Bobby Burton, James Noe, Ron Roberts and Beverly Shearer were elected to the Madison County Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame at the group’s annual meeting on April 7.
Burton bowled in leagues at Maroon Lanes for 21 years. He bowled the first 300 game in a Madison County league with a perfect game in September of 1974. He has also bowled an 800 series and numerous 700 series, and he carried an average of 200 or higher for four years.
Burton served on the MCBA board of directors for ten years including two years as president.
Noe has bowled for 46 years and has rolled one 800 series and multiple 700 series. He has served as a league vice-president for seven years and was owner of Maroon Lanes for 17 years.
Roberts has bowled for 38 years. He has bowled one 300 game, two 299 games and one 298 game. He has bowled numerous 700 series and maintained an average of 200 or higher for four years.
Roberts has served as an association director for ten years including two years as treasurer.
Shearer is a member of the board of directors for both the men’s and women’s associations at Galaxy and has served on numerous committees for both groups. She has bowled for more than 20 years, and she is a member of the Galaxy women’s 600 club.
Shearer is the secretary-treasurer for most of Galaxy’s leagues and prepares and maintains the stat sheets for nine of the ten Galaxy leagues.
Congratulations to these new members of the MCBA Hall of Fame!
Free lineage summer leagues
Galaxy is offering free lineage leagues again this summer. Bowlers in these leagues will pay $10 to bowl each week with 100 percent of the fees going to the prize fund. This will result in large pay outs at the end of the season.
The free lineage leagues will be offered on four nights. There will be a four-person team league on Monday, a no-tap doubles league on Tuesday (nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues), a regular doubles league on Wednesday and a four-person team league on Friday.
The Tuesday league will start April 23, the Friday league April 26, the Wednesday league May 1 and the Monday league May 6. The Tuesday league will bowl a 15-week season, while the other leagues will function for 12 weeks each. All leagues will use a 6:30 p.m. starting time.
The Monday and Friday leagues will be sanctioned, meaning USBC membership is required. This does not apply to the Tuesday and Wednesday leagues.
Go to Galaxy or call 624-4444 to sign up for one or more of these leagues.
Last week’s league highlights
John Hickam (751) and Tyler Morgan (737) bowled the high series scores. This was the sixteenth 700 series for Hickam this season and the eighth for Morgan.
The best games were 279 by Morgan and 268 by Hickam.
Seventeen league members bowled a 600 series, led by Lewis Jones, Jr. (697), Glenn Masters (681), Mike E. Bryant (669), David Norman (659), Brandon Simpson (656), Neil Haggard (650), Mark Rogers (642) and Regina Barton (640).
Gary Cromer (636), Terry Jackson (630), Bobby Abrams (628), Ron Gugel (623), Ronnie Thomas (623), Shawn Barton (618), Aaron Rose (613), Matt Wieczorek (611) and Spider Weaver (607) also reached the 600 level.
Andi Daly rolled a 513 series.
Connie Bowlin led this league with a 189 game and 544 series. Linda Drummond bowled the second-best game (178) and Tina Hunter the second-high series (482).
Splits were converted by Hunter (5-10), Betty Morris (5-7) and Merle Motley (5-10).
This league completed the second half of its split season last week.
Lewis Jones, Jr. (236) and Terry Jackson (235) bowled the high games for league members on the final night.
The best women’s games were 190 by Kymmi Bowles and 178 by LuAnn Bryant. Debra Robertson rolled a career-best 176 game.
The high series for the league’s men were 703 by Lewis Jones, Jr. and 622 by Lewis Jones, Sr. This was the seventh 700 series of the season for Jones, Jr.
A 600 series was also bowled by Jackson (611) and Steve McKnight (600).
The best women’s series were a career-best 562 by Bowles and 453 by Patricia Holtzclaw.
Substitute John Hickam bowled a 269 game and 697 series.
Splits were converted by Woody Arvin (4-10), David Norman (2-10), Debra Robertson (3-9-10) and John Rice (3-10).
Mama’s Crew (Debra Robertson, Bobby Abrams, John Rice and Bill Schutters) and Bazinga (Teresa and Terry Jackson and Jenny and David Norman) entered the final night of league action tied for first place with 35 wins each. These teams met in head-to-head competition to decide the league title.
The teams split the first two games, but Mama’s Crew opened the third game with six consecutive strikes on the way to an 884 to 868 win. They also won total pins and finished with 38 wins to 36 for Bazinga.
The Low Rollers (Kymmi and Bill Bowles and Debby and Lewis Jones, Jr.) finished third in the eight-team league with 31 wins.
The individual leaders for the league will be recognized in next week’s column.
Friday Night Mixed
The high series were 665 by Lewis Jones, Jr., 658 by John Hickam and 601 by Ron Gugel.
Hickam (279) and Jones, Jr. (233) rolled the best games.
Beverly Shearer led the league’s ladies with a 190 game and 504 series. Tracy Gugel rolled the second-best women’s game (184) and Narita Rose the second-high series (475).
Splits were converted by Mark Rogers (6-7) and Lisa Ball (4-5-7).
This league completed its 2012-13 season on Friday.
Ritchey Vilmot bowled the top scores on the final night with a 225 game and 613 series. Merle Meade rolled the second-best game (223) and Fred Tilsley the second-high series (569).
The league’s women were led by Sandy Reynolds with a 205 game and 552 series, followed by Sara Zuercher, at 192 and 502.
Substitute Miranda Reffitt also bowled a 205 game and 552 series.
Splits were converted by Reffitt (4-5), Margaret Tilsley (5-7), Jamie Sowder (4-5-7), Ken Farnsworth (2-5-7) and Pat Harris (6-7 and 3-10).
M & M (Merle Meade, Howard Mayfield and Helen and Al McKnight) took the league championship with 70 wins. The ages for the veteran bowlers on the M & M team total 301 years.
The Pick Ups (Sara Zuercher, Beverly Werner, Ritchey Vilmot and Sandy Reynolds) beat M & M 4-0 on the final night, but finished one-half game behind the winners.
The Upstarts (Turner Curtis, Ollie Gasser, Madison Wright and Raymond White) finished third in the eight-team league.
The individual leaders for the league will be recognized in next week’s column.
Steve McKnight led this league with a 221 game and 561 series. Ronnie Norris, Sr. rolled the second-best game (194) and Sam Spangler (518) bowled the second-high series (518).
Jessica Bitnar led the league’s women with a 170 game and 405 series. Beth Voorhees rolled the second-best women’s game (147) and Debra Robertson and Carolyn McKnight tied for the second-high series at 359.
There will be a seniors tournament at Galaxy on Sunday at
2 p.m. This tournament is open to all men and women aged 50 or higher. Bowlers will use their best 2012-13 average and a handicap of 90 percent of 220.
The entry fee is $15 with 50 percent going for lineage and 50 percent for the prize fund. The prize fund will be awarded 50 percent to the bowler finishing first, 30 percent to second place and 20 percent to third place.
Seniors are invited to enjoy bowling and fellowship with other seniors. If there is sufficient participation, this will become a monthly event.
Last week’s top scores
Tyler Morgan 279
John Hickam 279
Terry Jackson 267
Aaron Rose 265
Lewis Jones Jr. 263
Neil Haggard 257
Brandon Simpson 256
Mike E. Bryant 252
David Norman 249
Peanut Johnson 243
Glenn Masters 242
Ron Roberts 237
Mark Rogers 235
Bill Bowles 231
Matt Wiezorek 227
Ronnie Thomas 227
Ron Gugel 227
Gary Cromer 225
Ronald Richmond 225
Carl Daniels 223
Kenny Smith 223
Spider Weaver 222
Bobby Abrams 222
Steve McKnight 221
Gary Holtzclaw 220
Lewis Jones Sr. 220
Shawn Barton 219
Lynn Estes 217
Randy Burgess 216
Scott Kaylor 212
Chris Walker 211
Jim Holt 211
Todd Young 210
T. J. Tudor 210
Mike Riley 208
Steve Woltering 207
Joe Reichel 206
Patrick Wells 204
Russell Jones 202
Dallas Thomas 201
Donnie Barger 201
Bruce Watson 200
Regina Barton 235
Andi Daly 199
Kymmi Bowles 190
Beverly Shearer 190
Connie Bowlin 189
Tracy Gugel 184
JoAnn Smith 183