USBC Hall of Fame

Date Inducted: 10/01/2015

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 08/05/1959
Passed:

2015 HALL OF FAME

CANIDATE PROFILE

 

 

DAVID K. OLYNYK          8/5/1959                      Superior Performance – Active

 

Olynyk Dave and Deb 2014Dave has been competitive since he picked up a bowling ball at the age of 12! His parents and grandpa Fred were there to encourage Dave to bowl. Dave bowled his first junior league with fellow Hall of Fame member Diane Marget at Bowl-O-Mat Lanes. His early bowling role models were Dick Weber and Mark Roth. Another one to mention was Harmon Killebrew. David has bowled with many local players like Jim Lindquist, Roger Blad, Paul Aarestad, Ken Holets, Greg White, Bruce Smith, Brad Subak and Doug Shellum to name a few. He has six (6) Minneapolis City Championship Titles and two (2) Saint Paul USBC Team titles. He holds one (1) Minnesota State Tournament Title coming in 1977 bowling with Bowl-O-Mat at Maplewood Bowl. He won the Bowlers Journal Doubles Tournament in 1981 with Ernest Kotara from Lake Charles Louisiana. He has one career win in the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA). Additionally he has won two (2) Rich Korth’s King of the Hill Tournaments and four (4) Bischoff Tournament Team titles. He holds a Minnesota State Record in the 4-man Team Series when they shot 3,097 at West Side Lanes. He was on the CBA All-Star team for three (3) years in a row.

 

He has participated in the USBC National Tournament for the past 38 years with a 300 in the Team Event in 1997. David’s most memorable bowling event to date was throwing a 300 on the National Stage at the ABC Tournament in Huntsville in 1997 and winning the Hoinke Tournament Scratch & Handicapped Divisions after their first score was thrown out due to his and Jim Lindquist’s bowling balls being non-compliant.  

 

Dave has thrown, 11 - 300’s and 4 – 800’s and with his highest being 833 at Texa-Tonka Lanes. His highest league average was 229 in the 2012-2013 season.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 12/14/1954
Passed:

2015 HALL OF FAME

CANIDATE PROFILE

 

 

Gregory S. White        12/14/1954                  Superior Performance – Active

 

 

White Greg 2007Greg started bowling at age 14 in Richfield, MN at Lariat Lanes.  At age 18, he joined an adult league at Lariat Lanes, bowling in the Swedish-American League and the Lariat Classic league.  His team was sponsored by Star Bowling & Golf. 

 

Greg holds three (3) Minneapolis City Tournament Team titles, Three (3) Saint Paul Titles (one (1) Team event and two (2) Doubles titles. Two (2) Wright County Association Titles in Team and Doubles title with Brad Larson and a Doubles Title in the Tri-State Tournament in Rochester, MN with Doug Miller. He has a Garden Center top finish in Alexandria, Minnesota and a Kegle-Brau Team event title in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Greg owns one (1) MSC Title as well as the rookie of the year and three (3) time 1st-Team MSC All-Star Team. He is a member of the Bob Hanson Classic League Hall of Fame and was MVP twice and won the highly competitive league ten (10) times over his career. He has the following additional titles; Legion Scratch All-Events, Saint Albert’s Team Event with Jim Lindquist and Roger Blad, three (3) Wright County Doubles titles, five (5) Bischoff Tournament Titles, one (1) Eau Claire CBA Sweeper, three (3) Nokomis Classic King of the Hill tournament and two (2) Rich Korth Tournament titles.

 

He holds a Minnesota State Record in the 4-man Team Game when they shot 1,154 at Texa-Tonka Lanes in 2013-2014 season. That score was the high in the nation as well for 2013-14.

 

He has participated in 28 ABC/USBC National Tournaments with a high finish of eight place in Team, 31 Minneapolis City Tournaments and 25 Minnesota State Tournaments.

 

Besides being a competitive bowler, Greg served as the league secretary for the Swedish-American League and the Nokomis Lanes Classic League.  In the Budweiser All-Star Classic League he was a team captain for 1 year and served as a board member of the CBA and MSC for many years.

 

Greg has thrown 28 - 300 games.  He has 5 - 800 series to his credit, with his high being 819 bowled at Texa-Tonka Lanes.  His highest average was a 231 at Maple Lanes.

Date Inducted: 08/18/2013

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 09/07/1936
Passed:

Elaine served on the AJBC board for 6 years prior to the YABA Association came to exist in 1981. She was a coach and director until the merger of ABC, WIBC and YABA into the USBC. Elaine served our youth as the Youth Leaders advisor for the Minneapolis youth for approximately 15 years. She attended annual workshop throughout the country. Elaine was even recognized as the Youth Leader Advisor of the year at the National Workshop. Elaine served as Vice President of YABA for a short time. She is currently on the youth committee. Elaine not only served the youth but she offered her talents other committees. Elaine was a coach and assistant program coordinator at Carriage House Lanes for four (4) years from 1981 to 1984, when it closed. When Carriage House Lanes closed, she went to Texa-Tonka Lanes as their program coordinator from the 1984-85 season to the present. Elaine created a yearbook for the youth leagues listing all the teams and the bowler's names. Complete with team pictures, to document the history of the bowlers ever since. Elaine has been the Secretary /Treasurer for the senior league at Texa-Tonka since taking on the responsibility in the 1988-89 season. She also created a yearbook for the senior league with team names, bowler's names and addresses Elaine added pictures of the teams to the yearbook since the 1997-98 season. Elaine was a league secretary for women's leagues. Elaine has run an adult/youth tournament every New Years Day for the past 13 years. She made sure the youth had an opportunity to win scholarships. Elaine has participated in the Minneapolis and Minnesota State Tournaments at various times throughout the past 33 years. She coordinated several teams over the years. She bowled at Carriage House Lanes, Golden Valley Lanes, Aqua Bowl, Medina and Texa-Tonka Lanes.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 12/07/1972
Passed:

Daron has been competitive since he picked up a bowling ball at the age of 5! His parents and grandparents were there to encourage Daron to bowl. His early bowling role models were Earl Anthony, Mark Roth and Marshall Holman. Others were Peter Rose (the player) and George Brett. Daron has bowled with many local players over the years to attain the level of perfection he demonstrates every time he steps onto the lanes. He has six (6) Minneapolis City Championship Titles and Daron was a two (2) time winner of the Minneapolis Masters. Daron also was part of two (2) Minneapolis Team Challenge winning teams. He holds seven (7) Minnesota State Tournament Titles and eight (8) career wins in the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA). Additionally he has won fifteen (15) Saint Paul Open Championship titles. He has three (3) titles in the Manitoba Open and is a recipient of the Morris Anderson Memorial Shootout title in Minot, ND. He holds four (4) Saint Paul All-City First Team nominations two (2) Honorable Mention Teams. He was King of Saint Paul bowlers twice (2000-2001 and 2003-2004). He holds a Minnesota State Record in the 5-man Team Game when they shot 1,388. He has participated in the USBC National Tournament for the past 23 years with a top five doubles finish in 1998 and a top twenty (20) finish in All Events in 2010. Daron's most memorable bowling event to date was throwing his first 300 against David Langer (HOF) at the Southway Bowl Pepsi Open in the first game of match play. David had already thrown a 290 game before Daron had thrown his first ball in the 10th. Needing the first two strikes and good count just to win! Needless to say he managed his first 300! Daron's most memorable tournament victory comes in his first CBA victory against Chad Nelson. Daron has thrown, 55 - 300s and 33 - 800s with his highest being 854.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 11/02/1961
Passed:

Julie has one (1) Minneapolis City Women's Scratch Team title and one (1) Minnesota State Women's Team title. She has finished second in the Queens and has a Minneapolis 600 Club scratch singles title and a second place finish in the handicapped singles. In 2008 she was awarded the Lu Roehl Award for her 266 high game. Julie holds three (3) Minneapolis Mixed titles; six (6) Saint Paul Mixed titles and four (4) State Mixed titles. She has been on the Minneapolis All City First Team four (4) times and the Second Team twice. She has participated in the National Women's Tournament since 1999 and her high finish came in 2007 where she and Sharon Carlson finished 14th in the Doubles Event. She has numerous top five (5) finishes. Julie has thrown, 1 - 297; 1 - 299; 6 - 300s and 2 - 800s with her highest being 801. He high year end average was 223 in the 2008-2009 season.

Date Inducted: 08/19/2012

Category: Memorial
Born: 06/15/1956
Passed: 06/10/2011

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 11/11/1944
Passed:

Donna has a resume that demonstrates her commitment to the bowlers over the years. She was inspired by Gert Finke and Rosy Vigness. Donna was a Certified Coach in the Young America Bowling Alliance (YABA) and served as a Delegate to the local, state and national YABA workshops. She served as Recording Secretary for the Minneapolis YABA and Auditor for the Minneapolis YABC City Tournament for 10 years. In addition to this, she found the time to volunteer at other local and state YABA Tournaments including the National Coca-Cola Tournaments. For her service to the YABA, she was elected to the YABA Hall of Fame in 2002 for Meritorious Service. Donna was a Director to the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association for 1986 to 2000. She served as chair or member of most of the associations committees. She was heavily involved in the BVL Tournament from 1986 to 2000. Donnas was a Delegate to the State and National WIBC Meetings from 1989 to 2000 and she participated in the National WIBC Tournament during the period of 1986 to 2000 as well and 33 National Tournaments in all. Donna was a member of the founding committee and saw the fruits of her labor come together for the first 500 Club Tournament. She served in the positions of Secretary/Treasurer and Tournament Director. After her 600 series, she joined the Minneapolis 600 Club Tournament and was a Director for five (5) years. She would have been seen at the State Fair Booth, Olympic Festival, International Special Olympics and other tournaments as referenced above serving the bowlers. She started bowling at the age of 25 and was a sanctioned bowler from 1969 to 2002. Her high game was at Lariat Lanes with a 254. The high series came at Nokomis Lanes with a 610 and her high average was 154. She was Team Captain, President, Vice President or Secretary/Treasure for several leagues over the years.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 02/17/1972
Passed:

David, Dave or "Lumpy" has unbelievable talent with the bowling ball. His ability to adjust to the conditions is amazing and is usually in contention at the end of the tournament. He has four (4) Minneapolis City Championship Titles and Dave was a four (4) time winner of the Minneapolis Bowler of the Year honors. Dave holds one title in the Minneapolis Masters and has gone on to win three (3) Minnesota Masters Tournaments in 1992 and 2001 and 2011. He holds thirteen (13) Minnesota State Tournament Titles and 14 career wins in the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) and was on the First Team All Star team five (5) times and the second team All Start team in the 2003-2004 season. He has seven (7) titles in Alexandria, Fargo, St. Cloud and Hibbing. He holds three (3) St. Paul Team Challenge Titles. He has three (3) St. Paul Masters Championship Titles (1994, 1997, 2010). He holds a Minnesota State Record in the 3-man Team Series with Jason Barnhouse and John Hommes when they shot 2,317 in 2008. He represented the State of Minnesota in 2004 at the US Open and he finished in the top 15! Dave has thrown 2 - 298s, 18 - 299s, 74 - 300s and 43 - 800s with his highest being 869 and his high end of the season average is 248 with the last 13 years being over 240! His first 300 came on January 6, 1993 at Sundance Lanes and his first 800 came on February 5, 1993 in the Eye Openers League in Maplewood Bowl.

Date Inducted: 08/21/2011

Category: Discretionary
Born: 10/06/1922
Passed:

Don started bowling in the Minneapolis area when he was 17 years old. He shot an 87 at Bryant-Lake Bowl for the first game he ever threw. That marked the start of a life long passion. When he was 18 he fired a 675 to win the all union tournament at Minneapolis Recreation and he won it from more than 200 bowlers, among whom were the top-ranking bowlers in the area. Don was coached by Shorty Clouse as he knew he had great talent. Don found time to practice a couple of time a week and the "hook" started and his swing became smoother and smoother. Don started setting pins and that allowed him to bowl for free each morning. Don went on to place in the top ten in the Tribune Classic three times. Don won on the All-Star Bowling TV Show when John Dorek was the MC. He beat Bob Chase who was a pro-bowler. Additionally, Don threw a 300 on the televised finals of All-Star Bowling at Lynbrook lanes. Don was in the top five in average in the Minneapolis area in the 1950s and 1960s. He has numerous 300s and has competed in the Minneapolis area for over 60 years and has made it to the USBC National Tournament for 40 years.

Category: Meritorious Service - Memorial
Born: 01/17/1943
Passed: 01/03/2009

Jerry became a volunteer for the Minneapolis District Bowling Association in 1997. Jerry worked very hard to make his presence known right away. Earl Bladine the then Association Manager took Jerry under his wing and guided Jerry to complete many tasks necessary for the association. Jerry was in the office every day to help and assist Earl. Earl passed away leaving a huge void in the Association office. Jerry jumped right in and started to learn everything about the office. Jerry and Harry Stewart picked up the Hall of Fame presentation and raised it to a new level. Jerry and Harry moved the Hall of Fame away from the American Legion and this was a great step in bringing back the reputation and integrity to the Hall of Fame and to the Association. Jerry made inspections of centers that had not been inspected and he made quite an impression on the proprietors and they knew he was there to help the great sport of bowling and treated them with respect and equality. He worked with them to solve their concerns. He showed them he cared. Jerry was instrumental in helping others in the sport of bowling. He could always be reached to help someone out whether they had bowling related issues on or off the lanes. Jerry reached out nationally and helped the Minneapolis Association to a new level. He was at every City Championship to make sure it ran smoothly and he learned as he went as he was left with little or no training. Jerry truly cared about bowling and bowlers and you could always reach him for help and guidance, day or night. Jerry made sure to surround himself with others who were as passionate about the game as he was. He attended many National USBC Conventions, tournaments, Minnesota State meetings and all the Hall of Fame ceremonies.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 06/03/1961
Passed:

John has four Minneapolis City Championship Titles and Minneapolis Team Title. He has titles in Alexandria, Fargo, St. Cloud and Hibbing. He holds one St. Paul Team Challenge Title in 2003 bowling with the On Track/Custom Thumbs B team and was part of the team at Mattie's Lanes in the 13th annual Team Challenge to throw a baker 300 game on December 3, 2006. He has three St. Paul USBC Championship Titles from 2006 (Actual Team A, Handicap Team A and Team All Events A). He holds a Minnesota State Record in the 3-man Team Series with Jason Barnhouse and David Langer when they shot 2,317 in 2008. John has been selected to the Minneapolis All City Team three (3) times and the St. Paul All City Team once. John has thrown 4 - 298s, 15 - 299s, 27 - 300s and 19 - 800s with his highest being 846 and his high end of the season average is 238 with the last 20 years being over 215. His first 300 came on April 13, 1997 in the CBA at AMF Village Lane North and his first 800 came on March 17, 1994 in the New Hope Classic League.

Category: Superior Performance - Veteran
Born: 09/14/1949
Passed: 02/28/2016

The biggest title of Howie's bowling career came when he was 26 in 1976 at the 13th Annual Hank Muench Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The top prize was $10,000 for his 1,549 total. This was the lowest winning total in the 13 years and he had the highest entering average at 219. He bowled with the Leo Mann squad and when he posted his total the tournament had over 2 months to run. Howie called every Sunday to see if anyone beat his score. Howie has three Minneapolis City Championship Titles, 2 team and one doubles title in 1989 with Dave Slonek when they posted 1,244. He holds one St. Paul team Title and two Minnesota State Team Titles. He has four titles in the Fairmont King Kernel Open with two team titles, one doubles title and one singles title. He fired 799 to win the singles title in the Fargo, North Dakota tournament. He has won the Elsie's Lucky 13 doubles title and has a team title in the Minnehaha Open tournament. He also has titles at the Ranham and Skylane 3-man tournament. He has three 299s one of which was in the Minnesota Men's State Tournament at Maplewood Bowl, 4 - 300 games (1974, 1975, 1982, 2004) and a 793 high series and his high end of the year average was 219 in the 1975-76 season at Aqua Bowl.

Date Inducted: 08/22/2010

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 05/22/1936
Passed: 01/17/2016

Fritz was a Minneapolis USBC Director for 20 years. He served the association as President during the 1991-92 season. He served the Minnesota State Association as a Director for 12 years. Additionally, he was the Assistant Secretary in the Minneapolis Association for over 10 years. Fritz was very active in the junior bowling program and he served as Chaperone many years. In addition he was very active in the BVL Committee as well as other committees during his tenure with the association. Nationally he was a Delegate to the National USBC Convention for over 20 years. He was also a great competitor on the lanes and has one Minneapolis USBC City Championship to his credit.

Category: Superior Performance
Born: 02/05/1969
Passed:

Scott is a 4 time member of Team USA Bowling and operates On Track Pro Shop in Cedervale Bowl. Scott received a Gold Medal in the World Championships in the Team Event in South Korea and another Gold Medal in the Doubles Event in the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo. He has received One Silver Medal in the Team Event at the World Championship in Malaysia. Regionally Scott has two PBA Regional Titles. Locally he has one Minneapolis City Title, one Minnesota State Title and 8 CBA Titles and has been CBA Bowler of the Year and an 11 time CBA All Star. He has 4 Minneapolis Team Challenge Titles and 3 St. Paul Team Challenge Titles. He has titles in Alexandria and Fargo. At the USBC National Tournament Scott has been in the top ten in the Team Event 3 times, in the Doubles Event he has placed in the top ten 4 times and in the Singles Event top ten 5 times. In addition he and his team have placed in the top ten in the All Events 3 times. Scott has been on the First Team, All City team in the St. Paul Association three times, 1994-95, 2000-01 and again in 2002-03. He made the Second Team twice. In his career Scott has bowled 8 - 11 in a row, 3 - 298s, 4 - 299s, 27 - 300s and 9 - 800s. He also has 3 Sport 300s to his credit.

Category: Superior Performance
Born: 11/27/1951
Passed:

Clark has won five Minneapolis Association Championships. They are Singles in 1985, 1996 and 2000 and All-Events in 1985. He was part of the Team in 1996. He was part of the Minneapolis Team Challenge when they won in 1997 and 1999. Clark has 4 Minnesota State Titles coming in the 1988 Team and Handicap division, 1995 Actual All- Events and the 2002 Actual Team Event. In the St. Paul Association Championship Tournament he has also won four titles, two All-Events titles in 1976 and 1980 and two Doubles Titles in 1976 and 1985. Clark was the 1998 U.S. Open Champion and the St. Paul Master Champion in 1999. Clark has titles in Fairmont (2-team, 1-singles and 1-all events), Fargo (5-team), Hibbing (3-team), St. Cloud (4-team) and the Minnehaha Open in St. Paul (3-team, 1-doubles). His titles do not stop there, as in the Central Bowlers Alliance (CBA) he has seven titles and has been named the Bowler of the Year twice. He has been named to the All Star Team nine times. He has also been on the St. Paul All City teams six times. His passion is coaching the youth at Flaherty's Bowl in St. Paul Minnesota. He has been a CBA Board Member for 24 years, including three years as President. Clark has been inducted in the CBA Hall of Fame in 1996, the St. Paul USBC Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Minnesota State Hall of Fame in 2003. In the USBC National Tournament he has posted 17 consecutive 200 games and also posted 2 back to back 2,000 all events scores with his high of 2,111. He also won the 2006 Thanksgiving Hi Roller Tournament. His accomplishments also include 2 - 298s, 7 - 299s, 29 - 300s and 8 - 800s with his high of 836.

Date Inducted: 08/20/2010

Category: Memorial
Born: 05/23/1932
Passed: 12/09/2009

DuWayne was a life-long youth coach and mentor to many juniors over the years. He volunteered his time at Golden Valley Lanes, New Hope, Hopkins and Tuttle's. He served as a Director in the Minneapolis USBC Association from 1982 to 1999 and was appointed to many committees by the various Presidents over that time. He also Served as Vice President of our Association.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 08/23/1942
Passed: 10/31/2016

Butch as been involved in men's leagues serving as a secretary or President from 1967 to 2005. His service did not stop there. Butch was elected to the Minneapolis USBC (ABC) as a Director in 1999. Shortly after he was elected as a Vice President to serve the Board of Directors and in 2003 was elected to the Executive Board. In 2006 he was elected as 1st Vice President and served as President from 2007 to 2009. He held offices in the Minnesota State Association and served on the board from 2006 to present. In 2002 Butch was the recipient of the Director of the Year to document his distinguished service to the Association. He has served on numerous committees including, Transition Board, City Tournament, Hall of Fame Banquet, Brackets, Membership, Most Improved Tournament, Lane Certification, Public Relations and on and on. He was part of the search committee to find locate an Association Manager in 2005 and 2009. Butch has been instrumental in the growth and success of brackets in the tournaments, developing and promoting BVL including a nice display, raising donations for the Hall of Fame Banquet and the Awards Banquets.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 08/26/1947
Passed:

Lynn has served as Youth Coordinator and coach for Elsie's youth bowlers for 17 years. She has served as the North Metro Youth Travel coordinator for 14 years and coach for 22 years. She has served as President and Secretary to this organization over the years. She has been the Tournament Manger for the Minneapolis USBC Youth annual City Tournament from 2002 to present. She was instrumental in starting the High School Bowling (baker system) team tournament in St. Anthony High School in 1990. She went on to coach the team for 17 years. In 2001 she started and helped run the State High School Baker Team Tournament and she has served as the coordinator/director for this tournament and has been running this effort up to the present. She helped develop this into a scholarship tournament event. She helps run numerous other tournaments; Youth Adult, Presidents Day, Good Friday and others. She has co-chaired the 2007 Minneapolis USBC Women's City Tournament and she is currently on the Minneapolis USBC Board of Directors. She is also the web master/developer for the youth and Minneapolis USBC Association and currently developing a new web site. She has served on various committees during her tenure including Technology Committee.

Date Inducted: 08/23/2009

Category: Memorial
Born: 07/19/1947
Passed: 03/17/2008

Sue (Stiele) Peterson was a member of the Minneapolis WIBC for many years. She ascended to 2nd Vice President before giving that up to continue her aspirations as Youth Coordinator and coach for New Hope bowl for many years. Sue bowled in many local, state and national tournaments. She was also a national delegate to the National WIBC Convention.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 03/20/1944
Passed:

Gary played a huge part being a AJBC coach for 18 years at Elsie's. Many a youth was coached and mentored by Gary in his years at Elsie's. Gary started the Junior Match Game Championships at Elsie's running 20 tournaments over 15 years. Gary was a League secretary for 14 years. He was a State Junior Bowling Champion in 1961 at Stadium Bowl in Bloomington, Minnesota. He went on to represent Minnesota at Washington D. C. in July of 1961. He bowled that year with Jim Forsland of Minneapolis and Carol Kropp of Rochester in National Junior Championship Tournament. Carol finished 6th, Jim was 7th, and Gary finished 10th in the nation. Gary has bowled numerous tournaments across the nation and has been a sanctioned bowler for over 50 years. You will still find Gary promoting our sport as he takes some 30 bowlers to Chicago to bowl the Petersen Classic for which he has done for 41 years and as a squad sponsor for 39 years. Gary's high game is 286 with a high series of 708. His high average is 197.

Category: Superior Performance
Born: 10/04/1968
Passed:

Bob started his bowling in juniors at the age of 5 at Diamond Lake Lanes North in 1973. He continued bowling in the juniors until he reached 18 and had earned several City titles. Bob has earned 6 Minneapolis City Titles, two team events, a Singles actual and handicap and in 1991 All Events Actual and Handicap 2191. Bob has to his credit another 7 Titles from the CBAs, Minnesota State, St Paul and St Cloud. He continued his bowling earning CBA All Star Team in 1993-94 and second team twice, 1991-92 & 1994-95. He also earned All City team in the St. Paul Association twice, 1991-92 and again in 1994-95. Bob also won the Award of Merit for the highest 3 game series in St Paul with 289-257-300, 846 on December 9, 1994. In his career Bob has bowled 6 - 11 in a row, 2 - 298s, 9 - 299s, 15 - 300s and 7 - 800s. Bob's highest average was 226 for 87 games at AMF Earle Brown Bowl.

Date Inducted: 08/13/2008

Category: Memorial
Born: 01/31/1904
Passed: 01/01/1997

Eva served the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association as Vice President from 1939-40 thru 1943-44. She served a term as President 1944-45 and went on to serve as secretary for 6 years from 1945-46 thru 1950-51. She was also a very accomplished bowler. In the 1954-55 season (October 2, 1954) Eva won a city award for the high series in league with a 654. She was a life member of the WIBC.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 02/28/1948
Passed:

Lois started sanctioned competition at 10 years old when she joined and AJBC League. She became a member of the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association as soon as she advanced from juniors. She has competed in 35 City and Minnesota State Tournaments and she has competed in 34 National Tournaments. Lois has also served as a Delegate to the State and National Conventions for over 15 years. Lois worked as an assistant to Rosy Vigness and Anne Edwards and she served as secretary for 11 years. She has served as a Director in the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association for 25 years. She was the chairperson of the scorekeepers for numerous Minneapolis and State Bowling tournaments and she was a scorekeeper at many men's and special tournaments in the area. Lois has donated her time to help with Special Olympics, All-Star Elimination and the National Coca-Cola Tournaments. In addition she served the bowlers directly by being secretary of the Pinsetters Paradise League for 19 years. The committees she has been involved with are as follows: Nominating (City, State and Youth), Legislative, Audit, BVL, Lane Certification, State Credentials, Budget, Youth Audit, Awards, Sportsmanship, Suspension and Tournament Committee for the City, State and Seniors. She has coached each week for over 20 years. Lois is currently serving the Minneapolis USBC as a Director and she is a Junior Representative to the Minnesota State USBC. Lois has bowled several 600 series and had a high game over 250 and a high average of 180. She currently bowls in three leagues.

Category: Superior Performance
Born: 06/06/1962
Passed:

Dave started bowling at the age of 3 in Farmington Lanes and he also bowled at Rose Garden in Rosemount. His dad took Dave and his brother bowling every Saturday afternoon. Dave joined men's leagues when he was old enough and he bowled in the Apple Classic. He has gone on to accumulate five (5) Minneapolis City Association Championship Titles, four (4) Minnesota State Association Titles, One Central Bowlers Alliance Title, two (2) Minneapolis Team Titles and two (2) St. Paul Team Challenge Titles. In 2006, Dave won the USBC Open All Events Title by shooting 780 in team, 757 in singles and 652 in doubles totaling 2,189. He became the third Minnesotan to win the prestigious All Events Crown. Dave's efforts also help the OnTrack / Custom Thumbs A team to a ninth place in team all events with a 9,799 and a 15th place in Regular Team with a 3,331 series. His 757 in singles landed him in 27th place. Additionally, Dave was part of a 4-person team that shot a 1,068 on December 28, 2007 and it is currently third highest in the State of Minnesota. Dave has been on the Minneapolis USBC All City Team - Honorable Mention Team twice, 2002-03 and 2005-06. Dave has 26 - 300s and 16 - 800s with a high of 857. This was shot at Southtown Lanes in the Southtown Classic on November 2, 2004. His games were 289, 289, 279. This set is currently 24th high in the State of Minnesota. His high league average was 233.59.

Date Inducted: 08/14/2007

Category: Memorial
Born: 06/07/1941
Passed: 04/16/2006

Mary started bowling as a youngster at Friendly Lanes NE, where her brother set pins. She was a WIBC member for 45 years, a Minneapolis WBA director for 17 years, coach for junior bowlers and on both local and state YABA Board of Directors. Mary volunteered and kept score in many tournaments, ladies, men and juniors since 1960. She was a league officer in a number of leagues. Mary enjoyed tournaments and participated in the following:
-Local - 45 years
-State - 41 years
-National - 25 years
Mary also enjoyed many special tournaments including, 500 Club, 600 Club and Senior's. Mary was a delegate to WIBC National Convention for 25 years. She also attended the MN WBA Annual meetings and workshops for more than 30 years. She was co-chairman for BVL for 13 years and member of many committees in the Minneapolis WBA. Mary did not know the word NO when asked to help in any way for bowling.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 06/29/1933
Passed:

Pete has competed in sanctioned league competition of over forty years. He has competed in 40 Minneapolis City Tournaments and 25 Minnesota State Tournaments. He was a member of the PBA for three years and bowled in nine events. He bowled on TV in the All-Star program and he qualified for the finals of the ABC Masters in 1962. He has carried an average over 200 in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's, well over 30 years. He has a Rochester Team Title and he finished third in singles when he threw a 298 in that event. He has three 300's and two 800's (828 and 809) and a high year end league average of 228 in 1963. However, his competition performance is not what brings Pete to the Hall of Fame. It all started in 1957 when he began bowling and working at Elsie's Lanes. Pete helped Elsie Nelson start the Lucky 13 Tournament concept with her older son, Robbie in the early 1960's. He was one of Elsie's employees when the rules were set for the tournament and the score sheets were designed. Pete was instrumental in starting three other popular tournaments. He started the 'IF' Tournament, the 185 and Under Tournament and the Heavy Pins Tournament. He was a league secretary at Elsie's Lanes and he also was a bowling instructor for many years. He was a proprietor for three seasons at Schaefer's Imperial Lanes in Columbia Heights. Pete was a charter member of the CBA and he sponsored teams for twenty years to the Peterson Classic and the Hank Muench Tournament.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 06/18/1924
Passed:

Wally has promoted bowling from the service side for many years. He has been a league secretary since the 1960's. He served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the State Senior Men's Traveling League for 12 years. Wally was a fixture when it came to the Special Olympics in Minnesota. He volunteered at the 3-day event every year and he helped at the Minnesota State Fall Classic Bowling Tournament for 15 years, the State Unified Tournament for 15 years and the Area 12 Tournament in St. Paul for three years. He served as a volunteer on many committees for the National Paralyzed Veterans Association for the last two years. Wally was a Director of the Minneapolis USBC Association from 1984 through 2004. He has served as the Minneapolis USBC Association lane representative for Apple Place in Apple Valley, Minnesota for 14 years and at Lyn-Del Lanes in Bloomington, Minnesota for three years. He has been an Association Representative from 2004 to the present. He has been the co-chair of the BVL Committee from 1996 to the present and he served as Chairperson of the Seniors Committee for two years. He has attend five National Conventions and served as a National Delegate each of those years. Wally began bowling in 1932 at 3rd Avenue and Lake Street. He was in the Post Office League for 30 years from 1948-1977. He served the Post Office Sports Council and did four years as the President and he worked the Post Office Tournaments with Norm Marietta for 37 years. Wally worked many state and local tournaments in whatever capacity they needed him in. Wally is a Member of the Minnesota State Hall of Fame for Softball (1989) and in the National Wheelchair Softball Association Hall of Fame (1999) and he has a hole in one in golf.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 08/03/1948
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Harry has been very involved from a service level to the Minneapolis area bowlers for many years. He was a League Secretary for 17 years and was a Vice President for six years to the Monday Night Imperials. He was a Minneapolis USBC Association Director for ten years serving from 1991 to 2000. In 2000 he was elected to serve the Association as a Vice President a term which he held for three years before becoming President in the 2003-2004 season. He served as the Assistant Executive from November, 2001 to August 2005 and he was the Interim Association Manager from September 2005 thru November 2005 until he was elected the Association Manager in November 2005. Harry was the Chairperson of the State SMO Committee from 2003-2005. He was the Membership Chairman for eight years and the Chairman of the Education Committee for five years. On the State level he has been a State Director for five years and he was the Chairperson of the first ever State Nominating Committee in 2006. He has attended six USBC National Conventions and was Director of the Year for the Minneapolis Association in 2001 and he was also recognized from the Minnesota State Board as he was the Director of the Year in 2003. Harry has been a great promoter of bowling in the Minneapolis area.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 10/02/1955
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Doug received an AJBC Coaching Certificate in 1974 and coached the juniors at Luxury Lanes for the next four years. He has not stopped his service to the bowlers of the Twin Cities area. He researched and created a biography for each Hall of Fame member in the ABC, WIBC and USBC Minneapolis Halls of Fame. He included birth and death information as well as photographs. Doug researched and created a portable Hall of Fame photo display of each Hall of Fame group since it's inception in 1964 to the present. Researched and created a 'history' on each bowling center in Minneapolis and he has started work on the St. Paul centers too. He was instrumental for updating the Policy and Procedures Manual which included the Hall of Fame procedures and criteria. Researched, found and documented all the 300's and 800's shot in the Minneapolis district complete with dates, scores and lanes. Doug was thrilled when he submitted Bob Hanson to the Governor of Minnesota and he was honored when Bob Hanson had a 'Bob Hanson Day in the State of Minnesota'. (April 14, 1998). Doug organized the induction party for Bob Hanson when he was inducted into the ABC National Hall of Fame in 2004. Doug was instrumental in orchestrating the move of the bowling office out of North Minneapolis to the current location in Maple Grove, Minnesota. All fees received were donated back to the association to have lower rent. Doug served as a League Secretary of the Nokomis Classic, Bob Hanson Classic League. From1997-98 to 2003-04. He served as a Director to the Minneapolis District Bowling Association from 1997 - 2002. He was elected Vice President of the Minneapolis District Bowling Association and served from 2002 - 2005. He served on the following committees: Hall of Fame, Historical, City Tournament, Minneapolis Team Challenge, Office Relocation and he served as Chairperson of the Minneapolis USBC Hall of Fame from 2001 - present and the Chairperson of the Minneapolis Historical Committee from 1997 - present. He was a Minneapolis Representative to the Minnesota State Convention for two years and served as a National Delegate to the ABC/USBC National Convention for four years. He was a Committee member to the St. Paul USBC Association Nominating Committee, 2006 and Chairperson of the Minnesota State USBC Association Nominating Committee, 2006-07. He served as a Lane Representative and helped in lane certification, 2004, 2005. In 1998 he worked the Team USA Qualifying in Eden Prairie, MN. Run scores and help direct players. Member of the Bowling Writer's Association of America and the Mid-American Bowling Writers Association from 2003 - 2007. Researched and documented the City Tournament history for both the men and woman's tournaments. Doug was honored by the Minneapolis District Bowling Association as Director of the Year in 2002. Doug provided bowling memorabilia from his vast collection for most of the photo's in a bowling book, 'Let's Go Bowling'. He has 6 - 300's and 2 - 800's with a high of 806. His high average was 228.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 08/03/1958
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Sharon's list of accomplishments started in 1989 with a second place team finish at the WIBC National Tournament and she never looked back. She has one other top ten finish at the WIBC National Tournament coming in 1995 when they finished eight in the team event. In 1999, she finished fourth at the National 600 Tournament. Sharon has won the Amateur Bowler Tour Tournament (ABT) three times, one second place finish and two third place finishes. In 2000, Sharon finished third in the Minneapolis City Tournament Actual All Events. Sharon has won the St. Paul City Tournament Doubles Event in 2004 and she won the 2004 State Mixed Scratch Doubles Event. She was part of the team that won the Minnesota State Team Mixed Scratch Title in 2006. She has many other top ten finishes to her credit. She was selected to the Minneapolis All City Team in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. She has over 38-700's and has carried a 200+ average for over seven years with her high being a 216 in the Twin Cities Masters League at Texa-Tonka Lanes. Her high game of 290 came in February 25, 2002 at Louisville Lanes and her high series of 763 was on December 5, 2005 in the Twin Cities Master League at Texa-Tonka Lanes.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 08/10/1969
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Lisa has been an outstanding league and tournament player. Let's take a look at some of her accomplishments. She has won the Minneapolis City Tournament Scratch Team Title six times. (1990, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2004). Lisa has won three Minnesota State Scratch Team Titles and one St. Paul City Tournament Scratch Team Title. In 1991, she teamed with Lisa Duenow to win the St. Paul Doubles Title and Ms. Nadeau went on to win the All Events Scratch Title. Also in 1991, she won the St. Paul/Minneapolis Queens Championship. Lisa also has three Team Titles in the Vi-Lo Tournament. She has one top ten finish in the WIBC National Tournament in 1992 at Lansing, Michigan in the Team Event. Lisa has four 300 games and a high series of 791 with her high season ending league average of 209.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 01/17/1957
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Rick started bowling at Baden's in Richfield, Minnesota in 1967 when he was ten years old. A few years later, in 1974, he posted a high game of 289 at Baden's. He has been a sanctioned bowler in the Minneapolis Association for forty years. In the 1983 Minneapolis City Tournament he established a record nine game total of 2,159 in the All-Events and he went on to win the Actual and Handicapped Division of the All Events. In Doubles, he teamed with John Eiss for another record score in the Doubles Event with a combined score of 1,408. Rick posted a 762 while Eiss totaled a 646. They beat the old record of 1,382 which was posted in 1977 by John Eiss and Steve Smith. Other teammates on the Diamond Lake Fun Center team were Dave Koechler, Gordy Hagen and Bob Wucher. Their team established a new 45 game total of 10,116 pins, another record. Other titles include three Minneapolis Team Challenge Tournaments, one National Upper Midwest Team Challenge, four St. Paul Team Challenges and Team Titles in both Alexandria and Fargo. In the St. Paul City Tournament he has three titles and he received the Dodor Award in the 2001 - 2002 season. He has three top ten finishes in the National USBC Tournament in his 29 tournaments with the highest being a fourth place finish. Rick has five (5) 300 games and two (2) 800 series (822 and 804) with a high season ending league average of 219 at Texa-Tonka Lanes.

Date Inducted: 08/19/2006

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 10/30/1945
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Loretta has been very active serving the bowling community. She was a 2nd Vice President for 6 years, Sergeant at Arms for 10 years, Director for 7 years and held various positions in the Minneapolis 600 Club. She was a State Delegate for 12 years and served as a National Delegate for 12 years. Loretta has held all league office positions including secretary for over 30 years. She has served on many committees including, Finance and Budget, Legislative, VA Hospital Trip, YABA, BVL, Nominating, Special Olympics, Olympic Festival, Team USA and the Sunshine Committee. Most often she took the lead by serving as the Chairperson.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 11/18/1945
Passed: 01/18/2017

Lynn's bowling resume demonstrates how devoted she is to serving the bowler. Locally, she has served the Minneapolis Women's Bowling Association in the capacity as a Director since 1990. She served on the following committees: Nominating, Audit, Banquet, Junior Bowling, Scholarship, Awards and Tournament Sales. She was a volunteer for many bowling events held in the Twin Cities including the State Fair Booth, US Olympic Festival, International Special Olympics, US Amateur Championships (Team USA) and the Women's US Open. She was a league secretary for over 30 years. She served the State YABA as the First State Secretary-Treasurer and held that position for 14 years and the Instate Coordinator for 10 years. This responsibility entailed all the coaching clinics throughout the State of Minnesota. She has served on all but one committee for the State YABA. She has been a member of the Minnesota Bowling Council for 24 years and she is currently serving as secretary, a post which she has held for the past 14 years. She has served this organization on the following committees: State Fair, Nominating, State Jamboree, Bowlers Night at the Dome, Bowlers Night with the Timberwolves and the Star of the North Games. Lynn has been the Sports Director for bowling for the Special Olympics in Minnesota since 1991. Nationally she has served the YABA since 1984 on committees and taskforces as requested and has been a chaperone to the NFL Super Bowling Championships held in Hawaii in 1987 and was selected by the National YABA as one of the five youth coaches from around the country for the national finals. She has been an AJBC/YABA Certified Coach Instructor for 22 years at Lyn-Del Lanes. Lynn was inducted into the State Bowling Hall of Fame in April, 2004. Most recently Lynn was a member of the Transition Board for the newly merged associations of the men, women and youth associations which is now the USBC.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 02/25/1933
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Gene started bowling at the age of 16 and he has been bowling ever since. He has bowled in many leagues over the years including the Minneapolis All Star League, Minneapolis Classic League and the Minneapolis Traveling League. He has participated in 15 ABC National Tournament and many city and state tournaments. Gene has a very distinguished career in the promotion and support of the bowler. He served the YABA for 31 years, the BPA for 30 years and the ABC for 10 years as a league secretary. He served as President the Minneapolis BPA and he also served in that capacity to the State of Minnesota BPA. Gene conceived, created and started the 'Las Vegas style' bowling leagues. He helped start the BVL League Tournament and was Chairman of the North Metro School Team League. Gene was recognized by the BPA with the Pioneer Award for his many years of service. His high single game is 299 at The Bowler in Fargo, North Dakota.

Category: Meritorious Service
Born: 09/16/1925
Passed: 03/28/2006

Bill has been a willing volunteer not only at the local level, but at the State and National level as well. Bill served the Minneapolis Association as a Director and as a Vice President. Bill spent many hours helping in the office with awards and other duties. He was always at the Minneapolis City Tournament making sure everything was running smoothly for the bowlers. Bill helped organize bowling tournaments for the Eagles Clubs and he served them as a trustee. Bill organized many trips for his fellow bowlers to the Minnesota State Tournaments, Minnesota Senior Tournaments, Eagles State Tournaments and the Minneapolis City Tournaments. Bill was the State Athletic Director for the State Fraternal Order of Eagles. He also participated in the ABC National Tournament for many years.

Category: Meritorious Service - Memorial
Born: 04/14/1930
Passed: 02/27/2002

Jerry served the YABA for over 25 years and the ABC for over 30 years. He was owner/operator of St. Anthony Lanes for 36 years. He was elected President of the Minneapolis BPAA two different times. He held numerous state offices for the BPAA (Treasurer, events, etc.) He was a coach to many youth and adult bowlers. Jerry was also a good bowler having a 299 and a 300 with numerous years of averaging over 200. He was very proud of the fact that in the 36 years of owning St. Anthony Lanes, he never had a league leave his center for another center. Jerry was a well respected member of the bowling community and was a friend, mentor and coach to many bowlers.

Category: Superior Performance - Active
Born: 10/19/1960
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Bob has been a very active bowler locally for many years. He has six (6) Minneapolis City Association Championship Titles, three (3) Minneapolis Team Challenge Titles and two (2) St. Paul Team Titles. He has one Minnesota State Association Championship, four (4) Greater St. Paul Association Titles and he has won two (2) Minneapolis City Mixed Titles, eight (8) St. Paul Mixed Titles and four (4) Minnesota State Mixed Titles. Bob has been selected to be on the Minneapolis All City Team, 1st team twice and the second team once. He has five 800+ series and 16 - 300's, with his first coming on April 12, 1989 at Stardust Lanes.