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Bowling: State women's tournament here is April 8

Entries closed on Friday for the 81st New York State Women’s Championships, which will get underway on April 8 at the Tonawanda Bowling Center.

As of early this week, 402 teams have signed up to participate in the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events. Competition is scheduled for April 8-9, 21-23, 28-30, May 5-7 and 19-21. No competition is scheduled Easter weekend and Mother’s Day weekend.

Entries will close on Wednesday for the 46th New York State Queens Tournament at the Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls on April 22.
Ninety-six paid entries have been received thus far for the Queens. The 1 p.m. squad is fully subscribed but there are plenty of openings for the 9:30 a.m. squad.

The field is limited to 150 bowlers – with a maximum of 75 bowlers on each squad. Squads will be assigned on a first-paid, first-served basis.
Shannon Sellens of Long Island has won the Open Division for three straight years.

Dolan tops Oliver

Canadian Art Oliver Jr.’s two-tournament run on the Greater Buffalo Bowlers Tour ended, just barely, last Sunday at Abbott Lanes.
Tony Dolan defeated Oliver Jr., 203-197, in the championship match.

Dolan advanced through the bracket with victories over Dan Melidona (237-167), Michael Manley (246-159) and Steve Dorobiala (246-161).

Oliver got to the title match by defeating John Masiello (232-208), Matt Zachowicz (232-208) and Chad Mee (203-178).

The Tour is off this week but has a busy schedule ahead leading up to the Tournament of Champions on May 14.

Action picks up on April 2 at Brad Angelo Lanes, Lockport, then moves on to Bowl-O-Drome Lanes in Niagara Falls on April 9, Island Lanes April 23, Broadway Sports Center on April 23 and Spare Time Bowling on May 7.

More TV dates

The CBS Sports Network will televise live 23 events in the coming months, including four major events of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association, the U.S. Women’s Open and PWBA Tour championships as well as the U.S. Open.

The national television schedule will kick off May 2 with the Intercollegiate Singles Championships, and CBS Sports Network will televise at least one bowling show each week through the PWBA Tour Championships on Sept. 6.

In between, there will be 13 shows from the PWBA Tour, the finals of the Intercollegiate Team Championships, and the title matches of the Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, and the USA Bowling National Championships presented by Sixlets.

Pin chasers

• The Erie Community College men’s team finished 14th among teams in the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships sectional qualifier earlier this month in Allentown, Pa. Webber International led the qualifier with 13,172.

Top individual in the sectional was Andrew Kopec of Cayuga Community College who shot 1,409 (234.8 average). Kopec is a freshman from Auburn High. He was one of five bowlers from the Allentown Sectional to qualify for the nationals in May in Baton Rouge, La.

Kopec finished third in the State Public Schools Championships last March at AMF Airport Lanes.

Haley Carroll (Williamsville South) of St. Francis (Pa.) finished 43rd with 1,081 for her six-game block in the Intercollegiate Singles Championship sectional qualifier in Allentown.

• The New York State Bowling Association announced the addition of the first New York State Senior Matches Championship, a scratch singles tournament with a first prize of $1,200 (based on at least 80 entries) on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

It comes after the 37th State Women’s Senior Singles Championship Aug. 11-13 and 18-20 at East Greenbush Bowling Center and the 39th State Senior Open on Oct. 14-15 and 21-22 at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool.

Tournament sponsor is Bethmann Russell Financial Services in Syracuse, along with Brunswick, MOTIV, Storm and Columbia 300. The format features two four-game qualifying rounds, followed by the top 16 competing in a single-elimination, two-game match play finals. The top 16 will include a guaranteed spot for a 60-and-over bowler, unless a 60-and-over bowler makes the cut outright. The entry fee is $65.

Spare Time in Latham will host a 2017 Teen Masters scratch singles tournament on April 22-23. The event serves as a qualifier for the Teen Masters national championship event in early July in Mechanicsville, Va.

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