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October 21, 2019 - 4:59pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

For the second time in three weeks, Joseph Scott, a 37-year-old right-hander from Pavilion, recorded a 300 game in the Wednesday Men’s Handicap League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

Scott's latest effort came on Oct. 16 on lanes 1-2 on his way to a sparkling 751 series.

On Sept. 25th, Scott – who works for Logwell Acres dairy farm in his hometown – rolled a perfect game on lanes 7-8 en route to a 717 series.

At Paris Lanes in Oakifield, three bowlers hit the 700 mark last week – Dean Cadieux Jr. of Oakfield 750, Marty Hein of Batavia 719 – with a 299 game – and Scott Shields of Batavia – 707.

Hein's attempt at a 300 game was thwarted when the 10-pin failed to fall on the final ball.

In other league action around the Genesee Region USBC, Jeremy Vallance of Warsaw opened with a 297 game and finished with 759 in the Le Roy Moose League at Legion Lanes, and Tony Sprague popped a 256 game and 694 series in the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

October 14, 2019 - 5:10pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Medina standout Scott Allis took top honors as the Sunday Rolloffs handicap singles league kicked off its season over the weekend.

Allis, a 38-year-old right-hander, fired games of 226-240-258 for a 724 series, and went on to capture first place in the rolloffs, upending Garry Smith in the finals.

For a list of high scores around the Genesee Region last week, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

October 10, 2019 - 8:22am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Two announcements from the United States Bowling Congress dealing with the maximum age of a “youth” bowler and the prevention of minor athlete abuse over the past couple of months have caused a bit of a stir among local association officers and junior program leaders.

In late July, the USBC – the sport of bowling’s governing body – issued a directive stating that it will be lowering the maximum age for USBC Youth membership to 18 starting with the 2020-21 season.

The decision to lower the top age from 20 to 18 impacts 3.3 percent of the current youth membership, which (in my estimation) is several thousand bowlers nationwide.

Gary Brown, managing director of youth development for the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, said the changes to USBC Youth programs and tournaments “provide a model comparable with other youth sports.”

“We moved to age-based divisions, as opposed to average, for events, to provide peer-to-peer competition. Setting the maximum age for youth bowlers to 18 aligns us with the standard of other national youth sports organizations,” he reasoned.

For the Pepsi Youth and Bowling.com Youth Open Championships in 2020-21, the U18 division will become the top division. Brown said the USBC will address how the age change will impact the 2021 Junior Gold Championships, which will have a separate U20 division.

The effect on hometown youth programs will be felt next season as USBC members who were 19 or 20 years old will no longer be able to compete in youth leagues and, as a result, will miss out on the potential to earn scholarships for college.

When asked to comment about these developments, Brad Buckert of Rochester, longtime youth bowling coach and tournament director (and former coach of the Rochester Institute of Technology bowling team), said he has “mixed feelings.”

“I’m glad that they (USBC) appear to be waiting until the 2020-21 season to implement changes for Junior Gold, because kids would have already qualified for 2019-20 without the new rules in effect,” he said. “As far as for the lowering the youth age from 20 to 18, I have mixed feelings about that.”

“Is it the right thing to do because of the other sports? Bowling is sort of unique because kids can earn scholarship money to help pay for college until they are 20 as it exists now. This will be taken away.

“Does that mean that colleges will offer more scholarships to bowlers than they do now? We know that girls can be NCAA athletes for bowling and get up to a full ride scholarship. Boys do not have this opportunity because of Title IX. Not sure how that will work itself out.

“Also it forces 18-year-olds to become adult bowlers, which to me is a way for the USBC to get more money, increase its paying membership and will also stop the kids from being able to bowl in scholarship tournaments at that point. They would have to join an adult league which some people will argue there are forms of gambling going on and we know that can only hurt the kids’ collegiate eligibility.”

Buckert said he is upset that kids will be losing two years of (scholarship) earning power and worries that once they turn 18, that these young people will leave the game.

“We all know we can't afford to lose any more membership in our sport and maybe the kids won't join Adult leagues -- and then they could be gone.”

The second announcement that I referred to in the opening paragraph requires any USBC Youth member who reaches the age of 18 during the bowling season to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport online education program, which is free, to continue to compete in leagues that have participants under age 18.

Katrina Smoot, rules coordinator for USBC, said she has received a lot of feedback – much of it negative – about this rule.

“What our members are more concerned about is the SafeSport policy, per federal law, that requires any adult 18 and older competing in a USBC league with minors 17-and-under must complete the SafeSport training and the officers of the league must complete the Registered Volunteer Program background check process,” she said.

A perfect example of this is an Adult-Child League where all those 18 and over would be required to take the two-hour online course through bowl.com. The course is free to all USBC members from 2018-19 or 2019-20 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Smoot said the USBC’s appeal to the U.S. Center for SafeSport to be exempt from these requirements due to the unique structure of league bowling was denied.

“We tried to explain that our programs are a little different than other sports, but we were told that we have to comply just like other sport national governing bodies,” she said. “We will continue to try to talk to them and monitor policy that may be changing, but for now, this is the way it is.”

The SafeSport training for 18-and-over bowlers doesn’t pertain to tournaments, although the tournament manager where minors are participating must go through the RVP screening and the SafeSport online training.

Additionally, all officers and directors on USBC state and local boards of directors are required to be RVP and SafeSport-certified.

Topics covered through the SafeSport Trained course include mandatory reporting, sexual misconduct awareness education, and emotional and physical misconduct.

For more about the RVP and SafeSport policies, go to bowl.com, scroll over the Youth tab at the top of the page and click on Registered Volunteer Program.

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TWO GRUSBC BOWLERS CASH IN BROCKPORT EVENT

Albion’s Reid Cole and Batavia’s Paul Spiotta were among the “cashers” Sunday at the first Tommy Kress 60-and-Over Singles Tour event at Brockport Bowl.

Spiotta qualified in the fourth position following an 872 four-game total while Cole was the No. 9 qualifier with 839. Twelve of the 41 entrants advanced to the eliminator rounds.

Both local keglers were eliminated in the first round (one game) as they failed to place in the top six.

Mike Feola of Rochester took top honors, qualifying fifth with 869, before going on to roll games of 206, 205 and 230 in the eliminator rounds. John Danielewicz of Sanborn placed second and Gary Kinyon of Lockport was third.

Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen will host the next tournament on Oct. 27. Kress announced that there will be two squads – 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with a three-game qualifier.

For more information or to enter, contact Kress at [email protected].

GR YOUTH TRAVEL LEAGUE SCHEDULE RELEASED

The Genesee Region Youth Travel League gets under way this Sunday with competition set for 12:30 p.m. at Mount Morris Lanes.

The league has eight teams this season, representing Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia, Mount Morris Lanes, Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion, Rose Garden Bowl, Legion Lanes in Le Roy and Perry Bowling Center.

The schedule is as follows. Bowling starts at 12:45 p.m., except for this Sunday.

-- Oct. 13, Mount Morris Lanes
-- Oct. 27, Mancuso Bowling Center
-- Nov. 10, Oak Orchard Bowl
-- Dec. 1, Rose Garden Bowl
-- Dec. 15, Legion Lanes
-- Dec. 29, Rose Garden Bowl
-- Jan. 19, Oak Orchard Bowl
-- Feb. 9, Perry Bowling Center
-- Feb. 23, Mount Morris Lanes (no-tap and banquet)

LOCAL BOWLING SPONSOR AWARDS GRANTS TO THREE CHILDREN

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Bill Hayes, sponsor of the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia, congratulates (from left) Elianna Shisler (Prep division), Jaydon Winspear (Junior-Senior division) and Jeremy Summers (Bumper division) after they were selected in a random drawing to win a free season of youth bowling courtesy of Turnbull Heating.

CASTING MY HALL OF FAME VOTE FOR TOMMY JONES

I received my invitation earlier this week from the Professional Bowlers Association media relations staff to cast my vote for the Hall of Fame.

This year, only one member is eligible, that being Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 41, a PBA member since 2000.

It didn’t take me very long to return the email with the word “YES” as, without a doubt, Jones is worthy of enshrinement. The ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 18 as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

Jones, a high-revving right-hander, has amassed $1.7 million in prize money over his 19-year career with 19 PBA regular tour titles and another 13 PBA regional titles. He has two major championships on his resume – the 2006 U.S. Open at North Brunswick, N.J., and the 2007 PBA Tournament of Champions in Uncasville, Conn.

Ranked in 2009 as No. 30 on the list of PBA’s 50 greatest players, Jones was selected as the Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year in 2001-02 and earned the Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award in 2005-06.

LOCAL TOURNAMENTS ON THE HORIZON

Saturday, Oct. 26 – GRUSBC Handicap Bracket Challenge, Mancuso Bowling Center

Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 2-3 – GRUSBC Gladys Ford Senior Women, Perry Bowling Center

Sunday, Nov. 3 – GRUSBC Senior Masters, Mount Morris Lanes

Sunday, Nov. 10 – Rochester/GRUSBC BVL, Pleasure Lanes, Hilton

Saturday, Nov. 16 -- Brian Morasco Memorial 3 –person handicap, Mancuso Bowling Center

Sunday, Nov. 17 -- Triple O Mechanical Handicap Singles, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen

October 7, 2019 - 3:29pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Batavian Mike Johnson grabbed the spotlight in league bowling action last week by rolling a lofty 822 series in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday night league at Mancuso Bowling Center.

The 52-year-old left-hander put together games of 279-255-288 for the Eastown Beverage team for his fifth United States Bowling Congress-certified 800 series to go along with a handful of 300 games.

Johnson – an employee of MTM Property Management in Rochester – rolled 10 strikes in the opening game and eight more in game two before stringing 10 consecutive strikes in game three. His bid for a perfect game was thwarted by a stubborn 7 pin on the 11th ball – but he had the 800 well in hand by that point.

He used a Radical Intel bowling ball, drilled by Brian Green of Striking Effects Pro Shop, for the first time.

Johnson said he plans on competing in the Genesee Region USBC’s first tournament of the season -- the Handicap Bracket Challenge singles event on Saturday, Oct. 26th at Mancuso Bowling Center – and in the Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 3rd at Mount Morris Lanes.

For a list of high scores from area bowling centers, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of the page. Mike Pettinella's next Pin Points column is scheduled to run this Thursday.

September 26, 2019 - 8:58am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

AMF Bowling, now part of Bowlero Corp., hasn’t endeared itself to the league bowling community in recent years.

As the association manager of the New York State USBC, I have been contacted by more than a few league officials who reported that leagues were either booted out or had their days and times changed by proprietors of AMF centers. The major reason for this, you ask? To accommodate corporate and birthday parties and other social events.

I certainly understand that the bowling business is not what it used to be and that to bowling center owners, especially large corporations such as Bowlero, it’s all about the bottom line. However, the manner in which you go about instilling change – how you treat the league bowlers who have supported you for many years – does make a difference.

Things seemed to have settled down in recent months; league bowlers are adjusting to the new normal, but the perception that AMF doesn’t care about league and competitive bowling is still there.

News earlier this month that Bowlero, owner of more than 300 centers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, has purchased the Professional Bowlers Association Tour may be a step in shifting that negative opinion.

Already Bowlero has increased tournament prize money, doubling the first prize check for next month’s Clash to $50,000, and promises to bring more technology and insight into the life of the professional bowler to its telecasts.

In an interview with FloBowling’s Lucas Wiseman, Bowlero Chief Customer Officer Colie Edison said she did not agree with the thought that Bowlero is against league bowling.  She will be taking over as the CEO of the PBA while current CEO/Commissioner Tom Clark will continue as the commissioner.

“Shocker – I don’t think it’s a fair assessment, but I understand where people are coming from,” she said. “First and foremost, Bowlero Corp. is a for-profit organization and you have to remember a lot of what we have done is to keep bowling alive. If we don’t find ways to earn money at the centers, then the bowling centers go away.”

She said Bowlero has purchased AMF and Brunswick Zone centers to align with its top priority of getting “more people involved in bowling – whether that means bowling recreationally at our centers, bowling league in our centers or watching bowling on television.”

Edison acknowledged that many leagues had to be shifted (primarily off the weekends) but said the company has “put our money where our mouth is” by starting the Bowlero league series which has awarded more than $500,000 in prize money, sponsoring leagues and hosting youth tournaments.

Now, she touts the fact that Bowlero has stepped up to “write the check” with the purchase of the PBA, which has been experiencing an upswing since joining forces with FOX Sports. By the way, longtime PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark will continue with the PBA as the commissioner, focusing more on the tournament competition

When asked what her “dreams” for the PBA were five years down the road, Edison mentioned increased TV rights fees, player prize money and viewership.

“I want to see $20 to $50 million in rights fees … and not be relegated to the lower tiers. There’s no reason we can’t be up there with the other major pro sports. Will this happen in five years? It may be a bit further off in the distance.”

She also said the PBA Tour players deserve to “earn great money” and “not have to worry about where their next pay check is coming from” and seeks to attract millions of viewers and have as many shows as possible on live TV.

“We want the PBA to make money,” she said. “It’s an investment of time and money … using our resources to get sponsors, advertisers to support the prize funds.”

Getting back to the PBA Clash, the field of the top eight money earners for 2019 is set for the Oct. 21 competition at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. Unfortunately, the event will not be broadcast live, but it will be shown on Nov. 3 on FOX.

Vying for the $50,000 top prize are Jason Belmonte, Australia, $275,290; Jakob Butturff, Mesa, Ariz., $185,780; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $177,148;  Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $175,248; EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $170,445;  Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $159,340; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $127,968;  Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $97,415.

60-AND-OVER TOUR SLATE INCLUDES BATAVIA TOURNEY

The Tommy Kress 60-and-Over singles tour schedule includes a tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center that will be conducted in memory of Genesee Region USBC Hall of Famer Joe Trigilio, who passed away on Sept. 1.

“We lost one of the truly good guys that bowled just about every event (and won a couple),” Kress said. “We’ll be dedicating this tournament to Joe.”

The Batavia tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 24, with check-in at 11 a.m. and bowling to start at noon.

The 60-and-Over tour schedule is as follows:

Oct. 6, Brockport Bowl.
Oct. 27, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen.
Nov. 24, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia.
Dec. 8, Bowl-A-Roll, Rochester
Jan. 5, Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark
Jan. 26, Parkview, Rochester.
Feb. 23, TBA, sponsored by A Better Choice pro shop
March 15, Miller Lanes, Honeoye Falls.
April 5, Pleasure Lanes, Hilton.
May 3, Brad Angelo Lanes, Lockport.
TBA, Year-end tournament.

For more information or to enter, contact Kress at [email protected]

SPARE SHOTS: O’KEEFE DOMINATES ON PWBA TOUR

-- Shannon O’Keefe of Shiloh, Ill., a former Rochester resident (her husband, Bryan, is from the Flower City), completed a spectacular season on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour earlier this month by winning the PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond, Va.

The 40-year-old righty captured five titles in 2019 en route to her second straight PWBA Player of the Year award. She posted an 11-2 record in her seven championship round appearances.

-- Rochester NY USBC President Barry Vee announced that his board of directors has approved opening its annual Bowlers to Veterans Link fund-raising tournament to men and women members of the Genesee Region USBC.

The handicap tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Pleasure Lanes in Hilton. It’s a five-person Baker-style event with a buffet following competition included. The entry fee is $75 per team. All proceeds will go to the BVL fund to serve hospitalized veterans.

To enter, contact Vee at [email protected] or go to the Rochester NY USBC website – www.rochesternyusbc.org to download an entry form from the home page.

-- A pair of youth travel leagues for kids in our area is finalizing their schedules.

The Genesee Region Youth Travel League will open its season on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Mount Morris Lanes. Bowling begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Other tournaments on the slate thus far are Oct. 27 at Mancuso Bowling Center and Nov. 10 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

Organizers are expecting seven to eight teams from centers in the GLOW region.

The Rochester Youth Travel League once again will include a team representing Mancuso Bowling Center.

It gets under way on Saturday, Oct. 5 at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes in Rochester, with bowling beginning at 2 p.m. AMF Empire Lanes in Webster will host the Oct. 12 session.

Coach Tom Fluker said six members of the Turnbull Heating Junior League will be participating – Haylee Thornley, Zach Wester, Emma Miller, Tony Sprague, Ben Sputore and Corinne Saluste.

September 22, 2019 - 7:42pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

The league bowling season is in full swing now and it didn’t take long for keglers in the GLOW region to find perfection.

Dave Farruggia of Mount Morris put together 12 consecutive strikes in the opening game of the Monday Night Early League at his hometown center on Sept. 9. The 47-year-old right-hander kept the hot hand through the evening – adding games of 266 and 202 for a sparkling 768 series.

On Sept. 16 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion, 29-year-old Josh Bowman of Albion fired a 300 game in the Sneezy’s Monday Night League.

And on Sept. 19, righty Mark Brown of Attica and lefty Rich Wagner of Batavia found themselves in the spotlight in the Toyota of Batavia League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Brown rolled a 300 game and 667 series while Wagner registered a 299 game on his way to a 760 series.

Darleen Balduf of South Byron rolled a 276 game and 613 series in the JE Currier/Rebel Liners Wednesday Night Ladies League this week at Mancuso’s.

At Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen, Jeff Parton's 265--754 and Laurie Morgante's 231--671 set the pace in the Wednesday Handicap League.

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

September 12, 2019 - 9:16am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

Another bowling season has begun but, for the first time in more than 45 years, it doesn’t include my longtime close friend and teammate, Joe Trigilio.joe_trigilio_head_shot.jpg

 “Trigger” – a Batavia native and Attica resident -- took his place in Heaven on Sept. 1 at the age of 66 after a courageous battle against brain cancer.

Joe leaves behind a loving and devoted family – wife, Kathy; sisters, Angela and Tammy; son, Frank (who is a spittin’ image of his dad); grandchildren Gianna, Ciara and Frankie; mother-in-law Dorothy L. Keizer of Alexander; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Ellen (Greg) Lewis of Alden; Jack (Carrie) Caccamise of Alexander; Gary Caccamise of Batavia; Marilyn (Dave) Grinnell of Michigan; nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind hundreds of bowling, golfing and horse racing friends, who carry on with heavy hearts – understanding that our world here will not be the same without him.

Joe was a bigger-than-life personality who wore his heart on his sleeve; he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion, but he always respected other people’s views.

His distinctive voice and mannerisms made him a “hit” on the lanes (likely the golf course, too). He made friends easily, and they became friends for life.

A true mark of success is not just what we have accomplished in this life – although Joe, a Genesee Region USBC Hall of Famer, did achieve much on the lanes, winning numerous tournaments and recording multiple honor scores. A better indicator is the impact a person had on others. By that measure, Trig (as I like to call him) definitely made it into the winner’s circle.

I’ve already heard from three bowlers in the area who want to run tournaments in memory of Joe.  And one of them, Tommy Kress of Rochester, already has set up a 60-and-Over Tour event for Nov. 24 at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia that will be dedicated to Joe, a two-time champion on the Tour.

Mark Brown of Attica reportedly is looking to add a Joe Trigilio tournament to his schedule and Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw is working with bowlers from Buffalo to Syracuse on a regional team tournament in Trig’s honor.

Joe would be amazed by all the fuss over him – just as he was over the number of people who attended a benefit for him at Batavia Downs Gaming in March.  But for someone who contributed so much for so long, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

GENESEE REGION USBC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The Genesee Region USBC has released its tournament schedule for 2019-20.

It gets under way on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Mancuso Bowling Center with the 1st GRUSBC Handicap Bracket Challenge, a singles event open to the first 48 men or women association members who sign up.

First prize, based on a full field, is $500, and the top 12 will cash.

The format consists of four 12-bowler brackets, opening with six two-game head-to-head matches determined by a draw. After that, single game matches will take place until a winner is determined.

Entry fee is $35. To enter, contact Tom Fluker at 585-284-2637 or by email at [email protected]. By the way, the tournament is SMART approved, which means that GRUSBC youth bowlers are eligible to enter.

Other GRUSBC tournaments are as follows:

Saturday, Sunday, 11/2-3 – Gladys Ford Senior Women, Perry Bowling Center

Sunday, 11/3 – Senior Masters, Mount Morris Lanes

Saturday, Sunday, 1/4-5 – Scratch Memorial, Paris Lanes, Oakfield

Friday-Sunday, 1/10-12 – Adult-Junior, Raider Lanes, Caledonia

Saturday, 2/8 – Five-Man Baker Scratch, Livingston Lanes, Geneseo

Saturday, Sunday, 2/15-16 – Youth Team, Medina Lanes

Saturday, Sunday, 3/7-8 – Youth Doubles, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion

Friday-Sunday, 3/20-22, 27-29 – Association – Team, Rose Garden Bowl

Friday-Sunday, 3/20-22, 27-29 – Association – D/S, Legion Lanes, Le Roy

OTHER TOURNAMENTS ON THE LOCAL SCHEDULE

Several other tournaments in our area have been scheduled, including a guaranteed $5,000 scratch singles event at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo on Nov. 7-10. The tourney also features a pair of “sweepers” on the evenings of Nov. 8-9, each offering a $700 top prize (based on 48 entries).

For more information, contact Mike Kime at Livingston Lanes – 585-243-1760.

Mark Brown’s tournament schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Nov. 16 -- Brian Morasco Memorial 3 –person handicap, Mancuso Bowling Center.

Saturday, Dec. 14 -- Scratch Doubles, Le Roy Legion Lanes.

Sunday, Feb. 2 – Super Bowl Handicap Singles, Mancuso’s.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23, Ron Riggi Memorial 4-person handicap, Legion Lanes.

Saturday, March 7 – King & Queen mixed doubles handicap, Mancuso’s.

Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, T.F. Brown’s Scratch Eliminator, Mancuso’s.

Additionally, I will once again be running the Triple O Mechanical Handicap Singles Tournament at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The first Tommy Kress 60-and-Over singles tour event is set for Oct. 6 at Brockport Bowl, with check-in starting at 10:45 a.m. and bowling starting at noon. To enter, contact Kress at [email protected]. I will post his complete schedule in my Sept. 26 column.

BATAVIA DUO PLACES 8TH AT USBC CHAMPIONSHIPS

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With Joe Mortellaro’s 50th USBC Open Championships appearance (and recognition) and teammate Joe Trigilio’s support as a backdrop, Batavians Paul Spiotta (at left in photo) and Gregg Wolff soared to new heights at the national tournament in late April in Las Vegas, Nev.

Competing in the Standard Division (combined averages of 350 or less based on past USBC Open scores), the duo rolled 1,225 in the Doubles event, which put them in fourth place at the time.

Spiotta had the line for all three games, posting 235-202-233 for a 670 series, while Wolff contributed 212-175-168—555. But it should be noted that Wolff finished with four strikes in the last game.

When the tournament ended two months later, Spiotta and Wolff found their names tied for eighth place, good for a $3,000 prize check.

Spiotta said he was moved and motivated by the ceremony for Mortellaro and by Joe Trigilio being able to make the trip.

“It was inspiring to have Joe Trigilio in attendance while we bowled,” he said. “He was my longtime doubles partner but because of his terminal illness, he was not able to bowl. However, to have him there and be dressed in our doubles & singles shirt and slacks brought tears to my eyes.”

ROCHESTER’S MEYER CAPTURES ‘EAGLE’ AT USBC OPEN

While on the subject of the USBC Open Championships, Rochester standout Steve Meyer was part of the Mento Produce of Syracuse team that captured the Regular Division Team All-Events crown in Las Vegas.

Meyer recorded 1,995 for his nine games (Team, Doubles, Singles) on the challenging oil pattern – a 221 average – to help Mento Produce win the prestigious title with a 9,983 total (a 222 average for the 45 games).

Other members were Derek Magno of Syracuse, who had a 2,142 total, including a 300 game; Joe Conti Jr. of Syracuse, 2,084; Anthony Pepe of Long Island, 1,953, and T.J. Mento of Syracuse, 1,809.

Each member of the winning squad will receive an Eagle trophy, emblematic of national supremacy.

PERRY BOWLING CENTER BACK IN ACTION AFTER FIRE

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Perry Bowling Center has bounced back even stronger – featuring a new look inside and out – after being forced to close down for the remainder of last season due to a fire that started in an upstairs apartment on New Year’s Eve.

Proprietors Brett and Joann Van Duser re-opened several weeks ago following extensive remodeling of the customer service areas and the outside of the building on Covington Street.

Renovations to the first-floor bowling center included new carpeting, flooring, ceiling, lighting, countertops and painting. The two upstairs apartments were a total loss and were completely renovated to meet current fire codes.

All the leagues that relocated to other centers have returned to Perry.

PARIS FAMILY TAKES OVER OAKFIELD ESTABLISHMENT

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Cory Paris, pictured with his daughter, Taylor, is the new proprietor of Paris Oakfield Hotel and Lanes, formerly Scopano’s Paradise Lanes. Paris, owner of an auto repair shop, says he is envisions the establishment as a “community center” and looks to create programs and events to attract area residents. Taylor is the company’s operations manager while brother, Robert, also will assist in the family venture.

May 30, 2019 - 10:33am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling, Genesee Region USBC.

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Four people were inducted into the Genesee Region United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame earlier this month at a ceremony held at Batavia Downs.

Three recipients are in the photo above, from left, Robert Hughson, of Medina, Achievement; Al Vlietstra, of Warsaw, Veterans Achievement; and James Foss, of Medina, Achievement. Eunice Englert, of Nunda, also was enshrined for Meritorious Service to the sport of bowling.

Photo by Mike Pettinella.

May 9, 2019 - 8:42am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Genesee Region USBC bowlers have carried themselves very well recently while competing in national and state tournaments.

But before diving into the scores and standings, let’s give one more "shout-out" to Batavia native (and Corfu resident) Joe Mortellaro on his successful quest to hit the 50-year mark for participation at the USBC Open Championships.

Regular readers of The Batavian would have seen the stories (including my previous Pin Points column) and photos of “Mort” being recognized by USBC officials at this year’s tournament in Las Vegas.

Batavian Paul Spiotta, a national tournament teammate of Mortellaro’s for nearly 25 years, said he and the rest of Joe’s bowling mates and family members in attendance at the South Point Bowling Plaza were overcome with emotion during the presentation on April 26.

“Joe Mort’s ceremony was outstanding,” Spiotta said. “First off, when they announced all of the ‘celebrities’ in the squad room prior to heading to the lanes, they saved Joe for last and he received a standing ovation from the full squad of bowlers. It was so cool as he raised both arms in the air to acknowledge their applause.”

Spiotta said he was “truly touched” when Mortellaro asked Joe Trigilio (another longtime teammate who is battling brain cancer and was unable to bowl) and him to accompany Mort onto the lanes for the presentation.

“All of the other bowlers had already proceeded to their assigned lanes and then they announced Joe Mort and we all walked together to music and applause,” Spiotta said. “The tournament director gave a bio of all of Joe’s bowling achievements -- both local and at the national tournament -- and then Joe was asked to say a few words. It was very emotional for me.”

 Mortellaro was unsure whether he would be able to make it to the tournament this year due to health problems, including the fact that he needs dialysis three times per week.

But he made it and bowled eight of the nine games – three in the Team event on one day and three in Doubles and two in Singles on the next day before having to stop. While 155 was his high game, the scores weren’t important.

Joe Mortellaro is now part of bowling history that not many others can claim. Congratulations, Joe!

Spiotta said his two five-man teams from the Genesee Region didn’t set the world on fire – shooting 2,514 and 2,333, but he and Gregg Wolff made a big splash in the Standard Division Doubles competition.

The duo combined for 1,225 in Doubles, with Spiotta posting 670 and Wolff 555, and left the building in fourth place. When I last looked at the current standings on bowl.com, I saw that they were in fifth place.

The USBC uses bowlers’ averages for their last 27 games in the Open Championships to determine their division, so that put Spiotta (183 average) and Wolff (166 average) in the Standard Division. 

The group’s high series came from the left hand of Brian Green, who posted 625 in Singles with a 252 final game. 

Earlier in the tournament, Scott Culp of Honeoye Falls rolled a 299 game en route to a 715 score in Singles and his in 54th place. His 1,959 All-Events score – a sparkling 217 average – has him in 69th place.

Culp is on the short list of best bowlers in our area, having won numerous tournaments and compiling multiple 300 games and 800 series.

AREA BOWLERS AMONG LEADERS AT NYS OPEN

The 95th NYS Open Championships are taking place at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly – next weekend wraps things up – and Genesee Region bowlers are among the leaders.

In the 1001 & Over Team event, the Johnson No. 1 squad posted a 3,179 score and is in 18th place out of the 104 teams that have competed thus far. The tournament pays one out of every five entries, so the team has a chance to cash.

Mike Johnson of Batavia led the way with a 691 series on the 41-foot challenge pattern while Josh Elliott of Attica added 629. Other team members were Bryan Johnson, A.J. Allenbrandt and Josh Caryl.

In 400 & Under Doubles, Allenbrandt and Elliott recorded 1,193, which currently stands in 18th place out of 127 entries, and in 401 & Over Doubles, Elliott and Nathan Cordes are in 47th place out of 200 entries with a 1,290 score.

In 200 & Under Singles, three GRUSBC bowlers are in the top six, with Allenbrandt tied for third at 683, Bryan Johnson in fourth at 681 and Bruce Kraus of Corfu in sixth at 678.

In 201 & Over Singles, Steve O’Dell of Oakfield shot 724 and is in 17th place out of nearly 400 entrants, while Jason Quilliam of Batavia sits in 25th place at 708 and Mike Johnson is 30th with 705.

Bryan Johnson is 22nd in 200 & Under All-Events with 1,803 and his father, Mike, is in 31st place in 201 & Over All-Events with 2,034. Culp’s 2,009 score has him in 38th place.

Handicap in the 200 & Under division is based on 200 and in the 201 & Over division is based on 220.

NEARLY 100 TO ATTEND GRUSBC BANQUET SATURDAY

About 100 people, including four inductees into the Hall of Fame, tournament winners and league representatives, are expected to attend the Genesee Region USBC Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road.

The event features guest speaker Carl Dixon, famed Canadian rocker who played with The Guess Who, April Wine and Coney Hatch.  Dixon’s inspirational story centers on his recovery from a horrific car accident in 2008.

They are James Foss of Medina in the Achievement Regular category, Robert Hodgson of Medina and Al Vlietstra of Geneseo in the Achievement Veteran category, and Eunice Englert of Nunda in the Meritorious Service category will be inducted into the GRUSBC Hall of Fame.

April 27, 2019 - 12:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Bowling, pin points, sports, corfu.

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Corfu resident Joe Mortellaro was honored Friday night in Las Vegas for participating in his 50th national tournament, now called the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

Mortellaro was 19 in 1956 when he bowled in his first such tournament, the predecessor to the USBC championship, the American Bowling Congress Tournament in Rochester.

“I never had that in mind (making it to 50 years),” said Mortellaro, now 82 and battling through some serious health issues. “I have to give credit to the guys (his teammates) who keep pushing me.”

Mike Pettinella wrote about Mortellaro and other Genesee County residents participating in the tournament in his most recent Pin Points column for The Batavian.

Photos by Mike Pettinella.

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April 17, 2019 - 11:32pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

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The display at the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas recognizing Joe Mortellaro as a 50-year tournament participant. Mortellaro will be honored when he competes next week.

The year was 1956 and Joe Mortellaro, a 19-year-old Batavian with loads of bowling potential, competed in his first American Bowling Congress Tournament, a national showcase of keglers from throughout the United States.

That tournament was held in Rochester and, since then, “Joe Mort” has traveled all over the country to be a part of the tournament, which usually runs from early March through early July.

The tournament is now called the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships due to the merger of the ABC, Women’s International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling in 2005.

Fast forward to 2019 and Mortellaro, a Corfu resident for several decades, is about to reach a milestone he never really thought too much about until recent years – participating in his 50th USBC Open Championships.

 “I never had that in mind (making it to 50 years),” said Mortellaro, now 82 and battling through some serious health issues. “I have to give credit to the guys (his teammates) who keep pushing me.”

Mortellaro, nine other Batavia-area bowlers and several of his family members will converge upon South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas next week to celebrate the achievement.

Joe, owner of Joe's Pro Shop for many years prior to his retirement, is the leadoff man on a squad with nephew Mark McVay, nephew Todd Mortellaro, Gregg Wolff and Paul Spiotta, team captain. The companion team consists of Jim Pursel, Geoff Harloff, Brian Green, nephew Rich Mortellaro and Nathan Cordes.

The group bowls its Team event at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, and its Doubles & Singles events at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. In between the two events, Mortellaro will spend three hours at a Henderson, Nev., dialysis center as part of his three-times-per-week therapy.

“I haven’t bowled much in league lately (due to fatigue), but I bowled a couple games on Sunday and Tuesday of this week at Mancuso’s, and it felt pretty good,” he said.

Family members that will be there cheering him on include his sister, Millie McVay, and her daughter, Jeannie; nephew, Fred McVay, and his wife, Donna; and sister-in-law, Charlene Tiede.

Additionally, Joe Trigilio, Mortellaro’s teammate for many years, is planning to travel to Vegas with his wife, Kathy, to witness the accomplishment. Trigilio is unable to bowl this year due to his fight against brain cancer.

Everyone is rooting for Joe to complete the nine games, and add to his 49-year pinfall of 79,911 for 429 games, which is good for a 186.2 average on extremely difficult lane conditions. He said his best performance was 1,800-plus for All-Events (nine games) but he wasn’t sure of the year.

According to Spiotta, who has 26 USBC Open Championships under his belt, Mortellaro only has to bowl the Team event to qualify for the 50th year award.

Spiotta said being able to hang with Mortellaro for the past 25 years is one of his greatest thrills as a bowler.

“I have the utmost respect for Joe Mortellaro, not only as one of the greatest bowlers I’ve ever seen but also one of the finest people I have ever known,” Spiotta said.

Spiotta recalled that he “accepted without hesitation” an invitation from Mortellaro to join his USBC Open Championships’ traveling team in 1995, and is excited to be a part of the 50th year festivities.

“If Joe hadn’t been ill or injured on two occasions over the past 25 years, he would have already reached this milestone,” Spiotta said. “However, I am extremely proud that I will be there to witness this honored moment for him on April 26th in Las Vegas.”

FOUR TO ENTER GENESEE REGION USBC HALL OF FAME

Genesee Region USBC directors are meeting this Saturday to review the annual Association Tournament and finalize plans for the Annual Banquet on May 11 at Batavia Downs Gaming.

Prize checks from the Association Tournament that took place the last two weeks in March at Oak Orchard Bowl and Medina Lanes are expected to go out the beginning of next week.

To see the complete unofficial results, go to the Genesee Region USBC website – www.bowlgr.com.

The Annual Banquet will include the induction of four people into the GRUSBC Hall of Fame -- James Foss of Medina in the Achievement Regular category, Robert Hodgson of Medina and Al Vlietstra of Geneseo in the Achievement Veteran category, and Eunice Englert of Nunda in the Meritorious Service category.

Foss, 56, has been a standout bowler for the past 20 years, compiling more than 15 300 games and six 800 series and averaging over 200 for most of those year – with a high of 235.

In 2007-08, he earned national recognition for have the high trio series of 2,295 (two men and one woman).

The head mechanic at Medina Lanes and league officer for several leagues, he has cashed in numerous local tournaments in the Medina, Lockport and Genesee Region associations.

He finished second to Rich Wagner in the GRUSBC Masters in 2017, averaging 206 while winning six of eight matches in the final en route to a $325 prize. He also has been a finalist on multiple occasions in the GRUSBC Senior Masters.

Hodgson, 71, a retired school teacher, has 13 perfect game and seven 800 series while averaging in the 215-plus range for the past several years.

His tournament success includes victories in the GRUSBC Doubles event with his son and the Tommy Kress 60-and-Over scratch singles tour.

A certified bowling coach, he assists with the Saturday morning youth program at Medina and consistently competes in GRUSBC tournaments.

Vlietstra, 70, has done well in tournaments at the local and state level.

He is a two-time Singles champion, with 762 in the Perry Association in 1997 and 860 (752 scratch) in the GRUSBC in 2017. He placed first in the 2009 GRUSBC Senior Masters at Letchworth Pines and rolled his high game of 299 in an Amateur Bowlers Tour event.

Vlietstra, who owns a masonry business, is a four-time NYS USBC tournament champion:

-- As a member of the Turnbull Heating team in the 2010 NYS Open Championships in Niagara Falls (he rolled 661);
-- Handicap Singles (843) in the 2014 NYS Open Championships in Rochester;
-- Six-Game Combine (1,483) in the 2014 NYS Open Senior Championships in Cortland;
-- Handicap Doubles (801 with handicap) in the 2015 NYS Open Championships in Buffalo.

His personal best series of 788 came in the New York State Firemen’s Tournament in Newburgh in the mid-2000’s.  A league bowler since 1987, he posted his high league average of 203 in 2004-05 at Perry Bowling Center.

Englert has been bowling for more than 50 years and has served the sport as a league secretary, Genesee Valley Women’s Bowling Association director and tournament coordinator for almost as long.

Her induction comes on the heels of her husband’s (Dennis) enshrinement last year. The couple was a fixture at Letchworth Pines, running the bowling center and taking care of the leagues for 30 years.

SPARE SHOTS FROM AROUND THE GENESEE REGION

-- Albion’s Paige Snook (photo at right) continued her fine season last weekend when she captured the Youth Bowlers Tour handicap division crown at AMF Empire Lanes.paige_snook_1.jpg

Paige, who will be competing in the Junior Gold Championships in July in Detroit, qualified in 11th place before winning all four of her matches for her first title.

Previously, Paige rolled her first USBC-certified 700 series in the youth bowling program at Oak Orchard Bowl. Her games were 255-212-233 for 700 right on the mark.

-- The GRUSBC West team defeated the GRUSBC East squad, 69.5-18.5 at Scopano’s Lanes last Saturday to even their annual series at two wins apiece.

The West won all but two Doubles and Singles matches – posting a 13-2 record – and then went on two win both Baker-style team matches.

Scott Gibson led the way with a 3-0 record and 224 average while Bruce Kraus, Paul Spiotta, Bob Hodgson, Jackie Jurinich, Mike Johnson and Gregg Wolff also won all three of their matches.

Rounding out the West team were Roger Stone, Jerry Currier and Scott Shields.

For the East team, Jerry Davis and Al Vlietstra combined for a Doubles victory and Dana Freeman posted a Singles win.

Other members of the East team were Kevin Gray Sr., Augie Dale, Tim Fonte, Eric Galton, John LaGeorge, Dan Santini and John Wood.

-- Batavia’s Rich Wagner, who set a GRUSBC record with a 246 league average this season, put his stamp on the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas earlier this week with a sparkling 1,859 All-Events score.

The national tournament is bowled on a Sport condition, which makes Wagner’s total even more impressive. The left-hander had 587 in the Team event, 608 in Doubles and 664 in Singles. He should get back a decent prize check for the 664.

He bowled for the Toyota of Batavia team along with Josh Elliott, Jeremy Vallance, Leon Hurd and Jason Gallo.

April 4, 2019 - 7:59am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Two familiar names on the local bowling scene put their stamp on the 13th annual Genesee Region USBC Association Tournament that concluded last Sunday at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion (Team event) and Medina Lanes (Doubles & Singles events).

Rich Wagner of Batavia placed first in Open Singles with a 741 total while Curtis Foss of Medina placed first in Open All-Events with a 2,209 nine-game total and teamed with Robbie Hanks of Albion to win the Open Doubles event with a 1,484 score.

Both Wagner and Foss sported league averages north of 240 this season, with Wagner setting a GRUSBC-record of 246 in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

In the Open Team event, Team Johnson of Batavia took top honors with 2,668 (2,620 scratch) as captain Mike Johnson rolled 694, Matt Balduf 678, Gregg Wolff 642 and Mike Lambert 606.

Game On, also a Batavia-based team, placed second with 2,652 while Oak Orchard Bowl finished in third place with 2,647.

In the Women’s Division, only three teams competed with PinNaction, out of Albion, placing first with 2,379. Team members are Rebecca Hughson, Kay Ecker, Estelle Webb and Laurie Cole, 

Roxanne Clar and Dawn Johnson of Geneseo won the Women’s Doubles with 1,268; Terri Loessl of Albion won the Women’s Singles with 752 and Rachel Van Duser of Perry won the Women’s All-Events with 1,845.

Nathan Cordes of Batavia had the tournament's high game of 299, while Foss shot 288 and six bowlers -- Foss, Steve Krna, Wagner, Reid Cole, Randy Hanks and Scott Allis -- each posted a 279 game.

Thirty-five teams competed in the two divisions (Open and Women), the same number as last year, but Doubles went up from 39 to 58 and Singles increased from 85 to 115.

Complete unofficial results can be found on the Genesee Region USBC website – www.bowlgr.com.

CANADIAN ROCKER TO SPEAK AT GRUSBC BANQUET

Legendary Canadian rock musician Carl Dixon will share the inspirational story of his miraculous recovery from a horrific car accident as the keynote speaker at the Genesee Region USBC's Annual Banquet on May 11 at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road. The event will begin at 6 p.m. sharp.

Tickets for the banquet are $30 and can be obtained by calling 585-343-3736 or sending an email to [email protected].

For more information about tickets for the event go to the Genesee Region USBC website.

Four new members to the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame will be enshrined at the May 11 banquet.

They are James Foss of Medina in the Achievement Regular category, Robert Hodgson of Medina and Al Vlietstra of Geneseo in the Achievement Veteran category, and Eunice Englert of Nunda in the Meritorious Service category.

Watch for more about the inductees in a future Pin Points column.

Dixon, a Sault Sainte Marie, Northern Ontario native, was signed to his first international record deal at just 22-years old with his break through band, Coney Hatch

He toured North America -- opening for Iron Maiden for 40 shows and Judas Priest for 27 shows, and went on to tour with some of the biggest names in North American music. He became lead singer of The Guess Who after Burton Cummings left the iconic Canadian band. Carl held that position for eight years until his head-on car accident in Australia.

According to his press release:

It was 2008 when Carl took leave from The Guess Who to sort out family issues in Australia but the stress took its toll. Distracted and worried while driving at night Carl was involved in a horrific head on car collision in rural Victoria. He sustained 52 injuries including traumatic brain injury, crushed legs and crushed internal organs. Trapped in the mangled car for one hour and forty-five minutes there seemed little hope.

Remarkably, ten years on, Carl Dixon is walking tall. His rescue by dedicated volunteers and emergency surgeons and staff in Australia is the stuff of legends. His unlikely survival was followed by family and business difficulty. When the dust settled his business was in tatters and he was left with a mountain of debt.

Doggedly Carl returned to doing what he loves: music. His injuries caused him to rethink his approach and Carl became an author and inspirational speaker sharing his survival story.

Ten years on from his accident Carl sings better than ever, he's re-branded his business to six figure success; he’s a published author, had a triumphant return to The Guess Who as a special guest and returned to touring with Coney Hatch.

JAKOB BUTTURFF WINS 2019 USBC MASTERS

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., has finally made it to the winner’s circle of a PBA major championship.

The double-jointed lefty captured his first career major championship by winning the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Masters on Monday in Las Vegas.

He beat fellow southpaw Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tennessee, 228-196, for his sixth PBA title and the $30,000 first prize. Holliman earned $25,000.

Butturff had finished second in his three previous appearances on television in major championships – losing as the top seed at both the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open and to Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 236-227, in the title match of the 2019 PBA World Championship in March.

Belmonte’s victory was his record 11th PBA major title, breaking a tie with PBA Hall of Famers Earl Anthony and Pete Weber for most major titles. He now has 21 PBA tour titles.

Fox Sports (FS1) will be airing the PBA Playoffs from Portland, Maine, beginning this Monday (April 8) with a live telecast, and then on a tape-delayed basis on Monday nights through the end of May.

The semifinal and final rounds will be televised live on FOX on June 1-2.  The winner will earn $100,000.

March 21, 2019 - 8:07am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Update March 21, 12:45 p.m. -- In the section about the potential sale of Scopano's Lanes, the content has been corrected to reflect that Cory Paris' auto business will remain open.

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Chris Bardol had one heck of a bowling season over the past two weeks.
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On March 9th, the 31-year-old right-hander teamed with his girlfriend, Caycee Landers, to win the annual King & Queen Mixed Doubles Handicap Tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center and, a day later, he placed second in the prestigious Super Bud Bowl at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego

At Mancuso’s, Bardol and Landers each came through with strikes in the 10th frame of the championship match against the father-daughter team of Mario and Kara Mangiola of Rochester to win, 466-451, and claim the $500 first prize.

Landers rolled 237 and Bardol 229 to offset a 224 by Mario and 227 by Kara, who was stopped by a solid 8-pin in the 10th frame.

The victory was especially sweet for Landers, a former touring pro.

“He’s (Chris) is used to winning all the time, so for me it’s a little bit better,” she said.

The Mangiolas earned $300 for placing second.

Two other Rochester teams -- Traci Spanitz/Rob Gustke and Sara Germano/Steve Meyer -- made it to the semifinals and won $200 apiece.

Quarterfinalists ($150 each) were Naomi Hyde/Shayne Herold, Le Roy; Selina and Tom McJury, Batavia; Sarah Cassidy, Albion/Rob Stefani, Batavia; and Kelsey Ayers, Leicester/Brady Weber, Perry.

Other local cashers ($100 each) were Karisa Schuster/Brian Weber, Perry; Dawn Johnston, Livonia/John LaGeorge, Retsof; and Christine Thompson, Mumford/Dean Cadieux Sr., Byron.

Jeremy Vallance of Warsaw had the tournament’s high game – 298.

The next day, March 10th, Bardol traveled to Oswego for the Super Bud Bowl and – 11 games later – he drove back home with the runner-up check of $2,750.

Finishing second in the Bud Bowl is quite an accomplishment – considering that the weeklong tournament attracts more than 1,000 entries.

The 31-year-old right-hander rolled 846 for four games of qualifying on a challenging oil pattern and then went on to win five matches to reach the three-person step-ladder finals. In four of the matches he needed at least the first strike in the 10th frame to advance. Now that’s coming through in the clutch.

In the stepladder finals, he bowled 247 to win his first match before dropping a 247-192 decision to Zach Wilkins of Canada in the championship match.

Honorable mention goes out to Matt Slocum of Perry for placing in the top six and to Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw who also made it to the 96-bowler finals.

POTENTIAL BUYER OF SCOPANO’S LANES IN OAKFIELD SURFACES  

After a year and a half of speculation over the future of Scopano’s Paradise Lanes and the Oakfield Hotel, it looks as though Cory Paris, a lifelong Genesee County resident, is on track to become the next owner of the South Pearl Street establishment.

“We’re moving in a positive direction … we have a closing date next month,” Paris said on Tuesday.

Paris, 53, said his Batavia-area car repair shop/dealership will continue to operate as he also focuses his attention to the restaurant, bar and bowling business.

Acknowledging that the lanes currently are underutilized, Paris said that he – along with son, Robert, and daughter, Taylor – are determined to do what needs to be done to attract bowlers back to the 12-lane center.

“I grew up at Scopano’s Lanes, having lived in Oakfield until about age 12 or 13,” he said. “We know that it has great potential.”

He said he already has contacted the Village of Oakfield zoning department to see what upgrades are required (making it handicapped accessible, for example) and is close to getting his liquor license.

“We’re going to update the bathrooms and kitchen as we go,” he said, “and I don’t think I’ll have any problems (maintaining the pinsetters).”

Paris did not say how much he paid for the business, citing a confidentiality agreement with the Scopano family.

John “Jonesy” Scopano said the deal is “99.9 percent” certain and that his family – wife, Lois, and sister, Judy -- are looking forward to retirement after a more than 50-year career.

Jonesy’s father, John, bought the Oakfield Hotel from the Monachino family in the early 1960s, and they built the lanes in 1972.

Jonesy, Lois and Judy primarily handled the bar/restaurant side of the operation while brother, Sam, who passed away in January 2016, ran the bowling business.

Scopano’s Lanes has been a fixture in the Batavia Bowling Association and, now, Genesee Region USBC, and the site of countless memorable achievements.

A well-deserved “thank you” to the Scopano family and best wishes upon retirement.

‘SUPER’ MARIO CAPTURES T.F. BROWN’S TOURNEY TITLE

Rochester’s Mario Mangiola has found a home away from home at Mancuso Bowling Center.

brown_and_mangiola.jpgAfter placing second with his daughter, Kara, in the King & Queen tournament, the 47-year-old righty returned to Batavia the following week (March 16) and captured the $1,500 top prize at the T.F. Brown’s Eliminator scratch singles event.

Mangiola (pictured at right with Mark Brown, tournament director, recorded a pair of 279 in the finals, including a front nine-strike gem in the title match to defeat Brian Hall of Canandaigua, who shot 240; George Szczublewski of West Seneca (191) and Carl Kinyon of Lockport (158).

“I had to dig deep for that,” said Mangiola, who usually travels to watch Kara compete in scratch events. “I was trying to get a lot of loft on the ball and play the track area … kept it high and tight.”

He displayed much emotion -- running out several shots -- as he progressed through the eliminator finals (where half the field on each pair advances) with games of 192, 215, 279, 214 and 279.

Hall earned $750 for placing second while Szczublewski won $500 and Kinyon $400.

Three Genesee Region bowlers cashed – Chris Huntz of Perry ($130), Nathan Cordes of Batavia ($160) and Scott Allis of Medina ($190). The tournament drew 90 entrants.

GRUSBC ASSOCIATION TOURNEY STARTS ON SATURDAY

Plenty of spots remain for the 13th annual Genesee Region USBC Association Tournament that gets under way this weekend at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion (Team event) and Medina Lanes (Doubles & Singles events).

Team squads are at noon and 3 p.m. on March 23 and March 31 and at 3 p.m. on March 24 and March 30. Doubles & Singles squads are set for 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on all four days.

Competition will take place in Open and Women’s divisions, with handicap based on 90 percent of the difference in the bowler’s highest average from the past three seasons and 215.

The entry fee is $30 per person per event, with optional All-Events priced at $10.

The tournament is open to current GRUSBC members who have bowled at least 21 games in at least one league during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season.

For more information or to sign up for a squad, send an email to [email protected].

Entry forms can be downloaded from the GRUSBC website – www.bowlgr.com.

ROSE GARDEN II TEAM WINS GR YOUTH TRAVEL LEAGUE

The Rose Garden II team of Evan Phillips, Sawyer Zinter, Megan Jarkiewicz and Brendan Pimm placed first in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League that concluded its regular season on March 10 at Legion Lanes in Le Roy.

The winning team posted a 149-67 record to outdistance second-place Perry Bowling Center by 16 points. Oak Orchard I placed third another 4.5 points back.

In final week action, Aaron Leone of Le Roy Legion Lanes led the way with a 245 game and 614 series while Devon Zinter of Rose Garden I had 237—543 and Dallas Ecker of Oak Orchard I had 213—526.

Individually, Dennis Van Duser of Perry had the high average for boys with 196 and also had the high scratch game of 257 and high scratch series of 706.

Samantha Hyde of Le Roy led the girls with a 174 average, 223 scratch game and 594 scratch series.

Van Duser also had the high series with handicap (781) while Pimm had the high game with handicap (289).  Jarkiewicz had high game with handicap for girls (274) and Paige Snook of Oak Orchard II had the high series with handicap for girls (731).

The league wraps up with a no-tap tournament and banquet at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

For complete standings and statistics, go to www.bowlgr.com and click on the Jr. Travel League tab at the top of the home page.

MEDINA UNIFIED BOWLING SQUAD REPEATS AS CHAMPION

The Medina Central School Mustangs team in the Unified Bowling league went undefeated for the second straight year and won the sectional division championship for the second year in a row.

Coached by Rob Dennis, the program consists of special education students bowling with general education students. The league consisted of 15 schools.

Members of the Medina team this year were Juliana Allis, Gracelin Mahnke, Gracie Cogovan, Zachary Fike, Morgan Crossett, Emma Carson, Bobby Vidovich, Arian Cayea, Steven Secore, Jackson Touhey, Joe Biaselli and Tom Biaselli.

Dennis said that each of the students were able to get their own bowling ball with the support of Eric Greenlief, Tom Allis and Jim Foss of Medina Lanes.

“A special thanks to Athletic Director Eric Valley his help in starting this program in our school district,” Dennis said. “This enables these kids to grow together and feel the sense of working together as a team -- and seeing the results of hard work and dedication.”

March 7, 2019 - 8:47am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

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My heart is heavy as I write about the medical condition of Batavia native Joe Trigilio, a dear friend, bowling teammate and competitor for 50 years.

“Trigger” is a Genesee Region USBC Hall of Famer – one of the best league and tournament bowlers the Batavia area has ever produced.

Right up to this season, at the age of 65, he continued to roll high scores and cash in tournament play – even winning a couple of senior events in Rochester.

Unexpectedly, his bowling took a bit of a dive this season. When he found out in mid-January that two cancerous tumors had formed in his brain, the reason for his slump became clear. The news also made it clear that he was in for a fight for his life.

When I heard about his illness, it was like getting punched in the gut. I and his many, many friends across a variety of business, recreation and social circles are sharing in his pain.

Over the past two months, Joe has been in and out of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, receiving chemo and radiation treatments and dealing with their aftereffects.

Yesterday, I was prepared to visit Joe and his wife, Kathy, and enjoy a lunch of pepper-and-egg sandwiches from the Pok-A-Dot with them, but he was back in the intensive care unit at Roswell.

As of last night, he was in a regular room and, hopefully, will be going back to his Attica home this weekend.

We all can pray for Joe – there is power in prayer in the name of Jesus.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”— Isaiah 41:10.

And we all can support Joe and Kathy by purchasing a ticket to attend a “Cancer Benefit for Joe Trigilio” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road.

The event – set up to help cover some of the Trigilios’ growing medical expenses -- will feature live music, food, draft beer and $20 free play to the casino for a $30 donation. Basket raffles, silent auction and other fundraisers are planned.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Joe’s sister, Tammy, at 585-813-4455.

GRUSBC ASSOCIATION TOURNEY IS MARCH 23-24, 30-31

Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion and Medina Lanes will be hosting the 13th annual Genesee Region USBC Association Tournament on March 23-24, 30-31.

The team event will take place in Albion with squad times at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 31 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 and Saturday, March 30.

Doubles and singles events will be held at Medina Lanes with squad times at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

Squads have been set up so that bowlers driving from the southern part of the association (Wyoming and Livingston counties) will be able to bowl the Team, Doubles and Singles on the same day if they so choose.

Competition will consist of four-person Teams in two divisions – Open or Women – and Doubles and Singles in the same two divisions. Handicap is based on 90 percent of the difference in the bowler’s average and 215, using a bowler’s highest USBC league average for the past three seasons (at least 21 games per league).

The entry fee is $30 per person per event, with optional All-Events priced at $10.

The tournament is open to current GRUSBC members who have bowled at least 21 games in at least one league during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season.

For more information or to sign up for a squad, send an email to [email protected].

Entry forms can be downloaded from the GRUSBC website – www.bowlgr.com.

PITTSFORD’S VICK ROLLS 300 EN ROUTE TO NYS MASTERS TITLE

Pittsford’s Dan Vick (Rochester NY USBC) solidified his place as one of the state’s finest scratch singles tournament bowlers Saturday by capturing the 29th New York State Masters Championship – and bowling a 300 game in the process – at Dixie Lanes in Elmira.

The 32-year-old left-hander added another title to his impressive resume as well as $2,000 to his bank account with a 485-388 victory over hometown favorite Jordan D’Angelo (Elmira USBC)

Vick, who also will receive a paid entry to the 2020 USBC Masters, rolled 254 and 231, while D’Angelo, who earned $1,000 for placing second, posted games of 195-193.

Vick reached the final match with a 422-403 win over Adam Chase of North Babylon (Long Island USBC) while D’Angelo made it to the last round by defeating high-qualifier Chris Bardol of Brockport (Genesee Region USBC), 396-361.

Chase and Bardol each won $400 from the $8,340 prize fund.

Vick's 300 game came in the second round of match play.

Along with Bardol, three other GRUSBC bowlers competed with Brian Green of Batavia placing 55th out of the 110 competitors.

ROCHESTER SQUAD WINS RIGGI MEMORIAL EVENT

The Rochester foursome of Steve Meyer, Geoff Nichols, Ricky Zinone and Josh Curtiss posted 3,701 (a 231 per bowler per game average) to capture the $900 first prize at the 17th annual Ron Riggi Memorial tournament at Le Roy Legion Lanes on Feb. 22-24.

Meyer also placed first in the optional singles event with 1,049, good for $150, and was a member of the second-place team with Jeanette Sease, Traci Spanitz and Rob Gustke that shot 3,656, and won $450.

Third place went to the Rochester team of Rob Sease, Dave Emler, Norm Bialuski and Ryan Kretchmer, 3,573, $240, and fourth-place went to the Batavia-area team Geoff Harloff, Rick Underhill, Merry Harding and Jeremy Vallance, 3,552, $230.

The top seven teams out of 36 entries cashed.

ROSE GARDEN II TEAM HOLDS 10-POINT LEAD

Heading into the final regular week of the season, the Rose Garden II team holds a 10-point advantage over Perry Bowling Center in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

The team of Evan Phillips, Sawyer Zinter, Megan Jarkiewicz and Brendan Pimm captured 22 out of a possible 24 points in recent action at Mount Morris Lanes to raise its record to 127-65.

Perry, a 20.5-3.5 winner over Oak Orchard II, is at 117-75 going into this Sunday afternoon’s competition at Legion Lanes in Le Roy.

Individually, Perry’s Dennis Van Duser took top honors with a 242 game and 689 series, while Aaron Leone of Legion Lanes posted 220—606 and his teammate Samantha Hyde added 223—594.

High series: Ben Lennox 531, Austin Hawker 524, Mason Santini 520, Trent Willis 510.

High games: Santini 208, Lennox 204, Pimm 204, Hawker 202, Zinter 201, Willis 200.

The league bowls again this Sunday afternoon at Legion Lanes in Le Roy.

A no-tap tournament, followed by the season-ending banquet, is set for 1 p.m. March 24 at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

For complete standings and statistics, go to www.bowlgr.com and click on the Jr. Travel League tab at the top of the home page.

54-YEAR-OLD DUKE WINS TWO IN A ROW ON PBA TOUR

Professional Bowlers Association legend Norm Duke, three weeks shy of his 55th birthday, is showing he still has plenty left in the tank.

The slightly built right-hander has won the last two PBA events, both televised live on FOX, defeating 22-year-old Anthony Simonson, 212-164, in the title match of the Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open last Sunday, a week after upending Jason Belmonte of Australia in the championship match of the PBA Indianapolis Open.

With 40 career PBA victories, Duke joins Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43) with 40 or more titles. He also becomes the oldest player to win two consecutive PBA Tour titles.

This PBA Tour heads to Allen Park, Mich., this week for the 10th World Series of Bowling (March 11-21).  Four titles will be up for grabs, including the PBA World Championship, and FS1 will televised five straight nights of prime-time bowling from March 18-22.

At 10 p.m. this Sunday, the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals will be telecast on FS1.

February 21, 2019 - 8:00am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Thinking about twice leaving the split known as “bedposts” undoubtedly made the Professional Bowlers Association’s brightest star lose some sleep Sunday night.

Australian Jason Belmonte, seeking his record 11th career PBA major tournament crown, was derailed in the championship match of the PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in heartbreaking fashion – leaving pocket 7-10 splits in both the fourth and 10th frames – in a 232-212 loss to fellow two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas.

The finals were televised live on FS1 (Fox Sports).

So, instead of Belmonte breaking a tie with Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for the most major championships in PBA Tour history, it was the 22-year-old Simonsen who became the youngest player to win two PBA majors.

The top-seeded Belmonte never missed the 1-3 pocket during the match but, uncharacteristically, he was victimized by poor carry.

Simonsen, following Belmonte’s 7-10 split in the 10th frame, rolled a strike on his first ball in the 10th for his fifth consecutive strike to lock up the match and take home the $50,000 first prize.

The week before, it was Belmonte who captured his 10th major, also as the No. 1 seed, by defeating E.J. Tackett, 225-196, to earn $50,000 at the PBA Tournament of Champions.

Simonsen broke the “youngest ever” mark set by PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick, who was 23 years and 259 days old when he won the 1965 T of C for his second major title.

PBA Players Championship stepladder finals:

Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, S.C, def. Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 255-245; Troup def. D.J. Archer, Spring, Texas, 194-193; Simonsen def. Troup, 259-202; Simonsen def. Belmonte, 232-212. Prize money: $50,000, 1st; $25,000, 2nd; $13,000, 3rd; $11,000, 4th; $10,000, 5th.

The finals of the PBA Indianapolis Open will be televised live on FS1 at 3 p.m. this Sunday.

ROCHESTER’S GUSTKE POCKETS $1,500 TOP PRIZE

Rob Gustke of Rochester, a 48-year-old right-hander, captured the $1,500 first prize at the 41st annual Mount Morris Pepsi Open on Feb. 10 at Mount Morris Lanes.

Gustke, a 220-plus average bowler, defeated Ken Ball of Avon, a PBA Regional senior tour player, by a score of 202-192 in the title match of the tournament, which was contested on a difficult “Sport” oil pattern.

Previously, Gustke downed high qualifier Brian Hall of Macedon, 189-171, and two-hander Mark Scuderi of Rochester, 169-138, to reach the finals.

Ball took home $750 for his efforts, while Scuderi and Kevin Donovan of Painted Post each earned $250.

Perry’s Brady Weber was the lone Genesee Region USBC bowler to cash, winning $120.

PLENTY OF EVENTS SCHEDULED OVER NEXT MONTH

Genesee Region bowling centers are hosting several tournaments in February and March.

Feb. 22-24, Le Roy Legion Lanes – The 17th annual Ron Riggi Memorial 4-person handicap tournament offers a $1,000 first prize, based on 40 entries. Squad times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, noon and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and noon and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The entry fee is $100 per team and one in six teams will cash. Handicap is based on 80 percent of the bowler’s average and 210, using last year’s highest average. If a bowler’s average is 10 pins or more higher this season, he or she will have to use this season’s average.

An optional singles tournament will available, with the entry fee set at $5.

To reserve a spot, contact Mark Brown at 716-474-7960.

March 2, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion – The 4th annual NY Gamerz/Smash It Sports 3-person handicap no-tap event lists squads at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., and one in six teams will cash. The entry fee is $60 per team.

Handicap is based on 90 percent of 225. The fundraising event will feature prize drawings and 300 game jackpots.

To sign up, call or text Bill Hickman at 585-590-6717 or call the bowling center at 585-589-6900.

March 8-10, 15-17, Mount Morris Lanes – The 20th annual Bob Bertram Memorial 5-person handicap no-tap tournament once again is offering a $1,000 first prize – guaranteed – with an entry fee of $125 per team.

Squad times are 9 p.m. on Fridays, 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. A light buffer will be served on all full squads.

Handicap is based on 100 percent of 210, using the highest USBC average from 2017-18 season for a minimum of 21 games. If a bowler does not have a 2017-18 average, he or she will use the highest current average for at least 21 games. The 10-pin rule will apply.

The tournament also features an optional singles event with a $10 entry fee.

To enter, call the bowling center at 585-658-2540 or send an email to [email protected].

March 9, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia – T.F. Brown’s Restaurant and Budweiser once again will be sponsoring the King & Queen mixed doubles handicap tournament that offers a guaranteed top prize of $500. The entry fee is $50 per team.

Squad times are noon and 2 p.m. The top three teams from each squad along with six more teams (based on their totals) will advance to the head-to-head finals. Handicap is based on 80 percent of a team average of 420.

For more information or to enter, call Brown at 716-474-7960 or the bowling center at 585-343-1319.

March 9-10, Le Roy Legion Lanes – The 13th annual GRUSBC Youth Doubles tournament lists squads at 12:30 and 3 p.m. on March 9 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (during the GR Travel League).

Entry fee is $36 per team, with competition in three divisions based on team average. Handicap will be 90 percent of 200 for all divisions, using GRUSBC youth members’ highest current averages for this season.

Trophies will be awarded to the first three spots in each division and first place team bowlers will win $100 scholarships.

Entry forms can be downloaded from the GRUSBC website – www.bowlgr.com. To enter, contact Tom Fluker at 585-284-2637.

March 15-16, Mancuso Bowling Center – Some of the best scratch bowlers in Western New York will be in Batavia for the T.F. Brown’s Scratch Eliminator, which offers a $1,500 first prize (based on entries).

Squad times (four games) are 6:30 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, with a last chance round and finals to follow. One in five from each squad will advance.

The top senior (50-and-over) and woman not making the cut will advance to the finals.

The entry fee is $65 and re-entry is allowed.

To enter, call the bowling center at 585-343-1319.

March 16, Medina Lanes – The 10th annual KIWA Memorial 3-person handicap no-tap tournament lists a $500 first prize (based on entries) and an entry fee of $75 per team.

Squad times are 1 and 3 p.m.  Proceeds will go to benefit the Medina High School Scholarship Fund.

To enter, call the bowling center at 585-318-4474.

ROSE GARDEN TEAM MOVES INTO FIRST PLACE

Brendan Pimm’s 222 game and 612 series sparked Rose Garden II to a 17-7 victory over Oak Orchard Bowl II and into first place in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

The win raised Rose Garden II’s record to 105-63, a point better than Oak Orchard I, which topped Mount Morris, 19-5. Oak Orchard II is in third place, five points back.

High scores for the week:

Dennis Van Duser, Perry, 199 game, 574 series; Trent Willis, Mount Morris, 203 game, 569 series; Devon Zinter, Rose Garden I, 211 game, 514 series; Ben Lennox, Oak Orchard II, 195 game, 505 series; Samantha Hyde, Le Roy, 181 game, 498 series.

The league bowls again on March 3 at Mount Morris Lanes, and wraps up the regular season on March 10 at Le Roy Legion Lanes.

For complete standings and statistics, go to www.bowlgr.com and click on the Jr. Travel League tab at the top of the home page.

60-AND-OVER IS THIS WEEKEND, NYS MASTERS ON MARCH 2

Scratch bowlers have a couple of choices over the next two weeks – the Tommy Kress 60-and-Over Tour stop this Sunday and the New York State Masters Championship on Saturday, March 2.

AMF Gates Bowl is hosting the 60-and-over tournament, which is being sponsored by A Better Choice Pro Shop. First place is $1,000 for this “special” event and the entry fee is $70.

Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m., with the bowling to start at noon.

Some of the state’s best bowlers will be at Dixie Lanes in Elmira on March 2 for the 29th NYS Masters, which offers a $2,500 first prize and paid entry to the 2020 USBC Masters.

Two Genesee Region USBC members, Brian Green and James Townsend of Batavia, are among those signed up for the 12:30 p.m. squad, and more local bowlers are expected to compete.

For more information or to enter, call 585-343-3736 or send an email to [email protected].

REMEMBERING ROGER MUEHLIG – A TRUE PROFESSIONAL

I first met Roger Muehlig in November 1971, when he was assigned to write a story about the 300 game I rolled as a 16-year-old 11th grader in the Batavia High afterschool league at Mancuso Lanes.

Less than six years later, I found myself sitting at a desk near him as a fledgling sports/general news reporter for The Daily News, and we remained colleagues for the next 15 years.

Even after I left full-time employment there, I continued to see Roger frequently in my role as a free-lance reporter and columnist, and I am glad to have been able to spend a few minutes with him around Christmas time last year.

A soft-spoken gentleman, Roger passed away last Friday at the age of 73.

He spent 42 years as a staff (and senior) reporter at The Daily News, retiring in 2012, and served the company and the community as a true professional – inquisitive, dedicated, compassionate and accurate in his reporting.

He also was a long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan, and we would talk about their futility, not having won a World Series since 1907 and 1908.  When the Cubs finally won the World Series in 2016, my thoughts immediately went to Roger – his lifetime dream had become a reality.

My thoughts today are with his wife, Donna; children, Mitchell, Brittany and Drew, and family. May God keep you and strengthen you.

February 15, 2019 - 5:26pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling.

Bowling fans can now keep up on the latest developments on the lanes in the Genesee Region by listening to the "Genesee MVP" sports show on WBTA radio -- 1490 AM and 100.1 FM on your dial.

The show's hosts, Mike Rose and Pete Zehler, have added a Pin Points segment with commentator Mike Pettinella to the weekly program.

The program, featuring Batavia and Notre Dame high schools' and Genesee Community College athletics, airs from 6:05 to 6:30 p.m. every Friday.

It also can be heard on the WBTA website by clicking on Programs and then Genesee MVP.

February 11, 2019 - 2:31pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling, Genesee Region USBC.

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CREAM OF THE CROP: Curtis Foss of Medina, left, receives the champion's plaque from Paul Spiotta, tournament director, following his victory Sunday in the Genesee Region USBC Masters at Scopano's Lanes in Oakfield. Foss now has five Masters titles, breaking the tie with Dave Montemarano Jr. of Batavia and Tim Rohl, formerly of Le Roy, for the most ever.

Setting a new standard for bowling excellence in the Genesee Region, Medina’s Curtis Foss captured an unprecedented fifth GRUSBC Masters Tournament crown Sunday in record-setting fashion at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield.

Foss, a high-revving power-player whose commitment to the sport in this area is second-to-none, averaged 254 during the eight-game match play finals yesterday and compiled 722 Peterson Points – both high-water marks in the event’s 58-year history.

When asked "what does winning a fifth Masters mean to you?" Foss simply replied “everything” before expressing that he wished to dedicate the victory to his father, Robert Jr., who passed away in October 2016, and his grandmother, Mildred Green, who died the day before this past Thanksgiving.

“They meant so much to me, and the fact that my mom (Sue), grandpa (Darrell Green) and sister (Cassidy) were here, means a lot to me, too.”

The 31-year-old right-hander entered the finals as the No. 1 seed based on his 1,030 score for four games of qualifying the day before (a 257.5 average) and picked up right where he left off by rolling back-to-back 269 games on Sunday.

First he defeated second-seeded and former champion Scott Culp of Honeoye Falls, 269-223, and then he knocked off third-seeded and defending champion Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw, 269-213, to leave little doubt as to who would emerge victorious.

He coasted from there, posting scores of 226, 245, 245, 246, 277 and 255 – losing only to Jake Rosenbeck of Medina, 268-245 in game four.

Foss earned $320 and a champion’s ring for his efforts, adding to his collection as a result of victories in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015.

In league play this season, Foss -- who bowls as a regular or sub every day of the week -- has registered five 800 series and four 300 games, and already has 27 800's and 40 300's for his career.

As would be expected, Foss came into the tournament with his confidence soaring.

“It’s been going well. My body is doing what it needs to do,” Foss said, noting that he has a “stay me” philosophy.

“That means that I want to do what I’m best at -- which is to stay smooth and don’t overthink the shot,” he said. “When I’m not forcing things and when I get to the place where I feel smooth (to the line) is when I’m at my best.”

Rosenbeck, a 32-year-old righty, enjoyed a successful Masters debut, placing second with 450 Peterson Points and averaging 231 for his 12 game. He earned $240.

Gray finished in third place with 291 points ($200), followed by Scott Allis of Medina (278 points, $160), Culp (205 points, $140), Mike Johnson of Batavia (185 points, $120), former champion Tom Rohl of Le Roy (146 points, $110) and Mike Pettinella of Batavia (64 points, $100).

In Peterson Point match play, bowlers receive 30 points for a victory and more or less points for their score in relation to 200.

High scores from Saturday’s qualifying round (the top eight out of 37 entrants advanced):

Foss, 1,030; Culp, 963; Gray Jr., 942; Allis, 919; Rosenbeck, 911; Johnson of Batavia, 910; Rohl, 892, Pettinella, 887. Devon Leach of Stafford was the alternate at 874.

February 9, 2019 - 4:20pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling.

Four-time champion Curtis Foss of Medina averaged 257.5 for four games today to lead the qualifying round of the 58th annual Genesee Region USBC Masters Tournament at Scopano's Lanes in Oakfield.

The powerful 31-year-old right-hander blistered the hall's "house shot" to the tune of 259-278-257-236 for a 1,030 total.

Foss, winner of the tournament in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015, outdistanced 2016 Masters champion Scott Culp of Honeoye Falls by 67 pins.

Culp's 963 was good for second place, followed by defending champion Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw, who posted 942.

Rounding out the top eight who will compete in a Peterson Point head-to-head, eight-game final round starting at 1 p.m. Sunday are Scott Allis of Medina, 919; Jake Rosenbeck of Medina, 911; Mike Johnson of Batavia, 910; two-time champion Tom Rohl of Le Roy, 892, and Mike Pettinella of Batavia, 887.

The field consists of five right-handers and three lefties (Gray Jr., Johnson and Rohl).

Devon Leach of Stafford posted 874 and is the alternate. Leach will bowl in case one of the finalists is unable to compete or withdraws during competition.

In Peterson Point match play, bowlers receive 30 points for a victory and additional points (or less points) for the score in relation to 200. For example, a bowler defeating his opponent with a 220 game receives 50 points for that game.

The bowler with the most Peterson Points after the eight games (including a tournament-ending position round) will be declared the champion.

The tournament drew 37 bowlers.

February 7, 2019 - 8:26am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

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Rich Wagner, center, is congratulated by tournament director Mark Brown and runner-up John Wolff after his victory in the "Super Sunday" handicap singles tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center.

“Odds-on favorite” Batavian Rich Wagner won the first Super Sunday handicap singles tournament this past weekend at Mancuso Bowling Center. But it wasn’t easy.

Wagner, the 36-year-old left-hander dubbed the “house pro” by Beat the Champ commentator Paul Peck when he competed on the Buffalo-based TV show last in 2017, captured the $280 first prize by turning back 78-year-old John Wolff (also of Batavia and also a lefty), 247-217, in the title match. Wagner spotted Wolff 40 pins due to the difference in their averages.

Prior to that match, Wagner upended high qualifier Geoff Harloff of Batavia, 246-238 (all scratch), in the semifinals, and ousted Josh Elliott of Attica, 247-198, in the opening round of match play.

The top six out of the 24 entrants made it to match play and, for a while, it didn’t look as though Wagner was going to advance.

He opened with games of 234 and 207 – much less than his 248 average at Mancuso’s – before firing a 279 to get back in contention. In the fourth and final qualifying game, he struck out in the 10th frame for a 226 and a 946 total.

As it turned out, he needed those three strikes in the last frame to move past three bowlers for the fifth spot.

Harloff spun 267-233-279-215 for a 991 total and Rodney Jopson of Belfast took the second seed with a 986 score. Mike Hackett of Pavilion was third at 971, Elliott fourth at 967 and Wolff sixth at 940.

Wolff, who beat Hackett and Jopson in the finals, earned $160 while Harloff and Jopson won $110 each and Elliott and Hackett pocketed $90 apiece.

MASTERS, MOUNT MORRIS TOURNAMENTS THIS WEEKEND

The 58th annual Genesee Region USBC Masters Tournament is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield.

Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw is expected to defend his title in the scratch singles event, which lists four-game qualifying rounds at 10 a.m. and 1p.m. Saturday.

The top 16 bowlers will advance to the semifinals at 4 p.m. and, from there, the top eight will return at 1 p.m. Sunday for an eight-game head-to-head Peterson Points final round.

First place, based on 80 entries, is $525 plus a champion’s ring. One in five will cash. The entry fee is $50.

To enter, contact Paul Spiotta at 585-202-6458.

The weather-delayed 41st annual Mount Morris Pepsi Open is set to conclude this Sunday with a pair of four-game qualifying squads (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.), followed by a last chance one-game squad for bowlers not making the cut and the eliminator finals.

First place is guaranteed at $1,500 and one in five is guaranteed to cash. The entry fee is $70.

To enter, call Mount Morris Lanes at 585-658-2540.

Medina Lanes is hosting the Valentines Luv’em or Hate’em handicap mixed doubles tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16, with three-game qualifying squads at 4 and 6:30 p.m.

First place is a guaranteed $500 and the entry fee is $55 per team.

Handicap is based on 80 percent of 440 using a bowler’s highest average for the 2017-18 season (unless this season’s average is 10 or more pins higher).

Twelve teams will advance to the match play finals – the top three from each squad and the next six high scores.

To enter, call Medina Lanes at 318-4474.

The 23rd annual Betty Ellison Memorial “Strike Out” for Crossroads House fundraiser is scheduled for Feb. 15-17 at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Squad times are 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15; 3 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.

The entry fee is $110 through Friday and increases to $125 after that. Teams are comprised of five persons, any combination, and bowl three games on the same pair of lanes. Online registration can be completed at www.crossroadshouse.com.

For more information, call 585-993-0584 or 585-409-0136.

OAK ORCHARD BOWL TEAM LEADS YOUTH TRAVEL LEAGUE

A 219 game and 578 series by Paige Snook and a 211 game and 546 series by Tyler Brett sparked the Oak Orchard Bowl II team to a 14-10 win over Oak Orchard Bowl I in recent Genesee Region Youth Travel League action at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

Ben Lennox added a 539 series for Oak Orchard II, which maintained its 3.5 point lead over Rose Garden Bowl II, which also won, 14-10, over Mount Morris.

Cameron Ecker had a 508 series for Oak Orchard I, which is in third place.

The league bowls again on Feb. 17 at Mount Morris Lanes. For complete standings and statistics, go to www.bowlgr.com and click on the Jr. Travel League tab at the top of the home page.

BISIG TEAM TAKES TOP HONORS AT HELP-R-HERO’S EVENT

The team of Ian Elliott of Le Roy, Joe Durzewski of Batavia, Mike Hackett of Pavilion and Mark Bisig of Le Roy rolled 3,247 with handicap for three games – a 270 average per man – to place first in the Help-R-Hero’s no-tap tournament at Legion Lanes in Le Roy.

The fundraiser to benefit wounded soldiers returning home took place on Jan. 25-27.

The Bisig team won $800.

The Rochester-based team of Freddie Blair, Rob Carles, Amanda Schwartz and Kenny Maurer finished in second place, winning $540, while the Le Roy team of Scott O’Neill, Jeff Freeman, Dave Elliott and Bill Van Alst was third, good for $420. The top six teams cashed.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS IS UNDER WAY

AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, is hosting the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tournament of Champions this week, and the finals of this PBA major event will be televised live at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on FOX.

Sixty-five former PBA National, Regional and International champions are competing in the tournament, which enters round robin match play (top 24) tonight. Participants include Brad Angelo of Lockport, Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, Ryan Shafer of Horseheads and Anthony Pepe of Long Island.

After two qualifying rounds Wednesday, Australian Jason Belmonte holds the lead with a 2,824 total (235 average) for 12 games while Matt Ogle of Louisville, Ky., is next at 2,727, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is third at 2,698.

The TOC will be followed by the PBA Players Championship, Feb. 12-17, at Wayne Webb’s Columbus (Ohio) Bowl. The finals of the Players Championship, also a major, will be telecast live on FS1 at 1 p.m. Feb. 17.

Preliminary rounds of both events will be live streamed by FloBowling (www.flobowling.com).

February 1, 2019 - 9:58am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling.

Skip all the pre-game Super Bowl hype and test your skills on the bowling lanes. You might win some money and you'll be home in plenty of time to watch the Patriots battle the Rams.

That's the message that tournament director Mark Brown is sending out to Genesee Region bowlers as he promotes his "Super Sunday" handicap singles tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia this weekend.

The event starts at noon with a four-game qualifying squad. The field will be cut to eight bowlers after that for a head-to-head final round.

The entry fee is $45 and the field will be limited to 35 bowlers. First place, based on a full field, is $400.

As of this posting, about 25 have signed up. To enter, call Mancuso Bowling Center at 343-1319.

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