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February 12 - 18, 2014 Sports Reporter

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ROCKVILLE CTR, NY – JasonFrench earned top honors in theMonday RVC 4-Man ClassicLeague at Rockville Centre Lanes blasting games of 300-251-279 for an impressive high series of 830.(3 weeks in a row he bowled a 300game).Tom Riccobono hit 290-223-725,Jamaal Braddon 290, Bruno Gerin279-225, Len Ambruso 279-239-257-775, Bill Koste 279, JoeAnderson 235-248-278-761,Matthew Rose 278, John Novichonek 278-235-248-761,David Goldman 279-268-750, andDanny Dong and Willie Fessler 269.
ARLINGTON, Texas - United StatesBowling Congress (USBC) ExecutiveDirector Stu Upson has resigned his position with the organization effectiveimmediately."On behalf of USBC, I want to thank Stu for all he has done for the organiza-tion and our sport," USBC PresidentAndrew Cain said. "Under Stu's leader-ship we have been able to accomplish anumber of important goals in furtheringour strategic plan. As we enter the next phase of our program, we will be lookingto new leadership to further enhance bowling and serve the millions of Americans who enjoy our sport.""I have enjoyed working with theUSBC Board, executive team and our members to help advance the sport we alllove," Upson said. "While there is stillmore work to do, I am confident that I am leaving theUSBC in a stronger and better position. I am grateful for the support and friendships I have gained during my tenureand know that great things are ahead for both the leadershipand members of USBC."Chad Murphy has been named Interim ExecutiveDirector of the United States BowlingCongress (USBC) by President AndrewCain. Murphy currently serves as theInternational Bowling Campus (IBC)Managing Director of YouthDevelopment, a position he's held sinceJanuary of 2012. Murphy will continuein his role supervising IBC YouthDevelopment in addition to InterimExecutive Director duties for USBC.Murphy served as Director of Youthfor the Bowling Proprietors' Associationof America before being elevated to hisrole with IBC Youth Development.Prior to joining the IBC, Murphy heldmanagement positions at ColumbiaIndustries and Ebonite. Earlier in hiscareer, he worked as a team member onthe Professional Bowlers Associationand Professional Women's BowlingAssociation tours for Columbia 300. He is a former mem- ber of Team USA and his playing honors include a silver medal at the 1998 World Tenpin Team Cup in Amsterdamand he was also part of the Ebonite Nitro/R's team that wontwo Grand Championships at the Brunswick World TeamChallenge Series in 1994 and 1996.
Jason Belmonte Defeats Sean Rash in First PBA Super Clash
By Jerry Schneider
Bill Law 300 at Farmingdale
STATEN ISLAND, NY – WillieVeniscofski blasted a 300 game inthe Joe Brezinski MemorialLeague at Rab’s Country Lanes.Tom Hollywood shot 279-258-734, Joe Goodheart 266 -736,Louis Mester 279-728, MikeKeavlana 278-671, Frank Lieggi266, Rob Reimann 257, and SeanLiotone 247.
Willie Veniscofski 300 at Rab’s
FARMINGDALE, NY – Bill Lawearned top honors in theWednesday Early Men HandicapLeague at Farmingdale Lanes fir-ing games of 300 and 252 for ahigh series of 765.Bay Stauder rolled 279-222-245-746, Robert Leventhal 278-200,Ron Hasemann 278, AnthonyGatterdam 269-224, AnthonyLupoll 247-221-268-736, JoeCaracciolo 267-247-702, JosephKelch 262-247-697, Frank Magro226-212-259-697, Paul Verderosa258-228-247-733, and Jeff Gallo258-236-733.
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Professional BowlersAssociation’s fiercest rivalry between the two most recentPBA Players of the Year took center stage on ESPN in aSuper Bowl Sunday head-to-head battle. In the end, 2012-13PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte claimed an overallvictory over 2011-12 Player of the Year Sean Rash in theinaugural PBA Super Clash.The PBA Super Clash at Thunderbowl Lanes consisted of three games with the winner of each game earning $2,000and the player accumulating the highest three-game pinfalltotal winning a $10,000 grand prize.The duel didn’t disappoint with Belmonte winning game one,258-238. Rash turned the tables in the second game, 258-241,with Belmonte taking a three-pin lead into the final match.While both players had potentially game-changing splits thatresulted in open frames – Rash left the unusual 3-4-6-7 in thefourth and Belmonte an equally rare 6-7-9 in the sixth – Belmonte was able to maintain the edge with four-strikestrings from the second through fifth frames and again fromthe seventh through 10th frames to win the final match, 244-222, and the overall match, 743-718.Belmonte enjoyed the spoils of a Clash win that came on theheels of winning the 2014 Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, his thoughts turned to the potential of the eventand how much PBA fans would like to see that kind of rival-ry play out in the future.“I don’t want to lose the traditional way we compete on tour, but if the sport needs something like this to build momentum,I think it’s great,” said Belmonte. “In this case you had two people who don’t particularly like each other competinghead-to-head and, as a participant, I thought it was prettyexciting. But ultimately it will be up to the fans and how theylike it.”Belmonte also believed the made-for-TV event might pro-vide an opportunity to showcase matchups fans would like tosee more often.“You could have a Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) vs. Pete Weber match-up or whoever,” Belmonte, a two-handed player,added. “There’s an opportunity with this kind of event to bring different types of bowlers together to see how theymatch up. I’ll bowl anyone and I know most of the guys outhere feel the same way.“This is another way to think about bowling if we need toincorporate some more entertainment,” Belmonte added.“Again, I want to keep tradition, but if this can help us, I’mall for it.”Like Belmonte, Rash also likes the potential for the clash for-mat.“I think everybody saw a good show and I hope the fansenjoyed it,” Rash said. “This is something we talked aboutdoing for a while, just waiting for the right opportunity. “It’sa great idea and you can put together some great clashes.”During the telecast fans also were able to see point-of-viewvideo images from Belmonte via “Belmo-Vision” – provided by his Google Glass headset. Belmonte used the innovativewearable computer that provides 720 dpi video for the firsttime during Tournament of Champions qualifying.
February 12 - 19, 2014
NYS USBC to Induct Traci Spanitz, Benny Appleby, Margaret Lancaster Into State Bowling Hall of Fame
 Randy Hanks, Lee Christopher to Receive Special Awards
Traci Spanitz of Rochester,Benny Appleby of Auburn andMargaret Lancaster of Marion arethe 2014 inductees into the NewYork State USBC Hall of Fame.Spanitz and Appleby will beenshrined into the Superior Performance categories whileLancaster will go into theMeritorious Service category.The NYS USBC also has select-ed Randy Hanks, owner of Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion (GeneseeRegion zUSBC), to receive theProprietor/Manager RecognitionAward, and Lee Christopher of Groton (Ithaca USBC) to receivethe Service to Youth Award.All five will be honored at the NYS USBC Hall of Fame andAwards banquet at 7 p.m. May 31at DoubleTree by Hilton HotelBinghamton, 225 Water St.,Binghamton, NY, 13901. Ticketsfor the dinner are $35 per person,and can be purchased by contact-ing Mike Pettinella, NYS USBCassociation manager, at 585-343-3736 or at: bowlny300@yahoo.com.Spanitz, the 2000 NYS Queenschampion and 2007 NYSWomen’s Championships singlesand all-events champion, has animpressive resume that includes 17300 games, six 800 series, numer-ous Rochester USBC WBA leagueand tournament records and titles,and 19 medals in the Empire StateGames.A 16-year participant in NYSUSBC tournaments, the Rochester USBC WBA Hall of Famer hasrolled two 300 games and an 800series in the NYS Women’sChampionships and here 2,261 all-events score in 2007 is a staterecord. She also holds eightRochester City records --includinghigh four-game series (1,081 in1999), women five-player teamgame (1,242 in 2006) and womenfive-player series (3,610 in 2006 – which remains a national record) – and is a four-time Rochester Queens champion.Her 752 tied for the high series atthe USBC Women’sChampionships in 2002. Spanitzconsistently has averaged 220 or  better, with high averages of 233the past two seasons.Appleby, a NYS OpenChampionships participant for 30of the past 33 years, has 10 800series, hundreds of 700 series and25 perfect games. He has threestate team titles and two state dou- bles titles to his credit – includinga record 1,587 effort in 2001 – andhe was a member of two teams thattied for seventh place in 2012 inSouth Glens Falls.A 235 average bowler in 2005,he is a member of the AuburnUSBC BA Hall of Fame, a three-time Auburn Masters championand has a composite average of 195 over 36 USBC Championshiptournaments.He has been involved in all areasof bowling, including running a pro shop, managing a bowling cen-ter and lane maintenance. As amember of the ProfessionalBowlers Association from 1979-85, he qualified for many regionaltournaments.Lancaster has served the sport of  bowling at the national, state andlocal levels for the past 40 years.She has been an official withWomen’s 600 Bowling Clubs sincethe early 1980’s, and currently isthe New York State Women’s 600Bowling Club secretary-treasurer  – a position she has held since1985. She served as a NYSWomen’s 600 Bowling Club direc-tor for eight years prior to that, par-ticipating in all committees andwas the director for Region 2.At the national level, Lancaster was the 600 Club secretary-trea-surer for 12 years, while also serv-ing as a teller during that time.Locally, she organized the 600Club in 1978 and served as its president for 28 years. She alsowas a Wayne County WBA direc-tor, vice president, president andsecretary-treasurer and the WaycoJunior Bowling Association direc-tor and secretary-treasurer.She is a member of the WayneCounty WBA and NYS Women’s600 Bowling Club Halls of Fame.She was a local delegate to USBCmeetings for 40 years and alsoserved as a junior bowling coachand a certified lane inspector. A participant in 45 USBC Women’sChampionship tournaments,Lancaster won state regional titlesin 1980 and 2001.Hanks, since purchasing Oak Orchard Bowl about seven yearsago, has invested much time andmoney to not only improve hiscenter and increase his league bowler base, but also to promotethe Genesee Region USBC and the New York State USBC.In his role as vice president of the GRUSBC, Hanks writes amonthly newsletter to reach asso-ciation bowlers, provides news tothe local media and coordinates a proprietors’ group to address com-mon concerns. At Oak OrchardBowl, he is supported by his wifeand three children, who also love bowling and share his desire to seemore people enjoy the sport.He is a member of the NYSBowling Proprietors Association, afounding member of the YouthBowlers Tour, a delegate to the NYS USBC Annual Meeting and aco-director of the GRUSBC YouthTravel League. He also is eager tohost bowling tournaments to assistcharitable organizations and fami-lies suffering from hardship. A prime example of that was the ben-efit no-tap tourney for Bowlers toVeterans Link last May at Oak Orchard Bowl.Christopher has been a youth bowling coach for 23 years for theIthaca USBC and is a USBC LevelI instructor and Dick Ritger Level4 coach. He has coordinated a bowling camp for youth from theages of 8 to 15 since 1997 for theLansing Recreation program and isin his second year as the coach of the Lansing High School varsity bowling team.A local delegate to the NYSUSBC Annual Meeting,Christopher is a strong proponentof youth tournaments, entering hisyoung bowlers into events such asthe NYS Pepsi, Team and YouthScholarship tournaments, and sev-eral tournaments in the Ithaca area.This year, Bowl-O-Drome inIthaca is hosting the NYS YouthScholarship Region 3 Tournament.
Mike DeFrancescoHit 750 at Parkway
ELMWOOD PARK, NJ – MikeDeFrancesco led all pin attackerswith scores of 259-257-234 for ahigh series of 750 in theWednesday, Teterboro BowlingLeague, at Parkway Lanes.Raymond Sisco rolled 277-723,Peter Honan 247-721, EdBakelaar Jr 279-713, Paul Stuart245-709, Eddie Rojas 258-706,Adam DeFrancesco 257-706, TomSchlomann 276-693, Carl Haight246-683, Joe Donnarumma 267-678, Jim Viola 246-676, andCarole DeGroot 268-676.
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February 12 - 19, 2014
SEATTLE – Eighteen bowlerswere recognized for their achieve-ments in the seven ProfessionalBowlers Association regions asrecipients of Player of the Year,Rookie of the Year and PBA50Player of the Year awards, PBARegional and PBA50 Tour Director John Weber announcedtoday.In the Northwest and WestRegions, six-time PBA Tour win-ner Chris Warren of Grants Pass,Ore., earned Player of the Year honors for the second consecutiveyear. It was his fifth award in the Northwest and third in the West.He won two titles in each region,had six other top-five finishes inthe West and three more top-threefinishes in the Northwest.Dean Richards of Tacoma,Wash., earned Rookie of the Year honors in the Northwest and Westthanks to winning two events inthe Northwest and one in the West.Two-time Tour winner KentWagner of Reno, Nev., earned hisfirst Northwest and West PBA50Player of the Year honors with thehelp of two wins in each region.In the Southwest Region, JoeFindling of Mesquite, Texas,earned his first Player of the Year honor by winning two tournamentsand finishing third twice. Roger Petrin of Bel Air, Kan., was select-ed as Rookie of the Year after win-ning one event, finishing secondtwice and fourth once. PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, earned his firstPBA50 Player of the Year honor after winning one title.In the Midwest, Dave Beres of Waukesha, Wis., earned his firstPlayer of the Year award after twowins and one fifth-place finish.Eric George of Waite Park, Minn.,won Rookie of the Year honorsafter winning one title. PBA Hallof Famer and 2013 PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year Pete Weber won his first PBA50 MidwestPlayer of the Year award with threewins, three second-place and onethird-place finish in the sevenevents he entered.In the Central Region, PBA Tour rookie E.J. Tackett of Huntington,Ind., earned his first Player of theYear honor with one title, one sec-ond, five fourth-place and a fifth- place finish. T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., earned DanOttman Rookie of the Year honorswith a best finish of eighth, twomatch play appearances and four cashes. Kenny Parks of Hammond,Ind., earned his third PBA50Player of the Year honor after win-ning two titles and eight other top-five finishes including four sec-ond-place finishes.Four-time Tour winner RyanShafer of Horseheads, N.Y., earnedhis second consecutive EastRegion Player of the Year title after four wins, one third-place and onefifth-place finish. Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y. won theRookie of the Year nod with a bestfinish of second and three match play appearances. John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., earned his firstPBA50 Player of the Year awardwith four top-five finishes includ-ing one title.Kyle Troup of Hickory, N.C.,earned his first Player of the Year award in the South Region withtwo wins, one second-place andtwo third-place finishes. AnthonyColosimo of Pembroke Pines, Fla.,earned Rookie of the Year with a best finish of eighth and two match play appearances in four tourna-ments. Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., earned his secondPBA50 Player of the Year withthree wins, two runner-up and four third place finishes. Baker alsomade match play in all 13 tourna-ments he entered.The PBA also announced its PatPatterson Award winners, selected by PBA Regional TournamentDirectors in recognition of contri- butions made to their respectiveregional programs. Winners are:Frank Miceli, Elk Grove Village,Ill., who earned his third consecu-tive award in the Midwest region;PBA Hall of Famer Dave Husted,Milwaukie, Ore. (Northwest);Bryan Williams, Plumas, Calif.(West); David Tullos, Spring,Texas (Southwest); Tony Johnson,Canton, Ohio (Central); CecilRaymond, Sicklerville, N.J.,(East), and Todd Wilson,Summerfield, N.C., (South).The PBA conducted 160 region-al and senior regional events dur-ing the 2012-13 season. Amongthose 160 events were six RegionalPlayers Invitational tournamentsthat awarded the winners of each aspot in World Series of Bowling Vand ultimately determined sixfinalists for the first RPI Finals.
PBA 2012-13 Regional Award Winners
By Jerry Schneider
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