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NYS Pepsi Youth Event Crowns Six Champions

MAY 22, 2015 -- Six champions were crowned Saturday (May 16, 2015) at the finals of the NYS USBC Pepsi Youth Championships at King Pin Lanes in Rome. All are expected to receive $1,000 scholarships.

Divisional winners were Michael Martell of Brooklyn (U20 Boys), Lauren Piotrowski of Schenectady (U20 Girls), Jared Taylor of Selkirk (U15 Boys), Meghan Doris of Clark Mills (U15 Girls), Nicholas Varano of Stony Point (U12 Boys) and Micaela Barbolt of Gansevoort (U12 Girls).

Please go to the Youth Tournaments page for photos and results.

NYS Women’s Championships
Tri-County NY USBC Team
in Top Spot as Tourney Ends

UPDATED – MAY 21, 2015 -- 8 p.m. - Revised

SYRACUSE –The JRW Plumbing & Heating (Tri-County NY USBC) team took over the unofficial lead in the 600-759 Handicap Division over the weekend as the 79th NYS Women’s Championships drew to a close at AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes.

CLICK HERE for current unofficial standings.

The team of Linda Drew, Renee Duciaume, Frances Westfall and Michele Bensley posted 2,571 with handicap to move past Team 9 Merry Mixers I (Long Island USBC) in the division that featured 261 of the tournament’s 500 team entries.

In other final weekend action, See More’s Strikes II (Fulton USBC WBA) moved into the second spot in 599-and-Under Handicap Team with 2,515 – 29 pins behind Tuff Guys (Westchester County USBC). There was no change in the 760-and-Over Scratch Division as Thrown Together (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA) topped the pack with 2,763.

In Doubles, Beverly Von Pless and Heidi Piczkur (Syracuse USBC WBA) and Diane Scofield and Deborah Mullinix (Seven Valley USBC) jumped into first and second, respectively, in the 299-and-Under Handicap Division with 1,357 and 1,354. In the 300-379 Handicap Division, Amanda Johnson and Lori Heneka (Hudson Valley USBC) moved into third place with 1,323.

In Singles, Nicole Esposito (Syracuse USBC WBA) rolled 727 in the 150-189 Handicap Division, good for second place.

In All-Events, Tammy Thackrah (Johnstown USBC WBA) recorded a 1,996 score in the 150-189 Handicap Division, which is in second place, and Piczkur’s 2,030 took over the lead in the 149-and-under Handicap Division.

A special "thank you" to the Syracuse USBC WBA and the management and staff of AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes for assisting and hosting the tournament.

The tournament prize list will be posted in about three weeks after final verification of averages.

Workshop Set for May 31st
at NYS Annual Meeting

Pre-registration required
for free information session

MAY 18, 2015 -- The NYS USBC has put together a 90-minute workshop for its delegates on Sunday, May 31 -- the day after the NYS USBC Annual Meeting in Syracuse. The workshop is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Delegates planning to attend the free workshop need to pre-register by contacting Tom Solimine, NYS USBC director, at solimine2000@aol.com no later than May 27. At least 20 people need to attend or the workshop will be cancelled, Solimine said.

Topics to be discussed include an overview of NYS championship tournaments, opportunities for youth bowlers, an inside look at the NYS Youth Leaders program, effective use of social media and recruitment of NYS USBC board members. The agenda was included in the mid-April mailing to registered delegates.


The Annual Meeting will commence at 1 p.m., following a Memorial Service at 12:30, on May 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Syracuse.

Delegates will consider the following candidates for office:

-- President, Roger Buckman (Rochester USBC BA), current Vice President.

-- Sergeant-at-Arms, Liz DeHart (Staten Island USBC), current Sergeant-at-Arms.

-- Adult Directors, Robert Kaverman (Jamestown Area USBC), current director; Betty K. Kingsley (Rochester USBC WBA), current director; Michael Pucino (Rochester USBC BA), new. Delegates will be voting for three Adult Directors.

-- Youth Directors, Mike Callan (Rochester USBC BA), current director; Thomas Clinton (Staten Island USBC), current youth committee member. Delegates will be voting for two Youth Directors.

Go to the Officers page to view the slated candidates resumes.

Anyone wishing to be nominated from the floor must have a signed resume to Betty K. Kingsley, Nominating Committee chair, at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Annual Meeting.

The Nominating Committee recommends the NYS USBC President and Association Manager be elected as Delegates to the 2016 USBC Convention with the NYS USBC Vice-President and Sergeant-at-Arms as Alternate Delegates.

CLICK HERE for a list of local associations that returned their delegates forms to the NYS USBC office.  Note that 51 out of 110 NYS local associations returned their delegate forms and will have voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

For reservations, call The DoubleTree directly at 1-315-432-0200. The rate is $111 plus taxes. Please mention the NYS USBC Annual Meeting when making a reservation.

NYS Open Championships

Rochester Squad Claims
Team Title with 3,691;
Zimmerman 1st in All-Events

UPDATE -- MAY 6, 2015

CHEEKTOWAGA -- In a last-day battle for Team event supremacy, Germano Five (Rochester USBC BA) outscored the WNY All-Stars (Greater Buffalo USBC) by 27 pins to capture the Handicap Team title at the 91st NYS Open Championships at AMF Airport Lanes.

Dan Vick rolled 795, Bill Hasiotis 753, Sam Capizzi Jr. 721, Steve Meyer 714 and Sarah Germano 695 for 3,678 scratch and 3,691 with handicap to top the list of 200 teams (including two duplicate teams that are not listed in the standings) that entered the tournament. Meyer also was on the winning team last year at AMF Empire Lanes in Rochester.

CLICK HERE for unofficial final standings.

One in five entries will cash in handicap events; in scratch divisions, the top five cash. A final prize list will be released by the end of the month.

Bowling on the same squad (10 a.m. Sunday), the WNY All-Stars team was almost as impressive, posting 3,664 (all scratch) behind Bobby Vitagliano’s 300—804, Ryan Kretchmer’s 770, Matt Zasowski’s 770, Ryan Ciminelli’s 668 and Mike Rose Jr.’s 652.

Jason’s Five (Auburn USBC BA) placed third at 3,592 and GW Sports Grill Mixer II (Mid-Hudson USBC) was fourth at 3,540.  In the Scratch Team category, Spanoric II (Greater Buffalo USBC) was third at 3,538.

Bowlers from the Genesee Region USBC, Greater Buffalo USBC, Syracuse USBC and Niagara Falls USBC BA captured individual titles, again unofficially at this point.

In Handicap Doubles, Al Vlietstra and Kevin Gray Jr. (Genesee Region USBC) rolled 1,514 – topping Janice Batiste and Lamont Walters (Rochester USBC BA) by seven pins. In Scratch Doubles, Andrew Rettig and John Meczynski (Greater Buffalo USBC) placed first at 1,505 – 31 pins more than Rodger Blanchard III and Jim Zimmerman (Syracuse USBC BA).

In Handicap Singles, Nathan Wright (Genesee Region USBC) notched his highest series ever, a 765 set that included a 299 game, on May 1st. With handicap, the 199-average bowler finished with 848. Jake Wisor (Niagara Falls USBC BA) was second at 830, but Wisor topped the Scratch Singles list with 825.

In All-Events, Zimmerman set the pace with 2,309 to win both the Handicap and Scratch divisions, with Gray Jr. second at 2,283 in the Handicap category and Ciminelli second at 2,228 in the Scratch category.

Other honor scores on the last weekend:

816 -- John Merriwether (Rochester USBC BA), Doubles.
300 – Mike Zarcone (Greater Buffalo USBC), back-to-back in Doubles and Singles, and Brandon Boyer (Adirondack USBC), Team; Ciminelli, Doubles; and Dan Ankowiak (Greater Buffalo USBC), Doubles.

The NYS USBC would like to thank the Greater Buffalo USBC for its support and the management and staff of AMF Airport Lanes for a great job as tournament host.

Staten Island's Wilkinson
Elected USBC President

MAY 1, 2015 -- Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, New York, has been elected president of the United States Bowling Congress by the USBC Board of Directors and Cathy DeSocio of Wichita, Kansas, will serve as vice president of USBC for the 2015-2016 season.
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Wilkinson, 28, has served as USBC vice president the last two seasons and will assume his new role on August 1. He takes over for Andrew Cain of Phoenix, who is completing his third and final term aspresident. USBC presidents are limited to three one-year terms; Cain will continue to serve on the board as an athlete director.

“This is an exciting time for USBC and the bowling industry,” said Wilkinson, who will become the youngest president in USBC history. “I look forward to serving and working with our stakeholders as we continue toward achieving our goals of building a future for our sport for generations to come.”

Wilkinson, the owner of Rab’s Country Lanes, has been involved in the sport most of his life. He joined the USBC board as a youth committee representative in 2010 and currently serves as the Youth Committee chair. He was elected to the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America board in 2014 as a USBC representative and has been a director on the National Council of Youth Sports since 2012. He is a Youth Education Services Committee member for the New York State USBC and also serves on the Staten Island USBC board.

He has received many honors, including the Staten Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society Distinguished Community Service Award in 2012, and in 2013 received the NYS USBC Youth Leaders Bridging the Gap Award and the Staten Island Small Business of the Year presented by the City of New York. He recently was recognized as one of Staten Island’s Top 20 under 40 leaders in business by the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation.

Staten Island’s Calendrillo
to Receive $4,000 Scholarship

APRIL 10, 2015 – Brad Calendrillo of Staten Island has been selected to receive the New York State USBC’s top scholarship for this season -- $4,000 ($1,000 renewable annually for up to four years).

Seven other scholar-athletes will be receiving scholarships from the state bowling association. They are:

-- Benjamin Hall of Lindley, $3,000 ($750 renewable annually for up to four years)

-- Morgan Walsh of Cheektowaga, $2,000 ($500 renewable annually for up to four years)

-- Kendra Tryniski of Fulton, $1,000 ($500 from NYS USBC and $500 from NYS USBC Youth Leaders)

-- Justin Thompson of Staten Island, $1,000 ($500 from NYS USBC and $500 from NYS USBC Youth Leaders

-- Nathan Pembrook of Rochester, $1,000

-- Jonathan Bowman of Peru, $1,000

-- Matthew Williamson of Middletown, $1,000


The NYS USBC also awarded Spirit Awards (grades 8-11) and a Future Stars Award (grades K-7) for 2014-15. Spirit Award winners exhibit sportsmanship, commitment and leadership, and were nominated by their youth bowling coaches.

Spirit Award recipients are Mariah Williams of Bloomington, $750; Christian Osterhoudt of Ulster Park, $500; Riley Hoffay of Kingston, $250; and Justin Lam of New York City, $250.

Samantha Reeder of Westbrookville was selected to receive a Future Stars Award in the amount of $250 for submitting a video showing her love of bowling.

NYS USBC to Induct Four
into State Bowling Hall of Fame

Howell, Orr to Receive Service Awards

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 – Patti TeNyenhuis of Saugerties, Ron Priester of Delmar, Jane Abraham of Oswego and Marcel Fournier of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Rochester are the 2015 inductees into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame.

TeNyenhuis and Priester will be enshrined into the Superior Performance categories while Abraham and Fournier will go into the Meritorious Service category.

The NYS USBC also has selected Nancy Howell of Kingston to receive the Service to Youth Award and Betty Lou Orr of Wells to receive the Service to Bowling/Community Award.

All six will be honored at the NYS USBC Hall of Fame and Awards banquet at 7 p.m. May 30 at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

The hotel phone number is 315-432-0200. Room rate for NYS Delegates and guests is $111 per night plus tax.

Tickets for the dinner are $40 each and can be obtained by contacting Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at 585-343-3736 or bowlny300@yahoo.com. The deadline to obtain tickets is May 15.

Please click on the Hall of Fame tab for more about this year’s honorees.

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