The Bowl-O-Drome Youth Sport Shot league concluded on Monday night. David Zajac took first place for the final 8-week session as well as league high average for the year with a 187. Stephen Biondi had the high series of the year with a 679, while Teresa Ricotta took home the high game award with a 252.

The sport shot league is an excellent experience for our local youth bowlers. It prepares junior bowlers for state and national tournaments such as the Junior Gold where they will see similar lane conditions. The league will start back up in September and BOD is hoping that more local youths will take advantage of this opportunity that will help improve to their game.

• B-O-D just completed its in-house qualifying for the 34th Annual NYS Bowling Proprietors Association Family Tournament. The mother/daughter team of Patti Gabriele and Angela Gabriele took first place in the “Parent/Youth” division while Paul and Tyler Kozlowski were the runners-up. Both of these teams have qualified for the state finals to be held June 6th in Canandaigua.

In the “Parent/Teen” division, Chris Lofstrand Sr and Chris Lofstrand Jr. finished first, followed by Bill and Jon Miller in second. Paula and Jenna Bianco took third place. There were 17 entries in this division, and since one in five entries qualified for the state finals, these three teams will join the Gabrieles and the Kozlowskis in Canandaigua. The winners at the State level will move onto the International Finals to be held in Grapevine, Texas in July. Scholarships will be awarded to youths who make it to the national level.

• The Niagara Falls USBC Bowling Association’s annual Senior Tournament will take place at noon Wednesday. This year’s event will be held at Bowl-O-Drome. Registration will start at 11:00 a.m. Entry forms are now available at Rapids, Frontier, and B-O-D. Entries may be submitted to any of the following NFUSBCBA board members: Harry Chapman, Lou Marcantonio, Tony Quaranto, James Wegener, Walt Kendzia, or Pete Ozzimo. Contact Bowl-O-Drome at 282-5696 or the NFBA at 285-5809 for more information.

• If you would like to sign-up for Rapids Bowling Center’s e-mail and text alert club, you may do so at their control counter. This unique club is designed to keep Rapids’ customers privy to upcoming events and/or open bowling specials, especially over the summer months. All who sign-up will receive a free “I Love Buffalo Bowling” t-shirt and are automatically entered into a drawing to win the mountain bike that is on display at the center.

• Tonawanda Bowling Center is running a weekly sweeper every Sunday night. The sweeper is scheduled to resume this Sunday after the one-week layoff for Easter. Contact Matt Limardi at TBC (694-4120) for more information.

• One of my USBC teammates, Eric LeBay (61 years young), rolled his first career perfect game on Friday night in the Scotty’s Barber Shop 5-man league at Rapids. In the same league, Mike Fitzpatrick rolled his sixteenth career 300 and Peter Maduri rolled games of 276, 279, and 255 for an 810 series, his eighth career 800.

• Vegas was a great time, but the bowling part of the trip didn’t go so well for me. My team, however, rolled what looks to be a cashing score of 2,846 as a couple of my teammates did bowl well in the event. Doubles and singles were just a miserable six games for me and my teammates. Couldn’t wait to throw the last ball and head back to “The Strip.”

Ed Ventry is a director on the board of the Niagara Falls USBC men and youth bowling associations. Contact him at eventry@roadrunner.com.

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