Thursday, December 15, 2016


  PBA Announces 14-tournament PBA50 Tour season for 2017

CHICAGO - The Professional Bowlers Association has announced a 14-tournament PBA50 Tour season for 2017 that will include three majors and three PBA60 tournaments exclusively for players 60 years of age and older.

The 2017 season will kick off with a PBA50 and PBA60 doubleheader at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., April 15-20. Lane Glo will host the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open April 15-17 to be followed immediately by the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open April 17-20.

After the Pasco County events, the PBA50 Tour will once again visit The Villages, Fla., for the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes. The tour then heads north for the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., and PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

The PBA50 Tour Players Championship makes its debut as the season’s first major at long-time PBA host Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis May 13-16.

The senior players then head west for the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV at Harvest Park Bowl May 28-31. Sam’s Town in Las Vegas will host the USBC Super Senior Classic June 1-3, and the season’s second major, the USBC Senior Masters June 4-10. Immediately following the Senior Masters, the PBA50 Tour makes its traditional stop at the Suncoast in Las Vegas for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, the season’s third major June 11-16.

After a five-week break Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., will host the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 followed by the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip in Anderson, Ind., before wrapping up the 2017 season in Fort Wayne Aug. 5-8 with the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Championship presented by Ebonite and the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer Aug. 10-12.

PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame will once again provide comprehensive coverage of the 2017 PBA50 Tour season. Coverage details and schedule will be released at a later date. For subscription and schedule information visit

Entries for the 2017 season will be accepted beginning Feb. 27 on


April 15-17 – PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open, Lane Glo Bowl,  New Port Richey, Fla.
April 17-20 – PBA50 Pasco County Open, Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.
April 22-25 – PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.
April 30-May 3 – PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life, George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.
May 6-9 – PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y.
May 13-16 – PBA50 Tour Players Championship, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis.
May 28-31 – PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.
June 1-3 – USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas.
June 4-10 – USBC Senior Masters, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas.
June 11-16 – Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas.
July 24-27 – PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.
July 29-Aug. 1 – PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip, Anderson, Ind.
Aug. 5-8 – PBA50 Pro Bowl West Championship presented by Ebonite, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Aug. 10-12 – PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,200 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The PBA is in its 57th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, Grand Casino Hotel and Resort,, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, QubicaAMF, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


  GRAHAMSVILLE- Recording their first win of the young season the Tri-Valley boys varsity basketball team Wednesday night used good defense and a 21-point scoring effort during the third quarter to post a 59-44 win over visiting Chapel Field Christian Academy from Pine Bush. 
  The win gives the Bears a 1-4 record and according to Tri-Valley coach Kevin Delaney he has been mostly concerned with the fact "that we're young and don't have a lot of court time between most of the guys."
  Delaney pointed out having a young team "produces a lot of turnovers and sloppy play and although we have a lot of height they need to improve on their ball handling skills."
  Chapel Field coach Joe Canazar entered his first game of the year with eight ballplayers, lost one to injury and played Wednesday's game with seven but were able to stay with the Bears for the first half trailing by six at halftime 30-24.
  Coach Canazar's said the team has "some Asian boys which presents a language barrier but we played good offense the first half and with our limited number we ran out of gas in the second half."
  Coach Delaney substituted freely in the third quarter and a combination of good defense and excellent scoring opportunities allowed the Bears to outscore Chapel Field 21-10 to take a 51-34 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

  The score by quarters found Chapel Field outscoring Tri-Valley 14-13 in the first quarter, Tri-Valley edged the visitors 15-10 in the second quarter, and Chapel Field outscored Tri-Valley 10-8 in the fourth quarter.
  The 21-point third quarter by the Bears found Junior Brennan Healy leading the way with seven points and Junior Richard Gonzalez with six two pointers.

  Healy led Tri-Valley with a 23 points off 10 two pointers and three foul shots. Gonzelez hit for 22 total points off seven two pointers, one tray and five foul shots.
  Jeremy Torres led Chapel Field's scoring with 20 points off two trays, six two pointers and two foul shots. Allan Hao added 13 points for the visitors off five two-pointers and three foul shots.

  Turnovers were big in this game with Tri-Valley having 23 and Chapel Field committing 28.

  Coach Delaney feels the "team definitely has the talent to get better and with more court time and practice time we should see a difference."
  With the win Tri-Valley is 1-4 while Chapel Field falls to 0-1.
  Tri-Valley travels to Bard College Saturday for a tournament which includes Pine Plains and returns home Monday for a non-league game against Tuxedo.                           


Tri-Valley Junior Brennan Healy (24) scores two of his team high 23 points as he soars past Chapel Field's Jeremy Torres (30) in Wednesday's 59-44 Tri-Valley win.                               


Tri-Valley Senior Nick Mungeer attempts a pass over Chapel Field's Allan Hao (11) and Matt Vassel (24) during the Bears Wednesday night 59-44 win.


ARLINGTON, Texas – Logo Infusion will be the official uniform sponsor of the Team USA program as part of a two-year agreement with the United States Bowling Congress.
USBC’s Team USA and Junior Team USA are comprised of the top bowlers, professional and amateur, in the United States. The men’s and women’s teams represent the U.S. in international bowling competitions throughout the world, such as the Pan American Games, World and American Zone Championships, World Games, and QubicaAMF World Cup.
“It is a humbling opportunity to have Logo Infusion be part of the Team USA program,” said Ken Keegan, founder of Logo Infusion. “We look forward to seeing Team USA athletes in our jerseys as they represent the United States on the lanes.”
Athletes will have the chance to earn spots on Team USA and Junior Team USA at the USBC Team USA Trials/U.S. Amateur Championships, scheduled for Jan. 3-8 at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nevada.
The top four men and top four women at the trials, along with the U.S. Amateur champions, earn spots on 2017 Team USA. Two additional spots will be determined by the National Selection Committee (NSC) from the pool of players who compete at the event. Five selections can be made from resumes and/or Team Trials performance.
Several spots on Junior Team USA also will be determined at the USBC Team USA Trials. The top four boys and four girls, based on ranking points, will earn automatic spots on 2017 Junior Team USA, while two additional boys and girls will be selected by the NSC from either the 2017 Team Trials or 2016 Junior Gold Championships.
In addition to becoming the official uniform sponsor of Team USA and Junior Team USA, Logo Infusion will be the official jersey partner of USBC events and staff. Logo Infusion jerseys will be worn by USBC staff during its events, including the USBC Convention, as part of the agreement.
“USBC is pleased to team with Logo Infusion on uniforms for Team USA and as official jersey for USBC events,” said Tramon Thomas, USBC Managing Director of Marketing. “This company has built a recognizable brand in the bowling community with its dye-sublimated jerseys and we look forward to working with the Logo Infusion team.”
Logo Infusion, based in Las Vegas, was announced as the official jersey manufacturer of the Junior Gold Championships, starting in 2017, after reaching a two-year agreement with International Bowling Campus Youth Development last month.
Go to to learn more about its popular jerseys and other products available from Logo Infusion.
United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). USBC conducts championship events nationwide including the largest participation sporting events in the world – the USBC Open and Women’s Championships – and professional events such as the USBC Masters and USBC Queens.

Founded in 1895, today USBC and its 2,500 state and local associations proudly serve more than a million members. USBC is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, working toward a future for the sport. The online home for USBC is

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Holidays Seem To Bring Out The Best

  Thanksgiving 2016 will long be remembered in my household as  the first time ever I shared this holiday with three of my children, eight grandchildren and one great grandson.
  Have you ever tried to do this feat of getting your entire family together for the holiday.
  My son David came up with the invitation to all come to his house for Thanksgiving but there were some thoughts of this one won't show up or that one will be sick or just something will botch this whole idea from becoming a reality.
  Now many families are spread out through many states and this of course presents traveling problems and of course one always has to consider the weather at this time of the year.

  Well thank God my family is pretty centrally located with one granddaughter living in Pennsylvania just a short distance from Port Jervis and two of my grandsons live in the Albany area.

  So we crossed our fingers as everyone said they would come but then we started to worry about the weather report of possible snow and ice Thanksgiving day.
  Turkey day arrived, the weather held off and everyone arrived and for the first time ever I had Thanksgiving dinner with my daughter Doreen Heimann, son David Townsend, daughter Dina Jester and eight of my grandchildren, Rodney (Taylor), Jester, Katie Jester, Billy Kinisky, Nick Kinisky, Crystal Kinisky, Heather Kinisky, Joshua Townsend, Nora (named after my mother) Townsend and the fourth generation great grandson Luke Daniel.
  Especially eventful was that fourth generation family picture and of course a photo of everyone together.
 This is what holidays should be all about and these family times revive great memories and the love that all families should have and always enjoy.                                                       

Thanksgiving Day 2016  provided us with the celebration of four generations of the Townsend family which included from the left, Ed Townsend,  daughter Doreen Heimann, her daughter Heather Kinisky and Heather's son (the fourth generation) Luke Daniel.



                            Merry Christmas Is The Correct Saying

    The baby in a manger.....the chorus of angels......the group of stunned shepherds.......the bright star.....the wise men......a stable.....a Savior......these are God moments and Christmas is full of them.

    It's that time of year again. Time to say "Merry Christmas".
  We live in a greatly diverse country, so checkered with individuality that anyone can celebrate what they want, when they want and how they want to.
    So it is perfectly understandable why saying "Merry  Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays" is the preferred choice of holiday greetings by Christians.
     Then of course comes the standard acceptance of saying,..... look it's a Christmas is not a Holiday is a Christmas Tree and Christians throughout the world this month are not celebrating the birth of a Holiday.....they are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
any community tree lighting events during the month of December have been just that .....tree lighting events.......they are trying to be "politically correct" instead of displaying the real meaning of Christmas for Christians.......which of course is the Nativity Scene.
  In the commercial market some retailers avoid any mention of Christmas and even some merchants banned employees from using the greeting "Merry Christmas." A strong backlash against some large retailers brought them to their knees when sales dropped and their policies changed to adding Christmas to their advertising and their employees greeting customers with Merry Christmas.
     We are in the full-swing of the Christmas season .....and I think the last time I looked on the Calendar it does say that  December 25 is Christmas.

     Also the last time I looked I believe that Christmas is a national holiday but who knows the way things are going that someone or some organization will petition our government to remove this date as a national holiday.

     We certainly do not have anything against the Christmas tree and  lighting ceremonies that include this tree and the lighting of the Menorah which is a major part of the Jewish Chanukah holidays.

     One of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the menorah and this religious symbol is a symbol of the nation of Israel and their mission to be "a light unto the nations," (Isaiah 42.6).   
   But, again, why do we not see The Nativity Scene included in our many ceremonies. The Nativity Scene displaying the birth of Jesus Christ is the true symbol for Christians during the Christmas season.
    Community tree lighting ceremonies censor this Christian symbol as a part of what is called
"insensitive to the many people of different faiths."
     Recent surveys shows that a majority of Americans want us to say "Merry Christmas" and that 69 percent of us prefer the traditional greeting over a generic "happy holidays." which garnered a mere 23 percent of the vote.

     We are proud to say "Merry Christmas" and believe its time to repair the damage that has been done by groups and organizations to take "Christ" out of Christmas.

     So I say to each and everyone of you......have a Merry CHRISTmas and may God Bless you.


Fans Can Wager On PBA Championships

  Oddsmakers are working to establish the early favorite in the upcoming Rolltech Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Championship.
  It's the second year that bowling fans of legal gambling age will be able to wager on the outcome of this championship through sports book venues in Las Vegas and Reno.
  This championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy will be the season's first major championship and it will include the first live prime-time telecast of a PBA Tour event in 14 years when the stepladder finals get underway.
  Reno properties offering World Championship wagering include the Silver Legacy and Circus Legacy. Las Vagas properites offering this wagering include Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York New York.
  Wagers may be placed in person at any of the properties' sports book locations.
  PBA Staff, contractors and World Series participants (members and non-members) are prohibited from making wagers on the event.
  The opening line odds for wagering on the World Championship were established by Jay Rood, Vice President  of Race and Sports for MGM Resorts for MGM Resorts International based on performances in past PBA World Championships and PBA Tour competition in recent years.
  The focal point of the World Championship will be the PBA Tour's ultimate test of versatility and endurance, both physical and mental. The five players who quality for the ESPN stepladder finals will survive a total of 66 games of qualifying and round-robin match play bowled on the PBA's Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and World Championship lane conditions.
  Between the time match plan concludes and before the stepladder finals begin , MGM Resorts International will post a new line so that wagers can be placed for the five players who qualify for the stepladder finals.
  Bowling fans can keep tabs on all the action leading up to the stepladder finals by watching live comprehensive coverage of all preliminary rounds via PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

  Ed's Outlook

  As noted in our lead story gambling continues as part of the PBA World Championship.
  This is the second year for the World Championship  and adds  more spice to a highly competitive sport like bowling's World Championship.
  It this a good idea? It will be interesting to see if this legalized gambling will have any real effect on how the professional bowlers react to having bowling fans placing bets on their bowling abilities.
  It seems that every time you turn around a new casino is opened and the push is on to allow more and more gambling on sports competition.
  At first glance bowling seems like a can bet on teams and individuals, but what negative factors now will take place and in what light will professional bowlers be placed in when they step on the lane to roll a money making important shot.
  Bowling rules evolved over the years to insure that equipment meets rigid specifications and all competitions have strict rules.
  History has proven that legal gambling on bowling has never been a goal of many.           

Bowling Comment
   By Mike Luongo

  Instead of a tip this week I'm addressing the subject of gambling and bowling that Ed has written about in the lead story for this weeks column.
  This is a discussion that has gone on at times for many years. Personally, I have been very outspoken on this subject as if putting bowling on the board is the only way to save the sport long term.
  We only have a certain amount of truly die-hard fans that study the game and understand bowling balls, lanes and the physical game.
  The best way to look at this is to compare it to the NFL. The average "fan" has no understanding of the game of football and how it is played at all. The popularity is due to gambling.
  The interest can come from legal gambling, office pools, illegal bookmakers taking bets and the fantasy side. People like action as a diversion to everyday pressures of life.  The growth of casinos proves that the big fancy buildings would not be built if people did not frequent them. Online gambling is also popular in places that it is legal.
  Once professional bowling goes on the board in casinos, bookmakers will pick up on it and it will explode in popularity. The decline in bowling started with the popularity of casinos if people want to check history. The gamblers hung out in bowling centers (many who did not even bowl) to bet on all of the action bowling going on.
  Looking back and having bowled in that environment, we had no idea at the time how much money was being bet on our matches.Many who do not bowl and have no interest in doing so will participate.
  One interesting thing is that bowlers will now be under the microscope as "funny" things can happen to turn a match (fouls, missed easy spares) and with that their integrity challenged. Again, look at the history of other sports.
  The comments above are my own and in no way have anything to do with Storm Bowling as a company or anyone in the organization. I have no idea what the official "company" position is on this subject.
  Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro-Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events Assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question,  email at

   Local Scores

  Beechwood Lanes

  Mon. Villa Roma Ladies League

  Danielle Meyer 178, Beth Schumacher 150, Tracy Puerschner 155, 161, 166, Diane Conroy 152, Lindsey Bauer 162.

  Callicoon Kristal Bowl

  Mon. Hortonville Ladies League

   Darlene Mantzourate 152, 193, Joann Wright 161, 157, Sue Naughton 170, 168, 160, Kelly Gombita 170, Lillian Zieres 170, 166, 169, 505, Chris Burr 162, Eleanor Glassel 153, Debbie Loughrey 153, Virginia Connel 154, 151, Pat Peters 181, 164, 168, 513, Judy Mohn 150, 169, Kim Doty 187, 157, Mardette Wilcox 156, 164.

  Wednesday Fun

  Rich Thony 202, 189, Tim Sykes 223, 186, Mardette Wilcox 172, 218, 171, 561, Scott McGowan 201, Johnny Glassel 185, Bobby Glassel 188, Hoppe Hubert 191, 182, Jack Diehl 228, Craig Stewart 182, Roger Widmann 190, John Fischer 238, Kory Keesler 185.

  Kiamesha Lanes

  Monday Men's

  Jason Jones Sr. 247, Jason Jones Jr. 600, Russell Bivins 279, 649, Kyle Matthews 226, 645, Jim Piontek 254, 606, Josh Strang 630, Pedro Agapito 226, 245, 674, Jaryl Scott 235, 247, 668, Vinny Collura 235, 619, Donny Durland 229, 247, 683, Dan Ricco 236, 613, Mike Weiner 235, 641, Ryan Lepke 228, David Graham 225, 226, 675, Gene Smith 254, 238, 639, Arthur Stevens 229, 625, Lloyd Bridges 268, 236, 687, Jon Wilhelm 237, 246, 696, Robert Feeney Sr. 629, John Lopez 244, 613, James VanAken 245, 689, Jody Farquhar 259, 681, John Hoffmann 611, Robert Stewart 600.

Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Kevin Stackhouse 234, 267, 690, Eddie Lake 279, 228, 278, 785, Kyle Vanwolde 653, Bob Yakin Jr. 234, Trasey Barres 244, 197, 608, Larry Whipple 225, 661, Peter Scannell 239, Charlie Tuttle 240, 232, 634, Tom Belgiovene 231, 639, Steve Belgiovene 610, Kyle Giordano 225, 290, 757, Rob Kessler 237, John Hoffmann 237, 659, Leanne Mangabang 216, 501, Christie Graham 227, 196, 185, 608, Mary Lee Williams 210, 561, Andrea Grossman 186, 511, Joan Lake 180, 188, 190, 558, Liz Stubits 190, Dave Graham 654.

Thursday Ladies

  Lisa Cartwright 525, Trasey Barres 210, 552, Barb Merton 190, 191, 536, Connie McKenley 189, 189, 529, Loretta VanAken 192, 204, 214, 610, Liz Stubits 505, Christie Graham 191, Debbie Heins 181, Shirley Bowens 200, 516, Dottie Cox 212, 216, 182, 610.

Friday Mixed

  Lauren Blume 190, 198, 540, Doris Castro 504, Julie Chen 187, 218, 523, Angie Desmond 181, 195, 523, MaryAnn Drobysh-Berens 204, 185, 529, Katie Hacker 199, 190, 550, Joan Lake 207, 196, 211, 614, Loretta VanAken 181, 188, 541, Eddie Lake 279, 258, 753, Ryan Lepke 602, Tito Santiago 256, 607, Bill Schubert 235, 233, 673, Keith Smith 227, 630, Kevin Stackhouse 234, 643, James VanAken 266, 682, Larry Whipple 231, 613. 
  Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, score a 300 game or 800 series, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's Photos at We are also on Facebook and Twitter.



CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association will provide regional competitions and player services, plus live event coverage of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association through Xtra Frame, its online video streaming service, after renewing its strategic partnership agreement with the PWBA.

The PBA plans to conduct seven “women only” PWBA-PBA regional events in 2017 which will be operated by PBA’s regional managers, will complement the PWBA Tour schedule to provide more competitive opportunities for women bowlers.

“The PBA is committed to helping build a strong tour and providing regional events for women bowlers,” PBA Tour CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said. “We’re excited to continue showcasing these talented bowlers on Xtra Frame, and we’re looking forward to another great season.”

The PWBA will utilize Xtra Frame to provide PWBA fans with exclusive live coverage of the tour starting with the 2017 PWBA Sonoma County Open, which kicks off the season April 27-29.

“The PBA-PWBA partnership is a great example of the bowling industry working together to build a future for the sport,” United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “The partnership not only provides great opportunities for today’s women bowlers, it also gives youth and collegiate bowlers an aspirational goal.”

The PBA will continue to provide player services, equipment transportation and a mobile pro shop for PWBA Tour members during the season.

The agreement provides PWBA members the eligibility to bowl in all PBA events. In 2016, PWBA members earned points in regional competitions, culminating with the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge event that kicked off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in late November. Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., representing the PBA West Region, defeated Ashly Galante of Palm Harbor, Fla., representing the PBA South Region, 267-188, to capture the title.

“The services the PBA provides, such as transport and mobile pro shop, are important elements in operating a professional tour, and we appreciate the PBA’s collaboration,” Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “Along with the regional events that will allow more players to develop their skills, these are all essential parts of building a strong and successful PWBA Tour.”

Go to to learn more about how to subscribe to Xtra Frame and for information on the PBA Regional program.

Visit for the complete 2017 PWBA schedule along with news, player biographies and more.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,200 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour, PWBA/PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The PBA is in its 57th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, Grand Casino Hotel and Resort,, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, QubicaAMF, Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to

About the PWBA
The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) originally was formed in 1960. The PWBA Tour has events throughout the country, offering high-level competition and top prize money for women bowlers. The PWBA is supported by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).

Monday, December 12, 2016


Maine-Endwell World Champs to Help Unveil Rumble Ponies New Uniforms
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies have recruited the Maine-Endwell Little League World Series Champions to help them unveil their new uniforms on Wednesday, December 14 at 5:30 PM. The Rumble Ponies invite season ticket holders to the Maine-Endwell Middle School auditorium to get their first look at the new jerseys. Doors will open at 5:00 PM for the free event.
Four different Rumble Ponies jerseys (home, road, alternate & batting practice) will be sported by members of the Maine-Endwell Little League team in a special presentation.
Rumble Ponies general manager Jim Weed and Maine-Endwell head coach Scott Rush will be available for comment with the media following the show.
The Rumble Ponies will stream the entire event on Facebook Live: (
The Maine-Endwell Little League team captured the hearts of fans in the Southern Tier this summer when they became the first US team since 2011 to win the Little League World Series. The team capped their historic 24-0 run with a victory over South Korea to capture the ultimate title.
The jersey unveiling will be another milestone in an already-busy baseball offseason for the Rumble Ponies. The club revealed their new identity last month and announced a $2.5-million stadium upgrade in mid-November.
Be sure to follow the Rumble Ponies on Facebook ( on Twitter (@RumblePoniesBB), and at the team’s official website ( for more team information.
The Rumble Ponies open the 2017 season on the road in New Hampshire on April 6 before celebrating their home opener at NYSEG Stadium on April 13. Tickets for the 2017 season are on sale now.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Rumble Ponies Announce Coaching Staff
The newly-minted Binghamton Rumble Ponies are proud to announce Luis Rojas will serve as the team’s manager for the 2017 season. Rojas will be joined by pitching coach Glenn Abbott, hitting coach Luis Natera, athletic trainer Bob Grimes and new strength and conditioning coach Kory Wan. Rojas and his staff will kick off the Rumble Ponies’ inaugural season on April 6.
Rojas takes the wheel of the Rumble Ponies after steering the ship for the St. Lucie Mets (High-A) for the previous two seasons. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native went a combined 142-131 across his two years in the Florida State League. Rojas led the Mets to the postseason in 2016 by winning the South Division second half title.
Following a four-year stint as a coach in the Mets system, Rojas made his managerial debut in the organization with the GCL Mets (R) in 2011. Rojas led the Savannah Sand Gnats (Low-A) from 2012 to 2014, a three-year stretch that included a South Atlantic League Championship in 2013.
Rojas played seven seasons in the Minor League systems of the Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from 1999 to 2005.
The new Rumblers skipper is currently managing the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. He led Escogido to the DWL title last winter.
Rojas replaces Pedro Lopez, the all-time winningest manager in franchise history. After a five-year stint in the Southern Tier that included three postseason berths, an Eastern League title and his induction into Binghamton’s baseball shrine, Lopez will manage the Las Vegas 51’s (AAA) in 2017.
Abbott returns to the Southern Tier for his sixth year as the Binghamton pitching coach. In 2016, eight players that pitched for Abbott in Binghamton made their Major League debuts. Michael Fulmer, a member of Abbott’s pitching staff in 2014 and 2015, was named the American League Rookie of the Year with the Detroit Tigers.
Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 8th round in 1969, Abbott spent 11 seasons in the Major Leagues as a starting pitcher for the A’s (1973-76), Seattle Mariners (1977-83) and Detroit Tigers (1983-84). Abbott compiled a 62-83 record and amassed a 4.39 ERA in 248 career games (206 starts). On September 28, 1975, he combined with Vida Blue, Paul Linblad and Rollie Fingers in the first four-pitcher no-hitter in MLB history.
This season marks Natera’s 26th with the Mets organization and tenth in the Southern Tier. Under Natera’s watch, Phillip Evans highlighted Binghamton’s offense in 2016 by winning the Eastern League batting title with a .335 batting average.
He has served as a hitting coach at five different levels during that time, including stints with Buffalo (AAA, 2009), St. Lucie (High-A, 2007), Hagerstown (Low-A, 2005-06), Kingsport (Rookie, 2003-04), and Capital City (Low-A, 1999).
Natera served in his native country as coordinator of the Mets’ Dominican Academy in 2001 and 2002. He managed the Dominican Mets (Rookie) in 2002 and skippered the DSL Mets from 1992-1997.
Grimes returns for his second season as the team’s athletic trainer and 29th season overall in professional baseball. Before joining the Mets in 2016, he spent 27 years in the Chicago Cubs organization.
Kory Wan joins the Rumble Ponies after spending last season in the same capacity with St. Lucie. The 2017 season will be his fourth in the Mets system. A 2013 graduate of St. Leo University, Wan has spent time with the Kingsport Mets (R) and Savannah Sand Gnats (Low-A).
Be sure to follow the Rumble Ponies on Facebook ( on Twitter (@RumblePoniesBB), and at the team’s official website ( for more team information.
The Rumble Ponies open the 2017 season on the road in New Hampshire on April 6 before celebrating their home opener at NYSEG Stadium on April 13. Tickets for the 2017 season are on sale now.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Why Were Folks Surprised ?

  Comments made by so many following the large margin of victory that led to the election of Donald Trump included "surprised" and "I don't think anyone had an accurate feel on the pulse of the American voter."
  It is very apparent to this columnist that if folks were surprised with election results then they must have been living in the make-believe world or not facing reality.
  The pundits and the pollsters continue to express disbelief that they didn't see Donald Trump's victory coming. Well before Trump declared he was the amusement of the liberal media and Washington establishment, who didn't stop laughing until Nov. 8...and long before Hillary Clinton dismissed half of Trump's supporters as "deplorables"....Trump supporters had gotten use to being looked down upon.
  The folks on Nov. 8 said they had enough of the smugness and the general attitude of the left which was saying...disagree with us?... you're probably racist, xenophobic, sexist, bigoted or all of the above

  Several weeks prior to election day we made our small telephone poll to folks we know in Florida, Ohio, South and North Carolina and while traveling trough the state of Pennsylvania we noticed Trump signs outnumbering Clinton signs by at least a two to one margin.

  What we heard in our small poll told me Trump would be a big winner and I expressed that fact to many prior to the elections....yes some local folks thought I was wrong.

  What our telephone poll revealed is that folks didn't like race and Trump's alleged racism being pushed by the Democrats and voters didn't support issues like social injustice, race and the environment.

  Those who supported Trump's campaign of  hope and making  America great again responded.
  A political campaign featuring fear mongering tactics was rejected by the folks and voters also rejected corruption and unfair federal policies thus delivering vast power to a maverick political novice who promised to treat working Americans with respect.
  Hillary Clinton's incredible record of ethical deficiencies were hard to overcome by those who felt she distorted and mislead at every turn.
  Trump's victory can also be credited to voters who saw that the establishment media was woefully out of touch with the folks it's supposed to represent and Trump's election exposed it.
  Yes, a lot of people saw it coming ....just not the people who allegedly covered the election. The election was a massive failure for the established media, broadcasters, pollsters, newspapers, consultants and know-nothing TV yakkers who largely live and breathe in New York and Washington.

  Simply said, the folks want repeal of ObamaCare, nullification of President Obama's executive orders and memorandum, they support a wall along the border with Mexico, they want deportation of illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, they want cuts in individual and corporate tax rates, they want a better Iran nuclear deal, they want to deregulate energy production and they support negotiations to rewrite trade treaties.

  The era of the negative ad died in this election and passion and enthusiasm proved more effective in generating the massive turnout in support of President Elect Trump.


Agapito Hits 300 & 816

  Pedro Agapito III has had a hot hand lately, recording a perfect 300 game on Nov. 15 and following it up on Nov. 22 with an 816 series, both in the Kiamesha Lanes Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league.

  The 816 series saw him record singles games of 278, 249, 289 .

  The 300 game followed by a 224, 231 and a 756 series was scored on lanes 13-14 using an IQ Tour Pearl bowling ball.

  The 22-year-old  Monticello bowler has been bowling for 12 years and presently bowls in both the Tuesday Mixed Firefighters league and the Monday Men's league, both at Kiamesha Lanes.

  Pedro noted that all 12 strikes were in the pocket.
  This is his 16th 300 game and his 14th 800 series.

  In the Tuesday league he bowls on the Rock HIll Liquor Store team with team mates Kevin Stackhouse, George Dye and Tola Deylii.
  He presently maintains a 231 average for all leagues.

  Pedro is not married but is engaged to Angela Scott. They have no children.

  He is employed at the Crystal Run Village and is a DSP.  

Ed's Outlook

 Copperfield Bowl in Houston on a Thursday night during the bowling season is where you'll likely run into Sean Osbourn.
But, it was an unexpected guest appearance at the center on a Monday that yielded a record-setting performance for the 24-year-old right-hander, who became the 29th bowler to roll three consecutive 300 games for a 900 series in United States Bowling Congress-certified competition.
Osbourn bowled as a substitute in Copperfield Bowl's early league session, and then was asked to fill in for someone on the late league.
The second half of his evening started with the usual paperwork any bowler must fill out when bowling in new league for the first time, but it ended with additional paperwork he never could have expected.
"I couldn't believe it - I still can't," said Osbourn, who owned four 300 games prior to Monday. "I wasn't shaking at the end, though. I think I was in shock. It's great and crazy, and I can't believe it happened to me. I love bowling and always have, and this is something I'll never forget."
Osbourn's last 300 and 800 came at Copperfield Bowl in September, when he opened the night with 12 consecutive strikes and added games of 258 and 254 for an 812 series, the third 800 of his career.
That experience definitely helped him Monday after his perfect start, despite impossible-to-avoid thoughts of the likelihood of a poor shot or run-ending 10 pin. Neither happened, though, as Osbourn polished off the first perfect set in the Lone Star State, topping the previous mark of 899, shot by Bill Fong of Plano, Texas, in 2010.
"I'd never shot back-to-back 300s or two in the same set, so it was a little unfamiliar, but I just tried to keep it going and keep the shots online," Osbourn said. "I felt the same way at the end of the third game, too. But, I was on my good lane. I tried not to overthink it and just throw the ball."
Osbourn's 36-strike string came in the NFL Fall 2016 short-season league. The trios league kicked off its 14-week season in mid-September and is scheduled to run until Dec. 12.
"It definitely helped being in a trios league, so I didn't have to wait that long and was able to keep my mind focused," said Osbourn, who comes from a family of bowlers and has averaged as high as 230, which came during the 2013-2014 season. "Being that it was the late league and some teams had already left, there weren't that many people around. Those who were left came up to congratulate me, and 5-10 minutes later is when it really started to sink in."
Osbourn had about a week's notice concerning his substitute role in Monday's early league, in which he bowled a less eventful series in the 670s. But, the first session served as a great warm-up and gave him an idea how to attack the oil pattern, even though his record feat would take place on a different pair of lanes.
Osbourn's achievement is pending approval from USBC and would be the 30th USBC-approved 900.
The first USBC-approved 900 occurred Feb. 2, 1997 when Jeremy Sonnenfeld rolled three consecutive perfect games in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo

At certain times during your bowling match slowing down the bowling ball is important.
If you find your bowling ball skidding right past the break point, you are on a lane that has more oil than normal.
The only way to compensate for this situation is to slow down your bowling ball. By slowing down your ball, your ball will have less momentum, therefore gripping earlier and hopefully on its normal break point.
So how do you slow down your bowling ball?
Just like adding more sapped to a ball, we will use our good old buddy, gravity to help. This means holding the ball lower during our approach. Depending on how much speed ou want to take off the ball, your should lower it anywhere from two inches to a foot.

Another good tip to follow here is bending a little at your knees as well.

You will also want to start your approach closer to the foul line.
These ball speed tips will really help your ball speed, but they will take a lot of practice to master.
Mike Luongo is a certified IBPSIA Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, USBC Silver Level Coach and an Advisor-Special Events assistant with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. Have a question, email him at

Local Scores

Beechwood Lanes

Mon. Villa Roma Ladies

  Diane Staves 150, 169, Diane Conroy 164, Danielle Meyer 160, Trish Ellmauer 190.

Callicoon Kristal Bowl

Mon. Hortonville Ladies

Marty Bogdanowitz 165, 163, 168, Kelly Gombita 155, 151, Lillian Zieres 181, 167, 155, 503, Chris Burr 182, Debbie Loughrey 152, Robin Luckey 155, 232, 513, Deedee Schrader 155, 154, Barbara Pingel 166, Sharon Cunningham 157, Judy Mohn 169, 152, Heidi Bauer 188, 153, Mardette Wilcox 178, 183.

Wednesday Fun

  Brian Brustman 194, 180, Rich Thony 201, Tim Sykes 191, Randy Fisher 197, Tom Gain 198, Scott McGowan 197, Bobby Glassel 187, Hopper Hubert 189, Alby Thony 215, Sami Markao 181, Doug Kautz 201, Roger Widmann 197, 225, 600, Ed Leroy 192.

Kiamesha Lanes

Monday Men's

A real nice 819 series by Donny Durland off single games of 297, 279, 243....he carries a 243 average in this league, Jason Jones Jr. 234, 255, 685, Michael Travis 603, Dan VanAken 225, 620, Pedro Agapito III a 246, 248, 716, Mike Mulligan 233, 620, Dan Ricco 253, 673, Mike Weiner 639, Ryan Lapke 248, 604, Dave Graham 247, 244, 279, 770, Charlie Tuttle 236, 636, Tom Belgiovene 267, 632, Jon Wilhelm 267, 237, 237, 741, Vincent DeGraw 245, 621, Chris Parken 227, Justin Lopez 236, 626, Kyle Matthews 277, 227, 678, Jaryl Scott 225, 246, 662, Vinny Collura 236, 257, 717, Kevin Stackhouse 225, 237, 673, Keith  Smith 244, 229, 686, Eddie Lake 227, 225, 657, Rick Lake 637, Ryan Feeney 257, Robert Feeney Sr. 618, Jody Farquhar 236, 649, John Hoffmann 609.

Tues. Mixed Firefighters

  Kevin Stackhouse 226, 287, 726, Bob Yakin Jr. 243, 603, Trasey Barres 180, Larry Whipple 226, 631, Carena Collura 500, Dale Sonnenschein 236, 226, 667, Karen Martin 192, Kat Cronk 185, Tom Belgiovene 256, 653, Kyle Giordano 233, 259, 688, Jon Wilhelm 269, 227, 717, John Hoffmann 280, 711, Jody Farquhar 246, 616, Christie Graham 182, 504, Mary Lee Williams 183, 520, Linda Schaefer 183, Joan Lake 184, 192, 514, Keith Smith 227, 237, 676, David Graham 233, 236, 678.

Friday Mixed

Trasey Barres 214, 230, 204, 648, Cathy Carpenter 181, Angie Desmond 203, 227, 599, Paul Berens 245, 604, Donnie Durland 241, 651, Glenn Fraser 226, Eddie Lake 247, 265, 244, 756, Ryan Lepke 231, 279, 237, 747, Christopher Meyer 227, Dan Ricco 243, Bill Schubert 604, Keith  Smith 611, Kevin Stackhouse 246, 661, James VanAken 236, 233, 651.

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, bowl a 300 game or 800 series or even bowl your age, call Ed at 845-439-8177, email at or fax at 845-205-4474. View this column and Ed's photos at We are also on Facebook and Twitter. 

Kiamesha Lanes Tuesday Mixed Firefighters Vice President Shane Cunningham, right, presents the USBC 300 game certificate to Pedro Agapito III.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII Notebook

For the third year, “graduates” of China’s Longmarch Pioneers League have returned to the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. This year’s record group of 10 players includes three traditional right handers, two lefties and five players who use the “spinner” technique with very light bowling balls, a technique that is popular in Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and a few other Asian Rim nations. It’s the largest group of “spinner” technicians ever to bowl in PBA competition.

After making its debut with six bowlers in 2014 and seven last year, China continues to pursue its first “casher.” But the players who have qualified through the “Pioneers” program created by Longmarch Bowling President Frank Zhao continue to make progress and Zhao is making sure Chinese bowling fans are constantly updated by feeding them video and audio reports on social media on a daily basis. As a demonstration of the progress China is making, Zhiyong Wang averaged 224.5 in the Cheetah round to finish in 26th place – missing the cut to the match play elimination rounds by finishing two pins behind PBA legend Walter Ray Williams Jr.

In order to earn trips to the WSOB, Chinese players have to earn their PBA memberships through Zhao’s Longmarch Pioneers League, establishing minimum 200 averages, and then they had to finish among the leaders in a national qualifying event.

Once again accompanying the delegation is Guotai Shi, who is Vice Chairman of the Chinese Bowling Association.

Since its inception in Detroit in 2009, the essence of the World Series has been a variety of “animal pattern” which not only offer PBA Tour titles, but serve as qualifying stages culminating with the PBA World Championship. In order to win the PBA World Championship, players must demonstrate a high level of consistency across the different challenges the “animal patterns” present.

While oiling patterns on bowling lanes are normally invisible, the PBA helped fans get a visual picture of the differences in playing conditions when it introduced blue dyed oil for televised WSOB events in 2013. The “blue oil” lanes have remained a part of PBA’s televised events ever since.

Another major advance in understanding the challenges of bowling came when the PBA gave those varying oiling patterns names. Thus the so-called animal patterns were born, and fans can now relate to the playing surface involved simply by referring to the animal pattern name and knowing peculiar features are involved with that particular oiling pattern. This year’s patterns are the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark. The Shark, making its first WSOB appearance since 2011, replaces the Viper to give this year’s World Series a different challenge than they faced in 2015. Here’s a brief look at the 2016 animal patterns:

The Cheetah: PBA’s description says “A cheetah may look harmless, but this speedster has a dangerous side. So does this pattern - with a fast scoring pace and play near the gutter, there's no room for error.” The Cheetah involves applying oil on the lane to a distance of 35 feet. Past WSOB Cheetah champions include Norm Duke (2009), Eugene McCune (2010), Bill O’Neill (2012), Wes Malott (2013), Anthony Pepe (2014) and Parker Bohn III (2015). The Cheetah was not part of the 2011 WSOB.

The Chameleon: “Chameleons change color to outsmart their enemies. To excel on this pattern, bowlers must be versatile in many styles of play.” The Chameleon pattern involves oiling to a distance of 43 feet. Past WSOB Chameleon champions include Bill O’Neill (2009), Scott Norton (2010), Jason Belmonte (2011), Scott Norton (2012), Ryan Ciminelli (2013), Mika Koivuniemi (2014) and Jesper Svensson (2015).

The Scorpion: “A scorpion is dangerous and unpredictable, like this pattern. If you can't find the right groove on the lanes, you'll be stung!” The Scorpion pattern involves oiling to a distance of 47 feet. Past WSOB Scorpion champions include Mike DeVaney (2009), non-member Yong-Jin Gu (2010), Dom Barrett (2011), Tom Daugherty (2012), Tom Smallwood (2013), Michael Haugen Jr. (2014) and Jon Van Hees (2015).

The Shark: “The shark involves a heavy application of oil and is frequently preferred by players who can play the inside part of the lane because abundant oil on the outside part of the lane can lead mistakes into the abyss. Precise shot-making will be rewarded. Miss your target or make an errant release, and you may wind up in the jaws of the beast.” The Shark pattern involves a high-volume application of oil to distance of 43 feet. Past WSOB Shark champions include: Jack Jurek (2009), Osku Palermaa (2010) and Jason Belmonte (2011).

The PBA World Championship: A specific oiling pattern, to a distance of 41 feet, is used for PBA World Championship match play and television final competition. Past WSOB PBA World Champions include: Tom Smallwood (2009), Chris Barnes (2010), Osku Palermaa (2011), Parker Bohn III (2012), Dom Barrett (2013), Mike Fagan (2014) and Gary Faulkner Jr. (2015).

In addition to the distance oil is applied to the lane for each specific animal pattern, the distribution of oil across the lane varies from pattern to pattern, using sophisticated lane maintenance equipment for precise duplication of oil lane to lane. The oil application influences angles of attack, ball speed and numerous other decisions bowlers have to make. Instead of being able to see the oil on the lane – and how it is moved around as each round progresses – professional bowlers read the motion of their bowling balls as they travel down the lane in order to make adjustments.

The variety of playing surfaces challenges combined with the most talented bowlers in the world are reasons why the PBA World Series of Bowling is the greatest event in bowling.

As the PBA continues its extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII on Xtra Frame, subscribers are getting a chance to meet some of the Tour’s top stars who are featured in a new “One on One with Randy Pedersen series of interviews.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Pedersen will chat with Sean Rash, who tells some moose stories, talks about his favorite places to bowl, a growing affinity for wine with help from Johnny Petraglia and more.

Coming on Monday, Dec. 5: Anthony Simonsen talks his early start to bowling, his favorite PBA Tour roommates, dealing with success, miniature golf, why he’d rather eat with bowlers than anyone else and more. On Thursday, Dec. 8: Chris Barnes discusses quick wits and Tommy Jones, his favorite television opponents, bets with Mika Koivuniemi, what he does with any spare time he can find and more. Closing out the series on Monday, Dec. 12: Tom Daugherty chats about his standout 2016 season, his favorite restaurant in the world, his pro shops, one peculiar superstition and more.

If you missed them, the Xtra Frame archives includes conversations with Ryan Ciminelli, Jason Belmonte, Jesper Svensson, Dom Barrett and Gary Faulkner Jr.

Xtra Frame currently is providing exclusive coverage of the animal pattern qualifying rounds, leading into the start of PBA World Championship cashers round and match play coverage Dec. 4-5 when PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will join the Xtra Frame announcing team. Holman will remain in the XF booth through the conclusion of World Series coverage, Dec. 6-8, and will then join ESPN announcers Dave LaMont and Randy Pedersen for the live ESPN telecast of the PBA World Championship on Dec. 11. For the Xtra Frame daily schedule, including air times, visit

Xtra Frame subscriptions are available in a variety of packages: three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link. As a reminder, new monthly or Season Ticket subscribers also are automatically entered into monthly sweepstakes where they have chances to win a new high-performance bowling ball from Brunswick, DV8 or MOTIV.

Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas defeated Mark Williams on Williams’ home lanes Sunday, winning the 15th annual PBA Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center with a 218-182 victory over the PBA Hall of Famer. The victory was Findling’s seventh career QubicaAMF PBA Regional title.

Findling led qualifying to claim the top berth for the stepladder finals. In the opening match, Williams defeated Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, 257-225. He then eliminated Dylan Macon from Lubbock, Texas, 233-214, to advance to the championship match. Then, holding a one-pin lead, Williams opened in the seventh frame and Findling pounced, striking in the ninth and 10th frames to secure the $3,000 first prize.
● The only QubicaAMF PBA Regional activity over the Dec. 2-3 weekend will be the MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by DV8 for non-champions at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.
● For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.


RailRiders Announce Front Office Changes
Longtime Linchpin Ruby Departs, Olerud Elevated

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) announce that Josh Olerud has been promoted to president.

“Josh has done an incredible job leading the team during the past year and has created an exciting atmosphere for the community and all of our fans to enjoy RailRiders baseball at PNC Field,” said David Abrams, co-managing owner of the RailRiders.

“I’m excited for Josh’s promotion and looking forward to the team’s continued success and growth in NEPA,” said owner Bob Mills. “I have full confidence that he’s completely prepared to lead us into 2017 and beyond.”

The SWB RailRiders also announce that Jeremy Ruby will be leaving the organization for the general manager position with The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. His new position will start on Monday, Dec. 12.

“The last two decades of my life have been intertwined with this team,” said Ruby, who began his baseball front office career as an SWB intern in 1998. “But I got an opportunity that I could not pass up at this time in my life. While it’s bittersweet to exit the baseball lifestyle, I’m supremely excited to join forces with the great folks at Live Nation Entertainment”.

“I can’t thank Jeremy enough for his leadership and friendship,” said Olerud. “He will be deeply missed, but we all certainly understand his decision granted his tremendous new opportunity. We will still be working hard as a team to get ready for the 2017 season and the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game over the coming months.”

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders open their 2017 home schedule on Monday, April 10 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit

Sunday, November 27, 2016


O’Grady, Williams, Parkin Win PBA Challenge Events to Kick Off
GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII
Eighth annual World Series officially gets underway with animal pattern stages on Tuesday

RENO, Nev. (Sunday, Nov. 27) – Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J.; Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and Missy Parkin of  Laguna Hills, Calif., kicked off the GEICO Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, with victories in the special PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge events Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

O’Grady, representing the PBA East Region, threw a clutch strike on his first shot in the 10th frame to nip South Region represent Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 225-217, handing Allen his first loss in the nine-game PBA Regional Challenge special event.

“I know it doesn’t count as a title, but it sure feels like one to me,” O’Grady said. “Being here on bowling’s biggest stage, live on Xtra Frame, against a stellar field of players who all have a lot more experience than I do feels pretty good. Maybe, at age 30, I’m just hitting my prime a little late.”

Williams, at age 57, survived another in a series of battles with veteran Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, throwing the only double of the match and clinching the 192-187 win with a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame after a pair of costly 10 pins thwarted Mohr again. For the ninth time in 2016, Mohr made a championship round without winning the title.

“It’s a great opportunity for the PBA50 Tour guys to have an event like this at the end of the season,” Williams said. “I was fortunate Ron didn’t double in the 10th, but I thought I threw some good shots that didn’t carry, too. That’s the challenge of this game. You have to figure out what to do to carry those shots.

“It’s a great confidence-builder to start the World Series,” he added, noting the win doesn’t end his ongoing duel with fellow PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber to become the first PBA player to win a combined 100 PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional titles. Both have 99.

“No, this wasn’t the 100th title,” Williams said. “It’s a special event. Never had been a PBA title, so it doesn’t count.”

Parkin, bowling with medical approval by her doctor after undergoing surgery nearly six weeks, saved her best game for last, defeating top qualifying and PBA South Region representative Ashly Galante of Palm Harbor, Fla., 267-188, for the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge title. After a first-frame spare, Parkin reeled off eight strikes in a row to run away with the $8,000 first prize.

“I changed strategy based on what I was doing in qualifying,” Parkin said. “I overheard the guys say they were playing farther right on the pair of lanes we used for the finals, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I tried it in practice and it was amazing, so I stayed out there.

“I’m really grateful I got cleared to bowl this event,” the PBA West Region representative said. “I’m bummed I can’t bowl the rest of the World Series, but I’m really glad I got to do this one.”

Each of the three Challenge events culminated season-long competition points qualifiers to reach the World Series, and entitled each of the competitors to paid entries into the World Series as well. The Challenge events were covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame.

The eighth annual WSOB officially gets underway Tuesday with the first of four animal pattern qualifying stages leading into the PBA World Championship that will conclude with live ESPN television coverage on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). All preliminary qualifying rounds of the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championships also will be covered live on Xtra Frame between Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 8.

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Nov. 27
            Championship: Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. ($8,000) def. Ashly Galanta, Palm Harbor, Fla. ($4,000), 267-188.
            Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advanced to championship match): 1, Galante, 7-1, 2,018. 2, Parkin, 4-4, 1,828. 3, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 6-2, 1,777, $1,000. 4, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 5-3, 1,751, $700. 5, Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 4-4, 1,728, $600. 6, April Lord Wittig, Steilacoom, Wash., 4-4, 1,648, $500. 7, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., 2-6, 1,538, $400.

            Championship: Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla. ($8,000) def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas ($4,000), 192-187.
            Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advanced to championship match): 1, Mohr, 7-1, 2,031. 2, Williams, 6-2, 2,012. 3, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 4-4, 1,968, $1,000. 4, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 4-4, 1,963, $700. 5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-5, 1,820, $600. 6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3-5, 1,797, $500. 7, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5-3, 1,754, $400.

            Championship: Matt O’Grady, Matawan, N.J. ($8,000) def. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C. ($4,000), 225-217.
            Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advanced to championship match): 1, Allen, 8-0, 2,202. 2, O'Grady, 4-4, 1,974. 3, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4-4, 1,959, $1,000. 4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4-4, 1,944, $700. 5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5-3, 1,847, $600. 6, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 4-4, 1,825, $500. 7, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3-5, 1,776, $400.
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