Dave Bunn IV was inducted into the Niagara University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001, mainly for his exploits on the baseball diamond.
Bunn batted .357 as a freshman. As a pitcher-designated hitter for four seasons, he hit 13 career home runs.
The 38-year-old Ingram Micro account manager – he will turn 39 on Monday – isn’t bad on the bowling lanes either.
A week ago, in the Thursday night Nin Angelo Memorial League (formerly the Screwball League) at Brad Angelo Lanes in Lockport, Bunn bowled an 858 series that included a 300 game in the middle along with two 279 games.
“Everything was going right. That’s for sure, and I enjoyed every second of it,” Bunn said. “Of all things, I left a 10-pin in the first game – I’m a lefty. The other was a 6-pin. I came up a tad light. It wobbled but wouldn’t go.”
Bunn followed that with an 816 series Thursday night. He’s averaging 244 this season. He estimates that the 300 was the 14th of his career. His previous high series was an 826 in 2004. That was when he was a more active bowler.
“Now, I go once a week and do my thing and the rest of the time I take care of my kids with hockey, baseball, dance and stuff like that,” Bunn said, adding with a laugh:
“I’m still using the same ball I used in high school 20-25 years ago. It’s a Brunswick Rhino Pro, burgundy colored.”
That same night in the same league, Travis Kinne bowled a 300-798, Jason Ciliberto hit for 278-815, John Tagg 280-801 and Justin Zimmerman had a 279.
“It’s probably the best bowling league in Lockport,” said PBA pro Brad Angelo, the host proprietor.
Bunn, the reigning Lockport city all-events champion, is also a member of the Lockport High sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2010. Bunn earned six letters in bowling and four in baseball and pitched and batted the 1992 team to the Section VI title.
After college he pitched many years for Lockport Bus and a couple of seasons of Muny ball with the West Herrs. He stays active in baseball coaching the Lockport Little League 12U travel team.
As for Angelo, he made his return from a hand injury and just missed qualifying for match play in the PBA Tournament of Champions. He’s entered in the USBC Masters next week in New Jersey, then will depart for overseas tournaments in Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.
“The tear in my hand is healed. Now I’m working to get it stronger,” Angelo said Friday. “The time line of my comeback was shortened when they moved the T of C up to January. I was intending to come back for the Masters. As long as I could do it without hurting it I came back for the T of C. I can’t go 100 percent yet.”
Angelo’s appearance in the T of C was his first on the tour since the PBA World Series of Bowling in the fall of 2012.
Remembering Tom Harnisch
Tom Harnisch, who died last Saturday, left Buffalo for Las Vegas in 1979, which meant he was pretty much out of the local spotlight until his 2012 induction to the Greater Buffalo USBC Association Hall of Fame.
Before he left for the desert, Harnisch was a huge figure in Buffalo bowling going back to when he joined Allie Brandt’s Lockport Felts team as a 15-year-old. Still a teenager, in 1958 he became a charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association, where he gained more fame by bowling with and against the biggest names in the sport.
Locally, he bowled on some of the best teams – the Simon Pures, Iroquois, M&T and the Jimmy Schroeder Pro Shop aggregation.
He made regular appearances on the Beat the Champ television series and wrote a weekly bowling instructional column that appeared in the Buffalo Courier-Express.
Harnisch was unable to attend his Hall of Fame induction here because of his health. Ironically, his problem was not lung cancer, which was not discovered until recently. After suffering a stroke he moved to Tampa, Fla., where his daughter Brenda lives. The lung cancer was found after he began to experience difficulty breathing.
Sadly, Harnisch passed away without being enshrined in the PBA Hall of Fame. He’s owed that because of his accomplishments and because he was one of the pioneers of the professional tour.
Coburns celebrate 70th
There are several outstanding bowling couples in Western New York but No. 1 has to be Doris and Frank Coburn.
Tonight they will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at a family gathering at the home of Kathy Coburn McDonald.
If you are younger than 30, you may not know of Doris Coburn’s outstanding career. She was the winner of three professional women’s bowling titles as well as a pair of Women’s International Bowling Congress team championships. That hardly touches on her accomplishments.
Frank won the GBUSBC’s George A. Obenauer Masters in 1965, but since then most of his attachment to bowling has been in coaching and supporting the bowling careers of Doris and their daughters Kathy and Cindy and countless others the Coburns have coached and inspired locally.
• The Canisius College club team finished fourth with a 7,608 total in last weekend’s Mardi Bob Invitational hosted by Dutchess County Community College in Poughkeepsie. Derrick Geschwender led Canisius with a 1,234 total for six games (205.67), including a high game of 267.
• You won’t see many lineups of youth bowlers more powerful than the team of Andrew Herbert, Kevin Bienko, Tyler Roskwitalski and Chad Mee. They totaled 2,662 (an average of (221.8) per man to win the GBUSBC Youth Team tournament last month at AMF Airport Lanes.
• The GBUSBC Me & Mine Tournament wraps up today and Sunday at AMF Thruway Lanes with squads at 2 and 4 p.m. today and 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
• The Youth Singles Tournament is today (11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and Sunday (noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.) at AMF Lancaster Lanes.
• A quarterfinal match between L.A.X. presented by Gobowling.com versus Brooklyn Styles in the PBA League will be shown today at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The match was taped last month in Allen Park, Mich. Other quarterfinals will be telecast on Feb. 16 and March 2 and 23.