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Brad Angelo's best showing since 2017 in a pro bowling major tournament wasn't good enough to get him into Sunday's stepladder finals for the PBA Tournament of Champions at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio. Angelo was one of 24 who qualified for match play after three rounds of qualifying through Thursday. The Lockport pro was sixth in qualifying with a 1,325 total and…

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If you're nostalgic for the years of the Professional Bowlers Association Tour with Chris Schenkel and Nelson Burton, Jr., calling the shots for ABC Television, this week's PBA Tournament of Champions might satisfy your whim. The T of C will be back at historic AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, in suburban Akron, and two Western New York born pros, Ryan Ciminelli, form…

Ryan Ciminelli started with strikes in the first two frames then saw Sean Rash throw 10 straight strikes on his way to a 289 game and a victory over the Western New York native, who had 234, on Sunday in the championship match of the PBA Oklahoma Open at Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. As the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals, Ciminelli, now residing in Lan…

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 It can be a little nerve-wracking sitting on the qualifying lead for 13 games on a Professional Bowlers Association Tour event, but Ryan Ciminelli managed it Friday. Ciminelli moved into the qualifying lead with a 300 game against Kristopher Prater in the first round of matches on Friday, then won three of his next four matches to go 90 pins in front of Brad Miller in th…

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When George Barnes turned in his resume to the New York State USBC Association Hall of Fame committee two years ago, it totaled nine pages. And when he didn’t forward an updated version for consideration this year, he had pretty much given up on his chances of election. Surprise. “I was very surprised,” Barnes said Saturday of his reaction after he received the ph…

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Phyllis Notaro attracted national attention for her bowling, first for the 289 she shot in the 1952 Women’s International Bowling Congress championship in St. Louis and later when she was the runner-up to the great Marion Ladewig in the 1957 World Invitational Tournament in Chicago. Anybody who could challenge Ladewig, who some still insist is the greatest women’s bowle…

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It was a year when familiar names and faces made bowling news locally and nationally, and some new faces made their mark in 2019, too. Even though he won his first George A. Obenauer Masters in 1999, was runner-up in 1994 and led qualifying twice in the 1990s, Jack Jurek of Lackawanna had not won the premier local bowling event this century. In May, with his 86-year-…

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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 po…

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Perhaps if he were not foreign-born and bowled with the conventional style rather than the two-handed method, Jason Belmonte would have the popularity of others who have reigned over the Professional Bowlers Association Tour since its founding in 1959. He could be the equal of Earl Anthony, Walter Ray Williams, Mark Roth, Marshall Holman, Dick and Pete Weber and Don Carter…

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Two years ago, teacher and coach Beth Brawn-Celotto asked Zach Kilga if she could speak to him in the hallway outside a special education classroom at Clarence High School. In as gentle a fashion as possible, Brawn-Celotto told Kilga his age would soon make him ineligible for the Unified basketball and bowling teams at Clarence. Kilga, hearing the news, began to cry. Wh…

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The state Board of Regents voted Tuesday to expand statewide eligibility for inclusive sports, which means students with developmental disabilities will be allowed to compete in Unified basketball or bowling until they are 21, the age at which they graduate under state law. In Unified sports, those student-athletes play side-by-side with their peers from general educati…

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Kevin Volker says he had as much fun accomplishing another bowling feat this week as he did for any of the 14 300 games he's bowled in his career. Volker converted the 7-10 split in his series in the Boulevard Produce League at the Tonawanda Bowling Center on Tuesday night. "I was probably was more excited about that as for any 300 game I bowled," said the Sweet Home…

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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…