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Bowling: Pettinella will be missed as NYS association leader

Association manager Mike Pettinella of Batavia, who stepped in 10 years ago and restored credibility to a statewide bowling organization, announced recently that he has resigned as the manager of the New York State USBC Association effective next Sept. 30.
The New York State USBC is now accepting resumes for the position.
Regardless who eventually is hired for the position, the departure of Pettinella is not good news. He, more than any other individual, deserves credit for bringing a new era to the state bowling scene after the USBC revoked the charter of the former New York State Bowling Association. The revocation came after $274,000 was embezzled from that organization.
A new Empire State USBC Association was formed in 2009 and Pettinella was elected president, then hired as manager. He proceeded to bring new energy, new ideas and most of all institutional responsibility to the organization. The new New York State USBC Association was formed when the Empire State was merged with the state women's and youth associations.
When the new Empire State association was organized Pettinella expressed these thoughts:
 "Our top priority is to solidify our financial position," Pettinella said. "Then, with the help of USBC national, we want to develop a systematic way to communicate with our membership, possibly through an e-mail newsletter.
"Moving forward, I am confident in the abilities of our new board to raise the level of customer service and promotion of the sport to all bowlers in New York."
With dedication and work, Pettinella achieved those goals and helped the state bowling organization emerge from its darkest hour, better and more united than ever.
Pettinella has for many years written a weekly column and covered bowling local and regional bowling for the Batavia News. He has been an avid follower of bowling through out the Western portion of the state in addition to administering the NYSUSBC and is several tournaments and other activities such as its scholarship awards.
Officials of local USBC associations here were active in the formation of the new statewide bowling organization, which not only restored the good name but also financial stability to the association.
Beth O'Brien and Bob Snyder of the Greater Buffalo USBC Association are active now as tournament directors in the state group.
A job description and information on sending resumes and cover letters is available on the organization's website, Resumes will be received by NYSUSBC president Roger Buckman by Feb. 15, 2020.
More USBC HOF members elected
Several weeks ago the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame announced the election of Niagara Falls native Patrick Healey and former WNYer bowling officer Jim Zebehazy to its 2020 Class.
This week Marianne DiRupo of Succasunna, N.J. and Patrick Allen of Garfield, N.J. were elected in the Superb Performance category, completing the 2020 class.  DiRupo and Allen were on a ballot of six men and two women voted on by a national panel of USBC Hall of Fame members, veteran bowling writers and USBC board members. Though each fell short of the required 70 percent of the votes cast, the Hall of Fame Committee selected the two candidate for induction.
The men’s national ballot also included Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan.; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Randy Pedersen of Orlando, Fla; Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, and Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas.
The women’s national ballot also had Tammy Turner of West Palm Beach, Fla.
DiRupo, 52, joined the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour in 1992 and was the rookie of the year that season. She won the first of her eight career titles at the 1993 Ebonite Three Rivers Open at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh.
She won the first of her three major titles at the 1997 Hammer Players Championship in Rockford, Ill., beating Wendy Macpherson in the title match. She also won the Miller High Life National Players Championship in 2002 and the USBC Queens in 2004.
Allen, 49, is the owner of 13 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) titles.
He captured his first PBA title at the 2001 Greater Detroit Open, winning in his first TV appearance. He had multiple wins in 2005, 2007 and 2009, and earned his second major title at the 2009 H&R Block Tournament of Champions.
The 13 titles in the 2000s tied Allen with Parker Bohn III for most PBA Tour victories by a left-hander.
Pin chasers
-- For the third consecutive season, Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky earned a USBC National High Average and High Series Award after posting the highest women’s average for the 2018-2019 season. Now in her first season as assistant coach at the University of Nebraska, Pluhowsky, posted a 247 average over 78 games in the Inland Owls League at Capri Lanes in Columbus, Ohio.
The 19-time Team USA member, who competes on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, set a record with a 250.7 average in taking the National High Average Award in 2017-2018 and also led the nation for the 2016-2017 season with a 241 average. She earned her first high average award in the 2013-2014 season and was the Sport high average winner in 2008-2009.
Greg McDaniel, 52, of Kimball, Nebraska, took the men’s USBC National High Average Award with a 253 average in the Kim-Bowl Scratch Trio league at Kim Bowl.
Kevin McCune of Munster, Ind., and Kiearra Saldi of Taylor, Pa., earned the Youth Male and Youth Female USBC National High Average Award winners, respectively, for the 2018-2019 season. McCune, 20, posted a 248 average in the Juniors league at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill. Saldi, a freshman on the Duquesne University women's team, had a 221 average in the All Stars league at Idle Hours North in Scranton, Pa.
Stephanie Zavala, 23, of Downey, Calif., put together games of 279, 300 and 280 for an 859 high series. Jonathan Wilbur of North Clarendon, Vt., and Jeremy Milito of Patchogue each bowled a perfect 900 set.
Ashley Cicciarelli, 17, of Endicott, earned the Youth Female high series of 854 in leading Union-Endicott High to the Section IV Class A title. Another New York State bowler, Anthony Hurlburt, 19, of Hoosick Falls rolled games of 287, 300 and 299 for an 886 series at the Bar-B-Q Recreation Center in Hoosick Falls.
-- Local bowlers know how it feels to see a favorite establishment lost either by a natural disaster, fire or a business decision. Think Thruway Lanes, Suburban, Sheridan, Amherst, Fairlanes, Roc-Mar, LeisureLand, Rose Bowl and others. The pain is doubled in Ticonderoga on the shore of Lake Champlain.
Only months after the community rallied and helped Adirondack Lanes in Ticonderoga to be rebuilt, the historic center was destroyed by fire last Sunday. Adirondack Lanes was closed last January after melting snow on the roof flooded the lanes. The roof was ruined and lanes were damaged.
Adirondack Lanes dated back to 1906 and was in the hands of the Gijanto family since 1955.##
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