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2018-02-08 / Sports

East’s Jaskier claims WNY Queens’ Division II title


Kendyll Jaskier Kendyll Jaskier West Seneca East sophomore Kendyll Jaskier has long been a solid bowler in both the scholastic and tournament settings, but she solidified her credentials Jan. 28 by winning the Division II title in the 2018 Western New York Queens Tournament at Mallwitz’s Island Lanes in Grand Island.

The WNY Queens Tournament is open to United States Bowling Congress-certified female members in any Western New York USBC Association. A total of 84 bowlers competed across three divisions based on average, and Jaskier, the top seed in Division II, took the title by beating second-seeded Emily Crone of Cheektowaga in the final of the stepladder-format tournament by a 290-147 margin.

Jaskier bounced back from a spare in the opening frame of the final to record 11 consecutive strikes en route to recording the best single game of her career, which up until the tournament was a 269.

“Winning the 2018 Queens Tournament was the first time I had won such a prestigious tournament,” Jaskier said. “I’ve won a doubles tournament with my teammate McKenzie Brown, so winning a solo tournament like the Queens was one of the most spectacular experiences I have ever had in bowling. Just thinking about it now still gives me goose bumps. It felt amazing to put up 11 strikes in a row and doing it actually had me in shock a little bit. I was just in a zone, but I was still nervous when I threw my last ball to get that 11th strike.”

All 84 participants bowled four games in the morning in a bid to finish in the top five of their divisions to reach the stepladder portion of the tournament. Jaskier opened the morning session with a 268 and had a 236 in the third game en route to finishing with an 880 set. As the first seed for her division, based on her morning effort, Jaskier received an automatic pass straight through to the championship round.

“It was a huge advantage for me to win the morning pool play because I did not need to bowl four other times to get to the championship final – which in turn allowed me to throw a few balls in practice and stay focused on the final,” Jaskier said. “I felt my bowling in the morning was up and down, so it was good to be able to have that extra time to practice. All together I feel I held my own in the morning and was deserving of the spot I was in.”

Jaskier, who bowled as a seventh grader for East before the district combined East’s and West’s girls programs into a single team, is hoping to use her efforts at the Queens Tournament to help the district team – of which she is a three-year veteran – make a run at a sectional championship next week. Between the Queens Tournament and the other half dozen or so USBC and Bowling Proprietors Association tournaments that she participates in, Jaskier – who was introduced to the sport at age five under the tutelage of her father Michael – is hoping to have what it takes to be a sectional champion.

“This year my main goal is to definitely go to states, just like my [former] teammate Katie Ziemba did last year,” Jaskier said. “There is a lot of great competition bowling with me who want to achieve the same goal, so it will definitely take a lot of practice on the oil pattern, as well as concentration and lots of focus for me to hopefully achieve my goal of going to states. That’s also where bowling outside the school team helps me in major ways, since I get to bowl in many other bowling centers with all different oil patterns. Bowling in the competitive tournaments I do helps me deal with the crazy pressure which comes with school bowling much more efficiently.”

(Reporter Jason Nadolinski contributed to this article.)

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