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JOHNSON IS QUEEN

Liz Johnson of Niagara Falls made a bit of local bowling history Sunday in the Western New York Queens Tournament at the Tonawanda Bowling Center.

The 27-year-old tour bowler bowled 300 games in the last two rounds of the stepladder finals in the top division to win the Queens title for the first time.

Johnson defeated top qualifier Sue Nawojski, 300-230, in the championship match after a 300-215 victory over Andrea Cramer in the semifinal. The perfect games were Johnson's 13th and 14th.

"I can't remember a woman ever bowling back-to-back 300s in this area. It may never have happened," tournament director Rose Eadie said. "I'm sure it's a record for Tonawanda."

On the 2000 Professional Women's Bowling Association tour, Johnson finished 14th in tour earnings with $46,040 in 21 cashes. She also was 13th in event points and ninth in scoring average at 208.8. Her first 300 game was in 1992 at the Empire State Games, the first perfect game in the history of the Games. She also bowled a 300 at the Buffalo Bowling Association's Kickoff Tournament last fall. She lost the title match to Nawojski in that event.

Katie Knapp won the Division II crown. Linda Klimchak took the Division III title.

The first WNY Queens Tournament was won by Michelle Frank in 1999. Last year, Peggy Kuhn took the title. The tournament is a joint venture of the Buffalo, Erie County, Dunkirk, Medina, Niagara Falls and Twin Cities women's bowling associations. Twin Cities was the host organization this year.

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