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D.W. Young rolls like D.W. Young

Sometimes, a person seems to be in two places at the same time.

Donald Young recently bowled a 300 game in the St. Agatha's League at Recckio's. The score was phoned in to The Buffalo News sports desk. Moments later, another call came in reporting that Donald Young had bowled an 837 series in the Art Marcinkowski League at Wimbledon Lanes.

An amazing feat, considering the two leagues bowl at the same time.

Turns out that there are two Donald Youngs. Actually, there are two Donald W. Youngs. Both in their 50s. Both 200-average bowlers.

Ask Bill Palumbo of the Greater Buffalo USBC Association about the Youngs, and he knows them well.

"We're always getting them mixed up," Palumbo said.

The Recckio's Donald W. Young is 54 years old and lives in Eden. He works at the West Seneca Developmental Center.

The Wimbledon Donald W. Young is 59 and lives in Orchard Park.

Donald W. Young (Eden) checked the scores in the paper the day after his 300 game, his fourth.

"I bowled a 300-752, but when I saw the scores in the paper that seemed puny. The other Don Young bowled an 837," D.W.Y. of Eden remembered Friday.

Three years ago, the Donald Young of Eden and his son, Erik, made history. They each bowled a 300 in the same team game, only the third time that had happened in the history of the USBC.

"I bowled an 826 that night, my only 800, and I think it's still a record at Chick's [Lanes in Angola]," Young of Eden said.

The Eden Youngs, Donald and Erik, bowl on the same team in the St. Agatha's League. Brent Hardy, who is a next-door neighbor and averaged 222 last year in the St. Agatha's League, is also on the team. Donald had another big night this week. He strung 16 strikes together over two games on his way to a 748 series.

The Donald W. Young of Orchard Park bowled a 300 at Manor Lanes in 2002. He averaged 227 last season in the Marcinkowski League and 224 in the South Buffalo Church League.

Last year, he was a fourth-place finisher in the 55-59-year-old division at the Stan Kowalski Seniors Tournament.

As much confusion as they cause for each other, the two Donald W. Youngs never have met, oddly enough.

"We can't because we're always bowling at the same time," said Young of Eden.


Pin chasers

*Only three points separate the top four teams in the second-half standings of the BPA Buffalo Beverage Miller Lite All-Stars travel league standings after last week's bowling at Manor Lanes. Tonawanda Bowling Center moved into first place with 114 points after a 24-9 victory over Recckio's as Steve Kosut led the way with 298-800. Transit Lanes moved into second with a 23-10 victory over Broadway. Recckio's fell to third place while Spare Time is fourth with 111 points after a 26-7 loss to Southgate.

*Nominations are still open for the 2006 Hall of Fame class of the Greater Buffalo United States Bowling Congress. The deadline is Friday.

*Entry is open for several GBUSBC events, including the Me & Mine Tournament opening today at Southgate. Walk-ins are welcome. Also, for the George A. Obenauer Masters on May 16-21 at Airport and the GBUSBC Men's and Women's Open Championships on April 30-May 15 at Thruway Lanes.

*Three Western New York bowlers finished in the top 10 at the Mount Morris Pepsi Open. John Masiello (980) was fifth, Ryan Ciminelli (973) was sixth and Lockport's Carl Kinyon (956) was eighth. Dave Rudnick of Buffalo was 11th with a 944, which included a 300 game.

*The GBUSBC Youth Singles championship wraps up this weekend at Thruway Lanes. Qualifying will be Sunday for the Tri-City Masters at AMF Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport. Match play rounds will be Feb. 19.

*Medina native Sandra Ranallo, who learned the game at her family's bowling center there, was named to the Rochester Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Ranallo finished third in the WIBC Queens Tournament held in Buffalo in 1996.

*North Tonawanda teen bowler John Szczerbinski was among several young competitors pictured and quoted in an article last month in the Wall Street Journal about the growth of the sport among high school athletes. Szczerbinski is the reigning U.S. Teen Masters champion.

*The fourth annual WPIG-St. Jude Children's Research Hospital No-Tap Challenge moves to Central Lanes in Salamanca today. More than $2,000 was raised last week when the tournament kicked off at Byllye Lanes in Bradford, Pa.


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