Nearly two decades old, the Blizzard Bowl at Boulevard Bowl continues to be one of the best buys for local keglers.
The four-person team event opens up Saturday night at 9:45 and continues with other squads on 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. Entry fee is still just $80 per four-person team. Brackets, 50-50 drawings and singles/doubles events are also available. Bowlers can enter the singles/doubles by simply using their team scores and adding $5 to the prize fund for each event.
For each evening squad, a buffet is included in the entry fee. A Continental breakfast is part of each morning-squad package.
Proceeds help support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady.
Top prize in the team event is $2,000.
“We’ll have some special prizes this year, as well,” said tournament director Frank DePalma, whose staff includes John Vaccaro, David Sader, Skip Shultes and Jim Buonome.
“Where else can you bowl in a tournament like this, earn some prize money, and still donate some money to charity?” DePalma asked.
DePalma, who is recovering from a heart attack that is keeping him off the lanes, said last year’s event drew 190 teams. He’s hoping for close to 200 this year.
Call Boulevard Bowl at 374-4171 for more information.
Mike Rose of West Henrietta, who often makes profitable trips to compete in local events, became only the second bowler to win two Joe Donato Scratch Singles tournaments when he edged Alex Cavagnaro of Copiague, 217-211, in the championship game Sunday night at Towne Bowling Academy.
The tournament, one of the most prestigious — and demanding — in the Capital Region, drew 314 entries. Rose and Cavagnaro earned $3,500 and $1,600, respectively. Former winner Steve Wagoner of Broadalbin, was third and earned $800. Also advancing to the two-game elimination round were Nick Galusha, Lee Aiezza, Eric Stangle, Drew Smarro, Alex Aguiar, Mike Watts, Travis Winglosky, John Munson, Craig Taylor and Brad Lawyer.
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Schenectady County Community College’s men’s bowling team, the 2013 NJCAA national champion, finished second to Vincennes (Ind.) in this year’s event in Buffalo last weekend. SCCC’s Zach Doty, the tourney MVP, won both the singles (719) and all-events (213.3 average) titles. Doty and Casey Schoonmaker also captured the doubles crown by knocking down 1,209 pins. Doty and Jake Rivers were named All-Americans. SCCC’s women’s team finished third. Brittany Barkley was also named an All-American. Another strong showing by the Royals, who are coached by Ray Ross and assistants Lou Devoe and Will Coons.
Sportsman’s Bowl will host the Schenectady/Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association annual membership meeting March 15 at noon. On the agenda will be the election of officers and directors, tournament updates and other news pertinent to the organization. Refreshments will be served.
The 76th annual Schenectady/Scotia USBC Bowling Association’s Women’s Championship Tournament will be contested April 28 through May 10 at Boulevard Bowl. Entry fee will be $16 per event. Average caps for the doubles will be Class A (371-480), Class B (311-370) and Class C (310 of lower). Average caps for singles will be Class A (186-240), Class B (156-185) and Class C (155 or lower). Handicap for each event will be 100 percent. Entries close April 15. Squads will be April 28-May 2 at 6:30 p.m. for teams; May 5-May 9 at 6:30 p.m. for singles and doubles; May 3 at 11 a.m. for singles and doubles and May 10 at 11 a.m. for singles and doubles. Make all checks payable to the Schenectady and Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association.
Donna Rivers and Barbara Hutchins combined for an 844 to win the A Division in the 500 Club Snowball Scotch Doubles recently at Sportsman’s Bowl. In the B Division, Betty Mae Belli and Marianne Hogle triumphed with a score of 1,044, followed by Karen Sleeter with Dolores Rogers (1,004) and Janet Truelove with Debbie Truelover (962).
The second annual Schenectady/Scotia 500 Club Mixed Doubles tournament will be held at Boulevard Bowl April 5 at noon and April 6 at 3 p.m. At least one member must be a 500 club member. Entry fee is $20 per bowler, and handicap is 100 percent between the combined averages and 500. Contact Marie Moorhead at 399-3063 for more information.
Local high school teams fared very well in the state high school championships at Babylon last weekend. The Mohonasen boys and the Colonie girls were both second, while the all-section teams were third (boys) and fourth (girls), respectively. Both the Mohon boys and the Colonie girls will be competing in a special Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show” event Sunday at Barbecue Lanes. The Mohonasen boys were having trouble getting bus transportation from the school district because the scholastic season is over. They were also having difficulty getting permission to wear their team shirts, according to several parents. Hopefully, both these matters will be taken care of by Sunday.
Ricky Rovelli of Albany defeated Christopher Radliff of Schenectady, 246-222, to win the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour tournament at Hometown Lanes Saturday. There were 39 entries. Rovelli won a $275 scholarship, while Radliff won $175. Other scholarship winners were Lawrence Lang of Rhinebeck ($100), Katie Lynch of Troy ($75), Zack Terry of Schenectady ($55), DJ Dragt of Clifton Park ($45), Chad Sutliff of Valatie ($35) and Andrew Bennett of Albany ($30).
With six weeks left in the season, The Zoo already clinched the Vitalo Classic championship at Sportsman’s Bowl. The Zoo is still out to capture the league’s all-time record for most wins and points — which have lasted for more than 50 yeas — while Mark Ray and Jamie Diamond are in a tight battle for the league average title.
It’s not to early to make reservations for the 81st annual Schenectady USBC Bowling Association’s City Championship, to be contested April 5 through April 25 at Boulevard Bowl. Top prize for the four-person team event will be $1,200. There also will be a special team scratch competition, with the top prize worth $600, plus 100 percent of the money collected on the special scratch squad April 21 at 6:30 p.m. Handicap for the handicap events will be 90 percent of 240. Entry fee will be $20 per event, and $5 for all-events. The squads will be April 5 (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), April 6 (3:30 p.m.), April 12 (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), April 19 (2 p.m.), April 21 (9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.), April 23 (9:30 a.m.), April 24 (6:30 p.m.) and April 25 (6:30 p.m.). For more information, contact Keith Lawyer (300-0209).
Towne Bowling Academy will host the next New Era Women’s and Senior tournament Saturday at 2 p.m.
The 17th annual Robert Guild Senior Trio tournament will be held March 14, March 15, March 16, March 21, March 22 and March 23 at Alpha Lanes in Troy. Entry fee is $90 per team. Top prize is $1,200 per team. Call 235-4941 for reservations.
Sportsman’s Bowl will host the 40th annual Electric City Club tournament March 16 at 1 p.m. Call Hogle at 393-8907 for reservations.