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Milt Northrop’s Bowling: Tourney updates, college signings and more

The near-the-end-of-season notebook is getting full so here’s a wide-ranging collection of bowling items:

• Carl Kinyon emerged as the winner of the last regular Beat the Champ show from Lucky Lanes in Fredonia. He will put his title on the line on April 30 against challengers Jeff Walsh, former pro and three-time Obenauer Masters winner Mike Hanes, and a returning champion, Matt Zasowski of Tonawanda. It’s the first of four shows taped this week at Manor Lanes II in Amherst.

It will be Zasowski’s third appearance on the series.

Kinyon triumphed over Mike Zarcone of the Town of Tonawanda, 235-204, in the final match from Lucky Lanes shown last week. That was after his 222-180 triumph over Ernest Hoover III of Wheatfield. Hoover knocked off Zasowski, 245-227.

Saturday’s Beat the Champ show from Lucky Lanes will be a special High School Challenge with Maddie Jensen, 17, of Orchard Park facing left-hander Nathan Piney, 13, of Cuba, Steven Krystofiak, 17, of Brocton and Parker Flis, 13, of West Seneca.

• Another top seed failed to make it to the championship round of the Greater Buffalo Bowlers Tour last Sunday at Kenmore Lanes.

Nate Johnson of Niagara Falls, who qualified eighth, won the Kenmore stop with a 233-190 triumph over Joe Ciachi of Toronto and joined Dave Guindon, Pete Zmozynski, Steve Dorobiala and Sam Capizzi Jr. of Rochester as winners on the Tour. Among Johnson’s victories was a 203-188 win over top qualifier Zmozynski in the quarterfinals. Johnson defeated former Obenauer Masters champion Pat Brick, 197-183, in one semifinal. Ciachi eliminated No. 2 qualifier Mike Mallwitz of Grand Island, 207-169, in the other.

• While on the subject of the Greater Buffalo Tour, organizer Charlie Zmozynski posted a challenge to bowlers, especially “house wonders,” to test their skill on a more challenging oil pattern in the final regular event of the Tour season. It will be May 1 at Mallwitz’s Island Lanes on Grand Island. According to Zmozynski, the composite average of 144 bowlers for the five Tour events so far is 181. Zmozynski suggests the Grand Island stop will be an opportunity to “sharpen your game just before the George A. Obenauer Masters.”

• Jennifer Kinyon, the bowling coach at Daemen College, landed her first recruit with the signing of Katie Good (Frontier) to a national letter of intent. Good helped Frontier to the 2015 Section VI Class AA championship. In her senior season she led all Section VI girls with a 203.1 average. She was an all-ECIC selection. Also she is a National Honor Society member. She will major in childhood education.

Daemen was 14-31 in 2015-16, its inaugural season, and participated in the East Coast Conference Tournament.

Another college commitment this week was the announcement that Sara Snyder, the 2015 New York State Queens Classified Division champion, has signed with Saint Francis (Pa.). Snyder bowled at Depew and was a member of the 2015 Section VI team for the NYSPHSAA tournament.

• PBA League quarterfinal matches, taped weeks ago in Portland, Maine, will be shown on ESPN at 1 p.m. Saturday. B.J.’s L.A.X will take on Barbasol Motown Muscle in the first Baker format match. PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte leads L.A. USBC Masters champion Anthony Simonsen is in the Motown lineup.

The second match will have Concrete Software Brooklyn Styles, managed by PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, meeting Dallas Strikers, managed by player-manager and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke.

Western New York pros Ryan Ciminelli, John Szcerbinski and Liz Johnson will be in action on the May 1 PBA League semifinal show. Sczerbinski of the GEICO New York City WTT Kingpins will face the Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland Lumberbacks with Ciminelli and Johnson in the lineup.

Ciminelli’s team defeated the Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 2-0, and the Lumberjacks topped the High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen, 2-0, in their best-of-two Baker quarterfinals matches.

• After two weeks of the New York State Women’s Championships in Rochester, Selk Insurance of Buffalo is second in the team division with 2,803. Edge Bowlers of Buffalo are fourth with 2,693.

The local team of Jessica Mamon and Krista Voelker-Burt stands second in doubles with 1,431, while Kathy Geissler and Holly Filarecki are fourth. Susan Bero and Stephanie Higbee of Jamestown lead the Classifed Doubles. Sue Jeziorski is seventh in singles with 735. Geissler is sixth in all-events with 2,103.

• Shannon Sellens of Copiague won her third straight New York State Queens championship last Saturday at AMF Empire Lanes in Rochester. Sellens defeated local favorite Traci Spanitz, 223-154, for the $1,150 winners’ prize. Spanitz was the No. 2 qualifier with 1,196 for five games.

Liz Johnson qualified third with 1,193 but was eliminated in the second round of match play, as were Kristina Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda and Sue Jeziorski of Buffalo. Other Western New York area match play qualifiers were Tammy Burgstahler, Heather Gould and Julie Selk. Gould of Lakewood defeated Johnson, 233-206, in the second round but lost to Sellens, 224-221.

• The Storm Tournament Singles event will go off as scheduled on Sunday at Brad Angelo Bowling Center in Lockport. The Friday doubles and Saturday team events were canceled. Angelo announced that the 42-foot Kegel AutoBahn pattern will be used. Squads are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

• The 24th annual Ray Bellet Senior Masters Tournament goes off Saturday (11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) and Sunday (noon) at Kenmore Lanes. Finals will follow the noon squad. Entry is $50. First place will be worth $500 based on 40 entries. Mike Slawsen was the 2015 winner.