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In the Pocket: Middleburgh girls dominate WAC

In the Pocket: Middleburgh girls dominate WAC

Bob Weiner's weekly look at bowling in the Capital Region
In the Pocket: Middleburgh girls dominate WAC
Seniors Katie Schuttig, left, and Carolyne Shultes are leaders for the 47-1 Middleburgh girls’ bowling team.
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Led by a terrific trio, the Middleburgh High School girls’ bowling team continues to dominate the Western Athletic Conference to such an extent that losing even one game in a season is a huge upset.

It’s hard to believe, but as of this writing, Middleburgh’s record this season was an awesome 47-1. In fact, over the last five years, the Knights have lost just two games — not matches, just games.

“They nearly had a heart attack when they lost that one point this season,” said Middleburgh coach Rich Shultes, who is also the longtime owner of Middleburgh Lanes. “And it wasn’t even their bad. Someone put cleaner in the oil of our Brunswick oil machine, and it jammed up a bunch of the jets. It made the shot [impossible], and we lost the game by six pins. It made the girls very upset.”

Last season, Middleburgh won its first Class C title in more than two decades, and the team is on a mission to repeat.

“That’s on their mind,” Shultes said. “We also want to get the whole team to the state tournament. Last year, Carolyne went as a member of the all-star team, and she got second high single. This year, we want the whole team to go.”

The nucleus of Middleburgh’s powerhouse is a trio of girls who take the game very seriously. Freshman Jaidyn Rose averages 200 and last month recorded a 288 game en route to an 811 triple. Carolyne Shultes is one of two seniors on the team and averages 194, while freshman Cameryn Shultes averages 183.

Rounding out the team roster are senior Katie Schuttig, eighth-grader Julia Bingham, seventh-grader Haley Masterson and freshmen Qwen Porter, Skyler Haney and Haley Marsh.

“We have quite a 1-2-3 punch,” Shultes said. “My backup girls don’t drop off a lot, either. My girls’ team can beat half to three-quarters of the boys’ teams.”

Shultes said that his top trio continues to shine every day on the lanes.

“Carolyne hits the ball the most and bends the ball the most,” Shultes said. “She starts with her left foot left of the center dot and throws between the first and second arrows. The other two girls are pretty much strokers. They play 5-8 boards further to the right and also play between the first and second arrows. All of them complement each other.”

Rose, who also plays soccer and softball, drew a lot of attention when she recorded one of the best scores ever for a girl in the Middleburgh area.

“Jaidyn is not a very big girl. She’s probably 5-7, but she has a lot of energy, and she has a nice arm swing,” Shultes said. “She also throws the ball between 15.5 and 17.5 miles per hour with a little turn. She gets good pin action, and she’s been bowling since she was just 4 years old. That day she shot 811 was just one of those things when everything went right.”

With a youthful roster that loses only two bowlers this season, look for the Middleburgh girls to be a force for years to come.

KUHLIN STARS AGAIN
Rotterdam’s Liz Kuhlkin, 25, earned a spot on Team USA for the second consecutive season earlier this week. She captured two sliver medals and two bronze medals while representing her country at the 2018 PABCON Women’s Championships.

Kuhlkin was also a member of Junior Team USA in 2014, when she earned one gold medal in doubles and two other bronze medals at the 2014 World Bowling Youth Championships.

Kuhlkin keeps piling up trophies at a young age.  She was a two-time national collegiate champion at Nebraska, where she was a three-time All-American, and she was the 2015 NCAA Division I Player of the Year. Once she turned pro as a member of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association, she won two national pro titles, including a major, the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open. She also captured the 2015 PWBA Topeka Open. Kuhlkin holds the national record for highest three-game series by a woman (890).

STRIKES & SPARES
Kelly Kulick, Chris Barnes and Mika Koivuniemi were recently elected to the USBC Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.

Kulick, 41, who served as the guest speaker for the Schenectady USBC Hall of Fame awards ceremony a couple of years ago, became he first woman to win a PBA Tour event at the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions. She has six major titles in the PWBA and is a 14-time member of Team USA.

Barnes, 48, is a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, including three majors, and a 16-time member of Team USA, while Koivuniemi, 51, has 14 PBA Tour titles, including three majors.

The 25th annual Women’s Capital District 600 Tournament will be held at Boulevard Bowl Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. Entry forms are available at Boulevard Bowl, Towne Bowling Academy and Sportsman’s Bowl. Entry forms and checks are due to Marianne Hogle before  Jan. 14.

Dylan Romanowski, just 13 years old, tossed the high game of the tournament (296) for Schalmont during the recent Schenectady Invitational at Boulevard Bowl.

Town N Country Lanes hosts the next Amateur League Bowlers Association of New York singles tournament Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $45, and only bowlers with averages less than 215 are eligible. First place is $500, based on 60 entries. Handicap is 100 percent, with a maximum of 75 pins a game.

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 noon), 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.

Towne Bowling Academy’s ninth annual Handicap Team Tournament continues this weekend with squads Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at both 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.

MAJOR BOWLING
Scott Rogers recorded a 299 high single and a 1,089 four-game series, and Debbie Capullo shot a 268-969 to lead the Reis Group Kim Brown Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Ryan Gahan was second among the men with a 972 while Janelle Irwin was runner-up for the women with a 951.

Natasha Bidwell slammed a 268-774 triple, Joe VanDerLinden hammered a 772, and Marty Capullo Jr. rolled a 300 game en route to a 760 set to pace the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Mike Giaquinto ripped a 267-748, Dave Bingham tossed a 739 and Bob Tedesco Jr. rolled a pair of 268s en route to a 737 in the Sportsman’s Majors Monday night at Sportsman’s Bowl.

Tammy Sader rounded out the leaderboard with a 266-728. Muny Grille, Guidarelli’s Liquor and Metroland Photo are tied for first place at 7-1.

John DeVarnne rolled a 1,000 four-game series to lead the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl. Derek Foti (946), Matt Trestick (938), Daniel Bryk (933) and Brian Hart (916) rounded out the top five.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS
Standings
Muny Grille 7-1, Guidarelli’s Liquor 7-1, Metroland Photo 7-1 Mohawk Tap Room 6-2, Mazone’s Heating 4-4, Mike’s Hot Dogs 4-4, The Appliance Specialist 4-4, Madison Grille 3-5, Sauce Baseball 2-6, IDID 2-6, Universal Auto Parts 1-7, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 0-8
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Muny Grille (4)
Jay Diamond 215-247-234 — 696, Dave Bingham 256-257-226 — 739, John Musto Jr. 206-279-218 — 703, Jamie Diamond 236-239-197 — 672. Totals: 913-1,022-875 — 2,810.
Klonowski’s Pro Shop (0)
Doug Bywater 194-184-174 — 552, Vince Simoni 177-203-215 — 595, Jim Petronis 179-241-237 — 648, Cliff Ruth 233-236-191 — 660. Totals: 774-864-817 — 2,455.
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Guidarelli’s Liquor (4)
Mike Guidarelli 257-246-210 — 713, Jim Bassotti 237-236-215 — 688, Jim Parker 239-253-218 — 710, Matt Swiatocha 191-227-276 — 694. Totals: 924-962-919 — 2,805.
Universal Auto Parts (0)
Andy Smith 213-243-257 — 713, Dave Henderson 211-196-225 — 632, Chris Smith 226-258-227 — 711, Keith Livengood 247-216-196 — 659. Totals: 897-913-905 — 2,715.
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Mohawk Tap Room (3)
Curt Benedetto Jr. 224-193-200 — 617, Walt Jones 225-205-182 — 612, Joe Rozniewski Jr. 203-222-192 — 617, Christian Chiarito 219-225-257 — 701. Totals: 871-845-831 — 2,547.
IDID (1)
Tony Fernandez 226-220-175 — 621, Flash Gordon 201-188-211 — 600, Jim Valentino 266-204-205 — 675, AJ Perone 204-218-148 — 570. Totals: 897-830-739 — 2,466.
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Sauce Baseball (1)
Fred McMahon 171-230-215 — 616, Brian Brown 252-222-189 — 663, Bob Tedesco Jr. 268-268-201 — 737, Mike  Smith 203-214-235 — 652. Totals: 894-934-840 — 2,668.
Mike’s Hot Dogs (3)
Doug Semerad 217-166-183 ‑566, Tammy Sader 232-266-230 — 728, Mike Giaquinto 223-258-267 — 748, Kevin Palmer 193-258-243 — 694. Totals: 865-948-923 — 2,736.
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The Appliance Specialist (0)
Steve Alexander 233-220-214 — 667, Steve Fawcett 196-145-184 — 525, Chris Fawcett 234-259-216 — 709, Jeremy Clute 197-169-225 — 591. Totals: 860-793-839 — 2,492.
Metroland Photo (4)
Lee Quivey 248-192-223 — 663, Mike Kamm 257-225-235 — 717, Steve Renzi 248-217-191 — 656, Mike Piotrowski 183-215-255 — 653. Totals: 936-849-904 — 2,689.
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Mazone’s Heating (3)
Joe Paone 191-257-258 — 706, Chris Mazone 213-197-194 — 604, Len Reyngoudt 236-255-195 — 686, Ryan Gahan 225-224-190 — 639. Totals: 865-933-837 — 2,635.
Madison Grille (1)
Nick Kallner 185-180-225 — 590, Eric Hilton 213-223-242 — 678, Bill Carl 246-170-176 — 592, Jason Deitz 194-173-213 — 580. Totals: 838-746-856 — 2,440.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE
Standings
Vito Sindoni & Son 3-0, 20 North 3-0, Boulevard Bowl 3-0 Action Bowling Supply 3-0, Kristel Mechanic 3-0, J&F Lawn Care 2-1, Towne Bowling Academy 2-1, Falvey Real Estate 1-2, Downs Roofing 1-2, Mohawk Honda 0-3, DeCrescente Dist. 0-3, Bedrock Construction 0-3, Driveline Motors 0-3, D&D Lawncare 0-3
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Kristel Mechanic (3)
Ed White 276-247-175 — 698, Bryan Kelley 197-248-218 — 663, Bob Faragon 182-254-259 — 695, Matt Kallner 253-236-236 — 725. Totals: 908-985-888 — 2,781.
D&D Lawncare (0)
Karrie Blake 244-181-211 — 636, Laura Rotter 212-162-206 — 580, Bill Judge 18-234-166 — 578, Don Herrington 209-265-237 — 711. Totals: 843-842-820 — 2,505.
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DeCrescente Dist. (0)
Mark Kuhlkin 227-228-205 — 660, Scott Rogers 219-197-254 — 670, Lee Aiezza 196-224-215 ‑ 635, Zach Porter 236-258-217 — 711. Totals: 878-907-891 — 2,676.
Vito Sindoni & Son (3)
Scott Chastenay 194-217-232 — 643, Mike DiCerbo 198-227-202 — 627, Rich Strath 266-235-246 — 747, Joe VanDerLinden 270-267-235 — 772. Totals: 928-946-915 — 2,789.
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Towne Bowling Academy (2)
Debbie Capullo 236-268-227 — 731, Nunzi Manuli 235-250-190 — 675, Tom Earl 221-214-226 — 661, Marty Capullo Jr. 300-215-245 — 760. Totals: 992-947-888 –2,827.
Falvey Real Estate (1)
Dan Auricchio 279-217-251 — 747, Ron Unser 185-214-246 — 645, Jeff Young 212-254-225 — 691, Craig Taylor 257-256-227 — 740. Totals: 933-941-949 — 2,823.
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20 North (3)
Marc LeClair 257-258-243 — 758, Joel Donato 257-192-199 — 648, Tommy Donato 238-215-246 — 699, Brandon Wolf 205-235-234 — 674. Totals: 957-900-922 — 2,779.
Mohawk Honda (0)
Ed Gumm 214-202-178 — 594, Chip Tashjian 214-190-214 — 620, Ken LaBelle 227-194-210 — 631, Mark Ray 249-204-212 — 665. Totals: 904-790-816 — 2,510.
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Boulevard Bowl (1)
PJ Derenzo 206-216-235 — 657, Ken Wilkins 222-258-252 — 732, Mike Scaccia 238-223-224 — 685, Derek Foti 243-213-244 — 700. Totals: 909-919-955 — 2,774.
Driveline Motors (2)
Rob Beedleson 245-178-180 — 603, Keith Lawyer 211-191-182 — 584, Dan Rotter 175-207-222 — 604, Tony Palumbo 215-234-217 — 666. Totals: 846-819-801 ‑2,457
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J&F Lawn Care (1)
Jason Brown 235-200-202 — 637, RJ Martinez 187-144-247 — 578, Nick Stricos 256-182-277 — 715, Steve Hallenbeck 258-234-214 — 706. Totals: 936-769-940 — 2,636.
Downs Roofing (2)
Chris Tinkle 257-243-222 — 722, Nick Barnes 164-224-206 ‑594, Ryan Karabin 202-216-243 — 661, Billy Wigand 212-245-216 — 673. Totals: 835-928-887 — 2,650.
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Action Bowling Supply (3)
Bob Messick 245-205-233 — 683, Natasha Bidwell 268-251-255 — 774, Matt Fazzone 226-237-182 — 645, JP Harrell 220-231-214 — 665. Totals: 959-924-884 — 2,767.
Bedrock Construction (0)
Jim Geiger 249-268-204 — 721, Ed McGaffin 232-191-214 ­ 637, Eric Stangle 245-190-171 — 606, Steve Wagoner 200-203-195 — 598. Totals: 926-852-784 — 2,562.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL MIXED DOUBLES
Standings
Towne Bowling Academy 45-15, Pete’s Auto 43-17, Sindoni Sausage 39.5-20.5, Capital District Mobile Vet 39-21, DeCrescente Dis. 36-24, Strike & Spare Pro Shop 33.5-26.5, GPS Transport 33.5-26.5, A Touch of Country Florist 33-27, Bellevue Builder 32-28, Action Bowling Supply 30.5-29.5, Next Level Detailing 29-31, Battenkill Motor 27-33, Limitless Plumbing 26-34, Marcella’s Appliance 24-36, A Plus Heating & Cooling 23-37, Home Town Pub 22-38, MAC Tools 22-38, DeNooyer 22-38, Fifteen Church 21-39, Debra Lamay Agency 19-41
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A Plus Heating & Cooling (8)
Felicia Campanella 114-182-203-213 — 712, Tony Pasquerella 133-126-225-175 — 659. Totals: 247-308-428-388 — 1,371.
Capital District Mobile Vet (12)
Chris Allen-Valenzuela 157-239-219-202 — 817, John Askew 174-246-200-233 — 853. Totals: 331-485-419-435 — 1,670.
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Strike & Spare Pro Shop (2)
Jackie Malone 176-163-197-213 — 749, Paul Dumas 191-192-216-239 — 838. Totals: 367-355-413-452 — 1,587.
DeCrescente Dist. (18)
Natasha Bidwell 205-239-232-172 — 848, Scott Rogers 278-244-268-299 — 1,089. Totals: 483-483-500-471 — 1,937.
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Battenkill Motors (9)
Laura Rotter 225-224-194-205 — 848, Dan Rotter 257-223-186-216 — 882. Totals: 482-447-380-421 — 1,730.
A Touch of Country Florist (11)
Janelle Irwin 205-267-256-223 — 951, Brandon Wolf 220-222-236-170 — 848. Totals: 425-489-492-393 — 1,799.
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Marcella’s Appliance (14)
Jessica Brockmyer 194-227-193-208 — 822, Don Herrington 268-205-211-184 — 868. Totals: 462-432-404-392 — 1,690.
Bellevue Builder (6)
Ursula Pasquerella 174-204-191-206 — 775, Bill Nolan 202-248-187-172 — 809. Totals: 376-452-378-378 — 1,584.
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Next Level Detailing (7)
Tammy Sader 183-215-289-222 — 909, Joe Paone 247-234-192-212 — 885. Totals: 430-449-481-434 — 1,794.
Limitless Plumbing (13)
Lindsey McPhail 233-150-268-236 — 887, Dave McLear 268-237-214-227 — 946. Totals: 501-387-482-463 — 1,833.
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Home Town Pub (11)
Nicole D’Amario 214-211-182-186 — 793, Tom Rogers 214-187-275-240 — 916. Totals: 428-398-457-426 — 1,709.
Action Bowling Supply (9)
Jordan Byrnes 225-181-245-216 — 867, Kenny Livengood 224-154-279-220 — 877. Totals: 449-335-524-436 — 1,744.
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Debra Lamay Agency (5)
Amber Dominic 177-196-203-188 — 764, Craig Taylor 257-245-177-220 — 899. Totals: 434-441-380-408 — 1,663.
GPS Transport (15)
Kris Impellizzeri 194-213-258-227 — 892, Matt Swiatocha 216-232-236-200 — 884. Totals: 410-445-494-427 — 1,776.
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Fifteen Church (9)
Aliyah Liberatore 179-191-167-190 — 727, Ben Empie 190-170-168-139 — 667. Totals: 369-361-335-329 — 1,394.
DeNooyer (11)
Michelle Largeteau 109-147-116-158 — 530, RJ Martinez 237-213-236-278 — 964. Totals:  346-360-352-436 — 1,494.
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Towne Bowling Academy (20)
Debbie Capullo 244-223-234-268 — 969, Ryan Gahan 236-247-260-229 — 972. Totals: 480-470-494-497 — 1,941.
MAC Tools (0)
Kylie Pasquerella 204-200-201-188 — 793, Keith Diamante 178-233-197-204 — 812. Totals: 382-433-398-492 — 1,605.
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Pete’s Auto (9)
Jenn Schissler 212-215-225-258 — 910, Chuckie Schissler 404-418-470-451 — 1,743.
Sindoni Sausage (11)
Liz Kuhlkin 191-208-289-225 — 913, Joe VanDerLinden 279-234-226-224 — 963. Totals: 470-442-515-449 — 1,876.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC
Standings
Town N Country 46-29, Masons Automotive 45.5-29.5, Boulevard Bowl 44.5-30.5, Ledies 44.5-30.5, Karner Auto 43-32, Team 8 30.5-44.5, D.A. Parisi & Co. 27-48, Kalpro 19-56.
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Ledies (4)
Kathy Bryk 256-168-191-185 — 800, Mark Hansen 237-224-223-232 — 916, Dan Bryk 219-255-226-233 — 933. Totals: 712-647-640-650 — 2,649.
D.A. Parisi & Co. (1)
John Mecca 250-184-197-280 — 911, Jeff Williams 193-255-204-169 — 821, Ken Williams 187-202-213-205 — 807. Totals: 630-641-614-654 — 2,539.
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Team 8 (5)
P.J. Derenzo 163-238-188-256 — 845, Lee Quivey 183-213-235 — 631, Ray Haupt 190, Tony Bianchi 268-202-227-199 — 896. Totals: 621-623-628-690 — 2,562.
Kalpro (0)
Keith Lawyer 153-195-208-186 — 742, Jack Halsdorf 179-190-172-196 — 737, Joe Carusone 278-214-161-201 — 854. Totals: 610-599-541-583 — 2,333.
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Masons Automotive (2)
Don Herrington 232-203-278-190 — 903, Robin Fredenburgh 194-227-203-238 — 862, B.J. Smith 229-231 — 460, Shawn Zesewitz 242-160 — 402. Totals: 668-590-710-659 — 2,627.
Town N Country (3)
Jake Shank 241-172-200-267 — 880, Anthony Scaccia 190-213-235-213 — 851, Matt Trestick 222-226-246-244 — 938. Totals: 653-611-681-724 — 2,669.
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Boulevard Bowl (3)
Mike Scaccia 226-248-224-171 — 869, Brian Hart 202-279-247-195 — 923, Derek Foti 232-227-253-234 — 946. Totals: 660-754-724-600 — 2,738.
Karner Auto (2)
Devon Schwartz 188-186-207-206 — 787, Bryan Delehanty Jr. 198-192-278-220 — 888, John DeVarnne 228-268-257-247 — 1,000. Totals: 614-646-742-673 — 2,675.

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

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