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Bowling: Eric Maundrell wins Tri-Cities Masters championship

Eric Maundrell of Buffalo defeated two-time former champion Pat Brick, 412-363, in the two-game total pinfall final match to win his first Tri-City Masters championship and collect the $1,000 first prize last Sunday at Manor Lanes. Brick received $625 for second place.

Matt Zasowski led the six-game qualifier the day before the final of the 28th edition of the Tri-City.

A field of 66 bowled, including 29 from the Tonawandas USBC Association, 15 from Niagara Falls and four from Lockport. There were 18 entrants from outside the three sponsoring organizatinos.

Maundrell edged Mike Hanes, a former winner and six-time runner-up, 358-354, in one semifinal. Brick defeated Dan Eberl, 417-358, in the other.

Jason Ciliberto was the top finisher from the Lockport Association and Harold Chapman Jr. was the top finisher from the Niagara Falls Association.

Next year's tournament will be hosted by Niagara Falls Feb. 8-9, 2020.

High school record set

Ashley Cicciarelli, a junior from Union-Endicott High near Binghamton, set a national record for high school girls with an 854 series during the Section IV Class A championships. Her series included a perfect game.

The previous record is believed to be 831  set in December 2017 by Elena Carr, then a freshman at Hilton High in Section V.

The U.S. High School Bowling Foundation has recognized Cicciarelli's total and she is now eligible for the U.S. High School Bowling National Championships, June 23-24 in Indianapolis.

Cicciarelli is expected to compete in the New York State High School Athletic Association championships March 9 at Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Syracuse.

The Orchard Park boys and girls teams, the Dunkirk girls team and the Tonawanda boys team along with the All-Section boys and girls teams will represent Section VI at states.

PBA ratings rise

The PBA Players Championship airs Sunday at 1 p.m. on FS1 from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Ohio before

According to Fox, ratings continue to surge in its first year as the television partner of the PBA Tour. Fox said ratings for last Sunday's PBA Tournament of Champions final were up 75 percent over last year's final, according to Neilsen Media Research.

An audience of 1.131 million tuned in, Neilsen said. That makes it the most-watched bowling telecast since 2010 with the exception of telecasts that aired adjacent to NFL coverage.

Fox succeeded ESPN as the PBA Tour's broadcast home this year. The Tour was shown on ABC for 36 years starting in 1962 and then on ESPN for 38 years, beginning with the network's inception in 1979.

News Sports reporter Milt Northrup contributed to this report.


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