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Milt Northrop’s Bowling: ‘Outsiders’ rise to the top in Tri-City Masters

Chuck Jagodzinski, one of the more active campaigners in Buffalo league bowling, averaged 222.5 in match play and won the 25th annual Tri-City Masters at Classic Lanes in the Town of Tonawanda last weekend.

Jagodzinski, of Lackawanna, who typically bowls more than 300 games a season in area leagues, is a former top qualifier (2005) for the Greater Buffalo USBC Association George A. Obenauer Masters, although he has never won the event.

This is the first year the Tri-City invited bowlers from other than the Tonawandas, Lockport and Niagara Falls associations to participate. Wouldn’t you know it: Two “outsiders,” Jagodzinski and Frank Porter of Bay City, Mich., met in the final two-game total pinfall match.

Porter was a story all by himself. He was the last match-play qualifier for the 24-bowler field. He shot 1,171 in the six-game qualifier, to make the field by just five pins. Then Porter went to work. He defeated No. 9 seed Brian Shaffer (Niagara Falls), 413-356. When the top eight qualifiers joined the field for the second round of match play, he topped Joe Burgio (Tonawandas), 407-406; No. 17 Jeff Walsh (Niagara Falls), 421-416, and No. 19 Tom Brady Jr. (Niagara Falls), 356-319, before meeting Jagodzinski in the final match.

Jagodzinski also had to go through four matches to get to the final after qualifying 13th with a 1,236 total, including a 258 game. He defeated No. 20 Rob Klinger (Niagara Falls), 385-346; No. 4 Dan Eberl (Tonawandas), 481-335; No. 12 Dan Antkowiak (GBUSBC) 441-416, and No. 2 Rich Maloney (Niagara Falls), 477-409.

Shawn McKee, another nonmember, led the qualifying with a 1,375 total, which included games of 254, 268 and 244. However, he was eliminated in his first match by Walsh, 370-362.

There were 61 entries in all. The victory was worth $700 for Jagodzinski. Porter earned $350.

ECC’s Voytovich leads

Dana Voytovich of Erie Community College held a 20-pin lead with an 1,807 pin total after nine games Friday in the National Junior College Athletic Association National Bowling Tournament at AMF Airport lanes. Voytovich (Cheektowaga) bowled the top singles score (676) and had 561 in doubles along with 570 pins in the first three games of the five-bowler team competition.

Bob Jones of Mohawk Valley CC is second with 1,787 pins.

Emily Notebaert, a freshman at Corning CC, leads women’s all-events by a 106 margin over Brianna Meyer of Suffolk CC. Notebaert topped singles with a 606, shot 612 in doubles on her way to a 1,796 total (199.6 average). Kasey Schulz is the top ECC scorer. She is in ninth place with 1,561 pins.

Michael Kissel (561) and John Kavanaugh (564) led Suffolk CC to the men’s team lead with 8,671 pins. ECC is fifth with 7,990.

In women’s team, Iowa Central Community shot a 936 high game on the way to a 7,634 to lead the women’s team scoring. ECC is fifth with 7,237.

Team competition winds up Saturday with three five-bowler team games and the Baker team rounds.

Guindon triumphs

Veteran Dave Guindon of West Seneca, a two-time Obenauer Masters champion and a Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Famer, captured the inaugural event of the new Greater Buffalo Bowlers Tour, defeating Canadian Jordan Klassen, 178-146, for the title and the $1,000 winner’s share at Broadway Sports Center last Sunday. There were 85 total entries, a promising start for the venture designed to give top local bowlers regular PBA-format tournament competition without having to travel out of state or hundreds of miles from home.

Guindon qualified 11th after shooting 884 in his four-game qualifying round that included a 258. He might have qualified higher if not for a 174 in his final game. On his way to the final, Guindon defeated No. 6 Justin Zimmerman, 187-141; No. 3 John Stobnicki, 224-215, and No. 15 Kristina Szczerbinski, 215-190.

Klassen qualified 12th with a 258-879. He defeated No. 5 Jacob Kent, 220-202; No. 13 Nate Johnson, 204-196, and No. 8 Chris Bardol, 214-190, before facing Guindon.

Steve Meyer of Rochester (276-996) led the qualifying.

The Tour’s next stop will be at The Edge on March 6.

Youth is served

The final show each month on Beat the Champ (WBBZ-TV) is a special event. Saturday’s competition will be the Charter School/Youth Challenge bowled at Kerns Avenue Bowling Center.

In Game One, Darian Gilmore Jr., a 9-year-old from Niagara Falls who attends the Kalfas Magnet School, will face Anthony Pringle, 10, of the King Charter Center in Buffalo. In Game Two, Zachary Griffin, 14, of Buffalo, who attends Tapestry Charter, will face Christopher McMillan, 18, of Buffalo, who attends Erie Community College.

Game Three will be a doubles match, Griffin and Gilmore versus McMillan and Pringle.

The Beat the Champ matches will be shown at 4 p.m. on Saturday and again at 11 p.m. Sunday night on WBBZ-TV.

The Week Seven results saw returning champion Brandon Korczykowski of East Amherst losing the first match to Moe Davidson Jr., of Buffalo, 204-160. Jeff Dio of Pendleton then knocked off Davidson, 211-193, only to fall to lefty John Palmer of Cheektowaga, 207-155. Mike Zarcone (Tonawanda) defeated Dio in the final match.

Zarcone returns to defend his championship in the first show in March. Challengers will be Palmer, Matt Zasowski of Kenmore, Tony Dolan of West Seneca, William Gearhart Jr. of Amherst, Myles Smith of Cheektowaga, John Masiello of Buffalo, Korczykowski, Chad Mee of Hamburg and Andrew Herbert of Eden.

The March shows were taped at Transit Lanes last week.

The next qualifying rounds are scheduled at Lucky Lanes, 10387 Bennett Road in Fredonia on at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 12, and at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. March 13. The Top 24 Roll-Off will be March 13 at 7 p.m.

Tryouts for a special “High School Challenge” edition of Beat the Champ will be at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. March 6 at Lucky Lanes or at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. March 20.

The taping of the Lucky Lanes shows will be at 10 a.m. March 23.