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Johnson, Baker are All-Americans

Buffalo is well represented again in the 2006 US Bowler All-America teams that were announced this week.

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga was named to the Women's All-America team while Buffalo native Tom Baker, now living in King, N.C., was named to the Senior All-America team.

Besides her success locally, Johnson has numerous national and international accomplishments. She enjoyed a solid year competing against men on the PBA Tour. She reached match play finals twice. Liz also was runner-up in the USBC Queens Tournament after leading the qualifying, tied for 17th in the USBC Masters and topped the field of men and women to win the Viernhei Open in Germany.

In addition to bowling on the Denny's PBA Tour, Baker dominated the PBA Seniors Tour in his second season. He won a record-tying four PBA Senior Tour titles, including both majors, the Senior U.S. Open and the USBC Senior Masters, and cashed in all nine events. He led the tour in earnings ($66,100) and average (226).

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Frey, 95, hits 200 twice

Irving Frey of Lancaster probably can remember when the doughboys came home from France in 1918, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor and V-J Day. After all, he has 95 years worth of memories.

A new one came last week when Frey sent a buzz through the gathering in the Elma-Lancaster Seniors League by bowling a pair of 200 games in a 568 series at AMF Lancaster Lanes. After a 147, five pins above his average, Frey turned in games of 213 and 208.

Irving's wife, Ruth, 88, actually is carrying a higher average (147) than her husband in the same league.

"That's because I got lucky one week," Ruth said. "Irving has been a good bowler all his life. That's his hobby."

The Freys are both retired from the jewelry manufacturing business but still lead active lives.

"We've benefited from good health. We still travel, still drive," Ruth said.

The Freys bowl on the same four-bowler team in the Elma-Lancaster league, which rolls each Friday afternoon at AMF Lancaster.

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Pin chasers

*The ninth annual Western New York Queens tournament will be held Sunday at Island Lanes on Grand Island. The tournament is run in three divisions (200 and over average, 180-199 and 179 and under). It is open to women members of the Greater Buffalo, Dunkirk, Lockport, Tonawanda, Niagara Falls, Medina, Genesee Valley, Olean, Jamestown, Salamanca and Wellsville bowling associations. Heidi Septer was the Division 1 division winner last year. Judy Langworth won Division 2 and Laura Sliwinski Division 3.

*Joe Jack won this week's Brunswick Senior Shootout at Transit Lanes, with a 203-188 victory over Bob Fritzke of Lockport in the championship match. Jack defeated high qualifier Glen Hauptman (747) and Tom Denniston of Lockport en route to the title match. Gritzke beat Dave Schoemann and Tim Newman on his path to the finals. Denniston bowled his 29th 300 game in the opening round of match play.

*Entries close next Friday for the GBUSBC Me & Mine Tournament, which will be at AMF Thruway Lanes Feb. 10-11 and 17-18. Entry is $22 per couple and forms are available at bowling lanes, through the GBUSBC office or on the GBUSBC Web site.

*The Tri-City Masters Tournament will be Feb. 11 and 18 at Mil-Sher Lanes for members of the Tonawanda, Niagara Falls and Lockport USBC associations. Applications are available at all bowling centers within the sponsoring associations. Contact Jim Wolf (Tonawandas) at 909-1514, Tony Zaccarella Sr. (Niagara Falls) at 754-7313, Gary Kinyon (Lockport) at 434-1846 or the Tonawandas USBC office at 692-8668.

e-mail: mnorthrop@buffnews.com

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