In the Pocket: Paupst already making an impact

There’s a new young gun on the area bowling scene, and he’s already making a major impact in adult s
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There’s a new young gun on the area bowling scene, and he’s already making a major impact in adult scratch tournaments.

Dustin Paupst, who is just two years removed from the junior ranks, won his first area major title last weekend in the Northern Bowlers Association’s Bob Guild Memorial at Del Lanes.

Paupst, a Shenendehowa High School graduate who lives in Glenville, averaged a whopping 245 and won by 59 pins over Selkirk’s Matt Sherman.

“That’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever won,” said the 20-year-old Paupst. “I won a few junior tourn­aments, but they don’t compare with what happened on Sunday. I was very happy with myself, because I beat a lot of good people.”

Paupst, who is taking a semester off from Hudson Valley Community College to work at Market Strategies in Clifton Park, doesn’t want to be known as a cranker, even though he crosses plenty of boards with his bowling ball.

“People say I’m a cranker, but when I bowl, I really try not to put that much on the ball. I used to throw a lot more hook than I do now, but that just gets you into a lot of trouble,” he said.

“That’s one of the things I’ve been working at — slowing my whole game down and not trying to over hook the ball. I’m a good spare shooter now. That’s part of why I’m seeing better results in tournaments.”

While bowling for Shenendehowa, Paupst made the all-sectional team as a junior and competed at the state tournament in Rochester. His Plainsmen won the Class A sectionals his senior year, but they lost out to Lansingburgh for the overall Section II title and a chance to go to states again.

That experience, coupled with his two appearances on television in the Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show,” have helped him cope with pressure.

“One thing I found with bowling more in tournaments is that there isn’t that much pressure any more,” he said. “I’m pretty comfortable now. I’m still a little nervous on television, but bowling in regular tournaments doesn’t bother me at all.”

Author of 16 perfect games and five 800 triples, Paupst would love to try the PBA Tour some day.

“It’s been crossing my mind lately,” he said. “I don’t know that much about the PBA Tour, but I’d like to try the Tour Trials, if not this year, maybe next year.”

Paupst, who plans on trying to qualify for the season-ending Huck Finn Jack Scaccia Sr. Memorial Tournament this weekend, says he still has all of the $1,160 check he earned for Sunday’s Guild triumph. He plans on bowling once or twice a week during the summer to keep his game sharp.

“This summer, I’m going to bowl in the PBA Experience league at Towne Bowling Academy. I’m not sure, but I might also bowl at Hometown Lanes. We’ll have to see.”

If Paupst keeps working on his game, the rest of the elite bowlers in the Capital Region better beware. He’s looking to grab many more checks.

STRIKES & SPARES

u Dates have been finalized for the Empire State Games Adirondack Region qualifiers. The masters division for men and women age 50 and over will be held May 10 at

9:30 a.m. at Del Lanes. Bowlers will roll six games, with the top three men and women advancing to Binghamton. Entry fee is $25. The open division will compete May 31 at

10 a.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl. After six games, there will be a cut to the top six men and women, who will bowl four more games. They will return June 1 for head-to-head finals, with the top three men and women advancing to the Empire State Games in Binghamton July

24-26. Entry fee is also $25. For more information, call Karl Bieber at 368-5539.

u Angels for Joan, a tournament fund raiser to fight breast cancer, will be held at Boulevard Bowl May 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. Entry fee is $15 per person and includes bowling, shoes and two slices of pizza. There will be a 50-50 raffle, a kiddie carnival and a bottle drive in the parking lot. The format will be a 8-pin no-tap. Call Boulevard for more information.

u Following are the winners of the annual 500 Club tournament last weekend at Towne Bowling Academy. Jean Brown (734) and Andrea Gaffney (716) were the top shooters in the Open division, while Marianne Hogle (707) and Glo Perryman (693) topped Div­ision A. Other leading bowlers were Donna Rivers (731) and Pat Clark (700) in Class B and Ginger Wickham (765) in Division C.

u The 13th annual Blizzard Bowl’s final squad of the season will be Saturday night at 9:30 at Boulevard Bowl. Top prize for the four-person team event is $2,000. Entry fee is $15 per bowler for the team event. Optional singles ($5 per person) and doubles ($10 per twosome) are also available, along with brackets. A buffet is included in the entry fee. Call Boulevard at 374-4171 for more information.

u The final qualifiers for the Huck Finn Jack Scaccia Sr. Mem­orial will be Sunday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Boulevard Bowl. The live TV finals will be April 27 at 11 a.m. at Boulevard Bowl. Call Jeff Segel at 371-1444 for reservations.

u Towne Bowling Academy’s first Bracket Challenge continues through Saturday, when the finals will be held The top 40 qualifiers throughout the tournament advance to a single-elimination bracket on Saturday. Contact Segel for more information.

u Towne’s Summer PBA Doubles league begins April 23 with a league meeting at 7:30 p.m. The 10-week league will feature the five PBA oil patterns and will be sanctioned as a Sport league. There is limited space available. Call Towne for more information.

u Former PBA Tour member Brian LeClair of Athens won the PBA East Regional last weekend at King Pin Lanes in Rome. LeClair earned $2,500. Other locals to cash were Amsterdam’s Nick Miseno ($550), Canajoharie’s Jeff Voght ($550), Broadalbin’s Steve Wagoner ($400) and Schenectady’s Bob Faragon ($400).

u The New York State USBC Women’s Bowling Association Championships continue through May 18 at Town ‘n Country for the team event and at Sunset Rec­reation for the doubles and singles. Friday squads will be at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday squads are set for 4:30 and 8 p.m., wile Sunday squads begin at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

u The Schenectady Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association City Tournament will begin the last week of April and run through the first week of May at Towne Bowling Academy.

u Sportsman’s Bowl’s PBA Experience League, a 10-week, 3-person team league that will be USBC sanctioned, begins May 1 at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 per week

u Sportsman’s Tuesday Night Summer Classic starts May 6 at

7 p.m. The three-person team league (men, women or mixed) will offer a first-place prize of $1,000, based on 12 teams. The league will run for 10 weeks and use 90 percent handicap.

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