In the Pocket: Capullo rolls her 32nd career 300 game

Photo providedDebbie Capullo recently rolled her 32nd career perfect game and is averaging 235 in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League at Towne Bowling Academy.
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Debbie Capullo recently rolled her 32nd career perfect game and is averaging 235 in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League at Towne Bowling Academy.

Positivity flows easily from Capital Region standout Debbie Capullo, much like her grooved arm swing and exquisite timing on the lanes.

Although it’s always family, friends and teammates first and foremost on her mind, the 48-year-old Mohonasen math teacher also finds time to notch some impressive personal achievements. Many of those have occurred at her family-owned bowling center.

Capullo, the wife of Towne Bowling Academy manager/owner Marty Capullo Jr. and the proud mother of up-and-coming junior standout Jayson Capullo, recently recorded her 32nd perfect game in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City league. She’s carrying an impressive 235 average in that high-powered league.

Although Capullo prefers to talk about her family and the peers that help make the sport so enjoyable for her, she reluctantly can reel off one of the area’s top resumes. Capullo has 16 800 triples, including a high of 856. Her proudest moments on the lanes were a pair of New York State Queens titles in 1995 and 2003. She also finished second on another occasion in the state’s top tournament for elite women bowlers.

Capullo also fondly recalls the time she became only the sixth female bowler in the nation to roll back-to-back 300 games on Oct. 3, 1998. She later repeated the consecutive perfectos on Feb. 8, 2017.

At the USBC Championships in Reno, Nevada, in 2019, she, her husband, Tom Earl, Matt Fazzone and Natasha Bidwell finished in the money (at one time as high as 21st in the nation). Capullo made that event even more memorable by rolling 30 consecutive clean frames in the singles event.

Locally, Capullo not only continues to shine in both the City League and the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league, she also won a Huck Finn mixed doubles championship with her husband. Additionally, she was a Huck Finn Women’s Championship runner-up back in the days when Huck Finn sponsored weekly televised tournaments for the Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York. Capullo is a multiple New York State USBC Tournament champion, winning a pair of team tournament titles to go along with two doubles crowns and a pair of singles crowns, as well.

All of that success came despite battling numerous physical ailments and illnesses, including Lyme disease and chronic shoulder and arm problems. She bowled in pain for many years.

The Mohonasen High School and College of Saint Rose graduate learned the game from her grandparents and her parents.

“I remember when my parents first signed me up for the junior program at Towne Bowling Academy when I was a little girl. I was overjoyed. No matter how they felt, my mom and dad, and my grandparents, always showed up to watch and supported my bowling. The same is true to this day, as my entire family supports me,” she said.

“To me, bowling is a team sport, and individual achievement is secondary. My NYS Queens titles are near and dear to my heart, because I shared them with my family, who was there to support me.”

Like all bowlers, Capullo has suffered through some slumps during her distinguished kegling career, but she always bounced back. She is never afraid to put in the work necessary to remain among the top bowlers in the Capital Region. Capullo has taken lessons from former PBA Tour standout and pro shop operator Kenny Hall, and she attended the Kegel Training Facility a few years ago to get some pointers from a few of the top coaches in the world.

She credits her husband, still one of the area’s top bowlers, and Earl, a local standout, for keeping a watchful eye on her occasional bad habits, like rolling or dipping her shoulder slightly at the line. She appreciates Matt Fazzone’s ball-drilling expertise.

Capullo is proud of how her pet project, the Mixed Doubles league, has become one of the area’s most popular leagues.

“I can’t believe how that league has turned out,” she said. “When our women’s league dissolved, I wanted to try the mixed doubles concept. It was risky, but I knew there were so many wonderful bowlers in our area, and I thought they would enjoy this concept. You can feel the energy and passion every Wednesday night, and the competition is always great. Look how close the standings were in the first half this year. Plus, we are all friends, and many of us go out to eat together on bowling night.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the bowling game like so many other small businesses, Capullo was surprised with her strong start this season.

“I had fewer aches and pains this year, and I’ve been doing more stretching to help my body stay loose,” she noted. “With all the restrictions in place, like the 10 p.m. curfew, we lost some business, and our new pool room we had never got a chance to get off the ground. But the main thing for us is the safety of our bowlers. We want to keep our bowling family safe. Our bowlers are part of our family, and I can’t begin to express how grateful we are for their support. They are not just our customers. They are our family.”

While Capullo beams about how quickly her son has improved his game and even become a huge part of the family business, she admitted that the pandemic has created even more challenges in her other role as teacher.

“At Mohonasen, we have a portion of the students rotating from school to home,” she explained. “There are two groups, and each group rotates in and out of school for two days. Plus, we have another group of students who are completely remote in their learning. Math is a tough subject to teach, and it’s even tougher and more stressful when you can’t do your teaching face-to-face. It becomes more challenging. But I believe in keeping a positive mindset at all times.”

Being positive is nothing new to Capullo. Her family and friends can count on it.

STRIKES & SPARES

Former PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, the operator of Revolutions Pro Shop at both Boulevard Bowl and Del Lanes, won his third straight New Year’s Day Tournament at Kingpin Alley’s Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls. LeClair averaged 219.67 for six games on a demanding lane condition. He won by 24 pins and earned the $2,000 top prize from a field of 74. LeClair and Nick Wells also combined to win the optional doubles event, worth a combined $600.

Tyriq Ferguson shot an 803 and earned $300 en route to winning the Danzy for King New Year’s Day Tournament at Uncle Sam Lanes. Rounding out the top bowlers were John Popson (801, $200), Ron Paradiso (789, $150), Will Cron (765, $100), Steve Fairweather (763, $75) and Andre Lawson (761, $75).

Towne Bowling Academy’s Team Handicap Tournament has added three more squads: this Saturday, Jan. 19 and Jan. 23, all at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $160 per team. Handicap is 90% of 225, with a maximum of 50 pins per game. Top prize is $4,000. There is also an optional singles tournament for $15 using the same scores. Call 518-355-3939 for more information or to make reservations.

The Uncle Sam Christmas Three-Person Team Tournament has added one more squad, this Sunday at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $30, and handicap is 90% of 220. Top prize is $1,200 based on 100 teams.

Uncle Sam Lanes is also hosting the next Amateur Bowlers Association of New York singles tournament Jan. 17 at 9:30 p.m. Entry fee is $35 if paid early or $40 otherwise. Only bowlers with averages less than 215 are eligible.

The Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour will hold a Winter Gold tournament Jan. 16 (1 p.m.) and Jan. 17 (10 a.m.) at Patel’s Kingston Lanes. Entry capacity is just 16 bowlers for the Saturday squad and 32 on Sunday. Entry fee is $40. Call 845-338-1414 for more information.

Sportsman’s Bowl hosts the next Empire State Youth Open Sunday at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $40. Call Sportsman’s Bowl at 518-355-4330 for more information.

Applications for the John Drexel Scholarship Fund are now available for any Capital Region high school junior or senior. Contact Julie Drexel by Facebook Messenger for more information.

Town & Country Lanes will host the Lab Bakers Doubles Tournament Jan. 24 (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.), Jan. 30 (3 p.m.), Jan. 31 (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.), Feb. 6 (3 p.m.) and Feb. 7 (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Entry fee is $25 per bowler. Handicap will be 90% of 220. One in eight teams will cash. Top prize is $800 for the top team, based on 70 teams.

Former Schenectady High School and SUNY Schenectady standout Lauren May Piotrowski, who excelled for the University of Pikeville (Kentucky) women’s bowling team for two years and was named the NAIA Women’s Bowler of the Year as a senior last season, has returned to the Bears as an assistant coach.

MAJOR BOWLING

Debbie Capullo rolled a 300 game and a 772 triple for the night’s featured performance, Bill Judge hammered a 768 and DeCrescente Distributing defeated J&F Lawn Care 924-913 in a one-game roll-off for the first half championship in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy. Marc Fowler added a perfect game.

Jay Diamond ripped a 277-752, and Chris Fawcett drilled a 258-749 to pace the Sportsman’s Majors Monday night at Sportsman’s Bowl.

P.J. Derenzo rolled games of 289 and 279 on the way to a 1,015 four-game series, B.J. Smith Jr. produced a perfect game during a 976 and Joe Carusone shot a 257-974 in the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

In the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy, Jessica Aiezza drilled a 279-992 four-game series, Joe Venduro slammed a 283-984, Paul Dumas delivered a 277-992, Joe VanDerLinden ripped a 277-992, Liz Kuhlkin fired a 279-948 and Kim Swiatocha rolled a 277-941.

The Amsterdam Men’s City League at Kelly’s Imperial Lanes could not report its scores this week.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE

Standings

DeCrescente Distributing 33-15, J&F Lawn Care 33-15, Downs Roofing 31-17, Syrons’s Meat Market 30-18, Towne Bowling Academy 29-19, 20 North 29-19, Vito Sindoni & Son 28-20, TSS Printing & Awards 26-22, Team 4 25-23, KKV Recovery 16-32, Action Bowling Supply 16-32, D&D Lawncare 15-33, Rollarama 15-33, Home Tech Electric 10-38.

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Match summaries

Action Bowling Supply (1)

Rit Fazzone 175-163-157 — 496, Scott Zalud 235-214-197 — 646, Natasha Bidwell 247-205-235 — 687, Matt Fazzone 222-253-225 — 700. Totals: 880-835-814 — 2,529.

KKV Recovery (2)

Nick DiCerbo 247-254-236 — 737, Jackie Malone 163-170-216 — 549, Bob Evans 231-198-227 — 656, Vinny Struffolino 247-195-277 — 719. Totals: 888-817-956 — 2,661.

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Rollarama (3)

Ryan Gahan 204-190-256 — 650, Keith Lawyer 195-195-194 — 584, Dan Rotter 191-191-196 — 578, Ron Paradiso 217-234-224 — 675. Totals: 807-810-870 — 2,487.

Home Tech Electric (0)

Jenn Schissler 244-173-235 — 652, Chuck Schissler 172-183-195 — 550, Ronnie Zadrozny 203-212-208 — 623, Gabe Criscuolo 180-195-192 — 567. Totals: 799-763-830 — 2,392.

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J&F Lawn Care (1)

Jason Brown 257-222-254 — 733, R.J. Martinez 214-200-215 — 629, Craig Taylor 258-258-11 — 727, Steve Hallenbeck 255-237-221 — 713. Totals: 984-917-901 — 2,802.

DeCrescente Distributing (2)

Jessica Aiezza 202-258-268 — 728, Mark Kuhlkin 220-209 — 429, Scott Rogers 237-246-216 — 699, Liz Kuhlkin 217-222-228 — 667, Lee Aiezza 279 game. Totals: 876-935-991 — 2,802.

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Downs Roofing (2)

P.J. Derenzo 247-223-183 — 653 Jeremy Clute 214-226-213 — 653, Ryan Karabin 231-249-195 — 675, Billy Wigand 225-221-211 — 657. Totals: 917-919-802 — 2,638.

Syron’s Meat Market (1)

Ken Wilkins 196-196-181 — 573, Brandon Wolf 225-216-190 — 631, Don Herrington 226-195-182 — 603, Ken LaBelle Jr. 191-214-258 — 663. Totals: 838-821-811 — 2,470.

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Towne Bowling Academy (1)

Tom Earl 257-171-234 — 662, Tom DiBell 231-248-183 — 662, Marty Capullo Jr. 298-201-176 — 675, Debbie Capullo 237-235-300 — 772. Totals: 1,023-855-893 — 2,771.

20 North (2)

Tommy Donato 210-198-216 — 624, Matt Kallner 268-211-224 — 703, Kenny Livengood 236-216-248 — 700, Joel Donato 2094-254-246 — 704. Totals: 918-879-934 — 2,731.

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Vito Sindoni & Son (2)

Scott Chastenay 267-197-239 — 703, Mike DiCerbo 181-230-238 — 649, Rich Strath 207-197-214 — 618, Joe VanDerLinden 226-258-215 — 699. Totals: 881-882-906 — 2,669.

Team 4 (1)

Cassius Boyd 175-203-220 — 598, John Mauceri 224-188-192 — 604, Charlie Provost 184-245-201 — 630, Marc Fowler 234-300-213 — 747. Totals: 817-936-826 — 2,579.

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TSS Printing & Awards (3)

Dwayne Coonradt 211-212-245 — 668, Paul Dumas 246-209-222 — 677, John Askew 245-231-268 — 744, Steve Wagoner 235-237-269 — 741. Totals: 937-889-1,004 — 2,830.

D&D Lawncare (0)

Karrie Blake 229-172-215 — 616, Laura Rotter 168-202-221 — 591, Bill Judge 267-246-255 — 768, Bill Nolan 191-163-208 — 562. Totals: 855-763-899 — 2,537.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS

Standings

Next Level Detailing 43-17, Muny Grille 40-20, Universal Auto Parts 40-20, Metroland Photo 37-23, Rollin’ Smoke BBQ 36-24, Bob’s Pro Shop 35-25, Mike’s Hot Dogs 32-28, The Appliance Specialist 28-32, Café One-Eleven 24-36, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 21-39, IDID 1842, Girgenti’s Café & More 6-54.

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Match summaries

Mike’s Hot Dogs (2)

Doug Semerad 220-268-218 — 706, Tammy Sader 238-265-211 — 714, Rich Rogaski 226-200-207 — 633, Kevin Palmer 232-204-200 — 635. Totals: 916-937-836 — 2,689.

The Appliance Specialist (2)

Melissa Bogholtz 194-279-199 — 672, Steve Fawcett 215-192-229 — 636, Zach Gravell 204-217-192 — 613, Chris Fawcett 234-258-257 — 749. Totals: 847-946-877 — 2,670.

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Café One-Eleven (1)

Joe DiBiase 228-192-201 — 621, Joe O’Toole 179-226-215 — 620, Cory Buckley 216-155-183 — 554, Tyler Mochrie 247-246-183 — 676. Totals: 870-819-782 — 2,471.

Klonowski’s Pro Shop (3)

Ted Klonowski III (absent) 212-212-212 — 636, Ted Klonowski Jr. 192-216-187 — 575, Jackielynn Noble 200-188-181 — 569, Jim Petronis 204-259-230 — 693. Totals: 808-875-790 — 2,473.

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IDID (4)

Tony Fernandez 184-182-248 — 614, Joe Gordon 224-163-154 — 541, David Sader 201-228-233 — 662, A.J. Perone 226-251-244 — 721. Totals: 835-824-879 — 2,538.

Girgenti’s Café & More (0)

Ernest Laduke Jr. 174-234-129 — 537, Gray Neumann 200-168-223 — 591, Jason Deitz 142-181-144 — 467, Mike Piotrowski 204-216-222 — 642. Totals: 720-799-718 — 2,237.

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Next Level Detailing (1)

Mike Guidarelli 245-214-260 — 719, Tom Siatkowski 202-225-233 — 660, Jim Parker (absent) 226-226-226 — 678, Matt Swiatocha 227-222-194 — 643. Totals: 900-887-913 — 2,700.

Muny Grille (3)

Jay Diamond 215-260-277 — 752, Dave Bingham (absent) 219-219-219 — 657, John Musto Jr. 223-237-225 — 685, Jamie Diamond 224-249-234 — 707. Totals: 881-965-955 — 2,801.

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Universal Auto Parts (3)

Andy Smith 256-245-197 — 698, Joe DeVillas 247-202-201 — 650, Chris Smith 208-236-195 — 639, Chris Fedden 290-232-192 — 714. Totals: 1,001-915-785 — 2,701.

Metroland Photo (1)

Lee Quivey 177-177-226 — 580, Cliff Ruth 224-221-194 — 637, Mike Gallitelli 236-237-182 — 655, B.J. Smith Jr. 245-214-219 — 678. Totals: 882-849-819 — 2,550.

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Rollin’ Smoke BBQ (1)

John Leone 234-256-226 — 716, Bill Carl 222-172-183 — 577, Kalynn Carl 182-218-197 — 597, Justin Carl 255-236-187 — 678. Totals: 893-882-793 — 2,568.

Bob’s Pro Shop (3)

B.J. Rucinski Jr. 227-249-204 — 680, Earl Lawrence Jr. 270-201-241 — 712, Bob Tedesco Jr. 207-241-214 — 662, Mike Smith 213-184-243 — 640. Totals: 917-875-902 — 2,694.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC

Standings

Derenzo’s Tax Service 26-9, Masons Automotive 21.5-13.5, Downs Roofing 19-16, Kalpro 16-19, Boulevard Bowl 13-22, D.A. Parisi & Co. 9.5-25.5.

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Match summaries

Kalpro (2)

Keith Lawyer 223-210-245-245 — 923, Kyle Wilkins 175-265-232-185 — 857, Joe Carusone 255-257-246-216 — 974. Totals: 653-732-723-646 — 2,754.

Masons Automotive (3)

Mark Hansen 203-248-236-259 — 966, Zach Mecca 228-172-225-223 — 848, B.J. Smith Jr. 248-300-232-196 — 976. Totals: 679-720-713-678 — 2,790.

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Downs Roofing (1)

Tom Girard 256-205-157-202 — 820, Ryan Karabin 206-222-236-204 — 868, Tony Bianchi 258-234-173-257 — 922. Totals: 720-661-566-663 — 2,610.

Derenzo’s Tax Service (4)

P.J. Derenzo 215-232-279-289 — 1,015, Mark Derenzo 231-236-198-226 — 891, Bob Tuttle 178-214-224-181 — 797. Totals: 624-682-701-696 — 2,703.

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Boulevard Bowl (4)

Mike Scaccia 215-198-201-193 — 807, Brian Hart 228-234-214-233 — 909, Cory Bennett 236-233-258-166 — 893. Totals: 679-665-673-592 — 2,609.

D.A. Parisi & Co. (1)

John Mecca 220-209-184-214 — 827, Jeff Williams 161-202-183-235 — 781, Ken Wilkins 160-204-193-210 — 767. Totals: 541-615-560-699 — 2,375.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL MIXED DOUBLES LEAGUE

Standings

Towne Bowling Academy 20-0, Team 8 19-1, Boulevard Bowl 16-4, TSS Printing & Awards 16-4, Rogers MotorSports 15-5, Sindoni Sausage 13-7, Team 11 13-7, EARRRRL’S 13-7, Loyal Nutrition 11-9, Next Level Detailing 10-10, J&U 10-10, Sportsman’s Bowl 9-11, Team 9 7-13, Team 12 7-13, 15 Church 7-13, CDMVS 5-15, Never Enough Performance 4-16, Pete’s Auto 4-16, Revolutions Pro Shop 1-19, A-Plus Heating & Cooling 0-20.

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Match summaries

Revolutions Pro Shop (1)

Lindsey McPhail 194-194-205-225 — 818, Don Herrington 196-221-225-207 — 849. Totals: 401-426-441-443 — 1,711.

Team 8 (19)

Cheyanne McPhail 187-225-212-227 — 851, Gabe Criscuolo 176-218-226-200 — 820. Totals: 402-482-477-466 — 1,827.

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J&U (10)

Ursula Pasquerella 226-193-231-203 — 853, Joe Venduro 220-221-225-267 — 933. Totals: 488-456-498-512 — 1,954.

Next Level Detailing (10)

Kim Swiatocha 225-201-277-238 — 941, Matt Swiatocha 279-224-214-232 — 949. Totals: 504-425-491-4709 — 1,890.

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Towne Bowling Academy (20)

Debbie Capullo 238-195-213-256 — 902, Ryan Gahan 223-246-215-217 — 901. Totals: 481-461-448-493 — 1,883.

A-Plus Heating & Cooling (0)

Michelle Largeteau 118-122-127-127 — 494, Tony Pasquerella 178-214-173-185 — 750. Totals: 410-450-414-426 — 1,700.

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CDMVS (5)

Chris Allen-Valenzuela 205-168-215-204 — 792, John Askew 213-246-236-257 — 952. Totals: 438-434-471-481 — 1,824.

Rogers MotorSports (15)

Kelly Chrzanowski 226-214-265-223 — 928, Kenny Livengood 182-217-267-267 — 933. Totals: 427-450-551-509 — 1,937.

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Boulevard Bowl (16)

Lisa Rathbun-Read 193-220-213-225 — 851, Cliff Ruth 176-202-246-237 — 861. Totals: 397-450-487-490 — 1,824.

Pete’s Auto (4)

Jenn Schissler 212-214-183-222 — 831, Chuckie Schissler 190-161-180-175 — 706. Totals: 450-423-411-445 — 1,729.

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Sportsman’s Bowl (9)

Erika Poje 183-223-158-183 — 746, Steve Wagoner 246-268-206-234 — 954. Totals: 455-518-391-444 — 1,808.

Loyal Nutrition (11)

Amber Dominic 204-214-211-176 — 805, Vinny Struffolino 198-213-213-226 — 850. Totals: 446-471-468-446 — 1,831.

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15 Church (7)

Aliyah Liberatore 203-192-192-183 — 770, Ben Empie 216-185-155-155 — 711. Totals: 482-440-410-401 — 1,733.

EARRRRL’S (13)

Renee Earl 192-168-212-127 — 699, Tom Earl 257-224-228-247 — 956. Totals: 482-425-473-407 — 1,787.

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Team 12 (7)

Janelle Irwin 228-223-214-222 — 887, Steve Irwin 206-214-172-222 — 814. Totals: 478-481-430-488 — 1,877.

Sindoni Sausage (13)

Liz Kuhlkin 247-235-187-279 — 948, Joe VanDerLinden 277-268-200-239 — 984. Totals: 526-505-389-520 — 1,940.

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TSS Printing & Awards (16)

Jackie Malone 234-226-217-225 — 902, Paul Dumas 193-194-264-277 — 928. Totals: 466-459-520-541 — 1,986.

Never Enough Performance (4)

Kate Clark 214-276-211-198 — 899, Jamie Duncan 149-237-191-245 — 822. Totals: 402-552-441-482 — 1,877.

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Team 11 (13)

Jessica Aiezza 279-257-212-244 — 992, Scott Rogers 225-253-238-217 — 933. Totals: 512-518-458-469 — 1,957.

Team 9 (7)

Kaitlyn Barnes (absent) 202-202-202-202 — 808, Lee Quivey 258-299-161-201 — 919. Totals: 508-549-411-451 — 1,919.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected].

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