TERRE HAUTE —
No members of the Greater Terre Haute Women’s Bowling Association are atop any of the leaderboards, but several teams and individuals are listed in the top five of the ongoing 84th Indiana Women’s State Bowling Championship.
Vigo Bowl (team) and Terre Haute Bowling Center (individual) are the host sites for the state tourney this year. This is an idle weekend due to Easter, but the tournament has two more weekends, ending its run on May 8.
Mandy Wilkins is the highest-ranked individual bowler from the local contingent, ranked second in All Events Scratch with a score of 2,075. Wilkins is also tied for third in Singles Scratch with 724. Julie Casad is tied for third in the Singles Division 2 150-and-under Handicap with 781.
In team competition, Crystal Sullivan’s Team still sits in second place in the 4-Man Team Scratch with a score of 3,115. In 5-Man Division 2 750-and-under Handicap, Art Compton Team is third with 3,436 and Heather Woolery’s Team fourth at 3,406.
Rounding out the local leaders, Lucky Strikes (3,386) is fifth in 5-Man Division 1 751-and-over Handicap and Lang’s Body Shop and Painting (2,205) is fifth in 4-Man Scratch.
• Last reminder — If you are the type of person who likes to procrastinate, this segment is for you.
The Terre Haute Bowling Hall of Fame’s 42nd dinner and awards program will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday at the Idle Creek Banquet Center.
Nominated for HOF selection are a large slate of men’s and women’s bowlers, in both categories of achievement and meritorious service.
For the men, achievement nominees are Tom Brown, Paul Cherepkai, John C. “J.C.” Dressler, Harold Maxwell, James H. Sullivan, Charles Thompson and Dean Young. Meritorious service nominees are Cherepkai, Dennis Clark, Robert Downing, David Edrington, Larry Nolte, Thompson and Young.
For the women, Letty Chandler, Janie Martin, Anita Maxwell and Jane Miller are achievement nominees. Martin and Miller are also meritorious nominees.
Local historian Mike McCormick will be the guest speaker.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Brazilian Lanes, Imperial Lanes, Paradise Bowl, Terre Haute Bowling Center, Vigo Bowl or from any member of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors.
For more information, contact Gary K. Busiere at (812) 249-6640.
Due to work commitments, I can’t attend this year’s affair. But as always, good luck to all the nominees.
• Remembered — I was saddened to learn of the passing of James C. “Jim” Frerichs Sr. recently. I got acquainted with Jim crossing lanes in various bowling leagues through the years, including the West Central Bowlers Association and 700 Club tournaments.
In later years, I would regularly see him and his nephew Mike Ofsansky attending Terre Haute North basketball games. They’d usually be sitting right across from the press table in either the first or second row.
While he was competitive with his bowling, Jim always had a smile on his face. You’ll be missed, Big Guy!
• PBA news — Dick Allen made history of sorts for the Professional Bowlers Association by winning the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Sunday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis last Sunday.
Allen’s victory marked the end of the first full season in PBA history without a multiple champion, dating back to the inaugural three-event 1959 season when Weber himself won two of the three events.
Can you name this year’s 12 winners?
They were Eugene McCune (Cheetah Championship), Bill O’Neill (Viper Championship), Scott Norton (Chameleon Championship), Yong-Jin Gu (Scorpion Championship), Osku Palermaa (Shark Championship), Chris Barnes (PBA World Championship), Mika Koivuniemi (PBA Tournament of Champions), Ryan Ciminelli (Earl Anthony Memorial), Tom Hess (USBC Masters), Norm Duke (U.S. Open), Jason Couch (Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship) and Dick Allen (Dick Weber PBA Playoffs).
Norton, Palermaa, Ciminelli and Hess were first-time PBA Tour titlists. Gu is not credited with a PBA title because he is not a PBA member.
Speaking of Allen, he is not related to the mercurial baseball standout of the same name from the 1960s and 1970s. The baseball Allen uttered the famous quote, “If a horse won’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it” when expressing his opinion of Astroturf.
Dennis Clark can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org