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Section VI tourneys rich with returnees

It could be deja vu all over again because several of last year's standouts will be back for next week's Section VI boys and girls tournaments at AMF Thruway Lanes.

The girls tournament at 9 a.m. Thursday and the boys competition at 9 a.m. on Friday at the Walden Avenue facility will bring the Western New York scholastic season to a climax. Individuals and teams will be competing for places in the state tournament, which will be at Gates Bowl in Rochester on March 7-8.

Kevin Alajko of Depew took individual honors in last year's sectional tournament with a 239.9 average. He will be back to defend his title. The well-balanced defending champion West Seneca East is one of the favorites in the team competition because the entire lineup is back from a year ago. East was second in the 2008 state tournament. Nick Morrissey, who had a 782 set in the state competition and was high bowler for the Trojans in the Section VI tournament, leads the West Seneca East team.

A new individual champion is assured in the girls' competition because Gina Maduri of champion Tonawanda has moved on to Erie Community College, but the Warriors, ECIC III champs again, have the rest of their team back and figure to be a contender for the Class B and overall sectional team titles once more.

Jacky Willy of Clarence, who was second to Maduri in individual scoring last year, is one of the top contenders for girls honors.

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Bowl for Cure set

A new scratch event has been added to the Bowl for the Cure/Strike Out Breast Cancer event at the Tonawanda Bowling Center from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 1.

"[The] scratch event is targeted towards the outstanding bowlers in the area being held in conjunction with the main bowling event," writes Fran Bax, chairman.
There will be one squad at 2 p.m. for the Scratch Shootout. Bowlers will throw three games across six lanes with a one-game roll-off to determine the champion. It is USBC certified. Entry is $40, which includes a $5 donation. Proceeds of the day will be divided between the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Team Cure and the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Other activities planned include a basket auction, raffles and bake sale. Bowling and food will be available. Donations and memorials will be accepted and volunteers are welcome. The event raised more than $1,000 last year.

For more information contact: Fran and Patti Bax (799-3640), Karen Baryza (867-1835) or tournament coordinator Bruce Harrison (807-1225).

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Pin chasers

*Led by Alyssa Neglia, Kim Wangler and Laura Mauger, the Medaille College team finished eighth among 24 teams at the Kutztown Golden Bears Invitational Tournament at Hiester Lanes in Reading, Pa. Mauger had games of 212 and 219, Neglia had a 201 and Wangler a 200. In the Baker match position round of the three-day event, Medaille lost to Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4-3. Delaware State had to go seven days to win the title match over Fairleigh Dickinson.

*Qualifying for the 18th Tri-City Masters Championship will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport. The top 24 scorers will advance to match play Sunday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m. Mike Mallwitz is the defending champion.

*Liz Johnson and Norm Duke were on their way to a 300 game (Baker format) in the championship match of the PBA Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship, which was shown on ESPN last Sunday. Then Duke faltered in the 10th frame and they had to settle for a 274 in their victory over Jennifer Petrick and Steve Harmon, who combined for a 180.

*Jerry Smith posted a 702 handicap series on the final squad to win his second Amateur Bowlers Tour title in the Super Bowl Sweeper at Town Edge. The ABT moves on to Voelker's this week for Classic and Masters Division events. Squads are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

*The USBC is holding a series of town hall meetings this month and in March. State and local association board and general members are invited to hear information on the direction of the sport and organization. Syracuse on March 1 is on the schedule of meetings. Specific times and locations will be available on bowl.com soon. Topics will include the USBC headquarters' move from Wisconsin to the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas; the future of youth bowling; new membership options; dues structuring; awards and USBC Board of Directors decisions.

e-mail: mnorthrop@buffnews.com

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