Area bowlers compete in CDYST tournament at Alpha Lanes

TROY — Katie Lynch of Troy edged Jeh’ron Cherry of Albany 192-189 to win the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour tournament at Alpha Lanes on Jan. 28.

The stepladder finals began with fourth-seeded Jenna Lemke of Delmar finishing with nine consecutive strikes to defeat third-seeded Andrew Hall of Westborough, Mass., 259-204. Hall finished fourth overall and won a $125 scholarship as the second-place finisher in the Boys Division. The second-seeded Lynch then defeated Lemke 242-183 to set up the title match. Lemke, who finished third overall, earned a $90 scholarship as the second-place finisher in the girls division.

The top-seeded Cherry began the title match with a spare followed by two strikes to take a 16-pin lead. Lynch closed to within eight pins after five frames; before she rolled strikes in the sixth and seventh frames to jump ahead by five pins. She closed with two spares and a strike to remain in the lead and earn her first CDYST title and a $150 scholarship as the top finisher in the girls division. The runner-up Cherry won a $225 scholarship as the top finisher in the boys division.

Melanie Lemke of Delmar began her day with a 246 to take the lead following Game 1. Lynch then began her second game with the first nine strikes in rolling a 279 to surge into the lead. Hunter Kempton of Buzzards Bay, Mass. held the lead following Game 3; before Lynch returned to the top spot heading into the semifinals. She won her first semifinal match to extend her lead. However, Cherry earned his second consecutive victory in the second match to edge ahead of Lynch by one pin. Both bowlers won their final matches; with Cherry retaining the lead and earning the top seed for the finals; Lynch earned the second seed. Hall won two of his three semifinal matches to vault from 11th place after qualifying and into third. Lemke also won two matches as well to earn the fourth seed.

A field of 33 bowlers (21 boys and 12 girls) competed in the ninth tournament of the season. Melanie Lemke finished third in the girls division (fifth overall) and earned a $50 scholarship. Additional scholarship winners in the Boys Division are Brandon Wolf of Schenectady ($75) in third place (sixth overall); Dominick Favata of Niskayuna ($50) in fourth (seventh overall); and Kempton and Andrew Marotta of Ballston Spa ($20 each) tied for fifth (eighth overall). Pattersonville’s Rebecca LaBelle placed 15th overall with a total of 737 pins, while Gloversville’s Richard Taylor was 17th with a total of 735 pins. Amsterdam’s Billy McGaffin was 25th with 695 pins.

The bowlers earned $905 in scholarships; bringing the season total to $12,605.

The next tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Sportsman’s Bowl in Rotterdam. It is open to all bowlers and will offer optional Junior Gold qualifying for any 2016-17 CDYST members who have competed in at least two prior tournaments this season.

For more information about the CDYST, visit its website at or e-mail tournament directors Mark Taylor and Steve Fawcett at Additional updates are also posted on the CDYST Facebook page.