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Tournaments and titles on the line

It's that championship season.

The Greater Buffalo USBC City and Women's Championships and the Tonawandas USBC Association got under way this week at AMF Thruway Lanes and Manor Lanes and there are four tournaments in progress on the state level.

The Buffalo City and Women's Tournament had the traditional opening ceremonies on Tuesday night at AMF Thruway Lanes. The first night is reserved for teams and there was the usual full house at the Walden Avenue facility to get things started.

Among the bowlers on hand was PBA Tour pro Brad Angelo. After three nights, Angelo was the scratch leader in combine (singles and doubles) with 1,330 and all-events with 1,957.

The scratch leaders in the women's championship were Susan Brownell with 1,048 in combine and Judith Tarapacki with 1,161 in all-events. Tarapacki is also the all-events handicap leader with 2,174.

The tournaments' two-week run will end next Saturday.

Manor Lanes is the site for the 70th Annual Tonawandas City Tournament, which began on Monday and will run through next Friday (May 11).

This will be the biggest weekend of all for New York State USBC events with tournaments in Glens Falls, Binghamton and the Syracuse area.

The fourth of five weekends of competition in the 76th State Women's Championships are going on at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

Sue Nawojski of Buffalo finished with a 299 game two weeks ago to spark her Bowler's Choice Pro Shop team to a 2,654 total (four bowlers) and into the lead in the Team Scratch division. Nawojski's series was 733.

The final weekend of the State Open Championships is taking place at Spare Time in South Glens Falls. AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Brewerton, just north of Syracuse is the site of the state Adult/Junior Doubles championship, which began Friday night and will wind up Sunday afternoon. The same venue will host the 43rd annual State Youth Team Championship finals today.


Honors for Mary Chase

Mary Chase of Buffalo will receive the Service to Youth Award at the New York State USBC Hall of Fame and Awards dinner on June 9 at the DoubleTree (formerly the Wyndham) in East Syracuse.

Chase, the manager of AMF Thruway Lanes, is the New York State USBC Youth Committee Region I tournament manager and longtime supporter of youth bowling in Western New York. She has been involved with youth bowling for four decades, serving in leadership capacities for the Young American Bowling Alliance and New York State USBC Youth Bowling Association. She has been instrumental in the success of the Youth Leaders program in our region, and also has led the way for numerous youth tournaments in the Buffalo area, including the NYS Youth Team Championships, Festival of Light, Martin Luther King Jr. and Roy Somers tournaments.

Thruway has been the annual venue for the Section VI boys and girls bowling championships.

Tickets for the dinner are $35 per person and can be obtained by contacting Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at (585) 343-3736 or by email at Deadline to purchase tickets is May 25.


Filarecki wins NY Queens

Holly Filarecki of Cheektowaga won the New York State Queens Open Division Championship at Sunset Lanes in Kirkwood. The victory was worth $1,000. Filarecki defeated Rebecca O'Donnell of Auburn, 203-178, in the title match.

Saramarie Bukas of Blasdell was the runner-up to Cathy Oakes of Stormville (Westchester County) in the Queens Classified Division. Oakes earned $650 for her 213-156 victory over Bukas.


Vegas consolation prizes

Both local entrants to the AMF National In-League Tournament in Las Vegas last weekend fell short of the championship rounds. David Burt of Lancaster was eliminated in Round 2 of the Open Division while Anthony DiCenzo of Buffalo just missed advancing to the second round of the Class C.

Burt finished third with a four-game total 62 pins over his 200 average in the first round but was 12th in the second round with a 572 for three games, 28 under average.

DiCenzo finished 17th -- the top 16 advanced -- with a four-game total of 737, 37 over average.

Both bowlers left with a consolation prize -- $500 and $250, respectively.