In the Pocket: Ailing Neumann gets a pinch-hitter

Mark James of Troy will complete the field Sunday in the Jack Scaccia Sr. Memorial bowling tournamen
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The final major tournament on the men’s local scratch bowling schedule will include a pinch-hitter.

When the semifinals and finals of the Huck Finn/Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York’s Jack Scaccia Sr. Memorial tournament are held Sunday at Boulevard Bowl, veteran left-hander Mark James of Troy will be filling in for Bill

Neumann of Rensselaer.

Neumann recently had an appendectomy, and won’t be able to compete. James, who finished fifth in qualifying, will take over for Neumann, and will join fellow lefty George Gorman of Troy, Dustin Paupst of Glenville and Nick Miseno of Amsterdam in the semifinals.

The winner will get $4,000.

“No matter what happens, Bill Neumann will get 50 percent of what Mark makes,” said Huck Finn TV tournament director Carol Judge of Bowl New England. “It’s a pretty good deal, because Bill could be making quite a bit of money by just lying on the couch. We try to make it fair. If he just didn’t show up, that would be one thing, but he’s injured. This is only the second time this sort of thing happened. Joe Mazuryk was stuck somewhere in bad weather once, and we subbed for him and split the pot.”

The final show will be televised live Sunday from Boulevard Bowl, beginning at 11 a.m. Spectators are advised to get to Boulevard early in order to get a seat.

All four bowlers have outstanding resumes. James is a regular competitor in both the Huck Finn and Northern Bowlers Association weekly events. Miseno, a regional pro, has a couple of PBA regional titlles under his belt, to go along with numerous Huck Finn and NBA titles. Gorman, nicknamed “The King,” was a mainstay on the old TV Tournament Time Show, while the 20-year-old Paupst, a former Shenendehowa High School standout, recently won the NBA’s Bob Guild Memorial at Del Lanes.

The tournament is named after the late Jack Scaccia Sr., who was one of the Capital Region’s top prop­rietors and promoters.

According to Huck Finn weekly tournament director Jeff Segel, the weekly series was successful.

“The entries were down slightly this year, due to some weather problems, but they weren’t anyone’s fault,” said Segel. “I’d say we were down maybe 5 percent, but everything went pretty smoothly. I believe we will be bigger and better next year. I don’t know of any other local TV bowling show in the country that is like ours. We’ve come a long way in six years. Next year, we’re hoping to have a women’s show. After all, the mixed doubles tournament we had at Sportsman’s was extremely successful.”

Judge, who was at Wednesday’s proprietors’ meeting, said everyone involved in the Huck Finn’s Capital Region Bowling Show is satisfied with how things went this season.

“We summed this year up as a successful season,” Judge said. “Yes, we were down a little bit in entries, but all in all, the show was basically self-sustaining. The tournament itself didn’t cost us more than $300 for the whole year, and you can’t complain about that. Sure, we had a weather issue and a

couple of schedule changes, but all in all, we had a tremendous year.”

Judge said the tournament schedule will remain basically the same as it has the last few years, with the exception of a possible women’s show and a high school show to be included among the three

junior shows.

“We’re going to stay consistent with the way we run things, because if it’s not broke, why fix it?” asked Judge.

GOOD DEAL

The Schenectady Bowling

Association is teaming up with host Towne Bowling Academy to boost the prize fund for the

SBA-TBA Scratch Challenge Sunday at 4 p.m.

That’s the final day for the 75th annual Schenectady USBA Bowling

Association’s City Tournament. If a full house of 20 teams signs up to bowl, both the SBA and Towne Bowling Academy will kick in $200 each to guarantee a top prize of $800.

Call Towne Bowling Academy for more information.

STRIKES & SPARES

u Ed McGaffin of Amsterdam defeated Paupst, 196-187, in the

finals of the Towne Bowling Academy Bracket Challenge Saturday.

McGaffin earned $900, while Paupst took home $450. McGaffin defeated Dan Ahl, 194-191, and Paupst eliminated Nick Galusha, 172-135, in the semifinals. Galusha and Ahl each earned $200.

u Mickey Pickett slammed a

287-819 for his first career 800 triple in the Rt. 5 Merchants league.

u Sportsman’s Bowl’s first Summer Time Bar-B-Q Tourn­ament will be held July 12 at

2:30 p.m. Five-person teams will bowl three games. Entry fee is $120 per team. One in six teams will cash, with first place worth $500, based on 28 teams. Along with the bar­becue buffet, there will be 50-50 raffles and T-shirt giveaways. Call

355-4330 for more information.

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 Empire State Games in Binghamton July 24-26. 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 Binghamton. Entry fee is also $25. For more information, call Karl Bieber at

368-5539.

u Green Island Lanes will host a Spring Classic league for bowlers with averages of 185 or higher beginning May 8 at 7 p.m. Teams will be chosen by draft an hour before bowling the first night. Cost is $18 per week.

u Sportsman’s Bowl’s PBA Exp­erience league will begin Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. The season will run 10 weeks. Entry fee is $10 per week.

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

7 p.m. The 10-week league will use a three-person team format with 90 percent handicap. Entry fee is $20 per week. Top prize for the winning team will be $1,000.

u The Schenectady-Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association City Championship starts Monday at Towne Bowling Academy and concludes the first weekend of May. The team event closes May 2. During the team event, the Electric City 600 Club will be conducting a membership campaign. See Mar­ianne Hogle for more inform­ation.

u The New York State Women’s Bowling Association Championship continues weekends at Sunset Recreation (doubles and singles) and Town ‘N Country Lanes (team event).

u The annual SBA awards banquet is set for June 3 at the Rotterdam Elks Lodge on Curry Road, while the Schenectady-Scotia awards dinner is set for May 29, also at the Rotterdam Elks.

u This is the final bowling column of the season. See you next fall.

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