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In the Pocket: Irwin shows off versatility

In the Pocket: Irwin shows off versatility

Bob Weiner's weekly bowling column
In the Pocket: Irwin shows off versatility
Janelle Irwin
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Versatile Janelle Irwin can dance. She can also fix your wounds. In a pinch, Irwin can even choreograph a musical.

But most of all, the multi-talented Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons and SUNY Schenectady graduate can bowl with some of the best in the Capital Region, and she proved it last weekend when she won her first tournament as an adult-sanctioned bowler by capturing the Town N Country Invitational over a strong field.

Irwin picked up a check for $1,000 by outlasting the 64-player field in the bracketed event set up much like the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship.

“It was a lot of fun,” said the 22-year-old student at Ellis Medicine’s Belanger School of Nursing. “I was a little nervous in the beginning, but when I got a good shot going, I felt really confident.”

Irwin used three balls during the grueling tournament, including the Roto Grip Halo, the Hyper Cell and the Storm Crux Prime.

“Except for switching balls, I had to move only about five boards toward the end of the tournament, when the lanes changed a little,” she said. “I’m very excited about this victory. Not only is it special because it’s my first adult championship, but I can really use the money. For an entry fee of just $20 or $30, you could win $1,000.”

Irwin currently bowls in two leagues, averaging 217 in the Thursday Night Classic League at Town N Country and 214 in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles at Towne Bowling Academy. The fact that she is so competitive while studying a demanding profession like nursing is impressive in its own right.

“It’s really challenging to do both things at the same time,” Irwin said. “I spend a lot of time studying and going to school. I also work hard on my bowling game. I have to balance out my schedule. I think nursing has helped me over time to develop strategies to handle the pressure of bowling in tournaments now. I’ve learned a lot of ways to cope.”

Irwin will graduate from nursing school in May, and she plans on taking a little time off to pursue her bowling passion by competing in the second half of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour.

“I love nursing, but I definitely love bowling, too,” she said. “I’m passionate about both. I’ve always loved to bowl, but I love nursing because I really love helping people and making changes in someone’s life. I’m able to give back and make people happy.”

Coached by her father Steve since she was a 6-year-old, Irwin was just as proficient as a dancer as she was a bowler when she was a youngster. She learned tap, jazz and ballet among other dancing techniques. She also choreographed her school’s musical as a senior.

ND-BG didn’t have a girls’ bowling team, so she bowled on the boys’ team and nearly became the first female to win the boys’ Big 10 average title. She competed in the Joey Schmidt Capital District Junior Pro-Scoring League, and she also bowled in the Town N Country junior program along with bowling for the Golden Knights, who were coached by her father.

“They didn’t have a coach, and they were going to get rid of the program, so my dad offered to do it,” Irwin said. “We were pretty good. We didn’t win the Big 10 title, but my dad developed the team, taught the kids how to bowl and made them better bowlers.”

As an elite junior bowler, Irwin cashed in numerous Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour events and competed in two Junior Gold Tournaments, finishing in the top 50 in the nation when the premier national event for elite juniors was held in Indiana.

After graduating from ND-BG, Irwin bowled for SUNY Schenectady, where she not only was a member of National Junior College Athletic Association national women’s championship team but was also an All-American, a national NJCAA MVP and a national NJCAA singles champion.

Sunday’s win was her first major accolade in the adult ranks. She has one perfect game, rolled for the Royals at Boulevard Bowl, and her high triple is a 797.

Irwin hopes to pick up some valuable experience bowling PWBA events this summer before returning to nursing in the fall. In the meantime, expect continued improvement on the league and local tournament scene.

SCHENECTADY USBC TOURNAMENT UPDATE

Official results are in for the Schenectady USBC Open at Towne Bowling Academy and  the Schenectady USBC Women’s Championship at Boulevard Bowl.

Besting a field of 77 three-person teams, the Edgewood 3 (Joe VanDerLinden Jr., Mike DiCerbo and Joe VanDerLinden Sr.) captured the team handicap title with a score of 2,421, earning $1,200, and Team Capullo2 (Tom Earl, Marty Capullo Jr. and Debbie Capullo) took the scratch crown, shooting 2,203 and earning $300, in the Schenectady USBC Open Tournament.

Jim Adriance shot an 859 handicap triple to win the handicap singles crown, while Liz Kuhlkin fired an 844 to claim the scratch title, followed by Joe VanDerLinden with an 826. Both winners earned $250.

Low to cash in the handicap team event was 2,279 (2,130 in scratch). Low to cash in the singles was 787 handicap (729 scratch).

In the Schenectady USBC Women’s Championship, a handicap singles event with 30 bowlers entered, Elizabeth Criscuolo shot a 792 handicap triple and earned $250, followed by Kim Swiatocha (770, $125), defending champion Sharon Sager (768, $100), Kris Impellizzeri (755, $75) and Lena Becker (736, $50).

STRIKES & SPARES

Six teams representing Section II will be competing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships beginning Friday and running through Sunday at Strike-N-Spare Lanes in Syracuse. The large school girls’ and boys’ teams, Mohonasen and Columbia, compete today at noon. On Saturday, the All-Section Composite Teams bowl. The girls begin at 8 a.m., and the boys start at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the small school girls and boys teams, Cohoes and Lansingburgh, begin at 9 a.m.

The 17th annual Joe & Tom Donato Memorial Scratch Singles, with a top prize of $3,200 guaranteed, continues Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Starlite Lanes in Gloversville. Other squads early next week include one at Kelly’s Imperial Lanes Monday night at 9:15 p.m. and another “seniors only” squad at Sportsman’s Bowl Tuesday at 6:30 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, continues 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 April 7, April 14 and April 28.

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 Street, Green Island, N.Y. 12183. Call 518-640-8330 for more information.

Towne Bowling Academy hosts the 45th annual Electric City Women’s 600 Club Tournament Sunday 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.

Newly revised applications for the Schenectady USBC Hall of Fame are now available. If anyone would like to nominate someone or has any questions, contact Hall of Fame committee chairman Chet Ciembronowicz at 518-577-8562.

MAJOR BOWLING

Nunzi Manuli delivered a 290-792, John Askew fired a 774 and Rich Strath rolled a 766 in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City league Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

In the Sportsman’s Majors Monday night at Sportsman’s Bowl, Keith Livengood registered a 767, Doug Semerad rolled a 300 game en route to a 749, Len Reygoudt shot a 731 and Bill Carl had a 300 game.

Average leader B.J. Smith Jr. hammered a 1,055 four-game series, including games of 289 and 279, and John DeVarnne tossed a 990 in the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night.

Scott Rogers produced a 1,020 four-game series, Don Herrington ripped a 984, JP Harrell recorded a 974 and Natasha Bidwell fired a 299-954 in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS

Standings
Muny Grille 33.5-10.5, Mazone’s Heating 30-14, Guidarelli’s Liquor 27-17, Madison Grille 27-17, Metroland Photo 27-17, Mike’s Hot Dogs 23-21, Mohawk Tap Room 20-24, Universal Auto Parts 19-25, Sauce Baseball 17.5-26.5, The Appliance Specialist 15-29, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 15-29, IDID 10-34.
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Metroland Photo (1)
Lee Quivey 211-184-243 — 638, Mike Kamm 210-186-150 — 546, Steve Renzi 243-227-238 — 708, Mike Gallitelli 217-205-220 — 642. Totals: 881-802-851 — 2,534.
Guidarelli’s Liquor (3)
Mike Guidarelli 221-228-226 — 675, Jim Bassotti 225-200-245 — 670, Matt Swiatocha 244-169-262 — 675, Kim Swiatocha 192-191-233 — 616. Totals: 882-788-966 — 2,636.
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Madison Grille (1)
Nick Kallner 239-226-225 — 690, Eric Hilton 247-192-258 — 697, Bill Carl 183-300-188 — 671, Jason Deitz 200-245-232 — 677. Totals: 869-963-903 — 2,735.
Universal Auto Parts (3)
Terry Ray 209-185-202 — 596, Keith Livengood 245-278-244 — 767, Chris Fedden 226-258-214 — 698. Totals: 845-929-883 — 2,657.
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Mike’s Hot Dogs (4)
Doug Semerad 224-225-300 — 749, Tammy Sader 202-247-226 — 675, Mike Giaquinto 249-227-209 — 685, Kevin Palmer 207-237-214 — 658. Totals: 882-936-949 — 2,767.
Sauce Baseball (0)
Fred McMahon 183-201-277 — 661, Brian Brown 175, Bob Tedesco Jr. 207-224-210 — 641, Mike Smith 225-259-220 — 704, Vacant 200-200 — 400. Totals: 790-884-907 — 2,581.
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Mohawk Tap Room (3)
Brett Rozniewski 217-232-182 — 631, Walt Jones 236-259-183 — 678, Joe Rozniewski Jr. 200-181-270 — 651, Christian Chiarito 190-221-178 — 589. Totals:  843-893-813 — 2,549.
The Appliance Specialist (1)
Steve Alexander 176-199-268 — 643, Steve Fawcett 215-189-247 — 651, Vacant 200-200-200 — 600, Vacant 200-200-200 — 600. Totals: 791-788-915 — 2,494.
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Klonowski’s Pro Shop (1)
Doug Bywater 168-192-182 — 542, Cliff Ruth 247-204-217 — 668, Jim Petronis 234-235-237 — 706, Jason Lott 195-169-206 — 570. Totals: 844-800-842 –2,486.
IDID (3)
Tony Fernandez 205-223-213 — 641, Jim Valentino 208-226-181 — 615, AJ Perone 148-196-247 — 591, Vacant 200-200-200 — 600. Totals: 761-845-841 –2,447.
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Muny Grille (1)
Jay Diamond 212-206-279 — 697, Jodi Musto 234-194-212 — 640, John Musto Jr. 213-246-249 — 708, Jamie Diamond 248-195-243 — 686. Totals: 907-841-983 — 2,731.
Mazone’s Heating (3)
Joe Paone 256-204-205 –665, Chris Mazone 246-221-234 — 701, Len Reyngoudt 227-256-248 — 731, Zack Porter 259-196-237 — 692. Totals: 988-877-924 — 2,789.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE

Standings
Vito Sindoni 21.5-5.5, Falvey Real Estate 18-9, Downs Roofing 16.5-10.5, Mohawk Honda 15.5-11.5, DeCrescente Dist. 14.5-12.5, Kristel Mechanic 13-14, Towne Bowling Academy 13-14, Driveline Motors 13-14, J&F Lawn Care 12-15, Boulevard Bowl 12-15, Bedrock Construction 11-16, Action Bowling Supply 10-17, D&D Lawncare 10-17, 20 North 9-18.
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J&F Lawn Care (1)
Jason Brown 223-268-255 — 746, RJ Martinez 299-182-198 — 679, Nick Stricos 256-205-166 — 627, Steve Hallenbeck 215-207-244 — 666. Totals: 993-862-863 — 2,718.
Driveline Motors (2)
Rob Beedleson 201-215-236 — 652, Keith Lawyer 224-225-248 — 697, Dan Rotter 207-206-194 — 607, Tony Palumbo 226-257-206 — 689. Totals: 858-903-884 — 2,645.
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Vito Sindoni (1)
Scott Chastenay 243-227-253 — 723, Mike Dicerbo 201-224-208 — 633, Rich Strath 254-256-256 — 766, Joe VanDerLinden 245-218-255 — 748. Totals: 943-955-972 — 2,870.
Bedrock Construction (2)
Jim Geiger 267-199-269 — 735, Ed McGaffin 218-255-202 — 675, Eric Stangle 225-167-279 — 671, Steve Wagoner 269-202-279 — 750. Totals: 979-823-1,029 — 2,831.
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Falvey Real Estate (1)
Dan Auricchio 228-246-213 — 687, Ron Unser 222-222-224 — 668, Chris Smith 172-215-212 — 599, Craig Taylor 258-289-198 — 755. Totals: 890-972-847 — 2,709.
Mohawk Honda (2)
Chad Propper 236-223-186 — 645, Chip Tashjian 255-238-202 — 695, Ken LaBelle 233-213-267 — 713, Tom DiBell 234-226-249 — 709. Totals: 958-900-904 — 2,762.
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Boulevard Bowl (2)
PJ Derenzo 266-247-222 — 735, Craig Smith 246-278-214 — 738, Ken Wilkins 245-256-215 — 716, Derek Foti 222-255-209 — 686. Totals: 979-1,036-860 — 2,875.
Downs Roofing (1)
Chris Tinkle 246-256-191 — 693, Nick Barnes 223-248-192 — 663, Ryan Karabin 244-217-248 — 709, Billy Wigand 225-255-238 — 718. Totals: 938-976-869 — 2,783.
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D&D Lawncare (1)
Karrie Blake 230-167-245 — 642, Laura Rotter 220-225-155 — 600, Don Herrington 219-224-238 — 681, Patti Tenyenhuis 224-278-214 — 716. Totals: 893-894-852 — 2,639.
Action Bowling Supply (2)
Rit Fazzone 181-208-140 — 529, Bob Messick 247-226-235 — 708, Natasha Bidwell 142-220-195 — 557, Matt Fazzone 242-190-192 — 624. Totals: 812-844-762 — 2,418.
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20 North (0)
Jeremy Noble 234-225-170 — 629, Bob Faragon 226-196-173 — 595, Joel Donato 245-236-224 — 705, Tommy Donato 223-206-279 — 708. Totals: 928-863-846 — 2,637.
DeCrescente Dist. (3)
Jessica DeCrescente 237-246-269 — 752, Mark Kuhlkin 256-200-164 — 620, Scott Rogers 212-258-269 — 739, John Askew 279-241-254 — 774. Totals: 984-945-956 — 2,885.
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Towne Bowling Academy (2)
Tom Earl 168-215-188 — 571, Nunzi Manuli 268-290-234 — 792, Marty Capullo Jr. 277-222-209 — 708, Debbie Capullo 275-215-160 — 650. Totals: 988-942-791 — 2,721
Kristel Mechanic (1)
Mel Kristel 268-180-279 — 727, Jeff Whitehouse 215-257-256 — 728, Ed White 199-161-196 — 556, Bryan Kelley 216-237-266 — 719. Totals: 898-835-957 — 2,730.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL MIXED DOUBLES

Standings
A Touch of Country Florist 137-63, Sindoni Sausage 132.5-67.5, Towne Bowling Academy 122-78, Pete’s Auto 120-80, GPS Transport 114.5-85.5 Next Level Detailing 112-88, Capital District Mobile Vet 106-94, Strike & Spare Pro Shop 105.5-94.5, Action Bowling Supply 104.5-95.5, DeCrescente Dist. 103.5-96.5, Bellevue Builder 100-100, Limitless Plumbing 97-103, Battenkill Motor 93-107, Home Town Pub 93-107, Marcella’s Appliance 92-108, Debra Lamay Agency 85.5-114.5, MAC Tools 84.5-115.5, Fifteen Church 67.5-132.5, DeNooyer 66-134, A Plus Heating 60-140.
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Bellevue Builder (6)
Robin Fredenburgh 194-183-214-195 — 786, Bill Nolan 183-234-166-171 — 754. Totals: 377-417-380-366 — 1,540.
Strike & Spare Pro Shop (14)
Jackie Malone 178-224-247-185 — 834, Paul Dumas 184-217-222-204 — 827. Totals: 362-441-469-389 — 1,661
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A Plus Heating (3)
Felicia Campanella 222-200-172-200 — 794, Zack Porter 191-220-234-225 — 870. Totals: 413-420-406-425 — 1,664.
GPS Transport (17)
Kim Swiatocha 205-200-256-255 — 916, Matt Swiatocha 224-259-203-237 — 923. Totals: 429-459-459-492 — 1,839.
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DeCrescente Dist. (12)
Natasha Bidwell 193-259-299-203 — 954, Scott Rogers 238-279-265-238 — 1,020. Totals: 431-538-564-441 — 1,974.
Capital District Mobile Vet (8)
Chris Allen-Valenzuela 277-176-246-213 — 912, John Askew 206-184-268-251 — 909. Totals: 483-360-514-464 — 1,821.
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Home Town Pub (6)
Nicole D’Amario 193-203-216-213 — 825, Tom Rogers 203-237-204-206 — 850. Totals: 396-440-420-419 — 1,675.
A Touch of Country Florist (14)
Janelle Irwin 204-256-210-204 — 874, Steve Irwin 230-216-222-233 — 901. Totals: 434-472-432-437 — 1,775.
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Towne Bowling Academy (16)
Elizabeth Crisculo 192-213-256-197 — 858, Marty Capullo Jr. 252-215-249-228 — 944. Totals: 444-428-505-425 — 1,802.
Pete’s Auto (4)
Jenn Schissler 207-277-214-207 — 905, Chuckie Schissler 223-202-237-233 — 895. Totals: 43-479-451-440 — 1,800.
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Fifteen Church (8)
Aliyah Liberatore 207-180-192-216 — 795, Ben Empie 201-130-162-177 — 670. Totals: 408-31-354-393 — 1,465.
Marcella’s Appliance (12)
Jessica Brockmyer 161-200-188-193 — 742, Don Herrington 228-233-247-276 — 984. Totals: 389-433-435-469 — 1,726.
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Debra Lamay Agency (1)
Amber Dominic 217-207-204-229 — 857, Chris Charron 197-234-221-247 — 899. Totals: 414-441-425-476 — 1,756.
Next Level Detailing (19)
Tammy Sader 225-204-223-243 — 895, JP Harrell 223-247-246-258 — 974. Totals: 448-451-469-501 — 1,869.
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MAC Tools (6)
Kylie Pasquerella 201-168-138-248 — 755, Keith Diamante 193-226-210-178 — 807. Totals: 394-394-348-426 — 1,562.
Sindoni Sausage (14)
Suzie Morine 256-183-169-243 — 851, Joe VanDerLinden 173-247-208-279 — 907. Totals: 429-430-377-522 — 1,758.
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Action Bowling Supply (16)
Jordan Byrnes 172-258-221-247 — 898, Kenny Livengood 199-237-237-268 — 941. Totals: 371-495-458-515 — 1,839.
Battenkill Motor (4)
Laura Rotter 229-212-217-205 — 863, Dan Rotter 232-213-193-258 — 896. Totals: 461-425-410-463 — 1,759.
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DeNooyer (6)
Michelle Largeteau 110-140-141-127 — 518, Bill Miglianti 217-188-215-199 — 819. Totals: 327-328-356-326 — 1,337.
Limitless Plumbing (14)
Lindsay McPhail 233-248-207-223 — 911, Dave McLear 190-223-213-188 — 814. Totals: 423-471-420-411 — 1,725.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC

Standings
Boulevard Bowl 28-7, Masons Automotive 22.5-12.5, Ledies 19.5-15.5, Town N Country Lanes 19-16, Karner Auto 17-18, D.A. Parisi 15-20, Team 8 9.5-25.5, Kalpro 9.5-25.5.
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D.A. Parisi & Co. (1)
John Mecca 200-207-205-227 — 839, Jeff Williams 183-190-193-197 — 763, Ken Wilkins 205-210-201-247 — 863. Totals: 588-607-599-671 — 2,465.
Boulevard Bowl (4)
Mike Scaccia 222-222-267-192 — 903, Brian Hart 206-230-185-214 ‑835, Derek Foti 214-258-180-236 — 888. Totals: 642-710-632-642 — 2,626.
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Town N Country (3)
Jake Shank 276-210-213-233 — 932, Anthony Scaccia 211-181-197-202 — 791, Matt Trestick 222-248-225-204 — 899. Totals: 709-639-635-639 — 2,622.
Karner Auto (2)
Vince Villano 214-188-211-212 — 825, Bryan Delehanty Jr. 179-169-212-221 — 781, John DeVarnne 257-231-248-254 — 990. Totals: 650-588-671-687 — 2,596.
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Masons Automotive (4)
Ron Williams 244-261-248-210 — 963, Robin Fredenburgh 224-21-202-212 — 859, B.J. Smith Jr. 279-289-270-217 — 1,055. Totals: 747-771-720-639 — 2,877.
Team 8 (1)
Larry Janetsky 205-223 — 428, Spark Derenzo (absent) 190-190 — 380, Ray Haupt 190, Tony Bianchi 189-213-171-225 — 798, Lucas Cook 158-201-218 — 577. Totals: 569-561-577-666 — 2,373.
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Ledies (5)
Lee Quivey 213-236-268 — 717, Kathy Bryk 190, Mark Hansen 197-226-224-206 — 853, Dan Bryk 247-191-236-212 — 886. Totals: 634-63-696-686 — 2,646.
Kalpro (0)
Keith Lawyer 207-227-258-199 — 891, Chet Ciembronowicz (absent) 190-190-190-190 — 760, Joe Carusone 200-169-176-151 — 696. Totals: 597-586-624-540 — 2,347.

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

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