Bowling: Nicholasi, Perez join forces to win SIUSBC Open Doubles Championships

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The duo of Michael Nicholasi (759) and Jonathan Perez (673) rolled a combined team score of 1,496 to capture the 2022 title and the top prize of $640.00 during the 17th Annual Staten Island USBC Open Doubles Championship Tournament last weekend at Showplace Entertainment Center.

The team of Michael Cariffe and Nicholas LaRocca finished second with a 1,477 pinfall.

Nicholasi and Perez will be honored for their achievement at the Staten Island USBC Championship Awards Dinner to be held this Friday, May 27, 2022 at LiGreci’s Staaten.

Visit the Tournament page for complete results & prize list:

Other top teams:

3rd – Christopher Kelly & Trish Kelly – 1,453

4th – Jason Claire & Joseph Carrieri – 1,427

5th – Michael Nicholasi & Michelle Dash – 1,414

6th – Nick Nicholson & Anthony Scorcia – 1,410

7th – Merri Chicchetti & Paula Meduri – 1,409

8th – Theresa Chicchetti & Richard Eberle – 1,388

Noteworthy Scores: Jonathan Perez 266, 255-673; Michael Nicholasi 258, 255-759; Michael Cariffe 265, 258-701; Nicholas LaRocca 257; Nick Nicholson 258, 278-762; Anthony Jaccoi 255; Joe Keating 267-695; Thomas Hollywood Jr. 703; Anthony Scorcia 254; John Jansen 256-746; Anthony Terzakos 256-682; Shawn Kender 269-703; John Biagini 255; Paula Meduri 221, 212; Erica Kavanagh 237, 243; Michelle Dash 237; Justine Reyes 227, 229-617; Calista Iavarone 225, 225-645; Kelly Schropp 213-605; Karalyn Buono 221, 248-661.

13th Annual Staten Island USBC Masters Championship Tournament proved to be lucky for this bowler

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Rosebank resident Jeffrey Martin didn’t give himself much of a chance heading into Saturday’s 13th Annual Staten Island USBC Masters Championship Tournament at Rab’s Country Lanes.

After all, the righty had qualified for this event (about five or six years ago) only one other time and placed eighth, and he was going against some of the Island’s top keglers.

In the end, none of that seemed to matter as Martin wound up coming from seventh position following qualifying to win four straight games in the finals to claim the event on a tough lane condition.

In the championship game, Martin defeated Bill Salvatore, 176-172, in a nail-biting, back-and-forth match to earn the $1,100 top prize.

“Yeah, I was definitely surprised (to win) and it just made me feel good that I could compete with the best,” said Martin.

Eight bowlers advanced to the match-play finals, including 2020 champion Jeff Sciré — who was automatically seeded fifth in the finals — and two-time champion Tim McAuliffe Jr.

McAuliffe Jr. led all qualifying with a 1,026 five-game total, the only competitor for the day that averaged above 200 in the qualifying round on the tough 2021 USBC Masters Lane Pattern. McAuliffe also earned himself a $200 squad leader bonus. He remains the only competitor to have won the Masters title multiple times.

Meanwhile, Martin had advanced to the finals with a 947, including games of 164, 148, 206, 186 and a tournament-high 243.

“The conditions were very difficult,” he said. “You had to almost be perfect. You had to hit about one or two boards on the lane. You had to be extremely accurate. I made almost all my spares in match play which kind of carried me.”

Finally! Jeff Scire claims first Staten Island USBC Masters crown

By Joe D’Amodio |
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Jeff Scire has done countless of great things on the lanes on Staten Island.

Heading into Rab’s Country Lanes Saturday, the righty, who owns 116 perfect games, numerous tournament titles and was once voted the best Island kegler of all time in a reader poll, was seeking his initial win in the Staten Island United States Bowling Congress Masters Tournament.

Well now, Scire can cross that off his list.

The 47-year-old Woodrow resident didn’t lose a match during the finals of the prestigious 12th annual event, and he wound up meeting and beating defending champion Anthony Everts, 223-178, in the title match.

“It feels really good to finally do it,” said Scire. “The shot was really tough. There was no room for mistake. I was playing straight up the whole day and no one else was there. The shot didn’t change much.”

Scire had survived a tight match against Everts earlier in the double-elimination finals, which followed five games of qualifying in which Scire knocked over 1,021 pins to qualify fourth.

“He needed a triple in the 10th to beat me, but he didn’t do it,” said Scire of his 221-207 victory.

Scire also survived a tough match in the winners’ bracket final against Melissa Kammerer, winning 223-170.

Melissa was throwing the ball great,” said Scire. “She left two 10 pins in a row and I tripled after that. And when your 20-30 pins down on a tough shot like that, it’s tough to climb the ladder.”

Everts admitted to running out of gas versus Scire.

“I didn’t feel too much pressure actually today,” said Everts, who beat Kammerer in the losers’ bracket finals which meant he would have had to beat Scire twice to win a second straight crown. “I felt really good out there once the finals started. I got a few breaks against some of my opponents.

“In the championship game, I think I ran out of gas and lost to a great bowler in Jeff.”

Scire showed his greatness in the title game as he took advantage of two Evert opens in the first four frames by staying clean himself through the first five frames. Scire then turned it up a notch by throwing a three-bagger from the sixth to the eighth frames.

By the time Everts stepped up on the approach for his eighth frame, he found himself down 50-plus pins, and when he failed to strike, Scire had his elusive crown.

The one Island major that Scire has yet to win is Jim Elliott’s New Year Singles Classic. He has placed second twice.

Scire will have to wait until 2022 to win the New Year Singles Classic since next month’s event has been canceled because of the pandemic.

“I’ll get that one, too, sooner or later,” said Scire with a laugh, and no one should doubt him.

Scire and all Staten Island USBC Association tournament champions will be honored at the Championship Awards & Hall-of-Fame Dinner Dance to be held May 28, 2021 at LiGreci’s Staaten.

For additional information about the Staten Island USBC Association and for tournament applications, please visit on the web.

Standings going into the Finals

1 Robert D’Onofrio 1,072
2 Melissa Kammerer 1,047
3 Robert Butler, Jr. 1,030
4 Jeff Scire 1,021
5 Anthony Everts 808
6 John Drabczyk 974
7 Frank Wilkinson 943
8 Joe LaBargo, Sr. 938

Final Results with prize money

1 Jeff Scire $1,170
2 Anthony Everts $574
3 Melissa Kammerer $280
4 Joe LaBargo, Sr. $210
5 Frank Wilkinson $160
6 Rob Butler, Jr. $160
7 John Drabczyk $130
8 Rob D’Onofrio $130

Previous Champions: Frank Wilkinson (2009); Jeff Kubasak (2010); Lou Gaudio, Jr. (2011); Tim McAuliffe, Jr. (2012 & 2013); Sean McAuliffe(2014); Michael Endress, Jr. (2015); Anthony Terzakos (2016); Gary Ricci, Jr. (2017); Kevin Rourke (2018); Anthony Everts (2019).

Summary of Finals

Round 1
Joe LaBargo, Sr. def. Rob D’Onofrio 240 to 169
Jeff Sciré def. Anthony Everts 221 to 207
Melissa Kammerer def. Frank Wilkinson 176 to 169
Rob Butler, Jr. def. John Drabczyk 185 to 183

Round 2
Jeff Sciré def. Joe LaBargo, Sr. 206 to 141
Melissa Kammerer def. Rob Butler, Jr. 196 to 150
Anthony Everts def. Rob D’Onofrio 184 to 157
Frank Wilkinson def. John Drabczyk 206 to 181

Round 3
Anthony Everts def. Rob Butler, Jr. 194 to 168
Joe LaBargo, Sr. def. Frank Wilkinson 210 to 189

Round 4
Jeff Scire def. Melissa Kammerer 223 to 170
Anthony Everts def. Joe LaBargo, Sr. 200 to 161

Round 5
Anthony Everts def. Melissa Kammerer 246 to 198

Jeff Scire def. Anthony Everts 223 to 178

The Finals by the numbers
High Game: Jeff Sciré – 277
Low Game: Joe LaBargo, Sr. – 141
Competitors: 8
Total Pins rolled: 5,331
Average Score: 190
200+ Games: 10

SIUSBC Launches Online Tournament Registration

In partnership with USBC, the Staten Island USBC has launched a new Online Tournament Registration Portal. The first event available for online registration is the Staten Island USBC Masters Championship, where top Islanders will hit the lanes to compete for the elusive title.

“We’re excited to provide this service and make it easier for our members to register for all of our events” said Jim Episcopia, SIUSBC President.

Once a member has created a Community Login, they will have full access to the Registration Portal allowing for online registration and credit card payments for each event. This login also provides access to the Find a Member Feature of and it is used to register for the National Championships!

Check it out and Register by December 2nd for the Masters:

Check back soon for registration details for the Men’s & Women’s Championship Tournaments slated to take place in February and March 2021!