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Tester, 19, turns heads in the Falls

There was Ryan Ciminelli, John Szczerbinski, Marion Singleton and Gina Maduri.

Now Western New York has another young bowling prodigy in Zane Tester of Youngstown.

A year ago, Tester was a starting forward as a freshman on the Daemen College men's soccer team. This year's he's knocking over pins at a near-record pace in a top league, the Classic Open Trio at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.

Last Monday night, the 19-year-old Tester bowled an 857 series with games of 278, 300 and 279. It was his first career 800 and second 300 game.

Just two years ago in scholastic bowling, he was the Niagara Frontier League boys champion and a second-team NFL selection in soccer as well.

Tester has taken a year off from soccer to concentrate on his studies after making a change in his major at Daemen, but he's bowling better than ever.

The Classic Open Trio is one of the stronger leagues in Western New York with former U.S. Amateur champion Dan Patterson, Shaun Sterner, Trevor Sterner and Fran Bax among its ranks.

Tester's total was 11 pins under the Niagara Falls USBC Association record of 868, which was set by Howard Wheeler Jr. in 2003 and equaled two years ago by Gary Kinyon.

For years, Allie Brandt's 886 stood as the Western New York record until Bob Rudnick Jr. broke it with his 888 series in 2006 at Spare Time.

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Lockport to induct four

It's a Hall of Fame induction year in Western New York bowling. The Tonawandas USBC Association held its induction dinner last month, enshrining Ben Stack, Bill Gerfin, Doris Hanes and Rita Pollinger. The Greater Buffalo USBC Association announced its enshrinees last spring for induction into its Hall on Nov. 29 at Samuel's Grande Manor.

Next up is the USBC Lockport Association's Hall of Fame induction of Barbara White, Loretto "Moe" Sanmarco, Timothy Wertman and Ruth Dixon on Oct. 25, at the BPO Elks Lodge No. 41, 6791 North Canal Road, Lockport.

Dixon will be honored for meritorious service, the others for outstanding performance. She has been a fixture at Allie Brandt Lanes since 1964. She founded the Lockport Junior Bowling Association in 1965 and has served as an officer for many leagues. Her claim to fame probably is winning a trip to London in 1969 on the old "Strikes, Spares and Misses" show hosted by the late Chuck Healy on Channel 4.

White, a Lockport native who died in 2000, was the first woman to bowl a 300 game in Lockport and only the second bowler since 1929 in Western New York to accomplish the feat. She was Queen Classic Champion in 1964-65 and 1970.

Sanmarco, who bowled in more than 30 leagues over the years, won the Lockport all-events title in 1990 and bowled on a team in 2002 that won the scratch and handicap championships.

Wertman has bowled in the Lockport Association for 31 years and has 13 city championships to his credit, nine team, two scratch doubles and one scratch all-events (1991) titles. He bowled the first 800 in the Lockport City Tournament, and was a member of a team that set a five-man record of 3,679 in 2005. Last April, Wertman, Dave Sobierski and Roy Gugliuzza teamed up for a city three-man scratch series record of 2,308.

Dinner tickets are $25 and may be reserved by calling Timothy M. Incardona at 438-9700 by Wednesday.

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Pin chasers

*The Kenmore Lanes Scratch Tournament with a $2,000 first prize will be Sunday with qualifying squads at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Twenty bowlers will make the eliminator style finals. Entry fee is $80 with no PBA members allowed to bowl. Call Joe Mercurio (875-5340) at Kenmore Lanes.

*Brian Moran won his first Amateur Bowlers Tour title by defeating John Dixon, 238-227, at Manor Lanes. AMF Thruway Lanes is this Sunday's ABT stop with a combined Classic/Masters event. Squad times will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by semifinals and a stepladder final.

*The WNY bowling this week mourned the passing of Sebastian "Sibby" Campagna, long-time proprietor of Manor Lanes and Manor Lanes II. He was one of the most respected and admired proprietors in the bowling community.

e-mail: mnorthrop@buffnews.com

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