An­drze­jew­ski goes from the side­line to states

The Buffalo News - - RECREATION - By Milt Northrop

Dy­lan An­drze­jew­ski, a 17-year-old ju­nior at Depew High, fin­ished fourth in last month’s Sec­tion VI boys bowl­ing cham­pi­onships and was a mem­ber of the all-star team that rep­re­sented the sec­tion in the New York State Pub­lic High School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onships two weeks ago in Syra­cuse.

What makes it a re­mark­able achieve­ment is that a year ago at this time, Dy­lan was told he might need wrist surgery that could force him to give up bowl­ing for­ever.

“He was do­ing very well, then he started to get ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain in his wrist. He couldn’t do any­thing,” his father, Ken, said. “We thought it was be­came he was bowl­ing too much. He was bowl­ing ev­ery day, five or six days a week.”

Med­i­cal opin­ions were sought and surgery or fu­sion of the wrist was dis­cussed.

For­tu­nately, a nurse prac­ti­tioner sug­gested an MRI exam. It showed that the prob­lem was re­lated to a lack of blood flow to bones in the wrist, a rare con­di­tion called Kien­bock’s Dis­ease, which is more com­mon with older per­sons.

“For­tu­nately, they found it in early stages,” Ken An­drze­jew­ski said.

In­stead of surgery, a lo­cal spe­cial­ist rec­om­mended putting the wrist in a hard cast for three or four months. To­tal rest. Grad­u­ally softer casts were ap­plied and move­ment in the wrist was grad­u­ally in­creased.

When Dy­lan was al­lowed to bowl again last fall, he was lim­ited to one game a week. The re­sults were dis­cour­ag­ing for a while. “He was av­er­ag­ing about 120,” he father said. Grad­u­ally, though, Dy­lan re­turned to form and bowled with the Wild­cats var­sity again. Coach Steven Kol­bert was pa­tient and en­cour­ag­ing as Dy­lan slowly made his come­back.

It wasn’t all smooth sail­ing. There were oc­ca­sional twinges in the wrist when Dy­lan be­gan bowl­ing in the Pepsi Ju­nior Travel League. Re­lief came, though when he bowled a 298 in the Pepsi.

Dy­lan went on to av­er­age 212 for Depew in ECIC North small schools league play. but he was just warm­ing up.

He fin­ished sec­ond among all boys in the Sec­tion VI In­vi­ta­tion Tour­na­ment, with three­game se­ries of 752 and 612 for a 1,364 to­tal. His first set in­cluded a 266 game.

Mov­ing on to the sec­tional cham­pi­onships at AMF Air­port Lanes, An­drze­jew­ski fin­ished fourth among in­di­vid­u­als to earn his place on the Sec­tion VI All-Star team.

He pulled that off by bowl­ing 231-255-223 for a 709 in his three-game af­ter­noon se­ries. He to­taled 1,318 for the day.

Dy­lan’s day at the state tour­na­ment was a not smash­ing suc­cess, but it’s not un­usual for the change in venue and a more chal­leng­ing lanes pat­tern to frus­trate bowlers, young or old or even ex­pe­ri­enced pros. There’s not a lot of time or games to make ad­just­ments.

An­drze­jew­ski fin­ished 36th with a 191.6 7 av­er­age, but that was bet­ter than half the field of 70-plus com­peti­tors.

And, af­ter all, fin­ish­ing 36th in the state is bet­ter than not be­ing phys­i­cally able to bowl at all.

Bel­monte wins 11th ma­jor

Aus­tralia’s Ja­son Bel­monte made more bowl­ing his­tory when he won his 11th ma­jor on the PBA Tour, win­ning the PBA World Cham­pi­onship in the PBA World Se­ries of Bowl­ing X in Al­li­son Park, Mich. on Thurs­day.

Bel­monte de­feated Jakob But­turff, 236-227, in the cham­pi­onship match tele­cast live on FS1 on Thurs­day, break­ing the tie with Earl An­thony and Wal­ter Ray Wil­liams at 10 ma­jors. It was the sec­ond World Cham­pi­onship for the Aussie two-han­der who has won four USBC Mas­ters, three Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons, and two PBA Play­ers Cham­pi­onships.

Other cham­pi­ons crowned at the World Se­ries were Dick Allen (Cheetah), Bel­monte (Chameleon) and Kris Prather (Scor­pion).

Brad An­gelo of Lock­port was elim­i­nated in the Round of 16 by Josh Blan­chard of Mesa, Ariz., in five games. An­gelo av­er­aged 209.8 in the be­stof-five match. He lost the fifth game, 193-168.

An­gelo made it to the cash­ers round of the World Cham­pi­onship. He fin­ished 37th among the 45 cash­ers with a 8,393 for 40 games.

Pin chasers

• Dae­men’s women’s team lost best-of-seven matches to Mol­loy and Wilm­ing­ton Col­lege’s on Saturday and was elim­i­nated from the East Coast Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships hosted by Kutz­town Univer­sity in Read­ing, Pa. The Wild­cats split their fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son dual match of the sea­son last Mon­day against Medaille, win­ning the fifth tra­di­tional team game 879-717, but los­ing the Baker match, 4-2.

• Medaille, the No. 1 seed, de­feated Pit­tBrad­ford, 784-754 in the tra­di­tional for­mat and 766-689 in the TPF Baker five-game se­ries on Fri­day to ad­vance to the win­ners’ bracker of the Al­legheny Moun­tain Col­le­giate Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment in Beaver Falls, Pa.

• Re­served en­tries will close April 1 for the Greater Buf­falo USBC As­so­ci­a­tion City Open and Women’s Cham­pi­onship tour­na­ments April 23 to May 11 at AMF Air­port Lanes.

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