Friday, November 27, 2009

Bowling Highlights Column 11-27-09

Tri-County Tournament Dates

The Tri-County NY USBC Association 2010 tournaments will be held at Hoe Bowl Lanes on Route 52 in Walden.
The Adult Mixed Championship (team event only) (two men and two women) will take place on Sunday, February 28 at 1 p.m. A 4 p.m. squad will be added if necessary. Teams will consist of four bowlers.
Cost per bowler is $25.
The 4th Annual Open Championship and the 4th Annual Women's Championship will be held March 6-7 and March 13-14.
Team event times for both tournaments are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. March 6 and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 14.
Doubles and singles will be held 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. March 7 and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. March 13.
Team events are 4 bowlers on a team.
Cost per bowler for the Open Championship is $25 per event and $21 per event for the Women's Championship.
Check in time for all events is 30 minutes before your scheduled time to bowl.
Entries close for all the tournaments on January 31, post marked 2-1-10 will be accepted.
Entry forms are available at your local bowling center.
Mail entry with check or money order (no cash) to Tri-County NY USBC Association, 405 Ave. E, Matamoras, Pa. 18336.
For additional information call Association Manager Michele Bensley at 845-239-0163.

Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo

Bowlers: This weeks tip will be helpful to bowlers of any skill level.
In bowling, as in most sports, your leg strength is the most important part of your body.
Being able to get low to the ground and maintaining proper balance, are paramount for executing a good bowling shot.
Just like in building, without a solid foundation, the house will fall down.
You can exercise your lets many different ways to maintain and build strength. (Walking, running and squatting are some exercises that immediately come to mind and there are many others).
Any exercise is better than none at all and the more you get out of your legs, the more you will get out of your game.
Mike Luongo is technically certified through IBPSIA as a Pro Shop Operator and Master Instructor. He is also a Silver Level Coach with the USBC and is also the Northeast Regional Sales Manager with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 341-1694 or via e-mail at

Ed's Outlook

Let's have a little fun with some bowling language.
How many of you know what a "looper" is in bowling?.....a "looper" is an extra-wide hook ball, usually slow. What's a "steal in bowling?....the answer is to get more pins than you deserve on a strike hit. Here's a good one, what is a "splice?...its the area in the lane where the pine boards and the maple boards are fitted together also it is 20-feet down from the foul line and in the early days of bowling dark and light boards at that location gave the bowlers a target for aiming. With the addition of the arrows or darts embedded in the surface of the lane, bowlers in modern days have more accurate target systems.
And how about this one bowlers...what is a "wrap around".....on a apparently good strike ball sometimes the 6-pin bounces off the side board and misses the 10-pin leaving it standing....the 6 pin action is called a "wrap around" because that's what it looks like.
From time to time we will throw out some of the bowling language that goes with our great sport.


Bill O'Neill defeated Ronnie Russell, 205-192, to win the PBA Chameleon Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes. The event was aired last Sunday afternoon and taped in early September. This is O'Neill's first tour title.
As part of the Chameleon Championships Shannon Pluhowsky won the Women's title by defeating Carolyn-Doren-Ballard, 268-204.
The PBA Scorpion Championship, taped September 6, will air this Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

Local Scores

Kiamesha Lanes

Recent highlight scores in the Monday Men's league include a 266, 220, 628 by Mike Mulligan, Dan Ricco 228, Mike Weiner 244, 616, Paul Durland 246, 209, Jaryl Scott246, 213, 654, Vinnie Collura 231, 216, 636, Donald Durland 232, 628, Rich Kushner 200, James VanAken 222, 257, 673, Tom Belgiovene 235, John Hoffmann 257, 228, 247, 732, John Fischer 246, 278, 233, 757, Nathan Sanders 243, 618, William Bartley 209, Dave Graham 248, 244, 255, 747, Serafin Rodriguez Jr. 203, 204, Jo Jo VanKeuren 203, 215, 600, Frank Marginez 226, Al Caycho 229, 207, 207, 643, Angel Rodriguez 210, Vincent Scuderi 212, 602, Frank Scuderi 230, 234, 213, 677, Mickey Lake 204, Eddie Lake 258, 644, Rick Lake 203, 233, 222, 658, Keith Smith 242, Frank Amore 214, 210, Robert Sze 245, 604, Kort Wheeler 221, Allan Jones 206, 232, 633, Billy Curry 203, William Helms 216, 216, 614, Frank Emmens 227, Matt Fallon 216, 202, 215, 633, Jason Jones Jr. 222, Kevin Stackhouse 226, 207, 614, Michael Travis 235, 211, 638 and Jon Wilhelm 224, 600.
In the Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league Cara Nicholson 182, 510, Debra Blackford 189, 505, Carena Colura 500, Carol MacAdam 192, 508, Pat Mulhern 189, 205, 561, Lisa Cartwright 208, 186, 567, Andrea Grossman 182, 505, Russ Keesler 234, 205, 621, Crystal Price 197, 549, Jason Jones 227, 225, 629, Allan Jones 224, John Lopez 225, Tom Cooney 223, Debbie Durland 182, 225, 224, 631, Jon Wilhelm 235, 230, 614, Laresko Niifa 201, 205, Joan Lake 214, 181, 572, Dan Allen 218, Ryan Lepke 215, Jack Rustic 234, 205, 610, George Kelley 210, 220, 201, 631, Kevin Stackhouse 211, 215, 608, John Hoffmann 245, 279, 214, 739, David Graham 201 and Malinda Buchman 184.
In the Wednesday Men's league George VanAken Jr. 200, 218, Daniel VanAken 206, 247, 622, Kenny Atkins 225, Kenneth Hopkins Jr. 235, Kevin Stackhouse 258, 234, 668, Al Caycho 255, 235, 227, 717, Mike Weiner 264, 206, 259, 729, Tim Husser 202, Juan Lopez 220, 202, John Lopez 209, William Danchak 238, 213, 255, 706, Frank DiConstanzo 210, George Battle Jr. 222, Frank Muller Jr. 216, Allan Jones 231, 201, 627, Larry Berens 202, Dean Shattuck 204, Paul Durland 267, 202, 623, Art Eggleton 208, Josh Strang 211, 209, Tom Belgiovene 248, 212, 652, Tony Mentnech 256, , 202, 612, Tim McIntyre 204, 237, 631, Frank Emmens 216, 200, 600, Michael Travis 232, William VanAken 262, 207, 652, Anthony Atkins 213, Wayne Atkins 288, 210, 245, 743, Eddie Lake 269, 215, 213, 697, Matt Fallon 211, 222, 258, 691, Jon Wilhelm 209, 226, 619, Gregory Fallon 213 and Donald Durland 227, 223, 222, 672.
In the Thursday Ladies league Mardette Wilcox 246, 200, 618, Camille Carpinone 203, 513, Rudy Hoke 191, 530, Patricia Gibson 207, 505, Debbie Durland 214, 198, 591, Cloisa Hopkins 181, Barbara Durbak 239, 213, 611, Joyce Haring 202, 509, Joan Lake 190, 199, 213, 602, Liz Burgio 200, Barb Merton 182, 504 and Lisa Cartwright 181.
In the Saturday Morning Youth leagues, in the Jr./Mjrs. Eddie Walsh 163, Shawn Sinistorie 188, Nick Price 201, 222, Michael Scuderi 181, Pedro Agapito III a 202, James Durland 247, 227, Jason Moss 179, Amber Bock 129, Bryden Fraser 136 and Robert Comfort 135. In the Preps division Parth Patel 138, 135, Nathaniel Edwards 120, Stacey Reuss 94, 85, 78 and Michal Cubillas 88. In the Pee Wees division Jenna Hendrickson 72, Renee Schreiber 87, George VanAken 94 and Gabriella Goldsmith 65.

Fox Bowling Center

Recent highlight scores in the Tuesday Ladies Early Birds league include a 184, 184, 514 by Sally Ballard, Hope Jones 209, 524, Tammy Kane 180, 187, 501, Kathleen Maltese 193, 547 and Sandy Winans 224, 193, 588.
In the Wednesday Men's Independent league Tom Anderson 249, 231, 253, 733, Dave Benedict 200, 200, Mike Bowker 242, 225, 238, 705, Al Bullis Sr. 267, 611, Cody Conway 201, 234, 224, 659, Frank Couse Sr. 229, 627, Frank Couse Jr. 201, 20, 217, 618, Jim Dibble 248, Brian Drumm 221, 600, Don Ferris 224, Anthony Gately 201, Art Gately 226, 222, Craig Gehrig 209, 248, 641, Bill Gleim 256, 637, Dylan Green 212, Jeremy Gulley 201, 243, 615, Mark Hawley 235, Jack Hazen 213, 238, 629, Paul Ignatovich 201, Steve Jacobi 214, 222, Rob Johnson 220, 201, 608, Ryan Kille 247, Jerry Kulakosky 256, Dick Layton 221, Donnie Marino 246, 232, 222, 700, Robert McNaught 203, 211, 224, 638, Josh Milucky 213, Neil Mosher 225, Scott Ostrander 245, Mitch Persbacker 214, 231, 209, 654, Charlie Reichenbaugh 203, Josh Rice 218, 223, 220, 661, Sam Rowe 214, 232, 204, 650, Brian Tiffany 205, Jonathon Wayne 230, 206, 227, 663, Hank Whitmore 201, 212, 605, Zuke Wormuth 214, 208, Ken Wormuth 215, 235, 630, Jay Wormuth 201 and Tony Wright 205, 247, 631.
In the Thursday Men's Deposit National league Rob Bolster 209, Al Bullis Jr. 237, 201, 629, Al Bullis Sr. 203, 208, 245, 656, Andy Bullis 215, 204, 612, Shawn Card 210, Matt Conklin 212, Ray Cornwell 236, 603, Howey Couse Jr. 244, 219, 642, Jeff Curtis 224, 205, 246, 675, Carl Davis 215, 203, Vic Davis 224, Paul Fritz 201, 233, 626, Bill Gleim 223, 203, 611, John Gurnick 203, 221, Paul Ignatovich 211, 203, Robert Johnson 205, 242, 247, 694, Gino Jones 232, 236, 620, Greg Keesler 289, 607, John Lanner 200, 232, 247, 679, Rich Lenio 202, Larry Mills 220, Rick Mills 234, Harol Morgan 219, Neil Mosher 202, Robbie Ropert 200, Len Terrell 205, Sonny Triebe Sr. 229, Jim Valentine 203, 238, 625, Skip Wilson 201, Dan Wormuth 238, 203, 200, 641 and Fran Wormuth 222.
In the Friday Mixed Couples league Andy Bullis 203, 233, Howard Couse Sr. 201, Frank Couse Sr. 249, 219, 658, Anne Couse 209, 216, 604, Howie Couse 202, 226, 610, Crystal Ellis 189, Norman E. Ellis 202, 223, 629, Norman C. Ellis 210, Nick Hazen 203, Hope Jones 185, Dana McGraw 192, 205, 542, Mark McGraw 200, 269, 666, Rick Mills 221, 202, 601, Brian Robinson 225, Jonney Stanton 265, 618, Sandy Winans 197, 507, Dan Wormuth 245, 634 and Michelle Wormuth 180, 514.
In the Sunday Afternoon Mixed Fun league Ray Cornwell 224, 221, 247, 692, Erwin Haeussler 223, John Hoffmann 203, 247, 269, 719, Rodney "Taylor" Jester (youth boys award) 201, Matt Johnson 217, Donnie Marino 267, 269, 734, Dave Mills 214, 231, 211, 656, Savinna Mills (youth girls awards) 134, 145, 403, Shirley Townsend 183, 507, Ed Townsend 213 and Ken Wormuth 205, 238, 603.

Beechwood Lanes

Recent highlight scores in the Monday Ladies league include 211, 185, 168, 564 by Lois Erdman, Diane Staves 191, 178, 513, Tracey Puerschner 189, Jackie Mootz 169 and Lori Kimmes 164.
In the Tuesday Ladies league Maureen Schlott 190 and Pat Peters 171, 487.
In the Wednesday Men's league Tad Doscher 216 and Alby Thony 214.

Gravity Alley

Recent highlight scores in the Thursday Mixed Fall league include a 214 by Kevin Breidenstein, Janice Wilson 165, Opal Hocker 182 and Judy Mohn 174.

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a public relations consultant to the amateur and professional sport of bowling and to several bowling writers associations. If you have a topic that would make good reading, or have league and tournament scores and information, Ed can be reached at 439-8177, vie e-mail at and by fax at 230-8674. For a more expanded version of the bowling column, please visit our Web Page at
Sturm Names To BVL Board

BPAA President Jim Sturm has been named to the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) board of directors by president-elect John Snyder. The appointment is the first assignment by Snyder who is beginning to set his committees prior to becoming BPAA president at Bowl Expo in June 2010.Sturm, in his second one-year term as BPAA president, joins the BVL board effective November 22, 2009About the Bowling Proprietors' Association of AmericaFounded in 1932 and headquartered in Arlington, Texas, BPAA represents the business interests of bowling center owners worldwide. BPAA's mission to enhance the profitability of its member centers and its vision is to be an essential resource to bowling centers and to lead a united, growing, more prosperous and highly regarded bowling industry.
PBA Announces Field for 2010
Tournament of Champions

The Professional Bowlers Association has announced the 63-player field for the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, set for Jan. 19-24 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. The stepladder finals will be telecast live by ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 24.

Kelly Kulick, who made PBA history in 2006 as the first woman to earn a full-season exemption to bowl on the PBA Tour, will make history again as the first woman to compete in the prestigious PBA event. She won the inaugural PBA Women’s World Championship in August during the PBA World Series of Bowling.

Another trend-setter in the field is Jason Belmonte of Australia who will be the first two-handed player to compete in the event after winning last season’s Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic in West Babylon, N.Y.

At age 50, Walter Ray Williams Jr., the Tour’s all-time win leader with 46 titles, will again try for his first Tournament of Champions title. The Tournament of Champions is the last jewel Williams needs to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown, Grand Slam and Super Slam.

The PBA Tournament of Champions, the second major championship on the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour schedule, is open exclusively to PBA Tour exempt-player champions; the winners of the most recent PBA Regional Championship and Regional Players Invitational; the United States Bowling Congress Masters winner; the USBC Senior Masters, PBA Senior U.S. Open and PBA Senior World Championship winners; all Tournament of Champions past winners, PBA Hall of Famers, and the PBA Women’s World Championship titlist.

Fifty-nine players have been assured spots in the tournament with the Regional Players Invitational representative to be determined at the RPI Championship Dec. 15-17 in Reno, Nev. If there are new PBA Tour champions in the events leading up to the Tournament of Champions, the players “on the bubble” who would be eliminated in order are Bob Learn Jr., Kurt Pilon and Dave Arnold.

If any spots in the field are vacant, PBA Tour champions not currently on the exempt Tour list will be eligible in order of the most recent title winners.

In all, 13 past Tournament of Champions winners, 16 PBA Hall of Famers and 19 members of the PBA 50 greatest players of all-time list are scheduled to compete.

The first Tournament of Champions was conducted in 1962 in Indianapolis. The event was not conducted in 1963 and ’64 but moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1965 where it was conducted until 1994. Since then, it has been conducted in various locations.

2010 PBA Tournament of Champions Roster

1. Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.
2. Mike DeVaney, San Diego
3. Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa.
4. Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
5. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.
6. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.
7. Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
8. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas
9. Jason Belmonte, Australia
10. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas
11. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas
12. Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill.
13. John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich.
14. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.
15. Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind.
16. Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa.
17. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.
18. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.
19. Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz.
20. Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y.
21. Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio
22. Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan.
23. Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.
24. Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y.
25. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.
26. Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.
27. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga.
28. Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C.
29. Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill.
30. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y.
31. Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan.
32. Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.
33. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.
34. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis.
35. Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif.
36. Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y.
37. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.
38. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.
39. RPI CHAMPION (To be determined)
40. Del Ballard Jr., Keller, Texas
41. Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
42. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.
43. John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J.
44. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas
45. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela
46. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla.
47. Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg,Ill.
48. Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.
49. Tom Baker, King, N.C.
50. Don McCune, Las Vegas
51. Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash.
52. Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio
53. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore
54. Mike Mineman, St. Louis, Mo.
55. Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif.
56. Chris Collins, Savannah, Ga.
57. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati
58. Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas
59. Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore.
60. Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla.
61. Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif.
62. Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich.
63. Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Here & There Column 11-24-09

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving just doesn't seem to be anything like it use to be when we journeyed to grandma's house for that traditional family gathering and all the goodies one could think of to eat.
Memories bring back the time when Thanksgiving meant seeing all our relatives who lived within a 50-mile radius of the Townsend farm in White Sulphur Springs or the Wood household in Callicoon or Hortonville.
It seemed like it was designated something like a family reunion because it meant seeing all our cousins, aunts, uncles and of course grandma and grandpa. I miss those great times and how close our family ties were.....seems today those values are missing in today's fast moving non-family orientated society.
The traditional Thanksgiving story tell us that the Pilgrims who sailed to this country aboard the Mayflower were originally members of the English Separatist Church ( a Puritan sect), and they had earlier fled their home in England and sailed to Holland (The Netherlands) to escape religious persecution.
In The Netherlands they enjoyed more religious tolerance, but, they eventually became disenchanted with the Dutch way of life, thinking it ungodly. Seeking a better life, the Separatists negotiated with a London stock company to finance a pilgrimage to America.
An interesting fact about this trip was that most of those making the trip aboard the Mayflower were non-Separatists, but were hire to protect the company's interest. Only about one-third of the original colonists were Separatists.
December 11, 1620 was the date the Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock but there was not celebration because the first winter was devastating. At the beginning of the following fall, they had lost 46 of the original 102 and as a result of the bountiful harvest of 1621 the colonist celebrated with a feast with 91 Indians who had helped the Pilgrims survive their first year.
The official Thanksgiving date was not officially proclaimed until June of 1676 and in October of 1777 the 13 colonies joined in a Thanksgiving celebration. The date was changed a couple of times but Franklin Roosevelt set it up for one week to the next-to-last Thursday in order to create a longer Christmas shopping season but public uproar caused the president back to its original date as the fourth Thursday in November.
Today we still enjoy the turkey and pumpkin pie but some of the family togetherness has drifted away. Thanksgiving today reminds us that the American winter holiday season is here and Christmas shopping takes over the day after Thanksgiving.
Yes, its still fun to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade but the afternoon football games seem to take away from that family togetherness that was so evident in years past.
Bring back the old-fashioned family Thanksgiving .......and to everyone we truly wish a Happy Thanksgiving and thank God for all our blessings.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bowling Highlights Column 11-20-09

John Hoffmann

Rhino Page
Liz Johnson

"Little Lefty" Notches 25th, No 7 Pin

"Finally I didn't leave a 7 pin," sixth-eight year-old Monticello bowler John Hoffman commented last week after recording his 25th career 300 game November 11 in the Wednesday Men's league at Kiamesha Lanes.
Hoffmann has been battling the dreaded lefthander 7 pin stigma and has been ever so close to scoring additional 300 games but somehow during the past several months the race towards a perfect game was ended when he left a 7 pin on a solid pocket hit.
After wondering if and when he would bowl another 300 game, the "Little Lefty" now has recorded three 300 games this year starting on March 17 and then a couple of weeks after that on March 30.
The March 30 perfect game was in the Monday Men's league and was his 24th career 300 game bowled on lanes 15 and 16 using a Roto Grip Quest bowling ball.
His total for that night included a 300, 254, 243, 797 with a 6-7-10 split in the last frame of the third game costing him an 800 series. In the 300 game all 12 strikes were in the 1-2 pocket.
Three weeks before that on March 10 in the Tuesday Mixed Firemen's league at Kiamesha Lanes Hoffmann recorded his 23ed career 300.
Previous to that his last 300 game came on March 16, 2008 in the doubles event of the Tri-County NY United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Association tournament at Pin Street Lanes in Warwick.
His Wednesday night team is Dutch's with team mates Tom Belgiovene, Paul Durland, Art Eggleton and Josh Strang.
The November 11 300 game was bowled on lanes 9 and 10 using a Roto Grip Quest bowling ball. His present average includes a 226 in the Monday Men's league, a 218 in the Tuesday Firemen's league, a 218 in the Wednesday Men's league, all at Kismesha Lanes and a 224 average in the Sunday Afternoon Mixed Fun league at the Fox Bowling Center in Hancock.
Hoffmann recorded his first 300 game on July 23, 1991 in the Essex County New Jersey Association in the 420 DBLS. SMT league at Eagle Rock Lanes.
Hoffmann is a well-known technical bowler and when Mike Luongo, now the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Storm and Roto Grip, drilled out the Roto Grip Quest ball for Hoffmann, Luongo noted to this columnist that "John has a real nice game."
John won the high average bowler honors with a 229 in the Tri-County NY USBC Association for the 2006-2007 season. He bowled professionally from 1990 to 1993 in the Northeast Regional Bowlers Professional Bowlers Association where he got his "Little Lefty" nickname from PBA Tour Bowler Tommy Delutz Jr.
Hoffmann was also the 2007 Tri-County NY USBC Senior's Champion and is a New Jersey State Senior champion.
USBC and former ABC records have Hoffmann with eight 11-strikes in a row games, one 298 game, two 299 games and nine 800 plus series.
Three years ago he became a certified USBC coach and is considered an excellent teacher of the game.
Hoffmann has been bowling for some 52 years, is single and retired and lives in the South Woods Road area of the Town of Thompson.

Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo

Bowlers: This week's column will answer a question many bowlers ask about side weight....will it make my ball hook?
The answer is no is will not make your bowling ball hook.
I have been fortunate to be able to spend some time with technical experts, and although we have suspected for quite some time, we now have the proof.
Two factors are needed to make a bowling ball hook.....friction and rotation. (Gravity is also needed but I think that we all understand that or we would all be floating around).
You could take a bowling ball with the strongest weight block on the market, the most aggressive cover, drill it maximum leverage, add all the weight you want, and use a big balance hole, but, if the bowler does not impact proper rotation, or if friction on the ball's path down the lanes is not there......the ball will just go straight. Mike Luongo is technically certified through IBPSIA as a Pro Shop Operator and Master Instructor. He is also a Silver Level Coach with the USBC and is the Northeast Regional Sales Manager with the Storm and Roto Grip bowling Bowling Ball Company. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-341-1694 or via email at


Sporting a shaved head in support of a friend undergoing cancer treatment, and playing a style of game outside his normal comfort zone, Rhino Page out-struck Ryan Ciminelli, 268-246, to win the Professional Bowlers Association's Viper Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.
The match was taped September 5 and aired last Sunday on ESPN.
As part of the PBA World Series of Bowling finals that also aired Sunday afternoon, Liz Johnson won her first PBA Women's Series by defeating Lynda Barnes, 211-196 for the Women's Viper Championship.
This Sunday, Nov. 22, the PBA Chameleon Championship, taped Sept. 6, will air on ESPN at 2:30 p.m.

Local Scores

Kiamesha Lanes

Recent highlight scores in the Monday Men's league include a 209 by Michael Mulligan, Dan Ricco 202, Michael Weiner 208, Paul Durland 223, 210, 616, Jaryl Scott 213, 238, 647, Vinnie Collura 216, 248, 269, 733, Donald Durland 259, 205, 218, 682, James VanAken 233, 220, 226, 679, Josh Strang 203, 214, 255, 672, Tom Belgiovene 213, 220, 208, 641, John Hoffmann 236, 235, 237, 708, John Fischer 203, 203, 603, Nate Sanders 209, Dave Graham 278, 236, 201, 715, Serafin Rodriguez Jr. 245, 627, Peter Mitro 201, Jo Jo VanKeuren 234, 614, Thomas Caycho 210, Al Caycho 230, Angel Rodriguez 207, Frank Scuderi 211, 204, Roy Sweeney 213, Eddie Lake 246, 211, 231, 688, Rick Lake 215, 215, 623, Lloyd Bridges 204, 206, Keith Smith 201, Frank Amore 267, 642, Jack Moylan 232, 233, 644, Robert Sze 246, James Ratner 227, Kort Wheeler 203, 201, Allan Jones 233, 609, Daniel Curry 200, William Helms222, 204, 200, 626, Steven Rivera 202, Timothy Totten 213, 258, 648, Ronnie Totten 225, 222, 246, 693, Gregory Fallon 211, 233, 257, 701, Cory VanKeuren 213 and Jon Wilhelm 215, 222, 262, 699.
In the Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league Debra Blackford 191, 186, 554, Rich Blackford 203, Pat Mulhern 191, 180, 181, 552, Ronda McClernon 193, 545, Lisa Cartwright 191, 181, 546, Andrea Grossman 181, 185, 537, Neil Bell Jr. 212, Bryan Babcock 200, Russ Keesler 227, 615, Crystal Price 265, 559, Connie Press 210, 507, Fran Kaiser 236, 571, Allen Jones 210, 224, 257, 721, Jason Jones 200, Mal Press 238, 235, 650, Jon Wilhelm 240, 238, 212, 690, Donald Durland 239, 266, 257, 762, Ed Guthrie 202, 215, 602, John Cascone 237, 231, 627, Cecil Walters 234, Mary Lee Williams 213, 191, 557, Joan Lake 213, 204, 588, Dorian Jennings 209, 500, George Kelley 205, Shane Cunningham 214, 201, Scott Squires 220, Kevin Stackhouse 216, Roberta Yakin, John Hoffmann 210, Kris Gwiozdowski 216, Linda Schaefer 187 and Cliff Starr 217.
In the Wednesday Men's league George VanAken Jr. 256, 246, 222, 724, Daniel VanAken 243, 266, 666, Kenny Atkins 220, Kenneth Hopkins Jr. 200, Craig Wilhelm 206, Kevin Stackhouse 204, 200, Al Caycho 203, Mike Weiner 215, John Lopez 248, 213, 653, Anthony Rymer 215, Robert Yakin Jr. 248, William Danchak 206, George Battle Jr. 214, Allan Jones 226, Larry Berens 235, 204, 616, Dean Shattuck 268, 247, 215, 730, Paul Durland 222, Art Eggleton 244, 235, 677, Josh Strang 211, Tom Belgiovene 236, 236, 662, John Hoffmann 257, 220, 675, Tim McIntyre 203, 226, 604, Frank Emmens 228, Michael Travis 250, Troy Morris 214, Anthony Atkins 203, 204, Eddie Lake 206, 211, 235, 652, Gregory Fallon 203, Matt Fallon 214, 237, 224, 675, Jon Wilhelm 235, 614, Richard Bradford 214, 236, 637 and Donald Durland 259, 224, 265, 748.
In the Thursday Ladies league Margaret Quick 187, Kathy Shapiro 203, 505, Fran Kiefer 189, Anna Sawyer 190, Marijane Conklin 180, Joan Lake 201, 181, 536, Lisa Cartwright 245, 191, 579, Sherri Green 193, Christine Schultz 192, 512, Barbara Durbak 199, 185, 563, Mardette Wilcox 209, 542, Patricia Gibson 206 and Debbie Durland 189, 212, 561.
In the Saturday Morning Youth leagues, in the Jr. Mjrs. division, Corey Cilliberto 108, 112, Jason Moss 175, Kristy Gessman 142, 123, Eddie Walsh 159, 175, 180, Shawn Sinistorie 188, 212, 201, Nick Price 224, Michael Scuderi 195, 181 and Pedro Agapito 192, 222, 203. In the Preps division Nathaniel Edwards 137, Ben Drillings 94, 85, 74, Sierra Barbianti 74, Anthony Pagini 82, Nathaniel Goldsmith 131 and Stacey Reuss 86, 67. In the Bantams division Johnathan Willhelm 122 and Rachel Drillings 60. In the Pee Wees division Amelia Edwards 63, George VanAken 85, Kaylen Blackford 51, Jenna Hendrickson 68 and Renee Schreiber 61.

Fox Bowling Center

Recent highlight scores in the Tuesday Ladies Early Bird league include a 195, 529 by Tammy Kane, Carol Dailey 181 and Sandy Winans 192, 517.
In the Wednesday Men's Independent league Carl Davis 200, Brian Drumm 226, 239, 203, 667, Chuck Dunlap 233, 225, 655, Don Ferris 205, Anthony Gately 208, Art Gately 201, 266, 641, Craig Gehrig 212, 247, 637, Jeremy Gulley 204, Robert McNaught 211, Ed Milk Jr. 248, Josh Milucky 238, 217, 214, 669, Neil Mosher 224, 223, 636, Mitch Persbacker 201, Charlie Reichenbaugh 216, Josh Rice 231, Sam Rowe 209, 222, 211, 642, Johathon Wayne 244, 202, 625, Hank Whitmore 236, Woody Wood 218, Zuke Wormuth 214, 214, 624, Ken Wormuth 212, Lee Wormuth 209, 202, Jay Wormuth 2-1, 238, 205, 644 and Tony Wright 266, 233, 234, 733.
In the Thursday Men's Deposit National league Al Bullis Jr. 203, 209, 201, 613, Al Bullis Sr. 246, Andy Bullis 234, 243, 666, Dale Conklin 202, Ray Cornwell 224, 210, 247, 681, Howard Couse Sr. 222, Frank Couse Sr. 265, 215, 662, Shorty Curtis 211, Jeff Curtis 225, 212, 210, 647, Carl Davis 217, Jim Dibble 243, 213, 202, 658, Chuck Dunlap 211, Norm Ellis Jr. 225, 211, 619, Paul Fritz 202, Bill Gleim 214, 223, 204, 641, John Gurnick 202, Paul Ignatovich 256, 212, 639, Robert Johnson 203, Gino Jones 246, 617, Greg Keesler 244, 208, 601, Rich Lenio 235, Rick Mills 209, 255, 621, Harold Morgan 221, 210, 602, Randy Mower 210, Robbie Ropert 202, Len Terrell 200 and Dan Wormuth 216.
In the Friday Mixed Couples league Frank Couse Sr. 202, Anne Couse 206, 544, Howey Couse 204, 214, 610, Crystal Ellis 236, 562, Norman Ellis 212, Paul Fritz 213, Bill Gleim 218, 678, Hope Jones 214, 201, 236, 651, Mark McGraw 266, 636, Brian Robinson 220, Cecil Spencer 213, Jonney Stanton 206 and Dan Wormuth 203.
In the Sunday Afternoon Mixed Fun league Ray Cornwell 213, Marty Haeussler 213, 269, 652, John Hoffmann 221, 207, 615, Rodney "Taylor" Jester 203, Don Marino 235, 226, 638, Dick Mills 204, Savanna Mills (youth awards) 127, 146, Fred Shakelton 202, 218, Ed Townsend 201, Shirley Townsend 192 and Chris Wadeson 222.

Gravity Alley

Recent highlight scores in the Thursday Fall Mixed league include a 202 by Dave Predmore and Bill Rutledge 214.

Beechwood Lanes

Recent highlight scores in the Monday Ladies league include a 189 by Lori Kimmes, Jackie Gieger 188, Barbara Cady 182, 160, Diane Staves 175, 169, 166, 510, Tracy Puerschner 168 and Jody Schanil 165.
In the Tuesday Ladies league Lillian Zieres 185, 188, 510, Joyce Brooks 183, Jane Benson 180 and Debbie Loughrey 180, 514.
In the Wednesday Men's league Mike Beseth 251, Alby Thony 202, Mark Yewchuk 199, Tom Gain 201, Rich Thony 223, 209.

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a consultant to the amateur and professional sport of bowling and to several bowling writers associations. If you have a topic that would make good reading or have league scores or tournament information, Ed can be reached at 845-439-8177 or by sending an email to For a much more expanded version of our bowling column visit our Web site at

Chris Aker of Winnemucca, Nev., and Andrew Teall of Medford, N.J., recently became just the 14th and 15th bowlers, respectively, to roll United States Bowling Congress-approved 900 series.
The feats were accomplished within three days of each other and were the first since Rich Jerome Jr. of Baltimore had a 900 series on Dec. 22, 2008.
The first approved 900 did not occur until Feb. 2, 1997 when Jeremy Sonnenfeld rolled three consecutive perfect games in Lincoln, Neb.
Aker, a 47-year-old left-hander, had 36 consecutive strikes Oct. 30 in the Friday Night Mixers League at Spare Time Bowling Center. Teall, a 24-year-old right-hander, matched that Nov. 2 in the Monday Invitational League at Medford Lanes.
PBA Chameleon Championships ESPN
Telecast moves to 2:30 p.m. ET this Sunday

The start time for Sunday’s (Nov. 22) ESPN telecast of the PBA Chameleon and Women’s Series Chameleon Championships has been moved from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. According to an ESPN spokesperson, a SportsCenter NASCAR Sprint Cup special precedes the PBA Tour telecast.
Two-time PBA Tour
Titlist Darlyee Cox Dies

Two-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Darylee Cox of Centralia, Wash., died Wednesday at age 72.

Cox was a topflight bowler in the Northwest and he defeated two of PBA’s all-time greats in winning his titles. In the 1962 Silver Lanes Open in Spokane, Wash., as an amateur he defeated Harry Smith in the final game of the tournament for the title, and in 1963, he won the Portland PBA Open by defeating Billy Hardwick in the final game.

According to long-time friend Gary Cooper, Cox died of respiratory failure as a result of complications from lung cancer.

Per Cox’s request no services are immediately planned.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Here & There Column 11-17-09

Honey, No, Not You, Dear

Informally the word "Honey" means sweet one and dear but the real meaning of the word is a sweet, thick yellowish fluid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers and many folks including this columnist have experienced the amazing healing power of raw honey.
There is a distinct difference between the honey you buy in a jar at your local supermarket and raw honey which has not been pasteurized or filtered.
Having personally suffered with indoor and outdoor allergies and sinus problems several years now my doctor recommended and prescribed several antibiotics which also come with warnings and adverse reactions.
My personal library is filled with vitamin, herbal and natural food catalogs and I have a large volume of books on Natural Healing and recently I decided to try a new approach with natural herbs, vitamins and raw honey including eating honey comb and the actual honey wax on top of the raw honey.
We have visited and spoke to folks in the honey business and they strongly point out that raw honey can offer relief to respiratory ailments, improve your energy and stamina, help to heal wounds and reduce stress.
We were not surprised to hear that studies indicate that honey has significant natural antioxidant properties and increases calcium absorption, can increase hemoglobin count, can treat or prevent anemia caused by nutritional factors, can help arthritic joints when combined with apple cider vinegar, fights colds, can help to boost gastrointestinal ulcer healing, works as a natural and gentle laxative and has a positive effect against allergies and hay fever.
The Honeycomb we eat at least once a day has greatly helped my allergies and sinus problems and the honey combined with raw apple cider vinegar helps with the arthritic joints.
The goodness of comb honey is something worth looking into and we should remember that honey is manufactured in the world's most efficient community.....the beehive.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bowling Highlights Column 11-13-09

Donald Durland

Norm Duke

Durland Scores 10th Career 300

Twenty-one-year-old Wurtsboro bowler Donald Durland is on a roll and his bowling skills have resulted in him scoring his 10th career perfect game November 3 while subbing in the Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league at Kiamesha Lanes.
Durland, with his steady league growth and additional experience and exposure in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) regional tournaments is making him one of the premier men bowlers in the Tri-State area.
The 10th career 300 game was bowled in his last game of the night on lanes 3 and 4. He added a 234 single in the second game for a 724 series, using a Hammer Hawg bowling ball.
His most recent 300 game was scored on October 5 in the Monday Men's league at Kiamesha Lanes where he pounded the maples for a 300, 222, 256 and a 778 series.
Donald subs in the Tuesday league and bowled this 300 game with team mates Tom Cooney, Jon Wilhelm and his mother Debbie Durland.
He maintains a 247 average in this league for three weeks of bowling, a 232 average in the Wednesday Men's league, a 221 in the Monday Men's league and a 218 in the Friday Mixed league, all at Kiamesha Lanes.
Durland finished 15th in a PBA Regional tournament November 21 of last year at Wind Gap, Pa. and competed in two other regional tournaments in Catskill, NY and Lebanon, Pa.
Ever since he recorded his first-ever 300 game during the 2005-2006 season as a youth bowler in the Saturday Morning Youth leagues at Kiamesha Lanes Sullivan County bowlers have watched the steady growth of Donald Durland.
Donald recorded his eighth career 300 game while subbing October 24 of last year in the Friday Mixed Doubles league at Kiamesha Lanes.
His seventh-career 300 game came on July 30 in the Wednesday Night Mixed Summer league at Colonial Lanes in Chester. On that night he scored a 708 series, which included the 300 and games of 223 and 185 with a Hammer Vibe bowling ball.
In that summer league Donald averaged 200 and bowled with the Killer Angels II team consisting of his mother, Debbie Durland (one of the premier women bowlers in the Tri-County area), Tom Cooney and Pat Cooney.
Durland likes subbing in the Kiamesha Lanes Friday Mixed league because his sixth 300 game was bowled on April 4 of this year in that league using an Ebonite Maxim plastic bowling ball.
His high series of 796 off single games of 268, 249 and 279 was bowled earlier this year in the Monday Men's league at Kiamesha Lanes.
He has been bowling since the age of 5.
Donald is single and is employed by the Monticello Greenhouse.

Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo

Bowlers: One of the previous tips was designed to help you achieve the correct body position to properly execute a bowling shot and be able to repeat it.
This week, we will cover the release, information that will help bowlers of all levels.
A properly executed release is possibly one of the most misunderstood parts of a bowling shot. Most bowlers tend to muscle the ball through the release zone, either accelerating or decelerating on the downswing. The proper release for all bowlers, (whether you are a six-year-old with a conventional grip or an accomplished bowler with many years experience) can be executed by letting gravity bring the ball from the top of the swing through the release zone with no interference from your arm or shoulder muscles.
If the ball fits properly, the gravity will take it off your hand at the right time providing your body is in the proper position. Any rotation on the ball should come from your hand only, not your arm.
Using the proper technique will allow you to get as much rotation on the ball as desired.
Note, however, if your ball does not fit properly, it will require excessive grip pressure to hold on to which will make the release harder to execute.
Aside from bowling, for those of you that have played golf, you can strike the ball much better and with more accuracy if you do not pull the club down from the top of the swing with your shoulder muscles. Gravity can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on how you use it.
Mike Luongo is technically certified through IBPSIA as a Pro Shop Operator and Master Instructor. He is also a Silver Level Coach with the USBC and is also the Northeast Regional Sales Manager with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 341-1694 or via e-mail at


Norm Duke added another milestone to his Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame career by capturing the PBA Cheetah Championship that aired on ESPN last Sunday but was recorded at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. in early September.
This is Duke's 33rd career title. Duke defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Buffalo, NY 4-1 in their best-of-seven game championship match.
This Sunday the PBA Viper Championship, taped Sept. 5 at Thunderbowl Lanes, will air on ESPN at 1 p.m. and will feature both the Men's PBA Viper championship and the Women's Series Viper Championship.
The Women's Series championship will feature Lynda Barnes vs. Liz Johnson.
The Men's Championship will feature Steve Jaros vs. Rhino Page and Ryan Ciminelli vs. Mike Haugen Jr. with the winners of these two semifinal matches bowling in the Championship match.

Local Scores

Kiamesha Lanes

Recent highlight scores in the Monday Men's league include a 235 by Gil Suarez, Jaryl Scott 203, 213, 214, 630, Vinnie Collura 232, 208, 636, Donald Durland 215, 213, 214, 642, Frank Gerow Jr. 204, 214, James VanAken 224, Josh Strang 217, John Hoffmann 277, 259, 228, 764, John Fischer 227, 201, 619, Nate Sanders 200, 214, 608, Dave Graham 211, 224, 618, Peter Mitro 203, 255, 636, Jo Jo VanKeuren 256, 243, 691, Frank Martinez 203, Al Caycho 224, 216, 624, Angel Rodriguez 203, Vincent Scuderi 200, Frank Scuderi 204, 220, Roy Sweeney 201, Eddie Lake 258, 235, 202, 695, Rick Lake 225, 608, Niifa Laresko 217, 203, 602, Keith Smith 212, 217, 609, Jack Moylan 205, 224, 624, Robert Sze 237, 237, 627, James Ratner 203, 256, 206, 665, Kort Wheeler 216, Allan Jones 237, William Helms 203, 226, 611, Tim Totten 212, 210, Ronnie Totten 236, 609 and Mal Press 201, 234, 623.
In the Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league Carena Collura 182, 191, 532, Pat Mulhern 192, 204, 530, Ronda McClernon 206, Joe Peabody 211, Fran Kaiser 182, Allen Jones 210, 215, 624, Debbie Durland 204, 200, 227, 631, Mal Press 224, 227, 619, Jon Wilhelm 217, 224, 229, 670, Donald Durland 258, 247, 236, 741, Ed Guthrie 225, 246, 663, Mary Lee Williams 182, 516, Joan Lake 190, 525, Dorian Jennings 195, 534, Jim Gerrard 215, Scott Squires 200, Kevin Stackhouse 237, John Hoffmann 236, 201, 237, 674, Robert Yakin Sr. 203, 213, David Graham 243, Chet Smith 224, Kris Gwiozdowski 204, Barbara Yeomans 192, 506, Linda Schaefer 194, 226, 603 and Donna DuBois 245, 540.
In the Wednesday Men's league Daniel VanAken 202, 202, 221, 625, Kenneth Hopkins Jr. 203, 211, 605, Vincent Scuderi 202, Craig Wilhelm 222, 215, 610, Kevin Stackhouse 223, Al Caycho 201, 222, Mike Weiner 202, 278, 222, 702, Juan Lopez 223, 223, 626, John Lopez 201, 213, 205, 619, William Danchak 263, 227, 640, Frank DiConstanzo 202, George Battle Jr. 213, Frank Muller Jr. 206, 207, Larry Berens 220, 226, 612, Dean Shattuck 206, 217, 257, 680, Josh Strang 222, 255, 216, 693, Tom Belgiovene 208, 257, 201, 666, John Hoffmann 256, 228, 657, Jody Farquhar 205, Rick Lara 208, 208, 612, Tim McIntyre 226, Vincent Degraw 209, Troy Morris 211, William VanAken 215, 202, Wayne Atkins 215, Joe Fallon 219, 212, 604, Matt Fallon 248, 201, 629, Jon Wilhelm 200 and Donald Durland 224, 248, 661.
In the Thursday Ladies league Carol Draudt 187, Clorisa Hopkins 185, Pat Gibson 182, Debbie Durland 211, 538, Liz Burgio 200, 513, Barbara Merton 231, 532, Connie McKenley 189, 525, Valerie Fersch 209, 196, 520, Mardette Wilcox 245, 193, 578, Lisa Cartwright 192, 501, Debra Castillo 185, Jeanette Margillo 181, 503, Christine Schultz 177, 517 and Barbara Durbak 202, 245, 585.
In the Saturday Morning Youth leagues, in the Jr./Mjrs Pedro Agapito 195, 247, Eddie Walsh 155, Shawn Sinistorie 179, Steven Sinistorie 175, 180, Nick Price 212, Matt Edwards 144, 149, Jared Friedman 180 and Amber Bock 120, 131. In the Preps division Sierra Barbianti 81, 80, 72, Mikayla DeGraw 153, Sarah Rustic 121, Stacey Reuss 71, Nathaniel Edwards 124, 129, Nathaniel Goldsmith 156, Michael Cubillas 82, 96, 73 and Michael Hope 124. In the Bantams division Taylor Porter 74, 78, John Wilhelm 12, 127 and S. Patel 124. In the Pee Wees division Kaylen Blackford 33, Erin Brawley 59, Jenna Hendrickson 56, Renee Schreiber 68 and Amelia Edwards 102.

Fox Bowling Center

Recent highlight scores in the Tuesday Ladies Early Birds league include a 203, 551 by Sally Ballard, Tammy Kane 192, 521, Jennifer Raymond 184, Jen Smith 181 and Sandy Winans 195.
In the Wednesday Men's Independent league Tom Anderson 236, 203, 618, Mike Bowker 232, Al Bullis Sr. 234, 614, Andrew Bullis 202, 202, Cody Conway 247, Frank Couse Sr. 210, 278, 229, 717, Carl Davis 214, 224, 233, 671, Jim Dibble 226, Brandon Drumm 232, 254, 676, Brian Drumm 220, John Fish 200, Anthony Gately 205, Art Gately 236, Craig Gehrig 235, Bill Gleim 225, 214, 634, John Gurnick 259, Mark Hawley 202, Paul Ignatovich 220, Rob Johnson 207, 243, 210, 660, Pat Kille 244, 236, 220, 700, Dick Layton 206, Donnie Marino 201, 232, 224, 657, Robert McNaught 212, 215, 612, Karol Mech 226, Ed Milk Jr. 237, Josh Milucky 232, 212, 615, Neil Mosher 221, Cory Newman 222, Mitch Persbacker 254, 225, 209, 688, Dick Price 202, 216, 600, Charlie Richenbaugh 216, 203, 215, 634, Josh Rice 204, Sam Rowe 237, 236, 221, 694, Jonathon Wayne 224, 202, Hank Whitmore 254, 213, 204, 671, Woody Wood 210, Zuke Wormuth 249, 203, 622, Lee Wormuth 204, 221, Jay Wormuth 201, 213 and Tony Wright 213, 235, 635.
In the Thursday Men's Deposit National league Al Bullis Jr. 214, 600, Al Bullis Sr. 210, 245, 630, Andy Bullis 242, 225, 247, 714, Matt Conklin 224, Jeff Curtis 246, 269, 708, Bart Davis 213, Chuck Dunlap 215, Norm Ellis Jr. 202, John Fish 208, Paul Fritz 236, 613, Bill Gleim 212, 210, Paul Ignatovich 204, Robert Johnson 214, 222, 208, 644, Gino Jones 206, 202, Greg Keesler 257, 268, 243, 768, John Lanner 211, Neil Mosher 200, Paul Siegler 203, 205, Jim Valentine 202 and Dan Wormuth 257, 208, 206, 671.
In the Friday Mixed Couples league Andy Bullis 234, 226, 218, 678, Frank Couse Sr. 202, Howey Couse 256, 256, 693, Crystal Ellis 180, Norman E. Ellis 215, Gino Jones 221, Mark McGraw 248, 629, Rick Mills 214, 558, Jonney Stanton 222, 202, Tammy Stanton 181, Sandy Winans 192, 520 and Dan Wormuth 208, 200, 214, 622.
In the Sunday Afternoon Mixed Fun league Ray Cornwell 222, Marty Haeussler 214, 200, John Hoffmann 204, 290, 258, 752, Rodney (Taylor) Jester youth boys 190, Matt Johnson 234, Dave Mills 204, Dick Mills 249, 208, 634, Rick Mills 232, 214, 602, Fred Shakelton 200, 226, 618, Ed Townsend 206 and Shirley Townsend 182.

Beechwood Lanes

Recent highlight scores in the Monday Ladies league include a 203, 174, 503 by Diane Staves, Nicole Hubert 194, Lois Erdman 181, Pat McGurrin 180, Diane Conroy 166 and Barbara Cady 164.
In the Tuesday Ladies league Debbie Loughrey 188, 174, 529 and Lillian Zieres 187.
In the Wednesday Men's league Matt Hubert 214, John Kline 202, 201, Bob Glassel 202, Eugene Fulton 199 and Alby Thony 238, 582.

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a public relations consultant to the amateur and professional sport of bowling and to several bowling writers associations. If you have a topic that would make good reading, or have league and tournament scores and information, Ed can be reached by phone at 439-8177 or by e-mail at and by fax at 230-8674. For a more expanded version of the bowling column, please visit our Web Page at

Top Area Stars Set to Invade Reno
For PBA Regional Players Invitational
Berth in PBA Tournament of Champions

Top players from the Professional Bowlers Association’s seven regions are preparing to invade Reno for the 40th anniversary PBA Regional Players Invitational Dec. 15-17 in pursuit of the next level in their professional bowling careers.

At stake in the three-day, 30-game tournament are a $7,500 first prize, a berth in the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas and exemptions to bowl full-time on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour during the 2010-11 season for the top seven finishers.

The tournament, which was first held in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1969 – and won by former Budweisers of St. Louis star Tom Hennessey, is open to the top 25 competition points leaders in each of the PBA’s seven regions. This will be the 11th consecutive year Reno’s National Bowling Stadium has hosted the Sands Regency Hotel Casino-sponsored event.

The outcome of the RPI will be based upon total pinfall for six games on each of five Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour “animal” lane conditioning patterns – the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark. Competition begins on Tuesday, Dec. 15, with the Cheetah round. The Viper and Chameleon rounds are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, and the Scorpion and Shark rounds will complete the 30-game competition on Thursday, Dec. 17.

John Nolen of Waterford, Mich., won the 2008 RPI and went on to win the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Masters to earn a two-year exemption to bowl on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Other players who earned 2009-10 exemptions during the 2008 RPI were: P.J. Haggerty, Clovis, Calif.;
Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan.; Dave Arnold, Reno; John May, Lincolnton, N.C.; Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich.; Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, and Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif.

Eligible players for the 2009 RPI, in qualifying points order, include:

East Region: 1, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa.; 2, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y.; 3, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa.; 4, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y.; 5, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va.; 6, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J.; 7, Tim Beaver, Kingston, N.Y.; 8, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md.; 9, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa.; 10, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md.; 11, Greg Stahora, W. Hazelton, Pa.; 12, P.J. Sonday, Avoca, Pa.; 13, Jeff Voght, Canojahaire, N.Y.; 14, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; 15, Mark Heller Jr., Allentown, Pa.; 16, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa.; 17, Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J.; 18, Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa.; 19, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa.; 20, Nick Miseno, Amsterdam, N.Y.; 21, Noel Vega, Fredon, N.J.; 22, Rusty Thomsen, Morgan, N.J.; 23, John Furey, Freehold, N.J.; 24, Chris Blackmore, Alexandria, Va.; 25, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md.
South Region: 1, Chris Collins, Savannah, Ga.; 2, Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C.; 3, Mike Moore, Orlando, Fla.; 4, Roger Kossert, Brandon, Fla.; 5, Shawn McKee, Concord, N.C.; 6, Richard Langton, Alpharetta, Ga.; 7, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C.; 8, Tom Baker, King, N.C.; 9, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va.; 10, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va.; 11, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga.; 12, Tim Banks, Spartanburg, S.C.; 13, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C.; 14, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C.; 15, Chris McSwain, Kings Mountain, N.C.; 16, Steve Taylor, Madison Heights, Va.; 17, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla.; 18, Josh Chambliss, Charleston, S.C.; 19, Jonathan Nask, Jupiter, Fla.; 20, Brian Osteen, Boiling Springs, S.C.; 21, Jason Mahr, Spring Hill, Fla.; 22, Jeff Mersch, Orlando, Fla.; 23, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla.; 24, Michael Wall, Fayetteville, N.C.; 25, Matt Burdin, Anderson, S.C.
Central Region: 1, Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky.; 2, Pat Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio; 3, Ed Carter, Akron, Ohio; 4, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa.; 5, Dan Higgins Jr., Westerville, Ohio; 6, Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio; 7, Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich.; 8, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio; 9, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio; 10, Tyler Wilds, Mendon, Mich.; 11, Jason Wunderlich, Homestead, Pa.; 12, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y.; 13, Ken Kolberg Jr., Cleveland, Ohio; 14, Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich.; 15, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio; 16, Brett Spangler, New Castle, Ind.; 17, Chris Kliczinski, Pinckney, Mich.; 18, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich.; 19, Mason Brantley, Detroit; 20, Emilio Mora Jr., Defiance, Ohio; 21, Dan Patterson, Utica, N.Y.; 22, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, Pa.; 23, Dustin Baker, Melbourne, Ky.; 24, Billy Oatman, Chicago; 25, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio.
Midwest Region: 1, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa; 2, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo.; 3, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.; 4, David Traber, Hebron, Ill.; 5, Dave Beres, Waukesha, Wis.; 6, Jason Wojnar, Chicago; 7, Richard Kidd, El Paso, Ill.; 8, Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis.; 9, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa; 10, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis.; 11, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan.; 12, Jason Queen, Oreana, Ill.; 13, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan.; 14, Mark Johnson, Normal, Ill.; 15. John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill.; 16, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis.; 17, Andrew Loose, Chicago; 18, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis.; 19, Brian Burkhardt, Wildwood, Mo.; 20, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb.; 21, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill.; 22, Thomas Patton Jr., Olathe, Kan.; 23, Brandon Balsis, Tinley Park, Ill.; 24, Nathan Michalowski, Oak Creek, Wis.; 25, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind.
Southwest Region: 1, Chris Hibbitts II, Fort Worth, Texas; 2, David Anthony, Austin, Texas; 3, Kevin Mitchell, Tulsa, Okla.; 4, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas; 5, Ryan Boroff, Mansfield, Texas; 6, Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas; 7, Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas; 8, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas; 9, Blaine Weninger, Abilene, Texas; 10, Brett Cooper, Aurora, Colo.; 11, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas; 12, John Kay, Derby, Kan.; 13, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas; 14, Mark Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas; 15, Cole Copeland, Austin, Texas; 16, Tim Dooley, Van Buren, Ark.; 17, Kurt Gengelbach, Carrollton, Texas; 18, Dean Jones, Austin, Texas; 19, James Watson, Austin, Texas; 20, Chris Wimpey, Aurora, Colo.; 21, Michael Gaither, Corpus Christi, Texas; 22, Josh Kubiak, Austin, Texas; 23, Trey Field, Metairie, La.; 24, Richie Rylant, Dallas, Texas; 25, Curt Dupree IV, Destrehan, La.
Northwest Region: 1, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore.; 2, Don Allen III, Vancouver, Wash.; 3, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore.; 4, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash.; 5, Kevin Henderson, Albany, Ore.; 6, Bob Davidson, Seattle; 7, Rob Edwards, Vancouver, Wash.; 8, Scot Archabal, Boise, Idaho; 9, Matt Kemper, Hillsboro, Ore.; 10, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore.; 11, Jason Williams, Seattle; 12, Barry Tate, Wenatchee, Wash.; 13, Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore.; 14, Adam Ahmad, Shoreline, Wash.; 15, Dean Buchanan Jr., Snohomish, Wash.; 16, John Arnell, Redmond, Wash.; 17, Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash.; 18, Craig Tuholski, Washougal, Wash.; 19, Erik Hohlbein, Renton, Wash.; 20, Kelly O'Driscoll, Herriman, Utah; 21, Richard Brown, S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.; 22, Duane Benn, Lynnwood, Wash.; 23, Will Smith, Albany, Ore.; 24, Curtiss Bergheim, Vancouver, Wash.; 25, Darryl Izumo, Lihue, Hawaii.
West Region: 1, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif.; 2, Jeff Frankos, San Francisco; 3, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif.; 4, Greg Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio; 5, Ben Laughlin, Phoenix, Ariz.; 6, Rod Garrick, San Francisco; 7, Dave Wodka, Fontana, Calif.; 8, Mason Sherman, Moorpark, Calif.; 9, Scott Norton, Cypress, Calif.; 10, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif.; 11, Joe Goldstein Sr., Hayward, Calif.; 12, Tim Porritt, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; 13, Aaron Pawloski, Volcano, Calif.; 14, Chad Uyehara, Fresno, Calif.; 15, John Gould, Orangevale, Calif.; 16, John Oliva, Simi Valley, Calif.; 17, Gary Duran, Commerce, Calif.; 18, Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif.; 19, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas; 20, Norm Wolff Jr., Modesto, Calif.; 21, Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif.; 22. Joe Goldstein Jr., S. San Francisco, Calif.; 23. Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif.; 24, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; 25, William Wilson, Anaheim, Calif.

The United States Bowling Congress projects the 2009-10 season to go on record as the largest period of individual growth in intercollegiate bowling history. So far this season, USBC Collegiate has added 25 new schools to its roster of institutions fielding collegiate bowling teams. Those additions are expected to push USBC Collegiate's total number of certified schools to 175, which would represent a 16.4-percent increase over the 152 schools that participated in 2008-09.The current growth spurt has been felt across the country, but spikes have been seen in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
Stop in Medford, Oregon Cancelled

The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s scheduled tournament in Medford, Ore., Jan. 4-10, has become a casualty of the national economic slump.

“The Professional Bowlers Association regrets to announce Lava Lanes in Medford will be unable to host the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles event in 2010,” said PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer. “It’s an unavoidable situation, and it’s too late in the planning process to find a host center to replace Medford.”

Schreyer said the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles will be moved to Brunswick Zone-Wheat Ridge in Wheat Ridge, Colo., Feb. 15-21, where it will replace the previously-announced Gemini Championship.

The cancellation also will mean a minor re-scheduling of the PBA Tour’s 2009-10 ESPN television schedule. The tape-delayed finals of the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress will be moved from Jan. 3 to Medford’s Jan. 10 date. Schreyer said a decision on the Jan. 3 air date will be made after discussions with ESPN.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Here & There Column 11-10-09

Speed & Paying Attention When Driving

With frequent trips over many highways we observe more and more bad driving habits and speeding drivers that spell danger for the rest of us.
We see drivers too many times go speeding by us and even cross double lines.
And what about the State ban on use of cell phones?
Although there is no ban on drivers drinking a soda or milk shake while eating a hamburger this also does not produce safe driving.
We find it tragic to read or hear about the death of anyone killed in a traffic accident as a result of excessive speed.
But the bottom line is that Speed Kills and anyone who dares to trust their luck will likely become a statistic.
We can't run away from the problem of speed.
Our roads time and time again have become battlefields and statistics say clearly that several thousand people die annually and several hundred thousand are injured on roads.
We compliment our local police agencies who are continually trying their best to clamp down on speeders but those same authorities can't be everywhere all the time and government should never try to attempt to cut back on traffic operations budgets.
Speed is the biggest single contributory factor in road crashes. The relationship between speed and road crashes is speed goes up the likelihood of crashes goes up, for any given set of road conditions. The reason is simple.....increased vehicle speeds are not accompanied by increased thinking and reacting speeds. Because of this the distance needed for responding and braking increases with speed.
Local authorities report that the wrong speed choice kills three times as many people as drunk driving...but yet speeding is considered by most drivers to be the moral equivalent of parking on a double yellow line.
The state Department of Transportation have installed barriers on sections of Route 17 where head-on collisions have taken place.
We support strong law enforcement to slow speeders down.
Interesting to hear that some 85% of drivers admit to breaking the law by exceeding the speed limit.
The casualty statistics are only the tip of the iceberg. Inappropriate road speeds are the biggest source of danger on our streets.
Chilling statistics says that each of us has a 1 in 17 chance of being killed or seriously injured in a road crash.
Today's drivers enjoy unprecedented power and comfort. Drivers are ever more insulated from the effects of speed. From seat-belts to side-impact-protection systems, car safety features are making life inside the "cockpit" ever more reassuring.
What is speeding for? What good does it do anyone? It seems that self-image has a lot to do with it. For some drivers it's a fatal form of self-expressions that leads to a quarter of serious crashes.
It's time we start preaching to everyone who drives a vehicle....... speed and unsafe driving habits kill.
We need to increase safe driving education.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bowling Highlights Column 11-6-09

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Niagara Falls Hosts State Tournament

The Empire State USBC Bowling Association board of directors has awarded the 2010 State Tournament to Niagara Falls.
The team event is scheduled for the Rapids Bowling Center in Cataract City and the doubles and singles events are scheduled for the nearby Tonawanda Bowling Center in the city of Tonawanda.
Competition in the 86th annual NYS Open Championship will take place on Saturday's and Sunday's from April 10 through May 16, except for the weekend of May 7-8 (Mother's Day weekend).
Squad times are 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday's and 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday's.
A highlight of the opening weekend will be the ESUSBCBA's annual delegates meeting and a proposed Hall of Fame ceremony. More details on these important events will follow.
For additional information contact Paul Kupelian, association manager, at or at 315-623-7100.

The Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo

Bowlers: This week's tip will help you understand correct shoulder alignment when throwing your strike ball and making spares.
When throwing a bowling ball, the shoulders should not necessarily be straight (perpendicular) in relation to the lane.
Instead, they should be aligned straight to the target mark you are trying to hit. This is called pro setting the angle of the shoulders.
There are three rules regarding shoulder alignment.
1. When playing straight down the boards, your shoulders should be straight in relation to the lane.
2. When making shots to the right of the head pin, open your shoulders in relation to the lane.
3. When making shots to the left of the head pin, close your shoulders in relation to the lane.
Doing this is easy in your imagine that there is a three-foot arrow poised on your right shoulder (or left shoulder if you are left handed). Simply point the arrow at the target and the angle will automatically be correct.
Note: Your arm swing should never change, instead, adjust the angle of the shoulders so that your arm swing is in line with the target.
Mike Luongo is technically certified through IBPSIA as a Pro Shop Operator and Master Instructor. He is also a Silver Level Coach with the USBC and is also the Northeast Sales Manager with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at 341-1694 or via e-mail at

PBA Tour

Walter Ray Williams Jr. defeated Chris Barnes, 238-230 to win the PBA Motor City Open at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. The event aired last Sunday on ESPN but was actually bowled and taped in the first week of September.
It was Williams 46th PBA title in his career that began in 1983.
The PBA Cheetah Championship will air this Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. Bowlers reaching the championship round include Ryan Ciminelli, Derek Sapp, Stevie Weber and Norm Duke.

Local Scores

Kiamesha Lanes

Recent highlight scores in the Monday Men's league include a 217 by Mike Weiner, Dan Ricco 224, 224, 628, Paul Durland 210, 217, 621, Jaryl Scott 234, 229, 656, Donald Durland 258, 258, 704, Vinnie Collura 255, 214, 240, 709, James VanAken 237, 201, 630, Josh Strang 209, 205, John Hoffmann 216, 256, 248, 720, John Fischer 208, Nate Sanders 226, William Bartley 207, 203, Dave Graham 236, 217, 213, 666, Serafin Rodriguez Jr. 201, Pete Mitro 217. 202, 611, Jo Jo Van Keuren 206, Frank Martinez 211, Craig Wilhelm 231, Angel Rodriguez 211, Frank Scuderi 211, 222, 266, 699, Mickey Lake 214, Roy Sweeney 207, 210, Eddie Lake 213, 225, 233, 671, Rick Lake 267, 607, Niifa Laresko 201, 226, James Frost 200, Keith Smith 232, 602, Jack Moylan 268, 234, 248, 750, James Ratner 266, 202, 256, 724, Korth Wheeler 258, 224, 654, Allen Jones 214, 204, 612, Daniel Curry 202, Paul Curry 220, 211, 619, Michael Travis 255, 224, 673, Timothy Totten 212, 202, 604, Mal Press 249 and Jon Wilhelm 234, 209, 231, 674.
In the Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league Cara Nicholson 214, 190, 572, Rich Blackford 203, Carena Collura 193, 529, Pat Mulhern 202, 190, 553, Rhonda McClernon 183, 212, 570, Matt Cooper 223, Neil Bell Jr. 212, 215, 609, Joe Peabody 245, 220, 213, 678, Laresko Niifa 224, Mary Lee Williams 198, Joan Lake 206, 541, Ryan Lepke 214, Russ Keesler 256, 207, 658, Fran Kaiser 191, 183, 505, Allen Jones 246, 212, 646, Tom Cooney 244, 213, 235, 692, Debbie Durland 199, 523, Mal Press 237, 247, 676, Jon Wilhelm 228, 211, 227, 666, Kevin Stackhouse 227, 608, Roberta Yakin 181, 193, 536, John Hoffmann 228, 201, 257, 686, Kris Gwiozdowski 222, 211, 624, Barbara Yeomans 190 and Donna DuBois 206.
In the Wednesday Men's league George VanAken Jr. 226, 600, Kenny Atkins 200, Kenneth Hopkins Jr. 238, 267, 699, Vincent Scuderi 202, Kevin Stackhouse 212, 217, 627, Mike Weiner 232, 243, 663, Justin Lopez 222, Dave Porter Jr. 200, George Battle Jr. 205, 222, 616, Allen Jones 205, 212, Larry Berens 266, 215, 676, Dean Shattuck 224, 206, 619, Josh Strang 234, 208, 590, Tom Belgiovene 217, 258, 644, John Hoffmann 226, 243, 226, 697, Tony Mentnech 215, Jody Farquhar 204, 210, Rick Lara 231, 226, 620, Tim McIntyre 240, Frank Emmens 214, 203, Michael Travis 205, 225, 614, Vincent Degraw 205, William VanAken 214, 266, 658, Anthony Atkins 202, 254, 612, Wayne Atkins 202, Joe Fallen 246, 231, 205, 682, Matt Fallon 204, Jon Wilhelm 266, 224, 245, 735 and Donald Durland 276, 204, 217, 697.
In the Thursday Ladies league Barbara Durbak 188, 175, 206, 569, Christine Schultz 191, Pat Gibson 187, Rita Burdick 193, Barb Merton 177, Connie McKenley 201, 179, 547, Valerie Fersch 191, 177, Pat Shuart 175, 175, Mardette Wilcox 210, 177, 529 and Mari Jane Conklin 195.
In the Saturday Morning Youth leagues, in the Jr./Mjrs division Shawn Sinistorie 200, 153, Nick Price 201, Matthew Brown 180, Jared Friedman 181, Kristy Gessman 129, Shivani Patel 155, Michael Scuderi 221, Pedro Agapito III a 213, 192 and James Durland 212, 202. In the Preps division Sarah Rustic 107, 109, Stacey Reuss 64, 64, Shayam Patel 123, 148, Ben Drillings 75, 76, 71, V. Anthony 61 and Michael Hope 117. In the Bantams division John Wilhelm 151 and Rachael Drillings 35. In the Pee Wees division Amiela Edwards 72, Kayelin Blackford 53, Erin Brawley 61 and Jenna Henrickson 67.

Fox Bowling Center

Recent highlight scores in the Tuesday Ladies Early Birds league include a 192-516 by Sally Ballard, Missy Dunlap 197 and Tammy Kane 183, 206, 525.
In the Wednesday Men's Independent league Tom Anderson 221, Mike Bowker 201, 201, Al Bullis Sr. 207, 215, 613, Andrew Bullis 237, 200, 601, Cody Conway 202, Frank Couse Sr. 202, Howard Couse Sr. 202, Carl Davis 235, 207, 637, Jim Dibble 215, 204, 279, 698, Brian Drumm 202, 600, Don Ferris 226, Art Gately 231, Graig Gehrig 231, 203, 601, Jeremy Gulley 236, John Gurnick 203, Mark Hawley 226, 200, Paul Ignatovich 213, 247, 658, Steve Jacoby 236, 624, Rob Johnson 215, Pat Kille 255, 206, 231, 692, Jerry Kulakosky 210, Dick Layton 211, Donnie Marino 233, 234, 257, 724, Mark McGraw 204, Robert McNaught 204, 237, 619, Ed Milk Jr. 211, Josh Milucky 212, Neil Mosher 214, 201, Cory Newman 234, 227, 637, Scott Ostrander 216, Dick Price 203, 220, 615, Josh Rice 241, 228, 209, 678, Sam Rowe 211, Brian Tiffany 214, 204, 605, Scott Wahl 201, Jonathon Wayne 236, 210, 645, Luke Wormuth 223, 233, 626, Lee Wormuth 211, 216, Jay Wormuth 216, 206, 202, 624 and Tony Wright 223, 207, 227, 657.
In the Thursday Men's Deposit National league Rob Bolster 210, Al Bullis Jr. 205, Al Bullis Sr. 211, Andy Bullis 257, 275, 708, Matt Conklin 203, Ray Cornwell 267, 233, 680, Howard Couse Sr. 233, Frank Couse 222, Jeff Curtis 209, 600, Carl Davis 213, Chuck Dunlap 204, John Gurnick 219, Paul Ignatovich 224, Robert Johnson 233, 254, 668, Gino Jones 205, John Lanner 223, 212, Rich Lenio 241, 604, Rick Mills 231, 234, 626, Robbie Ropert 210, Sonny Triebe Sr. 216, 220, Jim Valentine 248, 608 and Dan Wormuth 202, 247, 212, 661.
In the Friday Mixed Doubles league Stacy Briggs 192, 528, Andy Bullis 279, 212, 680, Howard Couse Sr. 222, 239, 620, Anne Couse 219, 181, 548, Howey Couse 215, 223, 205, 643, Crystal Ellis 223, 225, 192, 640, Bill Gleim 257, 632, Gino Jones 224, 209, 613, Hope Jones 181, Brian Robinson 205, 226, 228, 659, Jonney Stanton 212, Sandy Winans 182, 202, 545 and Dan Wormuth 211, 215.
In the Sunday Afternoon Mixed Fun league Ray Cornwell 228, 245, 217, 690, Marty Haeussler 226, 223, 206, 655, John Hoffmann 210, 225, 233, 668, Matt Johnson 248, 218, 658, Donnie Marino 232, 277, 276, 785, Jean Mills 187, Dave Mills 224, 264, 668, Rick Mills 214, 207, 253, 674, Savanna Mills youth scores 139, 162, Fred Shakelton 269, 221, 678, Tyler Shannon 227, 222, 611, Shirley Townsend 181, Ed Townsend 201 and Chris Wadeson 207, 209.

Beechwood Lanes

Recent highlight scores in the Monday Ladies league include a 177 and 160 by Lori Kimmes, Diane Staves 179, 511, Jodi Gulley 171, Jackie Gieger 169, Tracy Puerschner 166, Barbara Cady 164 and Jody Schanil 160.
In the Tuesday Ladies league Kelly Gombita 176, 464.
In the Wednesday Men's league Bob Glassel Jr. 206 and Roger Widmann 201, 199.

Gravity Alley

Recent highlight scores in the Thursday Mixed league include a 217 by Kevin Breidenstein, Dave Predmore 204, Bill Rutledge 201, Judy Mohn 162, Lyle Hocker 246 and Diane Rutledge 165, 168.

This column is written by Ed Townsend, a public relations consultant to the amateur and professional sport of bowling and to several bowling writers associations. If you have a topic that would make good reading, or have league and tournament scores and information Ed can be reached at 439-8177, by e-mail at and by fax at 230-8674. For a more expanded version of the bowling column, please visit our Web Page at

Here & There Column 11-3-09

We Just Can't Stop Helping The Poor & Elderly

The cool November weather with it's approaching winter conditions always brings difficult conditions for Sullivan County's poor and the elderly.
It's tough out in the real world where the unemployment rolls continue to rise and government everywhere is considering layoffs, an increase in property taxes, consolidation of services and programs and even the elimination of some programs and services.
While recently walking across a Sullivan County communities Main Street I was approached by a man with tears in his eyes and in a choked up voice he asked me for a couple of dollars so that he could get something to eat.
I asked when the last time was that he had something to eat and he said that two days before he had some coffee and eggs.
I then asked where he lived and he said he curled up in any barn or open garage he could find.
When I attempted to explain to him that he didn't have to live this way because there were organizations that could help him he said he didn't think anyone would help him.
I told him that I would not just give him money and that I was on my way to the diner across the street and I asked him to join me and I would pay for a nice hot lunch and that I would then take him to an agency where he could get some help.
He said no and just asked for money which I refused and he turned away and went across the street.
I believe I did the right thing and after talking to folks who work in several government agencies they said I did the right thing because the man refused my help for a meal and probably would have used the money for something else other than food.
An incident like this triggers me into going to authorities and agencies and asking questions mainly because I needed answers about poverty and homelessness.
I'm told that at various times of the year the level of homelessness and poverty is very evident even here in rural Sullivan County and I fear that government agencies and programs that help the elderly, homeless and those on the poverty level will be cut or dangerously reduced for our needy folks in the county.
With our sick economy there is sure to be an increase in homelessness and poverty and government agencies and programs that help fight these problems need to be maintained and even increased to help those in need.
Reports are that we are seeing a very alarming trend that shows no sign of going away.
The percentage of Americans who are on the borderline of poverty need help and assistance, not reduced programs and services.
We have been told that a lot of folks just do not quite make the cut to receive food stamps or some kind of benefits and so they live on a razor edge of desperation and starvation.
Food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters report that they have seen a vast increase in people that would starve or be without clothes if not for their services.
We just can't believe that even in tough economic times any government agency would allows this to happen.
To think that we would turn a blind eye to starving homeless folks and our elderly is totally wrong and we call upon compassionate minds to make sure this doesn't happen.
Look at all that we send to help other countries when we have an alarming rate of poverty and homeless citizens. We must put our priorities in line with the welfare of all our citizens. We cannot afford to neglect the folks who need help. There must be a call of reckoning to stop depriving anyone their basic need to exist.