The fire that completely destroyed Burnt Hills Lanes over the weekend was a major blow to Capital Region bowling, especially the Scaccia family and the Schenectady Bowling Association.
The Scaccias bought Burnt Hills Lanes in 2010 and put a lot of money into its renovation, including new synthetic lanes and an upgraded scoring system. Burnt Hills Lanes originally opened in 1959, and was one of the last local bowling lanes to remain all wood, until the Scaccias made the upgrade.
Many of us have fond memories of Burnt Hills Lanes. Several of my media friends won their first tournaments there, and believe it or not, I actually won a couple of SBA City Tournament handicap event titles there myself.
This year’s SBA City Tournament was scheduled for Burnt Hills, and it obviously will have to be rescheduled for another house. The loss of the Route 50 facility reduces the total number of SBA centers to just four — Boulevard, Sportsman’s, Towne Bowling Academy and Rolling Greens.
Mike Scaccia, proprietor of both Burnt Hills and Boulevard Bowl, said in early reports that he might rebuild. Hopefully, most of the bowling leagues that were at Burnt Hills can find space at Boulevard.
Both of Mike’s brothers are proprietors at other area centers. Jack Scaccia Jr. is the proprietor of Town ‘N Country in Guilderland, while Joe Scaccia is the proprietor of Alpha Lanes in Troy.
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At last weekend’s qualifier at Sunset Recreation, Craig Schoonmaker, John Nieckarz, Mike Lucey and Tony Bianchi Jr. made the TV finals for the Joe Donato Senior Classic. The finals will be taped Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Playdium. Also set for Playdium will be both the qualifier for the Huck Finn handicap division tournament at 12:15 p.m., as well as the TV finals for both the scratch division and the handicap division. Qualifiers for the scratch division will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Alpha Recreation in Troy and Sunday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Town ‘N Country Lanes. The taping for the TV finals for both handicap and scratch divisions will be Sunday at Playdium at 6 p.m. That show will air Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. on MY4 TV.
The Dick Peckham Memorial tournament will be held Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. at Rolling Greens Lanes. The no-tap event is open to any sanctioned league bowler. Handicaps are based on 75 percent of the five-person 1,100 team average. Maximum team entering average is 1,100. Prizes will be returned on a one-in-10 ratio. Entry fee is $60 per team. Call Rolling Greens at 381-4848 for reservations.
Christian DeNovio of Boulevard Bowl rolled a 300 game en route to a 734 triple in the junior boys’ division of the Joey Schmidt Junior Pro-Scoring league Sunday at Sportsman’s Bowl.
The Burnt Hills junior bowling program will be moving to Boulevard Bowl on Fridays. Contact Betty Hanson at bhanson@nycap.-rr.com for more information.
Hometown Lanes will host the 39th annual Troy Bowling Association 700 Club Tournament Feb. 15. To be eligible, bowlers must have a sanctioned 700 triple in a Troy Bowling Association league or sanctioned tournament. There will be two squads, one at 10 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. The top eight bowlers from each three-game squad will compete in roll-offs to determine the champion. Each squad is limited to the first 72 bowlers. Entry fee is $30. Send entries to Mike Hodlik at 1930 7th Ave., Watervliet, N.Y. 12189.
The Troy Bowling Association Plastic Ball tournament will be held Jan. 25 at Hometown Lanes.
The next Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour event will be held Feb. 8 at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy. Bowling begins at 12:30 p.m. The event will be a Junior Gold qualifier.
Brian LeClair, Tim Banta, Marty Capullo Jr., Steve Wagoner, Nick Miseno, R.J. Martinez and Dan White were all local cashers in the 21st annual Scratch Challenge at Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica last week.
The Albany Bowling Association’s Trio tournament has squads at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at Olympic Lanes in Menands. Other squads are Jan. 25, Jan. 26, Jan. 29, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.
Start planning now for the popular Blizzard Bowl tournament at Boulevard Bowl. The first squad will be March 8 at 9:45 p.m. Other squads are March 16 (11:45 a.m.), March 23 (11:45 a.m.), March 30 (11:45 a.m.), April 6 (11:45 a.m.) and April 12 (9:45 p.m.). For reservations, call Boulevard Bowl at 374-4171.
PBA Hall of Famer Nelson Burton Jr., 71, set a Jensen Beach Bowl three-game series record in Florida last week with games of 300, 288 and 290 for an 878 series in the Friday Morning Match Play league. Burton, of course, was a fantastic bowler in his prime, but I remember him more for his outstanding work as a color analyst working with the late Chris Schenkel on the old PBA telecasts Saturday afternoons.
Funeral services for Michelle Shafer, the wife of multiple PBA Tour champion Ryan Shafer, were held Thursday in Elmira. Shafer died Sunday at her home in Horseheads. She battled depression for years and apparently committed suicide. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Michelle Shafer’s name to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ryan Shafer won one of his PBA events in the Capital Region at the Empire State Open in 2003.
Fifty-one-year-old Pete Weber, a 37-time PBA champion, will defend the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions crown beginning this week at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. The finals will be shown on ESPN Jan. 26 at noon. Weber has two T of C crowns and was the oldest player ever to win that prestigious tournament.
The $4,000 Towne Bowling Academy Team Tournament continues today, Saturday (double squad) and Sunday. Top prize is $4,000. Call Towne at 355-3939 to make a reservation.
The annual Uncle Nick Over/Under 50 Doubles tournament will be held later this month, with the finals at Towne Bowling Academy. Qualifying squad times will be Jan. 22 (7 p.m. at Olympic Lanes), Jan. 25 (3 p.m. at Towne Bowling Academy) and Jan. 26 (9 a.m. and noon at Towne Bowling Academy). According to Tom Donato, this event will not be contested on a sport pattern as originally scheduled.
A tournament to help defray medical costs for Northville High School student Tim Monette through Sacandaga Helping Hands will be held Sunday at Arterial Lanes in Gloversville. The tournament will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for three games, and the cost is $15 per person. There will be prizes and a 50-50 raffle. To sign up, call 863-2100 or go online at www.-sacandagahelpinghands.com.