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  • 300 - Brian Cline 10/24/22

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Nine in the money at Gladys Ford Senior event

NOVEMBER 11, 2022 -- Nine bowlers cashed at the Gladys Ford Senior Women's tournament last weekend at Le Roy Legion Lanes.

Prize winners and their earnings are as follows:

Class AA (75 and over) -- Jeanne Rosa, Perry, $150; Bee Sank, Mount Morris, and Grace Bogle, Perry, tie for second, $50 each.

Class A (70-74) -- Marcia Zambito, Albion, $85.

Class B (65-69) -- Marian Gerhardy, Albion, $90; Arlene Underhill, Batavia, $50.

Class C (60-64) -- Chris Bovee, Dansvile3, $130; Cathi Fournier, Dansville, $80.

Class D (55-59) -- Sue Boring, Albion, $85.

Checks will be mailed out this weekend.


Genesee Region Youth Travel League starts Sunday

UPDATE --- The Oak Orchard I team grabbed the early lead in the league by taking 26 of 40 points against Mancuso Bowling Center in action at Mount Morris Lanes on Oct. 30.

Kyle Brett led the way with a 530 series while Ben Sputore rolled a 268 game and 626 series for Mancuso's.

Other high scorers were Trea Nickerson of Mount Morris II with a 586 series and Dominic LaPiana of Mount Morris I with 561.

The league bowls against this Sunday -- Nov. 13 -- at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

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OCTOBER 27, 2022 -- The Genesee Region Youth Travel League will begin its season this Sunday (Oct. 30) at Mount Morris Lanes. The lanes will go on for practice at 12:50 p.m. with competition to start at 1 p.m.

League Director Dan Santini said eight three-person teams (boys, girls or combo) will be participating. Fees are $12 per week per person -- with $3 going into a league fund for awards and a season-ending banquet.

Youth bowling programs represented in the league are Mount Morris Lanes, Perry Bowling Center, Le Roy Legion Lanes, Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion, Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen and Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

The league schedule is as follows:

Oct. 30 -- Mount Morris Lanes.

Nov. 13 -- Oak Orchard Bowl.

Dec. 4 -- Le Roy Legion Lanes.

Dec. 18 -- Mancuso Bowling Center.

Jan. 15 -- Oak Orchard Bowl.

Feb. 5 -- Perry Bowling Center.

Feb. 19 -- Rose Garden Bowl.

March 12 -- Perry Bowling Center (position round).

April 16 -- Mount Morris Lanes (no-tap tournament/banquet).


SEVENTH HEAVEN: Curtis Foss, left, is congratulated by GRUSBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella upon winning his seventh Masters' title Sunday afternoon. Pettinella placed second in the eight-bowler finals.

Curtis Foss wins 7th Masters crown; Pettinella 2nd

OCTOBER 24, 2022 -- The 60th and final edition of the Genesee Region USBC (and former Batavia) Masters Tournament was written over the weekend and, once again, Curtis Foss of Medina was the headliner.

The 35-year-old right-hander captured his unprecedented seventh Masters’ crown Sunday at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen by winning six of eight matches and averaging 218 on a challenging oil pattern in the eight-bowler Peterson Point match play final round.

Foss amassed 409 Peterson Points. Under that system, 30 points are awarded for winning a match and points added or subtracted for each game score in relation to 200.

CLICK HERE for final round summary.

In claiming the $300 first prize, Foss became only the second bowler in Masters’ history to win three consecutive tournaments (2019, 2021 and 2022). The event did not take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tony Martino of Batavia won the Masters’ three straight years from 1974-76.

Foss’ previous titles came in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015.

The top-seeded Foss actually started slowly, losing 229-175 to Perry’s Brady Weber in the opening match, before putting together three straight victories with games of 237, 204 and 277 to move into first place.

From there, he held that spot by winning three of his last four matches.

Genesee Region USBC Hall of Famer Mike Pettinella of Batavia finished in second place, posting seven games of 200 or better – highlighted by a 259 in a game five win over Mark Brown of Attica, another GRUSBC Hall of Famer.

Pettinella, 67, averaged 215 in the finals – splitting his eight matches and totaling 288 Peterson Points. He and Foss had a close battle in game two, with Foss prevailing, 237-235, by striking on his first ball in the 10th frame.

Foss, a Professional Bowlers Tour member who has 60 perfect games and 49 800 series to his credit, called his victory “an incredible achievement and one that I work for day in and day out each year.”

“It has always been my favorite tournament,” he said. “It means a lot to me, sharing it in winning with my dad (the late Robert Foss Jr., who won the event in 2012).”

A user of Storm bowling balls, Foss maps out and drills his own equipment at a pro shop he has set up at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

“I am truly thankful for the support I get from my best friend, Brittany; my mom, Susan; the Hanks family; my grandma, Cathy, and friend, Melissa,” he said. “And, of course, all the love from my dad and (late) grandparents, Darrell and Millie. This is dedicated to them all.”

Rick Pernicone II of Dansville finished in third place, winning six matches while averaging 200 for 213 Peterson Points.

He was followed by Jake Rosenbeck of Medina (4-4, 206 average, 208 points); Weber (4-4, 199 average, 172 points); two-time Masters’ champ Tom Rohl of Le Roy (4-4, 191 average, 69 points); Brown (3-5, 187 average); Derek Leach of Batavia (1-7, 165 average).

The GRUSBC contributed $450 from the Masters Tournament fund to the prize list but will be dropping the tournament from its lineup due to a decline in entries over the past few years. This year’s event had 22 entries.


Genesee Region USBC announces tournament schedule

SEPTEMBER 7, 2022 -- The Genesee Region USBC board of directors has released the tournament schedule for the 2022-23 season, starting with the 60th GRUSBC Masters on Oct. 21-23 at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

Other tournaments to be conducted by the local association are as follows:

Nov. 5-6 -- Gladys Ford Senior Women, Le Roy Legion Lanes.

Nov. 26 -- Senior Masters, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion.

Dec. 3-4 -- Youth Doubles, Le Roy Legion Lanes.

Jan. 7-8 -- Scratch Memorial, Mancuso Bowling Center.

Jan. 14 -- Adult-Junior, Medina Lanes.

Feb. 4-5 -- Youth Team, Perry Bowling Center.

Feb. 18-19 -- No-Tap Doubles, Letchworth Pines.

March 24-26, 31, April 1-2 -- Association, Perry Bowling Center (Team), Mount Morris Lanes (D/S).

To download entry forms, click on the Tournaments tab.


NYS CHAMPS: Members of the first-place team at the NYS Open Championships, from left, Batavians Fred Gravanda, Mike Lambert and Gregg Wolff and Oakfield's Scott Gibson. Jim Pursel of Batavia also was on the winning squad.

Batavia-based teams place first, second
at NYS bowling championships in Latham

JULY 19, 2022 -- A pair of Batavia-based bowling teams – Johnson 3 and Johnson 2 – captured first and second place in the 1,001 and Over Division at the 97th annual New York State Open Championships.

Competition in five-person team, doubles and singles took place in April and May at Spare Time in the Albany suburb of Latham.

The Johnson 3 team of Gregg Wolff, Scott Gibson, Mike Lambert, Fred Gravanda and Jim Pursel earned the $4,500 top prize with a 3,321 handicap score – 3,116 scratch plus 205 pins handicap.

Pursel led the way with a 681 series, followed by Gibson at 662, Wolff 604, Lambert 600 and Gravanda 569.

Wolff and Lambert also were on the Johnson 2 team that took runner-up honors out of 130 teams – good for $2,250. That squad’s score was 3,292 – 3,047 scratch and 245 pins handicap.

Mike Johnson led the way with 647, while Lambert chipped in with 643, Wolff 606, Jason Quilliam 605 and Josh Caryl 546.

Two other Johnson teams (organized by Mike Johnson) cashed in the tournament, with Johnson 4 placing 13th and Johnson 1 placing 16th.

Other Genesee Region USBC bowlers who did well in the four-weekend event were as follows:

DOUBLES

400 and Under Division – Steve and Haley O’Dell, 15th place, 1,180, $160;
401 and Over Division – Matt Buckley and Leon Hurd, 12th place, 1,384, $261;

SINGLES

201 and Over Division – Scott Culp, 3rd place, 771, $912;

ALL-EVENTS

201 and Over Division – Culp, 5th place, 2,111, $199; Matt Balduf, 6th place, 2,098, $165.

NYS WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS, VESTAL

Several Genesee Region USBC members cashed at the 85th annual NYS Women’s Championships at Midway Lanes in Vestal.

DOUBLES

299 and Under Division – Alexis DeLong and Darleen Balduf, 6th place, 1,181, $286; Darlene Merle and Kelly Klump, 7th place, 1,176, $265; Jennifer Merle and Alishia Foss, 10th place, 1,165, $222; Jennifer DeLong and Tammy Fisher, 18th place, 1,144, $163.

SINGLES

150-189 Division – Tammy Fisher, 3rd place, 645, $255.50.

ALL-EVENTS

149 and Under Division – Jennifer Merle, 10th place, 1,909, $86;
150-189 Division – Cathi Fournier, 6th place, 1,826, $120; Fisher, 8th place, 1,815, $104.


Three Inducted into GRUSBC Hall of Fame

TRIO ENSHRINED: From left, Tim Fonte of Dansville, William VanAlst of Stafford and Tom Fluker of Batavia were inducted into the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame on Saturday night at the association's Annual Banquet at Batavia Downs Gaming. Watch for a story on Monday.

Alexis Patterson is 2022 Scholarship Recipient

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: GRUSBC President Mike Johnson congratulates Alexis Patterson of Dansville, a member of the youth bowling program at Mount Morris Lanes and president of the Genesee Region Youth Travel League, as this year's recipient of the Barbara Kreiley Memorial Scholarship Award. Alexis will receive $750 toward her college expenses as she enrolls in the Physician's Assistant curriculum at Canisius College.

MAY16, 2022 -- The three men who were inducted into the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame on Saturday night shared a common theme – “giving back to the sport that has given them so much” over the years.

Tom Fluker of Batavia and William VanAlst of Stafford, both in the Meritorious Service category, and Tim Fonte of Dansville, in the Achievement Veteran category, were enshrined at the local bowling association’s annual banquet at Batavia Downs Gaming.

Ninety-six people attended the event, which also included the presentation of the Barbara J. Kreiley Scholarship Award to Alexis Patterson of Dansville, a standout youth bowler at Mount Morris Lanes who will be attending Canisius College in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

Fluker, 51, served on the GRUSBC board for 12 years, including six as president. He was instrumental in promoting youth bowling, establishing the Genesee Region Youth Travel League and developing the association’s generous awards program. He also is a United States Bowling Congress Level I bowling instructor and traveled around the Northeast to conduct clinics for those wanting to teach the sport to kids.

About 40 of his former youth bowlers, their parents, family and friends on hand to celebrate his induction, Fluker thanked all of them and congratulated the members of the teams that advanced to the New York State Youth Team Championships on two occasions.

A Pepsi-Cola sales executive, Fluker said he “his competitive spirit” drives him to be the best he can be in all walks of life. An accomplished bowler with 11 perfect games, he said he got more satisfaction from watching his youth bowlers thrive.

“I sacrificed going to many tournaments because I was coaching,” he said. “And to me that was priority one. The kids knew Saturday morning was their time … and I got more enjoyment out of their success than mine.”

He said he encouraged his youth bowlers to put in the practice time to improve.

“I wanted to give them every opportunity to succeed, letting them know that today is the day to seize it because they might not have it tomorrow,” said Fluker, who was nominated and presented by Mike Pettinella, GRUSBC association manager.

VanAlst, 71, has been a fixture at Le Roy Legion Lanes for the past 48 years as a member and current secretary-treasurer of the Tuesday Night League and previously as coordinator of the youth bowling program and Le Roy Junior Travel League. He also served as secretary-treasurer of the former Genesee Valley Youth American Bowling Alliance that included nine bowling centers.

In his speech, he said he never has shied away from helping out when needed, but still didn’t imagine he would be involved in the same league for nearly 50 years.

He joked that Don Laurie “railroaded me into that spot (secretary) in 1977 and I’m still here today … and once you get elected to it, it’s pretty hard to get out unless you leave the area or pass away. Fortunately, I haven’t done either.”

VanAlst, a partner in a Rochester engineering firm for the past 49 years, thanked all of his fellow bowlers and his wife, Karen, who provided much assistance in compiling the scores and keeping the standings from the youth programs. He said they both got involved when their sons, Scott and Matt, were little.

“I wanted them to learn how to bowl correctly, how to keep score and how to play as a team member,” he said. “Bowling is a sport that you can enjoy year round and you can enjoy for your entire life. And it's good to know the proper way to do that.”

VanAlst was nominated by GRUSBC Director AJ Allenbrandt and presented by his son, Scott VanAlst, who shared that his father’s legacy is one of “dedication, commitment, loyalty, caring and kindness.”

Fonte has been an association member for 47 years – averaging over 190 consistently in the era before high scores and over 200 for nine of the past 10 seasons. He rolled a 300 game in 1997 and an 806 series in December of 2021 at the age of 73. His tournament victories include the Lilac City in Rochester and Wild Irish Rose in Canandaigua, and he placed second in the GRUSBC Senior Masters in 2019.

He also worked at the pro shop at Mount Morris Lanes for 25 years, serving as manager from 1994-2003, and coached youth bowlers there for 15 years.

A Vietnam veteran, Fonte said he started bowling and working at Panorama Lanes in Rochester, remembering the day he found a fingertip ball on the rack that proprietor Marcel Fournier said that he could have.

“That started by career,” he said, stopping to thank the Hall of Fame committee for inducting him and “Jesus Christ, my Savior, who made all of this possible.”

Fonte said he underwent 10 major surgeries after returning home from Vietnam, and found “that the only sport I could do was to bowl.” He then found his way to Mount Morris Lanes, where he joined a league and eventually learned how to drill bowling balls at the pro shop there.

He was nominated by GRUSBC Director Karen Bonner and presented by his son, Kris, who called his father and bowling teammate his “hero.”

Ray DiSanto Sr. of Rochester, a Batavia native and member of five bowling and sports halls of fame, was the keynote speaker.

DiSanto, 92, spoke about his numerous bowling tournament achievements – he averaged 200 at the age of 14 – and his career as a respected bowling coach and longtime owner of Bowlers World Pro Shop in Henrietta.

He also offered some tips to today’s bowlers, noting that creating ball speed is essential to achieving high scores with the technologically-advanced bowling balls.

In the modern game, he said, bowlers need to learn to be “late at the line to create more power and more ball speed.”

“The weight of the ball is not as important as it was years ago, when 16 pounds was the norm,” he said. “Today, 15s, 14s and even 12-pounders. So, if you think the ball is too heavy and you’re rolling it too slow, don’t be afraid to go down in weight. These balls are extremely powerful.”

Re-elected to three-year terms on the GRUSBC Board of Directors were Karen Bonner, sergeant-at-arms; and Frank Jarkiewicz, Joann Van Duser, John Wood and Gary Kuchler.

Champions of the GRUSBC Association Tournament also were recognized with plaques, as follows:

Open Team -- Jason Quilliam, AJ Allenbrandt, Michael Lambert, Mike Johnson, 3,061;
Women’s Team -- Montana Bzduch, Joann Van Duser, Rachel Huntz, Katy Bzduch, 2,339;
Open Doubles -- Geoff Harloff and Ed Doody, 1,504;
Women’s Doubles -- Christine Bovee and Karen Henry, 1,276;
Open Singles – Ricky Daniels, 838;
Women’s Singles -- Donna Wolff, 690;
Open All-Events -- Brian Cline, 2,295;
Women’s All-Events -- Donna Wolff, 1,997.

Seasonal league leaders received plaques, as follows:

High Series, Men – Brian Cline, 847; High Average, Men – Curtis Foss, 240.

High Game, Women – VJ Frew, 300; High Series, Women – Amy Allis, 735; High Average, Women – Amy Allis, 203.

High Game, Boys – Dominic LaPiana, 268; High Series, Boys -- Gavin Baney, 690; High Average, Boys -- Ryleigh Culver, 197.

High Game, Girls -- Alexis Patterson, 231; High Series, Girls -- Juliana Allis, 613; High Average, Girls -- Gracelin Mahnke, 175.

Winners of the annual grand prize drawing were David Lohmer of Canaseraga, Jason Quilliam of Batavia and Robert Nolan of Albion, $500 each, and Rick Pernicone of Dansville, Chris Huntz of Castile, Eric Sickles of Perry and Roger Allis of Medina, $25 each.

OPEN TEAM CHAMPIONS: From left, Jason Quilliam, Mike Lambert, AJ Allenbrant and Mike Johnson.


PEPSI TOURNAMENT CHAMPION: Carter Armijo, who bowls in the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso Bowling Center and the Genesee Region Youth Travel League, placed first in the New York State Pepsi Tournament recently -- rolling 165-205-154--524 in the Boys U10 division of the scratch singles event. He is projected to win a $500 scholarship. Photo by Mike Pettinella.


Mount Morris captures GR Youth Travel League title

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: The Mount Morris Lanes team placed first this season in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League. From left are Lexi Patterson, Trea Nickerson, Coach Dan Santini, Dominic LaPiana, Gianna LaPiana and Brett George.

The league held its banquet at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen today. No-tap tournament winners were, Boys, Trea Nickerson, 916; Gavin Baney, 844; Brad June, 818; Girls, Juliana Allis, 898; Lexi Patterson, 889; Gracelin Mahnke, 835.


Livingston Lanes Switching to String Pinsetters

January 27, 2022

Livingston Lanes in Geneseo is replacing its conventional AMF pinsetters with string pinsetters. Mike Pettinella was given access to the "back of the house" by bowling center employee John LaGeorge and posted this short video.

Click here for a story by Mike Pettinella on The Batavian.


GRUSBC Revises Hall of Fame Nomination Forms

DECEMBER 17, 2021 -- Do you have someone in mind to nominate for the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame? You can do so by filling out one of the forms below and submitting it to an association director or mailing it to Mike Pettinella, GRUSBC Association Manager, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020.

CLICK HERE for Achievement nomination form.

CLICK HERE for Meritorious Service nomination form.


VJ Frew reacts after rolling a 300 game on Saturday (Nov. 20) at Mount Morris Lanes. Submitted photo.

VJ Frew Rolls 300 Game at Mount Morris Lanes!

NOVEMBER 24, 2021 -- Piffard resident Venitha "V.J." Frew became just the second woman to reach perfection at Mount Morris Lanes when she recorded a 300 game on lanes 5-6 last Saturday in the Saturday Night Mixed League.

The 46-year-old right-hander, who works as the meat and produce team leader at the Geneseo Walmart, put 12 consecutive strikes together in game three of her series, that didn't start off so well with games of 156 and 113. A 170-average bowler, Frew has averaged close to 200 in the past and listed a 288 as her previous high game.

Formerly V.J. Ellis, she bowls on a team with her husband, George (they were married on Sept. 25 of this year), and Sam and Ashley Repass. Ashley is George's daughter.

Ironically, they were bowling against a team that included V.J.'s daughter, Courtney McDaniel.

After the 113 game that saw her leave seven splits, Frew said she decided for a change of pace by passing the time on her cell phone with her sister and other children to conduct their annual Christmas draw.

"The only changes I made is I just relaxed," she said. "And the funny thing is (which helped her during the third game) I was distracted. My sister, who lives an hour away, had come over that night to the bowling alley. Since we all always do a family Christmas draw, we got my phone and her phone and another phone and kind of like video-chatted all of our children. And we sat there drawing names out for the Christmas draw."

She said she just got up to bowl, set her feet, looked at her mark and let the ball go.

"I didn’t even pay attention. I actually thought I had had a spare in the first or second frame. So, I didn't even know how many strikes I had in a row. After I threw the first strike in the 10th frame on lane 6, I heard my husband in the background cheering. I said, 'Oh, cool' and looked up at the screen and thought, 'Oh my goodness.'"

That's when the nerves set in, she said.

"I started trembling very badly. And I got up there and I apparently rushed myself, although I didn't feel that I did," she said.

It was then that another bowler, Jamie Watson, got up and made his delivery in attempt to slow Frew down a bit.

After the 11th strike, she said all she thought about was keeping the ball out of the channel.

"All I kept saying is do not pitch it in the gutter, do not pitch it in the gutter," she said. "So, I let it go and it was a good ball. And I knew even if I only got nine or eight pins, I was going to be more than satisfied because my high game before that was 288."

Frew said she was fortunate in that three of her deliveries crossed over to the Brooklyn side but her 15-pound Roto Grip UFO knocked down all the pins each time.

The previous 300 game at Mount Morris Lanes was rolled by Amanda Coniglio of Mount Morris on Feb. 23, 2015.

Frew said she is opting for the ring from the USBC, personalized with her initials and Mount Morris Lanes, New York on it. She also will receive a plaque from the Genesee Region USBC.


In Memoriam - Dennis C. Englert

SEPT. 25, 2021 -- Dennis C. Englert, who was elected to the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame in 2018, died on Tuesday, Sept, 21 at the age of 69. He was the manager at Letchworth Pines in Portageville for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Eunice (Perry) Englert whom he married December 14, 1968, and sons,  Andrew (wife Jody) of Lima and Michael of Nunda; Granddaughter Riley Englert of Lima, Step-Grandson Tyler (Katie) Coleman of Retsof. Step Granddaughter Autumn Coleman of Lima. Step Great Grandsons Myles and Wesley Coleman.

Contributions in Dennis's memory may be made to Nunda Ambulance (P.O. Box 652) or Keshequa School Bus Drivers Scholarship Fund.



Genesee Region USBC 2020-21 Average Books

CLICK HERE for adult league averages.

CLICK HERE for adult averages -- 200 and above

CLICK HERE for youth averages.


GRUSBC Caps Season by Inducting Three into HOF,
Recognizing Rich Wagner for His 300-300-299--899

Hall of Famers: From left, Matt Balduf, Mark Brown and Brian Weber.

Guest speaker Tommy Kress with Rich and Jennifer Wagner.

MAY 9, 2021 -- The Genesee Region USBC on Saturday night celebrated the completion of a successful 2020-21 league and tournament season by inducting Brian Weber of Perry, Matt Balduf of South Byron and Mark Brown of Attica into the Hall of Fame and honoring Batavian Rich Wagner for his remarkable 899 series.

About 80 association members and guests attended the GRUSBC annual awards banquet at Batavia Downs Gaming. Tommy Kress of Hilton, New York State USBC and Rochester NY USBC Hall of Famer, was the guest speaker.

Weber and Balduf were enshrined in the Achievement Regular category and Brown was inducted into the Meritorious Service category.

Weber thanked former Perry Bowling Center owner Bill Beachner and current owners Brett and Joann Van Duser for supporting him on the lanes, which enabled him to win numerous association tournaments and events throughout Western New York. He has recorded more than 20 perfect games and two 800 series, posting honor scores in six different GRUSBC bowling centers.

Balduf thanked his wife, Darleen, for giving him the freedom to bowl in tournaments on the weekends, and his teammates, especially Mike Johnson of Batavia, whom he paired with in 2018 to win the association doubles crown. Balduf has 10 300 games, including a perfect game in a PBA Experience League on a demanding “Sport” lane condition. He also has three 800 series, with a high of 836.

Brown thanked his parents, Jerry and Donna Davis, and his wife, Penny, for encouraging and assisting him in running tournaments at local bowling centers, most of them for charitable causes. He credited Frank Formicola of Rochester, a noted tournament promoter, for instilling in him the need to distribute entry forms to area halls in an effort to attract bowlers to his events.

Following the Hall of Fame ceremony, association officials surprised Wagner with a special “shadow box” award recognizing his 300-300-299—899 series on Feb. 11 in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday 5-Man League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Wagner’s wife, Jennifer, shared her thoughts on the accomplishment – noting that the left-hander now has 44 perfect games, with the first one coming at the age of 15.

“We are all so proud of you and are excited to see what else you’re able to achieve,” she said. “Continue to stay humble but also stay hungry.”

Wagner, upon receiving the award from Association President Gary Kuchler, said he couldn’t feel his legs for the final six frames of that eventful night but managed to hit the 1-2 pocket each time – even on the final ball which resulted in the 6-pin standing.

“I played all sports growing up and baseball in college, but I never thought that it would be in bowling where I would be the most nervous,” he said.

Nevertheless, his 899 is the best in the nation thus far this season, which officially ends on July 31.

Other honorees were youth bowlers Haylee Thornley of Batavia and Jayden Neal of Albion, 12th graders who received $750 and $500 scholarships, respectively, from the GRUSBC.

Thornley will be attending Daemen College to study Physical Therapy and Neal will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology to study Robotics & Manufacturing Technology.

Kress shared stories from his illustrious amateur and professional career, which includes a dozen local tournament victories, as many Rochester NY USBC association titles and more than 30 top 24 finishes on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour.

Major accomplishments include a second place finish in the 1985 USBC Masters, highlighted by match play victories over legends Earl Anthony and Pete Weber on television, and leading the qualifying of the 1980 Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas.

His message was that everyone should follow their dreams and don’t listen to those who say you’re not good enough.

“They said that I wasn’t good enough because I have a short backswing, but I didn’t listen to them,” he said. “I practiced and developed my game, what works for me, and I went into each match with confidence,” he said.

Kress, who is enshrined in the Frontier Field Walk of Fame, continues to excel on the lanes, despite two knee replacements. Two months ago, he rolled a 300 game in the Rochester Senior Masters – giving him perfect games in six consecutive decades.

The GRUSBC also presented plaques to its association tournament winners and season leaders.

Association Tournament

Open Team, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion, Ben Lennox, Matt Baker, Richard Heise, Robbie Hanks; Women’s Team, Brown II, Le Roy, Judy Blaun, Donna Davis, Robin Blaun, Penny Brown.

Open Doubles, Todd Mortellaro and Scott Shields, Batavia; Women’s Doubles, Patricia Gilbertson and Jeanne Rosa, Perry.

Open Singles, Harris Busmire Jr., Bergen; Women’s Singles, Katy Bzduch, Perry.

Open All-Events, Nathan Cordes, Batavia; Women’s All-Events, Rachel Huntz, Perry.

Season Leaders

Adult

High Game, Men – 300, 32 perfect games; High Series, Men, Rich Wagner, 899; High Average, Men, Curtis Foss, Medina, 249; High Game, Women, Amy Allis, Medina, 287; High Series, Women, Diane Hurlburt, Warsaw, 738; High Average, Women, Hurlburt, 201.

Foss’ 249 average is an association record.

Youth

High Game, Boys, Gavin Baney, Albion, 278; High Series, Boys, Ryleigh Culver, Medina, 751; High Average, Boys, Culver, 195; High Game, Girls, Thornley, 257; High Series, Girls, Juliana Allis, Medina, 676; High Average, Girls, Allis, 184.

Grand prize drawing winners for $500 each were Jamie Watson of Leicester, Darleen Balduf of South Byron and Samantha Bacon of Pike. Twenty-five dollars winners were John Kamakaris of Geneseo, Tiffany Jewell of Holley and Mark Brown.

In an election for president, Johnson defeated Kuchler and will begin a three-year term on Aug. 1. Directors Pat Fuller of Medina, Tom Sardou of Bergen and Sharon Willett of Mount Morris were re-elected for another three years.

Scholarship winners Haylee Thornley and Jayden Neal with President Gary Kuchler.

Association Tournament champions, front from left, Patricia Gilbertson and Jeanne Rosa; back, Penny Brown, Donna Davis and Robbie Hanks.

Kuchler presents high average plaque to Curtis Foss.


In Memoriam

Valerie "Val" Falco -- Batavia -- Former Ladies Classic League bowler who participated in leagues until the age of 92. She passed away on Feb. 19, 2021 at age 96.

Arnold "Arnie" Kelly -- Le Roy -- Feb. 12, 2021

Lawrence "Larry" Bordonaro -- Batavia -- Feb. 10, 2021

William Barrett Jr. -- Pavilion -- Jan. 31, 2021

Steven Clattenburg -- Batavia -- Jan. 24, 2021

Dianna Shumaker -- Honeoye -- Jan. 23, 2021

John Gravante -- Batavia -- Jan. 5, 2021 -- GRUSBC Hall of Famer, 1980 Masters Champion

Angelo Steffenella -- Le Roy -- GRUSBC Hall of Famer -- Dec. 15, 2020

Ray Bardol -- Brockport -- Bowling manager/youth league supporter -- Nov. 30, 2020

Eric Galton -- Portageville -- GRUSBC Hall of Famer -- Sept. 11, 2020

Margaret "Pegi" Warner -- Geneseo -- Jan. 15, 2020


Batavian Rich Wagner rolls 300-300-299--899

FEBRUARY 12, 2021 -- Entering tonight’s (Feb. 11) league bowling competition, 36 bowlers had registered 900 series – 36 consecutive strikes over three games – that have been officially recognized by the United States Bowling Congress, the sport’s national governing body.

And if it wasn’t for one stubborn 6-pin on the final delivery of the final game, Batavian Rich Wagner, one of the best bowlers in the Genesee Region USBC over the past 20-plus years, would have added his name to the list.

The 38-year-old left-hander rolled games of 300, 300 and 299 for an 899 series while competing on lanes 23-24 for the Toyota of Batavia team in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday 5-Man League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

“On the last ball (on lane 24 at the 24-lane center), I was thinking just hit the head pin; don’t throw it in the gutter,” Wagner said. “My legs were shaking. I couldn’t feel them. I didn’t want to fall down on the lanes. It was just get it there. I tugged it just a little bit, but it could have gone.”

Wagner said he was grateful to have the opportunity to potentially etch his name into the record book.

“The more I’m thinking here, processing it a bit, I had a chance. I can’t complain,” he said. “I can’t get upset or anything like that.”

He said he used two different balls throughout the night -- a DV8 Turmoil II Solid on lane 23 and a Turmoil II Pearl on lane 24, balls drilled by Brian Green of Striking Effects Pro Shop last year.

“I was swinging 23 a little bit and I was pretty straight up the boards on 24,” he said.

Wagner said every ball was in the 1-2 pocket, some driving the 5-pin into the 10-pin (a “swishing” strike) but most packed solidly in the sweet spot. He said he caught a break in the sixth frame of game three.

“I drifted just a little to the right and hit the pocket a little soft, but a messenger came back (off the side wall) and ripped out the 7-pin,” he said. “Other than that, every shot – minus a few swishers – was just dead on.”

Wagner actually had three perfect games in a row in the league as he finished with a 300 last week in a 751 series on lanes 17-18. Ironically, he tripped a 6-pin on the last ball.

Tonight’s outburst raised his league-leading average to 235, and shattered his previous high series of 812. He now has 43 perfect games.

Mancuso Bowling Center manager Mike Sputore called the feat "the most impressive three-game set I'll ever see."

"It was unbelievable and I'm really glad for Rich as he's just a great guy," he added. "You could see how very humbled he was by it, which says a lot about his character."

A sergeant at Albion Correctional Facility, Wagner said he appreciated the support he received from his teammates – Tom Fluker, Matt Buckley, Leon Hurd and Nathan Cordes – as well as from the other league bowlers.

His team won its match against the Eastown Beverage team of Geoff Harloff, Jim Pursel, AJ Allenbrandt, Mike Johnson and Matt Balduf -- rolling 3,334 scratch with Cordes chipping in with 697. Pursel rolled 697, starting with a 279 game, for Eastown Beverage.

“It didn’t get all quiet. They kept it loud and not making it as nerve-wracking, even though it was,” he said, adding when the messenger took out the 7-pin in the sixth frame, “I didn’t feel my legs the rest of the night.”

One of those who was looking on was Wagner’s wife, Jenn, who bowls with another team in the league.

“I hid behind two people so he wouldn’t see me,” Jenn said. “It was pretty amazing. Afterwards, I told him it didn’t matter whether he got that last strike or not because it was incredible either way. It’s bittersweet, but incredible at the same time.”

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The previous all-time high series in the Genesee Region USBC was an 858 rolled by lefty Brian Cline of Middleport on Jan. 13, 2018, also at Mancuso Bowling Center. His games were 279-279-300.

-- Story by Mike Pettinella, The Batavian.


In Memoriam

Joe Trigilio - GRUSBC Hall of Famer
Aug. 9, 1953-Sept. 1, 2019


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Rule 17a is There to Ensure Fairness in Tournaments

AUGUST 15, 2016 -- When it comes to tournament competition, protecting the integrity of the game is the "name of the game."

The Genesee Region USBC is making a renewed commitment to ensuring that all tournament bowlers get a fair shake. Tournament bowlers can rest assured that all entering averages will be scrutinized -- utilizing the tools available per USBC rules.

One of those is Rule 17a, which governs tournament management's right to adjust averages prior to competition for a variety of reasons when there is information indicating the bowler's entering average does not represent the bowler's ability.

Information that can be used includes, but is not limited to:

Average bowled on a Sport/Challenge condition but league was not marked as such
• Bowler has multiple league averages which are tremendously higher, all with less than 21 games
• Bowler shows a big decrease in average in consecutive years
• Bowler has had his/her entering average adjusted by another tournament

Did you know USBC Rule 17a-2 allows for disqualification of scores when this information is discovered after the player has bowled? According to Rule 17a, the penalty for violating this rule includes loss of games, prize winnings and disqualification.

Although disqualification may seem extreme, it is a comfort to the other tournament participants to know tournament management is protecting the integrity of the game.