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In the Pocket: Earl helps grow game in Capital Region

In the Pocket: Earl helps grow game in Capital Region

Bob Weiner's weekly bowling column
In the Pocket: Earl helps grow game in Capital Region
Tom Earl
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Stats guru Tom Earl is passionate about working with numbers, and his own bowling career is loaded with interesting facts and figures. But this Kentucky transplant is all about working behind the scenes to promote and grow the game of tenpins.

The 43-year-old New York State auditor lives in Schenectady and competes in three bowling leagues here — the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City league Monday nights at Towne Bowling Academy, the Rotterdam District 2 league Tuesday nights at Towne Bowling Academy and the Capital District All Star league Thursday nights at Sportsman’s Bowl.

Although he’s extremely competitive in his own leagues, Earl spends his weekends giving back as a tournament director, promoter and bracket master for major events, as well as a junior bowling instructor.

Scratch bowlers know all about Earl, because he’s the guy who is constantly alerting them about upcoming tournaments on social media, and he’s the one usually responsible for helping to run the events, track the brackets and jackpots, and calculate the final standings.

“I initially got involved in helping to run tournaments when Jim Burton came to me in 2011 or 2012 and asked me to help with the NEST [New Era Senior Tournaments] events,” Earl recalled. “I did all the computer work for them, built a computer site for them, and worked for them for about eight years. That got me introduced to it. But I’ve always loved being around bowling and promoting it.”

Earl is often involved with numerous events at Towne Bowling Academy, like the upcoming Team Handicap Tournament and the recent NYSCOPBA over/under doubles event. He and Tommy Donato are also running a doubles event at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls on Feb. 9.

“I’m adding as many bowlers as I can to my Facebook account,” Earl said. “I add all the bowlers I can as friends and share tournament information with them. If you put out flyers, some guys simply throw them away if they’re not being run at their own bowling center. Social media is the way to reach more bowlers.”

Earl is also the one who reports local tournament information to the media.

When he’s not bowling himself or helping to coordinate an event, he’s coaching youngsters.

“I started coaching at the old Bowlers Club, and then I moved to Spare Time Latham,” Earl said. “Now, I’m coaching juniors at Towne Bowling Academy. Bowling is struggling right now, and that’s one of the reasons I work with kids. If they’re successful, they are more likely to stay involved with the sport. A lot of the youngsters

have a short attention span. If they do something they enjoy, they will stay with it. Coaching is a big part of that.”

The native of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, spent the first 22 years of his life there. He learned the game by hanging around his parents at local bowling centers. He graduated from Anderson County High School and earned a bowling scholarship to Lindsey Wilson College.

“My mom and dad introduced me to the game at a young age because they were always at the bowling center,” he said.

After moving to the Capital Region, Earl jumped into the scratch bowling scene. He made the Huck Finn Capital Region Bowling Show TV finals twice. So far, he’s rolled 30 perfect games and 17 800 triples. Earl averaged an impressive 239 and 240, respectively, to pace the Rotterdam District 2 league. He’s currently averaging 235 in that league, 232 in the City league and 229 in the Capital All Star league.

In 2018, Earl won the Schenectady USBC Open Championship scratch singles title and all-events crown. He also teamed up with Marty Capullo Jr. for the doubles championship. Last year, he combined with Marty and Debbie Capullo to claim the scratch team championship.

“I’ve always loved numbers, and my passion is helping to grow the sport,” Earl said. “Bowling has always been very important to me. It was through bowling that I was able to get a scholarship to college. I enjoy being around the game.”

STRIKES & SPARES

The snow storm that blanketed the Capital Region Sunday through Monday wiped out several bowling events, including the Sportsman’s Bowl Baker 5-person team tournament on Sunday and both the Sportsman’s Majors and the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City league Monday night.

Uncle Sam Lanes is hosting the popular ninth annual Digger’s Doubles tournament Sunday, with qualifying squads at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. There must be one over-50 bowler and one under-50 bowler on each tandem. Entry fee is $130 per team. There will be four games of qualifying, with the top teams advancing to the match-play finals. One in five teams will cash. Contact Uncle Sam Lanes (518-271-7800) for more information.

Sportsman’s Bowl is hosting a Ladies 500 Club Snowball Bowl Scotch Doubles Tournament Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Entry forms are available a Boulevard Bowl, Towne Bowling Academy and Sportsman’s Bowl. For additional information, contact Marie Moorhead at 518-399-3063.

Towne Bowling Academy’s 10th annual Handicap Team Tournament begins Friday at 9:30 p.m. In total, there will be 23 squads over 14 days through Jan. 26. Top prize will be $4,000 guaranteed. There also will be an optional singles event, using your team score. First place for the singles event will be $450. A 3-6-9 jackpot and a scratch high game jackpot also will be available. Entry fee is $40 per person for the team event, $15 for optional singles and $10 for the 3-6-9 and high-game jackpots. Handicap will be 90% of 225, with a maximum of 50 pins per game. Call 518-355-3606 for more information.

The next Amateur League Bowlers Association of New York tournament will be a doubles event Dec. 15 at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy at 9:30 a.m. First place will be $900 for the winning team, based on 45 teams. Entry fee is $90 per team, or $75 per team if paid by Sunday. Handicap is 100% of 215, with a maximum of 75 pins per bowler per game. Call Jim Burton (518-209-4748) for more information.

Town & Country Lanes will host a five-game sweeper Dec. 15, with squads at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Entry fee is $30. Handicap is 90% of 225.

Also at Town & Country Lanes, their fourth annual 5-Man Baker Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $150 per team. Format is 12 games to qualify, with the top six advancing to best-of-three match play. Top prize is $750, based on 20 teams. Handicap is 80% of 240.

The 26th annual Capital District 600 Clubs Tournament is set for Jan. 25 at noon at East Greenbush Bowling Center. Participants must be a member of the Electric City 600, Capital City 600 or Troy 600 Clubs. Entry forms are available at Boulevard Bowl, Sportsman’s Bowl and Towne Bowling Academy. Bowlers who have rolled a 600 triple and are not yet a member of the Electric City 600 Club should contact Marianne Hogle (518-393-8907).

MAJOR BOWLING

B.J. Smith fired a 986 four-game series, Zachary Strachan ripped a 954, Joe Carusone registered a 951 and John Mecca tossed a perfect game in the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

Cliff Ruth hammered a 268-971 four-game series to pace the men, and Jessica Aiezza slammed a 278-925 to lead the women in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC
Standings
Masons Automotive 46-19, Downs Roofing 42-23, Boulevard Bowl 37-28, Kalpro 36-29, Ledies 32-33, Town & Country Lanes 29-36, D.A. Parisi  & Co. 25-40, Bye 13-52.
Match summaries
Kalpro (3)
Keith Lawyer 212-257-180-268 — 917, Kyle Wilkins 186-194-191-235 — 806, Joe Carusone 181-258-233-279 — 951. Totals: 579-709-64-782 — 2,674.
Ledies (2)
Kathy Bryk 212-243-187-167 — 809, Mark Hansen 225-224-202-258 — 909, Dan Bryk 209-203-299-213 — 924. Totals: 646-670-688-638 — 2,642.
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Downs Roofing (3)
Zach Strachan 215-269-246-224 — 954, Ryan Karabin 212-216-215-258 — 901, Tony Bianchi 217-202-267-210 — 896. Totals: 644-687-728-692 — 2,751.
Masons Automotive (2)
Jon DeVarnne 223-258-257-182 — 920, Zachary Gravell 211-166-199 — 576, Robin Fredenburgh 167 game, B.J. Smith Jr. 269-265-224-228 — 986. Totals 659-734-647-609 — 2,649.
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Boulevard Bowl (3)
Mike Scaccia 234-222-235-224 — 915, Brian Hart 226-207-236-247 — 916, Derek Foti 226-215-269-192 — 902. Totals: 686-644-740-663 — 2,733.
D.A. Parisi & Co. (2)
John Mecca 300-201-148-268 — 917, Jeff Williams 214-225-212-207 — 858, Ken Wilkins 240-224-171-172 — 807. Totals 754-65-531-647 — 2,582.
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Bye (0)
No one bowled.
Town & Country Lanes (2)
Terry Ray 169-193-167-225 — 754, Billy McGaffin Jr. 234-194-224-223 — 875, Jack Scaccia Jr. 244-220-180-225 — 869. Totals: 647-607-571-673 — 2,408.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL MIXED DOUBLES
Standings
Revolutions Pro Shop 179.5-100.5, DeCrescente Distributing 173-107, Capital District Mobile Vet 164-116, Sindoni Sausage 162-118, Strike & Spare Pro Shop 159.5-120.5, A Touch of Country Florist 154.5-125.5, Towne Bowling Academy 153-127, Next Level Detailing 147-133, Sportsman’s Bowl 145-135, Solid Surface 142.5-137.5, Boulevard Bowl 142.5-137.5, Bellevue Builder 140.5-139.5, Never Enough Performance 139-141, Pete’s Auto Parts 126.5-153.5, Jackie Goodell Keller Williams 126.5-153.5, 15 Church 120-160, Loyal Nutrition 112-168, 518 Auto 108.5171.5, GPC Solar Control 106.5-173.5, A Plus Heating & Cooling 95-185.
Match summaries
15 Church (4)
Aliyah Liberatore 163-153-202-17 — 705, Ben Empie 173-164-143-152 — 632. Totals: 410-401-419-403 — 1,633.
Solid Surface (16)
Cheyanne McPhail 216-235-177-170 — 798, Austin Zullo 202-24-187-202 — 855. Totals: 464-545-41-418 — 1,837.
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518 Auto (6)
Katilyn Goodermote 161-217-223-195 — 796, Nick Barnes 234-213-237-226 — 910. Totals: 445-480-519-417 — 1,906.
Pete’s Auto Parts (14)
Jenn Schissler 252-174-246-226 — 898, Chuckie Schissler 235-204-222-237 — 898. Totals: 530-421-511-506 — 1,968.
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Bellevue Builder (15)
Ursula Pasquerella 203-212-211-236 — 862, Bill Nolan 170—173-206-197 — 746. Totals: 422-434-466-482 — 1,804.
Loyal Nutrition (5)
Amber Dominic 214-167-237-222 — 840, Vinny Struffolino 189-156-140-158 — 643. Totals: 456-376-430-433 — 1,695.
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A Touch of Country Florist (13)
Janelle Irwin 215-204-194-204 — 817, Steve Irwin 193-221-232-193 — 839. Totals: 447-464-465-435 — 1,812.
Never Enough Performance (7)
Kate Clark 202-201-184-191 — 778, Dave McLear 227-226-201-214 — 869. Totals: 465-463-422-441 — 1,791.
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Towne Bowling Academy (13)
Debbie Capullo 234-253-196-196 — 879, Tony Palumbo 221-219-246-226 — 912. Totals: 481-498-468-448 — 1,895.
Strike & Spare Pro Shop (7)
Jackie Malone 213-192-236-206 — 847 Paul Dumas 208-254-204-213 — 879. Totals: 455-480-474-453 — 1,862.
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Jackie Goodell Keller Williams (6)
Nicole D’Amario 174-205-180-181 — 740, Tom Rogers 197-175-155-209 — 736. Totals: 419-428-383-438 — 1,668.
Sportsman’s Bowl (14)
Erika Poje 214-194-176-181 — 765, Joe Wolf 205-263-221-203 — 892. Totals: 466-54-444-431 ‑ 1,657.
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Capital District Mobile Vet (14)
Chris Allen-Valenzuela 215-233-203-237 — 888, John Askew 218-237-231-180 — 866. Totals: 452-489-453-436 — 1,754
Sindoni Sausage (6)
Liz Kuhlkin 213-253-248-161 — 875, Joe VanDerLinden 224-174-212-207 — 817. Totals: 437-47-460-368 — 1,704.
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GPC Solar Control (4)
Elizabeth Criscuolo 142-115-180-179 — 616, Gabe Criscuolo 223-174-192-204 — 793. Totals: 443-367-450-461 — 1,721.
DeCrescente Distributing (16)
Jessica Aiezza 278-235-176-236 — 925, Scott Rogers 205-197-215-259 — 876. Totals: 494-443-402-506 — 1,801
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Boulevard Bowl (10)
Lisa Rathbun-Read 164-178-244-223 — 809, Cliff Ruth 268-226-223-254 — 971. Totals: 483-45-518-528 — 1,984.
Next Level Detailing (10)
Kim Swiatocha 256-235-203-227 — 921, Lee Quivey 268-225-258-195 — 946. Totals: 566-502-503-464 — 1,867.
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Revolutions Pro Shop (13)
Lindsey McPhail 211-183-269-204 — 867, Don Herrington 246-200-226-228 — 900. Totals: 477-403-515-452 — 1,847.
A Plus Heating & Cooling (7)
Michelle Largeteau 112-126-132-149 — 519, Zack Porter 193-266-278-206 — 943. Totals: 386-473-491-436 — 1,786.

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