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January 21, 2007

Two ISU bowling team members to enter school’s Hall of Fame

TERRE HAUTE — Finally, some good news concerning bowling at Indiana State University.

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Levon Garrison, ISU’s only “official” women’s bowling coach, and undeniably her top individual bowler, Vickie Parker Vallie. Both will be inducted as part of the 2007 class into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 3.

It’s a well deserved honor for both … and definitely long overdue.

I’ve known “Doc” Garrison since 1974, when I successfully tried out for the ISU men’s team, which she was also directing at the time. I had the privilege to bowl for her my junior and senior years, many times I’m sure she tolerated our team’s “always good-natured” shenanigans on road trips those two years.

Garrison, a professor of physical education at ISU from 1960-1988, was a pioneer in women’s intercollegiate sports.

During “Doc’s” 11-year run as women’s coach, her Sycamores won the National Intercollegiate Bowling Championship in 1984, sandwiched by a pair of national runner-up finishes in 1983 and 1985.

Prior to arriving at ISU, Parker won the Alberta Crowe Award in 1982 given to the outstanding youth bowler in the nation.

At ISU, the New Hampshire native was a Four-time first team All American. Identical to the ISU team results, she won the national collegiate individual championship in 1984 — while competing with a broken bone in her right hand — sandwiched around a pair of runner-up finishes in 1983 and 1985.

The induction ceremony will take place inside Tirey Hall on Feb. 3.

• High school report — It’s hard to believe, but the local high school bowling sectional is just over a week away. The sectional will be at the Terre Haute Bowling Center on Jan. 29 (team) and Jan. 31 (individual), both starting at 4:30 p.m.

With just one week remaining — the position round is at Sullivan Lanes on Tuesday — in their Blue Chip Conference regular season, the Terre Haute South boys and Terre Haute North girls have already clinched their respective championships.

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