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In the Pocket: Williams new SUNY Schenectady coach

In the Pocket: Williams new SUNY Schenectady coach

Bob Weiner's bowling column
In the Pocket: Williams new SUNY Schenectady coach
New SUNY Schenectady head bowling coach Ron Williams.
Photographer: Bob Weiner

Cobleskill-Richmondville High School graduate Ron Williams was challenged early on in his bowling career by his mother, Shirley Foland, who not only was his junior bowling coordinator at Cobleskill Bowling Center, but also his bowling coach on his high school squad.

“Mom was always harder on her own kids than she was on the other kids. She had an unbelievable passion for the game of bowling. I owe her everything,” said Williams, who recently was named the new head bowling coach at SUNY Schenectady, replacing longtime head coach Ray Ross.

Williams, 35, knows his new job won’t be easy, and that it comes with extremely high expectations. His predecessor led both the Royals’ men’s and women’s teams to six national championships in his successful 26-year career.

“My thing is that Ray Ross built an empire, and I hope I can bring it back,” Williams said. “I know the first year will be a rebuilding season, but we will build a strong program. My philosophy is that bowling is 90% mental and 10% physical. I’ll give my bowlers most of what I know. They can take what I do, but I will also teach them when I find out what their game is like.”

Williams bowled four seasons as the No. 1 player on the Cobleskill-Richmondville varsity bowling team and played two seasons of varsity football as a center/defensive tackle. He never thought he would get into coaching, until C-R head football coach Ed Hantho convinced him to take a coaching class for football. He ended up coaching the boys’ and girls’ bowling teams at C-R for the last three years, guiding a relatively new girls’ team to a tie for third in sectionals.

”Coach Hantho got me to take that coaching class for football, but then he handed me the bowling program when it was available,” Williams said. “I owe him a lot, just like I owe all the other people who influenced my bowling career. First and foremost is my mom, but also the Diamond brothers [Jay and Jamie], who I watched growing up in Cobleskill. Then there is Bill Elmore, who taught me a lot about the game, along with Cary and Larry Keller, the late Eric Race, who introduced me to Brian LeClair, and to Brian himself.”

Williams has a solid bowling resume, which includes seven perfect games, one 800 triple and a high average of 221. He recently completed bowling in the NFL Summer league at Boulevard Bowl and also competes in the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic and the Vitalo Classic at Sportsman’s Bowl. He and Boulevard manager Craig Smith finished in the top 10 in the state doubles tournament one year.

“The strength of my game is the mental game,” Williams said. “I used love the mental challenges of the game. I used to have a bad attitude, but my bowling mentors changed that. Now, when I struggle in the game, I go back to the basics, slow my feet down and throw the ball straighter. Those are the kinds of things I will teach my bowlers.”

Amy Janetsky-Smith will be Williams’ assistant coach at SUNY Schenectady. She is a strong bowler in her own right and is one of the coaches of the Boulevard junior program.

SUMMER RECAP

It was a busy and eventful summer for many Capital Region bowling standouts this summer.

Liz Kuhlkin, the 25-year-old Schalmont High School and Nebraska product, made three appearances in the televised stepladder finals of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association tour. She was 10th in earnings ($24,500), eighth in points (72,650) and seventh in average (210.48). Kuhlkin also cashed in 10 events.

Perhaps more importantly, Kuhlkin earned a gold medal for Team USA in the Team Trios of the 2019 World Bowling Women’s Championships.

On the PBA50 Tour, Brian LeClair, the longtime PBA Tour member who runs Revolutions Pro Shop at Boulevard Bowl, won back-to-back championships for his fourth and fifth career titles, making a strong bid for his second PBA50 Player of the Year award. He ended up finishing fourth in earnings with $30,980 in 11 events.
Other Capital Region bowlers also fared well on the PBA50 tour, as Don Herrington of Ballston Lake was 29th on the money list with $8,080, Columbia High School coach/Section II bowling co-coordinator Bill Neumann was 99th with $2,230 and Colonie's Chris Fedden was 103rd with $2,180.

STRIKES & SPARES

Boulevard Bowl will host the PBA50 Tour’s Brian LeClair Revolutions Pro Shop Open Oct. 4-6. The actual tournament for the pros will run Oct. 5-6, but there will be an opportunity for area bowlers to compete with the pros that weekend during the first day, which will include a practice session for the pros and a pro-am for juniors at 4 p.m. (entry fee $25) and for adults at 7 p.m. (entry fee $40). Contact Boulevard Bowl at 518-374-4717 for more information.

Longtime Nebraska assistant bowling coach Paul Klempa, a Johnstown native, has been named the new head coach for the Cornhuskers. Klempa was also an All-American bowler for Nebraska in 1994. He replaces legendary Nebraska coach Bill Straub, who guided the Cornhuskers since 1996 and led them  to 11 national bowling titles.

The next meeting of the Schenectady USBC board of directors will be Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at Boulevard Bowl.

Westlawn Lanes, located on Western Avenue in Albany, is the latest Capital Region bowling center to close its doors.

The Amateur League Bowlers Association of New York, for bowlers with averages less than 215, has announced its schedule which includes events on Oct. 20 (at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy), Nov. 17 (at Towne Bowling Academy), a doubles tournament on Dec. 15 (back at Uncle Sam Lanes), Jan. 12 (at Town N Country Lanes), March 22 (at Sportsman’s Bowl) and the A.L.B.A.N.Y. Main Event (at Spare Time Latham). All tournaments begin at 9:30 a.m. Handicaps will be 100 percent, but this season, all bowlers will establish a tournament handicap, based on the scores of their first six events.

The new Brian Boghosian Scratch Tour for seniors (age 50 and older) and women (all ages) made a local stop last weekend at Sportsman’s Bowl, with veteran pro bowler Sammy Ventura winning the Roto Grip Halo Vision Open. Ventura earned $500, followed by Bill Green ($360), Scott Rogers ($250), George Gorman Jr. ($240), Art Van Buren ($200), Rich Strath ($195, John Kirker $190 and Jack Scaccia Jr. ($185). Other upcoming tournaments are Oct. 12 at Hi-Way Recreation in Wynantskill (1 p.m.), Oct. 27 at Uncle Sam Lanes (12 p.m.) and Dec. 7, at a site and time to be determined.

Towne Bowling Academy will host its annual Scratch Challenge Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.. Entry fee is $80, and one in five will cash for a minimum of $160. Top prize is $1,000, based on 60 entries. The format will be a five-game qualifier over 10 lanes. The top five advance to the stepladder finals.

Towne Bowling Academy will also host the Albany TNBA Senate Trio Tournament Oct. 26, with squads at 1:30 and 4 p.m. First place prize, based on 100 entries, is $1,800. Entry fee is $90 per team, with an optional singles fee of $10. Team entries must be prepaid by Oct. 1.

MAJOR BOWLING

Mark Kuhlkin pounded a 790 triple, Craig Smith ripped a 277-781, and Billy Wigand slammed a 758 in the season-opening match of the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy. Jordan Byrnes topped the women with a 661.

In the Sportsman’s Majors season debut, Chris Fawcett delivered a 288-766 for the individual feature, while Bill Carl (738), Andy Smith (721), Justin Carl (711), Kalynn Carl (704) and John Musto Jr. (700) also reached the 700 mark.

Ron Williams shot a 290 game and a 980 four-game series to lead the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night. B.J. Smith (979) and Brian Hart (920) rounded out the top three men, while Kathy Bryk drilled a 266-927 for the women.

In the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league, Don Herrington tossed a pair of 277 games en route to a 1,027 four-game series for the men’s feature, and Debbie Capullo hammered a 917 to pace the women.

Joe Vanderlinden (987), and Matt Swiatocha (987) were other top shooters for the men. Liz Kuhlkin (908) and Jessica Aiezza (908) rounded out the top three for the women.

REIS GROUP

KIM BROWN MEMORIAL

CITY LEAGUE

Standings


DeCrescente Dist. 3-0, J&F Lawn Care 3-0, Downs Roofing 3-0, Mohawk Honda 2-1, Vito Sindoni & Son 2-1, Falvey Real Estate 2-1, 20 North 2-1, Broadway Lanes 2-1, Towne Bowling Academy 1-2, Boulevard Bowl 1-2, Kristel Mechanic 1-2, Team 10 1-2, D&D Lawncare 1-2, Action Bowling Supply 0-3, Bedrock Construction 0-3, Rollarama 0-3.

Match summaries

Downs Roofing (3)


Chris Tinkle 233-185-191 – 599, Nick Barnes 171-203-238 – 612, Ryan Karabin 256-230-193 – 679, Billy Wigand 254-257-247 – 758. Totals: 904-875-869 – 2,648.

Action Bowling Supply (0)

Rit Fazzone 211-222-144 – 577, Jordan Byrnes 222-203-236 – 661, Natasha Bidwell 209-197-235 – 641, Matt Fazzone 246-207-223 – 676. Totals: 888-829-838 – 2,555.

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Towne Bowling Academy (1)

Tom Earl 269-212-199 – 680, Zach Porter 194-248-245 – 684, Marty Capullo Jr. 185-204-203 – 592, Debbie Capullo 205-246-205 – 656. Totals: 853-907-852 – 2,612.

Vito Sindoni & Sons (2)

Scott Chastenay 197-233-213 – 643, Mike Dicerbo 181-217-202 ‑  600, Rich Strath 209-278-213 – 700, Joe VanDerLinden 224-232-254 – 710. Totals: 811-960-862 ‑2,653.

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Boulevard Bowl (1)

PJ Derenzo 225-162-170 ‑  557, Craig Smith 248-277-256 – 781, Ken Wilkins 216-180-192 – 588, Mike Scaccia 223-237-196 – 656. /Totals: 912-856-814 – 2,582.

Falvey Real Estate (2)

Dan Auricchio 189-207-213 – 609, John Walther III 201-270-222 – 693,  Jeff Young 174-223-223 – 620, Ron Unser 254-231-236 – 721. Totals: 818-931-894 – 2,643.

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20 North (2)

Marc LeClair 211-245-222 – 678, Kenny Livengood 233-212-235 – 680, Joel Donato 212-226-177 – 615, Tommy Donato 215-224-204 – 643. Totals: 871-907-838 – 2,616.

Kristel Mechanic (1)

Mel Kristel 196-246-278 – 720, Jeff Whitehouse 259-224-189 – 672, Ed White 148-200-160 – 508, Bryan Kelley 20-269-188 – 657. Totals: 803-939-815 – 2,557.

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Broadway Lanes (2)

Mark Ross 224-205-165 – 594, Helen Waite 182-200-164 – 546, Roy Vanderbogart 213-195-210 – 618, Justin Barcomb 236-215-238 – 689. Totals: 855-815-727 – 2,447.

Team 10 (1)

Marc Fowler 247-169-179 – 595, Chuck Schissler 193-200-212 ‑  605, Bob Faragon 214-209-181 – 604, Paul Bonesteel 206-233-202 – 641 /Totals: 860-811-174 – 2,445.

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Rollarama (0)

Jason Palmer 171-173-175 – 519, Keith Lawyer 246-190-185 ‑621, Dan Rotter 214-255-159 – 628, Tony Palumbo 210-190-190 – 590.Totals: 841-808-709 – 2,358.

J&F Lawn Care (3)

Jason Brown 254-204-178 – 636, RJ Martinez 255-215-221 – 691, Nick Stricos 206-256-262 ‑724, Steve Hallenbeck 192-246-223 ‑  661. Totals: 907-921-884, 2,712.

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Mohawk Honda (0)

Ed Gumm 265-259-210 ‑  734, Chip Tashjian 200-257-220 – 677, Ken LaBelle 233-217-175 – 625, Mark Ray 258-228-249 – 735. Totals: 956-961-854 – 2,771.

D&D Lawncare (3)

Karrie Blake 190-169-244 – 603, Laura Rotter 188-151-195 – 534, Bill Judge 186-191-247 – 624, Carol Crandall 195-233-214 – 642. Totals: 759-744-900 – 2,403.

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DeCrescente Dist. (3)

Jessica Aiezza 211-223-190 – 624, Mark Kuhlkin 268-257-268 – 790, Scott Rogers 243-201-256 – 700, Liz Kuhlkin 192-231-237 – 660. Totals: 911-912-951 – 2,774.

Bedrock Construction  (0)

Jim Geiger 211-237-234 – 682, Eric Stangle 215-248-233 – 696, Steve Wagoner 233-219-185 – 607, Keith Livengood 139-143-185 ‑467. Totals: 798-847-807 – 2,452.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS

Standings


Muny Grille 4-0, Universal Auto Parts 4-0, Guidarelli’s Liquor 4-0, Team 5 3-1, Metroland Photo 3-1, Madison Grille 3-1, The Appliance Specialist 1-3, IDID 1-3, Mike’s Hot Dogs 1-3, Team 10 0-4 ,Sauce Baseball 0-4, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 0-4.

Match summaries

Metroland Photo (3)


Lee Quivey 235-225-209 – 669, Steve Renzi 246-172-182 – 600, Mike Gallitelli 198-181-223 – 602, BJ Smith Jr. 216-200-254 – 670. Totals: 895-778-868 – 2,541.

IDID (1)

Tony Fernandez 204-160-208 – 572, Patti Tenyenhuis 213-221-249 – 683, Jim Valentino 164-191-175 – 530, AJ Perone 187-278-199 – 664. Totals: 768-850-831 – 2,449.

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Madison Grille (3)

Nick Kallner 200-214-189 – 603, Eric Hilton 233-221-204 – 658, Len Reyngoudt 235-182-222 – 639, Chris Mazone 195-177-258 – 630. Totals: 863-794-873 – 2,530.

Mike’s Hot Dogs (1)

Doug Semerad 189-178-182 – 549, Tammy Sader 231-218-215 – 664, Mike Giaquinto 182-181-202 – 565, Kevin Palmer 193-243-169 – 605. Totals: 795-820-768 – 2,383.

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Team 5 (3)

Kalynn Carl 212-254-238 – 704, Bill Carl 243-259-236 – 738, Justin Carl 258-236-217 – 711, Jason Deitz 188-202-190 – 580. Totals: 901-951-981 – 2,733.

The Appliance Specialist (1)

Mike Liberatore 218-189-182 – 559, Melissa Bogholtz 213-179-212 – 604, Steve Fawcett 206-159-225 – 590, Chris Fawcett 219-259-288 – 766. Totals: 856-756-907 – 2,519.

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Sauce Baseball (0)

Fred McMahon 204-184-266 ‑654, Brian Brown 167-192-166 – 525, Bob Tedesco Jr. 152-191-195 – 538, Mike Smith 220-155-177 – 552. Totals: 743-722-804 – 2,269.

Guidarelli’s Liquor (4)

Mike Guidarelli 189-199-213 – 601, Jim Bassotti 171-187-203 – 561, Jim Parker 224-203-215 – 642, Matt Swiatocha 206-217-276 – 699. Totals: 790-806-907 – 2,503.

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Muny Grille (4)

Jay Diamond 206-248-218 – 672, Terry Ray 204-224-231 – 659, John Musto Jr. 229-236-235 – 700, Jamie Diamond 240-231-216 – 687. Totals: 879-939-900 – 2,718.

Team 10 (0)

Cory Buckley 258-174-185 – 617, Tyler Mochrie 179-211-190 ­ 580, Noah Burke 204-208-187 – 599, Robert Mengel 194-232-182 – 608. Totals: 835-825-744 – 2,404.

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Klonowski’s Pro Shop (0)

Doug Bywater 180-181-161 – 522, Ted Klonowski Jr. 173-171-168 – 512, Vince Simoni 134-184-198 – 516, Jim Petronis 203-216-166 – 585. Totals: 690-752-693 – 2,135.

Universal Auto Parts (4)

Andy Smith 245-243-233 – 721, Dave Henderson 203-192-182 – 577, Chris Smith 185-216-186 – 587, Chris Fedden 244-233-199 – 676. Totals: 877-884-800 – 2,561.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC

Standings


Masons Automotive 5-0, Ledies 4-1, Team 8 4-1, Kalpro 4-1, Town & Country Lanes 1-4, Boulevard Bowl 1-4, D.A. Parisi & Co. 1-4, Bye 0-5.

Match summaries

Kalpro (4)


Keith Lawyer 190-216-220-209 – 835, Kyle Wilkins 193-160-268-177 ‑798, Joe Carusone 217-192-200-180 – 789. Totals: 600-568-688-566 – 2,422.

D.A. Parisi & Co. (1)

John Mecca 167-198-178-174 – 717, Jeff Williams 180-226-229-183 – 818, Ken Wilkins 222-228-202-191 – 843. Totals: 569-652-609-548 – 2,378.

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Bye (0)

No bowlers.

Masons Automotive (5)

Ron Williams 246-290-223-228 – 987, Robin Fredenburgh (absent) 190-190-190-190 – 760, B.J. Smith Jr. 245-245-263-226 – 979. Totals: 681-725-676-644 – 2,726.

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Ledies (4)

Kathy Bryk 266-239-195-227 – 927, Mark Hansen 216-215-225-220 – 876, Dan Bryk 191-190-222-219 – 822. Totals: 673-644-652-666 – 2,625.

Town & Country (1)

Terry Ray 182-156-196-194 – 728, Billy McGaffin Jr. 245-197-242-224 – 908, Jack Scaccia Jr. 212-267-222-217 – 918. Totals: 639-620-660-635 – 2,554.

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Boulevard Bowl (1)

Mike Scaccia 182-247-186-186 – 801, Brian Hart 224-248-258-190 – 920, Derek Foti 204-216-205-199 – 824. Totals: 610-711-649-575 – 2,545.

Team 8 (4)

Phil Kilmartin 235-209-199-234 – 877, Tony Bianchi 236-183-246-243 ­ 908, Ryan Karabin 193-236-210-192 – 831. Totals: 664-628-655-669 – 2,616.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL

MIXED DOUBLES

Standings


Team 15 32-8, Sindoni Sausage 31-9, Revolutions Pro Shop 31-9, Towne Bowling Academy 30.5-9.5, Strike & Spare Pro Shop 30-10, Team 17 28-12, Next Level Detailing 27-13, DeCrescente Distributing 24-16, Team 8 24-16, Team 14 19-21, Pete’s Auto Parts 17.5-22.5, A Plus Heating & Cooling 17.5-22.5, Team 4 16-24, A Touch of Country Florist 13-27, Capital District Mobile Vet 12-28, Bellevue Builders 10.5-29.5, Boulevard Bowl 10-30, GPC Solar Control 10-30, Team 5 9-31, Team 7 8-32.

Match summaries

A Plus Heating & Cooling (2.5)


Michelle Largeteau 106-128-133-122 – 489, Tony Pasquerella 172-143-192-196 – 703. Totals: 400-393-447-440 – 1,192.|

Towne Bowling Academy (17.5)

Debbie Capullo 236-237-222-222 – 917, Tony Palumbo 211-214-234-222 – 881. Totals: 468-472-477-465 – 1,798.

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GPC Solar Control (5)

Elizabeth Criscuolo 175-182-152-156 – 655, Gabe Criscuolo 231-224-228-198 – 881. Totals: 473-473-447-421 ‑1,546.

Sindoni Sausage (15)

Liz Kuhlkin 215-227-233-233 – 908, Joe Vanderlinden 235-277-220-255 – 987. Totals: 454-508-457-492 – 1,895.

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Pete’s Auto Parts (15.5)

Jenn Schissler 194-140-226-171 – 731, Chuckie Schissler 224-224-198-226 – 872. Totals: 418-364-424-397 – 1,603.

Bellevue Builders (4.5)

Ursula Pasquerella 189-139-195-243 – 766, Bill Nolan 166-191-192-179 – 728. Totals: 355-330-387-422 ­ 1,494.

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Team 17 (14)

Nicole D’Amario 200-187-193-215 – 795, Tom Rogers 180-203-234-229 – 846. Totals: 430-440-477-494 ‑1,641.

A Touch of Country Florist (6)

Janelle Irwin 201-172-207-227 – 807, Steve Irwin 171-268-245-145 – 829. Totals: 404-472-484-404 – 1,636.

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Team 5 (3)

Amber Dominic 172-148-205-234 ‑759, Vinny Struffolino 170-160-168-183 – 681. Totals: 342-308-373-417 – 1,440.

Team 15 (17)

Kris Impellizzeri 265-221-214-165 – 865, Lee Quivey 216-225-202-237 – 880. Totals: 520-485-455-441 – 1,745.

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Team 8 (8)

Erika Poje 156-206-197-210 – 769, Joe Wolf 221-278-217-223 – 939. Totals: 426-533-463-482 – 1,708.

Next Level Detailing (12)

Kim Swiatocha 183-172-214-239 – 808, Matt Swiatocha 228-207-258-276 – 969. Totals: 442-410-503-546 – 1,777.

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Team 4 (11)

Kaitlyn Goodermote 146-190-190-245 – 771, Nick Barnes 258-200-191-245 – 894. Totals: 434-420-411-520 – 1,665.

Capital District Mobile Vet (9)

Chris Allen-Valenzuela 226-186-221-216 – 849, John Askew 180-254-223-223 – 880. Totals: 416-450-454-449 – 1,729.

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DeCrescente Distributing (7)

Jessica Aiezza 211-237-234-224 – 906, Scott Rogers 247-255-217-208 ‑927. Totals: 465-499-458-439 – 1,833.

Revolutions Pro Shop (13)

Lindsey McPhail 183-191-193-203 – 770, Don Herrington 277-252-277-221 ‑1,027. Totals: 478-461-488-442 – 1,797.

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Team 7 (4)

Kate Clark 181-231-203-136 – 751, Dave McLear 173-264-221-197 – 855. Totals: 387-528-457-366 – 1,606.

Strike & Spare Pro Shop (16)

Jackie Malone 208-207-213-211 – 839, Paul Dumas 212-234-252-234 – 932. Totals: 455-476-500-480 – 1,771.

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Boulevard Bowl (5)

Lisa Rathbun-Read 175-211-211-198 – 795, Cliff Ruth 165-266-223-224 – 878. Totals: 379-516-473-451 – 1,673.

Team 14 (15)

Cheyanne McPhail 266-210-170-195 – 841, Austin Zullo 213-246-168-235 – 862. Totals: 542-519-401-493 – 1,703.

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