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In the Pocket: Renzi key to success of Sportsman's Majors

In the Pocket: Renzi key to success of Sportsman's Majors

The weekly Bob Weiner bowling column
In the Pocket: Renzi key to success of Sportsman's Majors
Steve Renzi, right, with son Mike at USBC Nationals.
Photographer: Photo Provided

Sportsman’s Majors closed out another stellar season this week as one of the Capital Region’s premier scratch leagues. Along with a strong, loyal contingent of bowlers, much of that success can be attributed to longtime secretary Steve Renzi.

The Schenectady USBC Hall of Famer and former president is one of the area’s most fervent supporters of the game. He’s not only a fabulous bowler himself, but he’s also devoted much of his free time as a top-flight administrator.

As Schenectady Bowling Association president, Renzi helped in the smooth transition of merging the local men’s, women’s and junior associations. He, current Schenectady USBC president Bill Nolan and association manager Lloyd Denny, have been invaluable in making their organization one of the best in the region.

After 10 years as association president, Renzi became its treasurer after the merger. He’s been the secretary/treasurer of the Sportsman’s Majors for more than 30 years, and he also serves as treasurer of the Vitalo Classic.

In the Sportsman’s Majors, which bowls Monday nights at Sportsman’s Bowl, Renzi’s goal has been to keep his league stable in a time of flux.

“I like to think that the majority of the folks in our league are comfortable with what I do,” the Schalmont High School and Clarkson University graduate said. “I handle a lot of money for this league, and I appreciate the importance and responsibility of that. Since I’m also the secretary for the Vitalo league and the SBA, handling that kind of money is a big deal. I feel comfortable doing it, and a lot of other people are comfortable with how I do it. They don’t worry about the money, and that’s one of the things I strive for.”

Renzi, a longtime electrical/power engineering manager at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, said the 12-team Sportsman’s Majors looks to be healthy and ready for next season.

“We have a strong group of 40 bowlers coming back, and that’s good,” he said. “To have that core group of people coming back every year makes my job very easy.”

The domination of the Muny Grille team, which consists of brothers Jay and Jamie Diamond along with Dave Bingham and John Musto Jr., could be a problem in most leagues. After all, Muny Grille has captured numerous titles in a row (including 12 of the last 13 titles between their time in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City league and their current status in the Sportsman’s Majors).

“I used to worry about that,” Renzi said. “If they’re going to win every year, there are some people who won’t bowl. But I haven’t seen that in recent years. These guys are very good. The Diamonds and the Binghams used to hang out together even back when we had five-man teams. They are the upper echelon of the bowling community. But I’ve got bowlers in this league that enjoy bowling with the same group every year. They just come back every year and try harder to knock off Muny Grille.”

Renzi is known for his administration skills, but he’s also very proud of his own game. He once averaged 238 in the Vitalo Classic and was a part of three consecutive championship teams in that league. He has 26 perfect games and 12 800 triples. Renzi once was owned the national four-person team scoring record for three men and a woman when that foursome won the City Tournament title. He’s won numerous SBA City Tournament crowns and just recently competed in his 33rd USBC National Championship. He also bowls in the City Catholic league and supports numerous other tournaments and charity events on the lanes.

As far as the Sportsman’s Majors highlights this season, Chris Fawcett led the way with a 236.10 average. Jay Diamond registered the high series (837), one of eight 800s in the league. Others were posted by Joe Paone (827), Kevin Palmer (814), Jamie Diamond (813), Joe Rozniewski (810), Len Reyngoudt (801), Chris Mazone (800) and Chris Fedden (800).

The league also recorded 18 perfect games by 14 bowlers. The 300s were rolled by Paone (two), Eric Hilton (two), Jay Diamond (two), Rozniewski (two), Matt Swiatocha, Christian Chiarito, Jim Bassotti, Lee Quivey Bill Carl, Doug Semerad, Fedden, Jamie Diamond, Reyngoudt and Fawcett.

LECLAIR THIRD IN PBA50 OPENER

Brian LeClair of Albany, the 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year and the operator of Revolutions Pro Shop at Boulevard Bowl, finished third in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Wednesday night at Maple Country Lanes in Clearwater, Florida.

LeClair defeated No. 4 qualifier and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke 277-225 in the opening match of the stepladder finals before beating Brian Kretzler 238-213 in the second game. He then lost to PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. 277-225 in the semifinals and earned $3,000.

Williams, 59, the PBA Tour’s all-time leader in victories with 47, captured his 12th PBA50 title by stopping Sammy Ventura of Syracuse 288-205 in the championship match.

Don Herrington of Ballston Lake finished 25th ($1,150), and Chris Fedden of Albany finished 53rd ($1,000).

SUPER WEEKEND FOR LOCALS

Rotterdam native Liz Kuhlkin prepped for the upcoming Professional Women’s Bowling Association season by winning her second consecutive New York State Queens Championship last weekend at Saratoga Strike Zone. Kuhlkin defeated fellow local bowler Suzie Morine in the finals.

Meanwhile, Amanda Szczepkowski won the NYS Queens Tournament Classified Division.

In the NYS USBC Championship at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center, lefty Jessica Aiezza shot a 751 triple in singles to take over the lead. She is also part of the first-place team that includes Kuhlkin, Germano and Michelle Sterner. Aiezza is currently second in doubles with Sarah Germano.

STRIKES & SPARES

Dates have been finalized for the Schenectady USBC awards banquets. The junior banquet will be May 9 at the Water’s Edge Lighthouse in Glenville at 6 p.m. Cost is $21 per person. Reservations must be made and money received by Monday. Meanwhile, the Schenectady USBC Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be at the same site on June 3. HOF nominees and the featured guest speaker will be announced at a later date.

There has been some confusion over the date for the Middleburgh Lanes Faragon Invitational Scratch Tournament. It will be held April 28, with squads set for 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Spots are limited, as only 24 entries are available for each squad. Entry fee is $60. First place will be $1,000, based on 48 bowlers. The lane condition will be the Cheetah pattern. Reservations are a must. Call 518-827-6880 or 518-321-2685 to guarantee your spot.

Scott Rogers rolled the overall high score (1,251) and won $500 for capturing the 50-59 age division in the New Era Senior Tournament event last Saturday at Town N Country Lanes. Gene Speenburgh (1,188, $300) and Ron Unser (1,151, $170) rounded out the top three. Paul Dumas (1,162, $350) won the 60-69 age division followed by Mike Gallitelli (1,118, $180) and Jim Patricelli (1,114, $130). Pete Linck (1,044, $200) and Bob Donovan (1,033, $100) were the 70 and over cashers. Thirty-four bowlers competed.

Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls is hosting the 83rd annual New York State Women’s Championships. Squads continue April 26-28, May 3-5 and May 17-19.

The 24th annual Blizzard Bowl wraps up April 28. Entry fee for the four-person team event is $80 per team, and both singles and doubles brackets are available. Top team prize is $2,000. Call 518-374-4171 for more information.

Spare Time Latham hosts the Amateur League Bowlers Association of New York’s “The Main Event” April 28 at 9:30 a.m. Only those bowlers with averages lower than 215 and have competed in two previous singles events are eligible. There will be an expanded prize list, a stepladder finals and a complimentary luncheon buffet included.

Town N Country Lanes is the site for the season-ending Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour Masters April 27.

MAJOR BOWLING

Liz Kuhlkin connected for a 300 game and an 812 triple, while Matt Fazzone had a 300 during his 787 to lead the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City league Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

AJ Perone fired a 767, and Chris Fawcett rolled a 300 game en route to a 736 as the Sportsman’s Majors closed out its season Monday night at Sportsman’s Bowl.
Jack Scaccia tossed a 300 game and a 1,045 four-game series Jon DeVarnne slammed a 993 and Tom Siatkowski shot a 990 to pace the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

In the season-ending Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy, Fazzone continued his hot streak with a 982 four-game series, while Lindsey McPhail (977), Kuhlkin (974) and Jenn Schissler (973) paced the women’s division.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS

Standings
Muny Grille 102.5-25.5, Guidarelli’s Liquor 80-48, Mazone’s Heating 78.5-49.5, Madison Grille 75-53, Metroland Photo 68-60, Universal Auto Parts 64-64, Mike’s Hot Dogs 63-65, Mohawk Tap Room 58-70, Sauce Baseball 57-71, The Appliance Specialist 49-79, IDID 37-91, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 36-92.
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Universal Auto Parts (4)
Andy Smith 148-197-226 — 571, Dave Henderson 244-238-179 — 661, Keith Livengood 213-207-246 — 666, Chris Smith 221-255-166 — 642. Totals: 826-897-817 — 2,540.
Sauce Baseball (0)
Fred McMahon 214-279-226 — 719, Brian Brown 170-194-166 — 530, Bob Tedesco  Jr. 246-221-205 — 672, Mike Smith 160-186-159 — 505. Totals: 790-880-756 — 2,426.
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Mohawk Tap Room (3)
Brett Rozniewski 208-268-190 — 666, Walt Jones 214-196-264 — 674, Joe Rozniewski Jr. 208-173-226 — 607, Christian Chiarito 218-236-212 — 666. Totals: 848-873-892 — 2,613.
The Appliance Specialist (1)
Steve Fawcett 194-180-196 — 570, Chris Fawcett 300-234-202 — 736, Vacent 200-200-200 — 600, Vacant 200-200-200 — 600. Totals: 894-814-798 — 2,506.
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IDID (2)
Tony Fernandez 165-214-252 — 631, Flash Gordon 189-234-213 — 636, Jim Valentino 229-171-195 — 595, AJ Perone 262-247-258 — 767. Totals: 845-866-918 — 2,629.
Klonowski’s Pro Shop (2)
Doug Bywater 237-226-226 — 689, Cliff Ruth 214-233-215 — 662, Vince Simoni 180-180-183 — 543, Jim Petronis 248-244-203 — 695. Totals: 879-883-827 — 2,589.
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Muny Grille (2)
Jay Diamond 224-204-237 — 665, Dave Bingham 228-191-226 — 645, John Musto Jr. 229-224-238 — 691, Jamie Diamond 267-196-239 — 702. Totals: 948-815-940 — 2,703.
Guidarelli’s Liquor (2)
Mike Guidarelli 259-215-200 — 673, Jim Bassotti 229-212-246 — 687, Jim Parker 223-241-226 — 690, Matt Swiatocha 227-227-258 — 712. Totals: 937-895-930 — 2,762.
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Mazone’s Heating (3)
Joe Paone 225-247-240 — 712, Chris Mazone 213-240-203 — 656, Len Reyngoudt 224-233-212 — 669, Ryan Gahan 215-247-223 — 685. Totals: 877-967-878 — 2,722.
Madison Grille (1)
Nick Kallner 234-211-182 — 627, Eric Hilton 233-213-234 — 680, Bill Carl 245-234-180 — 659, Jason Deitz 197-192-233 — 622. Totals: 909-850-829 — 2,538.
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Metroland Photo (2)
Lee Quivey 228-183-182 — 593, Mike Kamm 191-199-168 — 558, Steve Renzi 257-211-234 — 702, Mike Gallitelli 207-247-195 — 649. Totals: 883-840-779 — 2,502.
Mike’s Hot Dogs (2)
Doug Semerad 191-183-183 — 557, Tammy Sader 177-204-233 — 614, Mike Giaquinto 236-213-233 — 682, Kevin Palmer 237-224-234 — 695. Totals: 841-824-883 — 2,548.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC

Standings
Boulevard Bowl 49-16, Masons Automotive 40-25, Town N Country Lanes 39-26, Ledies 37.5-27.5, Karner Auto 34-31, D.A. Parisi & Co. 28.5-36.5, Team 8 16.5-48.5, Kalpro 15.5-49.5.
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Karner Auto (4)
Cam McKenna 180-216-168-189 — 753, Zach Strachan 235-245-235-203 — 918, Jon DeVarnne 247-279-203-264 — 993. Totals: 662-740-606-656 — 2,664.
Kalpro (1)
Keith Lawyer 247-235-225-198 — 905, Chet Ciembronowicz 180-163-228-182 — 753, Joe Carusone 161-204-212-222 — 799. Totals: 799. Totals: 588-602-665-602 — 2,457.
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Masons Automotive (0)
Amy Janetsky 157-186-201 — 544, Robin Fredenburgh 190, B.J. Smith 268-233-203-192 — 896, Tom Siatkowski 270-228-252-240 — 990. Totals: 728-618-641-633 — 2,620.
D.A. Parisi & Co. (5)
John Mecca 219-224-187-187 — 817, Jeff Williams 180-170-224-207 — 781, Ken Wilkins 207-224-238-194 — 863. Totals: 606-618-649-588 — 2,461.
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Team 8 (0)
Mike Nolan 202-231-169-242 — 844, Ray Haupt 235-208-212-126 — 781, Tony Bianchi 215-188-256-220 — 879. Totals: 652-627-637-588 — 2,504.
Town N Country (5)
Matt Trestick 246-237-224-225 — 932, Anthony Scaccia 221-206-232-226 — 885, Jack Scaccia Jr. 269-300-257-219 — 1,045. Totals: 736-743-713-670 — 2,862.
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Boulevard Bowl (3)
Mike Scaccia 214-223-205-223 — 865, Brian Hart 225-222-202-236 — 885, Derek Foti 184-227-227-205 — 843. Totals: 623-672-634-664 — 2,593.
Ledies (2)
Larry Janetsky 189-171-182-218 — 760, Mark Hansen 257-24-177-236 — 914, Dan Bryk 248-233-245-194 — 920. Totals: 694-648-604-648 — 2,594.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE

Standings
Falvey Real Estate 29-16, DeCrescente Dist. 27.5-17.5,Vito Sindoni & Son 27.5-17.5, Mohawk Honda 25.5-19.5, J&F Lawn Care 25-20, Kristel Mechanic 25-20, Downs Roofing 24.5-20.5, Towne Bowling Academy 23-22, 20 North 21-24, Driveline Motors 20.5-24.5, Boulevard Bowl 19-26, D&D Lawncare 18.5-26.5, Bedrock Construction 16-29, Action Bowling Supply 13-32.
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Falvey Real Estate (2)
Dan Auricchio 225-266-257 — 748, Ron Unser 223-157-257 — 637, Jeff Young 236-204-247 — 687, Craig Taylor 213-212-279 — 704. Totals: 897-839-1,040 — 2,776.
Vito Sindoni & Son (1)
Scott Chastenay 187-278-246 — 711, Mike DiCerbo 183-266-233 — 682, Jim Patricelli 227-206-201 — 634, Joe VanDerLinden 174-211-221 — 606. Totals: 771-961-901 — 2,633.
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DeCrescente Dist. (2)
Jessica Aiezza 226-215-248 — 689, Mark Kuhlkin 176-235-175 — 586, Scott Rogers 226-248-198 — 672, Liz Kuhlkin 255-257-300 — 812. Totals: 883-955-921 — 2,759.
Mohawk Honda (1)
Ed Gumm 266-227-188 — 681, Chip Tashjian 244-192-226 — 662, Ken LaBelle 210-163-204 — 577, Mark Ray 223-258-224 — 705. Totals: 943-840-842 — 2,625.
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Downs Roofing (1)
Chris Tinkle 205-234-209 — 648, Nick Barnes 224-195-200 — 619, Ryan Karabin 244-230-249 — 723, Billy Wigand 203-203-256 — 662. Totals: 876-862-914 — 2,652.
J&F Lawn Care (2)
Jason Brown 258-265-258 — 781, RJ Martinez 216-182-210 — 608, Nick Stricos 201-234-229 — 664, Steve Hallenbeck 258-265-165 — 688. Totals: 933-946-862 — 2,741.
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Kristel Mechanic (2)
Mel Kristel 178-161-185 — 524, Jeff Whitehouse 216-221-240 — 677, Ed White 232-248-244 — 724, Bryan Kelley 255-191-176 — 622. Totals: 881-821-845 — 2,547.
20 North (1)
Marc LeClair 156-247-156 — 559, Bob Faragon 193-235-170 — 598, Joel Donato 235-214-189 — 638, Tommy Donato 257-216-164 — 637. Totals: 841-912-679 — 2,432.
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Towne Bowling Academy (3)
Tom Earl 208-258-205 — 671, Nunzi Manuli 203-258-232 — 693, Marty Capullo Jr. 279-242-224 — 745, Debbie Capullo 226-205-242 — 673. Totals: 916-963-903 — 2,782.
Boulevard Bowl (0)
PJ Derenzo 229-178-182 — 589, Craig Smith 189-226-255 — 670, Ken Wilkins 194-189-193 — 576, Derek Foti 200-201-182 — 583, Totals: 812-794-812 — 2,418.
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Driveline Moors (1.5)
Rob Beedleson 259-212-207 — 678, Keith Lawyer 213-179-194 — 586, Dan Rotter 233-166-189 — 588, Tony Palumbo 225-204-256 — 685. Totals: 930-761-846 — 2,537.
D&D Lawncare (1.5)
Karrie Blake 232-212-174 — 618 Laura Rotter 163-236-213 — 612, Bill Judge 215-202-224  641, Patti Tenyenhuis 190-211-235 — 636. Totals: 800-861-846 — 2,507.
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Bedrock Construction (2)
Jim Geiger 223-213-161 — 597, Ed McGaffin 210-207-210 — 627, Eric Stangle 246-210-139 — 595, Steve Wagoner 215-206-268 — 689. Totals: 894-836-778 — 2,508.
Action Bowling Supply (1)
Rit Fazzone 141-122-160 — 423, Bob Messick 244-216-214 — 674, Natasha Bidwell 205-248-218 — 671, Matt Fazzone 267-220-300 — 787. Totals: 857-806-892 — 2,555.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL MIXED DOUBLES

Standings
A Touch of Country Florist 203.5-116.5, Sindoni Sausage 200-120, Towne Bowling Academy 196.5-123.5, Pete’s Auto 187-133, Next Level Detailing 177-143, GPS Transport 177-143, Capital District Mobile Vet 172-148, Strike & Spare Pro Shop 164.5-155.5, Home Town Pub 164.5-155.5, Action Bowling Supply 162.5-157.5, Limitless Plumbing 160-160, Debra Lamay Agency 155.5-164.5, Marcella’s Appliance 150-170, DeCrescente Dist. 146.5-173.5, Bellevue Builder 145.5-174.5, MAC Tools 138.5-181.5, Battenkill Motor 137-183, Fifteen Church 129.5-190.5, DeNooyer 118-202, A Plus Heating 111-209.
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Marcella’s Appliance (11)
Jessica Brockmyer 224-145-199-202 — 770, Don Herrington (absent) 222-222-222-222 — 888. Totals: 446-367-421-424 — 1,658.
MAC Tools (9)
Kylie Pasquerella 167-178-164-180 — 689, Keith Diamante 246-216-202-213 — 877. Totals: 413-394-366-393 — 1,566.
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Battenkill Motor (10)
Laura Rotter 244-190-248-195 — 877, Dan Rotter 169-201-225-182 — 777. Totals: 413-391-473-377 — 1,654.
Fifteen Church (10)
Aliyah Liberatore 183-182-164-189 — 718, Lee Quivey 182-192-258-194 — 826. Totals: 365-374-422-383 — 1,544.
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DeNooyer (6)
Michelle Largeteau 137-142-108-145 — 532, Bill Miglianti 197-256-250-123 — 826. Totals: 334-398-358-268 — 1,358.
A Plus Heating & Cooling (14)
Felicia Campanella 278-237-196-213 — 924, Michael Schmitt 159-142-186-148 — 635. Totals: 437-379-382-361 — 1,559.
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A Touch of Country Florist (8.5)
Janelle Irwin 256-244-223-220 — 943, Steve Irwin 244-162-183-227 — 816. Totals: 500-406-406-447 — 1,759.
Sindoni Sausage (11.5)
Liz Kuhlkin 255-258-246-215 — 974, Joe VanDerLinden 238-238-240-249 ‑ 965. Totals: 437-379-382-361 — 1,559.
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Towne Bowling Academy (17)
Debbie Capullo 214-215-206-232 — 867, Ryan Gahan 279-191-215-269 — 954. Totals: 493-406-421-501 — 1,821.
GPS Transport (3)
Kim Swiatocha 227-162-161-194 — 744, Matt Swiatocha 194-202-245-191 — 832. Totals: 421-364-306-385 — 1,576.
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Pete’s Auto (16)
Jenn Schissler 247-232-215-279 — 973, Chuckie Schissler 231-228-226-215 — 900. Totals: 478-460-441-494 — 1,873.
Capital District Mobile Vet (4)
Chris Allen-Valenzuela 202-236-279-193 — 910, John Askew 267-247-204-227 — 945. Totals: 469-483-483-420 — 1,855.
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Next Level Detailing (17)
Natasha Bidwell 226-247-244-190 — 907, Matt Fazzone 268-220-245-249 — 982. Totals: 494-467-489-439 — 1,889.
Action Bowling Supply (3)
Jordan Byrnes 179-256-214-206 — 855, Kenny Livengood 267-196-227-179 — 869. Totals: 446-452-441-385 — 1,724.
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Strike & Spare Pro Shop (7)
Jackie Malone 228-210-213-237 — 888, Paul Dumas 214-246-183-181 –824. Totals: 442-456-396-418 — 1,712.
Home Town Pub (13)
Nicole D’Amario 210-222-168-212 — 812, Tom Rogers 268-179-231-231 — 909. Totals: 478-401-399-443 — 1,721.
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Limitless Plumbing (15)
Lindsey McPhail 269-215-246-247 — 977, Dave McLear 191-224-258-230 — 903. Totals: 460-439-504-477 — 1,880.
DeCrescente Dist. (5)
Jessica Aiezza 236-171-212-254 — 873, Scott Rogers 226-250-279-214 — 969. Totals: 462-421-491-468 — 1,842.
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Bellevue Builder (4)
Ursula Pasquerella 269-236-216-214 — 935, Bill Nolan 151-168-236-180 — 735. Totals: 420-404-452-394 — 1,670.
Debra Lamay Agency (16)
Amber Dominic 257-245-225-232 — 959, Chris Charron 299-213-207-193 — 912. Totals: 556-458-432-425 — 1,871.

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

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