USBC adult/junior doubles event is on

Youth bowler Kyle Courtroul and Chris Marckese topped the A division in the Modesto USBC Junior/Adult Doubles after the first weekend of competition.

Marckese rolled games of 285-217-277 for a 779 set and Courtroul added a 738 on games of 268-234-236. The pair totaled 1,577, including 60 pins handicap.

The father-daughter team of Steve Vitale and Sierra Vitale sits atop the B Division with a 1,278 score. Steve rolled a 257 game and Sierra a 131 game to help put them at the top of the standings. C Division leaders are Jackie Fried and son Joseph. The pair rolled a 1,312 score, with Joseph contributing a 133 game and mom a 204 game to the mix.

In the Modesto USBC Family Adult Doubles, Chris and Stacey Marckese hold the top spot in the B Division with a 1,304 set. Chris shot a 644, and Stacey added a 516, and with 144 pins handicap they tallied the top division score.

In the C Division, Danny and Glenda Donovan rolled a 1,446 to take the lead. Danny's 561 set and Glenda's 487 combined with a 398 handicap added up to the top score.

The Modesto BVL Tournament is running concurrently and is a fund-raiser for the local veteran hospitals. The tournament is twofold -- a qualifier for the State BVL Tournament by divisional scratch scores and cash prize list based on handicap scores.

For the men, Chris Marckese leads the Classic Division with a 644, Harold Walker tops the A Division at 556, and Bill Baker is in first in the B with a 634. On the women's side, Stacey Marckese rolled a 516 to top the A Division, Betty Gerritsen scored a 474 for the B group, Liz Sukuma a 371 for the C, and E Division leader Virginia Higle at 408.

For those bowlers who haven't signed up yet for the two city doubles tournaments and BVL, the entry deadline has been extended until the start of the last squad. Support local competition, have some fun, and maybe earn a little extra cash by signing up for squads this final weekend. Saturday squads are at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., and Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

LOCAL RICK FRANCIS owned the Scratch 6-gamer at Yosemite from the first games of qualifying to the stepladder win.

Francis started the tournament with an 802 score for his first three games to boost him to the top qualifier spot at plus-274. He waited in the wings until the final stepladder match, but came out scoring. He defeated second-place qualifier and three-time PBA National Champion Dave Arnold of Dublin 259-210. With the win Francis earned $388 and a berth in the year-end Tournament of Champions.

This Friday, a Senior No-tap is set for 1 p.m. at Yosemite. Check-in is at 12:30.

THE MODESTO USBC Youth Committee is looking for members who are interested in helping young bowlers in Modesto. The committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. this Sunday morning at Yosemite and all are invited. The monthly Modesto USBC Board meeting will follow at 9 a.m. After the meeting is completed, about 10:30 a.m., the association coaching session will start with bowling and instruction for only $5.

Two Halloween events are on tap for the coming week, open to everyone with no averages needed. At McHenry the Spooktacular Pumpkin Shoot rolls on Friday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Check-in starts at 3:30. Costume judging, refreshments, bowling in the dark, spooky music, and a pumpkin are included. At Yosemite on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Junior/Adult Halloween Tournament bowls at 6 p.m., with check-in at 5. Three games will be bowled in 9-pin no-tap. Costumes welcomed.

For more information, contact Dallas Kadry at or 571-2695