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In the Pocket: Porter rolls two perfect games as sub

In the Pocket: Porter rolls two perfect games as sub

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In the Pocket: Porter rolls two perfect games as sub
Zack Porter
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Zack Porter admitted he was suffering from a bit of bowler burnout this season, but Monday’s brilliant fill-in performance definitely brought some spark back to his game.

Porter, who has opted to bowl full time in only one league this year, had a memorable night as a sub, rolling a pair of perfect games en route to a league-best 857 triple in the high-powered Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League at Towne Bowling Academy.

“After bowling so many days a week in college and high school, it’s nice to have the freedom to pick and choose what I want to do during the week,” said the 23-year-old Mohonasen High School graduate. “I like having the freedom. I’ve bowled so much over the years that sometimes it’s good to take a step back. I didn’t want to burn myself out. But as it turned out, I fill in whenever someone needs me. I’m subbing in five leagues now.”

Along with his regular weekly stint in the Vitalo Classic Saturday nights at Sportsman’s, Porter has filled in for both the City League at Towne and the Sportsman’s Majors at Sportsman’s Bowl on Monday nights. He’s also subbed in the Towne Majors and the Reis Group Mixed Doubles at Towne Bowling Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively, along with the Capital District All Star league Thursday nights at Sportsman’s Bowl.
Monday night, he was nearly perfect all three games.

“I didn’t have many light swishes at all,” he said. “Most of my shots were solid pocket hits. And I didn’t have to move much all night. I only made one move, parallel left with my feet and my target, and I also took a piece of tape out in the third game. They were the only changes I had to make. I used my Ebonite Warrior Supreme all night. I’ve been using Ebonite equipment since my second season in college at SCCC.”

After rolling a perfect game in his opener, Porter left a 7-pin in the fourth frame, a 10-pin in the fifth frame and a 9-pin on his second shot in the 10th frame after breaking up a 4-9 split, for a 257 middle game. He then recorded his second 300 game of the night to finish out his outstanding triple.

“That was the first time I’ve ever had two perfect games in the same night,” said Porter, who now has seven perfect games and three 800 triples. “This season started out OK, but it’s gotten better. Basically, I’m on Cloud 9 after what happened on Monday. It means a lot to me to bowl like that, especially with the quality of bowlers in that league.”

Porter learned the game from his father and had an outstanding junior and scholastic career. He won three Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour titles as a youngster, and also captured the prestigious Michelle Shafer Scholarship Tournament — named after PBA50 Tour standout Ryan Shafer’s late wife — in Elmira.
In high school, Porter was the Suburban Council’s co-MVP his senior year. After bowling two seasons for SUNY Schenectady, where he studied casino and gaming management, he bowled for St. John’s, where he got his BA in hospitality management.

“At St. John’s, they took bowling very seriously, and there was a lot of traveling involved,” he recalled. “We traveled across the country to places like Las Vegas, Georgia and Indianapolis. I put higher expectations on myself bowling D-I. We won our conference my first year there.”

Porter, who calls himself a “tweener” as far as his style is concerned, normally plays between the second and third arrows on the lane when conditions permit. He’s received instruction over the years from Bob Tedesco Jr. and from former PBA Tour member Del Warren at the Kegel Training School.

“I’m always working on my game,” Porter said. “I’d say I’m pretty close to where I want to be right now. I’ve smoothed out my swing and my timing over the years. Now, I’m not decelerating as much as I used to. I also watch a lot of videos of myself to see how I’m doing, and I also watch video of other good bowlers I’d like to emulate.

“I’m thinking I’m just about ready to bowl in some more competitive tournaments, like the Waverly Scratch Tournament and the Donato Scratch Singles. I’m starting to feel more competitive, and I’m ready to start traveling again and compete.”

SCHENECTADY USBC WOMEN IN SPOTLIGHT

After a very successful Schenectady USBC Open Championship, the local bowling association offers another major event this weekend, as the Schenectady USBC Women’s Championship Singles Tournament will be contested Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Boulevard Bowl.

Entry fee is $25. Handicap will be 90 percent of 240. The prize ratio will be one out of every eight bowlers. Contact tournament director Jackie Oliveira at 518-370-1006 or Lloyd Denny at 518-355-5832 for more information.

STRIKES & SPARES

The 17th annual Joe & Tom Donato Memorial Scratch Singles, with a top prize of $3,200 guaranteed, continues Saturday with a special “seniors only” squad at 2 p.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl. It’s a great chance for local seniors to earn a spot in the Donato without having to battle the youngsters. Sunday, there are two more squads, at Kingpins Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls at noon and at Spare Time Latham at 5:30 p.m. Entry fee for most of the squads is $60. Squads continue through Mach 24, the day of the finals at Towne Bowling Academy. PBA Tour standout Kyle Troup won last year’s tournament, considered one of the Capital Region’s most prestigious and lucrative events. Call Tommy Donato at 518-788-0771 for more information.

The 24th annual Blizzard Bowl, in memory of the late Jack Scaccia and Frank DePalma, will begin its five-squad run at Boulevard Bowl on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. Entry fee is $80 per four-person team. Other squads, all starting at 11:45 a.m., will be March 10, April 7, April 14 and April 28.

One of the top charity events on the area schedule is the 13th annual Fred “Snake” Blake Memorial Team Tournament, set for tonight at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Towne Bowling Academy. Entry fee is $80 per team. All proceeds this year benefit Elliot Ray and her family. The Blakes raise money to help a different person or family in need every year. For more information, contact Towne Bowling Academy.

In the Schenectady Dorp/Menagerie league, 90-year-old Laura Simpkins rolled games of 175, 171 and 173 for a 513 triple. Her average is 139.

Ray Hyam III rolled a 300 game during his 696 triple last week in the City Class league.

Bob Rowe defeated Scott Rogers 223-211 to win the 44th annual Troy Bowling Association 700 Club Tournament at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy. A total of 128 bowlers competed in the two qualifying squads. Rowe earned $1,000, and Rogers pocketed $500.

Green Island Lanes hosts the 31st annual Charlie Bechard Memorial Senior Tournament for bowlers 50 years and older. Squads are March 17, March 18, March 20 and March 23, with check-in at noon and practice at 12:30 p.m. each day. Age classifications are 50-60, 61-71 and 72 and over. Handicap is 100 percent of 220, with a maximum of 70 pins per game. Entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to Green Island Lanes and mailed to Green Island Lanes, 4 Lafayette St., Green Island, N.Y. 12183. Call 518-640-8330 for more information.

The Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour heads to Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center Saturday at 1 p.m. or its next event.

Towne Bowling Academy hosts the 45th annual Electric City Women’s 600 Club Tournament March 10 at 1 p.m. Entry forms are available at Towne BA, Boulevard Bowl and Sportsman’s Bowl. Entry deadline is Saturday. Contact Marianne Hogle at 518-393-8907 for more information.

Sportsman’s Bowl will be the host for the next Amateur League Bowlers Association of New York tournament March 24 at 9:30 a.m. This will be the final A.L.B.A.N.Y. singles event until the championship, set for April 28 at Spare Time Latham. Member bowlers must have competed in two events to be eligible for the championship. Only bowlers with averages less than 215 are eligible. Entry fee is $30 if paid by March 17 and $45 after that. Top prize is $500, based on 60 entries. Contact Jim Burton at 518-209-4748 for more information.

MAJOR BOWLING

Porter recorded a pair of perfect games on the way to an 857 triple, while both Mike Dicerbo (785) and Scott Rogers (785) also collected 300 games in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Jason Deitz slammed a 753, Matt Swiatocha shot a 739 and Cliff Ruth tossed a 735 in the Sportsman’s Majors Monday night at Sportsman’s Bowl.

Ron Williams ripped a 289-965, and John Mecca rolled a 930 in the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

Wednesday’s Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league was cancelled because of the snowstorm.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE

Standings
Vito Sindoni 20.5-3.5, Falvey Real Estate 17-7, Downs Roofing 15.5-8.5, Mohawk Honda 13.5-10.5, Kristel Mechanic 12-12, DeCrescente Dist. 11.5-12.5, J&F Lawn Care 11-13, Driveline Motors 11-13, Towne Bowling Academy 11-13, Boulevard Bowl 10-14 Action Bowling Supply 1-14, 20 North 9-15, Bedrock Construction 9-15 D&D Lawncare 7-17.
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Bedrock Construction (1)
Jim Geiger 193-205-252 — 650, Ed McGaffin 216-201-224 — 641, Eric Stangle 192-234-259 — 685, Steve Wagoner 290-193-205 — 688. Totals: 891-833-940 — 2,664.
Boulevard Bowl (2)
PJ Derenzo 227-185-266 — 678, Ken Wilkins 224-268-218 — 710, Derek Foti 268-214-235 — 717, Craig Smith 192-223-184 — 601. Totals: 913-890-903 — 2,706.
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Action Bowling Supply (2)
Rit Fazzone 180-172-173 — 525, Bob Messick 246-200-237 — 683, Natasha Bidwell 236-248-200 — 684, Matt Fazzone 234-226-209 — 669. Totals: 896-846-819 — 2,561.
D&D Lawncare (1)
Karrie Blake 192-215-248 — 655, Laura Rotter 227-155-228 — 610, Bill Judge 206-236-193 — 635, Mark Moyer 203-187-204 — 594. Totals: 828-793-873 — 2,494.
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Vito Sindoni (2)
Scott Chestenay 245-220-225 — 690, Mike Dicerbo 247-300-238 — 785, Rich Strath 235-246-257 — 739, Joe VanDerLinden 236-246-215 — 697. Totals: 964-1012-935 — 2,911.
Falvey Real Estate (1)
Dan Auricchio 257-215-243 — 715, Ron Unser 189-233-227 — 649, Jeff Young 266-193-268 — 727, Craig Taylor 244-237-198 — 679. Totals: 956-878-936 — 2,770.
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Downs Roofing (0)
Chris Tinkle 244-164-245 — 653, Nick Barnes 258-235-211 — 704, Ryan Karabin 235-279-231 — 745, Billy Wigand 201-201-213 ­ 615. Totals: 938-879-900 — 2,717.
J&F Lawn Care (3)
Jason Brown 278-206-203 — 687 RJ Martinez 216-167-155 — 538, Nick Stricos 202-189-218 — 609, Steve Hallenbeck 235-206-225 — 666. Totals: 931-768-801 — 2,500.
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Towne Bowling Academy (0)
Tom Earl 193-238-233 — 664, Nunzi Manuli 160-248-189 — 597, Marty Capullo Jr. 212-177-221 — 610, Debbie Capullo 238-257-187 — 682. Totals: 803-920-830 — 2,553.
Mohawk Honda (3)
Ed Gumm 221-231-203 — 655, Chip Tashjian 201-226-206 — 633, Ken LaBelle 279-227-233 — 739, Thomas DiBell 243-257-255 — 755. Totals: 944-941-897 — 2,782.
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Kristel Mechanic (2)
Mel Kristel 235-234-237 — 706, Jeff Whitehouse 266-227-237 — 730, Ed White 229-266-196 — 691, Bryan Kelley 260-195-198 — 654. Totals: 990-923-868 — 2,781.
Driveline Motors (1)
Rob Beedleson 244-221-174 — 639, Keith Lawyer 157-211-193 — 561, Dan Rotter 245-279-194 — 718, Zack Porter 300-257-300 — 857. Totals: 946-968-861 — 2,775.
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20 North (0)
Marc LeClair 224-207-190 — 621, Joel Donato 141-279-225 — 645, Tommy Donato 236-209-194 — 639, Bob Faragon 237-204-207 — 648. Totals: 838-899-816 — 2,553.
DeCrescente Dist. (3)
Jessica Aiezza 256-223-203 — 682, Mark Kuhlkin 246-268-233 — 747, Scott Rogers 257-300-226 — 783, Liz Kuhlkin 228-268-257 — 753. Totals: 987-1,059-919 — 2,965.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS

Standings
Muny Grille 32.5-7.5, Mazone’s Heating 27-13, Metroland Photo 26-14, Guidarelli’s Liquor 24-16, Madison Grille 23-17, Universal Auto Parts 19-21, Mike’s Hot Dogs 19-21, Sauce Baseball 17.5-22.5, Mohawk Tap Room 17-23, The Appliance Specialist 14-26, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 12-28, IDID 9-31.
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Klonowski’s Pro Shop (2)
Doug Bywater 149-183-160 — 492, Cliff Ruth 220-279-238 — 738, Vince Simoni 195-219-248 — 682, Jim Petronis 199-203-236 — 638. Totals: 763-884-880 — 2,527.
Mohawk Tap Room (2)
Brett Rozniewski 181-239-188 — 608, Walt Jones 266-170-225 — 661, Joe Rozniewski Jr. 228-257-181 — 666, Christian Chiarito 183-199-235 — 617. Totals: 858-865-829 — 2,552.
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Madison Grille (0)
Nick Kallner 191-213-184 — 588, Eric Hilton 220-226-212 — 658, Bill Carl 163-166-199 — 528, Jason Deitz 252-257-244 — 753. Totals: 826-862-839 — 2,527.
Mike Hot Dogs (4)
Doug Semerad 216-201-236 — 653, Tammy Sader 192-226-200 — 618, Mike Giaquinto 276-223-227 — 726, Kevin Palmer 224-233-250 — 707. Totals 908-883-913 — 2,704.
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IDID (0)
Tony Fernandez 206-237-257 — 700, Flash Gordon 197-225-202 — 624, Jim Valentino 190-235-191 — 616, AJ Perone 222-173-192 — 587. Totals: 815-87-842 — 2,527.
Mazone’s Heating (4)
Joe Paone 187-226-243 — 656, Chris Mazone 185-203-248 — 636, Len Reyngoudt 268-153-211 — 632, Ryan Gahan 234-248-224 — 706. Totals: 874-830-926 — 2,630.
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The Appliance Specialist (3)
Steve Alexander 179-257-279 — 715, Mike Liberatore 222-210-21 — 644, Steve Fawcett 207-172-246 — 625, Chris Fawcett 234-260-235 — 729. Totals: 842-899-972 — 2,713.
Sauce Baseball (1)
Fred McMahon 220-19-218 — 617, Brian Brown 180-247-189 — 616, Mike Smith 181-268-233 — 682, Joe D’Aurizio Jr. 213-247-223 — 683. Totals: 794-941-863 — 2,598.
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Guidarelli’s Liquor (1)
Jason Impellizzeri 224-235-205 — 664, Jim Bassotti 205-208-216 — 629, Jim Parker 220-269-205 — 694, Matt Swiatocha 234-258-247 — 739. Totals: 883-970-873 — 2,726.
Muny Grille (3)
Jay Diamond 215-246-250 — 711, Dave Bingham 190-195-270 — 655, John Musto Jr. 247-224-211 — 682, Jamie Diamond 279-238-214 — 731. Totals: 931-903-945 — 2,779.
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Metroland Photo (3)
Lee Quivey 232-223-216 — 671, Mike Kamm 247-196-197 — 640, Steve Renzi 211-202-246 — 659, Mike Gallitelli 179-215-191 — 585. Totals: 869-836-850 — 2,555.
Universal Auto Parts (1)
Andy Smith 171-266-222 — 659, Dave Henderson 236-191-202 — 629, Keith Livengood 225-215-151 — 591, Chris Fedden 194-222-204 — 620. Totals: 826-894-779 — 2,499.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC

Standings
Boulevard Bowl 24-6, Mason’s Automotive 18.5-11.5, Town N Country 16-14, Karner Auto 15-15, Ledies 14.5-15.5, D.A. Parisi & Co. 14-16, Kalpro 9.5-20.5 Team 8 8.5-21.5.
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Team 8 (4.5)
Larry Janetsky 195-179-211 — 584, Spark Derenzo 190, Ray Haupt 159-151-189-209 — 708, Tony Bianchi 204-192-233-183 — 812. Totals: 553-538-600-603 — 2,294.
Kalpro (0.5)
Keith Lawyer 194-206-237-214 — 851, Chet Ciembronowicz 191-167-146-187 — 691, Joe Carusone 159-165-203-193 — 720. Totals: 544-538-586-594 ‑  2,262.
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Mason’s Automotive (3.5)
Ron Williams 176-289-245-255 — 965, Robin Fredenburgh 190, Lee Quivey 199-198-233 — 630, B.J. Smith Jr. 190, Zachary Gravell 185-198-185 — 568. Totals: 556-673-641-673‑ 2,543.
Ledies (1.5)
Kathy Bryk 234-255-179-211 — 879, Mark Hansen 195-239-217-147 — 798, Dan Bryk 159-179-190-190 — 718. Totals: 588-673-586-543 — 2,395.
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Town N Country (4)
Matt Trestick 244-203-246-183 — 876, Terry Ray 257-223-203-181 — 864, Jack Scaccia Jr. 215-264-176-236 — 891. Totals: 716-690-625-600 — 2,631.
D.A. Parisi & Co. (1)
John Mecca 239-243-257-191 — 930, Jeff Williams 177-171-208-136 — 692, Ken Wilkins 225-172-206-180 — 783. Totals: 641-586-571-507 — 2,405.
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Karner Auto (2)
Vince Villano 213-200-199-195 — 807, John DeVarnne 236-215-247-228 — 926, Rodney Slater 198-208-155-209 — 770. Totals: 647-623-601-632 — 2,503.
Boulevard Bowl (3)
Mike Scaccia 185-200-168-256 — 809, Brian Hart 194-280-202-191 — 867, Derek Foti 243-225-213-227 — 908. Totals: 622-705-583-674 — 2,584.

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