I'm traveling around Australia this week and, as usual, decided to visit a local bowling center. We dropped in at the Dust Bowl in Alice Springs, a 16-lane center where each game costs $12.
Sounds pretty pricey, but it did include shoe rental. And the owner said other centers around Australia are even more expensive at $14 per game. Bowling is never listed as a local activity in travel books, but Dust Bowl has a bold listing in the Lonely Planet Australia Guide. It might be because they are the only bowling center 1,000 miles in any direction.
Lane conditions were good. The local hotshot had back-to-back 300 games last year and has a total of 11 perfect games. Considering the center had no oiling machine and applied oil and cleaned the lanes manually every day, that's a pretty good showing.
The national Bowling Hall of Fame has named six new inductees.
Eight-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour winner and two-time Open Champion Don McCune of Las Vegas will be inducted in the Veterans category.
For Outstanding Performance, Masters and Open Championships winner Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan.
Women's Championships and Senior Queens Shirley Levens of Titusville, Fla.
Sandra Postma of Lansing, Ill., one of only two women to win the USBC Queens and Senior Queens.
The late Frank Santore of New York, a three-time eagle winner, was elected posthumously. Eagle winners are those who have won an individual title in the National Open Tournament.
Longtime USBC Board member Tamoria Adams of Charlotte, N.C., is recognized in the Meritorious Service category.
Joining the six USBC inductees will be the winners of the national Superior Performance ballots. There are two Californians on the ballot Steve Cook of Granite Bay and Larry Laub of Lincoln. Also on the ballot are: Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.; David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas; Danny Wiseman, Baltimore and Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y. The women's ballot has one name Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.
The induction ceremony is May 2 at the 2013 USBC Convention in Reno.
Speaking of Halls of Fame, nominations are open for candidates for Modesto Bowling Hall. Nominees are considered for Superior Performance or Meritorious Service. Both designations require local association membership for 20 years or more.
Last year, Dave Bolles was inducted in the Superior Performance category. Gloria Chin was honored for her many years of Meritorious Service. Nomination forms are available at either center and must be returned by Feb. 1.
The Yosemite 55 and Older No-Tap Tournament is Friday at 1 p.m.
After eating way too much turkey Thursday, get your family together to work off a few of those calories. Both bowling centers will be open all day and evening.
The New Year's Eve in Paris Celebration at McHenry is booking up fast. The Dec. 31 event starts at 11:30 a.m. with lunch. At midnight Paris-time (3 p.m. in Modesto) a champagne toast with a commemorative glass and favors cap off the day. Call Terry at (209) 571-2695 for more info.
Dallas Kadry is an employee of McHenry Bowl; reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 571-2695
Local Bowling Scores
McHenry Bowl Leagues
ADULT LEAGUES Mixed Match Point: James Brodie 951, Tony Baladad 268, Shirley Anderson 222. Monday Madness: Dakota Riley 253, Josh Biewer 639, Lynelle Hains 201/518. Del Rio Jet Vegas: Ryan Dunscomb 265/713, Adrian Davalos 265, Sheila Puscizna 510, Jamie Borba 192. Scratch Trios: Milo Coronado 279/1001, Kim Shcaal 816, Tara Riddle 246. College League: Kelly Norby 193, Marcos Garcia 506, Joan Dias 175. Tuesday Triples: Bill Click 237, Terry McBride 643, Cindy James 233/567. Duke n Duchess: Scott Duncan 619, Roger Mettler 226, Jodi Caldwell 169. Paramount: Josh Stanford 298/728, Glenda Barnhart 201, Joyce King 544. El Dorado: James Hess 635, Tim Brady 246. Wednesday Vets: Bill Click 257, James Brodie 693. Midweek Madness: Adrian Davalos 257/679, Sue Sprenger 584, Chrys Heese 214. Reno Mixed: Jay Faughn 278/715, Karen French 216/614. Empress-Pioneer: Karen Lozaro 214/569. Wednesday Mixed 5's: Jim Martin 300/794, Crystal Walker 246, Bre Sandoval 616. Stardusters: Edie Thompson 196. El Portal: Ali Hill 194. School Daze: Adrian Davalos 246/676, Jen Vincent 203. Federal: Tony Kennedy 265, Sean Schafer 700. City Employees: Steven Huene 257/667, Annette Buck 256/583. Suburban: Danny Yee 247/660, Martha Baucom 213/556. Black Oak Classic: Dan Hogan 279, Donnie McKinney 279, Randi Blomdahl 264/881. Friday Veterans: James Brodie 268/763, Ginger DeMello 210/541. Dairymen: Mike McCalip 230, Eric VanVliet 630, Alma Overweg 225/559. Reno Bound: Jim Marksman 300/752, Nicole Nally 257/643. Sundowners: Brian Evans 277, Jon Wagner 707, Kathy Milburn 204/572. Sunday Jr/Adult: Jina McCraw 213. Weekenders: Steve Stearns 269, Don McKinney 680, Sue Sprenger 233/623. Memorial: Brandon Smith 245/582.
SENIOR LEAGUES Friendly Villagers: Ralph Rodriguez 213, Carl Williamson 523, Margaret Dodd 184, Betty Tull 504. Homewood Village: Mike McCalip 227/592, Gloria Chin 196/519. Young at Heart: David Castro 263/662, Pat Scrimsher 192/548. SIR: Frank Alcaraz 268/702. Classy Ladies: Judy Yost 191, Robin Sullivan 506. Cross Point: Terry McBride 245/644, Pat Schrmsher 233/595. Prime Timers: Jerry Mansager 229, Mary Eccleston 193.
YOUTH LEAGUES Super Bumpers: Antonius Thompson 105, Marie Cadiz 65. Strikers: Braden Spani 163, Haley Spani 108. Wild Zodiacs: Kameron Simi 164, Sarah Borhrer 158. Jr Gold Scratch: Kyle Simi 858, Erik Haines 238, Brittany Scheaffer 245/754. Thurs Bumpers: Tyler Cornelius 44, Jazelle Pottruff 43. Thurs Super Bumpers: Parker Cornelius 115. Cartoon Mania: Andrew Hill 122, Sheena Randall 160. Thursday Trios: Nathaniel Mohr 173. Sat Bumpers: Tyler Wilson 77, Mary Murphy 63. Sat Super Bumpers: Brandt Schupper 95. Sat Comics: Nikolas Serrano 124, Jennifer Delise 138. Prime Rollers: Joseph Alcaraz 201. Generation X: Joseph Fried 233/611, Vivian Serrano 186. Sun Jr/Adult: Joshua Druin 174. Special Olympics: Sarah Cgavez 191. Modesto Blind: Chris Johnson 157.
Yosemite Lanes Leagues:
ADULT LEAGUES Monday Jr/Adult: Rich Custer 279, Dwayne Hunter 269/741, Sherry Dillard 235/558. San Joaquin: Randy Ollar 245, Frank Ramsdell 216/644, Linda David 235, Melanie Karle 221/602. Veterans League: Larry Barker 248/690, Judy Roberson 162. Comet: Rich Custer 300/800, Roxanne Grubb 235, Kelly Lewis 233/641. Town n Country: Art Medina 278, Wayne Fry 277/733. Classic Trios: Myles Duty 300, Claudio Abreu 257/747, Sharon Aronson 222/622. Morning Belles: Arlete Hemphill 202, Darlene Valocsik 195/521. Guys & Gals: Chris Vansteen 22/8/622, Jim Cole 257, Carol Szephegyi 179/511, Sheri Cole 233. Telco: Gary Riley 269, Robert Corzine 269, Gregg Ebenal 266/716. Mexican American: Randy Ollar 258, Tony Cordova 258/726, Tina Munson 234, Joan Thornton 214/610. Gallo: Chris Bygum 290, Will Wilcox 266/764, Bre Sandoval 251/616. Staikoff Classic: Carl Elvik 279, Larry Theiss 257/698. Yosemite Majors: Robert Tillery 279, Dave Ramsey 269/756, Stephany Walton 213/596. Hi Low: Eric Roberson 266/705, April Walker 2221/628. Reno: Jim Paculba 250/643. Sunday Fun Mixers: Jason Dewar 285/819, Tina Munson 257/725. Sunday Jr/Adult: Darrel Amerson 233, Natalie Hunter 266.
SENIOR LEAGUES Hiz and Herz: James Frank 205, Steve McCoy 191/540, Kathy Campbell 208/521. Midway Match Point: Jim Cole 265, Frank Alcaraz 248/730, Sharon Zimmerman 246/576. Jalopy: Elvin Ghan 240, Abe Abston 220/591, Mary Lou Campbell 197, Marcie Ingalls 184/540. Young @ Heart: Cliff Marceau 278/725, Kathy Campbell 199. Golden Age: Frank Alcaraz 216/619, Linda David 225/626. National Classic: George Feichter 255, Charlie Nishiguchi 238/677, Marcie Ingalls 210/581. Scratch Trios: Pedro Flores 269/717, Jan Rupp-Vigneau 202/572, Debbie Couch 206.
YOUTH LEAGUES Monday Jr/Adult: Curtis Moffett 234/641, Haley Wolff 225/567. Marlins: Josh Gaddam 154, Vikki Walker 106. Future Stars: Elijah Lopez 91, Celine Lopez 74. Super Stars: Steve Horn 98, Nicolette Haro 48. Sunday Jr/Adult: Curtis Moffitt 198, Megan Hunter 176. Roadrunners: Aaron Wood 174, Bryan Kopping 174, Amanda Patton 168.