With five weeks, including a final position round, to go in the second half, the race in the BPA Buffalo Beverage/Miller Lite All-Stars travel league has tightened considerably. Going into today's 2 p.m. matches at Recckio's, Tonawanda Bowling Center's once-comfortable lead is down to 15 points over second-place Southgate.
Led by Larry Skinner's 278-725, Ideal handed TBC a 28-5 loss last week while Janette Piesczynski's 771 series led Southgate over Broadway, 25-8. Ideal jumped from 11th place to sixth in the standings with its resounding victory.
Southgate will be trying to overtake TBC and make league history. The West Seneca team won the first half and is trying to become the first to capture the championship of both halves.
>Angelo rallies in Super 16
Brad Angelo of Lockport got through the Super 16 round, but Jack Jurek of Lackawanna fell by the wayside in the Denny's PBA World Championship Friday in Indianapolis. Angelo came back from a 3-1 deficit to win his best-of-seven match from Tommy Jones of Mauldin, S.C.
Angelo won the last game, 210-199, to advance to the round of eight and continue his quest for his first Tour title and first major as well. He faced Mike Machuga of Erie, Pa., in the round of eight Friday night. Jurek fell in seven games to Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, losing the last two games, 219-189 and 236-216.
Earlier, Angelo survived a seven-game match with ESPN analyst Randy Pedersen to advance Friday morning. Angelo opened with a 152 but came back with a 260 to even the match at 1-1. After Pedersen took a 3-2 lead with a 193-186 triumph, he threw games of 162 and 170 while Angelo was bowling 205 and 224. Jurek closed out Chris Johnson with a 259-257 victory in the sixth game of his match. Tom Baker, the 2004 World champion, lost in five games to Walter Ray Williams in the round of 32 and finished 33rd , good for $2,000. Joe Ciccone of Buffalo did not make the first cut and finished 76th after 18 games of qualifying.
Next week's PBA Great Lakes Classic in Wyoming, Mich., is the final standard event on the Denny's Tour schedule. The season ends with the Tournament of Champions in Uncasville, Conn.
* The Rochester All-Stars, who include Traci Spanitz and Team USA Member Shannon O'Keefe, bowled a 3,610 series, including a 1,242 game. The USBC record was 3,600. The New York state record of 3,552 was set in 1999 by Sue & Company of Tonawanda. Spanitz led the effort with a 769 series.
Entries close next Saturday for the 34th GBUSBC Stan Kowalski Senior Singles Championship at AMF Rose Bowl in West Seneca.
* The Erie Community College men's and women's teams are entered in the Intercollegiate Bowling sectionals in Allentown, Pa. this weekend. The Canisius men's team is bowling in the regional in Chatttanooga, Tenn. Sectional competitors are vying for places in the IBC championships next month in Rockford, Ill.
* The 64th Tonawandas USBC City Championship will be May 1-20 at Manor II.
* Glenn Carlson, the coach at Fresno State, is the 2006 winner of the USBC Kerm Helmer Horizon Award named after the late ECC coach. The award was first awarded to Helmer posthumously in 2004. It awards "efforts to expand opportunity for young bowlers."