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In the Pocket: Tartan Lanes looks to buck trend

In the Pocket: Tartan Lanes looks to buck trend

Bob Weiner's weekly bowling column
In the Pocket: Tartan Lanes looks to buck trend
Tartan Lanes in Scotia.
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Bucking a disturbing recent trend, the Capital Region soon will have another bowling center opening instead of closing.

But the twist in this story is that the new Tartan Lanes in Scotia is actually the reincarnation of the former Rolling Greens, which for many years before that was known as Scotia Lanes.

The clean-up and reclamation of the facility known for its upstairs/downstairs sets of lanes is ongoing. It will take quite a while before the place is ready to accept bowling customers. But a “soft opening” is planned for May 21 for the bar and grill.

“I would say we’re looking to open the bar business by the end of the month [of May] and then have 10 lanes open for the fall/winter bowling season,” said Dan Cole, who, along with his son, also named Dan, are the new co-owners of Tartan Lanes.

“It’s my son Daniel’s vision to do this,” Cole said. “We lived in Scotia, and my son was raised in Scotia. Honestly, it’s a heritage spot for the community. It’s Daniel’s vision for this to be a sort of community center. He just located his business there. He’s a financial planner. I can’t believe how many people are interested in knowing when we’re going to open. I think it’s going to be great for the community.”

Having another bowling center opening in the region is definitely good news for the bowling community, which has lost far too many lanes over the last couple of decades.

The Schenectady USBC currently has only three bowling centers: Boulevard Bowl, Sportsman’s Bowl and Towne Bowling Academy. In recent memory, that association lost the original Rolling Greens on Hamburg Street in Rotterdam (when the roof caved in during a storm), Burnt Hills Lanes (because of a fire), Ballston Spa Lanes, Revere Lanes, Mont Pleasant Lanes and Scotia Lanes, which became the new home of Rolling Greens before that center closed a couple of years ago.

Although the Schenectady USBC has lost more than its share of member centers fairly recently, the Albany USBC was hit even harder over the last decade or so. There are currently no bowling centers in the city of Albany, although the Albany USBC still includes Del Lanes, East Greenbush Bowling Center, Town N Country Lanes and Westlawn Lanes among its members.

Gone as sanctioned bowling centers, but not forgotten, are places like The Bowlers Club, Albany Bowling Center, Playdium Bowling Center, Sunset Recreation, Action Lanes, Olympic Lanes (the former Tri-City Lanes in Menands), Redwood Lanes and Ravena Lanes. At one time, there were many other bowling centers in our area.

Although both Schenectady and Albany have seen vastly reduced bowling center memberships, the Troy USBC still has a bunch of centers under its umbrella, including Alpha Lanes in Troy, Barbecue Recreation in Hoosick Falls, Cohoes Bowling Arena, Uncle Sam Lanes, Green Island Lanes, Spare Time Latham, Spare Time Clifton Park, Hi-Way Recreation, Hilltop Bowl and Hometown Lanes.

I should note that the Capital Region does have two newer bowling centers in Lucky Strike Social at the Crossgates Mall and Via Entertainment in Rotterdam, but these are family fun centers and don’t feature sanctioned league bowling. They also aren’t members of any local association.

I wish the owners of Tartan Lanes good luck. Local bowling could use the help.

JUST WARMING UP

While local league bowlers are putting their equipment away — or prepping to improve their game by competing in short-season spring leagues — our professional keglers are just beginning their seasons.

Rotterdam’s Liz Kuhlkin will be competing on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour beginning Friday with the Greater Cleveland Open in Parma Heights, Ohio.

The Schalmont High School and Nebraska University graduate was fourth on the PWBA money list last year with $41,350. She was fifth in player of the year points (92,360) and 12th in scoring average (212.98). Kuhlkin won last season’s U.S. Women’s Open for her first PWBA major championship. She also won the 2015 PWBA Topeka Open and the 2016 PWBA Maple City Dodge East Open regional title in Hornell.

The two-time NCAA national champion, 2015 NCAA Player of the Year and three-time All-American recently won her second consecutive NYS Queens title in Saratoga Springs.

She most likely will be joined by a couple of other top-flight local scratch women in a couple of tournaments, including Janelle Irwin, who will dabble in several events this summer.

Meanwhile, several Capital Region senior bowlers will be bowling on the PBA50 Tour this spring. The PBA50 Mooresville Open in Mooresville, N.C., kicks off Sunday and runs through next Wednesday. Revolutions Pro Shop operator Brian LeClair of Albany, the 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year, finished third in the recent Johnny BVL Open in Clearwater, Fla.

Other senior bowlers to keep an eye on this spring include Ballston Lake’s Don Herrington, Albany’s Chris Fedden and Schenectady’s Rich Strath, Others might try the PBA50 swing when it gets closer to the Capital Region.

STRIKES & SPARES

Congratulations to Schenectady’s Lauren Piotrowski, a junior at the University of Pikeville, who was named one of the International Bowling Media Association Storm Collegiate Bowlers of the Year. Piotrowski is a Schenectady High School and SUNY Schenectady graduate who is a former national junior high average champion.

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.

In one of the final local scratch bowling events of the season, the Middleburgh Lanes Faragon Invitational Scratch Tournament will be held Sunday, 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.

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

The 24th annual Blizzard Bowl concludes Sunday. 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” Sunday 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. Entry fee is $50. Half the field will cash.

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

The next event for the New Era Senior Tournaments tour will be May 18 at 10 a.m. at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy. The format will be a five-game sweeper with separate payouts in each of the 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus age divisions. The NEST Century Doubles tournament will be held June 22 at a center and time to be determined.

MAJOR BOWLING

Matt Fazzone fired an 813 triple, Tommy Donato drilled a 772 and Joel Donato rolled a 300 game in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League season finale Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Falvey Real Estate won the second-half team title. Joe VanDerLinden captured the average title with a 243, followed by Mark Ray with 241 and Liz Kuhlkin with 238.

Anthony Scaccia ripped a 1,029 four-game series, B.J. Smith Jr. shot a 977 and Tom Siatkowski slammed a 957 in the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

There are two weeks remaining.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE
Standings
Falvey Real Estate 30-18, DeCrescente Dist. 295-18.5, Vito Sindoni & Son 28.5-19.5, Mohawk Honda 27.5-20.5, Kristel Mechanic 27-21, J&F Lawn Care 26-22, Towne Bowling Academy 26-22, Downs Roofing 245-23.5, 20 North 23-25, Boulevard Bowl 22-26, Driveline Motors 21.5-26.5, D&D Lawncare 18.5-29.5, Bedrock Construction 17-31, Action Bowling Supply 15-33.
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 Boulevard Bowl (3)
PJ Derenzo 197-222-236 — 655, Ken Wilkins 215-185-222 — 622, Mike Scaccia 212-196-224 — 632, Derek Foti 268-219-169 — 656. Totals: 892-822-851 — 2,565.
D&D Lawncare (0)
Karrie Blake 220-193-215 — 628, Laura Rotter 193-171 — 364 Bill Judge 242-181-187 — 610, Carol Crandall 226, Patti Tenyenhuis 202-234-221 — 657. Totals: 890-801-794 — 2,485.
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Bedrock Construction (1)
Jim Geiger 155-244-206 — 605, Ed McGaffin 216-233-204 — 653, Eric Stangle 156-210-159 — 525, Steve Wagoner 207-213-215 — 635. Totals; 734-900-784 — 2,418.
Action Bowling Supply (2)
Rit Fazzone 167-217-185 — 569, Bob Messick 255-190-221 — 666, Natasha Bidwell 268-192-194 — 654, Matt Fazzone 289-266-258 — 813, Totals: 979-865-858 — 2,702.
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Falvey Real Estate (1)
Dan Auricchio 204-201-220 — 625, Ron Unser 191-205-269 — 665, Jeff  Young 243-222-227 — 692 Craig Taylor 266-210-214 — 690. Totals: 904-838-930 — 2,673.
DeCrescente Dist. (2)
Jessica Aiezza 268-236-223 — 727, Mark Kuhlkin 238-206-202 — 646, Scott Rogers 255-240-222 — 717, Liz Kuhlkin 214-215-228 — 657. Totals: 975-897-875 — 2,747.
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Vito Sindoni & Son (1)
Scott Chastenay 205-175-277 — 657, Mike DiCerbo 247-236-212 — 695, Jim Patricelli 171-193-179 — 543, Joe VanDerLinden 276-247-215 — 738. Totals: 899-851-883 — 2,633.
Mohawk Honda (2)
Ed Gumm 213-213-277 — 703, Chip Tashjian 229-228-234 — 691, Ken LaBelle 184-258-201 — 643, Mark Ray 256-254-247 — 757. Totals: 882-953-959 — 2,794.
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J&F Lawn Care (1)
Jason Brown 182-215-258 — 655, RJ Martinez 257-183-279 — 719, Nick Stricos 183-210-221 — 614, Steve Hallenbeck 221-262-211 — 694. Totals: 843-870-969 — 2,682.
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Kristel Mechanic (2)
Mel Kristel 169-198-192 — 559, Jeff Whitehouse 234-289-238 — 761, Ed White 235-187-195 — 617, Bryan Kelley 295-202-248 — 745. Totals: 933-876-873 — 2,682.
Downs Roofing (0)
Chris Tinkle 214-225-233 — 672, Nick Barnes 263-237-236 — 736, Ryan Karabin 204-197-227 — 628, Billy Wigand 160-20-195 — 555. Totals: 841-859-891 — 2,591
Towne Bowling Academy (3)
Tom Earl 244-216-195 — 655, Nunzi Manuli 268-238-255 — 761, Marty Capullo Jr. 234-197-237 — 668, Debbie Capullo 240-258-211 — 709. Totals: 986-909-898 — 2,793
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20 North (2)
Marc LeClair 167-204-246 — 617, Bob Faragon 189-206-169 — 564, Joel Donato 236-223-300 — 759, Tommy Donato 256-220-296 — 772. Totals: 848-853-1,011 — 2,712.
Driveline Motors (1)
Rob Beedleson 229-204-213 — 646, Keith Lawyer 211-170-181 — 562, Dan Rotter 188-196-202 — 586, Tony Palumbo 236-237-225 — 698. Totals: 864-807-821 — 2,492.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC

Standings
Boulevard Bowl 52-18, Masons Automotive 44-26, Town N Country Lanes 44-26, Ledies 38.5-31.5, Karner Auto 36-34, D.A. Parisi & Co. 28.5-41.5, Team 8 20.5-49.5 Kalpro 16.5-53.5.
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Town N Country Lanes (5)
Joey DeVellis 204-239-213-333 — 889, Anthony Scaccia 269-268-235-257 — 1,029, Jack Scaccia Jr. 219-249-236-185 — 889. Totals: 692-756-684-675 — 2,807.
D.A. Parisi & Co. (0)
John Mecca 190-157-205-221 — 773, Kyle Wilkins 137-223-185-198 — 743, Ken Wilkins 200-181-185-177 — 743. Totals: 527-561-575-596 — 2,259.
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Karner Auto (2)
Zach Strachan 279-194-200-234 — 907, Bryan Delehanty Jr. 253-178-179-175 — 785, John DeVarnne 217-212-207-248 — 884. Totals: 749-584-586-657 — 2,576.
Boulevard Bowl (3)
P.J. Derenzo 201-227-193-176 — 797, Mike Scaccia 268-228-209-226 — 931, Brian Hart 241-238-200-172 — 851. Totals: 710-693-602-574 — 2,579.
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Masons Automotive (4)
Tom Siatkowski 188-247-279-243 — 957, Robin Fredenburgh 206-223-279-176 — 884, B.J. Smith Jr. 248-199-264-266 — 977. Totals: 642-669-822-685 — 2,818.
Ledies (1)
Lee Quivey 224-235-194-249 — 902, Mark Hansen 237-185-166-197 — 785, Dan Bryk 159-232-196-247 — 834. Totals: 620-652-556-693 — 2,521.
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Team 8 (4)
Amy Janetsky 237-228-199-243 — 907, Ray Haupt 256-196-172-171 — 795, Tony Bianchi 183-213-209-159 — 764. Totals: 676-637-580-573 — 2,466.
Kalpro (1)
Keith Lawyer 197-223-242-181 — 843, Chet Ciembronowicz 150-173-203-183 — 709, Joe Carusone 218-187-225-167 — 797. Totals: 565-583-670-531 — 2,349.

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

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