Milito, Tonyes in U.S. bowling championships

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St. Francis College bowler Amelia Tonyes and Stony Brook's Jeremy Milito each have qualified for the national singles championships next month.

Tonyes, a Medford native and former Longwood High School star, placed second in the USBC sectional singles tournament on March 9 in Allentown, Pa. She rolled a 1,265 series, finishing behind Kutztown's Brooke Bower (1,286). The top four qualified for a berth in the women's nationals on April 17 in Nebraska.

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Milito, who led Sachem East to a county championship in 2010 and the Suffolk All-Star team to a state title in 2011, was fourth in the men's tournament in which the top six advanced. The freshman bowled a 1,340 -- 34 pins behind winner Daniel Spink (Lindenwood).

"It means a lot to me, being able to represent my team and myself at this level, especially after struggling last year," said Tonyes, who helped lead Longwood to a league title as a senior in 2009. She received All-Region honors at Suffolk CC in 2010 before transferring to St. Francis in Brooklyn. "I'm going to enjoy the atmosphere. I always get a little nervous, but I'll pull it together."

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