Young bowlers compete for USBC state honors

Special to the OBSERVER

The 2013 New York State USBC Youth Association team championships took place in Syracuse on May 4, at AMF Strikes & Spares Lanes.

Rocket To The Pocket, made up of Tyler Steklasa, Timothy Barlett, Collin Schanzlin and Ricky Burgstrom took third place in the Class B Handicap Division. The quartet rolled games of 761. 809 and 790 for a total pin count of 2,360. With its handicap, Rocket to the Pocket, which bowls out of Lucky Lanes Junior Bowlers Program, finished at 3,008. They are also members of the Grape Belt USBC Youth Association.

Two other teams from Lucky Lanes Junior Bowlers competed for a state championship as well, as This Is It, made up of Mark Nickerson, Nate Wojtowiak, John Nickers, Jr., and Liz Golubski, finished 18th in Class A with a 2,556 handicap series. Golubski earned high series handicap for girls ages 16-20 with a 587.

The third team, What The Noose, competed for the Class B title. Members of the team were Zach Crandall, Brayden Manzella, Brandon Haase and E. J. Haase. They finished in ninth place.

During the annual luncheon following the tournament, Schanzlin received of one of two $250 scholarships, which were drawn at random from the field of 280 bowlers competing. Manzella and Burgstrom both won bowling balls as door prizes.

Also, Lucky Lanes Junior Bowlers had four of its members qualify for the 2013 New York State Scholarship Tournament, which was sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors Association.

The tournament was held on April 27, at Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs. Two of the bowlers earned scholarships for their bowling.

Makayla Pasierb and Tristian Olsen both competed in the girls’ Grades 4 and Under Handicap Division. Pasierb finished 14th with a 288 three-game scratch series and a handicap score of 567. Meanwhile, Olsen’s scratch series was 231 and 603 with her handicap. She finished in ninth place.

Brandon Haase and D.J. Lombardo competed in the Boys’ Grades 9 & Over Handicap Division. The bowlers in this division had to roll two blocks of three games. Haase was in fourth place after his first three games with a scratch score of 635, giving him 677 with handicap. Lombardo sat in fifth place after the first set with a scratch score of 511 and a handicap score of 673.

In the second three-game set, Haase rolled a 561 scratch set and a 601 handicap series. He finished in seventh place overall, securing a $100 scholarship.

Lombardo started off the next three-game set with a 225 game and finished with a 523 scratch series and a 685 with handicap. That moved him up to fourth place overall and just enough to advance to the step-ladder finals. Lombardo, in his first career head-to-head game, rolled a 160 scratch (216 handicap) to 216 scratch (260 handicap). He finished fourth overall and earned a $150 scholarship.