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Milt Northrop

Milt Northrop joined The Buffalo News in December 1967 as a copy editor in sports department. He has reported on the Braves, the Bills, the Sabres beat and bowling in the years since.


Bowling

Faced with an opponent who left hardly any openings, Jack Jurek made his own breaks Sunday in the championship round of the 56th George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Lancaster Lanes. Jurek, 56, became the oldest Masters winner by edging Mike Zarcone, 623-621, in a gripping final match to win the event for the first time since 1999. It was the first time the two …

Bowling

PBA Tour veteran Jack Jurek, a three-time runner-up including last year, will bid for his second title Sunday when he takes on Lockport’s Sean Dietz in the winners bracket final of the 56th annual George A Obenauer Masters at AMF Lancaster Lanes. Hard to believe, but Jurek has not won the Obenauer in this century. His lone title came in 1999 when he defeated another Tour …

Golf

When Marlene Davis tees off Thursday morning on the No. 10 hole at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., she will be on familiar ground. Sort of. Pine Needles is where the professional instructor at the Paddock Golf Dome earned the first and most important victory of her career in the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship in 1991.…

Boxing

Mikiah Kreps’ entourage was ready to celebrate Saturday night in Chattanooga, Tenn., but not the newly crowned National Golden Gloves 125-pound class Elite Women’s boxing champion. “After four days of fighting, all I wanted to do was get my rest,” the 22-year-old Niagara Falls boxer said Sunday by phone. She settled for a little pizza and wings after her split decision …

Bowling

Experience and age is said to be the best teacher. Except, perhaps, when it comes to the George A. Obenauer Masters bowling tournament, which will run this week at AMF Lancaster Lanes. The last two champions of one of the Greater Buffalo USBC Association's three signature events have been 21-year-olds who had just graduated from the University at Buffalo. Kevin Bienk…

It's not just tennis that keeps Tom LaPenna feeling young these days at age 76. It's bowling, too. Or, rather, a return to bowling. "I quit bowling 45 years ago, I've been back for three," LaPenna said the other day as he was wrapping up a tennis lesson he was giving at the Village Glen Tennis Center in Williamsville, which he used to own. Last weekend, LaPenna sh…

It's tournament season everywhere in bowling, it seems. The Greater Buffalo USBC Association Open and Women's Championship got under way Tuesday at AMF Airport Lanes. The USBC Women's Championship is ongoing at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., and the USBC Open has been running for more than a month. On the state level, after taking off Easter Weekend, competitio…

Sports

John Havlicek, who died at age 79 on Thursday, was one of Buffalo's all-time sports nemeses. The Boston Celtics Hall of Famer tormented the old Buffalo Braves from the first time he faced them to the end of his NBA career. Hondo's finale came on John Havlicek Day in Boston Garden on April 9, 1978, one day after his 38th birthday. The Celtics' opponent that day just h…

Colleges

CJ Massinburg played on the championship team and Nick Perkins had a successful tournament as the two former University at Buffalo standouts wrapped up their participation on Saturday in the 67th Portsmouth Invitational basketball tournament in Virginia. The PIT is a showcase for senior college players. Massinburg’s Portsmouth Partnership completed a 3-0 tournament showin…

School will be out for the summer soon, but on the first weekend in July, more than a hundred young bowlers will be in class at the Tonawanda Bowling Center. They will be there for the 19th edition of the Western New York State Junior Bowling Camp, one of oldest and best training grounds for bowlers from ages 8 to 22 to learn or improve their game. The camp is direct…

Medaille College's first appearance in the NCAA Women's Bowling Championship ended with a 2-0 loss to Arkansas State on Tuesday at the RollHouse Wickliffe in Wickliffe, Ohio. The Red Wolves won the traditional portion of the match, 960-899. Medaille was led by Ysobel Conrad (Olmsted) with a 227. Elizabeth Minnard shot 281. Arkansas State won the Baker Five Match, 95…

Sports

Two Western New Yorkers who made it to the National Football League, the first Buffalo-born player to sign an NHL contract and a legendary coach and prime mover in high school athletics are among the 13 individuals in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 announced Wednesday. The class includes five in the Legends category of deceased greats. Among them …

Bowling

After three runner-up finishes in major championships, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz. broke through by winning the United State Bowling Congress Masters on Monday at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The 24-year-old lefthander defeated another lefty, Mikel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., 228-196, to collect the $30,000 top prize. Butturff triumphed despite w…

Ernie DiGregorio, one of the most popular players in Buffalo Braves history, is among six former standouts who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 on Nov. 24 in Kansas City. DiGregorio, now 68, was a first team All-American in the 1972-73 season when he and teammate Marvin Barnes led the Providence College Friars to the NC…

Bowling

As an eighth-grader, James Swannie didn't make the Clarence High boys bowling team. So, he became the manager for coach Ken Duke's Red Devils. Undaunted, young Swannie worked after practices to improve his game under the instruction of coach Duke. As a freshman, Swannie made the varsity and averaged 165 in the Red Devils' ECIC North championship team. Swannie, now 15, …