Something old, something new at Senior BOY

A pair of first-time champions and a three-time winner dominated the Altoona Mirror’s annual Senior Bowler of the Year Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at the Pleasant Valley Recreation Center.

The men’s champs won for the first time – Don Butch and Bruce Schaner in the over 70 division.

Betsey Harris captured women’s honors for the third time.

Butch won the men’s title with a three-game total of 724. Butch posted games of 254, 215 and 255 to outdistance runnerup Bob Steinbugl, who bowled games of 200-254-204 for a 658 total.

Butch, who lists an 839 as his all-time best series, is 60 years old and retired from Norfolk Southern railroad. Although this was his first senior title, Butch noted he was runnerup three times in the Mirror’s regular BOY Tournament.

Schaner, who is 75 years old, edged John DeGennaro, 625 to 620, for the men’s over 70 title.

Schaner’s big start – a 245 in the first game – was the difference. DeGennaro bowled a 214 in the first, then outscored Schaner, 224-199, in the second and 182-181 in the third, but couldn’t overcome the 31-pin deficit from the opening game.

First-time winner Schaner noted that he bowled a series-best 735 this season that included his first 300 game.

Schaner, who lives in Duncansville, owned Central Pennsylvania Roofing and Supply Co. before retiring.

Harris also used a fast start en route to winning her third women’s title. Harris finished with a 486 set while runnerup Lois Steinbugl rolled a 478 series.

Harris opened with a 191, which was 35 pins better than Steinbugl’s 156 opener. Steinbugl outpointed Harris, 170 to 148, in the second game and also outscored the champ, 152-147, in the third.

Besides her three titles, Harris, who is 76 years old, also was a runnerup once. Harris, who has been bowling for almost 40 years, lists a 701 series as her best. Harris worked in a floor carpeting business with her husband and also served as secretary of Woodbury Township.

Schaner said he’s been bowling for about 30 years while Butch said he’s bowled for about 35 years. All three champs still bowl a couple days a week.

Esther Poorman was in charge of the tournament which featured 13 women and 39 men, including 23 over 70 years of age.

The Mirror’s regular BOY Tournament will be held tonight at the Frank Gerhart Lanes at Bavarian Hall. The defending champions are Scott Zimmerer for the men and Brenda Miller for the ladies.