Season Highlights and Milestones
Saturday, May 15, 2010: Liz Kuhlkin became our inaugural champion when she defeated Christopher Hanson 232 - 218 to top a field of 25 talented youth bowlers who competed in the CDYST Kickoff Tournament at Town ‘n Country Lanes in Guilderland, New York. $840 in scholarship prizes were awarded. The enthusiasm of our bowlers was incredible; the event was very well-received; and it laid the groundwork for all the history that has followed.
2010 - 2011 Season
Saturday, September 30, 2010: The first season of CDYST competition began as 15 talented bowlers came out to Del Lanes and earned a scholarship fund of $315. This event began a new tradition of regular youth scholarship tournaments in the Capital District.
Saturday, February 12, 2011: Tyler Mochrie defeated Kalynn Carl 247 - 198, Scott Frament 244 - 193, and Matthew Olson 255 - 232 at Sunset Lanes to become the first bowler to win three matches in the finals and first two-time champion.
Saturday, March 12, 2011: Tyler Mochrie defeated Casey Schoonmaker 246 - 163 at Burnt Hills Lanes to become the first bowler to win back-to-back tournaments and three titles overall.
Saturday, May 14, 2011: Our inaugural season came to a close as Christopher Hanson defeated Casey Schoonmaker 213 - 188 to win his second title of the season and a record scholarship of $750 at the 2011 CDYST Masters at Town ‘n Country Lanes; the total scholarship fund was a record $2,305. For the season, our talented bowlers earned a total of $6,335 in scholarship prizes and Christopher earned the first CDYST Bowler of the Year award .
2011 - 2012 Season
Saturday, November 5, 2011: Anthony Alix rolled the first honor score in CDYST competition with a 300 in his second game of qualifying at Catskill Lanes. The perfect game helped enable him to become the first CDYST bowler to top 1,000 in the qualifying round when he fired a 1,008 4-game series.
Saturday, November 19, 2011: We surpassed 30 entries in a regular season event for the first time, as 32 talented bowlers competed at Sportsman’s Bowl. This also marked the first time we awarded entries into the Junior Gold tournament.
Saturday, December 3, 2011: Thanks to the overwhelming support of our host centers, sponsors, and our bowlers and their parents, we surpassed the $10,000 mark in scholarship awards in our 15th tournament, which was held at Del Lanes.
Thursday & Friday December 28 - 29, 2011: Our first multi-day tournament, the 2011 CDYST Holiday Open, was held at Towne Bowling Academy. Joe Smith, who was one of the first four bowlers to compete, earned his first title by rolling a 970 four-game series to set a bar that was not surpassed by any of the 28 talented bowlers who combined for 50 total entries. Justin and Kalynn Carl were the Crossover Doubles champions in our first-ever non-singles competition. $1,705 in scholarships were awarded.
Friday, December 29, 2011: Justin Carl rolled the second 300 game in CDYST competition in his first game of the 2011 CDYST Holiday Open held at Towne Bowling Academy.
Saturday, April 14, 2012: Corey Buckley defeated Thomas “TJ” Marr 254 - 157 to become the first bowler to win a regular season event leading wire-to-wire. In winning his first title, Corey held a 234-pin lead at the end of the semifinals to set a new seven-game scoring record of 1,658 (1,748 with bonus pins).
Saturday, April 28, 2012: Our second season came to a close as Michael Hartmann defeated Matthew Olson 226 - 197 to win his second title of the season and a record scholarship of $800 at the 2012 CDYST Masters at Town ‘n Country Lanes; the total scholarship fund was a record $2,465. For the season, our talented bowlers earned a total of $10,925 in scholarship prizes and Matthew earned the Bowler of the Year award.
2012 - 2013 Season
Saturday, October 20, 2012: The total scholarship fund surpassed $1,000 at a regular season tournament for the first time when we awarded $1,010 to a record field of 39 talented bowlers at Towne Bowling Academy.
Saturday, November 10, 2012: We surpassed 40 entries for the first time in a regular season tournament, as 41 talented bowlers competed at Hometown Lanes. Vernon Billington II became the first bowler from Connecticut to win a CDYST title when he defeated Corey Buckley 279 - 258 in the highest scoring match in CDYST history.
Saturday, December 1, 2012: Casey Schoonmaker rolled the third 300 game in CDYST competition in Game 3 of the qualifying round at Del Lanes.
Thursday and Friday, December 27 - 28, 2012: Thanks to the overwhelming support of our host centers, sponsors, and our bowlers and their parents, we surpassed the $25,000 mark in scholarship awards in our 27th tournament, the 2012 CDYST Holiday Open held at Towne Bowling Academy.
Saturday, January 5, 2012: Jalen Scott-Jones became the first bowler from Rhode Island to win a CDYST title when he defeated Amber Dominic 266 - 203 to top a record-tying field of 49 talented youth bowlers at Alpha Lanes.
Saturday, April 6, 2013: Thanks to the support of our bowlers, their families and friends, our sponsors, and host centers, we established a new record of $11,528 in scholarship awards for the season. Also, during the third game of the semifinals at Spare Time East Greenbush, one of our bowlers knocked down the 1,000,000th pin in CDYST competition.
Saturday, April 27, 2013: Our third season came to a close as Patrick DeVoe earned his first CDYST title and a record scholarship of $900 by defeating Christopher Hanson 200 - 197 and 189 - 184 in the Championship Round of the 2013 CDYST Masters at Town ‘n Country Lanes. The scholarship fund was a record $3,190. Throughout the season, our talented youth bowlers earned a record $14,718 and Christopher earned his second Bowler of the Year award.
Saturday, May 11, 2013 / Sunday, May 19, 2013: Following the completion of our third season, we introduced our inaugural Spring Series to provide opportunities for bowlers to earn additional scholarship money and Junior Gold entries. Jonathan Bowman topped the field in the scholarship event at both of these five-game sweepers held at Del Lanes and Hi-Way Recreation. A total of $460 in scholarships was awarded and one bowler earned their Junior Gold entry.
2013 - 2014 Season
October 19, 2013: Jonathan Bowman defeated Zachary Doty 257 - 252 to become the second bowler to cap off a wire-to-wire victory as he won his second career title by topping a field of 43 bowlers in a high scoring event at Towne Bowling Academy. Another remarkable feat is that Justin Carl began the tournament with a 298 game and was not the leader because Bowman began with a 299. Bowman also compiled the second-highest seven-game series (1,635 and 1,725 with bonus) in CDYST history.
Saturday, November 9, 2013: Ricky Rovelli became the first four-time CDYST champion when he defeated Austin Van Buren 206 - 203 at Hometown Lanes. Austin set four- and seven-game scoring records with 1,031 and 1,728 (1,788 with bonus), respectively.
Saturday, December 14, 2013: Justin Carl became the first bowler to roll multiple 300 games in CDYST competition as he rolled his second (fourth ever in CDYST competition) in route to his third career title at Del Lanes. Justin’s 300 was also the first honor score rolled outside of the qualifying round in CDYST competition.
Sunday and Monday, December 29 - 30, 2013: The 2013 CDYST Holiday Open saw record participation as a record-tying 49 bowlers competed and combined for 80 total entries; shattering the previous Holiday Open record by 23 entries. There was also a record 30 entries in the Crossover Doubles event. Over $2,500 in scholarships was awarded.
Saturday, January 4, 2014: Ricky Rovelli became the first five-time CDYST champion when he defeated Justin Carl 50 - 28 in a two-frame rolloff at Alpha Lanes after they tied at 204. This marked the first time a stepladder finals match ended in a tie.
Saturday, January 25, 2014: Jonathan Bowman rolled the fifth 300 game in CDYST history at Imperial Lanes in route to his third CDYST title of the season and fourth overall.
Saturday, March 1, 2014: Ricky Rovelli became the first six-time CDYST champion when he defeated Christopher Radliff 246 - 222 at Hometown Lanes.
Saturday, March 22, 2014: We surpassed 50 entries for the first time in a regular tournament as 59 talented youth bowlers competed at Sportsmans Bowl and earned a record scholarship fund of $1,355. Noah Burke rolled the sixth 300 game in CDYST history and Casey Schoonmaker defeated Liz Kuhlkin 217 - 212 to win his third career title.
Saturday, April 26, 2014: A total of 36 bowlers (23 boys and 13 girls) competed in the 1st annual CDYST Invitational. It was our first event contested using two lane conditions and offered separate scholarship funds for boys and girls. Justin Carl won a $400 scholarship as the Boys Division winner and Morgan Ruggeri won a $250 scholarship as the Girls Division winner. In a modified stepladder finals consisting of the top six bowlers overall, Justin topped Morgan 189 - 159 to win his fourth career title.
Saturday, May 10, 2014: Our fourth season came to a close as Chad Sutliff earned the first $1,000 scholarship in CDYST history by defeating 2013 - 2014 Bowler of the Year Jonathan Bowman 210 - 194 in the Championship Round of the 2014 CDYST Masters at Town ‘n Country Lanes to win his second career title. A record scholarship fund of $4,350 was awarded at our 50th tournament, bringing the final season total to $19.520 and enabling us to surpass $50,000 in total scholarship awards. It was a record-setting season where we held 14 events, averaged 43 entries, and awarded 18 Junior Gold entries. Other records set were four bowlers averaging 200 or better; three 300 games rolled, and five total honor scores. Jonathan Bowman put forth the most dominant season yet, clinching the 2013 - 2014 Bowler of the Year title prior to the CDYST Masters and winning it by 140 points.
2014 - 2015 Season
Saturday, October 18, 2014: During the third semifinal match (Game 7) at Del Lanes, the 10,000th game was rolled in CDYST competition.
Saturday, December 13, 2014: We surpassed 60 and 70 entries for the first time as a record 73 talented youth bowlers competed at Imperial Lanes and earned a record scholarship fund of $1,615. In addition, toward the end of Game 8, one semifinalist knocked over the 2,000,000th pin in CDYST competition. In the championship match, Zachery Porter defeated Casey Schoonmaker 221 - 203 to win his second career title.
Sunday and Monday, December 28 - 29, 2014: Jonathan Bowman became the first seven-time champion as he rolled a 919 four-game series to win his second consecutive CDYST Holiday Open. A total of 53 bowlers competed and combined for a Holiday Open record 87 total entries. There were also a record 33 entries in the Crossover Doubles event. A Holiday Open record scholarship fund of $2,900 was awarded.
Saturday, January 3, 2015: Zachery Porter became the first bowler since the 2010 - 2011 season to win two consecutive regular events when he defeated Casey Schoonmaker 216 - 205 at Alpha Lanes for his third career title. Also noteworthy is that Zack defeated Casey in both championship matches to top the two largest fields in CDYST history. By finishing second, Casey recorded his fifth consecutive top-two finish.
Saturday, January 24, 2015: Jonathan Bowman became the first eight-time champion when he defeated Billy McGaffin 214 - 182 to top a field of 34 bowlers at Hometown Lanes.
Saturday, February 7, 2015: Jonathan Bowman became the first nine-time champion when he defeated Brandon Wolf 233 - 224 to top a field of 38 bowlers at Uncle Sam Lanes.
Saturday, March 14, 2015: Five entries into the 2015 Junior Gold Championships were awarded at Sportsmans Bowl, establishing a new record of 21 bowlers who earned their entries in CDYST events this season. In addition, Jonathan Bowman became the first 10-time champion when he defeated Megan Lambert 225 - 202 to top a field of 46 bowlers.
Saturday, April 25, 2015: Hunter Kempton became the first bowler from Massachusetts to win a CDYST title when he defeated Andrew Marotta 184 - 174 to top a field of 34 bowlers at the second annual CDYST Invitational held at Hi-Way Recreation.
Saturday, May 9, 2015: Our fifth season came to a close as Billy McGaffin earned a $1,000 scholarship by defeating 2014 - 2015 Bowler of the Year Jonathan Bowman 194 - 176 in the Championship Round of the 2015 CDYST Masters at Town ‘n Country Lanes to win his first career title. A total scholarship fund of $4,315 was awarded; bringing the final season total to a record $21,730; the first time we surpassed $20,000 in a season. It was a record-setting season where we held 14 events; averaged 50 entries; and awarded 27 Junior Gold entries. Jonathan Bowman set a record with six titles during the 2014 - 2015 season as he won his second consecutive Bowler of the Year title by 313 points over his next closest competitor.
Friday, July 17, 2015: Zachary Doty defeated Brandon Biondo 416 - 388 in the two-game championship match to win the Under-20 division at the 2015 USBC Junior Gold Championships held at Stardust Bowl in Chicago, Illinois. With his victory, the two-time CDYST champion became the first CDYST bowler to win a Junior Gold title as he defeated a field of 1,402 bowlers.
2015 - 2016 Season
Sunday and Monday, December 27 - 28, 2015: Jonathan Bowman became the first 11-time champion as he rolled a 930 four-game series to win his third consecutive CDYST Holiday Open.
Saturday January 2, 2016: Zack Terry became the first bowler to cap off a wire-to-wire victory in a nine-game format event (and third bowler ever) when he defeated Jonathan Bowman 190 - 186 to win his first CDYST title over the second largest field in our history (63 bowlers).
Saturday February 13, 2016: A regular season record scholarship fund of $1,635 was awarded as the second largest field (71 bowlers) competed at Sportsmans Bowl. Justin Carl defeated Tom Hankey 225 - 189 to win his sixth CDYST title to tie for second most ever.
Saturday February 27, 2016: During Game 3 of the Qualifying Round at Imperial Lanes, one of 49 talented young bowlers knocked down the 3,000,000th pin in CDYST history.
Sundays March 20 & April 3, 2016: The CDYST was featured on the Huck Finn’s Capital Region Bowling Show for the first time. A field of 35 talented youth bowlers competed in a four-game sweeper and the top four bowlers advanced to a same day taping of the show at Barbecue Recreation on March 20th. On April 3rd, viewers in the area watched Zack Terry defeated Billy McGaffin 205 - 200 in the title match to win his third career title.
Saturday April 9, 2016: Andrew Hall capped off a wire-to-wire win and the most dominant performance ever in a CDYST event with a 278 - 180 victory over Christopher Radliff to earn his second CDYST title. He began the day with a 279 to take the lead and followed it up with games of 245, 235, and 268 to record the second-highest four-game series ever. He finished the six-game qualifying round with a 192-pin lead. Including his first game of the semifinals, his seven-game total of 1,725 was also the second-highest ever. At the conclusion of the semifinals, his lead was 275 pins.
Saturday May 14, 2016: Our sixth season came to a close as top-seeded Hunter Kempton won his fifth consecutive match with a 247 - 237 Championship Round victory over Billy McGaffin to win the 2016 CDYST Masters and earn his second title of the season (third career) and a record $1,100 scholarship. A record scholarship fund of $5,135 was awarded; bringing the season total to a record $24,860. It was yet another record-breaking season where we held a record 15 events; averaged 54 entries; and awarded 37 Junior Gold entries. Andrew Halll set a new record with a 211.51 average over 75 games; and was one of a record six bowlers to average over 200 for the season. Christopher Radliff won the 2015 - 2016 Bowler of the Year title by 33 points in one of the closest races in our history.
2016 - 2017 Season
Saturday September 24, 2016: Thanks to the overwhelming support of our host centers, sponsors, and our bowlers and their parents, we surpassed the $100,000 mark in scholarship awards in our 80th tournament; which was the first tournament of our seventh season held at Spare Time Latham.
Saturday November 19, 2016: Our first-ever open doubles event was held as 18 teams competed in the inaugural CDYST Double Classic at Sportsmans Bowl. The team of Jenna Lemke and Hunter Kempton earned the title in this event where the bowlers competed in a mix of traditional and baker games. As a co-champion, Jenna became the first female to earn a CDYST title since December 15, 2012.
Saturday December 10, 2016: For the first time, a female champion was crowned for the second consecutive event when Haley Youker defeated Billy McGaffin 171 - 160 to top a field of 51 bowlers at Imperial Lanes to earn her first CDYST title. Zack Terry performed a statistical oddity by tying his first two semifinal matches.
Tuesday and Wednesday December 27 - 28, 2016: A total of 49 bowlers combined for a record 100 entries in the 2016 CDYST Holiday Open at Towne Bowling Academy. Hunter Kempton rolled a 949 four-game series to earn his sixth career title (third of the season). Hunter and Adam Glickman topped a record 39 Crossover Doubles teams in the Boys / Mixed Division. A Holiday Open record $3,315 in scholarships was awarded. Late on Wednesday, the 20,000th game in CDYST competition was rolled.
Saturday February 25, 2017: Jenna Lemke defeated Tom Hankey 179 - 169 at Kingpin’s Alley for her third consecutive victory in the stepladder finals to become the first female to win two titles in a season; and just the second female to win two titles in her career.
Saturday May 13, 2017: Our seventh season came to a close as eighth-seeded Jeh’ron Cherry earned his first CDYST title and a $1,000 scholarship by defeating second-seeded Tom Hankey 250 - 234 and 247 - 153 to win the 2017 CDYST Masters. A scholarship fund of $4,425 was awarded; bringing the season total to $23,065. We held a record-tying 15 events that averaged 43 entries; and awarded 21 Junior Gold entries. Hunter Kempton won the 2016 - 2017 Bowler of the Year title by 20 points over Tom Hankey in a race the was not decided until Hunter won his Round 4 match at the 2017 CDYST Masters. Jenna Lemke finished third; marking the highest finish by a female competitor in the season-long points race.
Sunday July 9, 2017: Tom Hankey used a 9-6-3 match play record to top a field of 203 bowlers to win the prestigious 2017 Teen Masters National Championship at Hanover Lanes in Mechanicsville, Virginia. The runner-up was 2016 - 2017 CDYST Bowler of the Year Hunter Kempton.
Friday July 14, 2017: Competing as a part of the 2017 CDYST All Star team, Jenna Lemke rolled a 720 three-game series to win the Under-20 Girls division National Championship at the 2017 USBC Youth Open at Game of Mentor in Cleveland, Ohio. With her victory, Jenna became the first CDYST All Star Team member to win a title in the USBC Youth Open.
2017 - 2018 Season
Saturday September 23, 2017: The eighth season of CDYST action kicked off at Spare Time Latham and, for the first time, offered multiple age and gender divisions that align with those at the USBC Junior Gold Championships (Under-20, Under-15, and Under-12).
Saturday October 28, 2017: Lauren Piotrowski won three matches in the stepladder finals, including a 238 - 227 victory over Tom Hankey at Kingpin’s Alley to become the first female to win consecutive tournaments (fifth bowler ever) and third female to win two CDYST titles. In addition, scholarships were awarded in five divisions for the first time.
Saturday January 7, 2018: Lauren Piotrowski once again won three matches in the stepladder finals, including a 257 - 194 victory over Spencer Catlin at Uncle Sam Lanes to become the first female to win three CDYST titles in a season and in her career.
Saturday February 17, 2018: The first-ever CDYST Ultimate Eliminator was held at Hometown Lanes. In this new event, 30 talented young bowlers rolled four games in the qualifying round; before the advancers competed in two-game elimination round finals where the top half of the field continued to advance. Kenny Livengood rolled the seventh 300 game in CDYST history (and first since March 22, 2014) in route to a 526 two-game series in the final round to defeat the three other finalists and claim his second career title. Kenny’s 300 is also the first honor score rolled in the final round of any event in our history.
Saturday April 7, 2018: Tom Hankey defeated Brandon Vallone 236 - 203 at East Greenbush Bowling Center to become only the second bowler to win 10 titles. The victory was his sixth title during the 2017 - 2018 season, tying him for the most ever in a season.
Saturday April 21, 2018: Tom Hankey defeated Amanda Chrzanowski 211 - 168 in the championship match of the 2018 CDYST Invitational establish a new record of seven titles in a season and become tied for the most ever in a career with 11.
Saturday May 12, 2018: Our eighth season came to a close as seventh-seeded Brandon Vallone earned his second CDYST title and a $1,000 scholarship by defeating ninth-seeded Joseph Mains 202 - 201 and 183 - 158 to win the 2018 CDYST Masters. A scholarship fund of $4,510 was awarded; bringing the season total to $16,790. We held 14 events that averaged 33 entries; and awarded 20 Junior Gold entries. In establishing a new record by winning 7 titles during the season, Tom Hankey won the 2017 - 2018 Bowler of the Year title by 162 points over Lauren Piotrowski. Lauren’s second place finish established the highest by a female competitor in the season-long points race.
Friday July 9, 2018: Tom Hankey used a 12-6 match play record to top a field of 180 bowlers to win the prestigious 2018 Teen Masters National Championship at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada and mark his second consecutive title in this event.
2018 - 2019 Season
Saturday November 3, 2018: Andrew Robitaille defeated Nate Purches 246 - 183 to top a field of 40 at East Greenbush Bowling Center to become the youngest CDYST champion at the age of 13. The previous youngest champions were 15 years old.
Saturday November 17, 2018: Brandon Vallone rolled a 1,001 four-game series in qualifying at Hilltop Bowl to become the fourth bowler to post a 1,000 four-game series; and doing so while no other bowler averaged over 200 in qualifying. Brandon would wind up leading the field by 210 pins after seven games, but Spencer Catlin edged him 243 - 232 to earn his first title.
Saturday January 5, 2019: Brandon Vallone put forth another dominant performance when he lead a field of 40 bowlers by 184 pins at the end of the six-game qualifying round, and 281 pins at the end of nine games at Sportsmans Bowl. He then topped Matthew Flandreau 213 - 170 in the title match to win his second consecutive (fourth career) title.
Saturday March 2, 2019: Owen King defeated Kathryn Bowman 181 - 171 to top a field of 21 and become the first bowler to win three consecutive titles.
Saturday March 16, 2019: Tom Hankey rolled a 471 two-game series (225 - 246) against three other finalists to top a field of 31 in the 2019 CDYST Ultimate Eliminator at Sportsmans Bowl to earn his record 12th career CDYST title.
Saturday April 27, 2019: Our ninth season came to a close as seventh-seeded Andrew Robitaille earned his second CDYST title of the season (and career) and a $1,000 scholarship by defeating 14th-seeded Kathryn Bowman in a battle of Under-15 division competitors to win the 2019 CDYST Masters. A scholarship fund of $4,315 was awarded; bringing the season total to $16,835. It was another excellent season, as we held 12 events that averaged 38 entries; and awarded 27 Junior Gold entries. Brandon Vallone won two titles as he earned the 2018 - 2019 Bowler of the Year title by 59 points over Owen King, who had four victories during the season.