2021 ---- Debbie Juniewicz

How do you write an article about writer?  Especially someone who has been a bowling columnist since 1962.  Debbie Juniewicz has a weekly column in the Dayton Daily News where she does a column on bowling and Get Active.  She also covers tennis, wrestling, swimming, volleyball, field hockey and gymnastics.  She has been a freelance writer for B2b, Dayton Valley Voice, ALIVE magazine, Toledo Blade, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal and various University of Dayton magazines.

Debbie is very effective with pen, notebook, laptop – and most of all talent!  Debbie is a Cleveland native and received her Bachelor’s (1990) and Master’s (1995) in communication from the University of Dayton.

Debbie is a 2-time recipient of the BCAO’s Sam Levine Award (1996 and 2013).  Her other honors are too numerous to list but here are a few highlights:

Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame – 2018

Miami Valley Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame-Meritorious Service – 2017

Gr. Dayton USBC Bowling Association Service Award – 2008    

National Women Bowling Writers Award – 2002

Muscular Distrophy Association Appreciate Award – 2000

Gr. Miami Valley Wrestling Association Reporter of Year (3 yrs) – 1995-97

Tonight Debbie Juniewicz is being recognized for all of her contributions to the sport we all love by being inducted into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame as the 2021 Friend of Ohio Bowling.

2020 ---- John Fabanich

History does not list who invented the bowling ball, but it might as well list John Fabanich of Lorain as the man who perfected it.

John converted his basement into a sort of lab, which his wife jokingly referred to as “the Dungeon” the proceeded to develop his equipment. Back in 1965 they were looking to design a ball to assist in driving out the five pin on a pocket hit. By using a three-piece ball design with a retractable center weight block, Fabanich, working with Charles Linden (also an Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame member), did just that. Then in 1968 came the revolutionary change into the first two-piece ball. The ball was made of 74 hardness polyester shell with a unique center located weight block. And this the “Faball” was born.

In the fall of 1982, the “Faball” was now a urethane ball which was bought out by a company in St. Louis. They sent 24 of the urethane “Faballs” to the 1982 World Open. By the following year, the “Faball” – now known as the “Hammer” would become the majority choice among professionals.

The importance of the development of new bowling ball technology that today’s bowlers know, are the direct result of the “Faball” and the ingenuity of John Fabanich. His contribution to the sport of bowling as we know it today merits the name of John Fabanich for enshrinement in the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame as an outstanding Friend of Ohio Bowling.

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