In the Pocket: Rolling two-handed helps Karabin’s game

Photo providedScotia-Glenville grad Ryan Karabin has one of the area’s most powerful releases.
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Scotia-Glenville grad Ryan Karabin has one of the area’s most powerful releases.

Ryan Karabin admits he might lose a little bit of accuracy compared to traditional keglers by rolling two-handed, but he certainly makes up for that with plenty of power and hook. In fact, with all the extra revolutions the talented Karabin can put on the bowling ball, he doesn’t need to be so precise.

Karabin is part of the new breed of bowlers who push the envelope even further in this modern era of extremely powerful reactive resin equipment. When conditions permit, Karabin can simply overpower the lanes.

The 25-year-old Scotia-Glenville High School graduate is once again pounding pins into submission in his three weekly leagues. He leads both the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic on Tuesday nights and the Galaxy league, also at Boulevard, on Friday nights, in average, which is impressive enough. But he’s also in the top 10 in the high-powered Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League Monday nights at Towne Bowling Academy.

Karabin has been a desk man at Boulevard Bowl for six years, and he also does some photography work on the side, mostly during the summer. He just recently got a new job at Mohawk Honda, and that means he might be able to bowl even more on weekends.

“I’m hoping I can bowl more on Saturdays, and potentially on Sundays,” Karabin said. “I still plan on working at the alleys several times during the week, and on Sundays, but if there is a tournament, I might be able to switch my schedule around.”

Heading into this week, Karabin was averaging 236 in the Galaxy league, with a high game of 280 and a high triple of 782. In the four-game Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic, Karabin was averaging a league-best 234, with a high game of 289 and a high four-game series of 1,018.

In the City League, where he feels the carry is a little better, his average is 234, with a high game of 280 and a high triple of 838 rolled two weeks ago.

“There are definitely more corner pins at Boulevard,” Karabin noted. “Last week, I left nine 10-pins in the Galaxy league. I expect to leave some, but they weren’t even half-10s. They were all ringing 10-pins.”

Although Karabin is still a young man, he’s already recorded 25 perfect games and 28 800 triples. His best triple is an 847, bowled in the Galaxy league four years ago. His top sanctioned four-game series is a 1,075.

“I can’t seem to get my 300s and my 800s together,” he lamented.

It hasn’t even been that long since Karabin dramatically changed his bowling release, putting him in the upper echelon of local bowlers who have switched to this ultra-modern approach.

“I was one-handed when I bowled for Scotia in high school,” he explained. “I think my best average then was about 225. I had kind of weird arm swing back then, but I threw it hard. I wasn’t that good.”

While attending SUNY Schenectady and practicing for the bowling team, a small injury gave him an idea on how to change his release.

“I ripped my thumb apart one day, and I couldn’t really put my thumb in the ball right,” he said. “So I tried to throw the ball two-handed. I shot a 279 right off the bat. [Assistant coach] Will Coons saw me and said I should stick with that and just tweak my approach. I’d say it took about two years for me to feel comfortable rolling the ball that way.”

Karabin, who basically picked up the two-handed delivery on his own, admitted that some purists don’t like the way he attacks the lanes. Some believe it gives two-handers an advantage. Others think it goes against tradition.

“I do get some flack sometimes,” Karabin said. “But if I do, I don’t listen to it. Most of the guys are just joking, but I still don’t listen to it. In my leagues, I rarely see anybody else bowling two-handed. Most are traditional and one-handed. Sometimes, I see one or two. I think I see more of the two-handers in some of the tournaments I bowl in.”

Karabin doesn’t pattern himself after great PBA two-handers like Jason Belmonte, Osku Palermas, Anthony Simonsen, Jesper Svensson, Jakob Butturff or Kyle Troup, but he appreciates their talents.

“I don’t have a favorite, but I like watching Belmonte. I think what he does is amazing,” Karabin said. “I saw him in person once. What he can do with the ball is unbelievable. But in terms of talent, I think that Chris Prather might be the best all-around bowler around. He can do everything with a bowling ball.”

A fan of Storm and Roto Grip equipment, Karabin said he must be careful with the kind of balls he uses. “I can’t use some of the stronger equipment,” he said. “I get enough on the ball already with my release. I use a plastic ball for my 10-pins, but I still use two hands. I don’t use urethane in league, but I will bring one to a tournament just in case.”

Karabin credits Lloyd Denny and Sharon Sager with teaching him how to bowl in the junior programs. He received more pointers from former SUNY Schenectady coaches Ray Ross and Coons, and recently he got some help from former PBA50 Player of the Year and Revolutions Pro Shop owner Brian LeClair.

“Brian drilled my balls and changed my pitches for me to be more comfortable,” Karabin said. “Brian really matched me up. I have a weird track line on my balls because of my release. He took some time to look at my track and change how my fingers were drilled.”

Karabin is hoping to bowl in more tournaments this season, but he’s realistic about what could happen if bowling centers get shut down again because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I will take it day by day. You just never know,” he said. “I don’t want to plan too far ahead and let myself down if something happens.”

STRIKES & SPARES

Larry Strope rolled his first career 300 game during a 718 triple in the Sunnyview Mixed league at Sportsman’s Bowl.

The 17th annual Schenectady-Scotia Women’s 500 Club Snowball Bowl Scotch Doubles tournament will be held Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl. The tournament is open to all members of the 500 Club. Anyone who has bowled a 500 triple can enter by joining the club. Entry fee is $17 per person, plus a $5 entry fee for new members. Applications are available at all three Schenectady USBC bowling centers: Boulevard Bowl, Sportsman’s Bowl and Towne Bowling Academy. For more information, contact Ursula Pasquerella (518-357-0914).

Andrew Robitaille and Edward Pietrasz won the Under-18 division of the Empire Youth Open Doubles Tournament last week at Sportsman’s Bowl. Zach and Tyler Bogholtz finished second, while Andrew and JJ Bauer finished third. Matthew Rogers and Jayson Capullo won the Under-15 division, followed by Savannah Swiatocha with Eliana Occhino and Angelo Galofaro with Anthony Giso. The next event is Dec. 20 at Sportsman’s at 10 a.m.

Pietrasz also won the Frantic Junior Scratch Challenge, with Braeden Cassidy winning the shootout. Justin Goodspeed, Robitaille, Anthony Paradiso and Swiatocha also earned scholarships. The next tournament is Dec. 12 at 12:30 p.m. at East Greenbush Bowling Center.

Erika Poje won the Turkey Shoot and picked up $300 at Town & Country with a handicap total of 854 for four games, with her low game thrown out. She rolled a high game of 290. There were 53 entries.

Tommy Fox won the Red Richards Memorial Thanksgiving Tournament and earned $500 at Uncle Sam Lanes.

The next major event at Towne Bowling Academy will be the 11th annual Handicap Team Tournament, with $4,000 guaranteed to the winning team. The first squads will be Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Those who enter any of the first six squads will receive a free entry to a future squad. The tournament continues through Jan. 24. There also will be an optional singles tournament, using your team score, as well as 3-6-9 and scratch jackpots. Entry fee is $40 for the team event and $15 for optional singles. Handicap is 90% of 225 with a maximum handicap of 50 pins per game. Call Towne Bowling Academy (518-355-3939) for more information.

The next Albany League Bowlers Association of New York event will be a doubles competition Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Spare Time Latham. There is a limit of 50 teams. Only bowlers with averages less than 215 are eligible. Handicap will be 100% with a maximum of 75 pins per game. Call Burton at 518-209-4748 for more information.

MAJOR BOWLING

Kenny Livengood fired a 298 game during an 824 triple, Steve Wagoner rolled a perfect game en route to an 821, Joel Donato also ripped a 300 game in his 796 triple, and R.J. Martinez and Tom Earl also tossed perfect games in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy. Debbie Capullo topped the women with a 279-754.

Monday night’s other league, the Sportsman’s Majors at Sportsman’s Bowl, did not bowl.

Karabin continued his hot shooting this season with an 812 triple en route to a 1,016 four-game series in the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

Matt Swiatocha rolled his 23rd 300 game and produced an 814 triple en route to a 1,045 four-game series, Joe Venduro recorded a 991 and Debbie Capullo slammed a 975 in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Chad Chiara tossed a 277-967, Jon Schultz fired a 267-955 and Billy McGaffin shot a 278-947 in the Amsterdam Men’s City league Monday night at Kelly’s Imperial Lanes.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE

Standings

J&F Lawn Care 24-9, DeCrescente Distributing 23-10, Towne Bowling Academy 21-12, 20 North 21-12, Downs Roofing 21-12, Syron’s Meat Market 21-12, TSS Printing 19-14, Vito Sindoni 18-15, Team 4 16-14, KKV Recovery 11-22, Action Bowling Supply 11-22, D&D Lawncare 10-23, Home Tech Electric 8-25, Rollarama 7-26.

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Match summaries

Team 4 (1)

Marc Fowler 212-268-211 — 691, Cassius Boyd 224-236-185 — 645, Charlie Provost 212-258-237 — 707 John Mauceri 176-220-167 — 563. Totals: 824-982-800 — 2,606.

Towne Bowling Academy (2)

Tom Earl 300-191-249 — 740, Tom DiBell 256-210-191 — 657, Marty Capullo Jr. 205-203-210 — 618, Debbie Capullo 279-269-206 — 754. Totals: 1,040-873-856 — 2,769.

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Rollarama (1)

Craig Taylor 248-218-216 — 682, Keith Lawyer 205-186-200 — 591 Dan Rotter 182-159-268 — 609, Tony Palumbo 224-214-258 — 696. Totals: 859-777-942 — 2,578.

TSS Printing (2)

Dwayne Coonradt 210-234-194 — 638, Rick Speckhardt 194-192-158 — 544, John Askew 259-248-213 — 720, Steve Wagoner 267-300-254 — 821. Totals: 930-974-819 — 2,723.

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20 North (3)

Tommy Donato 192-200-258 — 650, Kenny Livengood 258-268-298 — 824, Joel Donato 252-300-244 — 796, Chris Radliff 257-221-265 — 743. Totals: 959-989-1,065 — 3,103.

Action Bowling Supply (0)

Rit Fazzone 169-188-170 — 527, Bob Messick 191-205-204 — 600, Natasha Bidwell 193-211-173 — 577, Matt Fazzone 259-181-236 — 676. Totals: 812-785-783 — 2,380.

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KKV Recovery (1)

Nick DiCerbo 236-196-211 — 643, Vinny Struffolino 247-231-237 — 715, Jackie Malone 215-232-199 — 646, Bob Faragon 245-227-171 — 643. Totals: 943-886-618 — 2,647.

Vito Sindoni (2)

Scott Chastenay 168-233-165 — 566, Mike DiCerbo 206-235-222 — 663, Rich Strath 256-235-257 — 748, Joe VanDerLinden 218-236-278 — 732. Totals: 848-939-922 — 2,709.

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D&D Lawncare (1)

Karrie Blake 174-192-193 — 559, Laura Rotter 221-236-186 — 643, Chad Propper 259-206-215 — 680, Patti Tenyenhuis 258-259-235 — 752. Totals: 912-893-829 — 2,634.

Syron’s Meat Market (2)

Ken Wilkins 259-224-189 — 6 72, Brandon Wolf 246-183-181 — 610, Don Herrington 219-176-227 — 622, Ken LaBelle Jr. 235-235-258 — 728. Totals: 959-818-855 — 2,632.

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J&F Lawn Care (2)

Jason Brown 225-222-208 — 655, R.J. Martinez 246-300-218 — 764, Nick Stricos 269-269-211 — 749, Steve Hallenbeck 247-279-197 — 723. Totals: 987-1,070-834 — 2,891.

DeCrescente Distributing (1)

Jessica Aiezza 190-253-247 — 700, Mark Kuhlkin 226-205-251 — 682, Scott Rogers 225-235-256 — 716, Liz Kuhlkin 236-201-236 — 673. Totals: 877-894-1,000 — 2,771.

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Downs Roofing (3)

Chris Tinkle 182-191-234 — 607, Nick Barnes 238-195-257 — 690, Ryan Karabin 225-219-218 — 662, Billy Wigand 245-201-258 — 704. Totals: 890-806-967 — 2,663.

Home Tech Electric (0)

Austin Zullo 155-189-223 — 567, Chuck Schissler 169-203-213 — 585, Ronnie Zadrozny 182-191-236 — 609, Gabe Criscuolo 190-203-238 — 631. Totals: 696-786-910 — 2,392.

FRANK DePALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC

Standings

Masons Automotive 8.5-1.5, Downs Roofing 7-3, Derenzo’s Tax Service 7-3, Kalpro 5-5, D.A. Parisi & Co. 2.5-7.5, Boulevard Bowl 0-10.

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Match summaries

D.A. Parisi & Co. (1)

John Mecca 186-251-204-224 — 865, Jeff Williams 219-213-185-211 — 828, Ken Wilkins 216-194-200-224 — 834. Totals: 621-658-589-659 — 2,527.

Downs Roofing {4)

Ryan Karabin 279-278-255-204 — 1,016, Tony Bianchi 225-232-223-179 — 859, Phil Kilmartin (absent) 190-190-190-190 — 760. Totals: 694-700-668-573 — 2,635.

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Derenzo’s Tax Service (2)

P.J. Derenzo 182-245-241-215 — 883, Spark Derenzo 252-217-255-132 — 856, Bob Tuttle 212-223-202-209 — 846. Totals: 646-685-698-556 — 2,585.

Kalpro (3)

Keith Lawyer 200-257-221-267 — 945, Kyle Wilkins 213-224-209-179 — 825, Zach Mecca 223-255-192-169 — 839. Totals: 636-736-622-615 — 2,609.

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Masons Automotive (5)

Mark Hansen 237-221-244-217 — 919, Robin Fredenburgh 255-253-231-234 — 973, B.J. Smith Jr. 237-183-226-232 — 878. Totals: 729-657-701-683 — 2,770.

Boulevard Bowl (0)

Mike Scaccia 205-170-221-236 — 832, Brian Hart 224-186-172-189 — 771, Cory Bennett 172-202-168-201 — 743. Totals: 601-558-561-626 — 2,346.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL MIXED DOUBLES

Standings

Sindoni Sausage 154-86, Revolutions Pro Shop 141.5-98.5, Rogers MotorSports 136.5-103.5, Towne Bowling Academy 135-105, Never Enough Performance 133-107, CDMVS 129.5-110.5, Team 11 129-111, Team 9 124.5-115.5, Boulevard Bowl 124.5-115.5, Next Level Performance 123-117, EARRRRL’S 121.5-118.5, Loyal Nutrition 121.5-118.5, Team 17 112-128, TSS Printing & Awards 111-129, Team 3 110-130, Team 12 109.5-130.5, Sportsman’s Bowl 104-136, Team 8 102-138, 15 Church 102-138, A-Plus Heating 72-168.

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Match summaries

Next Level Detailing (15)

Kim Swiatocha 288-222-244-191 — 945, Matt Swiatocha 300-277-237-231 — 1,045. Totals: 609-520-502-443 — 2,074.

Team 12 (5)

Janelle Irwin 222-205-203-193 — 823, Dan Rotter 268-202-221-224 — 915. Totals: 535-452-469-462 — 1,918.

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A-Plus Heating (7)

Michelle Largeteau 148-136-125-156 — 565, Tony Pasquerella 187-201-233-183 — 804. Totals: 451-453-474-455 — 1,833.

Revolutions Pro Shop (13)

Lindsey McPhail 247-248-253-201 — 949, Don Herrington 195-237-224-226 — 882. Totals: 453-496-488-438 — 1,875.

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EARRRRL’S (7)

Renee Earl 208-205-181-192 — 787, Tom Earl 196-258-280-241 — 975. Totals: 439-499-496-468 — 1,902.

Sportsman’s Bowl (13)

Erika Poje 182-205-165-266 — 818, Bill Nolan 214-232-215-259 — 920. Totals: 446-487-430-575 — 1,938.

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Never Enough Performance (7)

Kate Clark 236-259-209-215 — 919, Jamie Duncan 187-253-170-153 — 763. Totals: 456-545-412-401 — 1,814.

CDMVS (13)

Chris Allen-Valenzuela 266-258-189-180 — 953, John Askew 182-233-223-257 — 903. Totals: 465-508-429-454 — 1,856.

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15 Church (11)

Aliyah Liberatore 190-190-178-160 — 718, Lee Quivey 135-190-268-225 — 818. Totals: 381-436-502-441 — 1,760.

Team 9 (9)

Kaitlyn Barnes 187-234-194-191 — 806, Nick Barnes 222-231-163-180 — 796. Totals: 431-487-379-393 — 1,690.

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Towne Bowling Academy (13.5)

Debbie Capullo 235-278-247-215 — 975, Marty Capullo Jr. 226-269-269-207 — 971. Totals: 479-560-529-435 — 2,003.

Team 11 (6.5)

Jessica Aiezza 276-216-257-193 — 942, Scott Rogers 236-215-245-204 — 900. Totals: 517-436-507-402 — 1,862.

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Team 17 (13.5)

Ursula Pasquerella 239-234-200-187 — 860, Joe Venduro 258-246-239-248 — 991. Totals: 542-525-484-480 — 2,031.

TSS Printing & Awards (6.5)

Jackie Malone 215-248-225-219 — 907, Paul Dumas 232-176-180-254 — 842. Totals: 484-461-442-510 — 1,897.

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Sindoni Sausage (1)

Liz Kuhlkin 226-237-147-258 — 868, Joe VanDerLinden 269-258-216-195 — 938. Totals: 498-498-366-456 — 1,818.

Loyal Nutrition (19)

Amber Dominic 235-237-204-248 — 924, Vinny Struffolino 280-233-236-180 — 929. Totals: 559-514-484-472 — 2 ,029.

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Rogers MotorSports (17)

Kelly Chrzanowski 235-253-194-216 — 898, Tom Rogers 212-177-198-193 — 780. Totals: 482-465-427-444 — 1,818.

Team 3 (3)

Jenn Schissler 248-202-181-205 — 836, Chuckie Schissler 172-174-193-169 — 708. Totals: 469-425-423-423 — 1,740.

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Team 8 (13)

Elizabeth Criscuolo 159-164-155-179 — 657, Gabe Criscuolo 238-215-201-193 — 847. Totals: 480-462-439-455 — 1,836.

Boulevard Bowl (7)

Lisa Rathbun-Read 184-201-257-194 — 836, Cliff Ruth 221-160-256-236 — 873. Totals: 430-386-538-455 — 1,809.

AMSTERDAM MEN’S CITY LEAGUE

Standings

JLD 75-33, Skyview Lounge 69-39, Excellent Autos 66-42, Imperial Lanes 60-48, RJ Sheetmetal 60-48, Team Bryk 52-56, Team Schultz 50-58, Team Mason 45-63, Team Majewski 33-75, Liberatore Electric 30-78.

Leaderboard

Chad Chiara 277-967, Jon Schultz 267-955, Billy McGaffin 278-947, Tony Cosentino 277-946, Mike Bellinger 253-910, Dan Bryk 257-905, Tim Grant 247-901, Ken Myers 255-888, Justin Lansing 267-863, Kyle Kilburn 236-862.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected].

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