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Aiezza’s Record 2,388 All-Events
Highlights Opening Weekend

UPDATE -- APRIL 15, 2015

SYRACUSE – Jessica Aiezza (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA) is no stranger to high scores. Included in the Mechanicville resident’s long list of achievements are two national high average titles – including a lofty 241.9 in 2011-12 – and 34 perfect games – including two in one three-game series a couple months ago.

But the 34-year-old left-hander never experienced anything close to what she accomplished during the opening weekend of the 79th NYS Women’s Championships at AMF Strike ‘N Spare Lanes.

On Saturday night, Aiezza rolled 247-290-279—816 in the Team event. And on Sunday morning, she rolled 278-277-247--802 in Doubles and 266-235-269—770 in Singles for a phenomenal 2,388 All-Events score.

CLICK HERE for unofficial standings.

CLICK HERE to view a special web page created by the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau.

If records posted on bowl.com are current (and we believe they are), then Aiezza just broke the nine-game national record for women, eclipsing the 2,373 shot by Caren Park of Seattle in 1991-92. Additionally, Aiezza’s 1,618 score for her first six games is fourth on the national leaderboard.

“This was the weekend of my life, and it probably will never happen again … although I wish it would,” said Aiezza, who bowled with Kate Gardner, Kara Stuffolino and Helen Waite in the Team event – where they shot a 2,763 scratch score – and with Stuffolino in the Doubles for 1,474.

Aiezza, a member of the Storm Bowling advisory staff, said she tried a Storm Crux Pearl in practice but quickly realized that wasn’t the right ball for the lane conditions – a modified house shot.

“I switched to a (Roto-Grip) Hypercell, which is more aggressive,” she said. “Even though I made a few bad shots, it gave me a lot of area.” She credited Brian LeClair and Matt Fazzone of Albany for the layout and drilling of her equipment.

She said she played around the second arrow, concentrating on getting the ball to roll early. She said a couple of pocket splits in the Singles competition – a 6-8 in the 266 game and a 7-10 in the 235 game – stopped her from a third 800 series.

“I knew what I had to shoot (for the record) because we looked it up,” said Aiezza, a former collegiate standout at Morehead State University who now has 22 800 series. “My teammates were very supportive throughout.”

Aiezza and her husband, Lee, a tournament bowler, have two children – 4-year-old Maddox and 2-year-old Lila.

She said she’s hoping her team can repeat as scratch division champions and is confident that their scores will cash in the different events. As far as the All-Events category is concerned, that's pretty much a sure thing.

-- By Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager

Open Championships Off to Hot Start
Queens Championship Set for Saturday

UPDATE -- APRIL 16, 2015

CHEEKTOWAGA -- The 91st NYS Open Championships at AMF Airport Lanes got off to a high-scoring start last weekend as two bowlers posted 800 series and three teams cracked the 3,400 mark.

The Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events tournament continues over the next three weekends, and there are still plenty of openings. Call or email the NYS USBC office for more information.

In the Team event, the Donaghue Five of Rochester leads the way with 3,450, followed by two Buffalo squads -- Bowling for Soup at 3,418 and Masiello's at 3,400.

Individually, hometown standout Liz Johnson shot an 816 series in Doubles and Richard Coon of Greenwich rolled an 802 set in the Team event.

CLICK HERE for unofficial standings.

To download an entry form, please click on the Tournaments tab.

The lane condition will be STONE STREET, a Kegel Recreational oil pattern.

44th NYS Queens, April 18The roster now is at 127 entries for the Queens Championship, which is running in conjunction with the NYS Women's Championships. The 2015 Queens will take place at Thunderbird Lanes in Syracuse, with qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and noon. Semifinals and stepladder finals will follow.

We will be using lanes 3-24 for the tournament; lanes 1-2 will be used only in case of a lane breakdown.

CLICK HERE for a current list of paid entries.  Please note that the list may change depending upon withdrawals and substitutions.

There are 90 entries in the Open Division and 37 in the Classified (194-and-Under) Division.

The lane condition will be ROUTE 66, a Kegel Challenge Series oil pattern.

Competition is broken into two divisions – Open and Classified (194-and-Under) – with one in four bowlers cashing in each division. This tournament is SMART approved.

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

Watch for bios of these recipients on this website next week.

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.

Free coaching seminar set
for Syracuse next month

APRIL 2, 2015 -- The New York State USBC will be sponsoring a USA Bowling Coaching seminar from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 3 at AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes, 1777 Brewerton Road, Syracuse, for those wanting to learn how to coach bowling or enhance their coaching skills.

The seminar is being held in conjunction with the state association's big youth weekend that features the NYS Youth Team Championships and the NYS Adult-Junior Tournament.

A.S. "Doc" Doctorow, USA Junior Olympic Level II instructor and NYS USBC director, will instruct the class, which gives the opportunity for attendees to go on to earn their USBC Coaching Level 1 certification. The seminar is free and is limited to the first 25 people who register. As of April 12, we have 20 more spots available.

All who attend will receive free resources, including a USA Bowling Coaching manual and a USA Bowling Coaching eight-week lesson plan.

To sign up for the seminar, send an email to Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at bowlny300@yahoo.com, or go to bowl.com and click on USA Bowling Coaching. For more information, contact Zach Barton, USA Bowling Brand Manager, at usacoaching@ibcyouth.com.

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.

Seven Candidates on Slate
for Annual Meeting Elections
Delegates Asked to Pre-Register
for Workshop on May 31st

JANUARY 26, 2015 – The Nominating Committee of the New York State USBC has compiled a slate of Board of Director candidates for the 2015 NYS USBC Annual Meeting on May 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Syracuse. The Annual Meeting will commence at 1 p.m., following a Memorial Service (which begins at 12:30 p.m.).

Delegates will consider the following:

-- 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 have 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.


The NYS USBC has put together a workshop for its delegates on Sunday, May 31st from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Delegates planning to attend the free workshop need to pre-register by contacting Tom Solimine at solimine2000@aol.com no later than May 1st.

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 will be included in the mid-April mailing to registered delegates.

Youth Leader Award Applications
Can Be Found on 'Youth' Page

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 -- The New York State Youth Leaders have revised their applications for their four major awards -- Coach of the Year, Bridging of the Gap (Adult), Bridging of the Gap (Youth) and Youth Leader of the Year.

To download these applications, please click on the Youth tab.

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