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Gregory nears perfection

Gregory nears perfection

Scott Gregory often flies under the radar in the high-powered DV Greco Insurance City League Monday

Scott Gregory often flies under the radar in the high-powered DV Greco Insurance City League Monday nights at Towne Bowling Academy.

But he leapt to the front of the pack earlier this week as he toyed with perfection and was just a few shots short of a 900 triple.

Gregory, a 38-year-old right-hander, fired games of 279, 279 and 300 for a career-high 858. He left two 10-pins in the first game, a solid-9 in the second and then was perfect in his finale.

“I left a 10-pin to start out the night. It was a solid 10,” said Gregory, a Rotterdam native and Mohonasen High School graduate. “My second 10-pin was my second shot in the 10th frame, and I didn’t throw it that good. On my

9-pin in the fifth frame of the second game, it was a little high. I could have left a split. These days, more right-handers are leaving 9-pins with the equipment we’re throwing, but it wasn’t my best shot.”

Gregory has been bowling extremely well since purchasing a new Storm IQ Fusion ball just after the holidays.

“I’m a pretty straight bowler. I don’t hook it that much,” Gregory said. “[Monday] night, was just down-and-in, like usual. I didn’t have to move more than a board or two to the left the entire night. When I bowl first shift like I was, that’s the way I normally play. When I bowl second shift [in the Towne Majors Tuesday nights], I have to belly the ball a little more, but I don’t throw an aggressive hook.”

Gregory averages 228 on Monday nights and 228 on Tuesday nights. “I topped out at about 230 a few years ago,” he said.

“I’ve got five 300 games and six 800 triples now. During my first four 800 triples, I didn’t have an honor score to go with any of them. I pride myself on my 800s. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing like throwing a 300 game, but when I was in the eighth frame of my third game, it was the first time I pumped my first, because I knew that I had guaranteed myself another 800. We also beat Joe VanDerLinden’s team, 3-0, so other than sweeping the match, getting another 800 was the next thing on my mind.”

Gregory bowled on the Mohonasen high school team as a senior, but the Mighty Warriors’ had a packed lineup for most of his scholastic career.

“I wrestled for a few years in the winters, and I also played football for five years,” he said. “Joel Donato and his crew were a little older than me, and they dominated the Mohonasen team back then.”

Gregory said he and the Donato family go way back.

“I’ve bowled with all three Donatos: Tom, Joel and Tommy. I’ve known them for a million years,” he said. “In fact, Mrs. [Ann] Donato came to the bowling alley for the first time on Monday night. I’ve known her since I was a little kid. I told her she brought our team luck. She was hoping I got that 300 game, and I did.”

STRIKES & SPARES

u Retired Columbia High School teacher Bill Neumann, who also serves as the Section II bowling co-ordinator and competes regularly on the PBA regional tour, is on quite a hot streak lately. He rolled a 300 game during a 796 triple in his Friday “fun” league before posting another perfect game during a 720 triple in the Green Mountain Open tournament. Topping off the streak was another 300 game and an 804 triple in the Del Lanes Classic league. It was his 66th career perfect game and first as a grandfather. His son Mike’s wife gave birth to Emma Elizabeth on Sunday.

u Mark Lamoree Sr. rolled games of 300, 258 and 300 for an 858 triple in the Mixed Nuts league at Olympic Lanes in Menands. Lamoree came up just short of Scott Rogers’ Olympic Lanes record by one pin. In the second game, Lamoree rolled the first five strikes before leaving a ringing 10-pin in the sixth. He rolled two more strikes but left another 10-pin in the ninth frame before striking out. Lamoree now holds his league’s record and has 10 career perfect games.

u Schalmont graduate Liz Kuhlkin will try to lead her Nebraska women’s bowling team to a second straight national title when the Cornhuskers compete in the NCAA women’s bowling championships this weekend in Cleveland. The finals will air live at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. Kuhlkin was named a first-team All-American for the second year in a row.

uThe 81st annual Schenectady USBC “City Tournament” continues this weekend at Boulevard Bowl with squads on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Other squads will be 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.). Entry fee is $20 per event (team, doubles and singles), plus $5 for all-events. Call Chet Ciembroniewicz (577-8562) or Keith Lawyer (300-0209) for reservations or more information.

u The Huck Finn Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York’s Kenny Hall Tournament of Champions will be held Sunday at 9 a.m. at Towne Bowling Academy. Entry fee is $55. Call Jeff Segel at 439-7639 for reservations.

u Rich Pangburn of Guilderland beat Chris Smith of Colonie, 228-223, in the finals of this past weekend’s Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show” scratch/handicap tournament. Pangburn represented the handicap division and earned $800.

u Bruegger’s Bagels of Albany, comprised of Kenny Hall, Mark Hilton, Hugo McGroty, Ron Prieter and Dave Wolfe, held the USBC Open Championships team record for 20 years with a 3,537 until that mark was broken by a single pin last year by a team from Orlando. This week, the Motion Plus Lanes team of Greenfield, Wis., knocked down 3,561 pins to wipe out the Orlando team’s record.

u Nick Miseno defeated Eric Stangle, 428-397, in the two-game finals to capture the April Madness tournament at Kingpin’s Alley in South Glens Falls. Miseno took home $1,350.

u The Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour continues Saturday at 1 p.m. at East Greenbush Lanes.

u Boulevard Bowl hosts the Blizzard Bowl Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Entry fee is $80 per team, with optional singles and doubles events available by using your same team scores. Continental breakfast is included in the fee. Call 374-4171 for more information.

u The Average Joe’s Bakers Doubles tournament continues Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at both 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Town ’N Country Lanes. The tournament continues April 19, April 20 and April 27. Entry fee is $50 per team. Call 456-1113 for reservations.

u Towne Bowling Academy will host a PBA Trio league beginning April 23 at 6:30 p.m. It will run for 10 weeks. Cost is $20 per week, and the league will compete on the new PBA Experience patterns. An organizational meeting is set for April 16. For more information, call at Towne BA at 355-3939.

u Town ’N Country features a 3-Way Experience summer league Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. beginning April 30 and running through June 25. Entry fee is $20 per person.

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