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In the Pocket: SUNY Schenectady women win NJCAA Region 3 title

In the Pocket: SUNY Schenectady women win NJCAA Region 3 title

Bob Weiner's weekly bowling column
In the Pocket: SUNY Schenectady women win NJCAA Region 3 title
The SUNY Schenectady women's bowling won the NJCAA Region 3 championship last wekeend.
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The rebuilding SUNY Schenectady women’s bowling program began the season with new coaches, not quite enough new bowlers to even field a team and low expectations. But with a few late additions, plenty of dedication, and some coaching tweaks to the newcomers, the Royals pulled a major surprise by winning the NJCAA Region 3 championship last Saturday at Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.

First-year head coach Ron Williams and rookie assistant coach Amy Janetsky-Smith took over a program guided by longtime mentor Ray Ross, who retired after leading the Royals to four women’s national titles and two men’s national crowns in 26 years. Ross also guided the men’s team to eight Mountain Valley Conference titles and seven Region 3 crowns, while the women claimed six consecutive Mountain Valley Conference and six Region 3 championships in a row. Williams vowed to return the program to its tradition of dominance on the lanes.

“I’ve got to admit, it was a big surprise,” Williams said of the regional title. “We had a lot of eligibility problems early on. When we started out in October, we had to field a mixed team, because we didn’t have enough women bowlers. But we picked up a couple of girls in December, and we were able to go back to having a men’s and women’s team again.

“I think the fact that our relationships are good, and we became a tight-knit family, has really helped us. We are rebuilding, and we are continuing to work hard. I knew with teams like Cornell, which beat us in our own tournament, and Mohawk Valley, it wouldn’t be easy, but we ended up missing out on winning the conference title by just one win, so I thought we could be competitive in regionals if everything went well.”

Led by tournament MVP Alissa Parker and Gina Voris, the Royals jelled just at the right time. Parker not only won the singles title, but also teamed with Voris to capture the doubles crown.

“Alissa is a typical down-and-in type of bowler who likes to set up on the 20th board with her feet and shoot between the 13th and 15th boards,” Williams noted. “Voris is the one who gets us fired up with her attitude, and Amanda Ruther has one of the smoothest approaches out there. She never bowled for any high school, but we made her into an excellent bowler.”

Rounding out the championship squad were Jessica Joye and Nicole Pitsas.

Williams gave plenty of credit for the women’s team success to his assistant coach, who filled in whenever Williams couldn’t be at practice.

“I’m so incredibly proud of these ladies. They’ve showed unbelievable growth in just a few short months,” said Janetsky-Smith, who is an excellent bowler herself and coaches the Boulevard Bowl Saturday A.M. junior program. “When Ron and I started the season, we only had one female committed to the team. We thought we’d focus on getting through the season, learning the ropes as new collegiate coaches and rebuilding talent. Because of my work with the junior programs, I was able to recruit a few women who hadn’t planned on bowling in college, and we even had one young woman walk on the team who had never picked up a bowling ball before November.

“Then we went to Allentown for our first tournament, and they did well. We knew we could be competitive. The ladies worked so hard, often spending six hours in practice each week, and their improvement is obvious. Even our walk-on looks like she’s been bowling her entire life. It doesn’t just feel like a team. It feels like we’re family, and what makes me the happiest, besides the successes I see on the lanes, is how much more confident and how focused they’ve become. I can’t wait to see what they will bring to the nationals.”

Longtime SUNY Schenectady athletic director David Gonzalez was extremely pleased with how his coaches and youthful Royals stepped up to win the title.

“The women’s bowling team continued their dominance of Region 3 when they won another championship over the weekend in Utica. Under new head coach Ron Williams, who took over the program from longtime head coach Ray Ross, and assistant coach Amy Janetsky-Smith, the women did not miss a beat. They will go to for their fifth national title when they travel to Buffalo on March 4-7 for the NJCAA National Championships,” Gonzalez said.

Williams said he is not putting any added pressure on his squad.

“My expectations are, as long as we try out best, I think we’ll be OK,” he said. “As long as they put in their best effort, that’s all I can ask. And the good thing is that next year’s team, we don’t lose anybody. We will be stronger than we were this year.”

STRIKES & SPARES

Lefty Jessica Aiezza earned $250 for finishing eighth in last weekend’s PWBA East Providence Regional. She averaged 198.3. Suzie Morine was 14th.

Cierra Gabriel, just 12 years old, rolled her first 700 triple over the weekend with a 754 on games of 248, 247 and 259 at Hometown Lanes. She didn’t have an open the entire match.

The 25th annual Blizzard Bowl kicks off Sunday at 11:45 a.m. at Boulevard Bowl. Entry fee is $80 per four-person team, and there are optional singles and doubles available. First place is $2,000, based on 160 teams. Other squads, all at 11:45 a.m., are March 8, March 15, March 22 and March 29. For reservations, call Boulevard Bowl at 518-374-4171.

The next local qualifier for the 18th annual Joe and Tom Donato Scratch Singles will be Monday at Kelly’s Imperial Lanes in Amsterdam at 9:15 p.m. There are numerous other qualifying squads that will be run until the finals are held March 22 at Towne Bowling Academy. First place is $3,200 guaranteed. Entry fee for most of the qualifiers is $60. For more information, contact Tommy Donato (518-788-0771).

Town & Country’s Invitational, an NCAA-bracket type event which has been qualifying bowlers for the last month, begins match play Sunday at 10 a.m. First place is $650.

The Hometown Lanes Leap Day Scratch Tournament will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $45, and first place is $500, based on 40 entries. To reserve your spot, call 518-765-0267.

Top local juniors bowlers head north for the next Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour event at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center. It will have an ultimate eliminator format.

One of the most popular tournaments for local seniors is the 33rd annual Charlie Bechard Memorial Tournament at Green Island Lanes. It’s named after Charlie “The Hand” Bechard, who used to keep score by hand on the old TV Tournament Time bowling show. Entry fee is $25, and age divisions are 50-60, 61-71 and 72 and over. Handicap is 100% of 220, with a maximum of 70 pins per game. Squads are March 16 (noon), March 18 (noon), March 21 (1 p.m.), March 22 (1 p.m.), March 23 (noon) and March 25 (noon). Call 518-640-8330 for more information.

Uncle Sam Lanes hosts the Nick Pondillo Scholarship Tournament to benefit the Lansingburgh High School Bowling Booster Club Sunday at 9 a.m. and noon. Entry fee is $40, with a re-entry fee of $30. Call Tony Faraci (518-470-6419) to enter.

MAJOR BOWLING

Matt Fazzone recorded a 289 game en route to an 839 triple, Billy Wigand also hit the 800 mark with a pair of 290 games during an 801 and Liz Kuhlkin rolled a 279-763 in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial City League Monday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Kalynn Carl rolled a perfect game and her first 800 triple (803), and B.J. Smith Jr. hammered a 280-765 to pace the Sportsman’s Majors Monday night at Sportsman’s Bowl.

SUNY Schenectady head bowling coach Ron Williams ripped a 963 four-game series, and Joe Carusone tossed a 956 to lead the Frank DePalma Boulevard Classic Tuesday night at Boulevard Bowl.

Schenectady USBC Hall of Famer Joe VanDerLinden fired a first-three 800 triple on the way to a 1,058 four-game series, Matt Swiatocha slammed a 1,000, Tony Palumbo rolled a 984 and Liz Kuhlkin produced a 968 in the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial Mixed Doubles league Wednesday night at Towne Bowling Academy.

Shawn Collins collected a 258-726, Bob Lopuch hammered a 258-703 and Bill Schmidtmann Jr. ripped a 254-701 in the Amsterdam Men’s City League at Kelly’s Imperial Lanes. Other top shooters were Billy McGaffin Jr. (244-694), Chuck Rossi (258-681) and Terry Hudson (247-658).

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL CITY LEAGUE
Standings
J&F Lawn Care 17-4, DeCrescente Distributing 15-6, Towne Bowling Academy 15-6, Broadway Lanes 14-7, Bedrock Construction 13-8, Downs Roofing 12-9, 20 North 12-9, Falvey Real Estate 11-10, Rollarama 10-11, D&D Lawncare 10-11, Boulevard Bowl 9-12, A Plus Heating & Cooling 8-13, Kristel Mechanic 7-14, Mohawk Honda 6-15, Vito Sindoni Son 5-16, Action Bowling Supply 4-17.
Match summaries
Bedrock Construction (2)
Jim Geiger 215-176-204 — 595, Kris Impellizzeri 247-225-246 — 718, Steve Wagoner 206-245-231 — 682, Eric Stangle 299-161-214 — 674. Totals: 967-807-895 — 2,669.
20 North (1)
Craig Taylor 193-242-278 — 713, Kenny Livengood 234-178-205 — 617, Joel Donato 249-238-158 — 645, Tommy Donato 236-211-213 — 660. Totals: 912-869-854 — 2,635.
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D&D Lawncare (3)
Karrie Blake 167-235-228 — 630, Laura Rotter 225-247-249 — 721, Bill Judge 233-211-180 — 624, Tom Rogers 210-202-199 — 611. Totals: 835-895-856 — 2,586.
A Plus Heating (0)
Marc Fowler 207-232-180 — 619, Mike Nolan 167-213-156 — 536, Bob Faragon 237-205-215 — 657, Phil Kilmartin (absent) 190-190-190 — 570. Totals: 801-840-741 — 2,382.
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Action Bowling Supply (2)
Rit Fazzone 201-196-145 — 542, Bob Messick 256-201-268 — 725, Natasha Bidwell 214-255-182 — 651, Matt Fazzone 274-276-289 — 839. Totals: 945-928-884 — 2,757.
Towne Bowling Academy (1)
Tom Earl 202-181-236 — 619, Don Herrington 180-233-225 — 638, Marty Capullo Jr. 258-258-217 — 733, Debbie Capullo 191-192-224 — 607. Totals: 831-864-902 — 2,597.
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Boulevard Bowl (1)
P.J. Derenzo 246-267-233 — 746, John Mecca 212-209-214 — 635, Ken Wilkins 159-213-190 — 562, Mike Scaccia 247-238-214 — 699. Totals: 864-927-851 — 2,642.
Mohawk Honda (2)
Ed Gumm 255-258-180 — 693, Chip Tashjian 191-215-210 — 616, Ken LaBelle Jr. 235-223-243 — 701, Mark Ray 214-224-279 — 717. Totals: 895-920-912 — 2,727.
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Rollarama (2)
Keith Lawyer 256-238-244 — 738, Dan Rotter 237-176-198 — 611, Steve Horwedel 194-248-224 — 666, Tony Palumbo 215-279-256 — 750. Totals: 902-941-922 — 2,765.
DeCrescente Distributing (1)
Jessica Aiezza 278-259-176 — 713, John Askew 222-203-233 — 658, Scott Rogers 257-205-195 — 657, Liz Kuhlkin 257-227-279 — 763. Totals: 1,014-894-883 — 2,791.
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Falvey Real Estate (1)
Dan Auricchio 235-227-251 — 713, Jeff Young 257-237-246 — 740, Ron Unser 214-222-255 — 691, John Walther III 225-255-199 — 679. Totals: 931-941-951 — 2,823.
J&F Lawn Care (2)
Jason Brown 248-215-268 — 731, R.J. Martinez 289-216-222 — 727, Nick Stricos 202-192-242 — 636, Steve Hallenbeck 227-246-257 — 730. Totals: 946-869-989 — 2,824.
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Downs Roofing (3)
Chris Tinkle 223-258-181 — 662, Nick Barnes 182-187-226 — 595, Ryan Karabin 238-202-220 — 660, Billy Wigand 290-290-221 — 801. Totals: 933-937-848 — 2,718.
Kristel Mechanic (0)
Mel Kristel 227-230-214 — 671, Jeff Whitehouse 190-189-211 — 590, Ed White 233-224-189 — 646, Bryan Kelley 211-214-185 — 610. Totals: 861-857-799 — 2,517.
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Broadway Lanes (3)
Mark Ross 267-253-213 — 733, Helen Waite 217-237-206 — 660, Roy Vanderbogart 253-255-246 — 754, Justin Barcomb 186-224-279 — 689. Totals: 923-969-944 — 2,836.
Vito Sindoni & Son (0)
Scott Chastenay 188-224-225 — 637, Matt DiCerbo 205-227-224 — 656, Rich Strath 259-199-191 — 649, Joe VanDerLinden 226-237-279 — 742. Totals: 878-887-919 — 2,684.

SPORTSMAN’S MAJORS
Standings
Next Level Detailing 28-8, Metroland Photo 25-11, Muny Grille 23-13, The River Road House 23-13, Universal Auto Parts 22-14, The Appliance Specialist 20-16, Bob’s Pro Shop 19-17, Madison Grille 17-19, Team No. 10 16-20, Mike’s Hot Dogs 15-21, I.D.I.D. 5-31, Klonowski’s Pro Shop 3-33.
Match summaries
Universal Auto Parts (1)
Andy Smith 204-203-247 — 654, Dave Henderson 224-211-268 — 703, Chris Smith 236-246-223 — 705, Chris Fedden 234-267-234 — 735. Totals: 898-927-972 — 2,797.
Bob’s Pro Shop (3)
Fred McMahon 208-279-224 — 711, Brian Brown 244-208-180 — 632, Bob Tedesco Jr. 266-194-238 — 698, Bill Rucinski Jr. 209-204-203 — 616. Totals: 927-885-845 — 2,657.
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The Appliance Specialist (0)
Dan Whelan 256-237-179 — 672, Mike Liberatore 226-204-211 — 641, Zach Gravell 191-233-199 — 623, Chris Fawcett 235-244-242 — 721. Totals: 908-918-831 — 2,657.
Team No. 10 (4)
Rob  Mengel 266-162-218 — 646, Cory Buckley 221-183-205 — 609, Tyler Mochrie 201-232-237 — 670, Vacant 200-200-200 — 600. Totals: 888-777-860 — 2,525.
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Mike’s Hot Dogs (0)
Doug Semerad 216-220-206 — 642, Tammy Sader 177-221-198 — 596, Mike Giaquinto 268-201-180 — 649, Kevin Palmer 158-220-174 — 552. Totals: 819-862-758 — 2,439.
Madison Grille (4)
Nick Kallner 180-275-237 — 692, Eric Hilton 269-203-189 — 661, Len Reyngoudt 224-191-242 — 657, Chris Mazone 203-197-214 — 614. Totals: 876-866-882 — 2,624.
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Klonowski’s Pro Shop (0)
Doug Bywater 181-190-199 — 570, Cliff Ruth 204-247-203 — 654, Shane Barnacki 232-179-188 — 599, Jim Petronis 218-214-223 — 655. Totals: 835-830-813 — 2,478.
I.D.I.D. (4)
Tony Fernandez 246-258-201 — 705, Jim Valentino 184-224-201 — 609, Mike Piotrowski 224-233-211 — 668, A.J. Perone 258-2445-235 — 738. Totals: 912-960-848 — 2,720.
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Next Level Detailing (3)
Mike Guidarelli 235-180-217 — 632, Jim Bassotti 190-257-213 — 660, Tom Siatkowski 211-237-267 — 715, Matt Swiatocha 216-193-215 — 624. Totals: 852-867-912 — 2,631.
Metroland Photo (1)
Lee Quivey 184-186-234 — 604, Steve Renzi 214-200-212 — 626, Mike Gallitelli 215-170-233 — 618, B.J. Smith Jr. 280-255-230 — 765. Totals: 893-811-909 — 2,613.
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Muny Grille (0)
Jay Diamond 213-203-228 — 644, Dave Bingham 234-234-211 — 679, John Musto Jr. 239-244-186 — 669, Jamie Diamond 202-244-226 — 672. Totals: 888-925-851 — 2,664.
The River Road House (4)
Christian Chiarito 180-234-194 — 608, Bill Carl 237-236-204 — 677, Kalynn Carl 226-300-277 — 803, Ron Williams 258-249-203 — 710. Totals: 901-1,019-878 — 2,798.

FRANK DEPALMA BOULEVARD CLASSIC
Standings
Boulevard Bowl 24-11, Derenzo’s Tax Service 24-11, Masons Automotive 17-18, Town & Country Lanes 16-19, Kalpro 16-19, D.A. Parisi & Co. 15-20, Downs Roofing 14.5-20.5, Ledies 13.5-21.5.
Match summaries
D.A . Parisi & Co. (1)
John Mecca 212-197-183-205 — 797, Jeff Williams 173-219-212-201 — 805, Ken Wilkins 192-225-177-247 — 841. Totals: 577-641-572-653 — 2,443.
Boulevard Bowl (4)
Mike Liberatore 196-202-207-190 — 795, Brian Hart 238-205-194-223 — 860, Tom Siatkowski 213-245-216-236 — 910. Totals: 647-652-617-649 — 2,565.
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Town & Country Lanes (2)
Terry Ray 162-161-191-235 — 749, Phil James 210-201-268-268 — 947, Anthony Scaccia 171-202-203-191 — 767. Totals: 543-564-662-694 — 2,463.
Derenzo’s Tax Service (3)
P.J. Derenzo 198-279-208-212 — 897, Spark Derenzo 252-224-186-200 — 862, Bob Tuttle 213-203-191-222 — 829. Totals: 663-706-585-634 — 2,588.
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Masons Automotive (4)
Ron Williams 225-238-222-278 — 963, Joe Dunbar 223-178-232-168 — 801, B.J. Smith Jr. 192-243-221-2219 — 875. Totals: 640-659-675-665 — 2,639.
Downs Roofing (1)
Craig Smith 257-256 — 513, Mike Piotrowski 229-215-201-279 — 915, Ryan Karabin 235-225-215-183 — 858, Craig Smith 161-176 — 337. Totals: 616-616-673-718 — 2,623.
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Ledies (1)
Kathy Bryk 202-207-192-182 — 783, Mark Hansen 213-205-243-258 — 919, Dan Bryk 254-236-206-183 — 879. Totals: 669-648-641-623 — 2,581.
Kalpro (4)
Keith Lawyer 227-236-216-225 — 904, Kyle Wilkins 198-171-210-218 — 797, Joe Carusone 245-188-267-256 — 956. Totals: 670-595-693-699 — 2,657.

REIS GROUP KIM BROWN MEMORIAL MIXED DOUBLES
Standings
Towne Bowling Academy 140-60, Never Enough Performance 126-74, A Touch of Country Florist 124.5-75.5, Sindoni Sausage 122-78, Boulevard Bowl 120-80, Capital District Mobile Vet 113.5-86.5, Revolutions Pro Shop 110-90, 518 Auto 109.5-90.5, Loyal Nutrition 109-91, DeCrescente Distributing 105.5-94.5, GPC Solar Control 103-97, Next Level Detailing 99-101, Sportsman’s Bowl 997.5-102.5, Pete’s Auto Parts 90-110, Solid Surface 82-118, 15 Church 80.5-119.5, Strike & Spare Pro Shop 79-121, Bellevue Builder 709.5-129.5, Jackie Goodell Keller Williams 709.5-129.5, A Plus Heating & Cooling 48-152.
Match summaries
15 Church (12)
Aliyah Liberatore 229-217-215-256 — 917, Ben Empie 185-173-214-204 — 776. Totals: 491-467-506-537 — 2,001.
Loyal Nutrition (8)
Amber Dominic 222-209-257-172 — 860, Vinny Struffolino 205-221-226-152 — 804. Totals: 476-479-532-373 — 1,860.
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Towne Bowling Academy (19)
Debbie Capullo 234-223-194-244 — 895, Tony Palumbo 200-278-248-258 — 984. Totals: 457-524-465-525 — 1,971.
A Plus Heating & Cooling (1)
Michelle Largeteau 130-117-113-171 — 531 Zack Porter 203-199-222-256 — 880. Totals: 411-394-413-505 — 1,723.
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A Touch of Country Florist (11.5)
Janelle Irwin 269-279-192-202 — 942, Steve Irwin 245-202-217-220 — 884. Totals: 549-516-444-457 — 1,966.
Jackie Goodell Keller Williams (8.5)
Nicole D’Amario 188-150-191-192 — 721, Tom Rogers 202-201-248-227 — 878. Totals: 444-405-493-473 — 1,815.
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Revolutions Pro Shop (11)
Lindsey McPhail 213-243-194-191 — 841, Don Herrington 247-192-289-232 — 960. Totals: 480-455-503-443 — 1,881.
DeCrescente Distributing (9)
Natasha Bidwell 191-259-202-221 — 873, Scott Rogers 161-236-194-214 — 805. Totals: 378-521-422-461 — 1,782.
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Strike & Spare Pro Shop (12)
Jackie Malone 225-224-220-216 — 885, Paul Dumas 199-247-220-256 — 922. Totals: 457-504-473-505 — 1,939.
Never Enough Performance (8)
Kate Clark 236-236-180-212 — 884, Dave McLear 215-217-257-213 — 902. Totals: 481-403-467-475 — 1,906.
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Bellevue Builder (9.5)
Ursula Pasquerella 193-181-215-159 — 748, Bill Nolan 181-187-198-179 — 745. Totals: 425-419-464-389 — 1,697.
Pete’s Auto Parts (10.5)
Jenn Schissler 168-183-218-160 — 729, Chuckie Schissler 195-213-235-171 — 814. Totals: 408-441-498-376 — 1,723.
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Next Level Detailing (17)
Kris Impellizzeri 245-190-215-202 — 852, Matt Swiatocha 269-247-247-237 — 1,000. Totals: 537-460-485-462 — 1,944.
Sportsman’s Bowl (3)
Erika Poje 179-186-194-193 — 752, Joe Wolf 253-200-243-190 — 886. Totals: 478-432-483-429 — 1,822.
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Solid Surface (2)
Cheyanne McPhail 234-200-192-182 — 808, Austin Zullo 152-194-255-208 — 809. Totals: 435-443-496-439 — 1,813.
Boulevard Bowl (18)
Lisa Rathbun-Read  234-206-248-214 — 902, Cliff Ruth 254-196-208-235 — 893. Totals: 535-449-503-496 — 1,983.
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Capital District Mobile Vet (5.5)
Chris Allen-Valenzuela 214-238-218-233 — 903, John Askew 247-214-213-176 — 850. Totals: 483-474-453-431 — 1,841.
518 Auto (14.5)
Kaitlyn Goodermote 247-259-210-184 — 900, Nick Barnes 234-197-203-187 — 821. Totals: 527-502-459-417 — 1,905.
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Sindoni Sausage (18)
Liz Kuhlkin 248-227-246-247 — 968, Joe VanDerLinden 297-279-224-258 — 1,058. Totals: 549-510-474-509 — 2,042.
GPC Solar Control (2)
Elizabeth Criscuolo 163-197-176-163 — 699, Gabe Criscuolo 225-220-210-201 — 856. Totals: 464-493-462-4409 — 1,859.

AMSTERDAM MEN’S CITY LEAGUE
Standings
Imperial Lanes 102-66, R&J Sheetmetal 96-72, JLD 93-75, Excellent Autos 93-75, Skyview Lounge 91-77, Trim Builders 83-85, Bob Co. Video 80-88, Kyle’s Bounce Re 78-90, Advantage Builders 77-91, Bye 0-0.
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