Area bowlers compete in CDYST tournament

SCHENECTADY — Jenna Lemke of Delmar and Hunter Kempton of Buzzard’s Bay, Mass., capped off a wire-to-wire victory by defeating Cody Faggiano of Queensbury and Michael Boyce of Gansevoort 615-596 in the position round match to win the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour Doubles Classic held at Sportsmans Bowl on Nov. 20.

In a qualifying round consisting of three traditional games and three Baker format games where the competitors alternate frames; Lemke and Kempton began with a 449 team total to take a 42 pin lead. They steadily increased their lead to 116 pins by the end of the three traditional games.

Moving into the Baker games, they continued to pull away from the field as they began with a 268 in route to a 688 three-game series and a 166-pin lead heading into the match play finals.

Faggiano and Boyce were second following Game 1; before dropping to fourth after Game 2.

They then rolled a 439 team game in Game 3 to move back into second heading into the Baker games. Their 638 Baker series enabled them to extend their lead to 110 pins over the third-seeded team of Kenny Livengood of Ravena and Christian Chiarito of Schenectady.

In the match play finals where the teams rolled traditional games and earned bonus pins for individual match game victories and their team totals; both Lemke and Kempton (413 team total) and Faggiano and Boyce (417 team total) swept their first matches to remain in the top two spots. Lemke and Kempton (401 team total) earned 35 of 50 bonus pins in their second match; while Faggiano and Boyce (427 team total) swept their match to pull within 121 pins and set up a position round match between these top two teams with 80 bonus pins at stake.

In the traditional game portion of the Position Round match, Faggiano defeated Lemke 191-177 and Kempton defeated Boyce 257-214. The two teams then faced off in a Baker format game that Faggiano and Boyce won 191-181.

With Lemke and Kempton gaining the bonus pins for having the higher team total, their final margin of victory was 150 pins over Faggiano and Boyce.

For the victory, Lemke earned her first CDYST title and Kempton his fifth (second consecutive) as they split the $450 top scholarship prize. Faggiano and Boyce each split a $250 scholarship for their runner-up finish.

A total of 18 teams competed in the fourth CDYST tournament of the season and earned $1,160 in scholarships; bringing the season total to $4,595.

The remaining scholarship winners were as follows: Livengood and Chiarito ($80 each) in third place; Zack Terry and Brandon Wolf ($50 each), both of Schenectady; and Jordan Byrnes of Kinderhook and Melanie Lemke of Delmar ($40 each).

Johnstown’s Morgan Ruggeri and Amsterdam’s Billy McGaffin teamed up to place 10th overall with a total of 1,625 pins.

For more information about the CDYST, visit ww.cdystbowling.com or e-mail tournament directors Mark Taylor and Steve Fawcett at CDYSTinfo@aol.com. Additional updates are also posted on the CDYST Facebook page.

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