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In the Pocket: Schenectady's Goodwin makes most of limited opportunity

In the Pocket: Schenectady's Goodwin makes most of limited opportunity

Bob Weiner's weekly bowling column
In the Pocket: Schenectady's Goodwin makes most of limited opportunity
Chamar Goodwin
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Although his second-shift work schedule limits him to the once-a-week bowler category, Chamar Goodwin pumps iron often to keep his release among the most powerful in the area.

Goodwin, a 35-year-old Schenectady High School product, tosses his 16-pound Roto Grip equipment more like a baseball with high-rev frequency. He’s averaging a whopping 245 in the Capital District All Star league Thursday nights at Sportsman’s Bowl. Occasionally, he fills in for friends in the Vitalo Classic on Saturday nights, when his work schedule permits.

“I’m a supervisor at the Price Chopper warehouse, and I work noon to about 10:30 at night,” Goodwin explained. “I try to bowl on my days off. That’s why I’m really a once-a-week bowler these days. It’s tough to commit to more than one league currently. I always like to start and finish my leagues. If I ever get a chance to get back working first shift, I’ll definitely join more leagues and get back into tournament bowling.”

When Goodwin does step on the lanes, his game can be devastating. He owns 44 perfect games and 36 800 triples, including a high-three of 838. His high four-game series is 1,092, and he estimates that he’s rolled five or six series in the 1,090 range.

“With my game, I usually throw the ball from an inside line,” Goodwin explained. “I’m usually a little deeper than most of the guys are on the lanes.”

Although he hooks the ball a ton, he still keeps up his speed, averaging about 17.5 miles per hour at Sportsman’s.

“It’s tough to bowl once a week and stay competitive, but I manage,” he said. “My team was in first place for the first third of the season, and we have a good cushion so far in the second third. I really enjoy league bowling. When I used to bowl in the Galaxy league at Boulevard Bowl, my team won the league title three times. That was a fun league and very competitive for a handicap league.”

Goodwin has been a force on the lanes for 20 years. He rolled his first perfect game when he was just 14 years old.

“I was the first one to roll a 300 in the old Rolling Greens junior program,” he recalled. “It’s funny, because my junior program used to be at Revere Lanes. When they closed, we moved to Rolling Greens. Then, when Rolling Greens closed down, we moved our program to Boulevard Bowl.”

When Goodwin is not at a bowling center or at work, you can usually find him in the gym.

“I love working out,” he said. “With me working the second shift, I’m there 4-5 times a week. I do cardio and weights. I like to mix it up, and I try to work on every body part — chest one day, and then legs. I think it helps me a lot. It helps me stay consistent. I’m one of the few guys that I bowl with that still throws 16 pounds.”

The affable Goodwin loves to compete, but he tries not to take the game too seriously.

“I made the Huck Finn Capital Region Bowling Show once with BJ Smith. We made it to the semifinals on television,” he said. “But I work Sunday nights, so I can’t bowl in many tournaments. I would love to get back into bowling tournaments again.”

Goodwin and his buddies would cash just about every year when they competed in the popular Lilac Team Tournament in Rochester.

But no matter what scores he bowls, Goodwin keeps the same poker face.

“The guys tell me that they can never tell whether I’m bowling bad or good. I always have a good time,” he said. “I hear that from a lot of bowlers, and it makes me feel good.”

“He keeps a low profile on the lanes,” said good friend and fellow bowling standout/ gym rat Doug Hopkins. “He lets his game do the talking. He’s extra special to me because he eats iron in the gym like I do.”

Brian LeClair, owner/operator of the Revolutions Pro Shop at Boulevard as well as a former PBA50 Bowler of the Year, won the annual New Year’s Day tournament at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls. LeClair earned a check for $3,000.

John Cook Jr. rolled his first perfect game in the Originals league at Boulevard Bowl.

December was a good month for several members of the unbeaten Niskayuna High School team. Dan Palmer rolled his first 300 game in the Boulevard junior program and notched a 298 game and 821 triple in a scholastic match, while David Mennillo had a 297 game in the Joey Schmidt Capital District Junior Pro-Scoring league, and a match-high 744 triple in a matchup with Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Mennillo was also recently accepted to attend the University of Tampa next year.

The Schenectady USBC Open Tournament, featuring a 3-person team handicap event (men, women, mixed), is open to all USBC members. The tournament will be held Feb. 2-10 at Towne Bowling Academy. Handicap is based on 90 percent of 240. Top prize is $1,200, based on 80 entries. Squads will be Feb. 2 (2:30 p.m.), Feb. 3 (9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.), Feb. 8 (9:30 p.m.), Feb. 9 (2:30 p.m.) and Feb. 10 (9:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.). Entry fee is $25 per person with optional divisions for team scratch, singles handicap and singles scratch at $10 per person per event.  Call Towne Bowling Academy at 518-355-3939 for more information.

The next Schenectady USBC board of directors meeting will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Boulevard Bowl.

Town N Country is hosting a Five Man Bakers Tournament Sunday. Handicap will be 80 percent of 240, and there will be 12 games of qualifying, with the top six teams advancing to match play. Entry fee is $150 per team.

The next Amateur League Bowlers Association of New York event will be a singles tournament Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Town N Country Lanes. Only bowlers with averages less than 215 are eligible. Entry fee is $30 if paid before Sunday or $45 after that. First place is $500, based on 60 entries. Call Jim Burton (518-209-4748) for more information.

Towne Bowling Academy’s ninth annual Handicap Team Tournament continues Friday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. First place is $4,000, and there is also a singles division with a top prize of $450. Handicaps are 90 percent of 225, with a maximum of 50 pins per person per game. Entry fee is $160 per team. The tournament continues through Jan. 27. There is an optional singles event for an extra $15. Call Towne Bowling Academy at 518-355-3939 for more information.

Sportsman’s Bowl hosts the next Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour Tournament Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Tom Hankey won his 10th career title at the recent CDYST Holiday Open at Towne Bowling Academy.

The annual Scratch Doubles event at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center will be held Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $160 per team and $140 for re-entry.  There will be two qualifying squads: 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., with one in five teams advancing to the finals. First place will be $2,500, based on 60 entries. Contact Tom Donato Jr. or Tom Earl.

John Askew fired a 290 game en route to a 1,048 four-game series to pace the men, and Jenn Schissler tossed a 941 set to lead the women in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Pete’s Auto 34-6, Strike & Spare Pro Shop 31.5-8.5, Sindoni Sausage 28.5-11.5, Capital District Mobile Vet 27-13, Bellevue Builder 26-14, Towne Bowling Academy 25-15, Next Level Detailing 22-18, A Touch of Country Florist 22-18, MAC Tools 22-18, Action Bowling Supply 21.5-18.5, GPS Transport 185-21.5, DeCrescente Dist. 18-22, Battenkill Motor 18-22, A Plus Heating & Cooling 15-25, Debra Lamay Agency 14-26, Limitless Plumbing 13-27, Fifteen Church 12-28, Home Town Pub 11-29, DeNooyer 11-29, Marcella’s Appliance 10-30
Marcella’s Appliance (4)
Jessica Brockmyer 145-213-173-176 — 707, Don Herrington 213-227-171-201 — 812. Totals: 358-440-344-377 — 1,519.
A Touch of Country Florist (16)
Janelle Irwin 228-172-233-195 — 828, Steve Irwin 192-248-212-223 — 875. Totals: 420-420-445-418 — 1,703.
DeNooyer (8)
Michelle Largeteau 145-109-132-169 — 555, Bill Miglianti 214-181-210-236 — 841. Totals: 359-290-342-405 — 1,396.
Debra Lamay Agency (12)
Amber Dominic 177-193-237-207 — 814, Brandon Wolf 191-257-234-228 — 954. Totals: 368-450-471-435 ­ 1,724.
Capital District Mobile Vet (8)
Chris Allen-Valenzuela 199-211-212-224 — 878, John Askew 290-253-247-248 — 1,048. Totals: 489-454-469-472 — 1,894.
Bellevue Builder (12)
Ursula Pasquerella 223-188-210-258 — 879, Bill Nolan 245-246-202-206 — 899. Totals: 468-434-412-464 — 1,778.
Next Level Detailing (19)
Rebecca Barringer 212-227-179-208 — 826, JP Harrell 202-226-276-237 — 941. Totals: 414-453-455-445 — 1,767
A Plus Heating & Cooling (1)
Felicia Campanella (absent) 184-184-184-184 — 736, Tony Pasquerella 161-151-156-140 — 608. Totals: 345-335-340-324 — 1,344.
MAC Tools (8)
Kylie Pasquerella 169-199-176-242 — 786, Keith Diamante 236-203-216-251 — 906. Totals: 405-402-392-493 — 1,692.
Battenkill Motor (12)
Laura Rotter 238-234-237-220 — 929, Dan Rotter 257-209-213-161 — 840. Totals: 495-443-450-381 — 1,769.
Towne Bowling Academy (8)
Debbie Capullo 205-199-258-226 — 888, Ryan Gahan 213-197-237-227 — 874. Totals: 418-396-495-453 — 1,762.
Limitless Plumbing (12)
Lindsey McPhail 258-211-205-214 — 888, Dave McLear 191-234-245-225 — 895. Totals: 449-445-450-439 — 1,783.
DeCrescente Dist. (14)
Erica Poje 182-160-210-226 — 778, Scott Rogers 222-259-248-257 — 986. Totals: 404-419-458-483 — 1,764.
Fifteen Church (6)
Aliyah Liberatore 222-156-141-224 — 743, Ben Empie 181-201-192-162 — 736. Totals: 403-357-333-386 — 1,479.
Sindoni Sausage (15.5)
Natasha Bidwell 231-176-26-267 — 900, Joe VanDerLinden 234-223-257-242 — 956. Totals: 465-399-483-509 — 1,856.
GPS Transport (4.5)
Kim Swiatocha 189-190-196-177 — 752, Matt Swiatocha 215-213-226-245 — 899. Totals: 404-403-422-422 — 1,651.
Home Town Pub (4)
Nicole D’Amario 170-212-147-199 — 728, Tom Rogers 164-194-188-214 — 760. Totals: 334-406-335-413 — 1,488.
Pete’s Auto (16)
Jenn Schissler 202-277-248-214 — 941, Chuckie Schissler 190-168-211-204 — 773. Totals: 392-445-459-418 — 1,714.
Strike & Spare Pro Shop (14.5)
Jackie Malone 219-213-175-168 — 775, Paul Dumas 205-207-191-261 — 864. Totals: 424-420-366-429 — 1,639.
Action Bowling Supply (5.5)
Jordan Byrnes 183-183-219-214 — 799, Kenny Livengood 191-207-182-164 — 744. Totals: 374-390-401-378 — 1,543.

Reach Bob Weiner at [email protected] or @BobWeiner58 on Twitter.

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