Dan Sieczka could have played it safe and tried for one pin and a tie on his 10th frame 4-10 split. He didn't and he always will be able to say be beat Professional Bowlers Association star Parker Bohn III.
Sieczka and Ron Bracikowski were two of about 30 bowlers who matched their skills against Bohn and outscored him during an open house at Recckio's on Dec. 12.
Bohn, a lock to be named PBA Player of the Year, was appearing as a member of the Brunswick staff. Sieczka edged Bohn, 214-213, and Bracikowski had a more comfortable margin, 256-218.
Sieczka struck on his first shot in the 10th after Bohn had finished his game. Then he left the 4-10. "I had to decide if I should go for the split and the win," Sieczka said.
"It was pretty cool. I got the 4 over to the 10 and everybody was giving me high fives. He was cool about it too."
Bohn had a couple of 299 games and two 279s during the 30 exhibitions. He rolled a 299 on one pair of lanes adjacent to the pair he and Sieczka were on and a 279 on the other side.
Sieczka bowls in two Wednesday leagues at Recckio's -- the Scratch Trio on the early shift and the Wild Irish Rose on the late shift -- with a composite 213 average. He also bowls in a Tuesday league at Orchard Park and the Cambio's Traveling 16 on Saturdays.
"(Bohn) has been my idol since I was 12 and I'm 22 now," Sieczka said. "I've had a couple of 300 games but I was shocked when I beat him."
Bracikowski was in the last group against Bohn, who put in a full afternoon of autograph signings, trick-shot demonstrations and exhibition matches.
Bohn had two doubles and a three-bagger interrupted by spares. Bracikowski started spare, strike and picked up two pins off a 4-6-7 split before starting a run of seven strikes.
"I was surprised after a couple in a row," said Bracikowski, who is a freshman in the bowling management program at Erie CC and also works at Southside. "But I knew if I kept on striking I'd be fine. I was happy (to beat him)."
New ball brings perfection
Left-hander Bill Martek's second 300 game came at an opportune time.
Bowling in the League Officers Tournament at Thruway for members of the Buffalo Bowling Association, Buffalo Women's Association and Erie County Suburban Women's Association, Martek opened his three-game series with the perfect game, had a 753 series and 42 pins handicap for a winning 795.
"I got a new ball two weeks (before the tournament) and it wasn't working," said Martek, the secretary-treasurer for the Friday Town Firemen's League at Town Edge.
"At Thruway everything was perfect. It was breaking just right. All 12 shots were in the pocket."
After two games Martek, 45, had bigger things in mind. "I had 555 after two," he said, needing a 245 for 800. He settled for 198 and 753, 13 pins higher than his previous high series.
Nicholas Charlap finished second with 721-72-793 and Mike Rudnicki was third with 635-99-734.
$2K tourney starts Y2K
Broadway Sports Center will host its fourth annual Hangover Open on New Years' Day to benefit the Cheektowaga Lions Club.
Ball Bite products and the Depew-Lancaster Eagles are funding the $2,000 first prize with the guarantee based on just one entry. Last year's first place was worth $1,500. Broadway proprietor Brian Greiner, who is also president of the Cheektowaga Lions, said the tournament raised about $2,600 for the Lions blind and charity fund last year.
For a 300 game in the tournament Walden Dodge is giving away a Dodge Neon or a two-year lease on a Dodge Durango. Dan Edwards of Walden Dodge is a member of the Webster (Rochester) Lions.
Squads for the handicap event run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with handicap based on 80 percent of a 230 average. The entry is $30 for six games.
Queens tourney entries open
Entries close Jan. 17 for the second annual Western New York Miller Lite Queens Tournament Feb. 6 at Leisure Land.
Qualifying is at 10 a.m. for three scratch divisions: 174 average and under, 175-189 and 190 and over. Last year's tournament was the initial effort to combine entries from a half-dozen area women's associations and drew 136 entries. First place is $250 in each division.
Entry forms are available from Nancy Walczyk at 662-0018, Jean Luber at 549-3899 and at most area centers.
Tri City winners get Reno entry
The ninth annual Tri City Masters will be held at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport on Feb. 6 and 13. Entries close Jan. 31 with forms available in in the Tonawandas, Niagara Falls and Lockport association centers.
First place $1,000 with a paid entry to the 2001 ABC Masters in Reno, Nev., awarded to the top finisher in each association. Last year's winners were Mike Stone Jr., overall and Niagara Falls; Ron Stacy, Tonawandas; and Gary Kinyon, Lockport.
Around the lanes
The second Buffalo Gold YABA Tournament will be held Sunday at Thruway. The entry fee is $25 and a USA Junior Olympic gold card is required. Cards may pe purchased at on site for $25. The first place paid entry to the national gold tournament ($100 value) and scholarships for the first three places are based on six-game scratch totals. . . . Wendy Macpherson dominated the Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year balloting and won with 78 percent of the vote. In gaining the honor for the third time, Macpherson was first in season points (10,650), earnings ($120,465) and average (a PWBA record 218.85). She cashed in all 18 tournaments, made the cut for match play 15 times, was in the top 10 in 11 events and made nine finals appearances, winning twice.