While the George A. Obenauer Masters championship, Western New York's mostly men's marquee tournament, stretches over six days, the region's top women's bowling tournament crams all the competition and drama into one day.
The Western New York Queens Tournament will be packed with talent when it gets underway Sunday morning at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport.
The Queens' venue alternates among the Buffalo, Tonawanda, Niagara Falls and Lockport bowling associations.
A field of 100 bowlers is expected. The last time the tournament was at Allie Brandt, 77 bowlers were entered and Liz Johnson, the No. 3 qualifier, won the most recent of her six titles.
The tournament is competed in three divisions plus a youth championship.
Defending champion Julie Selk, who also won in 2014, is among seven former Division 1 winners in the field, joining Michelle Sterner (1999, 2004, 2011, 2012), Peggy Kuhn (2000), Sue Nawojski (1992, 2005), Sue Jezorski (1991, 2008), Kristina Szczerbinski (2016) and Carrie Racsumberger (2017).
Kendyll Jaskier, last year's Division 2 winner, is back as are five other former Division 2 champions: Jackie Kinyon (2002), Judy Langworthy (2004, 2006), Debra Ervin (2008, 2011), Sue Brownell (2010) and Ashley Gluszek (2013).
Kelly Cycon, the 2017 winner, is entered again in Division 3 as is former champions Sandy Snyder (2014) and Madelyn Jensen (2015).
There will be a four-game qualifier in each division to determine a five-bowler stepladder final.
Last year, Selk and Jessica Mamon tied for the top qualifier score with 966. Selk won a rolloff to determine the No. 1 seed.
Three of the Division 1 finalists last year were former winners. Sczerbinski defeated Racsumberger, 279-207, in the first stepladder match, then she defeated Sarah Germano, 226-189. Mamon defeated Szczerbinski in the semifinal, 237-225, but was overrun in the final by Selk, who was the Greater Buffalo USBC Association female Bowler of the Year for the second consecutive year. Selk won, 268-189.
Local pros cash in Lubbock
Both of the WNY pros entered, Brad Angelo of Lockport and Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, reached the cashiers' round of the PBA Lubbock Sports Open, which concludes Sunday (FS1, 3 p.m.).
Ciminelli barely made it, though. After Wednesday's first seven-game qualifying round, the former Erie Community College All-American stood in 63rd place among the 93 bowlers entered with a 1,375 total.
A 152 in his second game left him with a big hole to climb from.
That's just what Ciminelli did Thursday to earn the final place in the 24-bowler cashiers' round. He bowled games of 235, 248, 202, 213, 217, 212 and 243 for a 1,570 total (224.3 average) on the 42-foot Scorpion pattern.
Ciminelli made it to the cashiers' round by three pins, 2,945 to 2,942 over Richie Teece of England. Teece shot 292 in his final game while Ciminelli shot his 243.
But Ciminelli did not survive Friday morning's cashiers' round to determine the 16-bowlers match-play field. He shot 224, 204, 226, 234, 180, 199 and 181 and finished 20th.
Angelo was 12th after Friday morning's cashiers' round to reach match play. He had rounds of 1,500, 1,585 and 1,449 for 4,534. That included a high game of 237.
The Lubbock is unique in that qualifying is over two different oil patterns. Wednesday's first round was bowled on the 32-foot Wolf pattern. Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Ill., was the leader with 4,750 for 21 games (226.19 average) heading into match play.
The players who advanced to the cashiers' round had the added challenge of having to bowl on the Scorpion condition on the left lane and Wolf condition on the right. The stepladder finals will also feature the Scorpion pattern on the left lane and Wolf pattern on the right lane.
The college scene
Led by fourth-place finisher Colton Simonds and three other bowlers who finished in the top 11, the ECC men's team finished second to Suffolk CC in last weekend's Blue and Orange Classic in Carmel.
Simonds had a high game of 244 and 1,247 total, and averaged 207.83 for six games. Andrew Burckhalter of the Kats was right behind him with a 1,215 total and a high game of 243 and a 202.5 average.
ECC's Michael Costello shot 224-1,157 (190.33 average) for seventh place.
Dominic Germano of ECC shot 1,058 for five games to finish in 11th place and had the high average among the Kats, 211.6.
Ryan DiMaggio of Suffolk was the top individual with 1,521. Edward Aiken of host Westchester CC was second with 1,390. Suffolk's Vincent Delucia was third with 1,265.
Last Sunday's scheduled Westchester Invitational was canceled because of weather.
Medaille's women's team ended up with a 4-9 record in three days of competition in the Kutztown Invitational last weekend in Limerick, Pa.
The Mavericks defeated LIU-Brooklyn, Morgan State, Howard and Chestnut Hill in the tournament, which featured some top collegiate teams, including Vanderbilt, Sam Houston State and Fairleigh Dickinson. Morgan Walsh (Maryvale) led Medaille with a 21.78 Baker frame average. One of the Mavs' losses was to Haley Carroll (Williamsville South) and Saint Francis (Pa.), which finished 13th.
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