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2022 --- Adam Barta
Two- time Guiness World Record Holder, Adam Barta is known as the No. 1 ranked amateur bowler in the world. His two Guiness records include the most pins knocked down in an hour (2,708) and the most strikes in an hour (191). The world records were set to promote Adam’s Barta Nation Families Foundation for” Keeping Hopes High”, which is a family organization that gives back to individuals and families who have been affected by cancer and other illnesses on Christmas eve each year in honor of his father Pete Barta who passed away from cancer on Christmas Eve in 2012.
Adam shot his first 300 game at the age of 15 and currently has 234 perfect games and 176 – 800 series on his resume. His high average was a 253 in the 2013-14 season for which he was the winner of the National High Average Award.
Adam is currently member of the The National Bowling Association Hall of Fame (2018), Youngstown Bowling Hall of Fame (2017) Girard High School Sports Hall of Fame (2016) and Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame (2015).
Adam has over 150 tournament wins so far in his career which include the Petersen Classic, Two TNBA Reed-Hawthorne National Titles, Toreno De Larazza in Costa Rica All Events, TNBA Rhodman Classic, Lilac Scratch Challenge, High Roller and Super Hoinke sweeper titles,five -time Youngstown Masters Champion, five- time Warren Masters Champion, 23 Pittsburgh Bowlers Tour Titles and three World Team Challenge Championships which includes a Grand Championship.
On the state level Adam has a 2006 Scratch Team Title and a 2021 Scratch Doubles Title to his credit. Adam is also the owner of three USBC Open Championship Eagles; One for the 2015 Team Event, and two for the 2017 Team Event and the 2017 Team All Events.
Tonight, we place the name of Adam Barta on the roles of Ohio’s Superior Performers!
2022 --- Jimmy Johnson
Central Ohio Professional Bowler, Jimmy Johnson has accomplished many outstanding achievements, not only locally, but statewide and nationally as well. Over the past 35 years he has carried a 200+ average and shot over 50 – 300 games, one of which was in the 2019 USBC Senior Masters.
Jimmy has to his credit – the 1990 National PBA World Open Title and seven (7) PBA Regional Titles. He was named Central Region Professional Bowler of the Year in 1998 and 2000.
Jimmy ‘s (784) and partner Dan Nadeau (721) captured eagles in the 1991 USBC Regular Doubles, leading the way to a new record setting total of 1505 – the first time any duo topped 1500. He also shot a 299 game in the USBC Masters that same year. The 2010 USBC Regular Singles saw him shooting an 804 series. Jimmy and Dan were also member of the Nadeau Pro Shop who took the Team All Events Championship. Jimmy led the way with a nine game series of 2137.
On the local level Jimmy has won titles in each of the Central Ohio USBC tournament events: Team, Doubles, Singles and All Events shooting a 300 and 2-299’s along the way. He was inducted into the Greater Columbus Hall of Fame
Tonight, we welcome Jimmy Johnson into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame as a Professional Superior Performer!
2021 --- David Patchen
David Patchen is one of those very serious bowlers who do not take themselves seriously. His unassuming ways have earned him the greatest respect from the Gr. Toledo USBC bowling community. Dave has been bowling for over 40 years and has carried a 200+ average for most of that time. His highest average was a 245. He has at least forty-four 300 games to his credit with seven of those being shot in PBA events. His 800 series number at least 34.
Dave’s first National award was a first-place finish at the USBC Team Championships in Reno, Nevada in 2001. His PBA Titles include the 2006 Detroit Open and the 2007 Council Bluff Open. His list of PBA Regional titles run from 2005 through 2011 and include the La-Z Boy Open; Bud Light Open; West Virginia Open, Dan Ottoman Memorial; Hillsboro Ford Open and Scott Airforce Base Open.
In Toledo he was the perennial Gerry Sperling Award winner for High Senior Average. David was elected into the Gr. Toledo USBC Hall of Fame in 2021 for Superior Performance. Tonight we also welcome him as one of the 2021 class of Superior Performers in the Professional category
2021 --- Ron Profitt
Ron W. Profitt has been a member of the Greater Dayton USBC and the Ohio State USBC for 40 years. During that time he has built a strong reputation as a fierce competitor. He has carried a 200+ average for 39 of those 40 years, with his highest being a 241 in the 2014-2015 season. He has 72 career 300 games to his credit, 8 of those being shot in PBA events and on Sport League Conditions. His 800 series total 49 with the highest being a 857 in the 2014-2015 season.
Ron has 12 Gr. Dayton USBC Titles to his credit and was named the Ohio State USBC BA All Events Champion in 1999. He and his partner shot the high mixed doubles series in the nation in the 2014-2015 season. He was named to the Greater Dayton USBC Hall of Fame in 2002.
Perhaps Ron’s greatest successes have come in the PBA50 National Pro Tour. He was two- time PBA50 Champion in the 2015 Mooresville South Region Bud Open, 2015 Midwest Central Region Mel Westrich Open plus a win at the PBA50 Regional on Labor Day weekend of 2020 in Tennessee and the PBA50 Rocky Mountain Regional in Wilson, North Carolina.
We welcome Ron W. Profitt to the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame as we add his name to the rolls of Superior Performers in the Professional Category.
2021 --- Shannon Pluhowsky
Perhaps one of the greatest collegiate bowlers in history, this left-handed athlete with a multitude of titles tonight is being recognized as one of Ohio’s Superior Performers.
Shannon began her winning ways as a three-time US Bowling Congress Junior Gold Champion. She was named the World Bowling Writers Female Player of the Year in both 2002 and 2004.
Her collegiate history is just as stunning as she won back-to-back National Bowler of the Year honors in 2004 and 2005 while leading the Nebraska Huskers to two NCAA titles. The Phoenix, Arizona native is a 20-time member of Team USA and was named the US Olympic Committee Bowler of the Year in 2004.
On the state level Shannon has 11 Women’s State Tournament Championships and was named a member of the Ohio USBC WBA All Star Team 6 times, twice being named Bowler of the Year. She has carried a 200+ average for the past 17 years, her highest in 2017-18 with a 250.7. She has twice carried the highest female average in the nation in 2013-2014 and 2016-2017. She also has laid claim to two Ohio State USBC Open Titles.
On the national level she has to her credit the 2006 USBC Queen’s Title, 2007 Classic Team Championship and 2015 and 2018 Diamond Team Championship along with rolling a 300 game in the singles in 2014 in the Open Championships to become one of 10 women with a 300 in the tournament.
Shannon was inducted into the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. She is currently serving as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska where she hopes to impart her knowledge and experience to future bowlers.
Tonight we welcome this world class athlete to the rolls of our Ohio Superior Performers in the Professional category.
2020 --- Brian Himmler
Brian Himmler, nicknamed Chief, has an outstanding record not only locally in the Gr. Cincinnati USBC, but also in the Ohio State USBC and nationally.
His local titles include a doubles title, team scratch and the 2017 Gr. Cincinnati Masters championship. His state titles include doubles, team and all events championships. He owns nine PBA Regional Titles from 1994 through 2006. In 1992 he was named Central Regional Rookie of the Year and in 1995 he was awarded the title of Central Region Player of the Year.
His favorite PBA Tournaments is the Denny’s PBA Open, which he has won four times. He captured back to back titles at the Miller High Life Open in Vernon Hills, IL in 2003 and 2004 and his fourth national title was at the Earl Anthony Medford Classis in Medford, OR in 2006. He qualified for the Japan Cup Qualifier from 1996 to 2006 by being in the top 16 of 32 events based on the PBA point system.
Brian is a silver level coach and works with the youth bowlers at Cherry Grove Lanes as well as doing individual coaching lessons.
2020 --- Chris Loschetter
Chris J. Loschetter is a Lorain area bowler who has distinguished himself from an early age. His winning career started in 1999 when he was a member of the Nebraska-Lincoln Bowling Team and continued at the Florida State University. He has 14 scratch titles as a Florida youth and was named a Junior Team USA member in 2000 & 2001. He laid claim to a Gold Medal in Doubles at the FIQ American Zone Youth Championships.
Chris is a 16-year veteran of the PBA and has 16 Regional PBA Titles to his credit. His PBA Titles include 2012-13 Lucas Oil Open in Milwaukee and the 2016 PBA Team Challenge in Las Vegas. International Competition titles include the 6th Storm San Marino Open, 8th Kuwait International Open and 2nd Annual Brunswick Italia Challenge. 2019 saw Chris named as the recipient of the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award.
Chris has 55 plus 300 games to his credit (25 of those in PBA competition). His high series is an 848 rolled in 2019 and his high average is a 246. Chris has carried a 200+ average for over 25 years.
In addition to his professional titles, Chris also has several Lorain City Titles and a Cleveland Masters Title to his name. He was a member of the 2015 Ohio State USBC Men’s Championship Team. Chris believes in giving back to the sport and he volunteers at Avon Lake High School as their bowling coach. Chris coached the Florida State University Women’s Bowling Team in 2002 and 2003. He has a USBC Silver Coaching Certificate.
2019 --- Bill Henson
Bill Henson, lifelong resident of Westerville, Ohio has a well established career in the Ohio and United States Bowling Congress record books. Bill began bowling at the age of 10 and has been bowling ever since, with the exception of years spent in the military and attending college.
In May 2002, Bill joined the PBA and in 2003 he won his first PBA 50 Regional Title in Monroe, Michigan. 2006 saw him capture his second title in Bowling Green, Ohio, while rolling his first PBA 300 game. In Sterling Heights, Michigan came the third Regional Title, with the fourth coming in 2015 as a PBA National in Fort Wayne, Indiana, averaging more than 250.
Bill was named the 2005-06 PBA Central Region Senior Player of the Year, without winning a title. He led the region in points, average and match play appearances and missed leading in earnings by a mere $10. Bill has given back to bowling for many years, including coaching a youth program, serving a head coach of the Ohio State University men’s team and is currently serving as coach for the Westerville High School Program.
Bill was inducted into the Central Ohio Hall of Fame for Outstanding Performance in 2011. 2016 saw him shooting the Central Ohio Season High Series with a 878 and in 2017 he was named Central Ohio Youth Volunteer of the Year. Bill has averaged over 200 for the past 27 years, with his highest average being a 236.
Tonight we welcome Bill Henson to the elite category of Superior Performance in the Professional category!
2016 --- Kevin Traber
Little did Kevin know, when he started bowling at age 7, how much the sport of bowling would mean in his life. He made the transition from youth bowler to adult very smoothly and has been honored by both the Toledo YABA Hall of Fame and the GTBA Hall of Fame. He has been a member of the local associa-tion and the PBA for over 25 years.
A PBA member since 1982, Kevin has registered a total of 10 regional titles, including the National Resident Pro Championship in 1998 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the leader not only in points, but the money leader in the Central Region in 1995-96. His wins were in Farmington, Toledo, Belleville, Lansing, Port Clinton, Cincinnati and Monroe.
His local titles are many including the GTBA Masters twice. In 2012 he won the Ohio State USBC Bowling Association Singles.
The ABC National tournament has provided Kevin with another platform to showcase his skills. During his 24 years of participation, averaging 210.6. He shot 2 perfect games, the first in Toledo in 1991 and the second coming in 2002 in Billings, Montana. His team Reeb Funeral Home, captured the coveted Team All-Events title in 1992.
His career best series was rolled just last year with games of 279-300-289 for an outstanding 868 series. Kevin has over 80 300 games to his credit and 26 800 series. His highest average came in the 1997-98 season with a 248.
Kevin serves as Head Coach for the Bowling Green State University bowling program and in three years has built the program into a National Championship contender on the women’s side.
Kevin has served on the Storm Bowling Products Staff of Champions and Advisory staff for the past 22 years.
Kevin Taber’s illustrious performances and his devotion to the sport have earned him inclusion into the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame and tonight we honor his accomplishments.
2015 --- Jeff Lizzi
Jeffrey Lizzi has been an ABC/USBC member for over 30 years and has amassed a list of titles almost to huge to chronicle. He has also been a PBA member those same years.
Jeff has maintained a 200+ average for over 35 years with his highest being in 2012 when he averaged 241. His high game of 300, of course, and he has 85 to his credit. His high series is an 855 and he has 31 800 series.
He and wife Cathy own and operate Star Lanes in Sandusky, Ohio. On the local scene, he has the record Singles title with an 833 and the All Events with a 2298, as well as the record Officers Doubles Title with wife Cathy. He was inducted into the Sandusky USBC Hall of Fame for Superior Performance in 2013.
The Ohio InterCity record book has also received his foot print as he recorded a First Place win in the Singles event with a score of 831 in 2012. That same year he topped the record All Events with a score of 2234, which still stands today.
Jeff has one PBA National Title to his credit as well as fifteen PBA Regional Titles. He has appeared in thirteen Televised Finals with his best finishes third in the US Open in Akron and second in the PBA National in Toledo.
It is with great pleasure that we add the name of Jeffrey Lizzi to our list of Superior Performers in the Professional category. As we add Jeffrey and Cathy’s names tonight we are setting another record as the first husband and wife to be honored on the same evening.
2015 --- Cathy Dorin-Lizzi
Cathy Dorin-Lizzi has won any national, state and local titles throughout her bowling career. She has maintained her 200+ average for over twenty-two years. Her highest average was in the 2006-07 season, her highest game 300, (18) and her highest series is an 833 (4).
Cathy was AMF World Cup Champion in 1992, a member of the West Texas A & M Intercollegiate Team in 1992 and won the Three Rivers Open in 1999. She has five PWBA Regional Titles, and one PWBA National Title to her credit as well as being a member of the USBC Championship Team in 2006 and 2009. Cathy was the Ohio USBC WBA Queen’s Champion in 2001 and won the Ohio USBC WBA All Events both Actual and Handicap in 2002, as well as the Doubles with her partner Janie Shinkle in 2002. During the 2011-12 season Cathy and husband Jeff, set a Sandusky City Doubles Record with a score of 1572 in the Local Officer’s Doubles Tournament.
Cathy is a Bronze Level Certified Coach and has been a Junior League Coordinator for 10 years. She was a Professional Women’s Bowling Association member from 1993-2004, serving as President for three years. She has served as a side- line reporter for ESPN2 since 2000.
In 1992, Cathy was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame for Superior Performance. And in 2014 she was honored with induction into the Ohio USBC Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame for Superior Performance.
In August 2009, husband Jeff was disgnosed with a rare parasitic eye infection which almost caused him to lose his eye, until a corena transplant changed his life. Since that time Cathy and Jeff have wanted to bring awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. They have raised over $11,000.00 with proceeds going to Lions International, Erie County Fund for the Blind and Lifebane of Northeast Ohio, all non-profit organizations who work endlessly to help those in need.
Tonight we recognize Cathy Dorin-Lizzi for all of her outstanding performances as we add her name to the list of Superior Performers in the Professional category.
2014 --- Brian Kretzer
Brian Kretzer took a circuitous route to stardom. The career-ending injury he sustained as a youth on the West Carrollton High School soccer field quickly put an end to his dreams of one day becoming a professional soccer player and ultimately led to his prominence on the lanes. As the protégé of Dayton Bowling Association Hall of Famer Bud Tufts, Jr., Brian became known the world over as the most prolific amateur player in the world, capturing numerous megabuck tournaments along the way. They include the famous 1997 and 1999 International Eliminator titles and the Silver Dollar Classic in Las Ve-gas. Brian won three times the River Valley Challenge in. Aberdeen, Ohio, the Les Lions Cup in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates Championship in South-west Asia. He collected 14 megabucks titles on three continents. He is a five time member of the World Team Challenge Championship and earned a spot on TEAM USA.
In 1999 the Bowlers Journal magazine crowned Brian Kretzer its Amateur Bowler of the Year. In 2001 Brian joined the Professional Bowlers Association and immediately he was recruited and sponsored by Roto Grip and Turbo 2-N-1 Grips. Since that time Brian has accumulated an impressive 14 regional titles and in 2010, captured his first national tour event when he won the Go-RVing title in Norwich, Connecticut.
Perhaps most important of his many achievements, Brian proudly describes him-self as being …“a great father” to his children Megan, Mason and Madison.
Tonight we add the name of Brian Kretzer to the rolls of the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame for Super Performance – Professional Category.
2003 --- Don Genalo
Don Genalo joined the Professional Bowling Tour in June 1981. He had already established himself as an outstanding bowler. He attended Robert Morris College in Pennsylvania and was All Conference each year, including winning the ACUI qualifier at Penn State University, then finishing third in the ACUI National Event in St. Louis in 1978. An amateur, he had cashed in the Long Island Open in Garden City, N.Y. in April, 1981. He was elected to the Robert Morris College Hall of Fame in 1991, the first year the Hall was established.
In his third year PBA stop, he cashed at Windsor, Canada. He went on to a career that now includes 18 perfect games, 30 TV appearances (averaging 217-24) with career earnings of $661,599.00. He was a member of the PBA National Tournament Committee for two years and the Regional Tournament Committee for three years. He won the King Louie Open in Overland Park, KS, in 1983 and went on to win six national titles and ten regional tournaments.
In ABC competition, Don shot another 15 – 300 games and 10 series over 800, winning 46 ABC High Score awards. His ABC performances included a season average of 237 and a high series of 855. He was a member of the K.T. Excavating team which was co-champion of the ABC event in Reno, Nevada in 2002. He was on five teams that won the Traveling league championship in Toledo.
Don wanted to keep his election to the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame a surprise for his wife, Mary, and children, Anne Lorraine, 14 and Laura Lynne, 11 until his selection was confirmed. Tonight the Hall welcomes not only a great bowler, but a genuine nice guy.
2002 --- Dave D’Entremont *
Dave D’Entremont had compiled an outstanding record as a professional bowler and is still adding to it. He began the 2002/03 PBA Tournament Tour with an average of 218 and is still going strong.
A member of the Professional bowlers Association for 20 years. Dave has won six national PBA Tournaments — the PBA Wichita Open in Wichita, Kansas; in Fresno, California; Sunrise, Florida; Portland, Oregon; Peoria, Illinois and the Brunswick Tournament of Champions in Chicago, Illinois. He has won 10 PBA Regional tournaments in five states, four of the in Ohio (two at Xenia, one in Cleveland and one in Columbus). He has bowled in four city, five state, and 10 ABC national tournaments. In 1992 he was runner-up in the ABC Masters.
Along the way he has provided spectators with splendid performances — 12 – 800 series, over 200 sets of 700, 35 – 300 games and 5 – 299 games, usually posting season averages in the 200 bracket.
In 1992 he was chosen to be on Bowling Magazine’s All American second team. In 1995, he was named to Bowling Magazine’s All American first team. In that season, he also was elected to Bowlers Journal first team and was named captain; he also was the Harry Smith PBA Tour point leader for that season.
A professional staff member for Track, Dave tonight becomes an Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame member.
2000 --- Ted Hannahs
Ted Hannahs has compiled an enviable record in PBA competition. He is a three-time champion, having won the Waukegon (Ill) tour stop in 1981, and the true Value Open (Peoria, Ill.) in consecutive years, 1984-85. He has won 17 PBA Regional titles in four different areas (South Dakota, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Michigan). In 1982, a season without a victory, he set an earnings record ($93,905) without a title. In that year he was runner-up in the ABC Masters, He rolled his highest league average that season, 240.6.
Hannnahs won the 1988 Venture Lanes championship (West Virginia); the Sunset Lanes (Portsmouth) in 1991; the Blue Ribbon (Ashland, Ky.) in 1992; consecutive Indianapolis Brickyard Classics (1994-95); the Shootout Classic (Fort Wayne, Ind.) in 1997-98, the Bradley Bowl Open (Lexington, Ky.) in 1999 and the Petersen Classic (Chicago) in 1995. He was on the winning team in the ABC Team Challenge (Reno) in 1997 after being runner-up team the previous year. He was a member of the team which rolled a Baker 300 (the second one ever) in Pittsburgh in 1995. He shared the doubles title in the Newark City tournament and twice won in the Zanesville tournament, in 1981 and 1998; we won the ZBA singles 1999.
He has rolled 40 – 300 games and 15 – 800 series. His best being 847, was rolled in 1987 with a Manhattan Rubber ball. In heaven, Junie McMahon, the Manhattan great, must be smiling.
Credentials like these have earned Ted entrance tonight in the Ohio Hall of Fame.
1999 --- Jim Pencak
Jim Pencak’s first PBA victory, the LaMode Classic in Green Bay in 1989 came in his fifth season as a professional he had finished second twice before that, in the Hammer Open in Waukegan and the U.S. Open in Edmond, Oklahoma. He was just getting started.
He then won back-to-back championships, the PBA National at Toledo and the Budweiser Open in North Olmsted, Ohio, followed soon by the Showboat Atlantic City Open at Atlantic City. He set a PBA record with 16 consecutive wins in television championship round competition. He became the first player in PBA history to qualify and enter the Firestone Tournament of Champions with four titles in his performance log. He was on the 1985 ABC team champions. He set an all-time high for 10 and 15 game qualifying records in the ABC Masters in 1992. He has rolled 26 sanctioned 300 games and seven 800 series sets (846 high).
Performance like that earned him a top spot on the AMF Staff of Champions. He made personal appearances at pro shops and bowling centers, not only in the U.S. but overseas. In September 1993, he became District Sales Manager for AMF Bowling Inc., for Northern Ohio.
Pencak did more than knock down pins. He has been actively involved with such societies as Cystic Fibrosis, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Jennings Hall and Easter Seals. He served as an ABC Ambassador on the PBA Tour.
When the Ohio Bowling Hall of Fame opens its doors to Jim tonight, the Hall will be getting the whole package — a bowler and a humanitarian.
1994 --- Allie Clark
It may not be true that Allie Clarke was born in a bowling alley, but he was certainly raised in one. His parents owned Chagrin Falls Recreation, and later purchased Kinsman Lanes in 1950. Allie grew up in the small farm community of Kinsman. During his childhood, enjoyed playing baseball, but bowling was the sport at which he excelled.
Allie began bowling in sanctioned leagues in 1954 at the age of eleven. At the age of 15, he posted a 750. He participated in his first ABC Tournament at the age of 16, also at which time, cashing in three of four PBA tournaments entered. At that age, he also won the Laurel Lanes Invitational, averaging 219, and also won the Crest Lanes Classic averaging 217 for 12 games. He joined the PBA at the age of 18. This was the beginning of a life of bowling accomplishments worthy of any bowler’s dreams.
I his early career, he was named King of Cleveland Bowlers for outstanding achievements in Cleveland Bowling. Taking the Cleveland City Tournament Doubles Championship with his partner, Dan Toronski, and as a member of the Shaw Lanes Team, won the BPAA All Star Traveling and the 20 Grand Classic Leagues, placing 1st in the Central Ohio Match Game Championships, placing 2nd in the Ohio Match Games.
The death of his father forced Allie to quit the PBA Tour. However, he won the Portage County All-Events Championship, placing 2nd in All-Events in the Ohio State Tournament.
In 1968 Allie rolled his first sanctioned 800 series, and rejoined the PBA Tour full time. He won the Valley Lanes Open PBA Tournament at Portland, Oregon, his first PBA title. Along the way he picked up his second PBA win, at the Lincoln Open, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Over the next five years, Allie entered and won more tournaments, often appearing on the Wide World of Sports live telecasts.
In the years 1976, he finished 11th at in the Firestone Tournament of Champions. He left the Pro Tour to purchase Portage Pro Bowl in Ravenna, where he continued his winning ways. He was often the Portage County All-Events Champion. In 1981, he rolled an all time high all-events score at the Elks State Tournament with a total of 2224 pins. He later won the Roseland Match Game Championship, adding excitement to the title match by rolling another 300 game. Allie has at least nineteen 300’s sanctioned to his credit.
Allie currently bowls in two leagues, averaging 210, and aspires to join the Seniors Tour in a few years.
He has been recognized by many charities for his contributions of time and talents. Allie received the Pat Patterson Award I 1972 for Outstanding Contributions to the Sport of Bowling.
Allie has been elected into the Portage County Hall of Fame, and it’s truly fitting that he be honored tonight for Superior Performance — Professional in his home state.
1992 --- Debbie Rainone
Debbie Rainone started bowling at age fifteen in 1971 in Cleveland, averaging 154. In 1974, averaging 187, she bowled a city high series of 747 and also joined the Professional Bowlers Association. Debbie averaged 221 in 1980, second highest in the nation, 216 in 1981 and 221 in 1983. Both were third highest in the nation.
She won four city singles titles 1979-84, and two were city records, a 758 and 761. She won a city match game title in 1978 averaging 228 and won again in 1980. She was Queen of Cleveland Bowlers in 1975-80.
Debbie has bowled 67 – 275 and over games, 2 -298, 299 and 300 games plus 83 – 700series and one city high series of 824.
She was Ohio State Match Game Champion in 1979 and was third WIBC Queens in 1975. She and her sister Marge Gulatta won the Ohio WBA Actual Doubles title in 1987.
Debbie won the 1980 PBA tournament in St. Louis and was selected on the third place All American team in 1981.
She won three regional titles in 1978-80 and 1985 and was ten times on the BPAA All Star team, and seven times named to the Cleveland All Star team.
In 1976, with her mother, won the open division doubles title of WIBC in Denver. In 1977 she was fourth and in 1984 fifth in the WIBC singles.
She has many other titles and high finishes. Debbie was inducted into the Cleveland BA Hall of Fame in 1986 and in 1992 into the Ohio WBA Hall of Fame, superior performance category.
1992 --- Steve Fehr
Steve Fehr has compiled an enviable bowling record. In the 1981 F.I.Q. Competition Steve won first place team (gold medal) with a 299 zone record game, first place singles (gold medal) and second place all-events (silver medal).
In the Cincinnati Association he had six city titles and was the 1977 King of TV bowling champion.
Steve was a three time Ohio State Match Game Team champion; 1975, 1976 and 1978.
He was Ohio State men’s actual team champion in 1978 and actual and handicap team champion with a 3400 record total in 1988. In the Ohio T.B.A. he won five titles from 1975-78.
In the ABC Tournament, Steve won titles in the Classic Doubles — with 1300 in 1978, ABC All-Events 2076 in 1980, Team 3268 in 1982, second in doubles in 1988 and won the Bowlers Journal Doubles with a 300-767.
He won four state and national mixed doubles titles from 1985 to 1990.
Steve recorded 17 consecutive 200 games in ABC competition which ties the ABC record and he recorded three consecutive 1300’s in doubles; 1978, 1979 and 1980 which is an ABC record.
Steve has received well deserved recognition; a member of the Cincinnati All City Team five years 1975 – 1980, member of the All Ohio team in 1977, the Ohio T.B.A. Bowler of the Year in 1978, The Cincinnati Inquirer Bowler of the Year 1978, 1979, 1980, Sports Illustrated Superior Performance Amateur in 1980, Bowlers Journal Amateur Bowler of the Year 1980, and Bowlers Journal All American Team 1981-1982. Steve was inducted into the Cincinnati Bowling Hall of Fame in 1988.
1991 --- Dick Hoover
On February 10, 1946, Dick Hoover rolled the highest series (847) ever compiled in league play by a teenager. Hoover also is the youngest to win the BPAA All-Star Tournament; he won in 1950-51 event the day after his 21st birthday.
As a professional, his delivery was among the speediest and most uneering as he was noted for seldom missing the pocket.
He was anchor man of the St. Louis Falstaff Team of Billy Welu, Harry Smith, Andy Marzich and Glenn Allison.
Hoover was a member of the Professional Bowlers Association.
He won three ABC Classic titles: with the Falstaff Team in 1964, with the Shur-hooks in 1966 and the Doubles Title with Glenn Allison (1431) in 1962. He had nine other top ten finishes.
Hoover won two prestigious ABC Masters titles – 1956 and 1957. He placed second in 1961, third place in 1954 and 1955 and fifth place in 1951. He also won the Ohio State All-Events title in 1952 with a 1917 series.
Hoover had numerous other titles; too many to list. He had seven 300’s, a best average in 1955-56 Parker Classic (227) and was First Team Bowling Magazine All American 1956, 1957 and 1962. Second Team in 1958.
He was inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 1974.
1990 --- Tommy Hudson
Tommy Hudson won his first Professional Bowlers Association tournament in 1974 in Houston, texas. He went on to earn seven professional titles by 1982.
Hudson’s 18 year membership with the PBA was begun in 1972 when he was named Rookie of the Year.
Hudson’s career high series of 834 was shot in 1976 on the PBA tour.
He was selected for the Bowlers journal All American team in 1976-77 and again in 1977-78 and was named Steve Nagy Sportsman of the Year in 1975.
1990 --- Harry Smith*
Harry Smith gained his reputation as an outstanding bowler while still in his teens in Cleveland. He moved to Detroit in 1955 and performed with the great Pfeiffer team and then on to St. Louis and several years with the Falstaff’s, winning three ABC tournament tiles. He claims 199 – 25 year ABC average and a 210 Masters average for 264 games. He was elected to the ABC Hall of Fame in 1978.
Smith has ten PBA titles to his credit and has been elected a member of the PBA Hall of Fame.
His best series is an 847 and has six sanctioned 300 games to his credit.
Called “Tiger” by his bowling rivals because of his fierce competitive spirit, Smith joined the PBA staff in 1977 as assistant tournament director.
1989 --- Mike Durbin
Mike Durbin won his first PBA tournament in 1967 in Tampa, FLA. The same year he earned a second title in Youngstown and he was named the Sporting News Rookie of the Year.
Mike is best known for his success in the prestigious Firestone Tournament of Champions, which he first won in 1972. He repeated ten years later and then picked up his third T. of C. title in 1984.
In 1984, he was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.
Currently working with the PBA as assistant tournament director, the Chagrin Falls bowler also does the color commentary on the PBA’s ESPN telecasts.
In his outstanding career, Mike earned 14 PBA championships.
1988 --- Roy Buckley*
Roy Buckley is a quiet workman who lets his performance on the lanes do his talking.
Buckley became a pro tour regular in 1970 and the following season won his first title in Cranston, RI.
Only two bowlers earned more than $30,000.00 each season between 1971 and 1978 — one was Earl Anthony and the other was Roy Buckley. Roy’s biggest years were 1975 and 1976 when he ranked among the PBA’s top five money winners and earned over $100,00.00.
In 1982, Roy left the tour as regular to devote time to his Columbus Pro Shop.
Roy’s highest league average was 218 in 1968 – 69. His high series was an 835 and his six game high is 1600, which stood for six years as a PBA record.
Roy has rolled 25 perfect games. Possibly his strongest was in a Chagrin Falls PBA Regional tournament in 1971 when he rolled three – 300 games, two of them back to back.
1988 --- Jeanne Maiden
The youngest of the Hall of Fame inductees, Cleveland’s 30-year old Jeanne Maiden has a continuing list of major professional bowling accomplishments.
In 1976, as a pert 19-year old, Jeanne won the Cleveland City Match Game championship. Two years later she was a member of the winning team in the Ohio State Tournament and in 1979 and 1980 she won all-events in the Central States.
Jeanne turned professional in 1981, earning $7,707 her first year and finishing 15th on the money winnings list. That same year, she was named Cleveland’s Queen of Bowling for the first of three straight years.
Her first pro title came in 1984 at the Pacific Northwest Classic in Tacoma. It wasn’t until two years later that she really went on a roll, picking up three more titles and bowling on the winning team in the WIBC Championships. She was voted Lind Shoe Player of the Year by the members of the Ladies Pro Tour and earned All-America team honors from WIBC and the Bowlers Journal.
Jeanne’s national records include the most sanctioned 300 games at 15, the most consecutive strikes at 33, the highest series at 864 (300-300-264). Both records are in the Guiness World Book of Records.
The current year may end up as her most successful on the pro tour as she battles Lisa Wagner for Bowler of the Year honors. She has won titles in October and currently boasts of $51, 355 in earnings, almost double her winnings of any previous season.
1988 --- Steve Nagy*
Steve Nagy is posthumously being inductee in the Ohio Hall of Fame.
Nagy was born in Shoaf, PA., on August 10, 1913 but it was in Cleveland he earned his reputation as one of the greatest bowlers in history.
He won his first ABC title in 1952 when he and Johnny Klares won the doubles with the ABC all-time record of 1453. Nagy also won the all-events title with 2065, just short of the record.
Nagy picked up two more ABC titles in 1958 with the Falstaff Team. He added a 729 to a 3210 team total and 2033 to a team all-events total of 9608. The 2033 was good for second in the individual all-events. Although he never won the Masters, he was second in 1960, third in 1956 and fourth in 1952.
Nagy won the prestigious BPAA All-Star in 1955 and bowled on the Falstaff Team which won the BPAA Team Championships in 1957 and 1960.
Nagy’s other tournament titles are too numerous to list but he was chosen Bowler of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America in 1952 and 1955. He served as president of the PBA in 1964-65.
A member of the ABC and PBA Halls of Fame, Nagy had seven 300 games and a high series of 831. Nagy died Nov. 10, 1966.
1988 --- Joe Kristoff
Joseph Kristof moved to Columbus in 1961. That same year he won the American Bowling Congress Classic division doubles with Don Ellis.
Kristop’s career started in his hometown of Toledo in 1934. In 1946, he moved to Chicago and made his name as a member of the Kathryns and Tavern Pales teams that won the BPAA team championships in 1947, 1948 and 1949. He was captain of the famed Pabst team from 1955 to 1958.
He won Ohio Major Bowlers Association titles in 1965 and 1966. That same year he was fourth in the all events and doubles in the ABC Classic division.
A charter member of the Professional Bowlers Association, he was the headquarters regional director from 1958 to 1964.
He was elected to the ABC Hall of Fame in 1968. He has rolled two 300 games and has a high series of 800. His best ABC Masters performance came in 1955 when he finished second to Buss Fazio. His 144 Masters average is a 202.
Kristof currently has hip problems, but the 67-year-old says, “I haven’t given up yet.”