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November 29, 2018 - 8:09am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

rob_stefani.jpgBatavia’s Rob Stefani has made it back to the Beat the Champ TV show, and will be on the small screen almost a year to the day after appearing on the WBBZ-TV (MeTV) broadcast that emanated from Mancuso Bowling Center.

This year, the scene of the action is Brad Angelo Lanes in Lockport and that’s where Stefani, a 34-year-old right-hander, edged fellow Batavian Brian Green on Sunday for the ninth and final berth, which qualifies him to be on the last of three shows in December. Taping is set for Dec. 3 at the Lockport bowling center.

“I was able to grind it out,” said Stefani, who rolled the last five strikes in his third game to post a 683 score – one pin more than lefty Green’s 682.

Stefani started with a 269 in the 24-bowler finals but fell to 199 in the second game.

“It didn’t look good but fortunately I was able to finish strong,” Stefani said, as his 215 third game barely held off Green, who posted 224-211-247.

Stefani, who earned $150, is the only bowler outside of the Buffalo area to reach this month’s show – where he will have an opportunity for more prize winnings.

He will appear in the third show -- which airs on Dec. 23 -- and will go up against Tyler Molina of Buffalo, Pat Brick of Buffalo and whoever the “champ” is.  Currently, Chuck Jagodzinski of Lancaster rules the roost.

Tim Frenz of Depew, Tony Dolan of West Seneca and Ryan Kress of Cheektowaga will battle against Jagodzinski on the first show (Dec. 9), and Tom Sorce of Blasdell, Tim Finken of Depew and Gary Kinyon of Lockport, who rolled a 300 game in the finals, will compete on the Dec. 16 telecast.

Mancuso Bowling Center opted not to participate in the program this year due to a decrease in the number of entries.


The North squad, led by non-playing captain Tom Allis, has the “home court” advantage as it looks to extend its dominance in the Karl Marth Cup series at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at Medina Lanes.

In 2017, the North defeated the South, 64.5-58.5, at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield for its sixth victory in the past seven years. Overall, the North holds a 14-10 edge.

The teams compete in Doubles, Singles, Baker-style Doubles and Baker-style Team.

Rosters are as follows:

North – Alex Allis, Hayden Allis, Roger Allis, Scott Allis, Richard Culver, Scott Gibson, Mike Lavender, Jason Mahnke, Jake Rosenbeck, Rob Sease, Scott Shields and Aaron Verheyn.

South – Ed Doody (captain), Geoff Harloff, Mike Johnson, Todd Mortellaro, Steve O’Dell, Jim Pursel, Rick Saunders, Matt Slocum, Paul Spiotta, Joe Trigilio, Brett Van Duser and Gregg Wolff.


Make it six out of eight “cashes” for Batavian Paul Spiotta in Tommy Kress 60-and-Over Tour competition.

The 61-year-old right-hander led the qualifying round with 727 before bowing out in the second round of the finals Sunday at Brad Angelo Lanes in Lockport. He took home $95 for his efforts.

Bill Logan of Albion also cashed, posting a 584 to qualifying in the 65-69 age group, before being eliminated in the first round.

Ed Mousseau of East Amherst made a successful debut on the Tour by defeating Fred Back of Clarence Center, 196-182, in the title match. Mousseau, former director of the Amateur Bowlers Tour, earned $300.

The tournament attracted 47 entrants.

The next event is set for 12:30 p.m. (check-in starts at 11L30 a.m.) on Dec. 23 at Bowl A Roll Lanes in Rochester.


The Professional Bowlers Association last week announced that second-year member Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., has been selected as the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, while 20-year-old Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., has been selected as the 2018 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year.

Other honorees were Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who captured the 2018 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award, and 2018 PBA Hall of Fame inductee Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who earned the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award.

Anderson, 23, and Doyle will be recognized on national television during the PBA Clash telecast that on FOX on Sunday, Dec. 23. Smallwood and Barnes will receive their awards during the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 5, from the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.

Anderson won two titles in 2018 -- the United States Bowling Congress Masters (his first major) and the Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open on his way to winning the 2018 Harry Smith PBA Points Leader award. He cashed in 16 of the 19 events he entered and had five top-five finishes, including a third-place finish in the PBA Tournament of Champions.


Sixteen-year-old Paige Snook of Albion will be heading to Detroit this summer to compete against some of the best youth bowlers in the nation.

Paige, daughter of Paul and Kelly Snook, placed second at a Youth Bowling Tour event on Nov. 18 at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark to earn a spot in the Girls U17 Division at Junior Gold.

The national tournament, sponsored by the Brands of Ebonite International, is scheduled for July 13-20, 2019 at several bowling centers in the Detroit area. Competition is in eight divisions -- U12 Boys, U12 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U17 Boys, U17 Girls, U20 Boys and U20 Girls.

Snook, a 160-plus average bowler, rolled games of 167, 178, 169 and 155 in the four-game qualifier on a Sport (difficult) oil pattern to advance to match play. She won her first match with 183 before losing in the final match with a 133.

She is a member of the youth bowling program at Oak Orchard Lanes in Albion and the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.


We previously reported – in the weekly league high scores roundup – that Perry’s Chris Huntz spun a 247-247-247 triplicate in the Monday Nite 5 League at Perry Bowling Center on Nov. 12.

It wasn’t until last week that I found out what the 35-year-old right-hander needed in the 10th frame of the third game to roll another 247.

Huntz said he had to have a strike on the first ball and nine more pins on the final two rolls to do it. He got the strike then left the 6-7-10 split. He then knocked down the 6 and the 10 for the 247.

November 15, 2018 - 8:11am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.


Rose Garden Bowl proprietor Tom Sardou, left, congratulates Jeff Dewar and Kevin Donaghue following Sunday's 11th annual Triple O Mechanical Singles Handicap Tournament. Dewey, center, defeated Donaghue in a title match decided in the 10th frame.

Rochester’s Jeff Dewar has been knocking on the door for the past two years, but in this year’s Triple O Mechanical Singles Handicap Tournament at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen he decided to kick it in.

The hard-throwing right-hander, who turned 49 earlier this month, had reason to celebrate again on Sunday when he fired two strikes in the 10th frame to defeat Kevin Donaghue of Depew, 245-238, in the title match.

The victory was worth $500 for Dewar, a sales rep for Wright Beverage, while Donaghue pocketed $250 for placing second. Donaghue struck out in the 10th frame to force Dewar to get two strikes in his 10th frame to win.

Donaghue, a wealth management advisor for TIAA-Cref in Buffalo, is the son of former Batavian Pat Donaghue, who also cashed in the tournament.

“I finally broke through,” said Dewar, who qualified with 730 in 2016 and 736 in 2017, losing in first round and second round of the eliminator finals, respectively.

This year, he tied Frank Fitzmaurice of Rochester as the high qualifier with a three-game score of 769, all scratch since he averages higher than 220. From there, he posted 229, 279 and 248 to reach the final match.

A once-a-week league bowler, he said this is his first tournament win, and he did it using a Storm Intense on the Rose Garden Bowl house shot.

Kevin Donaghue qualified in the fourth position – 16 bowlers advanced – with 748 and proceeded to roll games of 259, 248 and 278 in the eliminator rounds. 

Fitzmaurice of Rochester and Bob Wiley of Fairport were ousted in the third round and took home $125 apiece. Fitzmaurice’s day was highlighted by his first 300 game, coming in the middle of a 769 series, which included 12 pins handicap.

Other cashers:

Rochester residents Steve Meyer, who also had a 300 game during qualifying; Scott Dingman, 83-year-old Charlie Gfeller, and defending champion John Martorella Sr., $90 apiece;

Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls, A.J. Allenbrandt of Le Roy, Pat Donaghue of Honeoye Falls, Gary Kinyon of Lockport, James McCormick of Churchville, Frank Jarkiewicz of Byron, Geoff Harloff of Batavia and Kara Mangiola of Rochester, $65 each.

Two-hander Mark Scuderi of Rochester picked the 7-10 split.

The tournament drew 70 entrants, two short of a full field. It took a score of 725 to make the top 14, with Mangiola taking the women’s spot with 713 and Kinyon earning the Super Senior spot with 709.



Ron Bacon, left, Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters champion and Jim Pursel, runner-up.

Ron Bacon of Warsaw defeated Batavian Jim Pursel in the title match to claim the Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters crown on Saturday at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo.

The victory – Bacon’s first singles tournament win -- was worth $230 plus a free entry into the GRUSBC Masters and a plaque from Joe's Awards & Trophies.

Bacon, a 54-year-old right-hander, defeated Pursel 204-132, to cap a day that saw him post 673 in the three-game qualifying round, 455 in the two-game second round and 214 in the one-game third round prior to the three-person step-ladder finals.

“I had a really good look from the start,” said Bacon, noting that his seven games ranged from 204 to 244. “Normally I play up the boards, but here I moved left a bit to the 12th board and had a great line to the pocket.”

He said he used a Track Alias to conquer the Livingston Lanes house shot.

A mill operator at Markin Tubing in Pearl Creek, Bacon bowls in a Monday night league at Perry Bowling Center and in a Friday night league with his sons, Kyle and Jeff, at Letchworth Pines in Portageville (where he averaged 216 last season).

Pursel made it to the title match by rolling two strikes in the 10th frame to edge Roger Allis of Medina, 189-185.

Scott Kern of Basom was the high qualifier with 717, followed by Batavians Scott Shields and Paul Spiotta, who posted 710 and 701, respectively.

Other qualifiers were Allis, 697; Al Vlietstra of Geneseo, 683; Bacon, 673; Mike Kime of Honeoye Falls, 671; Matt Balduf of South Byron, 668; Don Parrott of Warsaw, 666; Pursel, 649; Doug Johnston of Livonia, 636, and Joe Trigilio of Attica, 627.

Six of the 12 bowlers advanced from the second round – Balduf, 491; Kern, 469; Pursel, 458; Bacon, 455; Allis, 414, and Shields, 404. In the one-game third round, advancing were Pursel, 222; Bacon, 214, and Allis, 183.

Pursel earned $150 for his runner-up finish, while Allis won $100. Kern, Balduf and Shields made $60 apiece, while the other qualifiers pocketed $45 each.

The tournament drew 38 entries.


Bowlers from Mount Morris Lanes, Letchworth Pines and Perry Bowling Center claimed age group titles Saturday at the Gladys Ford Senior Women’s Tournament conducted by the Genesee Region USBC.

Winners of the various age classifications and their three-game scores with handicap are as follows:

Class AA -- Bonnie Wass, Perry 674.

Class A -- Jeanne Rosa, Perry 674.

Class B -- Nancy Freelove, Mt Morris 616.

Class C -- Diana Bucknam, Mt Morris 658.

Class D -- Cathi Fournier, Mt Morris 651.

Class E -- Christy Hume, Letchworth 607.


Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia is hosting the 3rd annual Brian Morasco three-person handicap no-tap tournament this Saturday, with proceeds from the event and basket raffles going to Genesee Cancer Assistance and the Arthritis Foundation.

Squad times are 1 and 3 p.m. To sign up, call Mark Brown at 716-474-7900 or Mancuso Bowling Center at 585-343-1319.

First place, based on 48 teams, is $750. The entry fee is $75 per team.


Dennis Van Duser of Perry and Paige Snook of Albion, a pair of 16-year-olds, fared well in youth bowling action recently.

Van Duser, a two-hander, rolled his first USBC-certified 700 series – 706 – in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League at Legion Lanes in Le Roy.

His big series helped his Perry Bowling Center team defeat Mount Morris, 19-5, and move into third place in the seven-team league.

Rose Garden Bowl II continues to lead with a 52-20 record, while Oak Orchard Bowl I is in second at 45-24.

The league bowls again on Dec. 2 at Oak Orchard Bowl.

Snook competed in the Youth Bowlers Tour at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes in Rochester and finished in the 3rd-4th spot in the handicap division.

She bowled games of 200 and 202 in match play.

November 1, 2018 - 8:34am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

The U.S. Open wasn’t kind to PBA legend Pete Weber, who was forced to withdraw on Friday due to a hip injury and, in an interview with Lucas Wiseman of FloBowling (flobowling.com) afterwards, added some insult to the situation by blasting the United States Bowling Congress.

Dom Barrett of England triumphs as No. 1 seed Butturff falters again
See story below


Weber was upset about the USBC’s practice time format, which allocates 14 lanes not being used during the tournament and gives each squad (48 bowlers) about 20 minutes of practice time. After that, the bowlers get one practice ball on each of their starting lanes.

During the interview, Weber made his feelings very clear. This is what he said:

“One ball on each lane when you start, I’m sorry but I don’t know what the USBC is trying to do to us, but to me it’s kind of stupid. I’m sorry, I’ve always been straight forward, but I think what they’re doing to us right now is very stupid.”

He said it wasn’t a matter of him not being physically able to compete.

“No, I went down to the practice, and we’ve got 20 minutes of practice on the pairs down there. But when there are five, six guys on a lane, you only get three, four or five shots, maybe. I’m sorry, I’m 56 years old and I need more than five or six shots. And then when they make us move to our pair and I only get one shot on each lane, I think that’s just totally wrong, I think that’s just totally wrong.”

He acknowledged his disappointment with having to withdraw for the second straight year.

“My hip hurt. The conditions were stupid. And even this year … I know we’re bowling on fresh (oil) every squad, but they’re not giving us anything to work with. And I am up to here with the USBC. I’m almost ready to quit.”

He said he is thinking about retiring from the regular tour but sticking with the senior tour (PBA50).

“Now I got two months off. I’ve got my new doctor here. He made me feel really good. But when I have to go and stand straight up when I throw a shot, that doesn’t help me. And when you can’t get the ball to go 30 feet down the lane before it hooks, it’s – like I said – stupid, it’s really stupid.”

He said his dissatisfaction is directed at the USBC.

“I’m not frustrated with bowling -- I’m frustrated with the USBC and what they’re trying to do to bowling right now. I don’t mean any disrespect to the USBC, but I think that what they’re doing is not right – and I think they’re just hurting bowling right now, especially professional bowling.”

Wiseman, a former USBC staffer, wrote a column related to Weber’s rant, properly noting that the USBC is trying to retain the integrity of the oil pattern by limiting practice on tournament pairs.

He also wrote that 48 bowlers on 14 lanes for 20 minutes means there are “too many players practicing on too few lanes.”


Mancuso Bowling Center’s entry in the Rochester NY USBC Youth Travel League Handicap Division is off to a flying start, winning 20 of its first 30 points over three weeks of competition.

Coached by Tom Fluker, the team is tied for second place with AMF Dewey Gardens II and AMF Gates Bowl III – six points behind AMF Fairview Lanes I. Gates has four teams in the league while Fairview and Dewey Gardens each have two teams.

Other teams represent Bowl-A-Roll, Brockport Bowl, AMF Empire Lanes, Radio Social and Miller Lanes (Honeoye Falls).

Individually, Tony Sprague rolled 247—659 and Emma Miller 187—513 last week to lead the way. Sprague leads the league with a 195 average while Miller is second among the girls with a 164 average.

Other Batavia team members are Corinne Saluste, Ben Sputore, Zach Wester and Haylee Thornley. Four of the six are selected to compete in the weekly league, which ends in late March.

Mancuso’s is hosting the league at 2 p.m. this Saturday.


The Rose Garden II team defeated the Rose Garden I team, 20-4, in recent Genesee Region Youth Travel League action at Mount Morris Lanes and now has a 13-point lead over second-place Perry Bowling Center.

Evan Phillips set the pace with a 667 series with handicap, while teammates Sawyer Zinter, Megan Jarkiewicz and Brendan Pimm each topped the 600 mark with handicap.

On the scratch side, Samantha Hyde (Le Roy Legion Lanes) had the high series for the week with 207—578, followed by Dennis Van Duser (Perry Bowling Center) with 193—533.

The league bowls again this Sunday afternoon at Legion Lanes.


-- Several Genesee Region USBC members have signed up to compete in the 2nd NYS Senior Masters this Saturday at Cort Lanes in Cortland. Qualifying squad times (four games) are 9 and 11:30 a.m., with the top 16 advancing to head-to-head match play.

To enter, call 585-343-3736 or send an email to [email protected]. A list of bowlers and more information can be found at www.bowlny.com.

In Tommy Kress’ 60-and-Over Tour action last Sunday, John Masiello of Kenmore won his second straight tournament, rolling 265 to defeat Keith Garceau of Rochester (263) and Don Perrault of Rochester (243) in a high-scoring final match. No Genesee Region bowlers cashed. The next tournament is set for Nov. 25 at Brad Angelo Lanes in Lockport.

-- Employees at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield were informed last week that the sale of the Oakfield Hotel and bowling center to a couple from New Jersey is nearly complete. According to co-owner “Jonesy” Scopano, the establishment will change hands once the state approves a new liquor license.

November 1, 2018 - 8:29am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.


USBC Press Release

WICHITA, Kan. – England’s Dom Barrett won four matches Wednesday on his way to claiming the 2018 U.S. Open, including a thrilling one-pin victory over top-seed Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Arizona, in the title match, 207-206.

The 33-year-old right-hander became the third foreign-born player to win the U.S. Open, joining Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi (2001) and Canada’s Francois Lavoie (2016). He earned the $30,000 top prize and coveted green jacket presented to the champion.

Wednesday’s stepladder finals at Northrock Lanes were televised live on CBS Sports Network.

The title match swung back and forth as both players tried to figure out the 43-foot oil pattern. An open in the fifth frame from Barrett gave Butturff a slight advantage, as both competitors headed into the final frame working on doubles.

Butturff, finishing the match first, nearly left a 7-10 split on his first shot before the 7 pin tumbled late. He converted the spare and struck on his fill ball, forcing Barrett to strike on his first shot for a chance at the title.

Barrett rolled the strike he needed to start the 10th frame, but a 4-6 split on his second shot left him needing to convert just one pin for the victory. His spare attempt was left of target, but it was enough to push over the 6 pin to give him his seventh Professional Bowlers Association Tour title and second major championship.

“For me, it’s about slowing everything down as much as I can in those situations,” said Barrett, who won the 2013 PBA World Championship. “I threw the one in the 10th really well, and I thought the 11th shot was OK, but I must have grabbed a lot of that one. On the spare attempt, I told myself that I didn’t want to miss it right, and I certainly didn’t do that.”

Barrett credited his run through the stepladder to his aggressiveness. He made a big move to the left to start the third game and made multiple ball changes over the course of his final two wins. In all, he averaged more than 238 on his way to the title.

As exciting as the win is for Barrett, he looks forward to everything awaiting him across the Atlantic Ocean. Barrett and his wife, Cassie, recently welcomed son, Colby.

“This means so much,” said Barrett, the runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Open. “Especially for my family at home, too. My wife has hardly had any sleep for the last 10 weeks with a newborn baby, so I think it’s now time for me to take care of my dad duties and take care of my family.”

Butturff led the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year by a sizeable margin to earn the No. 1 seed for the TV show. The 24-year-old left-hander led this year’s field by 552 pins after leading by 617 pins in Liverpool, New York, in 2017.

He joined PBA and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Earl Anthony as the only bowlers to earn the top seed in consecutive years at the U.S. Open since 1971. Anthony also was defeated in each title match, dropping the final game in 1979 and 1980.

“It definitely hurts, especially losing by one, but at least I can say I led this tournament two years in a row, by a lot,” said Butturff, a four-time PBA Tour champion. “It’s about the only thing I can take out of it, but it’s definitely an amazing feeling.

“I threw a couple of bad shots but threw one good when I needed to and (left a) 10 pin. At least I forced him to show up. You know, Dom bowled phenomenal this week, too; we all did on the TV show. It’s rough, but at the same time, I always think of it as another learning experience.”

Barrett also delivered in the 10th frame to advance to the championship match, beating Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, 226-222.

Prather had built an early lead, striking on six of his first seven shots but missed a 6 pin in the eighth frame to allow Barrett, who had been struggling with carry, to tighten the match.

Prather missed the opportunity to shut out Barrett in the 10th. Given the chance to fill 26 pins in the 10th to advance, Barrett rolled a double and got nine pins on his fill ball to secure his spot in the championship match.

Barrett defeated EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, 264-248, to advance to the semifinals. Barrett finished the game first and delivered a double to force Tackett to do the same, but the 12-time PBA Tour champion was unable to get the 10 pin out on his first shot.

Tackett was hoping to become the seventh player to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown. He had claimed the 2016 PBA World Championship and 2017 PBA Tournament of Champions.

In the opening match of the stepladder, Barrett bested Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, 258-203. Barrett delivered 10 strikes on his way to the win, while Kent was unable to recover from opens in the third and fifth frames.

All competitors at the 2018 event bowled 24 qualifying games over three days to determine the 36 players advancing to a cashers’ round. After eight additional games, the field was cut to the top 24 players for round-robin match play.

The five finalists were determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final major championship on the 2018 PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

Each round of the 2018 U.S. Open leading up to the stepladder finals was broadcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

2018 U.S. OPEN
At Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan.
Wednesday’s results

1, Dom Barrett, England, 955 (four games), $30,000
2, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 206 (one game), $15,000
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 222 (one game), $12,000
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 248 (one game), $10,000
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 203 (one game), $8,000

Match No. 1 – Barrett def. Kent, 258-203
Match No. 2 – Barrett def. Tackett, 264-248
Semifinal – Barrett def. Prather, 226-222
Championship – Barrett def. Butturff, 207-206

October 18, 2018 - 8:41am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

After almost 45 years of league bowling – and several “near misses” – Basom’s Scott Kern has finally etched his name into the annals of bowling perfection.

“My kids always asked me if I was going to bowl a 300 game tonight (before heading out to his league at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield),” Kern said. “Well, I finally can say yes.”

Kern notched his first 300 game last Wednesday night (Oct. 10) in the County Line Stone League on lanes 7-8 at Scopano’s.

His games were 265-162-300 for a 727 series.

His previous high game was 299 (twice) and he also had games of 298 and 297. His high series of 812 was bowled at Scopano’s in April 2006.

Using a Roto-Grip No Rules ball, the 63-year-old right-hander said he made an adjustment after being victimized by “oil transition” in the second game.

“I made a move on the approach, got lined up around the second arrow and tried to stay smooth with the shot,” said Kern, owner/operator of Kern’s Farm Market on Route 77 in Basom.

He succeeded in doing that, putting all 12 balls in the 1-3 pocket.

On the final ball, Kern raised his hands in the air, yelled out, “I finally … did it,” and proceeded to hug his teammates Roy Chamberlain, Larry Gibson and Marc Wilder, and fellow bowlers, including this writer who happened to be bowling on the pair next to him.

He said he almost got a sub for him due to the fact that beans needed to be picked on the farm. However, when a piece of equipment broke, he decided to bowl.

Kern said he dedicates the 300 game to his wife and “biggest fan”, Karla, and to longtime standout and pro shop owner Joe Mortellaro, who Kern has looked up to all these years.

By the way, Scott and Karla teamed up to win the King & Queen Tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center back in the 1990s.

Kern also credited his late father-in-law, Jack Schlagenhauf, and his father, Ronald, a teammate at Allegany Lanes in Corfu, for getting him involved in bowling in the early ‘70s.


The United States Bowling Congress has developed a first-rate – and affordable – youth bowling program for boys and girls of all skill levels.

From weekly in-house junior leagues all the way to national Junior Gold competition, kids have numerous opportunities to excel on and off the lanes.  Organized youth bowling can boosts a young person’s self-esteem, underscores the benefits of teamwork and provides scholarships along the way.

In fact, the bowling industry offers more than $6 million in scholarships, including about $60,000 in New York State.

Parents should know that the registration fee for youth leagues in the Genesee Region is only $10 per person, with $4 of that going to the USBC in Arlington and $6 going to the Genesee Region USBC for awards and other perks.

The GRUSBC also offers youth tournaments where scholarships can be earned, and encourages youth bowlers to enter New York State USBC events for a chance at additional grants. All scholarships earned by USBC youth bowlers go into the bowler’s SMART account as a college fund.

Youth bowlers who become proficient at the sport could become collegiate bowlers – as more than 250 colleges offer bowling and about half of them give out scholarships.

Junior programs are starting now at bowling centers in our area, and it’s not too late for kids to join. It’s true that many students are involved in other school sports, but more aren’t doing anything for recreation and social interaction.  Bowling can provide that outlet.

Here is a list of Genesee Region USBC bowling centers and their phone numbers for parents wishing to learn more about youth bowling (all 585 area code):

-- Le Roy Legion Lanes, 768-8597.
-- Letchworth Pines, Portageville, 468-2166.
-- Livingston Lanes, Geneseo, 243-1760.
-- Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia, 343-1319.
-- Medina Lanes, 318-4474.
-- Mount Morris Lanes, 658-2540
-- Perry Bowling Center, 237-6358
-- Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion, 589-6900.
-- Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen, 494-9900.


Seven teams are competing this season in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League – two from Rose Garden Bowl, two from Oak Orchard Bowl and one each from Legion Lanes, Perry Bowling Center and Mount Morris Lanes.

The league, which is being coordinated by Genesee Region USBC Vice President Frank Jarkiewicz and Director Joann Van Duser, bowls on Sunday afternoons.

The 2018-19 schedule is as follows:

-- Oct. 28, Mount Morris Lanes.
-- Nov. 4, Legion Lanes.
-- Dec. 2, Oak Orchard Bowl.
-- Dec. 16, Livingston Lanes.
-- Jan. 20, Oak Orchard Bowl.
-- Feb. 10, Perry Bowling Center.
-- Feb. 17, Mount Morris Lanes.
-- March 10, Legion Lanes.
-- March 17, Rose Garden Bowl.

Competition began last weekend at Rose Garden Bowl, with the Rose Garden Bowl II team winning 19 of a possible 24 points. Team members are Katelyn Ball, Evan Phillips, Sawyer Zinter and Megan Jarkiewicz.

High scores for the day: Austin Hawker (Mount Morris), 627 series; Dennis Van Duser (Perry), 257 game; Jillian Menzie (Rose Garden Bowl I), 204 game and 586 series.

Rosters of the other teams:

Oak Orchard Bowl I – Kyle Brett, Jesse Keller, Dallas Ecker, Cameron Ecker.

Perry Bowling Center – Josh Sprague, Brook Jurek, Tony Sprague, Dennis Van Duser.

Le Roy Legion Lanes – Tyler Klein, Felicity Wieseltier, Samantha Hyde, Aaron Leone.

Oak Orchard Bowl II – Tyler Brett, Bailee Snook, Paige Snook, Ben Lennox.

Rose Garden Bowl I – Jillian Menzie, Devon Zinter, Michael Sardou, Brooke Jarkiewicz.

Mount Morris Lanes – Austin Hawker, Trent Willis, Joshua Morris, Brad June.

It’s unfortunate that the GR Youth Travel League doesn’t include any teams from Mancuso’s in Batavia, especially considering that there were three Batavia squads in the league last season. But a group from the Batavia program is participating in an “elite” travel league this season in Rochester.


November is a busy month for tournaments in the Genesee Region.

-- The 34th Gladys Ford Memorial Women’s Senior Singles is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 at Letchworth Pines in Portageville.

Entrants (GRUSBC women 50 and over) are divided into six different age groups and roll three games on either Nov. 3 (noon) or Nov. 4 (1 p.m.). One in five in each classification will earn prize money from the handicap event.

The entry fee is $30. To enter, contact Jan King at 585-335-7474 or 585-704-1401 by Oct. 28. Entry forms can be downloaded from the GRUSBC website – www.bowlgr.com.

-- The 13th annual Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters will take place on Nov. 10 at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo.

Association members (men and women) who are at least 50 years old as of Dec. 31, 2018 are eligible to compete. Qualifying squads (three games) are at noon and 1:30 p.m. and re-entry is allowed. The entry fee is $30.

First place, based on 48 entries, is $300 plus a free entry to the GRUSBC Masters in February at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield. The top 12 qualifiers advance to the finals at 3 p.m.

To sign up, contact Paul Spiotta at 585-202-6458.

-- The 4th annual PAWS Triples No-Tap Tournament to benefit the Albion PAWS Animal Shelter is set for Nov. 10 – with squads at 1, 3, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. – at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

The entry fee for the handicap tourney is $75 per team, with one in six teams cashing. Teams can cash more than once as long as one bowler is changed.

For entry and donation information, contact Oak Orchard Bowl at 585-589-6900 or Curtis Foss at 585-590-0804.

-- The 11th annual Triple O Mechanical Singles Handicap Tournament returns to Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen on Nov. 11, with qualifying squads (three games) at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

First prize, based on 48 entries, is $500, and the entry fee is only $30. The top three qualifiers from the 10 a.m. squad and the top two from the 12:30 p.m. squad will earn guaranteed spots in the eliminator finals that begin at 5 p.m.

The finals will include a senior (55-and-over), super senior (65-and-over) and woman not making the cut as long as there are at least five entries in each category. If a senior, super senior or woman make the cut outright, then the incentives would not apply.

To enter, call 585-343-3736 or 585-861-0404. The event is limited to 24 bowlers per squad.

-- The 3rd annual Brian Morasco three-person handicap no-tap tournament is scheduled for Nov. 17 at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia. Proceeds from the event and basket raffles will go to Genesee Cancer Assistance and the Arthritis Foundation.

First place, based on 48 teams, is $750. The entry fee is $75 per team. Squad times are 1 and 3 p.m.

Teams can sign up by calling Mark Brown at 716-474-7900 or Mancuso Bowling Center at 585-343-1319.

The folks at Medina Lanes aren’t letting October slip away without offering another fundraising event.

A three-person handicap no-tap tournament is planned for Oct. 27, with squads at 5 and 7 p.m. The entry fee is $60 per team. Call 585-318-4474 to sign up. All bowlers are invited to stay for the Halloween party afterwards featuring Marnie K and the 4 Non-Blondes.

And, for tournament bowlers age 60 and up, the next 60-and-Over Tour scratch singles event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark. Check-in starts at 11 a.m and competition gets under way at noon.

October 4, 2018 - 7:35am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Several Genesee Region bowlers competed on Sunday in the season’s first 60-and-Over Tour event at Brockport Bowl but only one – Batavian Paul Spiotta – advanced out of the three-game qualifying round. Spiotta shook off a 159 start, finishing with 257, to claim the last berth to the second round. Unfortunately, his 165 game wasn’t enough to keep him in contention; he pocketed $50. John Masiello of Kenmore placed first, winning $200. The next tournament in the series directed by Tommy Kress is set for Oct. 28 at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark.

Speaking of tournaments, the Genesee Region USBC had to cancel an Invitational Match Play handicap singles event that was scheduled for last weekend due to a lack of entries. The concept is fine – three-game matches throughout until a winner is determined – but I think the $50 entry fee may have scared bowlers away (especially since it could be a case of “three games and out”).  With advance promotion and maybe a $25 entry fee, I believe it could work.

Brockport’s Chris Bardol opened the league season with a 299 game and 814 on Sept. 11 in the G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen, and, two nights ago, he added another 300 game to his resume en route to a 761 series. Bardol said he’s not sure of the exact count, but estimates that he now has 30 perfect games and 15 800 series. He continues to own and operate The North Pole restaurant on Swan Street on Wednesday through Saturday for dinner.

Also on Tuesday night, Scott Bliss of Batavia just missed perfection – firing 279-299-177—755 in the Antique World Coed League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

While the ownership situation at Scopano’s Lanes is yet to be settled, it’s business as usual at the Oakfield facility.  That includes the continuation of a solid Saturday morning youth program, which gets under way on Oct. 13. Director Carrie Monachino said parents of children 4 years of age and up are welcome to sign their kids up from noon to 2 p.m. this Sunday. A pulled pork BBQ fundraiser is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Caryville Inn.

Medina Lanes caught lightning in a bottle last season by hosting the Sunday Rolloffs League and (no surprise) is planning for another two-round campaign in 2018-19. The handicap singles league, where bowlers are placed in divisions according to their averages, will consist of a pair of 10-week slates -- Oct. 7 through Dec. 9 and Jan. 6 through March 10. The league is limited to 30 bowlers. To enter, call Medina Lanes at 318-4474.

Genesee Region USBC President Gary Kuchler and Director John Wood will be attending a USBC Association Leadership Academy session on Oct. 20-21 at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel in Erie, Pa. The USBC paying all costs associated with the seminar, including hotel, mileage and meals. The purpose of the seminars (I was able to attend one in Arlington, Texas a couple years ago) is to assist state and local association leaders in building their organizations and effectively communicating the USBC brand.

The Greater Buffalo USBC will be inducting nine people into its Hall of Fame on Nov. 24 at Samuel’s Grande Manor in Williamsville. The list includes professional bowler Brad Angelo of Lockport in the outstanding ability category.  Others slated for induction are Ray Bellet, Holly Parrish, Dave Williamson, Mary Grace Williamson and Ruth Wooliver, outstanding ability, and Mary Chase, Cindy Kosanovich and James Wangler Jr., meritorious service. Tickets are $50 per person and can be secured by calling the association office at 716-668-4222 by Nov. 8.

Tonawanda Bowling Center (which is managed by Mary Chase) is hosting the BL Challenge #18 at 9 a.m. Oct. 13. The scratch singles event attracts the top bowlers in an area well beyond WNY, and offers a guaranteed top prize of $6,000. The entry fee is $240. Side events include the Columbia Doubles at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and the Turbo 2N1 Marathon at 10 a.m. Oct. 14.  For more information, go to www.budlightchallenge.com.

It’s not too late for USBC-certified bowlers age 50 and over to enter the NYS Open Senior Championships – a doubles, singles and six-game combine handicap tournament – on Oct. 13-14, 20-21 at Sunset Bowl in Waterloo. Squad times are 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Oct. 13-14 and 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 20-21. For an entry form and more information, go to www.bowlny.com.

Local tournaments in the near future include the Camp Rainbow 3-person no-tap event at Medina Lanes on Oct. 13 and the Gladys Ford Senior Women’s tourney on Nov. 3-4 at Letchworth Pines in Portageville.

The Professional Bowlers Association emailed my Hall of Fame ballot a couple weeks ago and I am glad to report that both of my selections – Patrick Allen of Elmwood Park, N.J., and Mike Koivuniemi of Finland – received enough votes to ensure their induction on Jan. 5 at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament. The finals of this event, the first on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA season, will be televised live at 11 a.m. Jan. 6 on FS1 (Fox Sports 1). Allen is a 13-time PBA title winner and was the Chris Schenkel Player of the Year in 2004-05, while Koivuniemi has 14 PBA tournament wins, including the PBA Tournament of Champions in 2011 – where he claimed a $250,000 first prize.

September 20, 2018 - 8:44am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

matt_hurlburt_1.jpgIt didn’t take Matthew Hurlburt of Perry very long to feel comfortable bowling in an adult league for the first time.

On Sept. 5, Hurlburt, a 17-year-old left-hander, recorded his first United States Bowling Congress-certified 300 game on the opening night of the Wednesday JCI League at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo.

Hurlburt made his mark in the youth bowling program at Perry Bowling Center and as a member of the Genesee Region Youth Travel League, where he averaged 198 last season.

“I really wasn’t nervous until after I let go of the ball in the 12th frame,” said Hurlburt, who noted that everyone else in the league stopped to watch him roll the final shot on lane 6 – a ball firmly in the 1-2 pocket, touching off cheers, applause and hugs.

The perfect game eclipses his previous high game of 279 and his 755 series (his games were 247-300-208) is his best ever.

An employee of Hendrickson’s Hooftrimming in Perry, Hurlburt said he is filling in for his mother, Diane, on Wednesday nights. He also bowls with her and dad, Jason, in the Monday Nite 5 League at Perry Bowling Center, and with some of his friends in the Thursday Night League in Perry.

He said he patterns his game which features a high backswing after his “idol,” Scott Culp of Lima, one of the best bowlers in the area.

Culp, who averages in the 240’s, isn’t bowling in the Wednesday JCI League this season, but is competing in the Monday Ontario-Livingston League, where he converted the 7-10 split earlier this week.


Genesee Region USBC members – men and women – are invited to compete in the 2nd Invitational Match Play tournament on Sept. 29-30 at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

The handicap singles event is open to the first 64 association members who sign up by contacting Tom Fluker, tournament director, at [email protected] or at 585-284-2637.  An entry form can be found at www.bowlgr.com.

First prize (based on a full field of 64) is $750. The entry fee is $50.

The top 16 will cash. The GRUSBC is adding $250 to the prize fund.

The tournament format is as follows:

-- Best-of-three matches throughout with the first round set for noon and the Round of 32 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.  On Sunday, the Round of 16 is at noon, Round of 8 at 2 p.m., Semifinals at 3:30 p.m. and Championship Match at 5 p.m.

-- Handicap is 80 percent of the top average in the tournament.

-- Bowlers will use their highest USBC league average for the past three seasons (at least 21 games).

-- The bowlers with the top eight averages will be seeded 1-2 across the four brackets while the remaining bowlers will draw for their seeding.

-- It is open to current GRUSBC members (men and women), including youth bowlers with SMART accounts.

Other local tournaments in the near future:

-- Oct. 13 – Camp Rainbow 3-person no-tap, Medina Lanes.
-- Nov. 3-4 – Gladys Ford Senior Women, Letchworth Pines, Portageville.
-- Nov. 10 – GRUSBC Senior Masters, Livingston Lanes, Geneseo.
-- Nov. 11 – Triple O Mechanical Handicap Singles, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen.
-- Nov. 17 – Brian Morasco 3-person no-tap, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia.


The GRUSBC has been informed that Bennington Lanes will be joining the Greater Buffalo USBC for the 2018-19 season.

Last season, the GRUSBC serviced two leagues at Bennington Lanes -- a women's league on Wednesday night and a men's league on Thursday night.

That leaves the GRUSBC with 11 bowling centers, including Raider Lanes in Caledonia (formerly Cal Bowl).

Raider Lanes has not hosted any USBC-certified leagues for the past few years but is attempting to revive league bowling this season.

Last night I spoke with 28-year-old Devin Doolittle of Fairport, who has several years of experience as a pinsetter mechanic under his belt, having worked at a few centers in Rochester.

He said that he is running Raider Lanes for owner John Kabrovsky of Rochester and that the synthetic (overlay) lanes and the pinsetters are in “great shape.”

“We’re getting leagues started and we’re open for birthday parties,” said Doolittle, who also is working two or three nights a week at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield.

Scopano’s continues to be owned by the Scopano family but everything points to it being sold to a couple from New Jersey over the next several weeks.

Currently, Scopano’s hosts a women’s league on Monday, a men’s league on Wednesday, a no-tap league on Friday and a Saturday morning youth program.

In other bowling center news, Mike Kime of Honeoye Falls is the new general manager at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo.

Ironically, Kime started off as a pin-chaser in 1985 at Livingston Lanes, and now has returned, in his words, “to repair the pinsetters and hopefully bring back some of the bowlers who were there a few years ago.”

In between, Kime managed Cal Bowl in Caledonia for 18 years and Brongo Bowl (now Miller Lanes) in Honeoye Falls for 15 years.


The 60-and-Over Tour coordinated by NYS Hall of Famer Tommy Kress of Hilton kicks off its season next Sunday (Sept. 30) at Brockport Bowl.

Check-in for the noon event starts at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $45.

Entrants roll three games (scratch). After that, the top nine bowlers plus three bowlers with the highest scores from each age group will advance to the match play finals. If there are 48 or more entries, the top 10 overall scores -- plus the top two from each of the three age groups -- will advance.

The tournament schedule confirmed thus far is as follows:

-- Sept. 30, Brockport Bowl.
-- Oct. 28, Doug Kent's Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark.
-- Nov. 25, Brad Angelo Lanes, Lockport.
-- Dec. 23, Bowl-A-Roll Lanes, Rochester.
-- Jan. 27, Parkview Bowl, Rochester.
-- Feb. 24, Gates Bowl, Rochester.
-- March 31, Domm’s Bowling Center, Rochester.
-- April 28, Pleasure Lanes, Hilton.


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-- Turnbull Heating & Cooling.
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The Batavian offers special pricing for businesses that sponsor the bowling column. Contact me at [email protected] for more information.


UNUSUAL LEAVE: Scott Shields of Batavia rolled the first six strikes in the T.F. Brown's League last Thursday night at Mancuso Bowling Center before being stopped by a rare split -- the 5-7-10 on lane 9. The right-hander took out the 5-pin on his spare shot, and finished with a 221 game.

September 17, 2018 - 5:57pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling.

Chris Bardol of Brockport wasted no time in getting his name on the Genesee Region USBC bowling honor score list as he posted a season-opening 299 game and 814 series in the G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

The 30-year-old right-hander is one of the most accomplished bowlers in the area, having registered numerous tournament titles at the local, collegiate and national levels.

For a list of scores around the GRUSBC, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

Mike Pettinella's Pin Points column will return to The Batavian this season, with his first column to appear this Thursday (Sept. 20).

May 13, 2018 - 7:20am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, Bowling, sports, Genesee Region USBC.


BOWLING HALL OF FAMERS: From left, Bill Draper of Livonia, Dennis Englert of Nunda and Jan King of Dansville are the newest members of the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame.

The Genesee Region USBC celebrated a successful 2017-18 bowling season on Saturday night by inducting three people into its Hall of Fame and recognizing association leaders, tournament champions and scholarship recipient.

More than 100 people gathered together at Batavia Downs Gaming for the local bowling association's awards banquet, an annual event that also saw GRUSBC President Tom Fluker hand the leadership baton to fellow Batavian Gary Kuchler.

Fluker had served on the GRUSBC board for nine years, the last six as president -- and was instrumental in expanding the association's youth, awards and scholarship programs.

Kuchler will begin his term as president on Aug. 1.

Three incumbent directors were re-elected to the board -- Patricia Fuller of Medina, Steve Krna of Alexander and Sharon Willet of Dalton.

Dennis Englert of Nunda and Jan King of Dansville were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Meritorious Service category while Bill Draper of Livonia was enshrined in the Achievement Veteran category.

Englert was a longtime bowling manager at Letchworth Pines and an avid bowler, who suffered a life-altering brain injury when pushed to the floor by an irate patron at Letchworth Pines in January 2015. At last night's dinner, he was surrounded by friends and family, including his wife, Eunice, who worked with him for many years at Letchworth Pines.

King's induction also was witnessed by several family members and friends, while Draper was accompanied by his wife, Gail, and longtime bowling buddy, Doug Johnston. 

"I'm truly humbled," Draper said. "When I was a little guy, I never thought that I would make it here. I'm very honored."

Sam Miller of Le Roy, a standout bowler in the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia and in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League, was selected to receive the Barbara Krieley Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 award for his scholastic and bowling accomplishments. He will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall.

Association leaders in league play this season were honored as well, including Curtis Foss of Medina, who tied a GRUSBC record by averaging 242 in a league at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

Other 2017-18 adult leaders were Brian Cline of Williamsville, who set an association record with an 858 series; Jackie Jurinich of Medina, 298 game, and Caycee Landers of Brockport, 223 average and 782 series.

In youth bowling, Brody Brown of Medina, had the high game (289) and series (759) and Alex Allis of Medina had the high average (209) for the boys, while Haylee Thornley of Batavia had the high series (646) and Julia Menzie of Bergen had the high game (266) and average (176) for the girls.

The GRUSBC gave away $1,600 through its annual "grand prize drawing" of names of bowlers who earned entries into the drawing through their high scores in league play throughout the season.

Winners of $500 prizes were Janet McDonald of Corfu, Diane Hurlburt of Warsaw and Brian Green of Batavia. Four others won $25 each.


SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: GRUSBC President Tom Fluker congratulates Sam Miller of Le Roy as the association's scholarship recipient for 2017-18.


ASSOCIATION LEADERS: Curtis Foss of Medina posted the GRUSBC's high league average of 242 while Haylee Thornley of Batavia led all girl youth bowlers with a 646 series.


TRAVEL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Members of the Rose Garden Bowl team from Bergen, which won the Genesee Region Youth Travel League this season, are, from left, Madelynn Pimm, Brooke Jarkiewicz and Devon Zinter. Photos by Mike Pettinella.

May 11, 2018 - 8:56am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, Bowling, sports, Genesee Region USBC.

Dennis Englert of Nunda, Jan King of Dansville and Bill Draper of Livonia will be inducted into the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame at the local association's Awards Banquet on Saturday night (May 12) at Batavia Downs Gaming.

Englert was a longtime bowling manager at Letchworth Pines and an avid bowler, as was King, who has served as a league officer, association director and tournament manager for many years. Both will be enshrined in the Meritorious Service category.

Draper will go into the Hall in the Achievement Veteran category for his accomplishments in league and tournament competition as a member of the former Perry Bowling Association.

More than 100 people, including tournament champions and association average and series leaders, are expected to attend the dinner, which gets under way at 6:30 p.m.

An Army veteran, Englert began his career in bowling in the early 1990's at Letchworth Lanes (now Letchworth Pines) and learned as much about the bowling business as he could -- both in customer service and in lane/pinsetter maintenance. He later worked at Valley View Lanes in Warsaw and served as a bus driver for Keshequa Central School for 19 years.

While driving bus full time, Englert also went back to work at Letchworth Pines and, along with his wife, Eunice, became a fixture at the Portageville location, and facilitated improvements that increased league bowling and started the popular Glow Bowling at the Pines.

He bowled in several leagues at the Pines, posting a 300 game in October 2006 at the age of 64. He also served as a league secretary-treasurer, participated in numerous tournaments and served on the Genesee Region USBC board of directors.

On Jan. 15., 2015, after about 20 years at Letchworth Pines, he suffered a devastating brain injury when pushed to the floor by a much younger man, and since then has undergone two surgeries and is pretty-much confined to a wheelchair. He has been a resident of the Avon Nursing Home since June 2015, and has made great strides in speech therapy.

King, a bowler for 60 years, has been a tireless worker for the Genesee Valley Women's Bowling Association and the Genesee Region USBC. She has initiated and directed numerous tournaments, most notably the Gladys Ford Senior Women's Tournament for the past 10 years.

She has served as secretary for various leagues (formerly in Dansville and now at Mount Morris Lanes) and on numerous association committees. King has attended several New York State and national conventions, has bowled in local, state and national tournaments, and has been a member of the national and state 600 Clubs.

Currently, she is a Genesee Region USBC director, who coordinates the association's Memorial Service and chairs the policy and procedures committee. 

Draper found success for many years as a member of the Perry Bowling Association, primarily in five different leagues at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo and as a competitor in the association's Classic Travel League.

He had a high average of 216 in the 1990s and continued to average 200 or better for another 10 years.

He also has three 300 games (1999, 2004 and 2010), a 299 game, and an 811 series (2004), and is a Singles, Doubles and Team champion of the Perry Association Tournament.

Draper, at 67 years young, continues to bowl in the Wednesday Night JCI League at Livingston Lanes.

April 12, 2018 - 7:49am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Medina’s Ryleigh Culver is well on his way to becoming the next “young phenom” on the Genesee Region USBC bowling scene.

The 10-year-old right-hander placed first in the Boys U12 division at the New York State Region 2 Pepsi USBC Youth Championships last weekend at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes in Rochester, and now will head to King Pin Lanes in Rome on May 19 to compete for a state title.

Ryleigh posted games of 262, 201 and 210 for a 673 series to top the list of 32 boys who participated in his division. He had it going right from the start, rolling the first eight strikes in the opening game.

“He’s been practicing a lot and we work with him on his game,” said his dad, Richard Culver II, noting that Ryleigh’s grandfather, Rich, also is a big part of Ryleigh’s success.

The practice definitely is paying off as Ryleigh has upped his average to 176, a remarkable number for a 10-year-old.

Several other area youngsters fared well at the tournament.

Batavian Jacey Wagner, daughter of standout bowler Rich Wagner, placed second in the Girls U8 division to earn a scholarship.

In Girls U12, Lorelei Sanders of Medina and Allie Faryna of Perry placed third and fourth, respectively, while in the Boys U20 division, Dennis Van Duser of Perry placed 11th with a 664 series and Trevor O’Dell of Oakfield was 13th with a 654 series.

The Pepsi Youth tournament is a totally scratch event (no handicap) with the top two in the U8 and U10 divisions winning scholarships at the regional level, and the top two in the U12, U15 and U20 divisions moving on to the state finals where they will compete for seven scholarships in each of the categories.


Batavian Ron Lawrence, bowling in his first 60-and-Over Tour event, took top honors on April 8 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion, defeating veteran Fran Bax of Niagara Falls, 226-223, in the championship match.

“I surprised myself, that’s for sure,” said Lawrence, speaking with a sense of amazement that he was able to come through in the clutch to knock off Bax, one of the area’s most prolific bowlers over the past five decades.

Lawrence, needing two strikes and eight pins in the 10th frame to win the match, packed the 1-3 pocket for three straight strikes to claim the $325 first prize.

He said that he believed an open frame in the eighth frame was going to cost him.

“I missed the 4-pin in the eighth frame and I thought it would beat me for sure,” he said.

Lawrence, a longtime groundskeeper and maintenance man at Stafford Country Club, has had recent success at Oak Orchard Bowl.  Earlier this season, he was part of the winning team in a no-tap tournament there.

A 195 average bowler, Lawrence competes in the North Pole League at Mancuso Bowling Center and is a substitute in a league at Le Roy Legion Lanes.

Lawrence qualified sixth with 642 (the top 10 scores plus six age group leaders advanced), and then registered 219 and 246 to make it to the four-man step-ladder finals.

Forty-seven bowlers entered the tournament, which featured step-ladder finals for the first time in its three-year existence.  And the final round didn’t lack for excitement, either, as all three matches were decided in the 10th frame.

In the opener, John Danielewicz of Sanborn nipped Charlie Gfeller of Rochester, 226-225. After that, Lawrence defeated Danielewicz, 204-196, to set up the title match against the top-seeded Bax.

Bax won $200 for his runner-up finish while Danielewicz pocketed $175 and Gfeller $150.

Bill Logan of Albion rolled his first USBC-certified 300 game in the last game of qualifying to post a 683 series, which was second behind North Tonawanda’s Dennis Illig, who fired 718.

Two other Genesee Region members joined Logan as “cashers” – Bob Hodgson of Medina and Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls.

The next 60-and-Over Tour stop is at Medina Lanes on April 29. Check-in is at 11 a.m. and competition begins at noon.  For more information, contact Tommy Kress at [email protected] or 585-739-3097.


Ryan Naylor of Perry and Jason Quilliam of Batavia recorded 300 games in league action last week at Perry Bowling Center and Mancuso Bowling Center, respectively.  It was Naylor’s first USBC-certified perfect game and Quilliam’s second.

Naylor reached perfection in the second game of the Thursday Night League, and finished with a 645 series. The 24-year-old righty averages about 200 in three leagues at Perry Bowling Center.

Recalling the 10th frame, Naylor said he wasn’t too nervous and felt more confident after getting the first strike on lanes 1-2.

“I knew after the first one that I was going to do it,” he said. “The first two were beautiful; the last one I got out by about two boards and it hit light but carried.”

A member of the Carpenter’s Union Local 276, Naylor said he was used a Storm Code Black bowling ball drilled by Brian Weber to eclipse his previous high game of 279.

Quilliam, a 38-year-old right-hander, posted his 300 in the first game of a 714 series in the Antique World Tuesday Coed League.  His previous perfect game came in December 2011 and he bowled an 805 series in November 2016.

At the USBC Open Championships in Syracuse, Quilliam was part of the Rich Wagner Team that put up a 2,678 three-game series – not a bad score considering the brutally-tough lane conditions.

Team members Nate Wright and Rich Wagner had 632 and 706 series, respectively, in the Singles event.


-- Medina Lanes is hosting a five-person Baker-style handicap tournament this Sunday, with $1,000 guaranteed for first place and $500 guaranteed for second place.

Squad times are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Competition consists of 10 Baker-style games (bowlers alternate frames), followed by match play finals.

The entry fee is $125 per team. Handicap is based on 90 percent of the difference in the team average and 1,050, with 1,050 being the maximum.

-- A “job well done” goes out to Joe Czworka, who is retiring after 33 years as a league secretary. Joe said he is stepping down after closing the books on the Antique World Tuesday Coed League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

-- The Genesee Region USBC announced that prize checks from its association tournament will be going out early next week.

More than $6,600 in prize money will be going out to 73 cashers in the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition.

GRUSBC President Tom Fluker also reminds all league secretaries to submit their final average sheets to the association office at 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020 as soon as possible, and to make their reservations by May 1st for the Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Dinner on May 12 at Batavia Downs.

March 29, 2018 - 8:05am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

mike_johnson.jpgGenesee Region USBC bowlers were in the groove and then some last weekend at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo and Mount Morris Lanes for Doubles & Singles and Team competition, respectively, at the 12th annual GRUSBC Association Tournament.

Batavian Mike Johnson (photo at left) led the hit parade with a trio of prolific three-game series en route to winning the Open Division All-Events crown.

The 50-year-old left-hander, who entered with a 226 average, rolled 763 in the Team event, 802 in Doubles and 706 in Singles for a 2,271 (all scratch) score.

His 802 in Doubles, which was capped by a 299 game, and his partner Matt Balduf’s 704 series (also all scratch) resulted in a tournament-best 1,506 total.

In All-Events, Aaron Verheyn of Medina placed second at 2,210 and Scott Gibson of Oakfield was third at 2,113.

In Open Team action at Mount Morris Lanes, the Dinger Stingers squad out of Perry Bowling Center erupted for a 3,513 score with handicap – 3,200 scratch – on Saturday as Nathan Tackentien posted 743, Curtis Hoffman 711, Ryan Wetmore 641, Doug Stratton 615 and Jamie Schery 490.

Their score was 149 pins more than the 3,364 posted on Sunday by the Hello team, also out of Perry, consisting of Chris Huntz (699), Stratton (618), Rachel Van Duser (565), John Huntz (554) and Ben Jaggard (545).

Recipe for Disaster (Mancuso Bowling Center), captained by Batavian Tom Fluker, and Barber's Five (Mancuso's), captained by Batavian Gerry Barber, finished third and fourth at 3,358 and 3,336, respectively.

In Women's Team play, King & Her Court (Mount Morris Lanes), consisting of Jan King, Christine Bovee, Cathi Fournier and Karen Henry, held on to the top spot with 2,444.

Hawks (Medina Lanes), captained by Jackie Jurinich, placed second at 2,408, and Appleby's (Perry Bowling Center), captained by Caroline Appleby, took third at 2,345.

In Singles competition, Bergen’s Laurie Morgante and Medina's Hayden Allis placed 1-2 with superb scores.

Morgante (174 average) rolled 254-211-259 for 724, her first 700 series. With handicap, her total was 834, which edged Allis – who recorded 279-264-279—822.

Also in Singles, Attica’s Josh Elliott posted a 300 game, the tournament’s only perfect game.

Roxanne Clar of Avon posted 652 with handicap to edge teammate Dawn Johnston of Livonia (632) and Fournier and Jeanne Rosa of Perry (628 each) in Women's Singles.

In Women's Doubles, the mother-daughter duo of Joann and Rachel Van Duser (Perry Bowling Center) placed first with 1,281 with handicap – 30 pins more than previous leaders Cathi Fournier and Karen Henry (Mount Morris Lanes) and 40 pins more than Dawn Bertrand and Bonnie Wass (Perry Bowling Center).

Fournier paced the Women's All-Events with 1,996, followed by Rachel Van Duser at 1,875 and Wass at 1,854.

All scores are unofficial pending final average verification. The Genesee Region USBC has 30 days to pay the prize list, unless extended by USBC headquarters in Arlington, Texas, due to average verification issues.

For unofficial results, go to www.bowlgr.com

The Genesee Region USBC added $600 to the prize fund.



Matt Lewis of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, makes sure his passport is always current as he makes frequent weekend trips across the border to compete in bowling tournaments in the States.

He found his way to Batavia on March 17, and left there $1,000 richer after winning the T.F. Brown’s Scratch Eliminator at Mancuso Bowling Center.

In the four-person finals, Lewis shot 226 to defeat Sam Capizzi of Rochester (215), Pat Brick of Buffalo (186) and Kristina Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda (154).

The insurance adjuster by trade, Lewis said it was his first tournament title after “numerous” second- and third-place finishes.

Capizzi earned $600, Brick $400 and Szczerbinski $300.

Two local bowlers cashed for $200 apiece – Rich Wagner of Batavia and Joe Trigilio of Attica.

The tournament drew 60 entries.

Photo -- Mark Brown, left, tournament director, presents first-place prize money to Matt Lewis.


Batavia veteran kegler Fred Gravanda notched a second-place finish on March 18 at the 60-and-Over Tour event at Brockport Bowl.

Gravanda rolled a 219 game in the three-man finals, losing out to Steve Nowicki of Rochester (236) but edging Mike Feola of Rochester by a pin. Bob Hodgson of Medina also cashed.

The tournament attracted 57 entries, the most ever for one of the monthly competitions run by Hilton’s Tommy Kress.

Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion will be hosting the next stop at noon April 8 and Medina Lanes will host a tournament on April 29.  Randy Hanks, proprietor of Oak Orchard Bowl, is contributing $350 to the prize fund.


The 6th annual Mark Wengrzycki Memorial 3-Person No-Tap Tournament is scheduled for Saturday at Medina Lanes.

Squad times are 2, 4 and 6 p.m. with one in six teams cashing, based on three-game totals with handicap.  Handicap is based on 80 percent of 220, with a maximum team average of 660.

First place is listed as $750.  The entry fee is $75 per team.

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


The Rose Garden I team of Bergen is 16 points ahead with just one week remaining in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

The league concludes its regular season on April 15 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion with a position round, meaning that Rose Garden I will take on Perry Bowling Center needed to win just two of the 19 points up for grabs.

In recent action at Mancuso Bowling Center, Perry topped Rose Garden I, 13-6, to keep its hopes alive.

Individually, James Townsend (Batavia Strike Force) led the boys with a 240 game and 614 series, while Corinne Saluste (Batavia Strike Force) paced the girls with a 215 game and 550 series.

The league concludes with a no-tap tournament and banquet on April 22 at Mancuso’s. Contact Tom Fluker at [email protected] for more details.


The GRUSBC Association Banquet & Hall of Fame Dinner is slated for 6:30 p.m. May 12 at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road.

Tournament champions, scholarship winners and Hall of Fame inductees will be honored, and a report of the 2017-18 season will be given by association officials.

The cost of the dinner is $25, with the following exceptions:

-- GRUSBC directors, the Hall of Fame inductee and one guest, Adult tournament champions (limit one tournament only), Youth tournament champions and one guest (limit one tournament only) and scholarship recipients and one guest are invited at no charge.

-- Past GRUSBC Hall of Famers, league secretaries or representatives (limit one per league) are invited at half price.

The deadline for reservations is May 1. For reservations, send an email to [email protected].


Our condolences are extended to the families of three valued members of the area’s bowling community who passed away in recent days.

Carmen DiFilippo of Batavia was a former Classic League bowler at Mancuso Bowling Center and the longtime secretary of the Polish Falcons League on Wednesday night. He died on March 22 at the age of 80.

M. Carol Lowe of Oakfield died on March 18, at the age of 80. Carol was a fine bowler and served as a Genesee Valley Women’s Bowling Association director for many years.

Steven Durfee of Bennington was a regular bowler (along with his wife, Mary Jean) at Bennington Lanes. He passed away on March 18 at the age of 64.

March 19, 2018 - 10:43am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling.

Teams representing Mancuso Bowling Center and Mount Morris Lanes are in first place in the Open and Women's Team divisions, respectively, after the first of two weekends of the 12th annual Genesee Region USBC Association Tournament at Mount Morris Lanes (Team event) and Livingston Lanes in Geneseo (Doubles & Singles events).

Go to www.bowlgr.com for for unofficial standings through Sunday, March 18.

Competition resumes on Friday and there are plenty of openings for both Team and Doubles/Singles events. To enter, contact Mike Pettinella, GRUSBC association manager, at 585-861-0404 or at [email protected].

In the Open Team event, Barber's Five (Mancuso's) leads the way with 3,336, followed by Medina Lanes at 3,204. Gerry Barber paced his team with 673 scratch while Aaron Verheyn posted 731 and Ray Neuman 712 for the Medina squad.

In the Women's Team event, King & Her Court is in first place with 2,444 (four person team) and Hawks (Medina Lanes) are in second at 2,408. Karen Henry's 548 series led the King & Her Court team, captained by Jan King.

Other event leaders:

Open Doubles -- Mike Cunningham and Chris Huntz (Perry Bowling Center), 1,343; John Wolff and Ron Lawrence (Mancuso's), 1,335.
Women's Doubles -- Cathi Fournier and Karen Henry (Mount Morris Lanes), 1,251.
Open Singles - John Wolff, 744; Chuck Bobo (Mancuso's), 678.
Women's Singles -- Cathi Fournier, 628.
Open All-Events -- Gregg Wolff (Mancuso's), 1,943; Casey Palmer Sr., 1,935.
Women's All-Events -- Cathi Fournier, 1,996.

Competition will take place in three divisions -- Open (men and women), Women and Scratch (men and women). In the Open and Scratch divisions, teams are comprised of five players; in the Women's division, teams consist of four players.

Handicap is set at 90 percent of 215 in the Open and 90 percent of 200 in the Women's.

Entry fees are $25 per person per event and $10 for optional All-Events.

March 15, 2018 - 8:45am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Batavian Jim Pursel enjoyed a profitable weekend, teaming with Oakfield resident Robin Blaun to capture the T.F. Brown’s King & Queen mixed doubles handicap tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center on Saturday and then joining forces with nine fellow league bowlers to cash twice at the Bob Bertram Memorial handicap no-tap tournament at Mount Morris Lanes on Sunday.

At the King & Queen event, Pursel and Blaun outlasted 62 other couples – defeating Curtis Foss of Medina and Brianna Larson of North Tonawanda, 492-483, in the title match – to pocket the $500 top prize.

"Robin was phenomenal ... she carried us," said Pursel, crediting Blaun for averaging 185 for the tournament -- 22 pins over her average.

But Pursel was being humble in his assessment as he put up high scores all day, including a 269 in the championship match.

"It was fun in the final game, bowling against Curits and his partner and matching him bomb for bomb," he said.

Blaun chipped in with 189 and, with their 34 pins handicap, edged Foss and Larson, who posted 258 and 225, respectively.

Pursel and Blaun registered 1,316 in the three-game qualifier to finish in the seventh position. The top 16 teams advanced to match play, led by Mark Brown of Attica and Traci Spanitz of Rochester, who had 1,432.  Foss and Larson were the second-high qualifiers with 1,415.

In match play, Pursel and Blaun posted victories over Naomi and Mickey Hyde of Le Roy (with Blaun posting a 226 game), Kai Clark and Mary Jo Brenner of Rochester (with Pursel rolling 266), and Steve Dorobiala and Holly Johnson of Buffalo, before facing Foss and Larson.

Foss and Larson split $300 for placing second, while Dorobiala and Johnson, and Mario and Kara Mangiola of Rochester each split $200 for finishing third/fourth.

Other local cashers were Fred Gravanda of Batavia (with Sarah Germano of Rochester), Chris Bardol and Caycee Landers of Brockport, Mike and Heather Johnson of Batavia, Dean Cadieux Jr. and Kristin Thompson of Oakfield, and Rich Wagner of Batavia and Darleen Balduf of Byron.

At the 19th annual Bob Bertram Memorial, the Pursel group comprised of members of the North Pole League on Thursday nights at Mancuso’s formed two teams, with each bowling twice, and walked away with the $1,000 first prize and $300 third prize.

Members of the first-place team were Mike Johnson, Tom Baker, Matt Balduf, Mark Brown and Denny Rogers, and members of the third-place team were Joe Trigilio, Rob Stefani, Jason Quilliam, Mike Lambert and Pursel.


While none of the eight Genesee Region bowlers advanced to the match play portion of the NYS Masters Championship on March 3 at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport, all of them deserve credit for taking on the challenging Sport lane condition and battling against the best of the best in New York State.

Medina residents Curtis Foss and Scott Allis were stopped by one sub-par game out of their five qualifying games, each missing the cut on the first squad by about 50 pins.

On the second squad, Gray Jr. also was thwarted by one low game and missed the cut by just 30 pins.

To illustrate the oil pattern’s difficulty, it took a score of 966 – a 193 average -- on the second squad (out of 71 bowlers) to advance.

Also competing in the tournament were Jim Foss and Aaron Verheyn of Medina, Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls, Jared Allen of Oakfield and Frank Jarkiewicz of Byron.

Kristina Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda became the first woman NYS Masters champion, defeating PBA standout Brad Angelo of Lockport in the final match for the $2,000 first prize.


Dennis Van Duser and Matt Hurlburt of Perry Bowling Center combined for a 1,350 score with handicap to each win $100 scholarships and trophies at the GRUSBC Association Youth Doubles Tournament at Scopano's Lanes in Oakfield last weekend.

The winning duo in Division A topped second-place Ryleigh Culver and Ethan Cramer of Medina Lanes by 115 pins. Culver and Cramer and third-place Aaron Leone and Samantha Hyde of Le Roy Legion Lanes also won trophies.

In Division B, Brad June and Alexis Patterson of Mount Morris Lanes placed first with 1,314 (winning $100 scholarships and trophies), while Paige Snook and Matt Baker of Albion, and Brooke Jurek and Van Duser of Perry placed second and third, respectively.

In Division C, Brendan Pimm and Megan Jarkiewicz of Bergen took first with 1,261 (winning $100 scholarships and trophies), and were followed by Dominic LaPiana and Hanna McKenzie of Mount Morris, and Josh and Tony Sprague of Batavia.


The Rose Garden I team upended Batavia Strike Force, 13-6, last week at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield to move comfortably ahead with two weeks remaining in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

The team of Devon Zinter, Madelynn Pimm, Brooke Jarkiewicz and Michael Sardou is 19.5 points up on Oak Orchard I and Batavia X-Factor with only sessions on March 25 at Mancuso Bowling Center and April 8 (position round) at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

Individually, Dennis Van Duser of Perry led the boys with a 279 game and 660 series, while Haylee Thornley of Batavia X-Factor paced the girls with a 237 game and 554 series.

Other high series were by Matt Hurlburt of Perry, 654; Tony Sprague of Batavia X-Factor, 607; Samantha Hyde of Le Roy, 544, and Paige Snook of Oak Orchard I, 522.


More than 1,000 entrants tried their hand at the weeklong Super Bud Bowl at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego last week and, when the smoke had cleared, Rochester left-hander Dan Vick – arguably the best bowler in the Flower City – drove home with the $5,500 first place check.

Vick, 31, defeated high qualifier Art Oliver Jr., 219-213, in the championship match. He did so in dramatic style, coming through with three strikes in the 10th frame to overtake the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada lefty, who had doubled in the 10th to put the pressure on Vick.

Oliver earned $2,800 for placing second.

Two Perry residents cashed on the extremely tough Sport condition: Matt Slocum, who rolled 821 for his four games and Brett Van Duser, who recorded 798.


Entries are being accepted for the 12th annual Genesee Region USBC Association Tournament taking place at Mount Morris Lanes (Team event) and Livingston Lanes in Geneseo (Doubles & Singles events) over the next two weekends.

Teams signed up for this weekend are as follows:

-- Friday, Jan King, Chris Bacon;
-- Saturday, Carolyn Appleby, Margaret Shepard, Gerry Barber, Casey Palmer, Amy Allis (3 teams);
-- Sunday, Rick Daniels, Gary Gilman, Terry Gilman, Linda Johnson, Reid Cole, Jeff Say.

The tournament features three divisions -- Open (men and women), Scratch (men and women) and Women.  In the Open and Scratch divisions, teams are comprised of five players; in the Women's division, teams consist of four players.

To sign up, call 585-861-0404 or send an email to [email protected]. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.bowlgr.com.


Two teams of Batavia-area bowlers are competing in the USBC Championships at the end of the month at the Oncenter in Syracuse.

Team members are Paul Spiotta, Gregg Wolff, Joe Mortellaro, Todd Mortellaro, and Joe Trigilio on one squad and Brian Green, Fred Gravanda, Geoff Harloff, Mark Brown, and Jim Pursel on the companion squad.

Their Team event is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 29 and their Doubles & Singles are set for 2 p.m. March 30.

By the way, this will be the 25th ABC/USBC Open Championships for Trigilio, a worthy accomplishment, and the 49th ABC/USBC Open Championships for Mortellaro, who is just one year away from a milestone that not many bowlers achieve.

March 1, 2018 - 8:43am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

The bowlers spoke and the Genesee Region USBC directors listened. And, as a result, the 12th annual GRUSB Association Tournament later this month includes a Scratch Division and a handicap base of 215 – down from 230.

Now, let’s see if the changes pay off in increased entries for the tournament, which is scheduled for March 16-18, 23-25 at Mount Morris Lanes (Team event) and Livingston Lanes in Geneseo (Doubles & Singles events).

Competition will take place in three divisions -- Open (men and women), Scratch (men and women) and Women.  In the Open and Scratch divisions, teams are comprised of five players; in the Women's division, teams consist of four players.

Handicap is set at 90 percent of 215 in the Open and 90 percent of 200 in the Women's.

Last year, the handicap base was at 230, and that drew complaints from the higher average bowlers who felt they were at a competitive disadvantage.

GRUSBC directors took that into consideration in lowering the base to 215 – and also brought back a Scratch division for those bowlers wishing to compete against other teams without handicap.

As of Wednesday, all squads are open except for the Team squad at 11 a.m. on March 18. The maximum number of team entries is 80.

Entry fees are $25 per person per event and $10 for optional All-Events.

A chart showing the current entries can be found at www.bowlgr.com.

To reserve your spot, call 585-861-0404 or send an email to [email protected].


Teams from Le Roy and Perry captured divisional titles at the GRUSBC Association Youth Team Tournament at Le Roy Legion Lanes.

In Division A, the Le Roy team of Trey Prevost, Tyler Klein, Aaron Leone and Samantha Hyde place first with a 2,531 score -- 90 pins better than the Medina team of Lorelei Sanders, Graceland Mahnke, Juliana Allis and Ryleigh Culver.

Ryan Bigsby, Tony Sprague, Sam Miller and James Townsend of Mancuso Bowlling Center placed third with 2,412.

In Division B, the Perry squad of Gavin Slocum, Brooke Jurek, Dennis Van Duser and Matt Hurlburt finished on top with 2,536 -- 90 pins better than the Mount Morris team of Alexis Patterson, Britney Rathburn, Brad June and Trenton Willis.

Kyle Regatuso, Ava Tortorice, Hannah McKenzie and Isabel Laney of Mount Morris Lanes placed third with 2,426.

Members of the first-place teams in both divisions earned $100 scholarships each, while the top three teams in both groups received trophies.


The 60-and-Over Senior Tour will be making a swing into Orleans County for a pair of tournaments in April.

Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion will host the tour’s seventh event of the season on April 8 and Medina Lanes will host tournament No. 8 on April 29. Check-in for both competitions is at 11 a.m. with bowling starting at noon.

According to tour director Tommy Kress, Oak Orchard Bowl proprietor Randy Hanks is putting money into the prize fund, which means that with 42 bowlers, the top prize will be $350.

The next 60-and-Over event is set for March 18 at Brockport Bowl with check-in at 11 a.m. and bowling at noon.


For the second straight Professional Bowlers Association tournament, the victor won all four stepladder matches en route to the title.

Last Sunday, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., defeated defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, 259-239, for the $40,000 first prize at the Barbasol PBA Players Championship in Columbus, Ohio, thwarting Belmonte’s bid for a record-tying 10th major championship.

To reach the final match, Smallwood downed Canadian Patrick Girard, 237-206, before edging Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., 236-235, and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 225-224.

Belmonte earned $20,000 while Kent took home $12,000, Prather $11,000 and Girard $10,000.

On Feb. 11, Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., won the PBA Tournament of Champions on by sweeping all four finals matches.

The PBA returns to ESPN at 2 p.m. Sunday with the finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

Live coverage of the USBC Masters is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 15 on ESPN.


Continuing their dominance of the tournament, Mickey Hyde and Tom Rohl joined forces with fellow LeRoyans Shayne Herold and John Lowe to win the Ron Riggi Memorial at Le Roy Legion Lanes.

The winners totaled 3,642 for three games to run away with the tournament by 117 pins over second-place Kevin Bienko, Dan Streer, Josh Shoemaker and Dana Voytovich of the Buffalo area.

First place was worth $900 while second place paid $450.

Hyde and Rohl also cashed with other teams, with Hyde placing third with Rob Sease, Norm Bialuski and Ryan Kretchmer, and Rohl placing fourth with Mark Brown, Matt Balduf and Scott Culp.

Herold won the singles event with a 968 score, good for $120.

Thirty-seven teams competed.


The Rose Garden I team of Bergen defeated Batavia Bombers, 13-6, at Mount Morris Lanes on Feb. 18 and now holds a 15-point lead over second-place Perry Bowling Center with four sessions remaining in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

Perry pulled into second by virtue of a 16.5-2.5 win over Batavia Strike Force, which dropped to third, tied with Batavia Thunder and three points behind Perry.

Individually, Matt Hurlburt of Perry led the way with a 245 game and 670 series while teammate Dennis Van Duser had 236 and Strike Force’s Skylar Laesser 233. Paige Snook of Oak Orchard Bowl led the girls with 209—532.

The league bowls this Sunday at Perry Bowling Center with the first shift at 12:30 p.m.


Entries are picking up for the 28th NYS Masters Championship this Saturday at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport.

Qualifying squad times (five games) are at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with one in five bowlers advancing from each squad to the head-to-head match play finals. First place is $2,500 and a free entry to the 2019 USBC Masters.

Genesee Region bowlers currently signed up are Curtis Foss of Medina at 9 a.m., and Jim Foss of Medina, Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls, Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw, Aaron Verheyn of Medina and Frank Jarkiewicz of Byron at 12:30 p.m.

For more information and a tournament roster, go to www.bowlny.com.

To enter, send an email to [email protected].

On Saturday, March 10, Mancuso Bowling Center is hosting its annual King & Queen Mixed Doubles Handicap Tournament, with squad times at noon and 2 p.m.

Call 585-343-1319 for more information.

February 15, 2018 - 8:08am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.


In competitive bowling, the mental game plays as important a role in the road to success as the physical game.

It took some time – and a few cases of “letting your emotions get the best of you” – for Warsaw’s Kevin Gray Jr. to grasp this but now that he has, the 36-year-old left-hander has become a force to be reckoned with on a regular basis.

Gray shook off a couple errant shots during Sunday’s Peterson Point match play finals of the Genesee Region USBC Masters tournament at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo and came through in the clutch to unseat defending champion and fellow lefty Rich Wagner of Batavia.

A 213-204 victory in the position round secured the title for Gray, who took the lead after game four of the eight-game final round and held on to win the $300 first prize and Masters’ champion ring.

Gray entered the last game with a 44-point advantage over Wagner (bowlers receive 30 points for each match victory and plus or minus pins based on their score in relation to 200), which meant he needed to beat Wagner for the crown. Wagner, on the other hand, needed to defeat Gray by at least 15 pins to win the tournament.

An open frame by Gray to start the game, coupled by a double by Wagner put the Batavian in the lead temporarily, but Gray responded with four strikes in a row to pull even. After another open in the seventh, Gray once again bounced back with strikes in the ninth and 10th frame to lock up the match.

“I thought the key for me was being able to leave that stuff (open frames) behind,” said Gray, who won the GRUSBC Scratch Memorial at Mount Morris Lanes in 2016. “I feel I’m better mentally than I’ve ever been.”

Gray, a team leader of the medicine access center at the University of Rochester, was a model of consistency throughout the tournament – qualifying in the third position with 888 for four games and grabbing the fourth spot among the final eight bowlers with 886 on Saturday for a 222 average. And he kept that average on Sunday en route to winning seven of his eight matches.

“I was able to stay focused all day long and not let anything bother me,” said Gray, who used an Ebonite Maverick for the first seven games on Sunday before switching to an Ebonite Gamebreaker II for the last game. “Fortunately, I was able to focus on one match at a time.”

Gray said he dedicated the victory to his late grandfather, Lester Gray, who would have been 102 on Sunday.

Wagner, who picked up $250 for placing second, had the high average for the tournament – 227 – largely due to a 1,024 four-game score (256 average) in the four-game semifinals that propelled him to the No. 1 berth on Sunday.

“I thought I threw it really well, but congratulations to him (Gray). He made the shots in the ninth and 10th when he had to,” Wagner said. “But first and second in two years, it’s a good day.”

Brian Green, another Batavia southpaw and the high qualifier with 956, finished third and earned $200.

He was followed by three-time Masters champion Fred Gravanda of Batavia ($150), Chris Bardol of Brockport ($100), lefty Mike Johnson of Batavia ($100), Scott Culp of Lima ($90) and Brady Weber of Perry ($90).

Other cashers (in ninth through 16th place) were Jim Pursel of Batavia, Matt Balduf of South Byron, Dean Cadieux Jr. of Oakfield, Geoff Harloff of Batavia, Dana Nowack of Livonia, Joe Trigilio of Attica, Paul Spiotta of Batavia and Josh Elliott of Attica.

The tournament drew 45 entries. For qualifying, semifinal and match play results, go to www.bowlgr.com.

Photo at top -- Tournament director Paul Spiotta congratulates Kevin Gray Jr., center, and Rich Wagner, who placed first and second, respectively, at the GRUSBC Masters. Photo by Mike Pettinella.


Whether you’re talking about her bowling scores, the winter weather or a bowling ball company, former collegiate standout Caycee Landers has taken Western New York by "storm." landers_1.jpg

Landers, a 27-year-old right-hander, migrated from Los Angeles about a year ago, and joined the G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen at the invitation of her boyfriend, Chris Bardol of Brockport.

Since then, she has bowled several 700 series, with her latest – a 782 effort on Tuesday night -- breaking the Genesee Region USBC record of 762 previously held by Bardol’s sister, Jennifer.

Landers, using a Roto-Grip Wreck Em ball (manufactured by Storm), posted games of 267-246-269, and raised her league average to 225.

This comes on the heels of her victory on Feb. 3 at the Rochester NY USBC Queens Tournament at AMF Gates Lanes, where she defeated two of Rochester’s best, Tara Mangiola and Shanna Chepelsky, in the finals.

Landers has been so good on the lanes lately that it has made the WNY cold weather a bit more tolerable.

“I haven’t quite been here a year so I guess I’ve survived my first winter,” she said. “It’s all downhill from here, but it certainly has been an adjustment, coming from a big city. What has made it easier is that everyone here is so nice.”

Landers was an Academic All-American while bowling at Newman University in Wichita, Kan., and previously she bowled at Wichita State. She said that she met Bardol at the Team USA Trials in 2008.

“We’ve always stayed connected through bowling and became good friends,” she said, speaking of Bardol, owner of The North Pole Restaurant in Batavia. “We started dating almost a year ago, and we (she and her 5-year-old son, Landyn) moved to Brockport.”

Landers has multiple 300 games and a high series of 837. She thought she should have had another 800 on Tuesday night.

“I was kind of a bonehead,” she said, referring to a pair of one-pin spares that she missed in the first two games.  “Those two single pins cost me an 800.”

Her 782 fell nine pins short of the Rose Garden Bowl women’s record of 791 set by Mangiola in the Triple O Mechanical Tournament (a non-GRUSBC event).

She did fare better than Bardol, however, who rolled a 694 series on his 30th birthday.

Landers said she is considering bowling in the New York State Queens Championship on April 21 in Newburgh, a tournament that has been won by another former Wichita State bowler, Shannon Sellens of Long Island, for the past four years.


-- Livingston Lanes owner Marty Estruch, a Mount Morris resident who owns a few hotels in that area, said he is looking for someone to manage the 16-lane bowling center and bar.

The managerial position will be open at the end of this month, Estruch said, adding that the ideal candidate will have knowledge of the business of bowling, customer service skills and an ability to build programs to increase traffic.

Until then, John LaGeorge will be handling day-to-day duties.

-- The brother-sister team of Mike and Shelly Schepis of Medina won the Love ‘Em & Hate ‘Em mixed doubles handicap tournament at Medina Lanes over the weekend.

They were followed by Marion Singleton of Lockport and Brian Cline of Williamsville, Rob Stefani of Batavia and Sarah Cassidy of Albion, and Jenelle and Rusty Boyd of Lyndonville.

-- Right-hander Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., mowed down a couple heavyweight two-handers on Sunday to win the 53rd PBA Tournament of Champions for his first PBA Tour title.

O’Grady, 31, whose best previous PBA Tour finish was fourth, won four stepladder finals matches at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, including victories over PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia and Jesper Svensson of Sweden.

Final standings: Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., $50,000; Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $25,000;  Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich. $13,000; Jason Belmonte, Australia, $11,000; BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., $10,000.

Stepladder Results: O’Grady def. Moore, 219-174; O’Grady def. Belmonte, 229-225; O’Grady def. Anderson, 194-185; O’Grady def. Svensson, 207-193.

-- Legion Lanes in Le Roy will be hosting the 16th annual Ron Riggi Memorial 4-Person Handicap Tournament on Feb. 23-25, offering a first place prize of $1,000 (based on 40 entries).

Squad times are 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23, noon and 3 p.m. Feb. 24 and noon and 3 p.m. Feb. 25. The entry fee is $100 per team.

To enter, contact Mark Brown at 716-474-7960.

-- Three of the five Batavia teams in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League are within striking distance of first-place Rose Garden Bowl I after nine weeks of the 13-team circuit.

Batavia Thunder and Batavia X-Factor gained ground in recent competition at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia with victories over Rose Garden I and Batavia Bombers, respectively.

Rose Garden continues to lead, however, as it is 7.5 points ahead of Batavia Strike Force, 14.5 in front of Oak Orchard Bowl I and16 points ahead of Batavia Thunder and X-Factor.

Individually, James Townsend (Strike Force) topped the list last week with 233—609, while Ben Lennox (Oak Orchard I) had 606 and Sam Miller (Strike Force) posted 603.

For the girls, Samantha Hyde (Le Roy) led the way with a 224 game and 560 series, followed by Corinne Saluste (Strike Force) with 537 and Paige Snook (Oak Orchard I) with 514.

The league bowls at 12:30 p.m. this Sunday at Mount Morris Lanes.

February 1, 2018 - 8:26am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling, United States Bowling Congress.

In my Jan. 18 column, I shared information about the reclassification of leagues by the United States Bowling Congress – the national governing body's analysis of bowler averages that could result in a “Standard (or House)” shot league being changed to a “Challenge” or “Sport” league based on data derived from bowlers who participated in multiple leagues during the 2016-17 season.

While I support the USBC in its effort to even the playing field when it comes to rating bowlers equal to their skill levels, I am not on board with the way the USBC handled a situation that targeted 704 leagues for possible reclassification.

USBC sent letters out of the blue to these leagues, causing a great deal of anger and confusion. This I know because I was copied on the letters from USBC to 39 leagues in New York State (and on several of the appeals from league officials that followed shortly thereafter).

What the USBC should have done was to inform its membership as a whole in advance about the process, letting everyone know that it had been studying averages from last season and that if a league had at least 20 percent of its members who bowled in multiple leagues, it could be subject to reclassification.

For the record, USBC’s research revealed that 99 leagues were statistically more difficult for bowlers with averages of 20 or more pins higher in a Standard or “house shot” league, which showed that those leagues were competing on “Sport” conditions.  It also found 605 leagues in which bowler averages were 10-19 pins higher in Standard leagues, which shows that those leagues were competing on “Challenge” lane conditions.

(Bowlers with league averages designated as “Sport” or “Challenge” are indicated as such on bowl.com, and are subject to using the conversion charts when entering leagues or tournaments bowled on “Standard” oil patterns).

So, instead of informing bowlers with a message on bowl.com and/or an e-mail blast that this was going to happen and of the appeal process, the USBC blindsided its bowlers (and this is not the first time). 

Only after witnessing the negative reaction from league officials for several days did the USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy then shoot off a letter explaining the rationale for its action and acknowledging that other factors could be involved in a league’s scoring pace (bad pins, faulty oil machines, inconsistent maintenance, etc.), before ending with “I hope this letter helps you understand what is going on.”

Talk about shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted!

To date as a result of appeals, the USBC has decided not to change many of the 700 leagues that were targeted. In New York, at least 22 of the 39 leagues identified for reclassification have been kept as "House" leagues.

In the future, I would hope that the USBC brain trust would think things through to avoid alienating its membership base, especially considering that a decade-long trend of declining membership continues.


Results of tournaments in the Genesee Region over the past couple weeks:

Curt Haight Memorial 4-Person No-Tap
Mancuso Bowling Center, Jan. 20

Longtime Batavia bowlers Joe Trigilio, Fred Gravanda, Joe Mortellaro and Paul Spiotta teamed to place first, rolling a score of 3,187 to capture the $880 top prize.

The event drew 43 teams and raised $1,540 for Genesee Cancer Assistance.

Other cashers were as follows:

Kim Starken, Caycee Landers, Jeanette Sease, Tom Rohl, 2nd, 3,139, $480; Jason Quilliam, Brian Green, Nate Wright, Mike Lambert, 3rd, 3,097, $240; Justin Burdick, Jim Prucha, Jim Kessler, Steve Wenzka, 4th, 3,069, $230.

Dennis Rogers, Mark Brown, Rob Sease, Chris Bardol, 5th, 3,061, $220; Jen Wagner, Rich Wagner, Jason Gallo, Tony Gallo, 6th, 3,050, $210; Ron Brown, A.J. Allenbrandt, Heather Johnson, Mike Johnson, 7th, 3,033, $200.

Mount Morris Pepsi Open
Mount Morris Lanes, Jan. 19-21

Ricky Zinone of Rochester defeated Matt Burt of Buffalo, 192-174, in the title match to win the $1,500 first prize. The 40th annual scratch tournament drew 108 entries.

Zinone qualified in the eighth position with 949 for four games. Kevin Donovan of Painted Post was the high qualifier with 1,024.

Steve Santini of Mount Morris was the only Genesee Region USBC bowler to make the top 24, qualifying through the one-game, “last chance” squad with a 237.

The field included some of the top bowlers in New York State, including professional Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, Mike Rose Jr. of Rochester, Ken Muscato of Canandaigua and Dan Vick of Rochester.

Help-R-Heroes 4-Person No-Tap
Le Roy Legion Lanes, Jan. 26-28

The Le Roy team of Mickey Hyde, Naomi Hyde, Tom Rohl and Shayne Herold placed first in the handicap tournament with a 3,266 score, winning $600.

They were followed by Mark Brown, Kai Clark, Rob Sease and Norm Bialuski with 3,257, $480; Scott O’Neill, Ian Elliott, Dave Elliott and Bill Van Alst, 3,204, $300, and Tom Fluker, Mike Johnson, Mike Lambert and Nate Wright, 3,105, $200.

Proceeds went toward wounded soldiers returning home.

Baker Style Scratch Doubles
Mancuso Bowling Center, Jan, 27

The Lockport-area duo of Gary Kinyon and Jason Ciliberto defeated the Batavia-area duo of Matt Balduf and Rich Wagner, 465-395, to win the $700 first prize.

Thirty-one teams competed in the tournament, which featured six-game qualifying where bowlers alternate frames. From there, the top eight teams advanced to two-game eliminator style finals where half the field is eliminated in each round.

Balduf and Wagner earned $400 for placing second.

Other local teams cashing were Batavian Gregg Wolff and Brian Green. Tom Fluker of Batavia and his partner, Lowell Schoonmaker of Florida, combined for a 300 game.


-- Livingston Lanes in Geneseo will be hosting the 57th annual Genesee Region USBC Masters Tournament on Feb. 10-11.

Open to current GRUSBC members with at least 21 games in a particular league, the tournament offers a first prize of $525 plus a champion’s ring (based on 80 entries).

Qualifying squads (four games) are set for 10 a.m and 1 p.m. Feb. 10, with the top 16 advancing to the four-game semifinals at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10. From there, the top eight bowlers (eight-game totals) will move on to the eight-game Peterson Point match play finals at 1 p.m. Feb. 11.

The entry fee is $50, and re-entry is allowed provided the re-entry does not prohibit a first-time entrant from competing.

To sign up, contact Paul Spiotta at 585-202-6458.

-- The 22nd annual Betty Ellison Memorial “Strike Out for Crossroads House” benefit tournament is scheduled for Feb. 16-18 at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Squad times for the five-person handicap event are 6 p.m. Feb. 16, 3 and 6 p.m. Feb. 17 and 1 p.m. Feb. 18. As of Wednesday morning, openings remain on all squads except for the 6 p.m. Friday squad.

The entry fee is $110 per team until Feb. 9; after that date, it increases to $125.

Registration can be done online by going to www.crossroadshouse.com and choosing the Events tab.

All proceeds from the bowling as well as numerous raffles over the weekend will go to benefit Crossroads House, a comfort care home serving the residents of Genesee and Wyoming counties who have been medically determined to be in their last stages of life (three months or less).

For more information, call 585-409-0136.

-- The 12th annual GRUSBC Youth Team Tournament is set for Feb. 17 at Le Roy Legion Lanes, with squads at noon and 3 p.m.

Only a few spots remain as the maximum number of teams in the event is 16. Each team consists of four bowlers.

The entry fee is $64 per team.  Scholarships will be awarded to the first-place teams in each of three divisions, based on team average.

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


The Genesee Region Youth Travel League returns to Mancuso Bowling Center at 12:30 p.m. this Sunday.

Rose Garden Bowl I continues to lead the 13-team league by 4.5 points over Batavia Strike Force, with Oak Orchard Bowl I another 13 points back.

In recent action, Josiah Yantz of Scopano’s Lanes led the way for the boys with a 242 game and 682 series, while Paige Snook of Oak Orchard Bowl I led the girls with a 214 game and 563 series.


I'm pleased to welcome a new "Pin Points" sponsor this week – Neo-Tac, Inc., which is owned by scientist and avid bowler, Frank Bernabei of Middleport.

Bernabei’s company specializes in bowling ball surface management products, such as Hook-It, Renew-It and Liquid Nitro, as well as lane conditioners and cleaners. Just click on his ad to learn more.

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January 29, 2018 - 9:29am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling.

Scott Allis of Medina rolled an 806 series and Dave Emler of Rochester posted a 300 game -- his second this month -- to highlight last week's league bowling action in the Genesee Region.

Allis had games of 259-270-277 for his eighth USBC-certified 800 series over the past 17 years in the Sunday Rolloffs League at Medina Lanes.

Emler's perfect game came in the G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen, where he previously shot 300 on Jan. 2.

In the County Line Stone League at Scopano's Lanes, Paul Spiotta of Batavia registered a 290 game.

For a list of high series and games for the week of Jan. 22, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

Mike Pettinella's next Pin Points column will be posted on Thursday.

January 18, 2018 - 8:30am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

scott_culp.jpgAlthough he has racked up numerous local, regional and state tournament titles in recent years, Scott Culp of Lima – champion of the Genesee Region USBC Scratch Memorial on Jan. 7 at Letchworth Pines in Portageville – says he prefers to stay in the moment.

“(Tournament victories) is not a statistic that I keep track of,” the 39-year-old right-hander said. “What I try to do is bowl good in every tournament I enter.”

Culp accomplished just that and more at the Pines by conquering two “Sport” oil patterns – averaging 221 for eight games – before defeating Jerry Blair of Le Roy, 215-180, in the title match to earn the $600 top prize.

The longtime employee of Gleason Works in Rochester said he has worked on his game over the years “to be able to execute on different patterns and use multiple lines (to the pocket).”

“I feel that versatility is one of my strengths – being able to play near the gutter on shorter patterns and inside, keeping the ball in a contained area, on long patterns,” he said.

He said he learned how to bowl growing up in Honeoye Falls at Brongo Ball, where he developed his unique style of walking from right to left on the approach and utilizing an extra-high backswing.

“It sort of came naturally,” he said, pointing out that as a younngster he was enamored with the style of PBA star Pete Weber.

“Plus, we used to bowl after several leagues before us, and there wasn’t a lot of oil on the lanes, so I had to get to the left and find what little oil there was in the center of the lane. I bowled a lot with Ryan Kretchmer (another great bowler out of Honeoye Falls) and he takes that big step to the left, too.”

Culp, holder of the GRUSBC league average record of 242 for a full season, successfully defended his Scratch Memorial crown with the win over Blair, who had advanced through the step-ladder finals with victories over Brady Weber of Perry, Don Parrott of Warsaw and Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw.

He receives ample support – and help with getting all of his bowling balls into the center – from Colleen Harrington, his girlfriend of 10 years and teammate on a league at Roseland Bowl in Canandaigua.

While the results of the tournament were posted previously by me on The Batavian, I’d like to give a “shout out” to Dean Cadieux Jr. of Oakfield, who advanced to the semifinals despite an opening 117 game in the four-game qualifying round.

Cadieux kept his composure, moved his line farther to the right, changed balls and registered 676 for the next three games to take the third and final qualifying spot from his squad.

Many others may have hung their heads and gave up after such a tough start, but give credit to Cadieux for figuring it out and, ultimately, earning a check for his efforts.


It has been said that “life begins at 50.”

While Batavian Jim Pursel has been a good bowler for many years, he has definitely stepped up his game after reaching that milestone last June.

“Jimbo,” as he is affectionately known, is wreaking havoc on the lanes throughout Western New York – posting a 300 game at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia in November and a 300 at Transit Lanes in Buffalo in December -- and, most recently, rolling an 827 series in the Storm Bowlers Choice Pro Shop Senior League at Transit Lanes.

Pursel’s first 800 series – he has several 300 games – came in the finals of the league’s weekly match play and propelled him to his third victory of the season.

His games were 278 and 270, which were rolled on one pair of lanes, and 279, which came in the final match on a different pair of lanes. All told, he had 31 strikes – leaving just 5 10-pins along the way.

“Things have been going well lately,” Pursel said. “At Transit, I’m concentrating more; bowling with better bowlers has made a difference.”

Pursel is averaging 218 in the league, six pins less than his average in a league at Clarence Bowling Academy on Monday nights. He also substitutes in The North Pole league at Mancuso’s on Thursdays.

The 827 eclipses his previous high series of 799, and he also had a 794 back in 2005.

Brian Cline of Williamsville, one of the best left-handers in New York State, set a Genesee Region USBC Association record on Saturday when he posted an 858 series in the Adult-Youth Doubles Tournament at Mancuso’s.

Cline, 39, rolled 279-279-300, leaving a 10-pin in the first game and the second game. His effort is 10 pins better than the 848 registered by another lefty, Darrow Rumsey of Batavia, at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield in 2000.

In league play, Diane Hurlburt of Warsaw overcame a shaky start to roll 11 strikes in a row for a 277 game in the Monday Nite League at Perry Bowling Center this week.

Hurlburt, who is averaging a sparkling 207 in the league, started with a 2-8-10 split, and missed them all for 7 pins in the first frame before striking the rest of the way. She finished with a 658 series.


Victory in the season-ending World Championship has propelled Australia’s Jason Belmonte to rarified air – recipient of the Chris Schenkel Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year for the fourth time.

Belmonte was a landslide winner in voting by the bowling news media (including myself) and his fellow competitors.

Other honorees are Matt Sanders of Indianapolis, as the 2017 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year; Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, as the Steve Nagy PBA Sportsmanship Award winner, and PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. of Keller, Texas, as the recipient of PBA’s Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award.

They will be recognized at the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Indianapolis Marriott North. The entire celebration dinner will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Belmonte is the first player in PBA history to win three major championships among his four titles in 2017. At age 34, he joins Mark Roth as a four-time winner of the award.

Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the all-time leader with seven Player of the Year Awards, followed by the late Earl Anthony with six.

Belmonte, the best two-handed player ever, led the PBA in earnings ($238,912) and scoring average (a PBA record 229.39 for 380 games bowled). The PBA World Championship title is his ninth major and was his third major victory in 2017, along with the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and his fourth United States Bowling Congress Masters.

He now has won the Player of the Year award in four of the past five years, missing out last year when E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., captured the prize.


The United States Bowling Congress, in a continuing and more intensive effort to ensure bowler average integrity, is reclassifying more than 700 leagues to either the Sport or Challenge designation.

According to a USBC press release, data compiled from bowlers who competed in multiple leagues during the 2016-17 season reveals that the lane conditions of 704 leagues nationwide were more difficult than Standard (or House) leagues.

As a result, 605 leagues will now be reclassified as Challenge leagues and 99 will be reclassified as Sport leagues based on data that showed the scoring pace was significantly different from the scoring pace its members had on Standard league conditions.

The averages of the bowlers in those leagues now will carry a Sport or Challenge designation on Find A Member on bowl.com. If they have no other average, the bowlers will need to follow Rule 201 and use the Sport or Challenge conversion charts when entering leagues or tournaments bowled on Standard conditions.

I have not seen that any leagues in our area are being reclassified, but I believe that some in local halls with more difficult scoring conditions should be. I have seen that a few leagues in Rochester have been reclassified.

Last year, the USBC bridged the gap between Sport and Standard leagues by introducing the Challenge league designation for leagues using tougher, though not Sport, lane conditions.

Compared to Standard lanes conditions (house shot), bowlers in Challenge leagues have averages that are 10-19 pins lower than averages on a house shot. Averages in Sport leagues are 20 or more pins lower.


Tournaments this weekend:

Friday, Jan. 19-Sunday, Jan. 21
40th annual Mount Morris Pepsi Open

A $1,500 guaranteed top prize awaits the winner of this scratch singles event, which features qualifying squads at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday.

A one-game “last chance” squad is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by eliminator-style finals.

The entry fee is $70, with a re-entry fee of $50.  One in five bowlers will cash.

For more information or to enter, call 585-658-2540.

Saturday, Jan. 20
Curt Haight Memorial 4-Person No-Tap, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia.

A $1,000 first prize, based on 48 teams, is being offered at this annual handicap event conducted in memory of the late Curt Haight, who was an avid Batavia bowler.

Squad times are noon and 3 p.m. The entry fee is $100 per team and one in six teams will cash.

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

Saturday, Jan. 20
8th annual Winter Classic, Medina Lanes

First place is $600, guaranteed, and one in five bowlers will cash in this scratch singles tournament.

Squad times are 1 and 3:30 p.m., and will be followed by a one-game “last chance” squad for those missing the cut. A head-to-head match play finals will determine the champion.

The entry fee is $50. Call Medina Lanes at 585-318-4474 to enter.

January 14, 2018 - 9:17pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling.

Rich Wagner's 300 game and Scott Kern's 299 were among the highlights in Genesee Region league bowling action for the week of Jan. 8-14.

Wagner, a 35-year-old left-hander from Batavia, finished with a perfect game to post a 761 series in The North Pole league on Thursday night at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Kern, 62, of Basom, started with a 299 (leaving a 5-pin on the last ball) en route to a 652 series in the Wednesday County Line Stone league at Scopano's Lanes in Oakfield.

Other highlights ilncluded 700 series by two women in the G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen -- Caycee Landers' 706 and Laurie Morgante's 703. The 700 series is the first USBC-certified 700 series for Morgante.

Kim Williams posted a 647 series in the Monday Night Ladies league at Mancuso's.

For a list of high scores from the area, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

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