Stan Lewis wins NAT “Old School” singles at East Providence Lanes

Jan 2020 NAT EP

Finalists of Jan. 19 NAT “Old School” singles at East Providence Lanes: Champion Stan Lewis, runner-up Sean Richard (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Per their post on Facebook (must be logged in to view), the Northeast Amateur Tournament reported Stan Lewis as the winner of the “Old School” singles event on Jan. 19 at East Providence Lanes, prevailing over Sean Richard, 257-239 (with handicap), in the final match for his first NAT singles title. The “Old School” format meant that all qualifiers bowled two new games (no pins from qualifying carried over), with the top four reaching the stepladder finals.

Additionally, the NAT reported that Sean Richard had an 825 series in qualifying, and a 300 game in the semifinals.

Good bowling guys! 🙂

Dan Robinson & Chuck Paige win NAT year-end doubles in Malden

Per the current newsletter, Dan Robinson & Chuck Paige won the Northeast Amateur Tournament’s year-end doubles event on Dec. 15 at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden, prevailing 521-469 (with handicap) over Mike “Sensae” Reed & Ed Grossett in an all-Westgate final match.

Congrats guys! 🙂

Jan. 2 NAT note

I learned from Jay Mantere yesterday that the Northeast Amateur Tournament will be returning to Westgate Lanes, with the first date obtained from Tim Major being Mar. 1. I have added “stub” events to the Google Calendar, and Facebook events set up on the NAT page as they approach.

Welcome back, guys! 🙂

Aaron Major wins 2019 NEBA Rookie of the Year award

As announced on the NEBA live stream of the year-end wrap-up show shared on the Facebook page, Westgate’s Aaron Major clinched the organization’s Rookie of the Year title for 2019 with a semifinal finish in the event this weekend at Apple Valley Bowl in Plantsville, CT. He will be presented with the award at NEBA’s annual Hall of Fame and awards dinner next month.

Congratulations Aaron! 🙂

Sean Richard tosses perfecto in NAT at East Providence

Sean Richard added to his perfect game count Saturday in the Northeast Amateur Tournament’s year-end singles event at East Providence Lanes, an event in which he finished second, as was shared on Facebook. Sean’s video follows:

Good job! 🙂

A history of NEBA at Westgate Lanes

The New England Bowlers Association, the USBC’s longest running scratch tournament club, is approaching its 58th year of existence. Westgate Lanes has been a big part of that history, hosting 55 of their tournaments, so, when the opportunity presented itself to compile a history of NEBA here, I had to jump at it. Much of it comes from NEBA’s 50th anniversary booklet, which I was seeing for the first time and Kevin Thibeault agreed to loan out to me. Of course, the later tournaments could be pieced together from the archives of this website.

The table below will have the list of NEBA champions at Westgate, annotated where appropriate:

It is little surprise that the winningest NEBA bowler at Westgate is the bowler who has come to be the embodiment of the organization, Mike Lichstein, whose first of a record 31 NEBA titles came here. Aside from Mike Lichstein’s four NEBA titles at Westgate, the other multiple NEBA winners at Westgate are Tony Attardo (with three of his four), Steve Travers, Bill Webb, Stephen Dale Jr., and Tony Reynaud (two each).

The group includes 19 members of the NEBA Hall of Fame, four NEBA Bowlers of the Year who won the year they won at Westgate (Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Bill Webb, with one of his record eight, and Ryan Graywacz), and each of the top three all-time in NEBA titles (Lichstein, as well as Alex Aguiar and Bill Webb). The national credentials of Westgate’s NEBA champions include two members of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame (Mark Roth, along with newly-elected USBC Hall of Famer Patrick Allen), three other PBA Tour champions known to me (Paul Moser, Jon Van Hees, and Anthony Pepe), two bowlers who won PBA majors as amateurs (Moser, along with Brian Boghosian), two winners of the High Roller, the original Las Vegas megabuck amateur tournament (Lichstein, along with Ed Roberts), and one member of the “900 Club” (not Hakim Emmanuel, but Jon Wilbur).

Two of these bowlers, Ed Roberts and Patrick Allen, also have experience on Team USA: Ed Roberts was a member of the men’s squad for the 1995 FIQ World Championships held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, the year the facility opened, and was also on Team USA for the inaugural WTBA World Senior Championships in 2013, winning multiple medals in that tournament. Ed also has won multiple medals, including gold, at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, the American zone’s biggest annual tournament. Patrick Allen was a member of the 2008 American “Dream Team” at the 2008 WTBA World Men’s Championships in Munich, Germany, the first world championship tournament that allowed professional participation. Allen was the emotional leader of that team, which won the gold medal in the coveted team of five event.

From a local perspective, four members of the Bristol-Plymouth USBC Hall of Fame, Tony Attardo, Steve Travers, John Ellis, and Ed Roberts, have won at Westgate. Three other Westgate NEBA winners, Alex Aguiar, Rick Cashell and Stephen Dale Jr., are known to me to have bowled regularly in leagues at Westgate Lanes. Westgate has had a reputation of being a lefty-friendly center, and Tony Attardo, Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Steve Travers, Patrick Allen, and Anthony Pepe are the Westgate NEBA champions known to me to be lefties. You could also count Ernie Hoestery, a right-handed back-up bowler, as a lefty.

One will also note that in 2017, Anthony Pepe defeated Jon Van Hees in a match-up of PBA Tour champions in a NEBA championship match at Westgate. Another notable NEBA final match at Westgate took place in 2015, when Ed Roberts became NEBA’s oldest champion by defeating Tyler Perry, the youngest champion in NEBA’s history. The previous year, NEBA’s GOAT, Mike Lichstein, faced Alex Aguiar, #2 all-time, recording his 28th title.

As a bonus, I decided to also include the history of two other centers in the Brockton (now Bristol-Plymouth) association:

This list picks up PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, whose family had owned the center in Taunton (listed as Cranberry Bowl for him), one other BPUSBC Hall of Famer, Dan Robinson (a Westgate bowler who won at North Bowl), and Bryan Cahill (who had held the Westgate house record prior to Hakim Emmanuel’s 900 series). Gary Shultis is the only NEBA Hall of Famer in this list who did not also win at Westgate. Ed Roberts is the only BPUSBC Hall of Famer who won at two centers in the association (also having won at North Bowl).

Finally, many of the Brockton/Bristol-Plymouth association’s NEBA champions never won at a center in the association, Joe Picanzo (NEBA’s very first champion), Nate Abdow, Bill Briggs, Fred Delfino, Brian Egan, Gary Erickson, Jim Ferguson, Ray Fischer, Rich Fulton, Brian Gaskill, Dan Hamilton, Bill Major, and Tim Riordan among them (there may be others).

Kevin Kelliher wins Bay State Open in Gardner

Per the post above, Westgate league bowler Kevin Kelliher bested Corey Hanson, 277-264 (with handicap), to win the Bay State Open’s Mulligan Singles event last Sunday at Gardner Ten Pins. The tournament’s format allowed bowlers to redo one first ball in any frame (including second or third ball in the 10th following a strike) of each game.

Congrats Kevin! 🙂

Chris Zalewski wins BPUSBC Youth Championships

Per the post above, Westgate bowler Chris Zalewski was one of the division winners of the second annual Bristol-Plymouth USBC Youth Championships, which were held last Sunday at North Bowl Lanes. Other Westgate bowlers winning scholarships were Brenda Murphy, Aiden Delehoy, Jessica Blyth, and Corey Major (who finished second to Zalewski in the 181 & over division). Good bowling!

Nov. 23 Adult/Junior results

Found out about this late, but here are the results of the Adult/Junior doubles tournament on Nov. 23:

  1. Ethan Reyes & Sean Richard 1,409
  2. Chris Zalewski & Brendan Litchfield 1,408

Good bowling! 🙂

Stephen & Aaron Major win Turkey Doubles in Ft. Edward, NY

Per the post above by the bowling center, cousins Stephen & Aaron Major, the 2016 USBC Youth Open doubles champions, won their first adult doubles tournament by taking the inaugural Turkey Doubles last night at Broadway Bowl in Ft. Edward, NY. The Majors defeated Steve Wagoner & Craig Taylor 247-237 in the Baker-format final match, in which Stephen delivered the clinching double in the 10th frame.

Congratulations guys! 🙂

Sean Richard wins record 6th Bay State Open title

As announced in the above post, Sean Richard won a record 6th Bay State Open title Saturday in the “Throw the Low” (bowl four games, drop low score of the four) event at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, RI, winning the final match 261-202 (with handicap) over Bill Josephson. Sean posted on Facebook that he was actually an alternate for match play, and got in when bowlers left thinking they’d missed the cut. It just goes to show you that it pays to stick around a tournament until cuts are announced.

I’d shared the video of the final match on Facebook, but I’ll include it below.

WTG Ka$h! 🙂

“Mr. 900” perfect in TNBA regional in Virginia

As the photo shows, Hakim Emmanuel had a slow start, but finished with a 300 game in the team event of the TNBA East regional tournament, taking place at AMF Norfolk Lanes in Virginia. It is Hakim’s first perfect game away from Westgate Lanes.

Nice bowling! 🙂

Sean Richard tosses 299 in RI city tournament

I shared the unofficial results of the Rhode Island USBC city tournament on Facebook Monday, but overlooked that Sean Richard had a 299 in the singles event, which apparently was bowled Saturday. Good work! 🙂

Kevin Kelliher throws first perfecto at NEBA in Auburn

Per a report he gave me on Facebook, Kevin Kelliher, who bowls in the Pepsi and Patriots leagues at Westgate Lanes, bowled his first perfect game in tonight’s NEBA qualifying squad at AMF Auburn Lanes. Great bowling! 🙂

Sean Richard tosses 803 at NAT in East Providence

“Seany Ka$h” had a busy weekend, traveling to four different events, including both 9 AM squads of the BPUSBC mixed doubles in Hanover, but the highlight was an 803 set in the NAT singles event Saturday at East Providence Lanes, per his post above. Good shooting! 🙂

Sean Richard wins inaugural NAT Baker Doubles in Auburn

July 2019 NAT Baker Doubles

Finalists of NAT Baker Doubles event on July 28 at AMF Auburn Lanes (L-R): Champions Derek DuBois & Sean Richard, runners-up Mike Berens & Mark Juliano (Photo courtesy of NAT)

The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported in their newsletter that Sean Richard & Derek DuBois were the winners of their inaugural Baker doubles event held on July 28 at AMF Auburn Lanes. The pair defeated Mike Berens & Mark Juliano, 438-421 (with handicap), in the two-game final match.

Stephen Major bowls 300/802 in Providence Senate doubles

Congrats to Stephen Major, who posted 279-223-300 for an 802 set yesterday in the TNBA Providence Senate doubles tournament at AMF Cranston Lanes. Sean Richard, Stephen’s partner for the squad, got the video below.

Stephen Major wins first AXS title at Old Mountain Lanes

As reported by AXS in the post above, Westgate bowler Stephen Major became their newest champion Sunday at Old Mountain Lanes in Wakefield, RI after defeating John Williams, 277-216 (with handicap; Stephen was bowling scratch), in the final match, the video of which is below. The lane condition was Kegel Tower of Pisa.

Congrats Stephen! 🙂

Billy Trudell wins 2nd NEBA title at Westgate

Following a thrilling tie at 236, Billy Trudell defeated Jalen Scott-Jones 49-40 in a 9th & 10th frame roll-off to claim his 2nd title (first singles) at the NEBA Westgate Lanes Open. The title match punctuated a fun match play portion of the tournament, which also saw 16-year-old Nate Purches take down New England bowling legend Mike Lichstein in the first round, as well as a sibling “rivalry” match in the semifinals (Billy Trudell vs. his sister Nicole).

The videos of the final match and winner’s interview may be found on NEBA’s Facebook page.

Westgate’s cashers were Aaron Major & Kevin Thibeault, who both reached the quarterfinals, along with Alex Aguiar & Shawn Hagan; Jim Ferguson was high senior out of the money.

Sunday’s qualifying was highlighted by Eric Copping’s 264-300-290 for an 854 (first three of five) on the 12:30 PM squad, and a 290 by Bill Webb and a 299 by Brian Boghosian on the 9 AM squad.

Blanket congratulations to all, and thank you to the NEBA tournament staff for running another great tournament.

2019 NEBA Saturday notes

A couple of notes/observations from tonight’s NEBA squad:

  • Jim Savasta had the high game on the squad with a 299, with a 9 pin spoiling the perfecto.
  • Both lefties on the squad, Westgate’s Aaron Major along with Jalen Scott-Jones, made the squad cut. With PBA Tour champion Anthony Pepe, also a lefty, due at Westgate in the morning, tomorrow will be really interesting.

2019 NEBA lane condition note

As released by NEBA in the above post, the lane condition for the coming weekend’s Westgate Lanes Open will be Kegel Broadway, a pattern that was used in the Pepsi league this season. I hope to see everyone there.

Rose Hamilton wins Michael Z. Eramo Coach of the Year Award

Congratulations to Rose Hamilton, who was presented with the 2019 Michael Z. Eramo Coach of the Year Award last weekend at the youth state tournament. It’s a well-deserved honor. 🙂

Note: The post above also has links to the unofficial tournament results. I will post about results again when they become official.

Hakim Emmanuel wins NAT Over/Under doubles at East Providence Lanes

NAT Over-Under April 28

Finalists of Apr. 28 NAT Over/Under (45) doubles event at East Providence Lanes (L-R): Champions Angel Hernandez & Hakim Emmanuel, runners-up Bob DiMuccio Jr. & Sr. (Photo courtesy of Northeast Amateur Tournament)

The Northeast Amateur Tournament reported on Facebook (must be logged in to view) that Hakim Emmanuel, with partner Angel Hernandez, defeated Bob DiMuccio Sr. & Jr., 499-464 (with handicap), to win their inaugural Over/Under 45 doubles event on April 28 at East Providence Lanes.

This is a first time for the NAT on this blog: Mike Montijo recorded the final match, which is linked here.