YOUNGSTOWN — The Greater Youngstown Bowling Association’s 22nd annual Masters Tournament will be Feb. 29-March 2 beginning with three qualifying rounds at Bell-Wick Bowl, Boardman Lanes and Mahoning Valley Lanes. The finals will be at Kay Lanes in Girard.
Entry forms are available at area bowling centers or by calling the GYBA at 758-8367.
Advance entries are due by Feb. 28 at 9 p.m. Late entries will be accepted until 6 p.m., Feb. 29, with a $20 late entry fee, space permitting.
The Masters is open to all GYBA bowlers. This year, Warren and Salem association bowlers are eligible to participate with a $10 GYBA affiliate card that may be purchased at the tournament site or with advance entry.
The tournament is being sponsored by Armando’s Saab of Canfield and the GYBA.
Women’s Senior event
STRUTHERS — The 16th annual Senior Tournament of the Youngstown-Salem U.S. Bowling Congress’ Women’s Association will be March 15 & 16 at Holiday Bowl.
Five age divisions include 55 to 59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-76 and 77-and-over.
Entry fee of $15 should be made payable to the Youngstown-Salem USBC Women’s Senior Tournament and mailed to Betty Kana, 2936 Eddie St., Youngstown, Oh. 44509 before March 7.
Entry forms are available at area bowling centers.
Each division’s winner will receive first-place prize money and a paid entry into the 2009 Senior tournament.
Sciarra Siding and Winner Transportation Systems are co-sponsors.
NEW CASTLE — The 7th annual Michael “Mickey” Michalojko Memorial Scratch Bowling Tournament will be Feb. 24 at Colonial Lanes where some of the Tri-State area’s hotshots will compete for a guaranteed first-place prize of $1,800.
Michalojko was a longtime proprietor of Colonial and Shenango Bowl-A-Way, establishing a 50-plus year career in the industry, as well as being one of New Castle top bowlers from the 1950s to the 1970s.
The format will consist of two, four-game qualifying squads. Qualifiers will then compete in a finals session. Space for each qualifying squad is limited to 60-65 bowlers. For more, call (724) 654-5000.
NAHL has auction
FRISCO, TX. — The North American Hockey League announced that it will auction off all game-worn player jerseys, as well as jerseys representing all six participating coaches, from next week’s NAHL Top Prospects Tournament through eBay.
The auction, which will include all player jerseys from the North, South and Central Division teams and the head coach and assistant coach from each Top Prospects team, will open on Tuesday, February 12 and close on Thursday, February 21, with the bid for each jersey starting at $200.
Bids can be placed at www.nahl.com/auction.
The jerseys, designed and manufactured by OT Sports, are stitched and sewn with each player’s name and number. A patch of the player’s team’s logo is also embroidered on the front of the jersey.
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament will be held February 17-19 at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Georgie Boy wins
ARCADIA, Calif. — Georgie Boy returned from a five-month vacation to win the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes by 31⁄4 lengths Sunday and put his name on the list of Kentucky Derby hopefuls.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Georgie Boy covered 7 furlongs in 1:20.01 and paid $7.80 and $3.20.
Into Mischief was second and returned $2.60 as the 7-5 wagering favorite. Massive Drama was another length back in third and Red Hot Flame was fourth.
Georgie Boy had been idle since winning the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5. Trainer Kathy Walsh said nothing was wrong with the colt.
Davis Cup action
LONDON — Russia took advantage of an ailing Novak Djokovic to reach the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup on Sunday, when Germany and Sweden also advanced.
The United States, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Spain and France all reached the quarterfinals on Saturday. The Russians, who lost to the U.S. in last year’s final, earned their decisive point in the 3-2 win over Serbia when Djokovic withdrew from the first reverse singles match despite leading 6-4, 6-3, 4-6.
“I decided to stop because I don’t want to risk my health,” the Australian Open champion said. “I wanted to fight. I tried to play, but in the end I was aware of the fact that I am very dizzy and I have a lack of energy. I just didn’t want to continue because of the risk I had.”
Kallur breaks record
KARLSRUHE, Germany — Susanna Kallur broke the 18-year-old world record in the women’s 60-meter indoor hurdles Sunday, finishing in 7.68 seconds to lower the mark by 0.01 seconds at the Karlsruhe International.
The 26-year old Swede broke the record set Feb. 4, 1990, by Russia’s Ludmila Narozhilenko — who later changed her name to Ludmila Engquist. Kallur, the European outdoors champion just missed the mark with a 7.72 effort a week ago in Stuttgart.
Vindicator staff/wire reports