Winners Win!! Pat Brick wins the 11th Annual Tonawandas Eliminator Scratch Classic

By Chris Hutchins 5-3-2024 Manor Lanes in Tonawanda, NY was the host for the 11th Annual Tonawandas Eliminator Scratch Classic held by the Tonawandas USBC Association this past Sunday April 28th, 2024.  With the tournament paying out a total of $6000, 81 entries in the field from the WNY area, out to Rochester and down to Erie, PA would bowl a four game scratch qualifier for a chance at the $1000 first place prize.  16 bowlers would make the cut along with 2 additional spots cashing.  Our sponsor, Queen City Financial from Williamsville, NY, contributed $1000 to the tournament fund! The field bowled on a very demanding sport shot oil pattern that saw everyone fight for every pin they could get.  It was not easy and it showed as the final cut for the top 16 was minus 16.  None the less Michael Marcanio from Rochester, NY made it look easy.  The strong lefty came out firing with an 897 set to lead the field.  Opening with a 223 Michael rolled the highest game of the entire event in game two with a 279.  Matt White from Warren, PA made the trip up to Buffalo and was the best righty that morning.  Opening 223, 221 Matt shot 266 in game three to secure the second seed for an 892 set.  They call him “Wide Cim.”  Sean Dietz opened the day with a 266 to finish out at 843 to take the third spot in the cut.  In fourth Phil Rulli from Niagara Falls, NY finished with a 226 game to get to 843.  In the five hole would be Patric Donaghue who fired an 827 series on the strength of a 234 finish.  With maybe the most consistent game over game set in the field Branden Simone would finish 822 to take the sixth spot (212, 204, 191, 215).  Mike DeMartinis was seventh with an 817 series with an opening 225 game.  Dylan Greenauer would round out the top eight with an 813 as he opened the day with a 246. Rounding out the nine through sixteen spots would be Zak Slomba 812, the legend Dave Guindon 809 (234), Ryan Kress 807 (248), the salty one Pat Brick 802, Richard Frank 801 (222), Adam Jozwiak 796, 2024 WNY Queens Champion Haley Carroll 790 (221) and Tim Finken 784.  Two additional spots cashed.  In 17th Mike “House Shoes” Johnson at 779 (234) and in 18th Steve Dorobiala at 776. With sixteen making the cut the bowlers would draw randomly for lane assignments.  With four to a pair the top two would advance to the next round.  Scores were still tough to come by but two of the bigger games of the day came from the same pair as Ryan Kress (256) and Pat Brick (245) advanced.  It would be a sign of things to come.  Also advancing to the elite eight would be Sean Dietz (213) and Richard Frank (168),  Adam Jozwiak (197) and Mike DeMartinis (191) and in what turned out to be a barn burner of a pair Haley Carroll advanced (180) while Phil Rulli (165) held off Pat Donaghue and Matt White by a pin to advance! In the elite eight Jozwiak would roll the highest game of those remaining this round with a 227 while a 175 by Brick was plenty to get past Carroll and Frank.  Ryan Kress shot 224 to move on and DeMo’s 177 was good enough to get to the top four. DeMartinis struggled on the pair out of the four remaining while Brick finished 234 to advance to the finals.  The last spot to move on would come down to Kress and Jozwiak.  Kress finished with a set of strikes in the 10th but Jozwiak could still catch him.  Only a 4 pin that stood tall on a good shot stopped Adam from advancing.  As Kress finished 223 to Adam’s 211. With an all lefty final the table had been set.  After a tough stretch earlier in the year Brick started putting together some solid tournament finishes leading up to the Eliminator.  No slouch either Ryan was bowling well and had showed consistent finishes in recent weeks at various events in the area. Bowling on 19 and 20 Kress opened with a strike while Brick started with a double.  The two would fill frames and exchange spares through the middle of the match.  Kress kept himself in it as he left the 3-6-7 split in the 5th frame but converted when the 3 pin slid over, hit the side wall and slapped the 7 out.  Ryan would open in the 6th with a washout and Pat took advantage with a strike that saw the 7 pin glide across the deck slowly and tumble over.  Brick looked for a double in the 6th and gave a little leg kick to try and get the 7 out but it stood tall.  Kress was not done yet.  As Ryan looked to get back into the match a ball change in the 8th led to a double putting him within striking distance. Brick fired back with a double of his own in the 7th and 8th that saw the leg kick work this time around as he walked it out to the left on 19 with the head pin clobbered the 10 pin out.  With a spare in the 9th Bricky had a chance to shut Kress out.  With a solid strike in the 10th Pat would need a spare to shut the door.  A little slower shot led to the ball diving hard to leave the 4-7.  Stepping up with confidence Brick fired away and made the spare with ease.  Pat Brick took the match 215-190 to become your Tonawandas Eliminator Scratch Classic Champion. The Tonawandas USBC Association would like to thank Brian Russo and all the staff at Manor Lanes.  Their group along with Tournament Director Ryan Reese ran a very smooth tournament for the bowlers and provided great hospitality. Thank you again

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By Chris Hutchins February 6th, 2024 The 26th Annual Western New York Queen’s Tournament hosted by the Greater Buffalo USBC Association was held at Transit Lanes this past Sunday, February 4th. Women bowlers from across the Western New York area came out to show off their skill across three average divisions. Each division bowled a four game qualifier with the top 5 in each division advancing to compete in a step ladder finals format. A total of 62 bowlers came out to compete.   Division 1 (200 & over avg) If you were a spectator you were once again reminded that the WNY area has some fantastic women bowlers who can put up the numbers on the scoreboard. Division 1 did not disappoint. Over the four games of qualifying the field leader changed hands each round but it would Haley Carroll throwing a massive 290 in game four to leap from sixth to first to take the top spot. After a slow start Haley fired a 248 and found herself seven pins out of the cut. Her big finish landed her the first seed with a 953 series. Next up was Liz Johnson. In game three only a stone 8 pin would stop her from rolling 300 as she shot scores of 279 and 258 down the stretch to secure the second seed with a 944 set. With consistent game over game scoring Michele Reese would be the three seed with a 918 series with games of 239, 215, 238 and 226. Up next would be Carrie Racsumberger who locked down the four seed with a 915 set with games of 247 and 245 mixed in. Peggy Kuhn fired games of 258 and 245 in the middle of her round to shoot 910 to wrap up the final spot to the step ladders. Scores of note during qualifying in this division included Tammy Burgstahler (247, 885), Michelle Sterner (232, 235, 873), Andrea Held (258, 868), Nicole Lombombard (233, 849), Stephanie Price (258, 843) and Danielle Dolegala (246). In game 1 of the stepladder format it would be Racsumberger vs. Kuhn. Carrie got off to quick start as she opened the match with the first three strikes. As the bowlers traded shots Peggy found her groove and ran a five bagger down the stretch to win the match 248-225. Kuhn stayed hot as she opened the match against Michele Reese with a three bagger but it would be Reese who would get the hot hand down the stretch. Throwing the original Idol Reese rolled her way to the win ripping off eight strikes in a row to take the match 269-189. The great look that Michele had in the previous match would suddenly disappear as she ran into a buzz saw in Liz Johnson. After opening nine spare in the first frame Liz ran the table on her way to a 290-169 finish to jump into the final match of the day against Haley Carroll. In the finals the crowd was treated to a great back and forth match between Carroll and Johnson. Haley started out with a four pin followed by a double as Liz responded with a double of her own. The bowlers would exchange wrap ten pins midway through the match. A double mid game gave Carroll a ten pin lead as Liz left a flat ten in the fifth and a seven pin on a light mixer in the sixth. Johnson was not done, however, as she put ten back in the seventh. Haley had a chance to extend the lead but a stubborn four pin stood tall in the seventh. The door swung open for Liz in the eighth as an errant shot by Carroll dove through the face briefly leaving the 4-6-7 split. At the last moment the six pin dropped after being rolled from behind leaving Haley a makeable spare. Another four pin in the ninth for Haley gave Liz an opportunity to shut her out. Needing to run the last four Liz put a solid shot through the pocket in the ninth for a strike but left a soft ten pin on the next one which left Carroll needing only a mark in the tenth. With a shot that was fluid from release Carroll struck and took the match 225-208 to become your 2024 Division 1 Queen’s Champion.   Division 2 (180-199 avg) The top qualifier in Division 2 changed hands a few times but it would be Dayna Daugherty jumping into the top spot with an 882 with games of 235 and 243 in games three and four. Madison Rogacki followed with some solid bowling with an 873 series to take the second seed and also shot the highest game in qualifying in the division with a 258. Ysobel Conrad was the three seed as she finished an 860 set with a 247 game. The four seed would be Julie Anne Miller finishing with a 234 to get to 828. Rounding out the top five was Tricia Zemla who rolled a 246 game and an 813 set. Scores of note in the division included Kimberly Reitmeier (222, 219, 795), Carrie Battel (227, 791), Sara Greck (223) and Samantha Stachura-Lee (226). The first round of the step ladders saw Zemla vs Miller. Both bowlers started off strong but down the stretch Zemla could not catch any breaks. Miller was able to put a three bagger together early in the match along with a double and advanced 214-175. The next match saw Julie Anne put four strikes together to take the lead but a missed four pin in the ninth gave Conrad new life. Ysobel ran the last four to finish the match 226-212. Conrad continued to have the hot hand in match number three. Madison put together a three bagger mid game but Ysobel doubled that count with six strikes in a row as she defeated Rogacki 258-200. With Conrad rolling hot Daugherty knew she would have her hands full. Dayna came


The 15th Annual Tonawandas USBC Bowl for the Cure Strikes Big

The 15th Annual Tonawandas USBC Strike Out Breast Cancer Tournament was held at Mallwitz’s Island Lanes Sunday February 25th. Each year our association holds this event to help generate funds that will be donated to Roswell Park Cancer Institute Foundation Alliance and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The day consists of bowling, basket raffles, 50/50s and a bake sale. For our big raffle ticket item this year we were able to secure a framed and autographed Josh Allen jersey that was certified by Beckett Services. This fantastic piece was the main attraction of our raffles and it definitely garnered some attention. Between this and all the events that ran during the day of the event the Tonawandas Association is proud to announce that we are donating a total of $10,000 split between the two organizations previously mentioned. This is a record amount donated by the association and it could not have been done without the support of all of those who donated to this fantastic yearly event. The bowling community of Western New York continues to show how great it can be. You have helped someone in need, given someone a brighter day and secured hope as they continue to fight. Thank you! A special thank you goes out to event chairman Joey Bellanti who dedicates his time relentlessly to put the event together. We would also like to thank the Mallwitz family for hosting. A family oriented atmosphere at a great bowling facility. A shout out and thank you as well to WIVB Channel 4 News who took the time to cover our event! (See link below) The winner of the Josh Allen jersey was Cassie Fracassi who purchased the ticket from our own Ryan Reese! Congrats Cassie!!! While many people came to visit, spend a little time and get in on the raffles the tournament portion of our event consisted of a non-sanctioned No Tap (9 pins = Strike) tournament where bowlers bowled 3 games with handicap for total pinfall. 47 bowlers came out to compete in two divisions. In the Open division it would be Daniel Griggs taking the top spot as he shot a no tap 300 game along with a 277 to bowl 797 scratch! Marc Cutting (two 266 games), Jon Gerrtiz (280), Ron Krzystek(266, 268) followed next all bowling a 779. Next up Warren Bush (275) with 777 followed by Evan Bush (268) with 776 and Dave Gottler (264) with 776, Dan Eberl (290) and Tom Bilson (278) finished with 775 to round out the top 9 bowlers who cashed for the event. Other scores of note in the Open division included Tiffany Mitchell (234, 235, 241), Tricia Zemla (230, 244, 246), Nick DiPota (300), James Austin (253), Scott Clinton (253), Michael Kwiatowski (241), Kevin Kemp (241), John Rowell (287), Joe Schamdel (255, 243), Jeff Krywcum (256), Justin Schmadel (233), Nick Dudkowski (240), Jaharra DiPota (240, 244), Paul Krull (two 234s), Eric Shine (242), Bob Skovenski (262), Meech Jackson (224, 223), Trevor Palamuso (230) and Jim Bilson (227). In the Women’s division 4 would make it to the cash line. Abi Krull was the winner after rolling games of 241, 231 and 250 for a 722 scratch set that led to 776 with handicap. Savannah Haner finished second with 765 after games of 216, 199 and 202. Two bowlers tied for third with 764. It would be Jazz Igiel with games of 218 and 224 and Tina Hutchins who won the women’s event in 2019, rolling games of 212 and 244. Other scores of note in the Women’s division included Darlene Hoover (206, 200), Sarah Grimaldi (219), Jenn Wheeler (203, 213), Alexis Westermeyer (214) and Dee Igiel (211) Thank you again to all who attended, donated and helped us continue to put on a great event that is for a great cause. Channel 4 News link

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Jason Ciliberto Wins the 2024 Tri-City Masters

All I can say is wow. Just wow. The 31st annual Tri-City Masters Tournament went down at Allie-Brandt lanes Sunday, February 25th in Lockport, NY. A record breaking 119 bowlers entered the tournament to fill up the house. With Covid wiping out the 2021 and 2022 events the Tri-City made a strong return in 2023 with 96 bowlers at Mallwitz’s Island Lanes. It was exciting to see the buildup of a tournament that would challenge and ultimately break the Tri-City tournament entry record set in 2002 at Rapids Bowling Center that saw 112 entries. The Tri-City is made up of three USBC associations consisting of Lockport, Niagara Falls and the Tonawandas. 119 bowlers representing those associations along with bowlers from Buffalo, Rochester, Southern Tier and Canada signed up to compete on the 2020 World Bowling Montreal oil pattern (41 feet) laid out for the tournament. Spectators filled the concourse throughout the day to witness the bowling talent the Western New York area has to offer. Twenty four bowlers would make the cut to match play with an additional six bowlers receiving a cash prize. The tournament this day would pay out a record $10,451 in prize money. With twenty four bowlers making the cut the top eight would receive a first round bye. During the four game qualifying round it appeared the lefties had the upper hand with three taking three of the top four spots. From the Tonawandas Association it would be Devon Miller leading the field with a 982 series. Devon came out firing starting the day with a 243 followed by games of 234 and 225. A monster 280 in his last game allowed him to make the jump into first place overall. Next up another southpaw in Jason Ciliberto representing the Lockport Association. Jason won the Tri-City in 2015. Bowling in a house that has treated him well Jason shot a 963 set with games of 231, 238 and a big 279 game to finish out his set. It would be a sign of things to come later in the day. The third seed would go to the Tonawandas very own Ryan Reese who finished with a 934 set on the strength of a 257 in game two. Your next lefty up was the 1996 and 2010 Tri-City Masters Champion Pat Brick. Consistent through the day Pat opened 236 and finished 254 to fire a 925 set and secure the fourth spot. In the five hole would be Chris Racey as he opened the day as the leader with a 278 and finished out with a 923 series. The 2020 and 2023 Niagara Falls Association Champion and 2023 Tri-City runner up Taylor Maxner secured the sixth seed with a 921 series after finishing 269 and 267. After a slow start James Leslie came on strong to take the seventh seed with a games of 233, 258 and 246 down the stretch. Rounding out the top eight would be Curtis Foss. Curtis finished the round with 903 as he fired games of 226, 225 along with a 248 finish. The overall top twenty four cut would be plus 49 as Kara Mangiola held off about a dozen bowlers who all were within striking distance of making match play. Scores of note in the top 24 and the field included Aaron Magliazzo 278, 896, Ryan Phillips 244, 895, Casey Smith 248, 892, Ryan Kress 238, 891, 2023 Tri City Masters Champion Kevin Bienko 258, 890, Andy Rettig 234, 888, Moe Davidson 228, 876, Tom Kress 267, 875, Stephano Cirrito 234, 871, 2024 WNY Queens Champion Haley Carroll 267, 869, Tom Sorce 269, 866, Mike Wozniak 267, 864, 2020 Tri-City Masters Champion Mike Zarcone 256, 857, Al Nicolette 242, 857, Steve Kosut 248, 856, Kara Mangiola 238, 849, Kevin Volker 266, Gary Preston 268, Nick Abdo 288 and three time Tri-City Masters Champion Gary Kinyon 257. Six bowlers making the cash line cut at 842 consisted of 2021 Buffalo Obenauer Champion Dave Kirsch, Shawn McKee, Kevin Volker, Mike Krywcum, Matt Zasowski and Gary Preston. Match play consisted of two game matches. The grind was on and if you were there watching you were treated to some great matches. While the lefties did well in qualifying the righties would start to turn things around in match play as the lanes continue to be carved out. Round one saw Tom Kress, Mangiola, Nicolette, Sorce, Carroll, Phillips, Bienko and Zarcone all advance with Zarcone throwing a monster 533 set for two games. The top 8 would come into the mix in round two. Tom Kress was able to sneak by top qualifier Devon Miller 473-465. Curtis Foss rolled a big 503 set to get past Kara Mangiola. Taylor Maxner battled Al Nicolette to a 449-433 win while Tom Sorce brought the wheel barrow to carry the 511 pins as he advanced over Ryan Reese. Jason Ciliberto advanced 443-347 over Carroll, James Leslie moved on 432-348 over Phillips, Chris Racey defeated Zarcone 418-360 and Kevin Bienko rolled past Pat Brick 468-371. Things got tighter in the top 8 as Tom Kress won another close one over Curtis Foss 382-370. Tom Sorce defeated Taylor Maxner 450-327 while Ciliberto advanced over Leslie 445-427. Kevin Bienko won the showdown against Racey in a high scoring match 506-482. Now in the top four Bienko got closer to having the chance be the first bowler since Gary Kinyon in 2011 and 2012 to repeat as the Tri-City Masters Champion. Ciliberto, the lone lefty remaining in the field, had other ideas and he kept the hot hand as he moved past Bienko 479-406. In the other match the battle of the Toms would be a close one. Kress and Sorce both came out firing. The two bowlers traded bowling punches with each other and in the end it would be Tom Kress left standing in another close one 510-505. The final match would take place on lanes 31-32 with Ciliberto the two seed versus T. Kress the sixteen

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