42nd Annual NYS Queens Championship -- RESULTS

Tournament Dates: April 13, 2013

OPEN DIVISION FINALISTS: NYS Queens Open Division finalists are, from left, Brittni Hamilton, first place; Deborah Capullo, second place; Christina Johnson, third place, and Helen Waite, fourth place.

CLASSIFIED DIVISION FINALISTS: NYS Queens Classified Division finalists are, from left, Marlene Mirabile, first place; Jeanne Paiko, second place; Kimberly Flood, third place, and Tina Becciu, fourth place.

Webster’s Hamilton, L.I.’s Mirabile
Capture NYS Queens Tournament Titles

GUILDERLAND, APRIL 14, 2013 – Team USA member Brittni Hamilton of Webster (Rochester USBC WBA) and former champion Marlene Mirabile of Coram (Long Island USBC) captured 2013 NYS Queens Championships crowns Saturday night at Town ‘N Country Lanes.

Bowling in front of an enthusiastic crowd, No. 1 seed Hamilton – who averaged 234 for the tournament – defeated Deborah Capullo of Schenectady, 220-208, in the title match of the stepladder finals to earn the $1,100 first prize in the Open Division.

Hamilton, 22, a casher in the NYS Masters Championships last month in Newark, secured her first Queens victory when Capullo, needing a double in the 10th frame to win, left a solid 10-pin on her first ball in the final frame.

The Open Division attracted 107 entrants.

Earlier in the evening, Mirabile notched her second Queens Classified Division (194-and-under) crown when she stopped top-seeded Jeanne Paiko of Rochester, 211-161, in the title game of the stepladder finals. Mirabile, who won the Classified event in 2009, received $600.

Thirty-six bowlers entered the Classified Division.


Hamilton had no problem conquering the Kegel Abbey Road lane condition, rolling games of 248-246-258-248-208 for 1,208 in the qualifying round, before defeating Karalyn Buono of Staten Island, 407-396, and Diana Walter of Bellport, 492-427, in two-game head-to-head matches to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals.

The two-time Team USA member and three-time NCAA first-team All-American (Vanderbilt U.) said she took a year off from college to focus on her bowling, and it has paid off recently.

“I’ve been bowling in anything that’s within a six-hour radius of Rochester,” the 22-year-old right-hander said. “I’ve been practicing quite a bit, getting ready for Team Trials and Team USA camp in a couple months.”

She said she plans to attend graduate school at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey in the fall to major in Sports Administration and assist with the bowling program there.

Capullo, a high school math teacher in Schenectady, qualified 12th with a 1,061 score, before rolling 414, 468 and 460 in three two-game match victories to secure the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals.

There, the two-time Queens champion rolled a 240 game to eliminate Helen Waite of Hudson Falls before posting a big 268 game to oust third-seeded Christina Johnson of Rochester. She earned $650 for her efforts.

Johnson pocketed $500 for placing third and Waite earned $350 for her fourth-place finish.


Consistency was the key for Mirabile, a 40-year-old righty, who averaged 191 in the qualifying round and 202 in match play and the stepladder finals for her second Queens Classified title in five years.

The manager at Brookhaven National Lab, she defeated Sarah Overby of Endicott, 415-368, to earn the No. 2 seed for the stepladder round – behind top-seeded Paiko, who posted 1,045 in qualifying and a 380-333 win over Jennifer Strom of East Greenbush in the head-to-head round.

In the stepladder finals, Kimberly Flood downed Tina Becciu, 223-176, in a battle of Syracuse bowlers, before Mirabile defeated Flood, 182-168, in the semifinals.

“I was definitely nervous (entering the finals), but I just tried to focus on my game,” said Mirabile, who also was cheering on her sister, Walter, who was competing in the Open Division.

Paiko won $400 for placing second while Flood earned $300 and Becciu $225.

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