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It's become a tradition on the Western New York high school bowling scene. The unofficial season opener for several years has been the annual Maryvale Boosters Tournament. It used to be held at the AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga. Thruway, of course, is gone and with it went a lot of local bowling history as a PBA Tour stop as well as the venue for national collegiate and…

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The high school bowling season is either about to get underway or in the case of Monsignor Martin girls already has begun, but high school bowlers also now have another way to develop their skills. The Western New York Teen Invitational League is in its first year and bowls weekly at Broadway Sports Center in Cheektowaga. The idea for a scratch singles league for hig…

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Usually a young bowler's interest in the game stems from a father or mother. It was the other way around for Patrick Healey Jr. His dad took up the game so he could play along with his young phenom at Bowl-o-Drome Lanes in Niagara Falls. "My parents were not bowlers. They started bowling only after I showed interest," Healey said. That was when he was 8 years old. "M…

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At first, we had only mild interest in the news that Barry Sparks, a freelance writer from York, Pa., had written a biography on Earl Anthony, who was a giant figure in that golden era of bowling when the sport was a weekly TV staple on ABC with Chris Schenkel at the mike. Buffalo was an annual stop on the PBA Tour in the 1970s and early '80s, but the perception was tha…

Mike Zarcone will be among the Bowler of the Year honorees in ceremonies prior to the Greater Buffalo USBC Association Kick-Off Tournament Thursday at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga. Nicole (Bongiovanni) Labombard will join Zarcone as the other adult bowler honoree, while youth winners Ryan Lent and Paige Bartosz also will receive their awards. It will be the sixth…

Alyssa Johnson of Clarence High is one of 10 USBC youth bowlers, five girls and five boys, named to the 2018-19 Dexter High School All-America team announced this week. In addition to being captain of the bowling team for three years and captain for two years in field hockey, the Lancaster resident, ranked third in her senior class at Clarence. She was a two-time All-We…

Medaille College's women's bowling team won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championshp on Sunday in Beaver Falls, Pa., and earned the AMCC's automatic to the NCAA championship, in Wickliffe, Ohio April 11-13. Medaille, an NCAA Division III member, will be facing mostly Division I opposition in the NCAA tournament. The complete NCAA field will be announced …