The Rockland County United States Bowling Congress' annual Open Championships featured plenty of high scores, including honor scores in both single games and series... and that was just the first weekend.
The Open tournament, which is being held at Hi-Tor Lanes this year, holds three divisions for participating bowlers -- singles, doubles and a four-person team event, with an optional individual all-events category.
Upon completion of the first shifts, which were held this past Saturday and Sunday, Paul Greco, Angel Matos, Keith Poliey and Tom Smith, Sr. posted the high handicap (3,223) and scratch (2,659) scores in the team event on Saturday.
Since teams can only place in one category, the next-highest scratch team of Roy Carmen, Harold Johnson, Joey Jones and Hazel Li (2,657) will hold the lead going into the final squad this coming Sunday. Jones ended his day with a 300 game -- his second of the week, and currently the only one of the tournament. The southpaw also shot a perfect game in his Monday night league in Oakland, N.J.
The singles and doubles events, which were held on Sunday, will conclude this coming Saturday. Following the opening weekend of the tournament, Pomona resident -- and co-proprietor of Hi-Tor Lanes -- Joseph Ardiri, Jr. holds the holds the handicap singles lead after shooting games of 278-228-259 for a scratch series of 765, and a handicap series of 852.
The father-son-in-law duo of Bill Collins, Sr. and Joe Rutella lead the handicap doubles division after posting series' of 685 and 760, respectively. John Lewis of Newburgh shot the high scratch series of the tournament, posting scores of 255-257-288 for an even 800 series.
Ties to the county among bowlers stretch from the current high school level, to the national level.
Joanie Nelson, head coach of North Rockland's girls bowling team, and Corey Stahl, head of coach of Clarkstown's bowling team, are among those in competition. Nelson has led the Red Raiders to nine consecutive Section 1 titles, and Stahl, who took over just two years ago, led the Viking boys to their second section title in three seasons this past winter.
On the national level, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point and Mike Mullin of Congers have both donned the red, white and blue for Team USA. McEwan, 22, recently completed her second season as the youngest member of the prestigious squad, while also graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mullin, a Don Bosco Prep alum, spent stints on the men's national team from 1999-2002.
Here is the complete list of team leaders by handicap; scratch scores are included in parenthesis:
1. Paul Greco-Angel Matos-Keith Poliey-Tom Smith, Sr: 3,223 (2,659)
2. Carlton Deloatch-Joanie Nelson-Peter Scaccia-George Zayas: 3,188 (2,624)
3. Roy Carmen-Harold Johnson-Joey Jones-Hazel Li: 3,149 (2,657)
4. Joseph Ardiri, Jr-Mike Denoia-Anthony Sparta-Mike Viohl: 3,067 (2,605)
5. Lonnie Brinker-Bill Collins, Sr.-Stan Dobrinski, Sr.-Sam Varano, Sr.: 2,995 (2,485)
6. Stan Dobrinski, Jr.-Max Khan-Jim Strnad-Frank Troise: 2,988 (2,622)
7. Chip Jones-Jim Lavecchia-John Lenna-Corey Stahl: 2,893 (2,461)
8. Danielle McEwan-Mike Mullin-Sonny Pavelchak-Rob Varano: 2,874 (2,637)