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Bowling: Racsumberger wins WNY Queens title

Carrie Racsumberger joined some select company when she won the Western New York Queens Tournament last Sunday at Transit Lanes in Williamsville, and she did it with a impressive string of games in the stepladder finals.
 Racsumberger defeated top qualifier and defending champion Kristina Szczerbinski, 266-227, in the championship match to win the Queens tiara and $380 top prize.
Racsumberg had to defeat former champion Michelle Sterner, 245-192, to reach the final. Sterner trumphed over Connie McMillan, 232-182, and Shannon Chepelsky, 214-206, before she faced Szczerbinski.
Szczerbinski shot 986 in the four-game qualifying round.
It was the first Queens title for Racsumberger, a 216 average bowler last season in the very competitive Bowlers Choice 4-Man League at Transit. She bowled a 763 series in the same league earlier this season and in January 2016 shot a 299-821 series in the Alzena Wright Classic Doubles League at Classic Lanes. Racsumberger had come close to a Queens title before. She lost to Michelle Sterner, 236-191, in the championship match and two years ago lost the semifinal match to eventual winner Liz Johnson.
 In the Queens Division 2 for bowlers with averages between 180 and 199, Britney Grey climbed from the No. 4 spot in the stepladder with some impressive scores. First she defeated Julie Miller 204-171, then Kelly Mann, 210-168 and Orchard Park High star Danielle Milo, 190-189. In the championship match, Grey defeated top qualifier, Katie Knapp,205-141.
 Knapp led qualifying with an 876.
The Queens Division 3 winner was Kelly Cycon, who defeated top qualifier Crystal Lovines, 165-157, in the championship match. Lovines had qualified with a 762.
The Greater Buffalo USBC was the host of this year's Queens which is staged on a rotating basis by the Tonawandas, Lockport, Niagara Falls, and Dunkirk Lakeshore associations.

 WNY pros off to Columbus

Western New York's four bowler contingent will be off to Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl in Ohio for the Barbasol Players Championship starting Tuesday. Ryan Ciminelli, Brad Angelo, Liz Johnson and John Szczerbinski are entered in the event which is the first of three Tour majors scheduled in February.

The full field will bowl 24 qualifying games, eight each day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The round of 24 and Round of 16 will be held Friday to determine the five-bowler stepladder final which will be televised live on Feb. 11 (ESPN, 1 p.m.).

Live competition on TV is rare these days, but the PBA obviously is pleased with gains it is making in viewership.
The organization this week announced significant gains in its series of PBA World Series of Bowling telecast in December. Most were taped showing of competition held earlier that month.

The biggest boost came on Christmas Day when there were more than one million viewers for the PBA Scorpion Championship. The audience was the largest for a PBA event on ESPN in two years, according to the PBA. The six telecasts of the World Series enjoyed a 15 percent increase in viewership.

The PBA also reported gains on its other platforms, such as Xtra Frame, its digital streaming service, its website and its YouTube Channel as well as social media.

Pepsi team wins youth tourney

The Pepsi Travel from the Town of Tonawanda won the Scratch Division title last month in the 30th Annual Greater Buffalo USBC Association Youth Team Championship at Kenmore Lanes. Michael Weber, Dylan Greenauer, Ryan Reese and Dominic Germano comprised the winning team. Pepsi Travel bowled 2,493, which averages out to 623 per bowler (208 average).

The  B Division handicap winners were the Strikers NO. 4  team from West Seneca. Spencer Guise, Dylan Ambrosio, Carson Guise and Tanner Ambrosio teamed up for a 2,758. Abbott No. 2 won the C Division handicap as Alexa Wynn, Jenna Angle, Paige Angle and Emma Gordon bowled 2,693.

Each bowler on the championship team in the scratch and B Division received a $75 scholarship, and each bowler on the winning C Division team and the runner-up team in the B Division received $50 scholarship award.

Last month, 70-year-old John Buchanan III of Evansville, Ind. became the oldest bowler in USBC history to record a 900 series.

Pin chasers

X-It wasn't a perfect series, but on Jan. 19, 80-year-old Charlie Gfeller, a retired sheet metal worker from Rochester, bowled an 868 series, 33 of a possible 36 strikes in a league match at Domm's Bowling Center. The Rochester USBC Hall of Famer bowled games of 299-279-290. He left two 4-pins and the 6-10. His previous high series was an 836. According to the USBC, the oldest bowler to achieve an 800 series was 84-year-old Chuch Foudray of Green Bay, Wis., in 2015.

X-The Greater Buffalo USBC Association is still accepting reservations for three tournaments,  the Me & Mine at Broadway Sports Center (Feb. 11-12, 18-19, the Stan Kowalski Senior Open at AMF Airport Lanes (April 22-23, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day) and the City Tournament at AMF Lancaster Lanes (April 25 through May 13). The 3 p.m. squads for the Me & Mine at sold out for both Saturdays, Feb. 11 and 18. Available times on Feb. 12 and 19 are 12:30, 3 and 6 p.m.

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