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Andretta Rallies Past Angelo for PBA East Regional Crown

York, Pa. (August 5, 2018) – Darren Andretta of Wantagh, N.Y., rallied from a 30-pin deficit after seven frames to defeat Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 228-207, in the championship round of the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North Sunday.
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NYS USBC Announces Spirit, Future Stars Winners

APRIL 16, 2019 -- The New York State USBC YES Committee has announced its Spirit and Future Stars award winners for this season.

2019 Spirit Award Scholarship Winners:

1. $750 – Sydney Kraft, Rochester

2. $500 – Rachel Hines, Medford

3. $125 --- Brian Mclean, Nesconset

3. $125 -- Alexis Ingersoll, Oswego

2019 Future Star Scholarship Winners, Grades 5-8

1. $200 – Oscar Sybert, Newfield

2. $100 – Ava Mazella, Coram

3. $75 – Savannah Swiatocha, Scotia

2019 Future Star Scholarship Winners, Grades K-4

1. $200 – Kelsey Fischer, Frewsburg

2. $100 – Sadrianna Erb, Farmington

3. $75 – Ezra Sybert, Newfield

The Graduating Senior scholarship winners will be announced in the near future.

BOWLING ROYALTY: Liz Kuhlkin, left, and Amanda Szczepkowski emerged victorious on Saturday at the 48th annual NYS Queens Championship at Saratoga Strike Zone in the Open and Classified (194-and-Under) Divisions, respectively. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

NYS Queens Championship
Kuhlkin Defends 'Open' Crown;
Szczepkowski 1st in 'Classified'

APRIL 14, 2019 – Liz Kuhlkin (Schenectady USBC) successfully defended her Open Division title on Saturday by averaging 252 for her three stepladder final matches in the 48th annual NYS Queens Championship at Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs.

CLICK HERE for qualifiers and match play results.

The 25-year-old Schenectady right-hander, winner of the U.S. Women’s Open last June, defeated Anne Connor of New York Mills (Rome NY USBC), 256-188, and Shanna Chepelsky of East Rochester (Rochester NY USBC), 222-182, before upending top-seeded Suzanne Morine of Castleton on Hudson (Albany USBC), 278-223, for the crown.

The victory was worth $850 and a paid entry to the USBC Queens in May in Wichita, Kansas.

In the Classified (194-and-Under) Division, Amanda Szczepkowski of Rensselaer (Albany USBC) placed first, also winning three matches in the stepladder finals. Her 158-136 victory over No. 1 seed Laurie Defone of Rochester (Rochester NY USBC) was worth $300.

Szczepkowski reached the title match by defeating Marlene Mirabile of Coram (Long Island USBC), 184-142, and Emily Bason of Gouverneur (Harrisville USBC), 182-165.

The Open Division drew 75 entrants while there were 18 competitors in the Classified Division.

In the 50-and-Over bonus competition, cashers were Patti TeNyenhuis of Saugerties, $90; Laura Rotter of Schenectady, $50, and Ursula Pasquerella of Schenectady, $30.


Kuhlkin just made it into match play, posting a 1,013 total as several bowlers were in contention entering the fifth and last qualifying game.

"I just squeaked in (to the finals)," Kuhlkin said. "I had to double in the 10th frame of the last game to make the cut."

As it turned out, it took 1,010 to make the cut, with 16-year-old Molly Chiesa of Wingdale nailing down the final cashing spot.

Morine and four-time Queens champion Shannon Sellens of Copiague led the qualifying with 1,175 each; Morine claimed the No. 1 seed by virtue of her 277 game.

In match play, Morine recorded victories with 212 and 247 to keep her top position, while Chepelsky edged Sellens and then won in the quarterfinals with a 222 game to take the No. 2 seed and Connor won her two matches with games of 220 and 165 for the No. 4 seed.

Kuhlkin, meanwhile, rolled 269 and 214 to earn the No. 3 seed, and followed that up with her big games in the stepladder finals.

She said she turned to a Kingpin Rule in match play, which enabled her to stay to the right and maintain a consistent look to the 1-3 pocket.

"I was able to play pretty much the same line and I had really good carry," she said, adding that she was able to carry the light hit throughout.

In the title match, Kuhkin notched 10 strikes, including a string of eight starting in the fourth frame, to defeat Morine.

Morine had the best look of all the competitors all day, and had seven strikes in the championship match, but was victimized by a 2-8-10 in the first frame and 2-10 in the 10th.

Kuhlkin said she is honored to be able to win the event twice in a row and to represent New York State in the USBC Queens.

"This tournament does mean a lot to me. I take pride in being from New York and I know my roots, and I never forget about that," she said. "It was especially nice to win in Saratoga, not quite in my back yard, but about an hour away.  This is a great feeling to go onto the (PWBA Tour) off of a fresh win here."


Szczepkowski came through with a 222 in the final qualifying game to place sixth (the top eight advanced) and went on to victory, capping a comeback from foot surgery that forced her to miss last year's tournament.

"I used to bowl in the Open Division, and since my surgery I've been struggling and my average has gone from 190's to high 170's, so I figured I'd give it a shot," she said. "Hopefully, this is the start of increasing my average."

Bason led all qualifiers with a 960 score on a 40-foot Challenge pattern designed for the event by Kegel's Doug Dukes.

The NYS USBC wishes to thank Proprietor Rich Sheldon and his staff at Saratoga Strike Zone for hosting the tournament and for their assistance.

OPEN FINALISTS: Reaching the stepladder finals in the Open Division were, from left, Liz Kuhlkin, champion; Suzanne Morine, Shanna Chepelsky and Anne Connor.

CLASSIFIED FINALISTS: Advancing to the stepladder finals in the Classified Division were, from left, Amanda Szczepkowski, champion; Laurie Defone, Emily Bason and Marlene Mirabile.

NYS Open Championships

Team Entries Up to 237;
Only a Few Spots Available
Winnings of $300+, Rerates Must be Reported

UPDATE -- APRIL 21, 2019

The 95th NYS Open Championships got under way over the weekend at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly. Watch for a recap of the action within a couple days.

Team captains are invited to contact the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736 or at to reserve their dates and times.

IMPORTANT -- Paid entries must be received in the state office at least a week before the entrant’s scheduled date.

IMPORTANT -- All bowlers with averages of 219 or less who have cashed in tournament competition over the past year are required to report earnings prior to bowling in the NYS Open Championships, as specified by the USBC:

-- $300 in one event of a tournament, for example $300 in Team event.
-- $500 combined in a single tournament.
-- $1,000 in combined tournament winnings over the past 12 months.

Additionally, reporting of average rerates or refusal of rerates is required.

The tournament is being contested on a 41-foot modified oil pattern that is playing a bit tougher than a typical "house" shot. Bowlers should be aware that there is an out-of-bounds if the ball is sent too wide.

CLICK HERE for tournament participation form, and submit the form via email (, fax (585-343-3736) or mail (55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020).

Following is the lane availability, which will be updated frequently on this website.

As of April 21:


Friday, May 3

2 p.m. – CANCELLED
6 p.m. – Team or D/S squad – 4 lanes

Saturday, May 4 – Teams
11 a.m. – full
3 p.m. – full

Sunday, May 5 – D/S
9 a.m. – full
2:30 p.m. – 1 spot

Friday, May 17

2 p.m. – Team squad – plenty of openings
6 p.m. – Team squad – 1 lane for a Team

Saturday, May 18 – D/S
9 a.m. – 1 spot
2:30 p.m. – full
7:30 p.m. --- full

Sunday, May 19 -- Team
10 a.m. – full
2 p.m. -- full

NYS Women’s Championships
Team Leads Change Hands;
Southern Tier's Zanrucha Rolls 300

APRIL 17, 2019 – Teams from Rochester NY USBC and Schenectady USBC took over divisional leads this past weekend at the 83rd NYS Women’s Championships at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

In the 600-759 Handicap division, Skip’s (Rochester NY USBC) posted 2,427 to move into the top spot by 10 pins over first-week leader Rubies (Long Island USBC).

Team members are Laurie Getty, Gail Jones, Cheryl Herrin and captain Julie Richmond, who led the way with a 685 series.

In the 760-and-Over Scratch division, 3B’s & 1E recorded 2,748 to edge first-week leader Towne Bowling I by 10 pins. Both are Schenectady USBC-based teams.

Members of the new first-place team are Jessica Aiezza (687), Sarah Germano (685), Michelle Sterner (632) and Liz Kuhlkin (744).

In the 599-and-Under Handicap division, Pin Heads (Adirondack USBC) stayed on top, while Linda’s Angels (Southern Tier USBC) and Livin’ on a Spare (Chen Del O USBC) took over the second and third spots with 2,380 and 2,368, respectively.

Individually, Laura Zanrucha (Southern Tier USBC) -- in photo at right -- rolled the tournament’s second 300 game – linking 12 straight strikes in the 760-and-Over Singles event.

Also, the lead change hands in several divisions:

380-and-Over Scratch Doubles – Patti TeNyenhuis (Hudson Valley USBC) and Laura Rotter (Schenectady USBC), 1,426, with TeNyenhuis posting 712 and Rotter 714.

Their score is one pin more than the 1,425 recorded by Anne Connor and Joanna Carter (Central New York USBC) and 19 pins more than the 1,406 rolled by Dianna Cazzalino and Alexandra Stein (Long Island USBC), and Shanna Chepelsky and Germano (Rochester NY USBC).

190-and-Over Scratch Singles – Chepelsky and Deanna Ort (Central New York USBC) each rolled 761 to tie for the top spot while Carter’s 758 is in third place.

150-189 Handicap Singles – Amy Emens (Rochester NY USBC) shot 715 (697 scratch) to move into the lead.

150-189 Handicap All-Events – Terri Donaghue (Rochester NY USBC) moved into first place with a 1,994 total (Team, Doubles and Singles).

Twenty-four 700 series were rolled on “Queens weekend,” with Marjorie Chetney (Central New York USBC) leading the way with 769 in Doubles.

Other high games were recorded by Julie Selk (Greater Buffalo USBC), 290; Lindsey McPhail (Schenectady USBC), 289; Jennifer Wilson (Fulton USBC), 288; and Kuhlkin, 280.

All scores are unofficial pending final verifications.

CLICK HERE for current standings.

The tournament resumes on April 26 and continues with competition from May 3-5 and May 17-19.

NYS USBC Hall of Fame
Brick, Young, Foster,
Tyler to be Inducted

DECEMBER 19, 2018 – The New York State USBC's Awards Committee has announced its selections for induction into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame for 2019.

CLICK HERE for Hall of Fame dinner ticket information.

In the Superior Performance category, Patrick Brick (Greater Buffalo USBC and Tonawanda USBC), William Young (Seven Valley USBC) and Kelley Foster (Ithaca USBC) will be enshrined, and in the Meritorious Service category, Robert Tyler (Hudson Valley USBC) will be inducted.

Sandy Aitchison (Westchester County USBC) will receive the Service to Youth Award, Sandy Suchy (Fulton County Regional USBC) will receive the Service to Bowling/Community Award, and Mark MacBain (Central NY USBC) will receive the Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award.

The Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner is scheduled for the evening of June 1, 2019, at The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY, 13057, following the NYS USBC Annual Meeting that day.

Brick, one of the most accomplished bowlers in Western New York, has excelled at the state level, having won multiple NYS titles – including the 1999 NYS Masters crown, and the 2001 NYS Open All-Events (2,217) and Singles (799) titles.

He also has placed in the top 10 in state tournament competition on numerous occasions, highlighted by a second in the 2018 NYS Senior Masters, fourth in the 2001 and 2010 NYS Open Singles with 785 and 759, respectively, and sixth in the 2010 NYS Open All-Events (2,203).

A Tonawandas and Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Famer, Brick won the prestigious George Obernauer Masters in 2004, the Tri-City Masters in 1996 and 2010 and the Tonawanda and Buffalo City tournaments several times. In 1999, he teamed with Jeff Walsh, Joe Jack, Jack Jurek and Jim Reese to win the Tonawanda City scratch title with a record 3,734 score.

Since 1998, the smooth left-hander has posted at least 28 USBC-certified 300 games and 22 800 series, with a high of 834. He consistently averages in the 230’s. As a collegiate bowler, he was a member of the Erie Community College team that won the national championship in 1988.

Young, like Brick, has fared well in NYS competition over the past two decades, having captured the NYS Open Senior “triple crown” in 2015 – Doubles (with Steve Aloi), 1,404; Singles, 775, and Six-Game Combine (1,545). The right-hander rolled two of his 104 USBC-certified perfect games in that event.

He also was a member of the 2013 NYS Open champion RPM Auto team, rolling 696, and has placed in the top 10 in state tournaments several times. A Cortland Masters champion in 1995 and 1997, Young averaged 251 over two separate seasons, with that mark being the third best in the nation in 2006-07.

His 898 series (he has more than 20 800 sets) in 2004 was the highest in NYS at that time.

Young is a Seven Valley USBC Hall of Famer and a gold medalist at the 2015 Empire State Senior Games.

Foster has excelled in league and in a variety of tournament competition over the past 25 years, with titles in NYS Women’s Championships, 600/700 Club events, Empire State Games and local association tourneys to her credit.

A 25-year participant in the NYS Women’s event, the right-hander is a two-time Team champion (1988 and 2005) who placed ninth in Doubles in 2014. She also has competed in 15 NYS Queens events, with a 10th place finish in 2007 on her resume.

Foster has three Women’s 600 Club titles and one Women’s 700 Club title, along with eight local association titles in all the events. An Ithaca Women’s Bowling Hall of Famer (1998), she has a high average of 223, two 800 series, four 300 games and 87 700 series.

She competed in 10 Empire State Games, winning nine medals, including three gold, and was voted “Athlete of the Week” by an Ithaca radio station in April 1994 for her first 800 series – 800 on the nose.

Tyler is being recognized for his 20 years of service to USBC adult and youth members at the state, local and national levels.

The association manager of the Hudson Valley USBC since 2006, Tyler has made his mark as a past Empire State USBC BA director (2008-2010), secretary and assistant secretary for the Dutchess-Putnam association (2002-2006), as a league secretary-treasurer of three leagues for 15 years, as a Level I and II bowling coach and as a USBC national delegate.

He currently serves as a NYS USBC Regional Manager, serving youth in the Poughkeepsie area and beyond, and participates in state Open and Senior tournaments.  He has a NYS Open Senior title, placing first in Class A in 2009.

Aitchison has made a tremendous contribution to youth bowling in New York State, working tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of the NYS USBC Youth Committee.

A member of the Westchester County USBC board, Aitchison has volunteered her services over the past 20 years to design all of the state association’s program booklets for both the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi tournaments – never duplicating the program and never accepting reimbursement for her expenses. These booklets have helped the youth committee raise more than $15,000 in scholarships for junior bowlers.

With this being the 50th anniversary of the NYS youth program, Aitchison has continued her commitment and designed the anniversary patch (CLICK HERE). This patch will be given to each of the finalists at the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi tournaments in Syracuse and Rome, respectively.

Suchy, a 22-year USBC member in the Gloversville area and a Fulton County Hall of Famer, has volunteered countless hours as a bowling ambassador to her church and to the community’s charitable causes.

She has assisted the Sisters of the Holy Spirit’s fundraising efforts for many years, commits two or three days a week to visit patients and help out at the Gloversville Nathan Littauer Hospital Extended Care Unit, and has contributed to the success of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fulton County “Bowl for Kids Sake” tournament.

A NYS Women’s 600 Club member, she has competed in numerous NYS tournaments and several WIBC and USBC national tournaments.

MacBain takes a proactive role in the promotion of USBC-certified bowling by using all avenues – social media (Facebook), email, electronic and printer flyers, traditional media and, above all, by personally handing out entry forms and information to bowlers at his Bowl-Mor Lanes in East Syracuse and at other area centers.

He also has been a consistent and generous sponsor of several tournaments, including the Post-Standard Masters, Women’s Masters, Christmas and New Year’s events, Central NY Queens, Van Wie Doubles and MS Fish Bowl, and several leagues. His commitment to “getting the word out” has more than kept bowling relevant in the Syracuse area.

On an international level, MacBain plays a key role in IGBO and serves as vice president on the organization’s national board.

2019 Annual Meeting
Scheduled for June 1
at DoubleTree Syracuse

APRIL 16, 2019 – The New York State USBC’s 8th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY, 13057.

The Annual Meeting will begin at 1 p.m., and will be preceded by a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.

The DoubleTree also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, May 31, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 1.

The hotel’s phone number is 315-432-0200. Room rate for NYS USBC delegates and guests is $119 plus taxes. The Hall of Fame dinner information will be announced in the near future.

CLICK HERE for a list of delegates (updated).

Positions up for election in 2019 are as follows:

-- President (see resume form for specific qualifications).
-- Sergeant-at-Arms
-- Three Adult Directors.
-- One Youth Directors.

CLICK HERE for candidate resumes.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2020 USBC Annual Meeting.

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