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By Milt Northrop

NEWS BOWLING COLUMNIST

It’s called the Tonawandas USBC Senior Masters, but the finalists in the recent 21st edition of the annual tournament are far from being members of the Over-the-Hill Mob.

Frank Cascio defeated top qualifier John Masiello in the final match of the Tonawandas Senior Masters, rolling five straight strikes late for a 247-216 victory. It was the second straight runner-up finish in the tournament for Masiello.

Cascio advanced by taking down Mike Hanes, 248-216, after Hanes had knocked off Gary Kinyon, 211-206, by starting the game with five strikes in a row.

What quality in the final four. And if it seems like an old story, there’s a reason. Kinyon, Hanes, Masiello and Cascio have been dominant competitors in the area for many years, especially in events involving the Tonawandas USBC.

Cascio was runner-up to Pat Brick in the 2004 George A. Obenauer Masters. In 2006 he went out of the area and performed well against outstanding senior competition. He defeated Dale Eagle on his way to the final match of the Johnny Petraglia Generations Bowling Tour event in New Jersey. He lost the final to David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas, another PBA50 Tour star, 225-203. He had an $8,800 payday for his finish.

Hanes is a three-time Obenauer champion, last winning in 2005, while Masiello won it once and Kinyon is a two-time runner-up.

Kinyon won his third Tri-City Masters last February, defeating Hanes in the final. He also had three runner-up finishes and three high-qualifier medals in the Tri-City.

For Hanes, the 2010 champion, it’s the third time he took second place in the Tri City.

Masiello, who was runner-up in the 2013 Tonawandas Senior Masters, bowled a 299 game in this year’s qualifying. That and a 237 helped him to a 748 total and the No. 1 rung on the finals stepladder.

Cascio qualified second with a consistent 248, 238, 249 – 735. Hanes shot 722 and Kinyon posted 226, 235, 248 – 709.

First place was worth $325 for Cascio. Masiello took home $175 for second and an extra $50 for high qualifier. Hanes earned $125 and Kinyon $75.

As for credentials: Kinyon is a member of the Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Fame. Hanes and Masiello are in the Tonawandas USBC Hall. Masiello, Hanes and Kinyon all have been named Greater Buffalo Bowling Council bowlers of the year.

Marzec breaks through

Speaking of Hall of Famers: It’s hard to believe but Matt Marzec, an Obenauer champion and three-time runner-up, bowled the first 300 game of his illustrious career earlier this month in the Leo Greenauer Memorial at Kenmore Lanes.

Bill Truman, who was inducted into the Tonawandas USBC Hall just last Saturday night, bowled a 300 two nights later in the Monday Doubles League at Transit.

Pin chasers

• John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda advanced to match play in the 49th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Canada’s Caroline Lagrange leads the women with a 32-game total of 7,809 (244.03 average), while Peter Hellstrom of Sweden leads the men with 7,787 (243.34 average). Szczerbinski stands fifth with 7,661 (239.41) after games of 278, 279, 258, 216, 219, 247, 255, 242 in a final eight-game qualifying block of 1,994 (249.2).

The advancing players will bowl eight games of round-robin match play this morning to determine the final three men and three women for the stepladder finals, all of which will be broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV.

• The Greater Buffalo USBC will be accepting nominations for its 2014 Hall of Fame Class until Jan. 31, 2014. Nominating applications for all categories can be downloaded from the GBUSBC website.

• The area collegiate season gets under way for local teams with the Big Red Invitational in Cortland today and Sunday. ECC is the defending women’s champion.

• Closing date for entries to the GBUSBC League Officers Tournament at The Edge Bowling Center is next Friday, Nov. 29. Also, entry blanks are out for the GBUSBC Me & Mine Tournament Feb. 8-9 and 15-16 at Thruway Lanes.

email: mnorthrop@buffnews.com