Stan Niemiec Youth Travel League Update – 10-26-14


Montvale, NJ 10-26-14 – North Arlington anchor Tyler Keefe led all Stan Niemiec youth keglers with an impressive 225-247-246: 718, powering his squad to a hard-earned 2958-2903 win over Bowler City III. Also scoring well for the victors were Vin Amato 203-210: 601 and Chris Liloia 208-212. BC III salvaged two points in a spectacular middle game triumph, 1070-1000 as Nathan Tombo fired 223 and Greg Khan blasted 242. The latter added a closing 212, giving him a 638 set and a twelve-game 200 average. Teammates’ Derek Lewandowski and Dana Laloo chipped in with 197 and 190 respectively.

Power-laden Bowler City I put on a clinic, sweeping three games from Holiday II with a scratch 2395 behind the combined efforts of Kyle Schellberg 226-232-223: 681, James Kane 225-203-247: 675 and Anthony Rizzo 220-192. Primarily due to Al Chamberlain’s huge 236, Holiday II stayed with BC I in the middle game, only to fall nineteen pins shy.

In a match aptly described by one of the Boonton coaches as a “nail-biter”, defending champ Holiday I dropped five points to Boonton, 2914-2853. Game two was a classic nip and tuck contest, with Boonton edging Holiday I, 1015-1011. Leading the winners were anchor Erik Kattermann 232-222: 636, Sean McGuire 191-190 and Matt Chang 183. Posting deuces for Holiday I were Jon Mormando 238-228: 658, Nick Cilento 212 and Alex McGuire 204.

In another highly competitive match, Montvale outscored T-Bowl, 2793-2733. In the finale, with just two pins separating the combatants, Montvale’s Henry Tipping answered T-Bowl’s Matt Morris strike for strike in the tenth frame to give his quartet the game, 979-977 and five of the seven points. Henry finished with 235: 594 and Matt posted the match’s high set with 651, fashioned with a pair of 235s. Montvale benefited from Nick Fabiano 186-192: 558 and Dan Sproviero 183 while T-Bowl’s Pat Mayer closed strong with 193.

Fair Lawn, riding the hot hand of Steve Plaszky 204-204: 596 with fine support from Tyler Nappi 200, Hassan Izzard 183 and Madison Perry 180, rolled over short-handed Bowler City II, 2784-2622. Highlight for BC II was Arielle Wallace’s clean game 216 finish. Completing the session’s schedule, Lodi earned two points from the vacancy behind Steve Kropilak 186-177, Louis Ferrante 174 and newcomer Brandon Voorhees 172.



















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Stan Niemiec Youth Travel League Update 10-19-14


Boonton, NJ 10-19-14 – Ignited by Montville senior Karl Kattermann’s 679 grenade, the Stan Niemiec Youth Travelers produced an awesome display of firepower, pulverizing Boonton’s pin decks with twelve “600+” sets and forty-one “200+” singles. In his Boonton quartet’s narrow 2832-2828 triumph over Holiday II, anchor Kattermann smoked the plastic-coats with games of 223-201-255 and teammate Peter Hancock added 203-204. In the afternoon’s tightest match, Holliday II salvaged game three, holding off the victors, 991-954 behind the combined efforts of Al Chamberlain 207, Justin Milligan 197 and Tom Chamberlain 191.

Montvale’s talented young foursome caught fire after dropping the opener to a tough North Arlington squad, putting together power numbers of 1032, 1012 to win the encounter, 2929-2862. Fourteen-year-old Matt Russell sparked his players with a triple deuce 212-218-244: 674, the session’s second best threesome; newcomer Pascack Valley freshman Henry Tipping overcame a sluggish start by pounding the pins into submission with an impressive pair of 236 scores; Emerson sophomore Nick Fabiano added a 216 and eleven-year-old “Hammer” Mahoney closed with a 191 for Montvale. North Arlington posted fine numbers as well, led by Vincent Amato 219-233: 638, Tyler Keefe 251 and Haley Hassan 214.

After falling 950-912 in game one, T-Bowl bounced back with two strong games to secure five points in its clash with defending champion Holiday I, 2844-2779. Wayne Hills sophomore Patrick Mayer’s 226: 604 and Wayne Valley freshman Melody Morris’ 192 led the victors’ scoring while Holiday I benefited from Paramus Catholic senior Lilly Sigona’s sterling 230-226: 629, Alex McGuire 202-211 and Nick Cilento 202.

Lodi swamped Bowler City III with thundering threesomes from Chris Navarro 241-237: 665 and fourteen-year-old Steven Kropliak 224-222: 624. Pacing BC III were Bergenfield junior Nick Reyes 216-212: 627, Greg Khan 206, Nathan Tombo 202-193 and Cliffside Park freshman Gianni Calzadilla 181. Bowler City I prevailed in its high-scoring battle with Fair Lawn, edging the latter 917-910 in the finale to register a sweep. Dumont sophomore Kyle Schellberg fired 208-224-213: 645, James Kane 211 and Janina Santoro 203-203 for the winners. Leading Fair Lawn were thirteen-year-old Nick Greco 222-246: 652, Steven Plaszky 225 and Matt Myers 191. Rounding out the day’s action, Bowler City II earned seven points from the vacancy behind Dean Edwards 221-217: 622 and Arielle Wallace 177.



















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Stan Niemiec Youth Travel League Update – 10/12/14


Hackensack, NJ 10-12-14 – Bergenfield senior Greg Khan parlayed his two-handed delivery to a triple deuce [212-236-223] 671, best among the Stan Niemiec travelers in the league’s session at Bowler City; with help from teammates’ Gianni Calzadilla 213-187 and Derek Lewandowski 183, Greg led Bowler City III to a come-from-behind 2928-2768 win over power-laden Bowler City I. The latter’s senior anchor for Paramus Catholic, James Kane, posted the day’s second best threesome with  256-224: 665, talented Dumont sophomore Kyle Schellberg added 245-214: 643 and Passaic Tech junior Anthony Rizzo 200-194 in salvaging two points.

New member T-Bowl won its first match with over-average scores from the entire squad led by Wayne Hills’ sophomore Pat Mayer 224-229 and Wayne Valley senior Matt Morris with a consistent 554 set; Nick Lepri and Melody Morris chipped in with 179 and 177 respectively as T-Bowl prevailed over a strong Fair Lawn quartet, 2917-2864. Thirteen-year-old Nick Greco paced Fair Lawn with 258-210: 655 with additional firepower from Hunter Perry 222, Steve Plaszky 220: 597 and Hassan Izzard 176.

In a spirited clash between two evenly matched opponents, Holiday II edged North Arlington, 4-3 despite dropping wood, 2645-2624; thirteen-year-old Tom Chamberlain posted 224: 595, Al Chamberlain 190: 558, Justin Milligan 183-176 and Estaban Garcia 167 for Holiday II; smashing the maples for North Arlington were Tyler Keefe with a triple deuce [203-206-223] 632, Donovan Battistus 195-180, Haley Hassan 175 and Jenai Bacote 169.

Defending champ Holiday I grabbed two of three games from Lodi, 2743-2596 as the entire squad scored well: Nick Cilento 248-194, Lilly Sigona 223, Ryan McGuire 203-196 and Alex McGuire 196. Lodi’s best came from Nick Ferrante 174 and fourteen-year-old Steven Kropilak 173.

In other matches, Montvale, paced by Dan Sproviero’s 200 and twelve-year-old Chris Torres’ steady! 507 threesome, held off short-handed Bowler City II, 2660-2606; also contributing to the triumph were James Reagan-Ward 175 and eleven-year-old Michaella Raab 168. Lone deuce for BC II was Dean Edwards with a 213. Boonton, matching up against the vacancy, could only muster two points; highs were Peter Hancock 216 and Erik Kattermann 185-180.


















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Oakland, NJ 10-05-14 – As is customary, the Stan Niemiec Youth Travel League opened its season in the house of the past year’s champion, Holiday Bowl. The YTL expanded to eleven teams with the return of North Arlington’s Bowl-O-Drome and newcomer T-Bowl; this, along with the loss of some high school keglers to graduation, brings a number of new faces this Autumn.

Leading the scorers in the session were 15-year-old Steve Plaszky with a third game 289 for a 659 set and newcomer Al Chamberlain who pounded the maples with a triple deuce 704 [227-229-248]. Steve’s Fair Lawn squad downed Lodi with the added assistance of Matt Myers 218: 578 and Madison Perry 194. Pacing Lodi was newcomer Steve Kropilak 214: 580 and recently turned 12-year-old Louis Ferrante added a 191. Chamberlain had help from younger brother Tom 208-211 in Holiday II’s 5-2 conquest of T-Bowl; scoring well for the latter were Patrick Mayer 200: 532 and Matt Morris 187-189.

Defending champion Holiday I added David Neil to its roster and he responded with 202-224: 614; a flurry of deuces from his teammates [Nick Cilento 207-206-200, Alex McGuire 204 and Ryan McGuire 201] wasn’t enough as they dropped two of three games to last year’s runner-up Bowler City I, 2931-2900; slamming the plastic-coats for the victors were anchor James Kane 235-215: 631, Jonmikal Sepero 246: 626 and Kristen Kane 204.

 Montvale outdueled Boonton in a high-scoring finale, 1052-994 to come away with five points, 2928-2897. Fourteen-year-old Matt Russell had 201-215: 592, Nick Fabiano 214: 584, Henry Tipping 192-194 and twelve-year-old Michaella Raab 167 for the winners. Sweeping the wood for Boonton were Karl Kattermann 217-215-233: 665, his brother Erik 238: 599 and thirteen-year-old Adam Gelvan 201.

Elsewhere, Bowler City III took out Bowler City II behind Greg Khan 208: 579 and Nathan Tombo 211; newcomers’ Gianni Calzadilla and Derek Lewandowski contributed 169 and 158 respectively. Highs for the BC II entry were Dean Edwards 186 and Arielle Wallace 185. Rounding out the session, North Arlington displayed some firepower from anchor Donovan Battistus who carved out a superb 235-243: 665 while Chris Liloia added a 196 single.


















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2014 49th Annual BCYBA Scholarship Tournament



Lodi, NJ 04-13-14 – The highly successful 49th Annual Bergen County Youth Bowling Association Scholarship Tournament results have been released. Huge numbers were posted in the late March weekend event held at Lodi Lanes and, not surprisingly, 17-year-old State Bowler of the Year Glen Rock senior Jake Rollins captured the scratch all-events crown; Jake blasted a dazzling 2135, an average of 237.22 for his nine games which included a phenomenal “300” game, 825 threesome; it was the third consecutive all-events title earned by Rollins in this annual competition. Firing the other tournament “300”, his first sanctioned perfecto, was 15-year-old Donovan Battistus. The Girls’ all-events winner was former Paramus Catholic star Anastasia DeLeon with a 1915 net. In the handicap matches, Ana took second in Singles “A” and runnerup in Doubles “A” with DePaul junior Joseph Malyack.

Tournament Winners

High Net 3-Game Set:  [Boys] – Jake Rollins 825 [Girls] – Anastasia DeLeon 665

High Net Single: [Boys] – Donovan Battistus, Jake Rollins 300; [Girls] – Anastasia DeLeon 259

Handicap Events:  Division “A” Singles – Zach Vitelli 756, Anastasia DeLeon 752, Matt Burzynski 749 and Alijah Jackson 744. Division “B” Singles – Allison Homler and Marissa Cosentini 793. Division “A” Doubles – Jordan Lopez and Zachary Seegers 1596, Anastasia DeLeon and Joseph Malyack 1545, Nick and Louis Ferrante 1473. Division “B” Doubles – Katrina and Steven Plaszky 1573, Kristen Benavente and Matt Macchione 1512. Division “A” Team – Ryan Perez, Arielle Wallace, Brittany Hovan and Alex Vorhees 2918; Donovan Battistus, Tyler Keefe, Zachary Seegers and Jordan Lopez 2890. Division “B” Team – Kristen Benavente, Gabriella and Marissa Stellacci, Matt Macchione 3140.

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Oakland, NJ 04-06-14 – In the Stan Niemiec Youth Travel League season-ending singles tournament, Karl Kattermann, in fifth place, eighteen pins from the top after two games, ran away from the forty-three player field with a closing 299, coming light into the pocket with his twelfth delivery, leaving the 2-pin.  Finishing with a 752 net, 836 handicap score, Karl put a cap on his tremendous season in which his Montville H.S. squad captured a state group title and he was named to the all-state second team. In Stan Niemiec competition, his Boonton team earned third place honors as he posted a 208 average, the league’s fourth best. Holiday’s Frank Magyar, twenty-first going into his third game, pounded out 278, the afternoon’s second best single, to finish in second place with 697/790 while Boonton’s Erik Kattermann carved out a triple deuce 665/779 to take third place.

The other top entrants: Nathan Tombo 580/763, Ana DeLeon 599/761, Steve Plaszky 623/758, Anthony Rizzo 647/752, Michaella Raab 453/750, Vin Santoro 590/743, Matt O’Dea 623/743, Arielle Wallace 504/738, Brittany Hovan 575/737, Alijah Jackson 568/736, Mariah McKelvey 399/735, Chris Navarro 602/734, Hassan Izzard 538/733, Matt Myers 582/732, Tiffany Sucero 513/732, Randy Devitt 497/731, Louis Ferrante 534/729 and Alex McGuire 617/725.

Stan Niemiec YTL Awards Winners:

Team Champion: Holiday [113-62], Second Place: Bowler City I [96-79], Third Place: Boonton [95-80].

Boys                                                                                   Girls                                                         

High Average:  Jake       Rollins            230.72              Jessica        Torres         190.03

High Series    :  James    Kane               748                   Kelley         Grippo         720

High Game    :  Karl       Kattermann   279                   Dana-Marie Laloo          249

Welmer  Paguay           279

Hdcp Series  :  Nick       Reyes              859                  Madison       Perry          875

Hdcp Game  :  Hammer Mahoney       342                  Michaella     Raab           315

















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04-06-14 – Despite the winter high school leagues ending with the NJSIAA Championships in February, youth bowling continues to flourish in North Jersey. When available, I’ll post the official winners of the BCYBA Scholarship Tournament held in March. Meanwhile, here’s some flashy stats from ongoing youth leagues.

In the Matchplay 2014 Youth Doubles at Bowler City, Paramus Catholic junior James Kane recently fired 300: 782 and followed it up this past week with 279: 746 to lift his six-week average to a scorching 233.50. Fourteen-year-old Matt Myers’ average is now 200.61 after firing 252-236-234: 722. Other top averages to date are Dumont freshman Kyle Schellberg 214.56, Bergen Tech senior Dean Edwards 214.40,  DePaul senior Joe Malyack 211.20, Paramus Catholic senior Brian Rizzi 203.39 and Rutherford senior Banny Bivin 201.78. Some of North Jersey’s elite distaff keglers are tearing up the lanes as well: Paramus Catholic senior Nikki Vucak 203.27, AHA senior Kelley Grippo 200.07 [she blistered the maples with 276: 715] and Paramus senior Brittany Hovan 189.73.

Over in Oakland at Holiday Bowl, they have a Junior Gold Scratch league, an Adult-Junior competition and a Junior Doubles league. The Junior Gold has twenty-three entries, currently led by Joe Malyack 50 points, Alex McGuire 48 and Kyle Schellberg 46. Considering the challenging conditions associated with Junior Gold competition, scores have been impressive: Nick Cilento 279, Kyle Stefanic 269, Kyle Schellberg 267 and Al Chamberlain 258. Series highs [4-game sets]: Al Chamberlain 880, Kyle Schellberg 872, Justin Puchalski 863 and Kyle Stefanic 819.

In the Adult-Junior league, Pompton Lakes freshman Nick Cilento sports a 205.93 average, a 278 game and a 757 threesome; Indian Hills freshman Jonathan Mormando has a 188.28 average, a 247 single and a 668 set; Ryan McGuire  is at 187.20 and has posted 255: 699.

In the Monday Doubles, the young keglers have been high rollers, with nine averaging “200+”: Al Chamberlain 234, Joe Malyack 220, Alex McGuire 216 Nick Cilento 212, Craig Oriente 210, Brian Rizzi 207, Tom Chamberlain 206, Dillon Cilento 204 and Jonathan Mormando 203. Al Chamberlain blasted a perfect game opening week and two weeks ago, pounded out an eye-popping 826 set while Nick Cilento reached the pinnacle of perfection, stringing twelve for his first 300. Joe Malyack has hit 279: 772, Dillon Cilento a 290 single and Craig Oriente a 718 series. Paramus Catholic junior Lilly Sigona is honing her skills in this league as well, averaging 180 with a season high 236: 637.