In the Pocket: City tournament marks 75th anniversary

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Schenectady USBC Bowling Association’s Championship Tournament

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Schenectady USBC Bowling Association’s Championship Tournament will run April 14-27 at Towne Bowling Academy.

This is always one of my favorite tournaments of the season, and I can’t wait for “Joe Bowler” to throw out the first ball.

Competitors will receive a free gift for entering the milestone event, which is open to all association members.

Four-person team, doubles, singles and all-event divisions will be available. There will be brackets, 50-50 raffles, giveaways and beverage and food specials throughout the tournament.

Handicap will be 90 percent of 240. Top prize for the team event will be $1,200, based on 120 entries. First place in the team scratch event will be $600.

Entry fee will be $80 per team, $40 for doubles, $20 for singles and $5 for all-events. Multiple participation will be allowed in team and doubles events.

There will be a special Scratch Challenge April 27 at 4 p.m. The high scratch team will be declared “City Challenge Champion.” An added fee of $5 will be collected that day and 100 percent of the money will be awarded to the winning team, which also will receive championship trophies and free admission to the SBA banquet.

All bowlers competing in handicap divisions must use their highest 2006-07 average.

Call Steve Renzi (399-2942) or Lloyd Denny (355-5632) for more information.

I can tell you that there’s been both a lot of hard work and extra planning put into this special championship. It could be one of the best ever and let’s hope there’s a huge turnout. Get your entries in as soon as possible.


Eleven area bowlers are competing in the 65th annual U.S. Open this week at Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J.

The bowler with the most at stake is Athens’ Brian LeClair, who is the only area competitor currently fully exempt on the PBA Tour. LeClair is 45th on the PBA points list right now, and he must finish in the top 38 to retain his exemption.

Others competing on the extremely difficult oil pattern, which is “flat” all the way across the lanes, are Broadalbin native Ryan Abel, who now lives in Bel Aire , Kan., Mike Drexel of Delanson, Mark Taylor of Albany, Dan Furman of Latham, Lee Aiezza of Albany, Warren Guernsey of Ballston Lake, Jeff Lafave of Gansvoort, Craig Schoonmaker of Glenville, Nunzi Manuli of Albany and Eric Stangle of Ballston Spa.


There are no scratch qualifiers this week for the Huck Finn/Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York “Capital Region Bowling Show,” but the handicap/amateur division will have match-play finals at Iroquois Lanes in Canajoharie and at Playdium Lanes in Albany on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Half of the handicap/amateur bowlers who qualified from their own league at various bowling centers throughout the region will bowl Saturday at 2 p.m. at Iroquois Lanes, while the other half will compete Sunday at 1 p.m. at Playdium. The top two from each center advance to the TV finals at Sportsman’s Bowl April 6. Minimum top prize is $600 guaranteed.

Meanwhile, last week’s Huck Finn scratch show qualifier at Spare Time Latham produced four semifinalists: Steve Rock, Bill Neumann, Sonny Dorstek and Rick Bogholtz. Those four also will bowl in the TV finals at Sportsman’s April 6 in the final regular-season scratch show this year.

Qualifying for the season-ending Jack Scaccia Memorial begins April 12 at Alpha Lanes at 1 and 3 p.m. Qualifying continues April 19 at Town ‘n Country with squads at 1 and 3 p.m., and at Boulevard Bowl April 20 with squads at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The live TV finals will be held April 27 at 11 a.m. at Boulevard Bowl.


u Veteran Vitalo Classic secretary Dave Mennillo called with an update on last week’s column about the Thursday Night Men’s league at Imperial Lanes setting the national USBC record for most perfect games in one night. According to Mennillo, there were nine perfect games tossed one night in the Vitalo league at Sportsman’s Bowl during the 2005-06 season. The Vitalo Classic, however, is a four-game league, while the Thursday Night Men’s league is a three-game league with five bowlers on a team.

u The Northern Bowlers Association will hold its final event of the regular season Sunday at 10 a.m. at Hi-Roc Lanes. There is more than $400 added to the prize fund, and the winner will receive $850, based on 50 entries. The NBA’s Bob Guild Memorial will be held April 13 at 1 p.m. at Del Lanes in Delmar. Bowlers need to have bowled at least two NBA events this season to be eligible. So far, 59 bowlers are eligible. One in four will cash, and top prize will be $1,000, based on 40 entries. Winners so far are Bob Faragon of Schenectady, Gary Bingham of Brainard, Eric Stangle of Ballston Spa, Mike Bixler of Latham and Jeff Young of Delmar.

u The 13th annual Blizzard Bowl, in memory of Jack Scaccia Sr., continues Saturday night at 9:30 at Boulevard Bowl. The four-person adult team handicap event has an entry fee of $60 per team. Optional singles ($5 per person) and doubles ($10 per twosome) are available. A buffet is included with the entry fee. There are raffle prizes and giveaways on each squad. Top prize for the team event is $2,000. Call Boulevard at 374-4171 for more information.

u Cohoes Arena will host the 22nd annual Tri-Association Senior Tournament Saturday and Sunday. Members of the USBC Albany, Troy and Schenectady bowling associations who are 55 years of age and older are eligible. Handicap will be 100 percent of 210. Squad times are 2 p.m. each day. The age divisions will be Class D (55-59), Class C (60-64), Class B (65-69) and Class A (70 and up). Entry fee for the doubles event is $25 per team, while entry fee for the singles event is $12.50. There is also an optional $3 fee for all-events.

u Towne Bowling Academy’s inaugural Bracket Challenge continues with squads Sunday at 5, 6 or 7 p.m. Bowlers can also qualify at any other time when lanes are available as long as there are at least three bowlers on a squad. Competitors bowl two games on a pair, and the top 40 scores advance to the single-elimination bracket finals. The top eight bowlers receive two byes for match play. The final squad will begin April 19 at 6 p.m., followed by the final bracket matches at 7:30. Entry fee is $20, and first place is $1,200 guaranteed. Call Towne Academy (355-3939) or Jeff Segel (371-1444) for more information.

u Damn Monkeys fired a 4,119 team total to win the Beukendaal Fire Department benefit no-tap tournament at Towne Bowling Academy recently. Thirty-eight teams competed. Office Gang (4,100) and Fazzone (4,004) were second and third, respectively.

u Towne Bowling Academy will offer a PBA Doubles league, beginning April 23 at 9 p.m. The league will bowl 10 weeks and will feature the PBA oil patterns. There is a 460 average cap. Towne also will offer a senior league, junior leagues and a mixed leagues on Tuesdays beginning in May. Call 355-3939 for more information.

u Sportsman’s Bowl’s Spring Have-a-Ball Fun Mixed league will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. beginning May 8. The 10-week league will cost $15 per week for an entry level resin bowl and bag or $9 per week for bowling without purchasing the ball. There will be a pizza party at the end of the season. Ball drilling will be extra. Call 355-4330 for more information.

u Sportsman’s Tuesday Night Summer Classic begins May 6 at 7 p.m. The three-person team league will run for 10 weeks. Handicap will be 90 percent, and entry fee is $20. First place will be $1,000 per team, based on 12 teams.

u The Sportsman’s PBA Experience League begins May 1 at 7 p.m. The 10-week league will feature three-person teams, and the cost is $10 per week.

u The Celebrity Bowl-a-Thon “Hammer Those Pins,” to benefit Habitat for Humanity, will be held April 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl. Bowlers and corporate sponsors are needed. Call Darlyne at 395-3412 for more information.

u Sportsman’s Youth Spring Have-a-Ball league for junior bowlers begins April 25 at 3:45 p.m. Weekly fees are $12 for a plastic ball and $15 for a reactive resin ball. Bowlers can also compete for $7 a week without getting a ball. Call Sportsman’s for more information.

u The USBC Schenectady-Scotia Women’s Bowling Association’s annual City Tournament will be held the last week of April and the first week of May at Towne Bowling Academy. Entry forms are available from league secretaries or at association bowling centers.

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