Ruben Rios Jr. did it all on local scene

Bowling lost a good friend this week with the passing of Ruben Rios Jr.

Rios, 48, was active in the bowling association and one of the top bowlers in the area for almost 30 years.

He started bowling as a youngster and quickly set the standard for youth bowling in Modesto. His love for bowling continued as a young adult. He became a certified instructor and taught young and old alike the skills of the game. He worked at McHenry Bowl for many years, at the desk and running the pro shop.

Rios became involved in the Modesto Men's Bowling Association and served on many committees. He worked his way through the offices, ultimately serving as president.

His bowling skill is reflected in his accomplishments. Rios had eight 300 games, an 800 series and won several city tournament titles. He averaged more than 200 for the last 30 years, and more than 210 for the past 20 years, with a high of 222.

Rios was most proud of becoming the 1993 BVL state champion with the honor of rolling the first ball in the opening ceremony of the national tournament that year in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Locally, he was a fixture in the scratch leagues and qualified several times for the Bowler of the Year Rolloff. One of his greatest joys was his family bowling team each summer with his dad, Ruben Sr., and brother Anthony. Services are scheduled for next Tuesday. Our thoughts are with his family. Ruben will be missed.

McHENRY BOWL OWNER GARRARD MARSH announced that $5,000 was placed in the McHenry WISE program for the 2006-07 league year. The WISE program -- We Invest in Students' Education -- awards points for participation in the bowl's program for youth 12 and older. Upon graduation, the students may draw their funds for educational expenses.

In August, local youth bowler Scott Boyle rolled an 857 series on games of 258-299-300, a local record that ultimately was the USBC High Male Youth Series for the 2006-07 season. Congratulations, Scott.

AT THE PAST MODESTO USBC YOUTH COMMITTEE, four directors were elected to represent the youth on the Modesto USBC association board. The adult directors, June Brown and Robert Nix, are certified USBC coaches. Also elected were youth representatives Janessa Nix and Karen Brown. Each will serve a two-year term.

The Turkey Shoot Senior No-tap Tournament rolls this Friday at McHenry, starting at 1 p.m. Check-in is at 12:30.

THE MODESTO USBC BRUNSWICK MINI CAMP is set for this Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The instructional program runs two hours and includes video analysis and personalized instruction. Instructors will be Ric Hamlin of Brunswick and Carmen Ratti of Dexter, each with 25-plus years of experience. Cost is $40 per person. To sign up or obtain more information, contact Tim Miller at 510-449-2167 or Scott Bartlow at 522-9856.

Yosemite Lanes is hosting a Phil Regan PRO Tournament this Sunday. Check-in is at noon, and competition starts at 1 p.m. The shot will be modified house. Entry fee is $80, and the payoff is one out of three entries. Optional brackets and side pots will be available. There is a dress code of slacks with PBA-approved shirts. To sign up, call Wayne at 524-9161.

Dallas Kadry can be reached at or 571-2695.