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In the Pocket: Schalmont grad Bidwell aims to be family's top bowler

In the Pocket: Schalmont grad Bidwell aims to be family's top bowler

Bob Weiner's weekly look at Capital Region bowling
In the Pocket: Schalmont grad Bidwell aims to be family's top bowler
Natasha Bidwell
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Rising star Natasha Bidwell is enjoying one of her best seasons on the lanes, and her competitive fire burns brighter than ever. But despite all of her success, family bragging rights still matter most for the 24-year-old Schalmont High School graduate.

“We enjoy winning as a team, but I’d rather beat my dad. That’s what I enjoy the most,” said Bidwell, who bowls on the same team with her parents, David Sader and Tammy Sader, Saturday nights in the Vitalo Classic at Sportsman’s Bowl. Both her parents are outstanding bowlers in their own right, so Bidwell needs to bowl exceptionally to beat them. So far, she’s taken family bragging rights quite often.

Bidwell, who has four perfect games and three 800 triples on her resume, also bowls in the highly competitive Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League at Towne Bowling Academy. She carries an average of about 225 in both of her major leagues, and she also fills in from time to time in other leagues, as well. On weekends, she and boyfriend Matt Fazzone, operator of Action Bowling Supply pro shop at Towne Bowling Academy, usually competes in New England Bowling Association tournaments.

“Everything seems to be going right for me this year,” Bidwell said. “I have some new equipment that Matt drilled up for me. I’ve noticed that my average is higher in both of my leagues than it’s been. I try to make sure my game is as up to date as possible. I actually try to be the top bowler in both of my leagues.”

Bidwell constantly works on her game. After excelling for Schalmont, she bowled at Long Island University for four seasons.

“We came in second in the Northeast Conference one year, and that’s the best they had done in a long time,” Bidwell recalled. “I loved bowling in college, and wish I could go back. I love the competition and the atmosphere of college bowling.”

In adult leagues, Bidwell continues to shine and is always looking for ways to improve.

“I definitely think timing is the key for me,” she said. “Making sure my timing is right, and checking to see if my speed is around 15 miles per hour is important. I also want my release to be the same time after time. I usually like to bowl between the fifth and 10th boards, but I’m actually practicing more on bowling an inside line. I’ve had a problem with that, and I’ve been working on becoming more consistent inside when I need to bowl there.”

Bidwell is currently using an Idol Pearl and the Storm Hy-Road X as the key components of her bowling arsenal. 

“Usually, at Towne, I’ve been using the regular Idol, and then at Sportsman’s, I use the Idol Pearl. After the lanes start to break down, I switch to the Hy-Road X,” Bidwell explained. “The shot at Towne and Sportsman’s is definitely a lot different for me. At Sportsman’s, there is not as much volume of oil. For me, there’s a lot more oil at Towne.”

Bidwell said her father started her in the game when she was about 4 years old. Currently, Fazzone and Nunzi Manuli help her with instruction suggestions when she needs to tweak her game.

Bidwell said that she’s been having a reasonable amount of success in the NEBA tournaments, cashing often.

“I like those tournaments, because they have different sport conditions on the lanes, and I like to compete at different alleys,” she said. “Matt and I like to travel and bowl together on the weekends.”

Bidwell’s goals are to keep improving all aspects of her game.

“League-wise, I would like to have a higher average and maybe try to get another 300 this year,” she said. “In tournaments, I like to cash. Sometimes, I move on to the first round after qualifying. I want to advance further.”

And of course, there is always one consistent goal.

“I also have a little competition with my dad on Saturday nights. I always try to beat him. That’s the best,” she said.

STRIKES & SPARES
High school sectional tournaments are just around the corner. Here is the schedule, with all four events scheduled to start the first of two blocks at 9 a.m. at Boulevard Bowl: Thursday, Feb. 7 (girls’ tournament); Feb. 8 (boys’ Class B tournament), Feb. 11 (boys’ Class A tournament), Feb. 12 (boys’ Class C-D tournament).

Jeanne Mastro rolled her first-ever 600 triple with a 246-627 in the Monday’s Funnies league.

Doug Hopkins rolled his 15th career 800 triple last Friday night in the Galaxy league at Boulevard Bowl.

Jon Wilbur recorded the 35th perfect 900 series in history last weekend at Rutland Bowlerama & Ten Pin Lounge.

Marty Browne won the Amateur Bowlers League Association of New York singles event at Town N Country Lanes Sunday. He shot 701 scratch, 779 with handicap, and earned $500. Rounding out the top five were Greg Niehoff (770 handicap, $220), Kevin Billetts Jr. (748, $140), Bob McDermott (721, $100) and Dustin Burton (716, $80). The next A.L.B.A.N.Y. singles event will be March 24 at Sportsman’s Bowl.

The Schenectady USBC Youth Team Tournament will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl.

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 Friday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.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.

The Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center Scratch Doubles event is set for Feb. 10, with squads at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Entry fee is $160 per team and $140 for re-entry. Qualifying will be four-game blocks. First place will be $2,500, based on 60 teams.  Call 518-793-9606 for more information.

Uncle Sam Lanes’ Superbowl Bakers Doubles Tournament is set for Feb. 3 at noon. Entry fee is $40 per bowler pre-pay or $50 the day of the event. First place is $900 guaranteed. One in six teams will cash from the eight-game sweeper. Call Tom Walsh at 518-378-4695 for more information.

MAJOR BOWLING
PWBA standout Liz Kuhlkin put together an 801 triple, Dan Rotter fired a 790 and Karrie Blake rolled her 10th career perfect game in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City league Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Chris Fedden recorded a 793, Eric Hilton rolled a perfect game en route to a 791 and both Joe Rozniewski and Joe Paone also tossed 300 games in the Sportsman’s Majors Monday at Sportsman’s Bowl. Chris Fawcett was third on the card with a 769.

Craig Smith tossed a 972 four-game series, while Tony Palumbo and John Mecca tied for second with a 965 series in the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

Perennial league average champion Joe VanDerLinden connected for a 994 four-game series and Jordan Byrnes tossed a 989 to pace the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE
Standings
Vito Sindoni 6-0, 20 North 5-1, J&F Lawn Care 4-2, Falvey Real Estate 4-2, Towne Bowling Academy 4-2, Kristel Mechanic 4-2, Mohawk Honda 3-3, Boulevard Bowl 3-3, Action Bowling Supply 3-3, DeCrescente Dist. 2-4, Bedrock Construction 1-5, Downs Roofing 1-5, Driveline Moors 1-5, D&D Lawncare 1-5.
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Action Bowling Supply (0)
David Sader 235-161-396, Rit Fazzone 124, Bob Messick 205-233-224 — 662, Natasha Bidwell 227-167-189 — 583, Matt Fazzone 279-236-245 — 760. Totals: 835-871-819 — 2,525.
Vito Sindoni (3)
Scott Chastenay 223-255-225 — 703, Mike Dicerbo 225-213-213 — 651, Rich Strath 203-197-225 — 625, Joe VanDerLinden 231-257-234 — 722. Totals: 882-922-897 — 2,701.
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J&F Lawn Care (2)
Jason Brown 163-245-234 — 642, RJ Martinez 218-259-222 — 699, Nick Stricos 196-290-258 — 744, Steve Hallenbeck 268-258-221 — 747. Totals: 845-1,052-935 — 2,832.
Kristel Mechanic (1)
Bob Faragon 228-246-213 — 687, Jeff Whitehouse 220-223-222 — 665, Ed White 184-246-188 — 618, Bryan Kelley 279-267-211 — 757. Totals: 911-982-834 — 2,727.
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Mohawk Honda (3)
Ed Gumm 191-266-265 — 722, Chip Tashjian 200-213-226 — 639, Ken LaBelle 248-245-234 — 727, Mark Ray 257-256-205 — 718. Totals: 896-980-930 — 2,806.
Boulevard Bowl (0)
PJ Derenzo 234-217-180 — 631, Ken Wilkins 204-279-191 — 674, Mike Scaccia 203-245-227 — 675, Derek Foti 187-213-178 — 578. Totals: 828-954-776 — 2,558.
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Bedrock Construction (1)
Jim Geiger 238-266-245 — 749, Ed McGaffin 299-174-203 — 676, Eric Stangle 222-166-216 — 604, Steve Wagoner 192-193-196 — 581. Totals: 951-799-860 — 2,610
Towne Bowling Academy (0)
Debbie Capullo 212-219-235 — 666, Nunzi Manuli 192-210-275 ‑677, Tom Earl 222-207-233 — 662, Marty Capullo Jr. 212-268-260 — 740. Totals: 838-904-1,003 — 2,745.
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Falvey Real Estate (3)
Dan Auricchio 229-193-195 — 617, Ron Unser 220-209-200 — 629, Jeff Young 275-225-198 — 698, Craig Taylor 257-237-236 — 730. Totals: 981-854-829 — 2,674.
Downs Roofing (0)
Chris Tinkle 245-146-182 — 573, Nick Barnes 172-188-196 — 556, Ryan Karabin 226-238-201 — 665, Billy Wigand 267-196-181 ‑644. Totals: 910-768-760 — 2,438
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DeCrescente Dist. (2)
Lee Aiezza 234-245-220 — 699, Mark Kuhlkin 230-202-233 — 665, Scott Rogers 216-254-211 — 681, Liz Kuhlkin 268-278-255 — 801. Totals: 948-979-919 — 2,846.
Driveline Motors (1)
Rob Beedleson 205-245-258 — 708, Keith Lawyer 215-195-233 — 643, Dan Rotter 265-279-246 — 790, Tony Palumbo 216-218-240 ­ 674. Totals: 901-937-977 — 2,815.
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D&D Lawncare (1)
Karrie Blake 300-154-169 — 623, Tom Rogers 180-236-173 — 589, Bill Judge 215-234-215 — 664, Patti Tenyenhuis 214-223-246 — 683. Totals: 909-847-803 — 2,559.
20 North (2)
Marc LeClair 171-275-226 — 672, Jody Becker 202-268-196 — 666, Don Herrington 268-258-249 — 775, Tommy Donato 242-257-160 — 659. Totals: 883-1,058-831 — 2,772.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS
Standings
Muny Grille 10-2, Guidarelli’s Liquor 10-2, Mohawk Tap Room 10-2 Mazone’s Heating 8-4, Metroland Photo 8-4, Madison Grille 7-5, The Appliance Specialist 5-7, Universal Auto Parts 4-8, Mike’s Hot Dogs 4-8, Sauce Baseball 3-9, IDID 2-10, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 1-11.
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Universal Auto Parts (3)
Andy Smith 226-288-194 — 708, Dave Henderson 188-235-180 — 603, Keith Livengood 222-279-228 — 729, Chris Fedden 279-279-235 — 793. Totals: 915-1,081-837 — 2,833.
The Appliance Specialist (1)
Steve Alexander 234-225-235 — 694, Mike Liberatore 231-215-256 — 701, Justin Carl 179-195-223 — 597, Chris Fawcett 247-278-244 — 769. Totals: 891-912-958 — 2,761.
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Muny Grille (3)
Jay Diamond 257-216-223 — 696, Sherm Bowman 224-205-193 — 622, John Musto Jr. 214-231-255 — 700, Jamie Diamond 211-257-194 — 662. Totals: 906-909-865 — 2,680.
Metroland Photo (1)
Lee Quivey 193-215-169 — 577, Mike Kamm 172-225-235 — 632, Steve Renzi 182-203-245 — 630. Totals: 95-867-905 — 2,567
Mazone’s Heating (4)
Joe Paone 236-300-225 — 761, Chris Mazone 187-222-186 — 595, Len Reyngoudt 245-226-214 — 685, Lou DeVoe III 175-187-224 — 586. Totals: 843-935-849 — 2,627.
Mike’s Hot Dogs (0)
Doug Semerad 195-212-203 — 610, Tammy Sader 205-190-201 — 596, Mike Giaquinto 221-234-183 — 638, Kevin Palmer 146-179-214 — 539. Totals: 767-815-801 — 2,383.
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IDID (0)
Tony Fernandez 214-181-242 — 687, Flash Gordon 172-182-212 — 566, Jim Valentino 211-160-213 — 584, AJ Perone 234-221-202 ‑657. Totals: 831-744-869 — 2,444.
Madison Grille (4)
Nick Kallner 255-212-201 — 668, Eric Hilton 244-247-300 — 791, Bill Carl 259-206-206 — 671, Jason Deitz 224-213-179 — 616. Totals: 982-878-886 — 2,746.
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Klonowski’s Pro Shop (1)
Doug Bywater 188-184-225 — 597, Cliff Ruth 236-279-212 — 727, Vince Simoni 201-171-200 — 572, Jim Petronis 218-189-193 — 600. Totals: 843-823-830 — 2,496.
Guidarelli’s Liquor (3)
Mike Guidarelli 204-279-215 — 698, Jim Bassotti 207-203-237 — 647, Chris Smih 203-279-280 — 762, Jim Parker 214-184-180 — 578. Totals: 828-945-912 — 2,685.
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Sauce Baseball (0)
Joe D’Aurizio Jr. 162-249-223 — 634, Brian Brown 158-192-158 — 508, Bob Tedesco Jr. 223-215-226 — 664, Mike Smith 258-236-185 — 679. Totals: 801-892-792 — 2,485.
Mohawk Tap Room (4)
Brett Rozniewski 233-249-217 — 699, Walt Jones 233-246-246 — 725, Joe Rozniewski Jr. 234-227-300 — 761, Christian Chiarito 214-214-247 — 675. Totals: 914-936-1,010 — 2,860.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC
Standings
Town N Country 50-30, Boulevard Bowl 49.5-30.5, Masons Automotive 46.5-33.5, Ledies 44.5-35.5, Karner Auto 44-36, Team 8 34.5-45.5, D.A. Parisi & Co. 31-49, Kalpro 20-60.
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Boulevard Bowl (5)
Craig Smith 267-233-227-245 — 972, Brian Hart 217-238-204-257 — 916, Derek Foti 216-192-228-227 — 863. Totals: 700-663-659-729 — 2,751.
Ledies (0)
Kathy Bryk 213-204-212-223 — 852, Mark Hansen 223-258-213-236 — 930, Dan Bryk 213-189-223-237 — 862. Totals: 649-651-648-696 — 2,644.
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Karner Auto (1)
Devon Schwartz 205-183-203-235 — 826, John DeVarnne 227-181-225-214 — 847, Larry Janetsky 211-211-422, Pat McComick 160-216 — 376. Totals: 592-589-639-660 — 2,471.
Team 8 (4)
P.J. Derenzo 238-172-212-191 — 813, Paul Haupt 192-183-192-245 — 812, Tony Bianchi 227-246-214-255 — 942. Totals: 657-601-618-691 — 2,567.
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D.A. Parisi & Co. (4)
John Mecca 247-216-246-256 ‑965, Jeff Williams 224-244-256-192 — 916, Ken Wilkins 258-198-215-245 — 916. Totals: 729-658-717-693 — 2,797.
Kalpro (1)
Keith Lawyer 215-213-227-246 — 901, Chet Ciembronowicz 199-267-195-214 — 875, Joe Carusone 181-244-197-191 — 813. Totals: 595-724-619-651 — 2,589.
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Town N Country (4)
Matt Trestick 218-239-263-237 — 957, Jack Scaccia Jr. 223-205-212-171 — 812, Tony Palumbo 279-188-236-262 — 965. Totals: 720-632-711-671 — 2,734.
Masons Automotive (1)
Don Herrington 248-256-192-204 — 900, Robin Fredenburgh 211-190-224-206 — 831, B.J. Smith Jr. 223-248-225-214 — 910. Totals: 682-694-641-624 — 2,641.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL MIXED DOUBLES
Standings
Pete’s Auto 60-20, Towne Bowling Academy 55-25, GPS Transport 53.5-26.5, Capital District Mobile Vet 51-29, Bellevue Builder 51-29, Sindoni Sausage 50.5-29.5, A Touch of Country Florist 47-23, Strike & Spare Pro Shop 46.5-33.5, DeCrescente Dist. 45-35, Action Bowling Supply 445-35.5, Limitless Plumbing 40-40, Battenkill Motor 37-43 Next Level Detailing 35-45, Marcella’s Appliance 30-50, MAC Tools 30-50, Home Town Pub 29-51, Debra Lamay Agency 25-55, A Plus Heating & Cooling 24-56, DeNooyer 22-58, Fifteen Church 21-59.
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DeNooyer (0)
Michelle Largeteau 138-126-101-130 — 495, Bill Miglianti 183-212-183-208 — 786. Totals: 321-338-284-338 — 1,281.
GPS Transport (20)
Kris Impellizzeri 213-209-180-190 — 792, Matt Swiatocha 218-226-214-245 — 903. Totals: 431-435-394-435 — 1,695.
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Next Level Detailing (6)
Rebecca Barringer 205-279-216-195 — 895, Joe Paone 205-211-207-191 — 814. Totals: 410-490-423-386 — 1,709.
A Touch of Country Florist (14)
Janelle Irwin 237-190-210-223 — 860, Steve Irwin 236-179-247-193 — 855. Totals: 473-369-457-416 — 1,715.
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DeCrescente Dist. (9)
Jodi Musto 258-215-238-193 — 904, Scott Rogers 279-236-223-241 — 979. Totals: 537-451-461-434 — 1,883.
Sindoni Sausage (11)
Liz Kuhlkin 185-279-199-267 — 930, Joe VanDerLinden 236-289-232-237 — 994. Totals: 421-568-431-504 — 1,924.
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Action Bowling Supply (14)
Jordan Byrnes 226-236-280-247 — 989, Kenny Livengood 246-191-200-204 — 841. Totals: 472-427-480-451 — 1,830.
Debra Lamay Agency (6)
Amber Dominic 247-203-193-256 — 899, Pete Dominic 211-214-225-173 — 823. Totals: 458-417-418-429 — 1,722.
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Home Town Pub (7)
Nicole D’Amario (absent) 186-186-186-186 — 744, Tom Rogers 192-171-232-238 — 833. Totals: 378-357-418-424 — 1,577.
Strike & Spare Pro Shop (13)
Jackie Malone 201-179-214-222 — 816, Paul Dumas 237-257-216-191 — 901. Totals: 438-436-430-413 — 1,717.
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Fifteen Church (0)
Aliyah Liberatore (absent) 169-169-169-169 — 676 Ben Empie (absent) 171-171-171-176 — 684. Totals: None.
Pete’s Auto (17)
Elizabeth Crisculo 191-170-156-280 — 697, Chuckie Schissler 225-201-167-203 — 796. Totals: 416-371-323-383 — 1,493.
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A Plus Heating & Cooling (1)
Felicia Campanella 145-202-178-157 — 682, Tony Pasquerella 189-1709-147-203 — 709. Totals: 334-372-325-360 — 1,391.
Bellevue Builder (19)
Ursula Pasquerella 242-214-244-237 — 937, Bill Nolan 215-211-199-268 — 893. Totals: 457-425-443-505 — 1,830.
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Capital District Mobile Vet (12)
Chris Allen-Valenzuela 183-238-222-235 — 878, John Askew 238-223-245-227 — 933. Totals: 421-461-467-462 — 1,811.
MAC Tools (8)
Kylie Pasquerella 225-190-186-199 — 800, Keith Diamante 190-185-244-216 — 835. Totals: 415-375-430-415 — 1,635.
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Limitless Plumbing (14)
Lindsey McPhail 245-233-163-242 — 883, Dave McLear 267-209-206-201 — 883. Totals: 512-442-369-443 — 1,766.
Marcella’s Appliance (6)
Jessica Brockmyer 221-212-176-191 — 800, Don Herrington 195-222-266-216 — 899. Totals: 416-434-442-407 — 1,699.
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Battenkill Motor (10)
Lisa Rathbun-Reed 225-209-165-255 — 854, Dan Rotter 229-191-206-226 — 852. Totals: 454-400-371-481 — 1,706.
Towne Bowling Academy (10)
Debbie Capullo 205-225-177-290 — 897, Ryan Gahan 233-278-204-202 — 917. Totals: 438-503-381-492 — 1,814.

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

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