Sanitation worker Erin Schneider cleans up on lanes with new Island women’s record

Staten Island Advance |
By Joe D’Amodio |

The keglers at Showplace Bowling Center witnessed history Tuesday night as Erin Schneider rolled the highest series ever recorded by a female on Staten Island with an 857 series, the lefty’s first 800.

The previous high series by a female on the Island was rolled by Brooklynite Denise Galindez, who punched up an 844 set in the Marketeer loop at Rab’s Country Lanes in 1998.

The trouncing of the pins by Schneider, a New York City Department of Sanitation worker, came in the Tuesday Mixed League at the Travis center on booming games of 279, 299 and 279.

In all, Schneider rolled a whopping 32 of a possible 36 strikes.

“It’s still kind of surreal. I really can’t believe it,” marveled Schneider, whose previous high series was a 782 series rolled last summer.

Prior to Tuesday night, Lynda Preziosa’s 827 series rolled in 2017 was the highest series by a Staten Island female.

If not for a stubborn 7-pin in the 10th frame of her third game, Schneider may have surpassed the all-time Island high series of 877 rolled by Ryan Friend in March of 2016. She needed a 300 to do that. And don’t think for a second she didn’t realize what she could have accomplished.

“It’s heart-breaking that I didn’t do it,” the 28-year-old said. “But soon after the game ended I sent Ryan a message that I was coming for him. He said, ‘Go for it.’ ”

The way the night started for Schneider she would have never expected to do what she did.

“I got to Showplace late. I looked up and saw there were 25 seconds left to practice,” she said. “I threw one ball in practice and it wasn’t pretty.”

But she got lucky on her first ball in the first game, when it appeared she left a 5-7 split, but a pin popped out of the gutter kicked out the seven pin, which rolled into the five pin.

“It was one of the craziest things I ever saw,” she said.

After that, Schneider was pretty much locked in and nailed the first four strikes before sparing and then closed out the game with seven straight strikes.

In the middle game, she had the first 11 strikes before leaving the three-pin on her final shot in what Schneider termed “was a bad shot.” She missed out on her third career sanctioned 300 game.

In the finale, she nailed the first nine strikes that attracted a crowd of about 30 spectators.

“I bowl with headphones on (and modern rock playing) so I didn’t pay much attention to it,” said Schneider, who was averaging 207 in the loop before the night started. “But when I saw all the people I said to myself, ‘I’m not going to take them off now.’ ”

On her 10th shot, she knocked over nine pins, picked up the spare and threw one final strike to end her historic night.

“I didn’t think I was ever gonna (shoot an 800),” she said. “But I’m happy I did.”

And she has the Island’s women’s record to boot.

Rau nabs 2019 Clash of Champions Trophy

The 2019 Staten Island USBC Clash of Champions kicked off the 71st Annual Women’s & 14th Annual Men’s Championship Tournament at Rab’s Country Lanes on Saturday February 16, 2019.

Youth and Adult All Events Champions from the 2018-2019 season were invited to compete in the Annual Clash of Champions.On the line: The title, the Chuck Curiazza Memorial Trophy, a $250 prize, scholarship awarded to youth, and of course bragging rights.

The field*: Youth Champions Ricky Longo, Giselle Rau, and Jason Wichnovitz and Adult Champions Dan Dunleavy, Sean McAuliffe, and Lillian Rivera.

* Youth Champions Victoria Hollywood and Peter Convery along with Adult Champion Melissa Kammerer were unable to compete in the event.

On the line: The title, the Chuck Curiazza Memorial Trophy, a $250 prize, scholarship awarded to youth, and of course bragging rights.

Round 1: scratch (handicap) score included
In a nail-biter match that came down to the final tenth frame, Giselle Rau 236 (309) defeated Ricky Longo 243 (305) and Jason Wichnovitz 182 (209).

Sean McAuliffe 244 (248) defeated Lillian Rivera 178 (236) and Dan Dunleavy 192 (206).

Winner of each match advanced to the title match, to feature the youth vs. adult match.

In the finale, Giselle rolled a 162 (235) game to beat out Sean 213 (217). Sean started off strong with the front 4 strikes, needing to beat Giselle by 69 pins scratch to earn the title.

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Applications being accepted for 2018-19 Continuing Education Scholarship Award

In the 2018-19 Season, the Staten Island USBC Association will award one $500 scholarship to an SIUSBC Adult Member, age 27 & older, who is further their education.

Past Recipients of the Continuing Education Scholarship Award include: Gary Reider (2009), Donna Demerest (2010), Dina DeVito (2012), Kim Tyrell (2013), John Lugo (2014), and Nazareth Labetti (2015).

Click Here to apply online by the submission deadline of March 1!

Undefeated Rourke claims Masters Crown

Top local keglers emerged on Rab’s Country Lanes this weekend to compete for the Island’s most prestigious bowling title.

Kevin Rourke, 45, became the oldest competitor to claim the Staten Island USBC Masters Championship Tournament title, adding his name to the impressive list of keglers who have captured the title in previous years.

In Rourke’s first Masters appearance, he entered the Finals as the top seed with a 1,023 5-game set and made his way to the finals undefeated through the Winners Bracket. He averaged 183 in the finals, defeating the 2017 Champion, Gary Ricci, Jr. 171 to 151 in the finale. As the winner of the Losers Bracket, Ricci, Jr. would have had to beat Rourke two times to capture the title.

Tournament Runner-Up, Ricci, has appeared in six finals, and finished second twice.

The 10th Annual Staten Island USBC Masters Championship Tournament started yesterday (12/1/18) with qualifying squads. In the qualifying round, bowlers bowled 5 games. The top 8 bowlers advanced to today’s finals. The competition was played on the 2018 USBC Masters Lane Pattern.

In the finals, finalists competed in a single game double elimination bracket. Bowlers had the opportunity to lose twice before facing elimination.

As the 2017 Champion, Gary Ricci, Jr. was automatically seeded into the Finals.

Standings going into the Finals

  1. Kevin Rourke 1,023
  2. Dan Dunleavy 1,007
  3. Michael Endress 999
  4. John Drabczyk 992
  5. Marco Recchia 978
  6. Tim McAuliffe, Jr. 967
  7. Michael Marchese, Jr. 949

Final Results

  1. Kevin Rourke $700
  2. Gary Ricci, Jr. $360
  3. Marco Recchia $260
  4. Tim McAuliffe, Jr. $210
  5. Dan Dunleavy $180
  6. John Drabczyk $150
  7. Michael Endress, Jr. $130
  8. Mike Marchese, Sr. $110

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)

All Staten Island USBC Association tournament champions will be honored at the Championship Awards & Hall-of-Fame Dinner Dance to be held May 24, 2019 at LiGreci’s Staaten.

Summary of Finals

Round 1
Kevin Rourke def. Mike Marchese, Sr. 190 to 159
Gary Ricci, Jr. def. John Drabczyk 204 to 159
Tim McAuliffe, Jr. def. Dan Dunleavy 189 to 165
Marco Recchia def. Michael Endress, Jr. 196 to 173

Round 2
Kevin Rourke def. Gary Ricci, Jr. 195 to 163
Marco Recchia def. Tim McAuliffe, Jr. 187 to 178
John Drabczyk def. Mike Marchese, Sr. 230 to 141
Dan Dunleavy def. Michael Endress, Jr. 199 to 176

Round 3
Tim McAuliffe, Jr. def. John Drabczyk 184 to 136
Gary Ricci, Jr. def. Dan Dunleavy 198 to 161
Round 4
Kevin Rourke def. Marco Recchia 179 to 157
Gary Ricci, Jr. def. Tim McAuliffe, Jr. 177 to 170

Round 5
Gary Ricci, Jr. def. Marco Recchia 170 to 160

Kevin Rourke def. Gary Ricci, Jr. 171 to 155

The Finals by the numbers
High Game John Drabczyk – 230
Low Game John Drabczyk – 136
Competitors – 8
Total Pins rolled – 4,922
Average Score – 175
200+ Games – 2 (Drabczyk 230 & Gary Ricci, Jr. 204)