When the United States Bowling Congress finished compiling the outstanding performances by individual and teams for 2016, four Western New York teams ended up among the year's high scorers in single-game performances.
Two Niagara Falls teams posted some high scores among four-man teams. Topping them all was Precision Siding & Roofing, which scored a 1,074 on Nov. 9. The lineup included David Colangelo (242), Norman McKenna (278), Richard Maslen (275) and Harold Chapman Jr. (279).
The Zajac Funeral Home team from Niagara Falls had the third-best game among four-man teams. David Zajac (300), Joshua Golba (241), Frank Zajac (211) and Matt Zajac (300) shot a 1,052 game on Nov. 4.
The team of Jason Ciliberto (298), Adam Jozwiak (279) and recent Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Fame inductee John Meczynski (248) shot an 825 game at Wimbledon Lanes in West Seneca on Oct. 29. That tied another local aggregation – Glenn Hauptman (246), Jeff Pohlman (279) and Joe Pohlman (300) shot an 825 at Classic Lanes on Nov. 12 – for the fourth highest three-man game bowled in USBC sanctioned leagues in the last year.
State women's field growing
The New York State USBC Association reports this week that 325 teams have already signed up for the 81st New York State Women's Championships next April and May at Tonawanda Bowling Center.
Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events tournaments are scheduled for April 8-9, 21-23, 28-30, May 5-7, 19-21.
Several squads are already full. They include: April 29, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.; April 30, 1 p.m.; May 20, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.; May 21, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
There are plenty of openings, however. Entries close on March 19.
The 46th New York State Queens Tournament will be in Niagara Falls.
Other state events include the 93rd New York State Open on four weekends in April and May at Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott and the 27th New York State Masters on March 4 at Farmingdale Lanes on Long Island. It carries a $2,500 first prize and paid entry to the 2018 USBC Masters.
PBA50 Tour to visit New York
Only one of the 14 tournaments on the PBA50 Tour in 2017 will be conducted in New York State, actually the entire Northeast for that matter.
The PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick will be held at Farmingdale Lanes.
The tour will kickoff with a PBA50 and PBA60 doubleheader at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., April 15-20. Lane Glo will host the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open April 15-17, to be followed immediately by the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open April 17-20.
PBA50 Tour events scheduled for the state of Indiana – Hammond in the Greater Chicago area, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Anderson.
Three named to PBA Hall
Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, were elected to the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame for superior performance. They will be inducted along with meritorious service honoree and former PBA Commissioner Mark Gerberich on Feb., 13, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.
Goebel is a 10-time PBA Tour champion who won his lone major in the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions in Overland Park, Kan., in 1998. Hoskins, PBA’s 1989 Rookie of the Year, also won 10 times, including Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players championships in 1997 and 1999. Scroggins won eight times, including majors in the 2005 Miller High Life USBC Masters in Milwaukee and the 2009 Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open in North Brunswick, N.J.
Busy holiday TV schedule
It won't be live, but there will be plenty of professional bowling on ESPN Sunday and during Christmas weekend.
The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII continues Sunday with the telecast of Cheetah Championship (ESPN, 1 p.m.) from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.
The finalists are Anthony Simonsen, Mike Wolfe, Darren Tange (who will make his first PBA television appearance) and B.J. Moore III.
The World Series will continue with three ESPN telecasts over Christmas weekend. The Chameleon Championship will air Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. followed by a Christmas doubleheader featuring the Scorpion Championship at 2:30 p.m. and the Shark Championship at 3:30 p.m.
E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., one of the professional bowling's young stars, defeated popular veteran Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 246-180, to win the PBA World Championship last Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in a live telecast – which is rare these days. The win was worth $60,000.
Tackett, PBA’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, won his first major championship and his fourth title of the 2016 season.
Smallwood first gained fame in 2009, when as an out-of-a-job auto worker he turned to pro bowling. He earned an exemption to bowl on the Tour and ended up winning the 2010 PBA World Championship and the $50,000 prize.
Kulick defends World title
Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., defended her title by winning the World Bowling Singles Championship at Doha, Qatar. She defeated 2016 Professional Women's Bowling Association Rookie of the Year, New Fui Fen of Singapore, 214-195. Kulick converted the 4-9 split in the ninth frame but left a pin in the 10th when she chopped the 6-10. She was saved when New left a 10-pin on her first ball in the 10th.
On the men's side, Denmark's Jesper Agerbo topped Malaysian left-hander Rafiq Ismail, 256-205, to claim the title.
Team USA's Chris Via, the leading qualifier through 12 games, finished seventh. Teammate John Janawicz bowed out in qualifying step.