Sooner or later, somebody will throw a perfect 900 triple in a greater Capital Region bowling center.
It’s only a matter of time.
Although this area is well known as one of the highest-scoring regions in the country — we have one of the top brother-brother perfect game combinations (Dave Bingham and Gary Bingham) as well as one of the best brother-sister 300 tandems (John Musto and Jodi Musto) — nobody has thrown a perfect triple.
Brandon Boyer of Hudson Falls came very close earlier this month, when he tossed a 290 opener and followed that up with a pair of 300s while bowling in the ADK Association tournament at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.
The 18-year-old Boyer, who was a scholastic standout at Hudson Falls and led the Tigers to the Foothills Council title last year, was using a new DV8 Ruckus Feud ball that he had just recently drilled up.
His 890 triple pushed him a pin in front of Schenectady Bowling Association Hall of Famer Bob “Goose” Faragon, who owns the SBA record and unofficial area best with an 889.
There were 23 USBC-sanctioned 900 triples through last season, and it seems that there are at least a few recorded every year.
Interestingly, Boyer’s accomplishment was quite a surprise to him, even though he has an excellent bowling resumé.
“We bowled on lanes 17 and 18, and that pair is one of the worst pairs in the house,” he said. “Everybody who knows these lanes doesn’t like them, and when I buried my first shot but left a ringing 10, I thought, ‘Here we go again.’ ”
But that was the only spare Boyer shot at all day.
“That first shot was a stone 10, and I would say there were a few shots that were a little heavy, where I tripped out a 9-pin,” he said. “I was standing around the 37th board. My mark at the arrows was the 16th board, and the break point was the 11th board.”
Boyer said he drilled up the ball he was using only a couple of days before the tournament, and he shot an 827 with his first three games.
“I’m a power player,” he said. “I throw the ball about 20 miles per hour. I try to go as straight as I can, because straighter is greater, but if I’m able to swing the ball, I do.”
Boyer averages between 229 and 245 in his three leagues.
“I’ve been bowling since I was 3 years old,” he said. “I started out at B&C Lanes in Hudson Falls, moved to Broadway Lanes in Fort Edward, and now I’m at Kingpin’s Alley in South Glens Falls.”
Boyer already has recorded 23 perfect games, including 13 this year alone, and he has 11 800 triples to his credit.
“I’m working part-time here at the lanes, and my dad, who owns a garage, is sponsoring my bowling right now,” said Boyer, who hopes to bowl professionally one day.
“I’ve bowled in one [PBA] regional. I shot very well, but I missed the cut by just seven pins. I also bowled in a tournament in Utica recently, and I cashed for third with a 690 triple.”
Boyer, who is headed for the USBC Masters on Sunday, said he had tried a few Huck Finn tournaments, but was bowling in bowling centers he doesn’t particularly like.
“I’d much rather see a harder condition than an easy one,” he said. “I definitely want to start bowling in more tournaments. I’d like to someday be a pro.”
With the kind of scores he’s putting up this year, it won’t take him long.
STRIKES & SPARES
The Northern Bowlers Association returns with its usual five-game sweeper format Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl. The NBA has been idle since just before the holidays. Entry fee is $55. Call Karl Bieber at 368-5539 for more information.
There’s plenty of upcoming qualifying squads for the 12th annual Joe Donato Scratch Singles tournament, beginning with a pair of qualifiers Saturday at 5 p.m. at Silver Lanes in Hartford, Conn., and then 7 p.m. at Catskill Lanes Hoe Bowl. Sunday, there will be a qualifier at Spare Time-Latham at 6 p.m. Others include Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Olympic Lanes in Menands, Feb. 20 at 9 p.m. at Imperial Lanes in Amsterdam and Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at East Greenbush Bowling Center. Entry fee is $60. Qualifiers continue at various centers through March 2, when the finals will be held at Towne Bowling Center. Top prize will be $3,500 guaranteed. One in five bowlers advance from each squad. All semifinalists receive a minimum of $130 guaranteed. Sponsors are Carpet This, Carbone Auto Group and MJ Floors.
Boulevard Bowl will host the 44th annual Women’s Doubles Invitational Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. The scratch tournament features most of the top women bowlers from throughout the Capital Region. It’s sponsored by Riverfront Insuring Agency and Mildred Elley. Contact Kathy Nucci at 458-7639 for more information.
The Bowl for Veterans 3-6-9 tournament, hosted by the Albany USBC Association for the benefit of hospitalized veterans, will be March 1 at Playdium Bowling Center. There will be squads at noon and 2 p.m. Entry fee is $12. Baked goods and luncheon items will be available. Again, contact Nucci for more information.
Sportsman’s Bowl will host the 40th annual Electric City Club tournament March 6 at 1 p.m. Although labeled entry forms have been delivered to local bowling centers for members, extra copies are available from league secretaries. Call Marianne Hogle at 393-8907 for more information.
Cobleskill Family Bowling Center is hosting a Super Sweeper with a $2,000 guaranteed first prize. Bowlers can qualify on April 26 at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m. The top five qualifiers come back on April 27 for a stepladder final to determine the champion. For more information, contact Gus Lampo at 607-287-0069.
Towne Bowling Academy’s Open Scratch Challenge Doubles continues tonight at 9:15 and Sunday at 9 a.m. and noon. Finals will start at about 3 p.m. Sunday. Entry fee is $130 per team. Each squad is limited to 30 teams. Call Towne at 355-3939 for reservations.
Veteran senior pro Sonny Dorstek teamed up with his longtime bowling partner, John Walther III, to win the CRZ Century Doubles tournament, part of the New Era Women and Seniors tour. They beat the powerhouse women’s tandem of Jessica Aiezza and Patty Tenyenhuis, 484-448, in the finals and earned $800 for the duo. Aiezza and Tenyenhuis split $400. Third and fourth were Ron Gardner with Joe Mazuryk and Al Roth with Chuck Radick. They earned $300 for each team. The next NEWS event will be March 8 at Towne Bowling Academy at 2 p.m.
Hometown Lanes will host the Troy Bowling Association’s 700 tournament Saturday, with squads at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show” fans might want to skip this part if they don’t want to know the results. Former PBA touring pro Brian LeClair, now the operator of pro shops at both Del Lanes and Towne Bowling Academy, teamed up with his son, Connor, to win the Super Bowl Doubles tournament Sunday at Sportsman’s Bowl. Roy Vanderbogart and Bobbi Wilder captured the Huck Finn Mixed Doubles later that night, also at Sportsman’s Bowl.
Ballston Lake’s Christopher Hanson topped Zachary Porter of Schenectady, 232-128, to win the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour event at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy. Scholarship winners were Hanson ($275), Porter ($175), Justin Frey of Albany ($125), Zack Terry of Schenectady ($85), Lawrence Lang of Rhinebeck ($60), Andrew Marotta of Ballston Spa ($50), Christopher Radliff of Schenectady ($40), Billy McGaffin of Amsterdam ($35) and Haley Groat of Mechanicville ($35). Forty-one bowlers competed. The next event will be March 1 at Hometown Lanes in Mechanicville.
The Scotia-Glenville Cheerleading no-tap fund- raising tournament will be held Saturday at 9 p.m. at Rolling Greens Lanes, and another squad will be held Sunday, if there are enough entries. Handicap will be 75 percent of a 1,100 five-person team average. Entry fee is $60 per team. Call Rolling Greens at 381-4848 for more information.
The third annual Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York’s Adult/Child tournament continues at Green Island Lanes Sunday at 1 p.m.. Cost is $25 per team. The semifinals will be held March 2 at Playdium Bowling Center at 2 p.m., and the TV taping will be March 9 at Barbecue Recreation in Hoosick Falls.