ball recovery to the pocket on shots outside the optimum target line and hold in the middle of the lane on shots inside of the mark.

Canadian Francois Lavoie was the bowler, and the 23-year-old right-hander took full advantage by rolling a 300 game -- the first perfect game ever in the stepladder finals of the U.S, Open -- en route to capturing the coveted crown and $30,000 top prize.

In winning his first Professional Bowlers Association title, Lavoie, a former collegiate champion at Wichita State, defeated Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 300-211, in the semifinal match before knocking off top-seeded Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 228-194, in the championship match.

The Quebec City resident is the second foreign-born player to win the U.S. Open, joining Mika Koivuniemi of Finland (2001).

It was evident from the outset that Lavoie (the commentators said he weighed 120 pounds) was going to be tough to beat.  Playing around the second arrow with just enough revs to ensure a high carry percentage, Lavoie struck on 17 consecutive shots -- all 12 against Maldonado for a $10,000 bonus -- and the front five against Kent, who had dominated the tournament during qualifying and match play. 

Lavoie's lost his line in the seventh, eighth and ninth frames of the title match, but converted a 3-4-6-10 split in the eighth to hold off Kent.

News reports this morning about the way the lanes played backed up what viewers saw last night -- that Lavoie's Storm bowling ball (I think it was an Alpha Crux) enabled him to play farther to the right than his opponents on the 42-foot oil pattern.

“Looking at the lane graph, it was definitely tricky, but there was some shape to the right,” Lavoie said. “When a pattern as hard as this gives you some kind of shape, you need to take advantage of it, so that’s where I tried to play until something developed. There was some friction built into the pattern, so I was able to miss right a little bit and get it to hook early, and we had urethane going down the lane to the left, which gave me some hold. It really was the best of both worlds.”

Maldonado made it to the semifinals by winning the first two matches of the show -- 238-217 over Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, and 190-188 over North Tonawanda's John Szczerbinski.  Kent earned $15,000; Maldonado $12,000; Simonsen $10,000, and Szczerbinski $8,000.


A PAIR OF LOCAL "household names" and a bowler who prefers to fly under the radar registered 800 series in Genesee Region USBC league action over the past week.

On Nov. 2 at Mount Morris Lanes, Shawn Better, a 24-year-old right-hander from Mount Morris, posted an 833 series on games of 266-267-300 in the Wednesday Night Classic League.

The next night, Curtis Foss, a 29-year-old righty from Medina, recorded 264-244-300--808 in the Firefighters League at his hometown Medina Lanes.

Last season, Foss recorded six United States Bowling Congress-certified 300 games and a pair of 800 series, while Better had three perfect games and an 800 series.

On Nov. 7, Bill Logan of Albion rolled an 814 series, his first 800, in the Sneezy's Monday Night League at his hometown Oak Orchard Bowl. His games on lanes 9-10 for the Christ Farms team were 245-279-290.

The 66-year-old right-hander said he his game has improved since picking up a second league after retiring recently from the Village of Albion highway department.

"I started bowling on Thursday nights in Albion, and it has helped," said Logan, who matched his previous high of 290 with 11 strikes after an opening frame spare. He also had 11 strikes in the second game.

He said he used a Roto-Grip Disturbed bowling ball for his big series.

"I just pulled it out of the closet a week ago and bowled a 727 with it last Thursday," he said. "It works great on wood lanes, and I hope it works in Perry (at the GRUSBC Senior Masters on Saturday)."

Logan said he doesn't pay attention to the scores that much, but bowls for the fun and camaradarie that the sport provides. He said he chose the crystal award given by the USBC for his first-ever 800 series.


MIKE SPUTORE, manager of Mancuso Bowling Center, says he and his staff are hoping for a large number of Western New York bowlers over the next two weekends who will attempt to qualify for spots on the Beat the Champ TV show.

"We're figuring we'll get a bunch of the local bowlers this weekend, and see a greater turnout (from Buffalo and Rochester) next weekend," Sputore said.

The first two of 10 qualifying squads are scheduled for 5 and 7 p.m. Friday (tomorrow) night -- with the remaining eight set for Nov. 18-20.  The entry fee is $30.

The top 24 bowlers (three games, scratch) will advance to the semifinals next Sunday, where the top nine bowlers who make the show will be determined.

Those 10 bowlers will come back to Mancuso's on Nov. 30 for the taping of three shows, which will be televised on WBBZ-TV (MeTV) over three Saturdays in December.

A fourth Beat the Champ show -- expected to be shown on Dec. 31 -- will feature the four mixed doubles teams that competed in a special tournament last weekend.  Those teams will take part in a stepladder, Baker-style event (also scheduled to be taped on Nov. 30). Baker style is where one person bowls a frame and the other person bowls the next frame, and so on.

The four teams who will be appearing on the show are Chris and Jen Bardol of Brockport (top seed), Frank Jarkiewicz and Laurie Morgante of Bergen (No. 2 seed), Rich and Jen Wagner of Batavia (No. 3 seed) and Mark and Penny Brown of Attica (No. 4 seed).

-- Mancuso's is hosting a three-person, no-tap tournament this Saturday in memory of Brian Morasco, a lifelong Batavian (and former Mancuso's employee) who passed away in August.

First place, based on 48 entries, is $750, and the entry fee is $75 per team. Ten dollars of each entry will go to Genesee Cancer Assistance, which also will benefit from several basket raffle proceeds.  To enter, call 716-474-7960 or 585-343-1319.

-- Also on Saturday, Perry Bowling Center will host the 11th annual Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters tournament, a scratch singles event for men and women at least 50 years old.  First place, based on 48 entries, is $300, and the entry fee is $30.

Qualifying squad times are scheduled for 1 and 2:30 p.m. The top 12 bowlers will advance to the finals at 4 p.m. To enter, call 585-202-6458.

-- Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen is hosting the 9th annual Triple O Mechanical Singles Handicap tournament this Sunday and plenty of openings remain on all three squads -- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

First place, based on 48 entries, is $500, and the entry fee is $30. The event features incentives for seniors 55-and-over, 65-and-over and women. To enter, call 585-343-3736.


Three Dansville residents captured age group titles at the Gladys Ford Memorial Women's Senior event at Mount Morris Lanes last weekend.

Marion Leven won Class A (70-74) with 652 with handicap, Gail Riley placed first in Class B (65-69) with 655 and Karen Henry topped the list in Class C (60-64) with 646.

Other winners were Caroline Appleby of Warsaw in Class AA (75-and-over) with 662, Kay Ecker of Albion in Class D (55-59) with 644 and Joann Van Duser of Perry in Class E (50-54) with 637.

Forty-nine women competed in the Genesee Region USBC tournament.

In ther first GRUSBC Adult-Junior Team tournament on Oct. 29 at Legion Lanes in Le Roy, teams from Batavia and Perry placed first and second, respectively.

The Batavia squad of youth bowlers Corinne Saluste and Tara Clattenburg, and adults Eric Saluste and Michelle Clattenburg finished in first place to win a combined $448 in scholarship money and cash, while the Perry team of youth bowlers Allie Faryna and Dennis Van Duser, and adults Brett Van Duser and Matt Slocum was the runner-up, winning a combined $300. 


BATAVIA STRIKE FORCE, paced by a 638 series from James Townsend, defeated Oak Orchard II by a 17-2 score to move into first place after two weeks of the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

The Batavia team holds a one-point edge over Perry Bowling Center, which got a 616 from Dennis Van Duser in a 15-4 win over Rose Garden II in action at Perry Bowling Center.

Other high scores for the week were Sam Miller's 618 and Emma Miller's 502 for Batavia X-Factor and Paige Snook's 482 series for Oak Orchard I.

The league bowls again this Sunday afternoon at Oak Orchard Bowl.

Congratulations to Skylar Laesser, a GR Youth Travel League member, on his 707 series last Saturday in the Turnbull Heating Junior program at Mancuso's. Skylar's big series was highlighted by a "front 10 strike" middle game of 288.

(Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column appears every other Thursday on The Batavian, the region’s No. 1 source for online news. To advertise on this page, contact Mike at [email protected]. Note: The next column will be published on Friday, Nov. 25 -- the day after Thanksgiving).

October 27, 2016 - 7:57am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

GENESEE REGION USBC President Tom Fluker says he can't understand why more league bowlers aren't taking advantage of the local association's generous score-based awards program.

"We should have received more award applications than we have at this point of the season," Fluker said. "For years, we've heard from bowlers that they don't get anything for their sanction fee ($18 per year). Now we're offering some nice prizes and we still can't get all of our secretaries to tap into them."

The GRUSBC's awards program starts with plaques, medallions or entries into the association's year-end grand prize drawing for those who bowl 299 and 300 games or 800 series (700 series for women), but goes well beyond that, Fluker said.

"We're offering prizes for triplicates (three games of the same score), picking the 7-10 split and Big Four (4-6-7-10 split), 35 to 59 pins over average for a game, 60 pins over average for a game, 100 pins over average for a series, 11 in a row, men's 700 series, women's games above 225, and all-spare games," Fluker said.

"And all of the awards, except pens, key chains and towels, are personalized with the bowler's name, bowling center, lane numbers, score and date of achievement."

Those rolling a triplicate, for example, will receive an engraved beer stein or wine glass, and five entries into the grand prize drawing. Other "trinket" awards, as Fluker calls them, include koozies, coasters, coffee mugs and lanyards.

Fluker said John Wood of Warsaw, a GRUSBC board member, has been assigned the task of compiling the award applications and making sure that the awards are distributed.

But the process starts with the league secretary filling out the online application -- found in the Downloads section of -- or the paper form that also has been posted on the association's website. Secretaries are asked to complete the applications within three weeks of the achievement -- not wait until the end of the season.

Wood's email address is [email protected], or he can be reached at 585-786-0214 for those who need assistance.

Furthermore, all members of the GRUSBC -- those who have paid their USBC membership fee -- will be entered into the association's grand prize drawing, which will take place at the season-ending banquet on May 13 at Batavia Downs Gaming. Additional entries are earned through the awards program (for example, a 300 game by a woman comes with 12 entries into the grand prize drawing).

The winner of the grand prize drawing (just one winner) will have a choice of one of 10 prizes, each worth $1,500. The prizes are a Tops/Wegmans gift card, Best Buy gift card, Amazon gift card, Batavia Downs Gaming weekend, dinner and a movie for a year at Tinseltown, $1,500 lottery basket, Home Depot or Lowe's gift card, bowling package (equipment and tournament entries), home cookout or golf package (set of new clubs, golf course gift card).

Youth bowlers have their own scholarship points program, with achievements given a dollar value, based not only on scores but also on years of participation. Those who stay with junior bowling for an extended period of time and achieve a certain level of success could find themselves with several hundred dollars in scholarship money when they enter college.

The GRUSBC's youth scholarships point system also can be found in the Downloads section at


OAK ORCHARD BOWL in Albion yielded three honor scores in league action over the past two weeks.

On Oct. 3, Kenny Mosele started with a 299 game en route to a sparkling 793 series in the Sneezy's Monday Night Men's League. His other games were 228 and 266.

On Oct. 10 in the same league, lefty Dan Conrad registered his first 300 game in a 189-300-211--700 effort.

And on Oct. 13, Reid Cole notched his fifth 300 game, and first at Oak Orchard, in the Thursday Men's Triples League. The perfect game was sandwiched between 211 and 269 for a 780 series.

All three bowlers are Albion residents.

At Medina Lanes, Frank Vekich of Middleport shot 299--766 in the Thursday Firefighters League on Oct. 13.

At Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen, Rob Sease of Brockport filled in last week (Oct. 18) and rolled a 290 game in the G&W Vending Triples League.


SHANNA CHEPELSKY, of East Rochester, one of the area's rising young stars, captured the Fall Classic scratch singles tournament title at Medina Lanes on Oct. 16.

The 24-year-old right-hander defeated Medina's Rich Culver, 201-175, in the championship match. In the semifinals, Chepelsky turned back Carl Kinyon, of Lockport, while Culver downed Sam Capizzi, of Rochester.

Two tournaments are scheduled for this Saturday (Oct. 29) -- the Start of the Season three-person no-tap event at Mancuso Bowling Center and the GRUSBC Adult-Junior Team event at Legion Lanes in Le Roy.

The no-tap tournament is offering a $750 first prize, based on 48 entries, with an entry fee of $75 per team. Squad times are noon, 2 and 4 p.m. To enter, call 585-343-1319.

The adult-junior team tournament consists of teams of two adults and two youth bowlers, and one in four will cash (scholarships to the kids). Squad times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The entry fee is $80 per team. Call 585-284-2637 to enter.

Mount Morris Lanes will be hosting the Gladys Ford Memorial Senior Women's handicap singles tournament on Nov. 5-6. Participants (age 50 and over) will roll three games, with the top bowlers receiving prize money in six different age classifications. The entry fee is $26. To enter, call 585-335-3309.


THE TRIPLE O MECHANICAL Singles Handicap Tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 13 at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

In its ninth year, the tourney has proven to be a popular choice for bowlers of all skill levels throughout Western New York, thanks in part to the incentives it offers for women, seniors (55-and-over) and super seniors (65-and-over).

Qualifying squads (three games) are scheduled for 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the eliminator finals (where half of the bowlers from each pair of lanes advance) to follow.

The top three scores from the 10 a.m. squad and the top two scores from the 12:30 p.m. squad are guaranteed into the finals.

Also, the top woman, senior and super senior not making the cut will advance to the finals, as long as there are at least five entries in each of those categories and as long as a woman, senior or super senior does not make the cut by virtue of his or her score. The guaranteed spots do not affect the senior, super senior or woman incentives.

First place, based on 48 entries, is $500, and the entry fee is only $30.

To enter, call 585-861-0404 or 585-494-9900.

Triple O Mechanical champions:

2008 -- Laurie Morgante, Bergen
2009 -- Dan Robinson, Chili
2010 -- Debbie Falbo, Bergen
2011 -- Melanie Balduf, Bergen
2012 -- Kevin Gray Jr., Warsaw
2013 -- Brian Decker, Rochester
2014 -- Al D'Ambrosia, Rochester
2015 -- Rob Husted, Spencerport


SCOPANO'S LANES IN OAKFIELD, in conjunction with The Caryville Inn, is sponsoring a pulled pork BBQ on Saturday, Nov. 5, to raise funds for the Oakfield youth bowling program.

Tickets are being sold for $10 each, and proceeds will go to help purchase trophies and other prizes for bowlers in the Saturday morning league.

To purchase a ticket, call 585-948-9993 or 585-948-9780. Pickup times will be between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at The Caryville Inn, 25 Main St., Oakfield.

The kids are selling tickets, as well, and will receive a free game of bowling at Scopano's for every ticket they sell.

(Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column appears every other Thursday on The Batavian, the region’s No. 1 source for online news. To advertise on this page, contact Mike at [email protected]).


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