Chec wins Michalojko Memorial bowling title

Brian Chec of Wheatland, Pa., won the 12th annual Mickey Michalojko Memorial Scratch bowling tournament at Colonial Lanes in New Castle recently.

Chec topped a full field of 144 of the best bowlers from six states competing for a guaranteed first prize of $2,200.

Chec captured the title by averaging 224 for the four games of qualification. He caught fire in the finals by posting games of 279 and 257 for a tournament-record, two-game total of 536.

Runnerup was Tim Pfeifer of Cranberry Township, while Mike Chontos of Monongahela, Pa., was third and Gary McGranahan fourth.

Chontos and McGranahan were past champions looking to be the first repeat winner.

Pizza Joe’s was the main sponsor of the event, proceeds from which will go toward the scholarship fund in Mickey Michalojko’s name. This year, $1,900 will be distributed to local area junior bowlers. To date, over $19,000 in scholarship money has been awarded.

Cramer Jr. has 807

Carl Cramer Jr. had an 807 in descending order of 270-269-268 in Hively’s Doubles at Amron during week 24 of 32.

Rich Thompson and Marty Letscher had 300s on the same night during Wednesday Night Men’s action at McKinley on March 6.

Melissa Mettee’s 275-760 led Lucky Ladies at Holiday on Feb. 21.

Mettee also led Ladies Variety with 267-737 and likewise for her 223-609 in Holiday Ladies.

Teri Haefke’s 258-742 paced Wedgewood Ladies Trio on March 5.

Canfield High sophomore Ben Shoman’s 704 in Camelot Majors on March 9 marks his return to the junior leagues following his participation as a member of the Cardinals’ state title team. Also, Shoman had a district-record 813 in high school competition at Crest Lanes last month. Shoman’s high game on March 9 was 256.

John Bassetti covers bowling for The Vindicator. Write him at

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