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Hearley stays focused, sees averages soar

Justin Hearley makes a living in the golf business, so it’s no surprise when he shoots low scores in Northeastern New York PGA events.
But recently, the Christian Brothers Academy graduate is posting some eye-popping scores on the lanes, as well.

Masters Championship has top-notch field

Some of the best bowlers in the state will be competing not only for a hefty check, but also for plenty of pride and prestige when the 25th annual New York State Masters Championship is held March 7 at Spare Time Latham.

Doubles tourney always draws big field

Sunday’s Huck Finn Mixed Doubles, set for 10 a.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl, is perhaps the most popular tournament on the schedule.

Bowling: It's about fun, not numbers

Jamie Diamond is not a big numbers guy. That’s too bad, because his career includes some of the most remarkable bowling numbers in the Cap­ital Region.

Fedden still thrives on tough competition

The tougher the opponent, the better Chris Fedden likes it.

Dorstek back in top form

Sonny Dorstek has always been one of the most intimidating match-play bowlers I’ve ever known.

Ross has another strong team

Schenectady County Community College bowling coach Ray Ross, the bowling professor, is an equal opportunity mentor on the lanes.

Schalmont's Amanda LaBelle to use bowling scholarship to begin medical career

Amanda LaBelle will use a bowling scholarship to Indiana Tech to begin medical career

Busy Guidarelli active in league play

Mike Guidarelli finds time for bowling leagues

Santa's sleigh full of goodies

If you are still shopping around this holiday season for your favorite kegler, Santa has plenty of bowling presents on his sleigh.

Lichstein a coaching guru

Long before most bowling fans even knew his name, Larry Lichstein was giving tips to all-time greats like Dick Weber, Earl Anthony and Mark Roth.

Accuracy is Ralbovsky's strong suit

For Rich Ralbovsky, mixing an old-school release with some modern equipment is an excellent recipe for success.

Porter savoring big victory

With a straight and simple game that adapts to challenging conditions well, Zach Porter won the biggest tournament of his career over the weekend.

Capullo can still deliver big numbers

Marty Capullo Jr. doesn’t keep track of how many 300 games or 800 triples he rolls these days.
But the 41-year-old Towne Bowling Academy proprietor remains ultra-competitive.

Two hands are better than one

Ryan Karabin was already an excellent bowler with a one-handed release. He’s even stronger now that he uses two.

Qualifiers set for Donato doubles

The late Nick Donato didn’t mind being in the shadow of his legendary brother, Joe, arguably the greatest bowler in Schenectady history.
Nick was a solid bowler himself, but he never reached the heights in the game that his brother enjoyed, both locally and briefly on the pro tour.
Still, it’s great to see that long after both Donatos passed away, their names are being kept alive by scratch tournaments run by their family.

Women's pro tour returning

In an era when male bowlers are struggling to make a living on the PBA Tour, women bowlers are finally getting another chance at their own professional tour

LeClair is taking his own advice

The more Brian LeClair gives lessons on modern bowling techniques, the better he performs on the lanes.

Series trying to lure scratch bowlers

Bowling is back with the Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York’s Huck Finn tournament series, and qualifiers for both scratch and handicap competitors are underway at area centers.

Burton keeps adjusting to keep NEST viable

When Jim Burton moved to the Capital Region from Michigan four years ago, he had big ideas on how to put together a new tournament for seniors.
Since then, he’s had to adjust his expectations, but his New Era Senior Tournaments are still going strong.

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