FRANK MANZELLA, A FORMER classic leaguer, won't be bowling for a while, in fact he won't even be working as manager of Manor Lanes II for nearly two months.
Manzella, 36, just returned from the Cleveland Clinic, where he donated a kidney to his son, Scott, whose own kidneys have been in a deteriorating condition for several years.
It was the greatest Christmas Scott has ever had.
"So far, everything is going fine. Both Scott and I got out of the hospital earlier than I thought we would. Scott has to return weekly to the hospital for checkup on the transplant while I have to return Jan. 10 for my checkup," said Manzella, whose 213 average led the Black Velvet All Stars in the traveling league's first season nine years ago. He also bowled in the Koch's Classic for about eight years and two other leagues, averaging a career-high 222 at Roc Mar, before a series of wrist and back problems ended his pro aspirations.
Scott, 14, apparently has inherited his bowling talent from his dad.
Scott was averaging 150 in a league at Holland before his surgery. And, while he's off from school, he has tutors to keep his classwork assignments up to date.
Qualifiers for the Amateur Bowlers Association Western Regional Tournament, which concludes this weekend at Airport with a guaranteed $2,000 first-place prize, continues with squads at noon and 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. today and again at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The field of approximately 50-60 finalists will bowl a four-game block Sunday with a cut to the top five for the pro-style rolloff at 3:30 p.m.
Rose Bowl is hosting an ABA three-day No-Tap Tournament (Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 1) for bowlers with a 195-and-under average. Qualifiers are at 1:15, 2:30, hristmas present to his ailing son
3:45 and 5 p.m. today. Also, qualifiers are at noon, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45 and 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday plus 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the finals at 7:30 p.m., New Year's Day. The entry fee is $22 and walk-ins are welcome. ABA membership is not required. . . . Kenmore is accepting applications of individuals, teams and leagues for the 1991-92 season. Call Joanne Ross at 875-5340.
The Black Velvet All Stars will bowl at 3 this afternoon at Manor. . . . Roger Daucher converted the double pinochle split (4-6-7-10) at Alden Lanes. . . . Braymiller's Lanes in Hamburg is starting two Pee Wee bumper leagues at noon and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6. The 15-week season costs $3.25 per week.
Five men will be inducted into the ABC Hall of Fame at ceremonies March 14, 1991, at Toledo, Ohio. They are Bill Beach of Sharon, Pa., who was elected earlier this year, plus four who were elected on the second ballot -- Les Schissler of Denver, Teata Semiz of Wanaque, N.J., Rod Toft, Lake Elmo, Minn., and Bud Stoudt of Lebanon, Pa., the latter two selected from the non-professional ballot.
The Tonawandas' Bowling Association has a Jan. 9 entry deadline for its annual Herbert E. Burns Match Game Tournament Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 at Island Lanes. First-place prize is $900 (based on 64 entries) and a paid entry worth $300 to the 1992 ABC Masters Tournament at Corpus Christi, Texas. Eight finalists from a five-game qualifying round that starts at 9 a.m. Jan. 13 will advance to match play the same afternoon where the field will be cut to four in the double-elimination format. The four finalists advance to the Jan. 20 finals. TBA members who have bowled at least 21 games in a TBA league are eligible to enter. The entry fee is $45 and forms are available at all Tonawanda-North Tonawanda area lanes or call Ken Kreger at 692-8668.
Kreger, who is president of the State Association, has entry forms for several State Association Tournaments, including the Seniors Feb. 16-17 and Feb. 23-24 at Mancuso's in Batavia; the 66th annual State Masters in Albany, set for April 27-28, and the State Championships, which start April 6-7 and run for 10 weekends, also at Albany.