In the Pocket: Area bowlers did well at last week’s RPI Open

Kingpin’s Alley proprietor Doug Bohannon, left, poses with Jake Rollins, who won his first regional title in last weekend’s RPI Open PBA East regional. Bohannon has hosted several major events over the last two seasons.
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Kingpin’s Alley proprietor Doug Bohannon, left, poses with Jake Rollins, who won his first regional title in last weekend’s RPI Open PBA East regional. Bohannon has hosted several major events over the last two seasons.

IN THE POCKET Local bowlers made a solid showing at last weekend’s RPI Open PBA regional at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

Although the 76-player field was loaded with PBA members, including many of the top PBA East Region leaders, the Capital Region “amateur” contingent included four cashers. Former PBA member RJ Martinez of Ballston Spa led the way for the area keglers by finishing 12th. He averaged 210.27 for 15 games and earned $640.

Two-hander Billy McGaffin Jr. of Amsterdam was 18th. He picked up $540 while averaging 205.75 for 12 games. Rounding out the cashers were two-hander Zachary Bogholtz of Nassau in 24th (193.50 average for 12 games, $505) and lefty Matt Fazzone (190.42 for 12 games, $500) of Rotterdam, who operates the Action Bowling Supply pro shop at Towne Bowling Academy.

Other area bowlers who finished among the top 50 were Brandon Boyer of Hudson Falls (33rd, 197.63), Donald Guest of Middleburgh (36th 196.38), former PBA50 Player of the Year and Revolutions Pro Shop owner Brian LeClair of Albany (37th, 196.25, $275), Roy Vanderbogart of Gansevoort (38th, 195.63), Rick Bogholtz of Halfmoon (43rd, 192.13), Anthony Scaccia of Voorheesville (45th, 190.63) and Eric Stangle of Ballston Spa (48th, 190.00).

The grueling format included eight games of qualifying last Saturday, with the top 25 advancing to Sunday. After four more games Sunday morning, the field was whittled down to 16. Those bowlers rolled three more games to reach the round of 8. Two more games were contested to earn a spot in the four-player stepladder finals, which included top-seeded Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, New Jersey, PBA East Region point leader Cody Shoemaker of Hanover, Pennsylvania, 13-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania., and lefty Anthony Neuer of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Neuer thumped Shoemaker 266-219 and then used a great break in the 10th frame when a 10-pin fell late to help him slip past O’Neill 193-190.

That left Rollins and Neuer in the championship game. Rollins crushed his good friend 225-145. He stayed clean and rolled six strikes. Neuer struggled with four opens, including two splits and a washout.

Rollins, who was on the PBA Tour for a couple of seasons, secured his first PBA regional title in his first  regional tournament of the year. By winning the RPI Open, he earned a spot in the Regional Players Invitational in January but he still must bowl in a few more PBA East Region events to be eligible.

“I’ve reached the match play of some tournaments before, but this is my first win,” said Rollins. “I was on the tour for three years, but COVID kind of put a stop to that, and I went on a new career path. I still bowl quite a bit though. I finished 24h in the 2020 U.S. Open. This feels awesome to finally win.”

Also earning spots in the Regional Players Invitational in January were Neuer, Shoemaker and Ryan Galli.

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TALENTED FIELD

I really enjoyed watching all the talented bowlers in the regional. Although the Capital Region has more than its share of outstanding bowlers, the mix of power and accuracy from the guys at this level was a pleasure to watch.

Along with the many local bowlers competing, it was also fun to catch up with PBA50 standout Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, who has five PBA Tour victories, including the Empire State Open, to go along with 30 PBA regional wins and 4 PBA50 regional triumphs. Shafer, the only PBA50 player to make the cut, earned $630.

Other familiar names included former Donato Scratch Singles champions Alex Cavagnaro and Phil Drumm, and Galli, another of the best point producers in the East Region.

The next event on the PBA East Region Tour will be the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open Oct. 28-30 in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

By the way, KPA proprietor Doug Bohannon put on another great tournament for the elite field. It’s not surprising since he’s hosted two PWBA events, including the U.S. Women’s Open, as well.

PBA East Region manager Russ Mills was also extremely helpful and efficient, as usual. Mills, who was the guest speaker at the Schenectady USBC Hall of Fame and Awards banquet a few years ago, has been the East Region manager for 25 years. He was quite the player back in the day. He won a PBA South Region title and had success in the Capital Region as well, winning four Northern Bowlers Association crowns — two at the now defunct Action Lanes, one at Sportsman’s Bowl and another at Town & Country Lanes. Mills really knows how to run a tournament and he’s well respected on tour.

STRIKES & SPARES

Zachary Bogholtz wasn’t satisfied with simply making his first cut and cashing in the RPI Open PBA regional Sunday. He drove back to the Capital Region and competed in the King of the Hill tournament at Del Lanes. He squeezed into the stepladder as the fourth seed, but then shot a 300 game, a 233 and a 277 to beat top-seeded Matthew Flowers, who rolled a 279-815 in qualifying, for the championship.

The Amateur League Bowlers Association of New York kicks off its tournament season with a special welcome back event for A.L.B.A.N.Y. bowlers with established averages from at least six tour events. The tournament is set for Sunday at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $50.  Handicap is 100% of 215, with a maximum 75 pins per game. For more information, contact Jim Burton at 518-209-4748.

Boulevard Bowl is hosting its Five-Person Baker Tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $150 per team and handicap is based on the average of the five bowlers divided by five. Call 518-374-4171 to reserve your spot.

The Daily Gazette league, which bowls Tuesdays at noon at Sportsman’s Bowl, has two openings. The mixed league has 10 three-person teams with weekly dues of $16. Handicap is 100%. Contact secretary Marty Browne or Sportsman’s Bowl if interested. You can also shoot me a message if you would prefer.

Town ’N Country’s Challenge Night, a weekly sweeper, continues next Wednesday night at 9 p.m. It runs for 24 weeks, but there is no commitment. Bowlers roll three games on various challenging oil patterns. There will be weekly and quarterly payouts with clean pots and eliminators. Entry fee is $20. Call Anthony Scaccia (518-881-5054) for more information.

The Towne Majors, which bowls Tuesday nights at 8:45 p.m., is looking for one more team to fill out the league. First place for the three-person, handicapped team format league is $3,600 out of a total $12,000 prize fund. Dues are $23 a week for 30 weeks. Call 518-355-3939 for more information.

Sportsman’s Majors is looking for one more team to fill out its 14-team roster. The league bowls Monday nights.

Big Ron’s Scratch Doubles Tournament is set for Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl. Entry fee is $200 per team (or $180 if received by Oct. 1). First place, based on 40 entries, is $2,000. A ziti dinner is included, and jackpots, brackets and a ball raffle are available. Call Ron Williams (518-603-7390) or Sportsman’s Bowl (518-355-4339) for more information.

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MAJOR BOWLING

Marc Fowler delivered a perfect game during his 766 triple, and John Askew also tossed a 300 en route to a 761 in the City League Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Mark Ray hammered a 280-774, JJ Carpenter shot a 274-758 and Jamie Diamond registered a 279-751 in the Sportsman’s Majors Monday night at Sportsman’s Bowl.

B.J. Smith Jr. (248-938), Mark Hansen (269-920) and Keith Lawyer (300-909) paced the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

Marty Capullo Jr. slammed a 280-1,048 four-game series, Billy McGaffin Jr. hammered a 266-993, Ryan Karabin drilled a 279-990 and Liz Kuhlkin fired a 267-973 in the Towne Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

CITY LEAGUE

Standings

ABS 6-0, Towne Bowling Academy 5-1, DeCrescente Distributing 5-1, Falvey Real Estate 5-1, Downs Roofing 5-1, Sindoni Sausage 4-2, Mohawk Honda/Chevrolet 3-3, Broadway Lanes 3-3, Team 19 3-3, J&F Lawncare 3-3, Drive Line Motors 3-3, Rollarama 3-3, Bootlegger’s on Broadway 3-3, 20 North 3-3, KKV Recovery 2-4, Boulevard Bowl 1-5, Team 1 1-5, Kristel Mechanical 1-5, Da Royalty 1-5, Pete’s Auto 0-6.

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Match summaries

Rollarama (1)

Ron Paradiso 159-251-198 — 608, Jeremy Clute 233-170-212 — 615, Dan Rotter 212-193-189 — 594, Ken LaBelle Jr. 234-223-212 — 669. Totals: 838-837-811 — 2,486.

J&F Lawncare (2)

Jason Brown 268-215-242 — 725, RJ Martinez 279-211-188 — 678, Nick Stricos 153-187-223 — 563, Joe DeVellis 198-181-204 — 583. Totals: 898-794-857 — 2,549.

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Falvey Real Estate (2)

Lee Aiezza 265-178-173 — 616, Dan Auricchio 214-259-222 — 695, Kenny Livengood 211-257-214 — 682, Jeff Young 208-235-217 — 660. Totals: 898-929-826 — 2,653.

Mohawk Honda/Chevrolet (1)

Ed Gumm 195-249-196 — 640, Chip Tashjian 188-191-205 — 584, Brad Lawyer 177-244-201 — 622, Jody Becker 258-279-188 — 725. Totals: 818-963-790 — 2,571.

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Boulevard Bowl (0)

PJ Derenzo 170-195-232 — 597, John Mecca 192-172-152 — 516, Mark Derenzo 206-185-180 — 571, Ken Wilkins 201-180-235 — 616. Totals: 769-732-799 — 2,300.

Bootleggrer’s on Broadway (3)

Cassius Boyd 157-174-222 — 553, Karrie Blake 226-202-166 — 594, Eric Quinlivan 174-191-204 — 569, Marc Fowler 300-210-256 — 766. Totals: 857-777-848 — 2,482.

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DeCrescente’s Distributing (2)

Suzie Morine 226-244-213 — 683, Brian Mariano 234-227-191 — 652, Mark Kuhlkin 265-208-221 — 694, Liz Kuhlkin 215-256-213 — 684. Totals: 940-935-838 — 2,713.

Broadway Lanes (1)

Roy Vanderbogart 215-230-232 — 677, John Pancake 255-183-216 — 654, Steve Wagoner 213-227-205 — 645, Justin Barcomb 215-239-234 — 688. Totals: 898-879-887 — 2,664.

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Towne Bowling Academy (2)

Tom Earl 257-254-214 — 725, Tony Palumbo 208-231-214 — 653, Marty Capullo Jr. 289-215-244 — 748, Debbie Capullo 205-197-193 — 595. Totals: 959-897-865 — 2,721.

20 North (1)

Joel Donato 204-180-238 — 622, Tommy Donato 211-208-235 — 654, Chris Radliff 227-187-225 — 639, Bob Faragon (absent) 190-190-190 — 570. Totals: 832-765-888 — 2,485.

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KKV Recovery (2)

Alyssa Pancake 218-223-171 — 612, Nick DiCerbo 206-235-224 — 665, Kara Struffolino 168-225-248 — 641, Vinny Struffolino 159-199-205 — 563. Totals: 751-882-848 — 2,481.

Team 1 (1)

Patricia Kelly 217-162-158 — 537, Amanda Chrzanowski 251-202-228 — 681, Bob Messick 244-167-219 — 630, Mike Nolan 202-222-184 — 608. Totals: 914-753-789 — 2,456.

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Kristel Mechanical (0)

Ed White 147-237-195 — 579, Mel Kristel 191-172-224 — 587, Bryan Kelley 224-238-267 — 729, Jeff Whitehouse 172-159-205 — 536. Totals: 734-806-891 — 2,43.

Team 19 (3)

Chad Sutliff 252-211-211 — 674, Stephen Alexander 203-210-188 — 601, Lindsey McPhail 237-18—267 — 693, Tom Egan Jr. 232-201-237 — 631. Totals: 935-811-903 — 2,649.

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Downs Roofing (2)

David Orzechowski 190-185-237 — 612, Nick Barnes 174-192-183 — 549, Ryan Karabin 212-224-258 — 694, Billy Wigand 184-232-232 — 648. Totals: 760-833-910 — 2,503.

Drive Line Motors (1)

Kate Clark 201-163-155 — 515, Chris Allen 190-187-248 — 625, Rob Beedelson 232-148-220 — 600, John Askew 236-300-225 — 761. Totals: 859-798-848 — 2,505.

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ABS (3)

Jeff Kallner 204-208-203 — 615, Matt Kallner 158-243-258 — 659, Craig Taylor 236-199-270 — 705, Matt Fazzone 199-235-203 — 637. Totals: 797-885-934 — 2,616.

Pete’s Auto (0)

Chuck Schissler 143-213-190 — 546, Jenn Schissler 224-212-191 — 627, Chris Lee 200-205-221 — 626, Gabe Criscuolo 144-143-214 — 501. Totals: 711-773-816 — 2,300.

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Da Royalty (0)

Brendon Collins (absent) 186-186-186 — 558, David Squires 185-221-174 — 580, AJ Collins (absent) 190-190-190 — 570, Will Cunningham 153-175-258 — 586. Totals: 714-772-808 — 2,294.

Sindoni Sausage (3)

Scott Chastenay 251-203-206 — 660, Mike Dicerbo 224-269-203 — 696, Rich Strath 201-287-222 — 710, Joe VanDerLinden 224-192-219 — 635. Totals: 900-951-850 — 2,701.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS

Standings

Team 13 7-1, TSS Printing 7-1, Precision Floors 7-1, Muny Grille 6-2, VanBuren Enterprises 5-3, Universal Auto Parts 5-3, JL Designs 5-3, Team 9 5-3, The Appliance Specialist 4-4, Bob’s Pro Shop 3-5, Metroland Photo 1-7, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 1-7, Team 14 0-8, IDID 0-8.

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Match summaries

Muny Grille (3)

Jay Diamond 234-204-262 — 700, Dave Bingham (absent) 200-200-200 — 600, Mark Ray 280-256-238 — 774, Jamie Diamond 237-279-235 — 751. Totals: 951-939-935 — 2,825.

VanBuren Enterprises (1)

Art Van Buren 158-268-180 — 606, Rich Manzer Jr. 222-244-200 — 666, Brian French 248-249-202 — 699, Austin Van Buren 245-233-227 — 705. Totals: 879-994-809 — 2,676.

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JL Designs (4)

Justin Lansing 243-181-201 — 625, Joe D’Aurizio Sr. 195-235-210 — 640, Ron Williams 235-237-193 — 665, Billy McGaffin Jr. 215-237-231 — 683. Totals: 888-890-835 — 2,613.

Bob’s Pro Shop (0)

Fred McMahon 225-237-213 — 675, Joe DiBiase 201-217-211 — 629, Bob Tedesco Jr. 236-235-175 — 646, Mike Smith 207-200-224 — 631. Totals: 869-889-823 — 2,581.

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Metroland Photo (1)

Lee Quivey 207-150-166 — 523, Steve Renzi 225-206-197 — 628, Mike Gallitelli 189-215-178 — 582, B.J. Smith Jr. 224-256-235 — 715. Totals: 845-827-776 — 2,448.

Precision Floors (3)

Mike Guidarelli 245-211-223 — 679, Jim Bassotti 215-203-185 — 603, Kim Swiatocha 200-191-199 — 590, Tom Siatkowski 195-202-235 — 632. Totals: 855-807-842 — 2,504.

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The Appliance Specialist (3)

Steve Fawcett 190-205-210 — 605, Melissa Bogholtz 224-246-214 — 684, Chris Fawcett 258-232-227 — 717, JJ Carpenter 268-274-216—758. Totals: 940-957-867 — 2,764.

Universal Auto Parts (1)

Andy Smith 195-246-201 — 642, Bill Heaphy III 237-268-153 — 658, Chris Fedden 206-235-247 — 688, Chris Smith 220-213-233 — 666. Totals: 858-962-834 — 2,654.

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Team 14 (0)

Vacant 190-190-190 — 570, Vacant 190-190-190 — 570, Vacant 190-190-190 — 570, Vacant 190-190-190 — 570. Totals: 760-760-760 — 2,280.

TSS Printing (4)

Tyler Mochrie 256-204-208 — 668, Rob Mengel 225-195-268 — 688, Cory Buckley 204-175-161 — 540, Matt Olson 245-236-232 — 713. Totals: 930-810-869 — 2,609.

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Klonowski’s Pro Shop (1)

Anthony Clay 188-233-213 — 634, Jackielynn Noble 167-193-180 — 540, Jim Petronis 232-235-147 — 614, Thomas Santerry 165-219-162 — 546. Totals: 752-880-702 — 2,334.

Team 13 (3)

Nick Peckowitz 226-210-247 — 683, Tammy Sader 235-255-254 — 744, Rich Rogaski 195-221-171 — 587, Kevin Palmer 187-165-256 — 608. Totals: 843-851-928 — 2,622.

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Team 9 (4)

Jason Deitz 209-230-190 — 629, Aiden Deitz 201-247-267 — 715, Rich Ellis 234-215-188 — 637, Bill Carl 215-233-148 — 596. Totals: 859-925-793 — 2,577.

IDID (0)

Tony Fernandez 149-171-155 — 475, Patti Tenyenhuis 223-189-169 — 581, Jim Valentino 149-138-226 — 513, AJ Perone 215-182-215 — 612. Totals: 736-680-765 — 2,181.

FRANK DePALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC

Standings

Boulevard Bowl 7-3, Kalpro 7-3, Derenzo’s Tax Service 7-3, Masons Automotive 6-4, MBM Motorsports 2-8, D.A. Parisi & Co. 2-8

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Match summaries

MBM Motorsports (1)

Zach Mecca 164-194-191-171 — 720, Tony Bianchi 189-248-196-215 — 848, Tom Girard 211-257-213-195 — 876. Totals: 564-699-600-561 — 2,444.

Masons Automotive (4)

Mark Hansen 269-226-197-228 — 920, B.J. Smith Jr. 248-231-247-212 — 938, Bob Collins 206-223-242-175 — 846. Totals: 723-680-686-615 — 2,704.

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Kalpro (2)

Keith Lawyer 233-213-300-163 — 909, Kyle Wilkins 215-157-205-235 — 812, Joe Carusone 192-185-182-232 — 791. Totals: 640-555-667-630 — 2,512.

Boulevard Bowl (3)

Michael Scaccia 206-188-258-226 — 878, Brian Hart 171-193-171-223 — 758, Derek Foti 230-220-257-192 — 899. Totals: 607-601-686-641 — 2,535.

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D.A. Parisi & Co. (2)

John Mecca 236-195-199-191 — 821, Jeff Williams 221-245-204-144 — 814, Ken Wilkins 237-202-179-146 — 764. Totals: 694-642-582-481 — 2,399.

Derenzo’ Tax Service (3)

P.J. Derenzo 224-247-178-209 — 858, Mark Derenzo 218-193-192-249 — 852, Jason Palmer 168-227-204-278 — 877. Totals: 610-667-574-736 — 2,587.

TOWNE MIXED DOUBLES

Standings

Towne Bowling Academy 48-12, Solid Surface 45-15, Team 5 44.5-15.5, Team 2 40-30, Sindoni Sausage 36-24, Next Level Detailing 36-24, Unbreakable Nutrition 35-25, Broadway Lunch 33-27, Team 15 29-31,  Never Enough Performance 29-31, ABS 28-32, JLD 28-32, Sportsman’s Bowl 28-32, My Three Sons 27-33, T.J. Bell Environmental 24.5-35.5, TSS Printing & Awards 23-37, A Plus Heating No. 2 21-39, Team 14 20.5-39.5, Rogers Motorsports 16.5-43.5, A Plus Heating No. 1 8-52.

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Match summaries

My Three Sons (4)

Patricia Kelly 167-277-215-212 — 871, Scott Rogers 192-218-188-174 — 772. Totals: 389-525-433-416 — 1,763.

Sindoni Sausage (16)

Liz Kuhlkin 257-213-267-236 — 973, Joe VanDerLinden 204-279-255-214 — 952. Totals: 463-494-524-452 — 1,933.

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Rogers Motorsports (3.5)

Kelly Chrzanowski 177-209-180-201 — 767, Tom Rogers 169-147-169-203 — 688. Totals: 385-395-388-443 — 1,611.

T.J. Bell Environmental (16.5)

Elizabeth Criscuolo 179-167 — 346, Mike Kamm 235-211-209-235 — 890, Catie Bell 157-184 — 341. Totals: 438-441-451-465 — 1,795.

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Team 15 (20)

Laura Rotter 234-235-216-237 — 922, Ryan Karabin 222-231-258-279 — 990. Totals: 469-479-487-529 — 1,964.

A Plus Heating No. 1 (4)

Michelle Largeteau 145-129-138-124 — 536, Tony Pasquerella  126-147-165-140 — 578. Totals: 387-392-419-380 — 1,578.

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TSS Printing & Awards (5)

Jackie Malone 185-237-222-201 — 845, Paul Dumas 225-227-169-248 — 869. Totals: 436-490-417-475 — 1,818.

Unbreakable Nutrition (15)

Niki Battistoni 194-185-169-233 — 781, Peter Battistoni 224-247-227-246 — 944. Totals: 445-459-423-506 — 1,833.

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Solid Surface (14)

Jess Mazzo 211-200-167-192 — 770, Marty Capullo Jr. 279-280-268-221 — 1,048. Totals: 522-512-467-445 — 1,946.

Never Enough Performance (6)

Kate Clark 247-205-186-164 — 802, Dave McLear 239-199-186-259 — 883. Totals: 517-435-403-454 — 1,809.

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Towne Bowling Academy (15)

Debbie Capullo 202-254-194-246 — 896, RJ Martinez 221-288-222-243 — 974. Totals: 428-547-421-494 — 1,890.

Broadway Lunch (5)

Renee Earl 176-201-194-189 — 760, Tom Earl 205-269-223-209 — 906. Totals: 419-508-455-436 — 1,818.

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Team 2 (17)

Lindsey McPhail 198-243-216-225 — 882, Don Herrington 202-227-139-255 — 823. Totals: 415-485-370-485 — 1,765.

Next Level Detailing (3)

Kim Swiatocha 168-191-184-193 — 736, Lee Aiezza 196-167-209-200 — 772. Totals: 390-384-419-419 — 1,612.

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Team 14 (4.5)

Ursula Pasquerella 178-222-178-183 — 761, Dan Rotter 218-191-194-173 — 776. Totals: 443-460-419-403 — 1,725.

Team 5 (15.5)

Amanda Chrzanowski 255-174-227-173 — 829, John Askew 232-243-225-213 — 913. Totals: 508-438-473-407 — 1,826.

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A Plus Heating No. 2 (8)

Victoria Shufelt 201-244-239-207 — 891, Zack Porter 276-216-215-171 — 878. Totals: 506-489-483-407 — 1,885.

JLD (12)

Amber Brophy 217-179-196-202 — 794, Billy McGaffin Jr. 266-233-258-236 — 993. Totals: 511-440-482-466 — 1,899.

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ABS (9)

Natasha Fazzone 181-247-212-221 — 861, Matt Fazzone 210-219-220-202 — 851. Totals: 415-490-456-447 — 1,808.

Sportsman’s Bowl (11)

Erika Poje 194-212-146-194 — 746, Dan Knutti 211-257-193-213 — 874. Totals: 448-512-382-450 — 1,792.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected].

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