Amsterdam’s McGaffin wins tourney

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Billy McGaffin of Amsterdam defeated Jeh’ron Cherry of Albany 166-145 to win the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour tournament held at Kingpin’s Alley on Jan. 7.

The stepladder finals began with third-seeded Dominick Favata of Niskayuna defeating fourth-seeded Mariah Williams of Bloomington 235-119. Williams finished fourth overall and won a $225 scholarship as the top finisher in the girls division. The second-seeded Cherry then defeated Favata 193-154 to set up the title match. Favata earned a $100 scholarship as the third-place finisher in the boys division.

In a title match indicative of the demanding lane condition, the top-seeded McGaffin began with three spares and a strike to take a 22-pin lead. Cherry reduced his deficit to 11 pins following a strike in the fifth frame; and was within 14 pins after eight frames. However, McGaffin rolled four consecutive spares in the seventh through 10th frames to win his second career CDYST title and a $250 scholarship as the top finisher in the boys division. Cherry earned a $150 scholarship for his runner-up finish.

Competing in a five-game qualifying round on the USBC sport-compliant 2008 Junior Gold short pattern, McGaffin began with a 264, the highest game of the tournament, to take the lead. He maintained it through Game 2; before Michael Taber of New Baltimore rose into the top spot. McGaffin returned to the lead following Game 4 and extended it to 63 pins heading into the semifinals. Following a victory in his first semifinal match, McGaffin retained the lead and would ultimately earn the top seed for the finals. Cherry won two of his three semifinal matches to become the second seed. Favata won one match and Williams won two to earn the respective third and fourth seeds for the finals.

A total of 45 bowlers (25 boys and 20 girls) competed in the seventh tournament of the season.

Additional scholarship winners in the boys division were Brandon Wolf of Schenectady ($75) in fourth place (fifth overall); Christian Chiarito of Schenectady ($50) in fifth (seventh overall); and Willis Bickford of Fort Edward ($40) in sixth (eighth overall).

The remaining scholarship winners in the girls division were Jenna Lemke of Delmar ($125) in second place (sixth overall); Melanie Lemke of Delmar ($75) in third (15th overall); Samantha Hart of Troy ($50) in fourth (18th overall); and Kasey Kosier of East Greenbush ($40) in fifth (19th overall).

The youth bowlers earned $1,300 in scholarships; bringing the season total to $10,520.

Johnstown’s Logan Brandt placed 24th over all with a total of 844 pins, while Johnstown’s Morgan Ruggeri was 30th with a total of 816 pins.

Pattersonville’s Rebecca LaBelle placed 45th overall with a total of 663 pins.

McGaffin, Favata, Williams, Jack Comar of Fort Edward, and Hunter Chandler of Porter Corners earned entries into the 2017 USBC Junior Gold Championships in Cleveland.

The next tournament is the second annual Huck Finn/CDYST Challenge starting today at 12:30 p.m. at Playdium Bowling Center.

The finals will be taped for broadcast as part of the Huck Finn Capital Region Bowling Show. This event is open to CDYST members only.

However, non-members who have competed at least once during the 2016-17 season may pay their membership on site and compete.

The next standard tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Alpha Lanes in Troy.

For more information about the CDYST, visit their website at, e-mail tournament directors Mark Taylor and Steve Fawcett at, or call 765-0267.

The CDYST may also be found on Facebook.