The Modesto Bowling Hall of Fame has its newest member this year. June Brown, who was elected in the Meritorious Service category, earned the honor at the Hall's annual meeting. Brown has been active in youth bowling locally and at the state and national level for 30 years. She currently is the chair of the California State Youth Bowling Committee and is the District 4 director.
She is a Silver Certified Instructor through the United States Bowling Congress, and has won the Northern California Coach of the Year and Pete Lusich Awards. She is an In School Instructor, teaching hundreds of students bowling and sportsmanship each year. Brown served on the WIBC Board when it was women only. She now serves on the local USBC board as part of the Youth Committee. Brown is the Youth Director at McHenry Bowl.
For the first time in the history of the Pioneer Award, the award was not given to an individual. It was given to a long-time bowling sponsor and supporter for nearly 60 years, Salas Brothers Chapel, which has sponsored bowling teams and advertised in the annual average book since the mid-1950s.
Over the years, Salas Brothers' sponsored teams have won their leagues, city tournaments, and have held many city bowling records. They have also participated in state and national tournaments. The Pioneer Award is given annually to honor a person, business or sponsor for their long-time commitment to the sport. Both awards will be presented at the annual Modesto USBC Bowling Installation and Awards Dinner held in November.
Jim Bass and Frank Mendes claimed this year's title in the Modesto USBC Senior City Doubles Tournament by posting a 1,730 score. Bass rolled a no-tap 300 game to boost the pair to the top spot. Jackie Wilson and Claudelle Bonaccinie finished in the second slot (1,669). Rolling into third place was the scratch team of Jim Taliaferro and Ron Gilbert. Taliaferro rolled an 822 including a 300 game and Gilbert tallied an 827.
It must be Jim Bass' week. He teamed up with Beth Sims to win the Modesto 500 Club Spring Fling Tournament with a 1,495 score. Claudelle Bonaccinie and Linda David finished second (1,483). Rounding out the top three was Lina Carlson and Bonnie Garber (1,447).
The trio team of Jackie Wilson, Sherry Kuharich and Fonda Jameson won the Ladies Luncheon Sweeper at Yosemite with a 2,182. At 2,171, Nancy Speltz, Roxanne Grubb and Jan Vigneau placed second. Marie Page, Joyce Goblirsch and Linda David grabbed the third spot (2,143).
This Sunday, the Scratch 6-Gamer Tournament competes at Yosemite starting at noon. Check-in is at 11 a.m. The shot will be the PBA Dick Weber pattern.
Scratch bowlers, the Modesto USBC Masters is just around the corner. Competition will run the weekend of April 6-7 at McHenry Bowl. The 17th annual event guarantees a $3,000 first-place prize to the winner. Qualifying squads will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and consists of seven games across 14 lanes.
The top 16 bowlers will return on Sunday morning to roll in the match play final round. Match play will be a double-elimination format with two-game matches. Lanes will be stripped and oiled prior to each squad. Entries are taken up to 15 minutes prior to squad starts, or call Wayne at 524-9161 to hold a spot. A dress code of a collared shirt and slacks will be in force.
Dallas Kadry is an employee of McHenry Bowl; reach her at email@example.com or (209) 571-2695