The Section II boys’ and girls’ bowling championships filled Boulevard Bowl to the brim earlier this month in one of the sport’s most popular events for competitors and spectators alike.
That’s why officials from the Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York are banking that the best local scholastic keglers can put on an entertaining show when the Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show” sponsors its first-ever high school event March 9 at Barbecue Recreation in Hoosick Falls.
The show will be taped at 6, and it will be shown March 23 at 10:30 a.m. on MY 4 TV. Spectators should get there no later than 5:30 p.m. to guarantee a seat.
The format will be Baker style, with six boys from the champion Mohonasen team and six girls from the Colonie girls’ champs competing. The first game will pit three girls against three girls, and the second game will match three boys against three boys. The final game will pit the winning girls’ team against the winning boys’ team for the title of “Huck Finn Capital Region Bowling High School Team of the Year.”
The Mohonasen boys’ team, coached by Bob Tedesco Jr., includes junior Steve Bennett (203 average), sophomore Peter Konrad (217), senior TJ Marr (219), junior Malik Myers (229), senior Jovanni Scaccia (222), freshman Brandon Wolf (211) and senior Ron Zadrozny (220).
The Colonie girls’ squad, coached by Pete Grugan, consists of eighth-grader Ashley Bailey (168), freshman Amanda Chrzanowski (202), junior Tiera Gulum (205), junior Alexa Jackson (171), eighth-grader Caitlyn Kelly (156), senior Hannah Mochrie (191), senior Danielle Niles (175) and freshman Natalya Porcello (190).
“Every year, I try to add something different,” said NEBPNY executive director Carol Judge. “I think it will be a great night and a lot of fun. Both the Colonie girls’ coach and the Mohonasen boys’ coach thought it was a great idea. I think something like this really showcases the sport of bowling.”
Judge also likes the fact that Barbecue Recreation is one of the best hosts in the area.
“Barbecue is a perfect spot for this event, because even though they only have eight lanes, they have a lot of space for the spectators. I’m planning on having theatre seating, plus seats all the way down the lanes, just like we used to do it for the PBA events I used to host.
“I think it will be awesome,” Judge said.
BLIZZARD BOWL NEARS
We’ve already received more than our share of blizzard-like conditions, so it’s that time of the year again to get ready for the 19th annual Blizzard Bowl at Boulevard Bowl.
One of my favorite events of the year costs only $80 per four-person team. Top prize is $2,000. The primary sponsor is Garelick Farms.
Tournament director Frank DePalma, who is recovering from a recent heart attack, always runs a first-class operation, along with committee members John Vaccaro, David Sader, Skip Shultes and Jim Buonome. Proceeds help support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady.
It’s hard to find a better bargain than the Blizzard Bowl, because not only does it cost you just $20 per player, but you are also helping out a great cause, and you get either a Continental breakfast before the Sunday morning squads or a buffet after the Saturday night squads.
Last year, my team, which included Doug Hopkins, Mark Landolfo, Jerry Hart and myself, finished second, despite having my lame game included.
Squad times are March 8 at 9:45 p.m., March 16 at 11:45 a.m., March 23 at 11:45 a.m., March 30 at 11:45 a.m., April 6 at 11:45 a.m. and April 12 at 9:45 p.m.
If bowlers want to compete in doubles and singles, inquire at the tournament office. For the last two years, the singles and doubles were held at Burnt Hills Lanes, but after the recent fire destroyed the place, those events will have to be rescheduled. Call Boulevard at 374-4171 for more information.
STRIKES & SPARES
Former PBA touring pro Brian LeClair won the open division in the Northern Bowlers Association’s stop at Sportsman’s Bowl last Sunday. He knocked down 1,176 pins and earned $525. Other cashers were his son, Connor (1,127, $275), Craig Taylor (1,127, $200), Sam Beardsley (1,075, $160), Mike Drexel (1,071, $120), Warren Guernsey (1,070, $90) and Lee Aiezza (1,062, $65). Kate Gardner captured the women’s division with a 1,027 and earned $200. Jessica Aiezza (1,009, $100) and Jenean Bailey (949, $70) also cashed.
The next Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show” scratch singles qualifiers will be Sunday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Towne Bowling Academy. Entry fee is $60. Call Jeff Segel at 439-7628 for reservations.
The Schenectady County Community College women’s team won the Region III championship for the first time in school history Sunday in Utica. Chenya D’Arcangelis was second in all-events on a very difficult scoring condition with a 1,539 total, followed by Brittany Barkley in seventh place (1,459). D’Arcangelis was second in singles, followed by Rachel Palmer in fifth. Barkley and D’Arcangelis also teamed up to finish second in doubles.
The SCCC men, 26-4 overall and ranked 28th in the country, first among two-year schools, repeated as Region III champions, led by tournament MVP AJ Welch (1,733, 216.62 average) in first, Zach Doty in third (1,667, 208.37) and AJ Indovina in sixth (1,569, 196.12). Welch won the singles title, with Indovina finishing sixth. SCCC swept the first four doubles spots, led by champions Casey Schoonmaker with Zach Doty. Jake Rivers teamed up with Welch in second, Corey Buckley and Indovina were third and Ryan Karabin combined with Charles Moeske for fourth.
Lefty Mark James teamed up with Nick Galusha to beat Steve Wagoner and Nick Miseno, 491-463, and win the Open Doubles Scratch Challenge Sunday at Towne Bowling Academy. They split $2,000.
Many of the top scratch women bowlers in the area will be competing in the Women’s Doubles Invitational Saturday at 3 p.m. at Boulevard Bowl. Contact Kathy Nucci at 458-7639 for more information.
Qualifiers for the Joe Donato Scratch Singles continue tonight at East Greenbush Bowling Center (7 p.m.), Sunday at Twin City in Barre, Vt. (9 a.m.), Tuesday at Hi-Way Recreation (9 p.m.), and Wednesday at Imperial Lanes (7 p.m.). Qualifiers continue through March 2, when the finals are held at Towne Bowling Academy. Entry fee is $60. Top prize is $3,500 guaranteed. One in five advance to the semifinals.
The 40th annual Electric City Club tournament will be held March 16 at 1 p.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl. Contact Marianne Hogle at 393-8907 for more information.