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Vol. 71 No. 49 February 9 - 15, 2011 . 50 cents

Ryan Ciminelli Wins PB Earl Anthony Memorial John Adams Rolled 805
By Bill Vint -PBA Media Relations
At North Arlington Bowl
DUBLIN, Calif. – In his fourth season
NO. ARLINGTON, NJ – John Vicente 279-730, Mike Rovetto
competing on the Lumber Liquidators
Adams topped the scoring in the 256-730, Sherman Thomas 267-
Professional Bowlers Association Tour, Sunday Morning Trios League at 725, Rick Warren 247-720, Will
Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., North Arlington Bowl firing a 279 Frazier 268-716, Jim Giancarlo
broke through to win his first title Sunday game for a high series of 805. 280-713, Mark Silva 277-711,
in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Juan Almonte hit 279-765, Keith Rob Mockenhaupt 278-702,
Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Dobers 268-745, John LoGuidace Randy Battistus 268-702, and
Bowl. 266-743, Anthony Buonanno 279- Danny Palomino 277-700.
In a battle of lefthanders in the champi- 734, Pete Honan 279-730, Gary
onship match, the 24-year-old Ciminelli
defeated Tour veteran and 13-time Tour
titlist Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel,
Paul Harney Hit 300
Fla., 237-215, to win the $20,000 first At Majestic Lanes
prize. HOPELAWN, NJ – Paul Harney 213 for a high series of 735.
Ciminelli’s previous best Tour finishes earned top honors in the Tuesday Matthew Manenty rolled 206-
were second in the 2009 PBA Cheetah Nite Trios League at Majestic 210-608, Anthony Tremarco 216,
and Viper Championships and third in the Lanes firing games of 222-300- and Mike Newman 211.
2010 United States Bowling Congress
“Even though I didn’t win last year I
Mark Colaizzo Blasted 300
had a good year and just didn’t want to go
back into a slump,” Ciminelli said.
At Farmingdale Lanes
“Sometimes I think you have to go FARMINGDALE, NY – Mark Farmingdale Lanes.
through the losing part first to prepare Colaizzo found the line and blast- Ron Demuth, Jr. shot 279, Carl
yourself to win.” ed a 300 game while rolling in the Fucci, Jr. 269, Paul Mazza 268,
As the top seed for the tournament, Wednesday Men’s League at and Bay Stauder 267.
Ciminelli felt this was his best opportuni-
ty to win a title and as a result lost a lot of Ryan Ciminelli Wins PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial
PBA photo
For-Li Chan Posted 300
sleep the night before the finals. for First Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Title .
“I probably only got four or five hours At North Levittown Lanes
of sleep last night,” Ciminelli said. “But every time I “Ryan got off to a strong start and I just couldn’t catch LEVITTOWN, NY – For-Li Chan Mike Crea rolled a 257 game fol-
closed my eyes I visualized a lot of scenarios and hoped him,” Allen said. “He bowled great and I’m happy for blasted a 300 game for a 713 lowed by Ronnie Simon tossing
this would be the outcome so I’m extremely relieved. him. series in the Friday Hockey Fans 245-244, and Mike Hogan rolled a
“I was bowling against one of my heroes in a tourna- “I haven’t bowled well since late last year so this was League at North Levittown Lanes. 237 game.
ment named after one of the greatest bowlers of all- a confidence booster for me. I bowled well against
time so it was even more than I could ask for.” Tommy
lucky to
(Jones) in the first match but was probably
win against Pete but overall it was a good tour-
Chris Pagano 300 at T-Bowl II
In the semifinal match Allen defeated PBA Hall of
Famer and 35-time Tour titlist Pete Weber who finished nament for me.” WAYNE, NJ- Chris Pagano blast- Jr. and Chuck D’Angelo 258, Jim
In the opening match, Allen defeated another 13-time ed a 300 game in the Guys & Hosier 256, and Keri May 246-
third, 212-206, to advance to the final.
Tour winner, Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C., who Dolls League at T-Bowl II. 226-667.
Even though Allen had to settle for second he was
finished fourth, 226-223. Dan Barker 279, Manny Costa,
encouraged by his finish.

Rob Grexer, Alex Cavagno, Brian Ziesig, Mike Jochade Karl Kastner 300 at Plaza Lanes
MADISON, NJ – Karl Kastner Fred Crowell hit 267-757, Trevor
Roll 300 Games at North Levittown Lanes tossed twelve strikes in a row to Bogert 735, Oren Warter 731,
tally a 300 game while competing Andrew Stephens 269, Stephanie
LEVITTOWN, NY – Rob Grexer, Alex Mike Pellerito shot 289-782, Mike Wodzinksi
in the Wednesday Trio League at Rahn 267-703, and Felice
Cavagnaro, Brian Ziesig and Mike Jochade each 279-278-783, Freddy Cohen 278, Anthony M.
Plaza Lanes. Schneier 218.
blasted a 300 game to share the high game spot- DeJoseph 277-285, Gary Shultis 289, Carl
light in the Thursday Expressway Glass Trios Meinhardt 278, Lou Barbera 279-277, John
League at North Levittown Lanes. Lennen 279, and Freddy Cohen 288.
Frank Picciotto 277-750
At Montvale Lanes
Ray Smarsh 300 at Brunswick Zone Carolier By Larry Diebner
NO. BRUNSWICK, NJ – Ray Smarsh blasted a 300 Friend 232-278-247-757, Josh Germain 236-248- MONTVALE, NJ - Frank Diebner 259-711, Ed McAuliffe
game in the Middlesex County Major League at 259-743, Matt Freiver 268-259-292-729, Kevin Picciotto fired scores of 277-236- 279-710, Eric Honor 246-704,
Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes. Harrity 234-209-279-722, Pete Danyo, Jr. 224-269- 237 for a 750 series to lead all Mike Almodovar 245-703, Nick
Rudy Johnson shot 265-278-244-787 to take high 222-715, Nikki Bucci 260-259-711, and Lee Gall scoring in the Thursday Nite Early DeLia 247-693, Steve Scorzetti
series honors followed by Matt Hage bowling 269- 201-216-286-703. Bird League at Montvale Lanes. 269-688, and Bill Allison 286-
276-237-782, Greg Tobias 267-258-247-772, Ryan Mark Plowman 259-717, Larry 686.
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ROCKAWAY ROLLERS PBA’s Tournament of Champions

Keith Garrison 783
Chris Morris 706
ROCKAWAY, NJ – Chris Morris
Receives International Attention
Garrison topped the scoring in the led the scoring in the Tuesday By Bill Vint -PBA Media Relations
County Tuesday Night Mixed Night Mixed League firing a SEATTLE, Wash. (Jan. 28, 2011) - From ESPN ing,” Schreyer said. “I don’t know where this show
League firing a 279 game for a 267 game for a high series of SportsCenter to Sports Illustrated. From Jim Rome’s TV ranks in the history of the PBA Tour, but I easily can say
high series of 783. 706. show to Norman Chad’s syndicated column. it was the greatest show I have been associated with in
Danny Nykforuk hit 246-669, Dan Richards hit 279, Joe Mainstream sports media heavyweights have used time my 10 years with the organization. Everything was
Tyron Roberts 254-673, Gene Pirrello 237, James Lindsay and space to re-tell the unforgettable story of the richest spectacular, including Tom Daugherty’s 100, and we
Pukas 253, Linda Barber 215, 235-646, and Kara Cook 203. tournament in Professional Bowlers Association history, should all feel proud about what we accomplished. We
Sandy Turner and Brenda Stewart In the Women’s League Tammy the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions, which demonstrated to the industry, and our television audi-
205. Baldwin shot 236-622, Susan concluded Saturday, Jan. 22, at Red Rock Lanes in Las ence, how good bowling can be.”
Jack Safkan 737 Chillemi 209, and Annette Rossi Vegas. The telecast also was the first event in a new three-
201. Native Finlander Mika Koivuniemi won the biggest year relationship to air the TOC finals on ABC.
ROCKAWAY, NJ – Jack Safkan
In the NorBu Lodge League first prize in PBA history ($250,000) when he defeated “We are happy with the start of a new Tournament of
led the scoring in the Foursome
Frank Grumka hit 243-636, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 269-207, for the Champions tradition on Saturday on ABC, and encour-
League firing a 278 game for a
Roger McKeon 237-644, Dave title. The victory, and Koivuniemi’s remarkable, record- aged by the increase in viewers over the course of the
high series of 737.
Martin 225, and LynnPerry 215. setting 299-100 semifinal win over Tom Daugherty of show,” said PBA COO and Deputy Commissioner Tom
Christopher Casey rolled 268-
Joe Miller 700 Wesley Chapel, Fla., was historic on a number of levels. Clark, noting an increase of 400,000 viewers from the
694, Devin Stuart 268, Brian
It marked the return of pro bowling to its longtime net- first half hour to the pinnacle of 1.3 million viewers tun-
Whtimore 254-635, Shawn Casey ROCKAWAY, NJ – Joe Miller
work home on ABC-TV after a 14-year absence, with ing in. “Moving extremely fast, we have already built an
247-659, and Allen Apgar 241. led the scoring in the Monday
the first-ever PBA telecast in high-definition garnering anxious audience for what will become appointment TV
Tim Panek 723 Early Birds League firing a 279
the largest audience of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators in coming years. The high-definition telecast produced
ROCKAWAY, NJ – Tim Panek game for a high series of 700.
PBA Tour season (averaging more than 1.1 million stunning images and the electricity generated by the
led the scoring in the PBA Jesus Cruz shot 245-636,
viewers), plus a sold-out crowd including a “who’s record-setting purse and packed Red Rock crowd creat-
Experienced League firing a 278 Anthony Genovese 236-630,
who” of bowling industry leaders. ed the perfect stage for the best players in the world.
game for a high series of 723. Ray Berry 235, Duke Nicolian II
In the wake of the telecast, Koivuniemi’s near-perfect “The biggest NFL games of the year were played on
Ken Yokobosky hit 245-638, 249-625, and Sheila Sell 209.
game was re-visited as one of the “Top Plays of the Sunday, but because of the moments only our sport can
Terrance Sanders 231-639, Lies’l In the Monday Nite Football
Weekend” on ESPN’s SportsCenter while Daugherty’s create, the PBA was right there in water cooler discus-
Apgar 224, Gil Torres 223, Chip League Jim Steinmetz hit 259-
100 game made the show’s “Not Top 10 Plays of the sions along with the NFL on Monday morning,” Clark
Vincent and John Houston 207. 619, and Brian Bloete 212.
Week.” Daugherty also was a guest on Scott Van Pelt’s added. “This unforgettable event and the resulting
ESPN Radio show, earned a mention in Sports media attention gave us a great deal to build on. We are
Illustrated, The Jim Rome Show, a feature story on already looking forward to next year’s TOC on ABC,
AOL’s FanHouse website among others. ESPN’s just like everyone else.”
Pardon the Interruption and ESPN’s Around the Horn At the heart of the discussion in the wake of the tour-
personalities debated the tournament, while nament was the 299-100 match. Daugherty, a 35-year-
SportsCenter ran highlights for three days across ESPN, old pro shop operator and four-time PBA Regional
ESPN2 and ESPNews. Additionally, Norman Chad’s champion, was making his first television appearance.
nationally-syndicated “Couch Slouch” column plus Conversely, Koivuniemi, who now owns three PBA
hundreds of daily newspapers, local radio stations and major titles, was making his 31st career Lumber
web sites all covered the PBA’s signature event. Liquidators PBA Tour television appearance.
The PBA also showed growth in its digital media cov- Daugherty, who had lead the field in average for 58
erage of the tournament week. Its live scoring games (225.26), promptly left seven splits in 10 frames
and multifaceted coverage generated an average of en route to his 100 game: the 2-8-10 in the first, 4-6-7-
more than 40,000 unique visits per day (up from an 10 “big four” in the third, 4-6-7-9-10 “Greek church” in
average of 25, 000 per day for the previous month) with the fifth, 4-6-10 in the sixth, 3-4-6-7-10 in the eighth, 2-
a peak of 77,750 unique visits for the final round of 10 in the ninth and another “big four” in the 10th.
match play on Friday night. In January - including the Daugherty’s 100 shattered the previous PBA record for
PBA World Championship a week earlier - had lowest game on television, a 129 bowled by Steve Jaros
nearly 3.5 million page views, including 692,650 on in the 1992 Brunswick Memorial World Open finals in
Friday, Jan. 21, alone. Lake Zurich, Ill.
Additionally, 50 hours of live qualifying and match Meanwhile only a wobbling 10-pin left standing on
play round coverage of the TOC on’s “Xtra his final ball prevented Koivuniemi from becoming the
Frame” online video service resulted in a 15 percent first PBA Tour player to roll two 300 games on national

Sports Reporter
increase in subscriptions from the start of the week. TV (his previous 300 came in 2003). The near perfect
Dozens of critical games were webcast live on Xtra game reminded all bowling historians of the 299 bowled
Frame including the final position round, but one of the by Don Johnson at the 1970 Tournament of Champions.
Editor/Publisher - Dan McDonough key shots only Xtra Frame fans saw was a 7-10 split Koivuniemi’s resulting 199-pin margin of victory over
Pat McDonough - 1967-1996 conversion by Andres Gomez that eventually helped Daugherty is a PBA record that likely will never be bro-
Circulation Manager Editorial Assistant him secure the fourth spot in the stepladder finals by 18 ken.
Henry Allen Immaculatta D'Elia pins over Chris Barnes. Other notables from the finals:
Contributing Writers Grammy-nominated “Bowling for Soup” made a * Daugherty finished third in the Tournament of
Chuck Pezzano George Faytok Joan Taylor “halftime show” appearance to perform its new single Champions and earned $50,000 (Smallwood’s second-
Al Smetana Larry Diebner John Jowdy “S-S-S-Saturday.” In the wake of their performance, place finish netted him $100,000). In his only full-time
Martin Michel Vince Albrech Joe Rizzi band manager Mike Swinford wrote to fans on season as a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt play-
For information regarding advertising, Facebook: “You guys were so excited to download our er (2005-06), Daugherty earned $43,600 for the entire
subscriptions, or editorial content call: new song you broke our BandPage.” 20-tournament campaign.
(201)865-5363 Member
The telecast also brought the return of Nelson Burton
Jr., the long-time color analyst for Pro Bowlers Tour
* Koivuniemi, who has lived in Hartland, Mich., since
2002, won $250,000. During the 2003-04 season, when
Fax: (201) 865-6246 telecasts on ABC, to the broadcast team. he won two titles and was selected as PBA Player of the
E-mail - The entire TOC production, including the PBA Hall of Year, he earned a personal-best $238,590.
Sports Reporter Fame ceremonies which capped the week, drew praise * For his 100 game, Daugherty earned $500 per pin.
from PBA CEO and Commissioner Fred Schreyer. Koivuniemi, for his three-game 792 series, earned
P.O. Box 1491, Secaucus, NJ 07094
“Today truly was a great day for the PBA and bowl- “only” $315.65 per pin.
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Matt Rovetto 749 in Montvale Major

By Joe Rizzi
MONTVALE, NJ - Matt Rovetto Montvale Major League at series on games of 241, 239 and
was the high scorer in the Montvale Lanes, bowling a 749 269. Despite his fine effort, North
Jersey Turf & Trim was defeated
by Rick’s Pro Shop, 22-8. Ralph
Bernardo rolled 298-268—742
and Jun Roldan 256-697 for the
winning team.
Jason Von Koester’s 278-256-
209—743 led Team Ram Rod past
Valley Tent Rental, 21-9. Rick
Whitling’s 214-259-258—731
helped GP’s Restaurant defeat
CZ’s Pro Shop, 21-9. Kevin
Conroy bowled 217-233-267—
717, leading Bergen Batting
Center past GDC Contracting, 17-
Ray Keim 267-687, Sara
Lawson 244-686, Larry Toppin
268-683, Mike Rovetto 278-679,
Bob Balzarek 257-674, Bob
Higgins 230-670, Tom Piret 259-
664, Rocky Durocher 254-663,
Nick DeLia 233-663, Toto Roldan
244-662 and Tom Van Wort 268-

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Z. Kamirowski 290 Mike Marrazzo 277
Ron Gercken 705 Kamorowski led the Thursday 3- Wednesday Party League Mike
Man firing a high 290 game. Marrazzo shot 277, and Eric
Dan Rice shot 278, Joe Csalae 277- Vazquez 269-703.
Gercken led the scoring in the
274-793, Keith Battale 745, Ray Roger Costa III 279
Saturday Bi Monthly League fir-
Giraldi 722, and Matt Traina 712. FARMINGDALE, NY – Roger
ing games of 244-241 for a high
series of 705. Eric Smyth 278 Costa III shot 279 to lead the field
Charlie Mottola hit 244, Alyssa Eric Smyth rolled 278-738 in the rolling in the Wednesday Men’s
Schneider 213, and Michelle Friday Late Mixed League. League.
Soviero 203-203.
Rich O’Neill 703
O’Neill led the scoring in the
Tuesday BK Sweeneys League fir-
ing games of 267 and 247 for a
high series of 703.
Dan Hastings shot 288, Dave
Burssenski 256, and Danny
Gormley 235.
In the Tuesday Early Birds
League Jennifer Traina hit 217,
Regina Sander 209, Gail Schwartz
206, and Elaine Rezny and Reg
Traina 201.
F. Napolitano 257
Napolitano led the scoring in the
Wednesday Young at Heart
Seniors League firing a high game
of 257.
Charlie Stumpf hit 221, Jack
Mateer 215, and Bob Sandkuhl
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Gabe Ferrari 757 Carmine Latin 721 Brian Petretta 670
HOPELAWN, NJ- Gabe Ferrari HOPELAWN, NJ- Carmine Latin HOPELAWN, NJ – Brian
topped the scoring in the Raritan topped the His & Hers League fir- Petretta topped all the competi-
Bay Men’s League firing games of ing games of 227-248-246 for a tion rolling in the Gemini Towing
277-245-235 for a high series of high series of 721. League firing games of 215-256
757. Bill Smith rolled 230-224-259- for a high series of 670.
Joey Weisensetin shot 267-233- 713, Tom Poulos 212-245-225- Joe Herber rolled 227-217-639,
225-725, Joe Plescia 217-235- 682, Don Anione 211-256-659, Oscar Ghigliotty 231-213-636,
258-710, Brian Dudek 204-298- Michael Holoka 225-210-222-657, Thomas Ortiz III 248-635, Pat
205-707, Nick Cristosi 246-268- and Shelly Jacques 237-214-642. Moreno 236-224-631, Russell
693, Glenn Mohr 248-225-211- Mike Vicidomini 711 McCarthy 245-20-624, and
684, and Steph Crane 214-237- HOPELAWN, NJ – Mike Jennifer Caval 213.
205-656. Vicidomini topped the Atlantic Don Versace 683
E. Oppenheimer 743 City Trios League firing games of HOPELAWN, NJ – Don Versace
HOPELAWN, NJ- Eric 253-265 for a high series of 711. topped the scoring in the Knights
Oppenheimer topped the Madison Bob Joseph shot 207-269-666, of Columbus League firing games
Park Men’s League tossing 267- Mike Freedley 245-230-660, Mike of 214-235-234 for a high series of
254-222 for a 743 high set. Rodrigeuz 230-258-659, and Bill 683.
Willie Zammitto shot 225-238- Venezia 212-213-612. Mark Makwinski shot 228-230-
269-732, Wayne Yesalonis 238- Mike Piomelli 706 213-671, Joe Nemeth 215-202-
242-242-722, Travis Tilley 244- HOPELAWN, NJ- In the 247-664, Frank Grossi 214-247-
259-211-714, John Kaminski 226- Thursday Nite Mixed League 651, and Cid Stentella 220-213-
238-236-700, Jeff Scire 248-216- Mike Piomelli shot 247-264-706, 628.
233-697, and Dennis Smith 267- Matt Cestone 210-221-234-665, Richard Funk III 680
206-224-697. Bob Divilia 261-640, and Jim HOPELAWN, NJ – Richard
In the Thursday Mixed Nuts MacBride 226-227-622. Funk III took center stage while
League Rolando Vazquez shot
201-268-203-672, Don Hellhake Dan Wolf 709 rolling in the Friday Nite Mixed
HOPELAWN, NJ- Dan Wolf led League firing games of 227-274
2910252-212-669, and John Syslo for a high series of 680.
214-243-645. the scoring in the Merck League
firing games of 246-265 for a high Jason Ricciardelli hit 235-219-
In the Monday Madness League 224-678, Gary McGinness 235-
Michael Kelly shot 202-227-620, series of 709.
Gregg Farley rolled 223-215- 245-651, Glenn Aiello 246-203-
Dan DeBenedetto 217-207-605, 201-650,and Rob Morris 200-
Mark Duches 203-203-603, and 246-684, Anthony Scutari 202-
256-641, Mike Eglesia 210-235- 204-228-632.
Kevin Adriano 223.
635, and Bill Pyrz 207-233-633.

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