Being the best bowler in Section VI when he was at Tonawanda High School wasn't the only ambition of Pete Maduri, it was being the best bowler in his own family.
His toughest competition as a teenager may have come from his sister, Gina, who was three years younger. A regular Lisa and Bart in high school, today they are a team as the Tonawanda boys and girls coaches. Pete is in his second year, Gina her first.
The pair first bowled together as kids at Delaware Lanes, Pete in a regular league, Gina in a bumper league.
"She used to bowl like an hour after we'd finish, and I'd go down to watch her, and she was still bowling on bumpers, and she had a full approach developed," said Pete. "She was seven and shot 230. I remember that being a higher game than I had ever shot, and I was like 10 at the time. From there, to be honest, it was almost like a jealously thing I was working so hard and it seemed to come so natural to her."
Pete's hard work would eventual pay off with two championships to show for his two trips to high school states. As a junior in 2003-2004 he was a member of the all-Section team that won the title by 600 pins. In his senior year in 2004-2005 he was the state's individual champion with a six-game series of 1,458. He bowled collegiately at Canisius.
Today, Pete, 24, is back at his alma mater teaching home instruction through the Tonawanda District for social studies and math. His Warriors are the defending Section VI Champions.
This year they are 7-0 in ECIC IV and winners of the Maryvale Tournament. Joe Zack, Brad Bender, Troy Davis, Jack Talebkhah and Eric Hockenberry are among the league leaders in average, high game and high series.
Pete said he found the transition into coaching pretty smooth, although keeping track of 16 kids is a lot tougher than he thought.
Gina is a 21-year-old 2008 Tonawanda graduate, who could easily be mistaken for a member of her team.
"I wanted to establish myself to be an authority figure, so I would be taken seriously since I'm really not that much older than the girls," said Gina. "When I was bowling [high school] I never thought about it [coaching], but last year when my brother was coaching, I watched him and felt like this was something I could really enjoy. I saw how he bonded with his boys, and I thought I would be really great with the girls."
Just like her brother, Gina had amazing success in high school qualifying for states in five of her six years. She went on to bowl for Erie Community College and today works security at JC Penney in the Galleria Mall.
Her Warriors are 6-1 in ECIC IV, two matches behind JFK (8-1). Kaitlin Daugherty and Hannah Mussell are ranked 2-3 in the division for high average.
With the Sectionals coming up next month, Pete and Gina won't have to look far for support.
"I'm looking out for her, and she is looking out for me, and that's kind of the way its been ever since [college]," said Pete. "The coaching is great because we're working as a team, I'm helping her out with things maybe her weaknesses and she's doing the same for me."