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WNYers land among leaders in USBC Open

The USBC Open Championships have been going on for three weeks now at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and names of the Western New York bowlers are starting to appear on the leaders board.

Two teams from the Southern Tier were in the top ten in the regular team division.

The Byllye Lanes team from Bradford, Pa., stood in ninth place after Thursday’s bowling with a 3,139 total. That was helped by a 1,143 third game after a 959 start.

The Byllyes, always among the early-bird entrants for the Open, are comprised of Paul Geiger of Hinsdale, Justin Feldman of Bradford, Pa., Jeremy Crist of Bemus Point, Jeffery Wadsworth of Lakeview. Wadsworth led the third-game assault with a 265. Geiger shot 238 and Crist 234.

Central Lanes of Salamanca was 15th with 3,099. The total included a 265 game by Joshua Volk of Jamestown. Geiger and Wadsworth teamed up for a 1,205 doubles score, good for fifth place.

Geiger was 33rd in individual all events with 1,938, which included a 673 in doubles.

Gary Preston of Buffalo was 60th in regular singles with 266-659 and 67th in regular all-events.

Terrence Blevins of Chicago shot a 300 on his way to a 783 to lead the regular singles. Father and son Russ and Dillon Meyer of Fargo, N.D., lead doubles with 1,318 despite a 157 game in the total. Curtis Odom of Coldwater, Mich., is the regular all-events leader with 2,078.

Jim Wangler Jr.’s family team, Cancer Can’t Kill Hope, from Depew made its annual trek to the Open and stood 37th among 149 teams in the regular standings. Jim Wangler III shot 637, Jeff Hart shot 630 and Jim Jr. shot 619.

For the sake of comparison, here are last year’s winning scores: team 3,538; 1,440 doubles; 759 singles and 2,228 all-events. The Open continues until early July.

The USBC Women’s Championships, also in Reno, will get underway on April 11.

Ciminelli, Johnson in Munich

Ryan Ciminelli and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga are bowling in the Brunswick Euro Challenge in the Munich, Germany, suburb of Unterfohring on the World Ten Pin Tour. The complicated format eventually will narrow an international field to eight bowlers for the match play finals on Sunday.

Joonas Jahr of Finland led qualifying with a 257.50 average and a 1,545 total.

Ciminelli totaled 1,375 in his squad for a 229.07 average. Liz’s total 1,437 included eight handicap pins per game.

Pin chasers

• No Western New York collegiate bowlers advanced in Intercollegiate team and singles regional qualifiers last weekend in Allentown, Pa.

The Canisius College men finished 15th among 19 teams with 10,758 pins for 64 games. The top four teams qualified for the ITC nationals. The ECC men were not entered as a team.

The Erie Community College women, NJCAA champions, were 11 among 15 teams with 11,539 for 64 games. Alicia Alguire of ECC was 21st in the individual standings with 1,172.

George Pierce Jr. of ECC shot 1,221 to finish 18th in the men’s singles qualifier. The top six qualified for the nationals.

Webber International of Babson Park, Fla., led both the men’s and women’s team scoring.

• The PBA announced Friday that its 2014 Summer Swing will be hosted by Grand Casino Resort in Shawnee, Okla., May 18-25. The multi-tournament event will include four tournaments plus a special Summer King of Swing event involving the four winners plus a wild-card player.

Five-bowler stepladder finals in the PBA Wolf, Bear and Badger tournaments will be bowled and taped for later showing on television on Saturday, May 24. The PBA Oklahoma Open stepladder finals and the Summer King of Swing finals will be held the next day.

Summer Swing shows will be televised by CBS Sports Network.