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Bowling: Many winners on state, local level

tate and local tournament competition has been under way for the last month or so and more is on the way this weekend and next.

Terri Hearn, Janice Schaeffer and Cathering Bigaj won championships in the Greater Buffalo USBC Association’s Senior Women’s Singles Championship early last month at Abbott Bowling Center.

Hearn’s 741 topped the Class A division for bowlers 70 and over. Schaeffer totaled 738 for the Class B (60-69) crown and Catherine Bigaj’s 800 won Class C (50-59).

Wimbledon Lanes in West Seneca hosted the GBUSBC’s 50th annual Family Tournament the same weekend.

Everett Nichols (youth) and Chris Gable of Lackawanna teamed up to win the Adult/Youth Doubles Handicap with a 1,450 total.

That was 26 pins better than Alyssa Maclefko and Joe Hannon of Cheektowaga at 1,424. Lane Marlatt of Williamsville, teamed with GBUSBCA Hall of Famer
Mike Zarcone, were next with 1,402.

Nicholas and Michael Pusatier of Grand Island won the Adult/Child division with 1,470. That was just one pin better than the 1,469 total of Riley and Robert Brotz of Lackawanna. Alexander and James Kuebler of Lackawanna were next with 1,420.

Elliott and Amy Simonsen of Hamburg won the Mother/Child Handicap with 1,327. Emma and Laura Clabeaux of Orchard Park were next only two pins back at 1,325. Aria Ferloin and Keira McCarthy of Williamsville took third with 1,289.

The GBUSBCA will hold its annual League Offices Tournament today and Sunday
at Kerns Avenue Bowling Center
in Buffalo.

Broadway Sports Center will be the venue for the 31st annual GBUSBCA Youth Championship.

There will be three divisions, Scratch, Class B (481-680) and Class B (under 480). Squads will be at noon next Saturday and noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Textor wins Sr. Masters

The New York State USBC Association held its inaugural State Senior Masters Championship at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. Ray Textor of the Jamestown Area USBC defeated Sam Ventura of Norwich, 406-398, in the championship match and collected the $1,400 top prize. Textor, 59, bowled 288 and 218 in the two-game match to top Ventura’s 172-226. Ventura is a regular on the PBA50 Tour.

High qualifier in the State Seniors was Pat Brick of the Town of Tonawanda with a four-game total of 964. Brick was eliminated in the third round of the eliminator style playoffs. Textor qualified fourth with 918 and shot 439 and 404 in subsequent rounds of eliminators. John Masiello of Buffalo qualified seventh with 883. Masiello was eliminated in the second round.

Ventura was first and Textor fourth in the 55-59 age group in the State Open Senior Championships in Liverpool previously.

A major early season event, the Maryvale Boosters Tournament at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga will be held Monday starting at 3 p.m.

Tonawanda is the defending champion in both the boys and girls divisions.

Nick Rallo of Canisius shot 724 to lead the boys with Ryan Reese of Cardinal O’Hara, who shot 708. Marina McClure of Tonawanda led the girls with a 632 series.

The New York State USBC directors, in an effort to increase tournament participation across the board, approved a two-division format for the State Open Championships next April and May at Patel’s Kingston Lanes.

The divisional format will be: Team – Division 1, 1001 & over (1,100 plus bowl scratch), Division 2 - 1000 & under; Doubles – Division 1, 401 & over (440-plus bowl scratch); Division 2, 400 & under; Singles – Division 1, 201 & over (220-plus bowl scratch); Division 2, 200 & under.

Live on CBSSN ...

Much of the PBA Tour events coming up this month are taped but there will be some live events in the 2017-18 season on the CBS Sports Network, which remains the home of major events of the United States Bowling Congress.

Four major women’s bowling events will be among those shown live – the 2018 U.S. Open, the Professonal Women’s Bowling Association USBC Queens, U.S. Women’s Open and PWBA Tour championship. Also the finals of three PWBA standard events will be shown live.

There will be taped showings of collegiate and youth championships, including the Junior Gold championships.


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