McGaffin places second at CDYST tournament

HOOSICK FALLS – Zack Terry of Schenectady defeated Billy McGaffin of Amsterdam 205-200 to win the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour tournament held at Barbecue Recreation on March 20.

The stepladder finals began with the third-seeded Justin Carl of Albany defeating fourth-seeded Brandon Wolf of Schenectady 215 192. Wolf won a $75 scholarship for finishing fourth. The second-seeded McGaffin then closed with four consecutive strikes to edge Carl 213-211 and advance to the title match. Carl earned a $100 scholarship for finishing third.

In the championship match, both bowlers began with two strikes in the first three frames; but Terry held a one-pin lead. He extended the lead to 13 pins after five frames. McGaffin then rolled strikes in the sixth through eighth frames to close to within two pins. Needing a mark in the tenth frame for the victory, Terry rolled a strike on his first ball win his third career title (third of the season) and a $300 scholarship. McGaffin won a $175 scholarship for his runner-up finish.

The tournament format had each bowler roll four games; with the top four bowlers advancing to a stepladder finals that was taped for broadcast on the April 3 episode of the Huck Finn’s Capital Region Bowling Show. Wolf began with 256 to take the early lead. Terry then rolled a 256 in Game 2 to rise from tenth place and into the lead. He closed with games of 200 and 247 to pull away and earn the top seed by 50 pins with a 909 series. McGaffin rolled a 267, the highest game of the day, in Game 2 to vault from 25th into fourth place. Closing games of 198 and 227 enabled him to earn the second seed. Carl rolled 235 and 216 in his final two games to rise from ninth place and become the third seed. Wolf closed with a 202 to rise from sixth place after three games and edge Christopher Kokes of Mooers by five pins for the final spot on the telecast.

A field of 35 bowlers competed in the 12th tournament of the season and earned $895 in scholarships; bringing the season total to $16,120. Additional scholarship winners are as follows: Kokes ($50) in fifth place; Jonathan Bowman of Peru ($30) in sixth; and Dominick Favata of Niskayuna ($25) in seventh.

Johnstown’s Morgan Ruggeri placed 11th overall with a total of 771 points, while Johnstown’s Jay Hadcock was 18th with a total of 730 pins. Johnstown’s Logan Brandt was was 28th with a total of 678.

CDYST Hometown Lanes Tournament

MECHANICVILLE – Tom Hankey of Great Barrington, Mass., defeated Andrew Hall of Westborough, Mass. 277 237 in the position round match to win the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour tournament at Hometown Lanes on March 19.

Sarah Gill of Attleboro, Mass., began her day with a 257 to take the lead following Game 1 of the qualifying round. Hall then began Game 2 with 11 consecutive strikes before leaving a 10-pin to roll the second 299 game in CDYST history and pull ahead. He would remain on top through the remainder of the round. His 951 four-game series is the seventh highest ever in a CDYST event.

Employing a modified format without a stepladder final, the bowlers rolled three match games; with the final match as a position round. Hankey rolled a 276 in winning his first match to close to within eight pins of Hall’s lead; Hunter Kempton of Buzzard’s Bay rolled a 279 to move into third and Brandon Wolf of Schenectady rolling a 255 to rise into fourth. Hall and Hankey each won their second consecutive matches to pull away from the rest of the field by over 100 pins; with Hall leading Hankey by 39 pins and setting up a position round match between the two bowlers.

Hankey began the position round match with six consecutive strikes to take a 20-pin lead. Following a spare, he rolled four more strikes to win the match and earn the 30-pin bonus. The seven-game totals showed Hankey moving ahead of Hall by 31 pins to win his first CDYST title and a $275 scholarship as the top bowler in the Boys Division. Hall won a $175 scholarship for his runner-up finish. Hankey’s totals of 1,667 and 1,757 with bonus are both the second highest in CDYST history. Hall’s totals of 1,666 and 1,726 with bonus are the third and fourth highest, respectively. Zachery Porter of Schenectady won his position round match to finish third and earn a $100 scholarship; Jonathan Bowman of Peru rolled a 280 in his position round match to rise from seventh place and finish fourth; earning an $80 scholarship.

A field of 59 bowlers (39 boys and 20 girls) competed in our 11th tournament of the season and earned $1,400 in scholarships; bringing the season total to $15,225.

Additional scholarship winners in the Boys Division are as follows: Justin Carl of Albany ($60) in fifth place; Brandon Wolf of Schenectady ($50) in sixth; Hunter Kempton of Buzzard’s Bay, Mass. ($40) in seventh; and Zack Terry of Schenectady ($35) in eighth (ninth overall). Scholarship winners in the Girls Division are as follows: Gill ($175) in first place (eighth overall); Jenna Lemke of Delmar ($125) in second (10th overall); Rachel Bamford of Rochester, N.H. ($75) in third (14th overall); and Jordan Byrnes of Kinderhook ($50) in fourth (22nd overall).

Amsterdam’s Billy McGaffin placed 26th overall with a total of 731 pins, while Johnstown’s Morgan Ruggeri was 28th with a total of 727.

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

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