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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…

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March 21, 1944- May 17, 2019 John L. Fonagy Jr. was a bowling prodigy, meriting a mention in Sports Illustrated. In 1964, the sports magazine wrote that the 20-year-old had rolled a 759 three-game series (out of a possible 900) to win a singles title in the New York State Bowling Association tournament in Elmira, and that he went on to win the all-events championship…

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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 …

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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 …

Top qualifier Tom Sorce and past champions Mike Zarcone and Dana Voytovich had to survive an elimination match in the last Thursday shift to stay alive as match play began in the 56th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Lancaster Lanes. Sorce lost to the last qualifier Mike Mallwitz of Grand Island in his opening match, 625-563, but managed a 546-519 win o…

Tom Sorce of Blasdell, who shot a tournament high 936 four-game block the first night of qualifying, came back with an 818 on Wednesday to wrap up the No. 1 seed entering Thursday's start of match play in the 56th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Lancaster Lanes. Sorce won the Pete Parisi Award as the top qualifier. Jack Jurek, a former champion who fo…

Tom Sorce of Blasdell put together games of 245-222-235 and 234 for a 936 total in the late squad to lead the first night of qualifying for the 56th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Lancaster Lanes. Sorce's total was 40 pins better than the 896 turned in by Steve Kosut of Buffalo to lead the early squad. Kosut had games of games of 214, 205, 222 and 255…

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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…

The Fireball team of Buffalo area bowlers Mike Weber, Ryan Reese, Dominic Germano and Joshua Large won their second straight New York State Youth Scratch Team Championship on Saturday at Strike and Spare Lanes in Syracuse. Bowling as team for the last time they will be all be junior-eligible, Fireball shot a 2,707 to win handily. The team won the 2018 State title by 111 p…

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…

Western New York natives Lindsay Baker Boomershine of Perry, Utah, and Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., finished in the top 12 of the Nationwide PWBA Greater Cleveland Open on Saturday night at Parma Heights, Ohio. Josie Barnes, of Nashville, captured the title by defeating Cherie Tan of Singapore, 223-213, in the final match of the stepladder format. She earned the $10,0…

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…

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…