As a sophomore at Sweet Home in 2013, Diamond Carter bowled a 265 high single to help the Panthers to the Section VI girls bowling championship and a berth in the New York State Public Schools schools team championships. Coach Jim Russo’s young team finished seventh in the state competition after winning the sectionals crown and going 12-0 in ECIC league competition.
Carter is still helping her teams capture championships. Last weekend, the freshman communications major led Bowie State (Md.) to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship at AMF Western Branch Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. It was the second straight CIAA title for the Lady Bulldogs.
Bowie had to win a second Baker game championship game over Fayetteville (N.C.) after suffering a 4-1 loss, its first in the double-elimination competition. They took the final match, 4-1, with the one loss by just one pin.
Carter was a stalwart for Bowie in the first round of team competition when the Lady Bulldogs went 4-1. She led all bowlers with a 198.20 average, including games of 200 and 203.
Not surprisingly, Carter was named to the CIAA All-Tournament team. Also, she was conference Rookie of the Year after averaging 180.56. She posted the high average for the season in the CIAA North Division regular season and second overall in the conference and was named North Division MVP.
Carter, who began bowling at age 4, is a product of the youth programs at AMF Thruway and AMF Airport Lanes. She is the daughter of Shontae and Kevin Carter.
Dorobiala takes Buffalo Tour event
The Greater Buffalo Bowlers Tour not only is providing top competition for some of the area’s elite bowlers over two weeks, it also producing some interesting stories.
In last Sunday’s stop at Abbott Lanes, Steve Dorobiala defeated Bob Wiley, 254-236, in the final match. It was a long road for Dorobiala. First, he had to qualify, which he barely did, by winning in a rolloff for the final place, No. 16, in the match-play bracket. In his first match, Dorobiala came up against top qualifier Pete Zmozynski (1,024), last year’s Obenauer Masters runner-up who had won the previous Tour event at The Edge. Next for Dorobiala came a 257-233 triumph over Nick Chojecki and a semifinal win over Ray Richards. That brought him up against Wiley, who had begun match play seeded 14th.
There were two 300 games in the qualifying. Dan Antkowiak and Chris Labiak, a two-hander, bowled perfectas in the first of the four qualifying games. Despite that, Antkowiak qualified only seventh, averaging 212.3 for his final three games. Labiak qualified third with a 979.
Ninety-nine bowlers, which seems like a healthy number, entered the Tour event. Next stop is South Buffalo Bowling Center (the former Recckio’s Lanes) on Sunday, April 3, with qualifying squads at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Mee the hunted on Beat the Champ
Chad Mee, 20, is the man to beat in the next Beat the Champ show on WBBX-TV (4 p.m. Saturday, 11 p.m. Sunday). That’s after victories over John Masiello (269-217) and another over 20-year-old Andrew Herbert of Eden (236-216). Masiello opened last week’s show with a 278-228 triumph over challenger Brandon Korczykowski on top of his victory over Myles Smith the week before.
• Sylvester Thiel, 93, of Lake City, Minn., tied the record for appearances in the USBC Open Championship, competing for the 71st time this week at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Thiel bowled in his first Open in 1940 in Detroit.
He is one of three bowlers in 113 years of Open Championships to reach 70 years of participation and now sits atop the all-time list with USBC Hall of Famers Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Joe Norris of San Diego. Doehrman competed in 71 consecutive tournaments from 1908 until 1981, while Norris competed from 1926 until 2000.
Thiel met his future wife during the 1965 tournament in St. Paul, Minn. They bowled together in the doubles in this year’s Open.
Thiel went into this year’s tournament sixth on the all-time pinfall list (113,344).
• Speaking of veteran bowlers: How about that 250 game bowled by 86-year-old Whitey Heidenburg on Tuesday in the West Seneca Seniors League at Wimbledon Lanes. Heidenburg is the long-time executive secretary of the Bowling Propietors of Western New York, a director of the Greater Buffalo USBC Association and a GBUSBC Hall of Fame member.