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New foursome could challenge bowling’s ‘Dream Team’

You can call the lineup of Liz Johnson, Sue Jeziorski, Sue Nawojski and Michele Sterner the “Dream Team” after they formed the core of so many City Open, City Women’s and even national championship teams.

Is there now a new combine coming along that perhaps could rival the “Dream Team?”

Last weekend in Rochester the Selk Insurance Team from Buffalo shot a four-player total of 2,802 to take the lead in the 80th New York State Women’s Championship.

The team event is taking place at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes while Bowl-A-Roll Lanes is home for the doubles and singles.

Marion Singleton’s 748 and Kristina Szczerbinski’s 279-715 led the Selk team. Carrie Racsumberg shot 681 while Julie Selk had a 659.

The NYS Women’s Championships will run on weekend dates through May 15.

Western New York will be well represented in the 45th New York State Queens Tournament on Saturday at AMF Empire Lanes in Webster. Of the 101 entries in the Open Division, 16 are from the Buffalo area.

Another 30 bowlers have signed up for the Classified Division. Four are from Buffalo.

In other statewide competition, the 92nd Annual New York State Open Championship Tournament gets under way Saturday and Sunday at Pin O Rama Lanes in Utica. The Utica Bowling Association and Pin-O-Rama are the host sponsors.

The State Open will continue April 23-24, April 30-May 1 and May 13-15. No bowling will take place on Mother’s Day weekend.

Hannon has stellar year

Perhaps the most competitive and spirited collegiate women’s bowling competition in the nation takes place in the Northeast Conference, where the schools take the sport very seriously.

Sacred Heart University of Fairfield, Conn., won this season’s NEC championship. Defending-champion Fairleigh Dickinson, with Melanie Hannon – the former Maryvale High School standout in the lineup – was tripped up in the qualifying rounds by losses to Caldwell and St. Francis of Brooklyn.

Still, it was a season of accomplishment for Hannon. She was named second-team All-America by the National Ten Pin Coaches Association along with teammate Nicolette Sarin. They also were first-team all-conference.

Hannon was a first-team selection two years ago.

Hannon and Sarin were one and two on the Knights in frame average for the season, which includes Baker frames. Hannon led the team with a 20.31 average and Sarin had a 20.07 clip on the season. Sarin had a team-best 204.28 average in traditional games on the season. Hannon was second at 202.96.

It was also a season of accomplishment at FDU for freshman Morgan Walsh of Cheektowaga.

Walsh finished her season on a strong note and was named to the Northeast Conference All-Rookie team after she posted an 18.98 frame average and a 195.17 overall average including a high game of 256 at Monmouth. She filled 77 percent of her frames and her 48.6 strike percentage was third on the team

Fairleigh Dickinson recruited Walsh after she impressed the coaching staff with her performance at the USBC College Bowling Combine in Arlington, Texas.

Pin chasers

• From the “They Grow So Old So Fast Dept.”: Only two years ago Wesley Low Jr., a slightly built two-hander stylist who delivers from the left side, was dueling Tylor Green, a strapping youngster from Michigan for the 20U Boys final of the Junior Gold championship at AMF Airport Lanes. Low lost that final, but now he is beating the pros and other comers on the PBA Regional Tour.

Last weekend, Low of Palmdale, Calif., posted a 12-4 match-play record and a 24-game total of 5,597 pins to win the PBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in California.

Low, who turns 19 on April 27 (coincidentally the late Earl Anthony’s birthday), won his third PBA West Region event as a non-member, but he does not receive credit for a PBA title. The Wichita State University freshman’s $2,500 first prize goes to his SMART scholarship account.

• Just to show that Buffalo is ahead of the times in bowling, the Greater Buffalo USBC Association completed the merger of the Buffalo Bowling Association, the Buffalo Women’s Bowling Association and the Erie County Suburban Women’s Bowling Association in 2005. It was only last week that the consolidation was completed of the new Rochester USBC Association, combining the former men’s, women’s and youth associations.

• Ryan Ciminelli’s victory in the PBA Maine Shootout last week has given him the early lead in the 10-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour points race for a $10,000 bonus.

Ciminelli earned 25 points. Runner-up Tommy Jones picked up 19. Final points position in an event are based on bowler averages for the event counting the top 20 pros.

Next is the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open April 23-24 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.

• Liz Johnson and Kristina Szczerbinski are entered in the opening tournament of the 14-event Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour. The Las Vegas Open starts April 29 in North Las Vegas, Nev.

• Bowling gets underway on Tuesday at Broadway Sports Center in Cheektowaga in the GBUSBC Open Championship and Women’s Championship tournaments. They will run through May 7.