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September 22, 2010 Sports Reporter

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The East's Most Read Bowling Weekly 
Sports Reporter
The Nation's Leading Bowling Tournament Newspaper Since 1940
Vol. 71 No. 29 September 22 - 28, 2010 50 cents
Johnny Petraglia Wins PBAHowell Lanes Senior Open
 Joins Dick Weber as Second Player with PBA Titles in Six Decades
Anthony Leone, Roger Gardner,Richard DowneyTo be Installed into NJ Hall of Fame
On Saturday September 25,2010, Anthony Leone, Roger Gardner, and Richard Downeywill be installed into the NewJersey State Hall of Fame as ahighlight of the 2010 New JerseyState Jamboree, September 24-26,2010, at the Grand Hotel in CapeMay, NJ, hosted by the NJ StateUSBC BA.Leone and Gardner were electedto the Bowling Achievement cate-gory and Downey was elected inthe Veterans category.Anthony “Duke” Leone of Manville New Jersey has been anactive bowler in Somerset-Hunterdon, Union and MorrisCounty bowling associations andthe New Jersey State Bowlingassociation for over 20 years.During that time, he has amassedan impressive array of titles andawards, which have earned himthe respect of being one the pre-mier bowlers in Somerset – Hunterdon and Union counties.Leone’s achievements include participating for 20years in the NJSBA state tournament, winningtwo NJSBA titles, 2006 team and2008 singles and winning titles inseveral county associationsaround the stateRoger Gardner of Somerset NewJersey, has been bowling through-out the state of New Jersey for over thirty-five years. While hisaccomplishments on the lanes areimpressive, his overall impact on bowling reverberates nationwide.He began to make his real impacton the sport in the early 1970swhile he was the proprietor of Carolier Lanes Pro shop. He became closely associated withJohn Petraglia. His collaborationswith Johnny on grip design andcoaching soon led to his associa-tion with many of the finest play-ers locally and on the PBA tour.For years he worked withBrunswick’s Staff of Championsspecializing in bowling ball devel-opment. He was the PBA EasternRegional Players services repre-sentative for five years through thelate 1970s. Roger continuescoaching at all levels from begin-ners to PBA Champions. For the past ten years, he has been mentor and coach for five time UntiedStates and International amateur  bowler of the year Tim Mack.Gardner’s achievements include participating for over 20years inthe NJSBA state tournament,wnning three NJSBA titles, oneteam and two singles, winningtitles in several county associa-tions around the state, and aver-aged 200 for 26 years at theABC/USBC National tournamentRichard “Dick” Downey of Manchester New Jersey, wasactive within the state of NewJersey, participating in Essex,Bergen, Passaic and Union coun-ties. He is currently 71 years old.He was a prominent bowler in thevenues in which he participated,namely the ABC National tourna-ment, BPAA National tourna-ments, PBA tournaments and the NJSBA championship tourna-ment, winning or place high inmany of them. In 1964, his bowl-ing career was suddenly interrupt-ed when he had a serious autoaccident. After spending 8 monthsin the hospital, Dick returned to bowling showing a dedication andlove for the game.Downey’s accomplishmentsinclude accumulating most of hisachievements in the 1950s, 1960s,and 1970s, maintaining a 15 yr composite average of 194, anddemonstrating outstandingachievement by winning National,State and Local titlesHOWELL, N.J. – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., defeated David Kneas of Annapolis,Md., 245-189, to win the PBA East Region Howell Lanes Senior Openat Howell Lanes, and join the legendary Dick Weber as only the sec-ond player to win PBA titles in six decades.Petraglia won the first of his 14 PBA Tour titles in Fort Smith, Ark.,in 1966 at age 19. A week later, he joined the U.S. Army and didn’t bowl on Tour again until 1969. With Sunday’s title, he also has 12PBA Regional titles along with seven PBA Senior Tour titles.Weber won his first PBA title in the PBA’s second event ever – the1959 Paramus Eastern Open in Paramus, N.J. – and his final title in aPBA Midwest Regional event in Taylorville, Ill., on Jan. 20, 2002.“I’d still like to win a national, but winning a regional… Just to belinked with Dick Weber, you did something,” the 63-year-old left-han-der said.“The way it turned out was really terrific because it happened at myhome lanes,” Petraglia added. “I qualified eighth and struggled throughmatch play, but I got just barely through it. There were only four of usleft, but I found something. I used a different ball, a different way to play lanes and it worked while everyone else was struggling. The lastcouple of matches were pretty easy, which was fine with me.“My family was there, too. Itwas the first time my son (John Jr.)had ever seen me win in person.Every other time he saw me winwas on TV or on tape.“I’m extremely happy,” Petragliacontinued. “Doing something thatDick Weber did really makes youfeel like you have accomplishedsomething. He’s the standard bear-er, the guy who got us started.”Petraglia defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 226-166, andKneas edged Bob Brady of Santa Monica, Calif., 182-181, in the semi-final round to set up the championship match.Kneas earned $825 for second place. Bower and Brady each earned$700 as semifinal round losers.
PBA photo
Champion Johnny Petraglia(center) with Sharon Nasta, managerof Howell Lanes and Neil Feingold owner of Howell Lanes.
Johnny Petraglia, Sr. and Jr.Babylon, NY: The Long IslandGenerations Bowlers Tour (LIGBT)) ran its 20th and finalevent of Season 2 with more than225 bowlers where two brand newchampions were crowned, eachwinning $1,000, and they wereHandicap Champion RichardWalker of Brooklyn, NY andScratch Champion BrandonRobertson of Clinton, CT. A total of 55 bowlers advanced to the finalsvying for over $9,000 in prizemoney.The scratch tournament attracted83 entries over two squads. The two49 & under squad leaders and thehigh senior of the day each earned a bye in the finals. The bye winnerswere; Anthony Pepe, Queens, NY(4pm) with a 913, Dan Brezo,Coram NY (7pm) with a 982 andsenior leader Tim Regan, E. Northport, NY with an 842 series.The 3 bye winners were all guaran-teed a minimum of $150.The scratch final shootout wasexciting as Brandon, the eventualchampion, was in third place after 7frames. But Brandon struck out fromthe seventh frame on to shoot a 221and secure his first LIGBT title.Finishing second was AnthonyPepe who earned $500 with a 202game. Third place winner was super senior bowler Norm Ginsberg Sr.,W. Babylon, NY who shot a 155and took home $300.The handicap event attracted 146entries for the two squads. A total of 36 bowlers advanced to the finalswith the two squad leaders, KenHarrison, Queens, NY 722 (4pmsquad) Scott Parker 758 (7pmsquad) earning 1 bye. Richard’sroad to the title had him go throughfour rounds in the finals. In the first3 rounds Rich Rich shot handicapgames of 237, 261, and 250. In thefinal game Rich started strong witha double and finished with a 180scratch game and 236 handicapgame. That was good enough by 3 pins over the second place finisher Scott Parker of Arverne, NY.Finishing third was Eddie Shacaloof Brooklyn (211- 148 scratch) whoearned $300. Fourth place went toJohn Harris, Riverhead, NY whorolled a 210 (165 scratch) andearned $250. The handicap prizefund paid out $4,950.
Richard Walker, Brandon Robertson LIGBT Champs
The pros are and should bevery welcome. They really arefine athletes.What makes a good pro?In fully evaluating pro bowlersyou can't use money winnings asthe only guide. Scoring averagescan be deceiving too because theyaren't always what they seem.Pros bowl primarily to earnmoney. That is number one. Theaim of every sport is to scorewell, so that is important too.Yet, a pro bowler can finishhigh in total earnings by winningor placing high in the more lucra-tive events, even if failing badlyin others.As to scoring, some bowlers areshirkers. When they're far downin the standings, they merely gothrough the motions in their finalgames or frames.This lowerstheir overall average and doesn'treflect the true ability they showwhen higher in the hunt.Other bowlers shoot for everypin in every game as though itmeant a title, and some bowlersrack up big scores when all theymean is a boost in average. Therereally is no right or wrong ineither type of bowler. Most shirk-ers don't do it on purpose, andthe never say die bowlers knowof no other way to play the game.This all evolves through habitor because of inborn personalitytraits, the things that make upbowlers, as all people, and makethem different. In charting a probowler it is necessary to take intoconsideration his athletic ability,personality, clutch talent, andattitude on winning and losing.Timing, and maybe a little luck,is important.If a bowler could save his bestscores for the events paying$100,000 or more for first, hecould have a big year with fewwins.In some events it takes a 250average to win. In others, 220does the job. Any decent procan average up to 220 on agiven week. And over the sea-son, rolling on various lane con-ditions, moving on lanes, in dif-ferent surroundings, the toppros average from 220 to 229.Don't confuse that with themany house bowlers who aver-age much more than that, bowl-ing each week on the same lanesin league play where the easiestscoring conditions prevail.That's no knock on them. Youbowl with the equipment youhave on the conditions you meetor choose. Realistically, bowlerscan be informally rated muchas golfers, on different pars fordifferent courses, with estimat-ed bowling pars on varying laneconditions.The only real consistent thingabout bowling is the inconsis-tencies, particularly in scoring.Every bowler feels that hisgame, night, or tournament iscoming. Putting the perform-ance in the right place is anoth-er matter. It's what dreams aremade of.When it comes time to ratingthe pros, don't forget theunknown factors previouslymentioned. Do remember, theyare without doubt the greatestbowlers in the world, particu-larly when you look at theirrecords for more than 1,000games in tournament play eachyear. They can score on anytype of lane condition andunder the most stressful andtrying physical and mental situ-ations.Overall, most bowlers could-n't perform the way top prosdo---even on a pinball machinethat won't tilt.
September 22 - 28, 2010
The East Coast Bowling Centers Convention is coming up on October 11-13 at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. This gala trade show and sym- posium is not just for proprietors either. For me it’s a “mini Bowl Expo”featuring 46 exhibitors on the convention center floor. Additionally, thereare seminars to please every bowling integer palate. Try these:Understand Your Growth Demographics, The Virtual Loop-Social Mediatechnology session, New League Formats, Don’t Worry; Be Happy— Dealing with Stress, Cores, Covers and various ‘Imps and Demons’ by900 Global, Smart Buy, Immediate Savings, The Future of the YouthGame, Social Media-How to Make It Work For Bowling, Bowlopolis,Build Your Kids’ Program, How Healthcare Will Impact Your Business,Operating Smart in a Tough Economy, How Mechanics can Save Moneyand Keep Customers Happy, BPAA Webservices: Website Tips andTricks, Dealing with Bowling Center Claims: The Life of a LiabilityClaim, Bowling 2035, Obama-nomics: What Now? Remodeling Your Center on a Limited Budget, Business Planning = A Successful Business,Food and Beverage Operations A-Z, Storm Products TechnologyPresentation, IBPSIA/ Kegel Training Center Presentation and HowSome Bowling Center Operators are Improving Business in this ToughEconomy.Heck, some of the seminars apply outside of bowling as well. Thenthere are the social gatherings, lunches, dinners, and receptions.Sandwiched in the middle of this event is the 48th Annual MetropolitanBowling Writers Awards Luncheon. For the first time in 48 years, a bowler is named as the Metropolitan Area and National Bowler of theYear. She is Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ. No surprise, right? Other honoreesare: Bill Scheid, past president of Ebonite, earning the Bill Landgraf Award for Excellence, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., National Male Bowler of the Year, Bill O’Neill, Metropolitan Male Bowler of the Year, Henry“Jack” Gonter (posthumously) and Joyce Letourneau, Special Awards.To attend the lunch without the convention, e-mailmcdonough1@aol.com (Dan McDonough). Cost is $40 per person. Also,visit the convention website at http://www.eastcoastbowl.com and check out all the activities!
Joan Taylor’sTen Pin Rap....
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 Dave Valerius
On Friday, Sept 3rd, DaveValerius died of a massive heart
attack. Dave was only 54 yearsold, a former member of thePBA, also a former VicePresident of the USBC/PassaicCounty Bowlers Association.He was also a proud member of the USBC/PCBA Hall of Famewho won many local tourna-ments and cashed in many National Tournaments, somehonor scores were 6-300's, 5-299's and 2-800 series. His highaverage for a season was 224.Those who knew Dave knowhow happy he has been since hismarriage to Stacy Ricker andSept 5th would have marked onlytheir 9 month anniversary. Bothare accomplished avid bowlersand members of the USBC for many years.Dave will be missed by many.
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