Bowling: Here's your big chance to help the veterans

In 1942, the sport of bowling organized the Bowlers-Veteran Link (BVL) program and made a commitment to our military men and women, a commitment that their service to our country won't be forgotten.

For 66 years, bowling has kept its word, raising more than $30 million for programs to support the active-duty military, the veterans, and their families.

It's the time of the year for local bowlers to step up and support the program through the local Modesto USBC. The BVL Friendship Doubles No-Tap Tournament is set for Friday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. at Yosemite Lanes, and proceeds from the event support the fund.

The doubles teams can be any combination of men and women. Entry fee is $30 for the doubles team if turned in by Jan. 24. Entries will also be accepted the day of the event but will cost $36, with the additional fees added to the BVL. Entry forms are available at both bowling centers.

Locally, the BVL provides recreational and therapeutic programs and supplies to area veterans' hospitals and outpatient services.

BRANDON PERINO charged his way through the field to take his first title in the January Scratch 6-Gamer at Yosemite.

Perino qualified in the third spot on the stepladder at plus-76 and worked his way to the top spot. In his first match he defeated Doug Russell 202-199. He then met Ed Silva, second-place qualifier at a plus-78, and won 205-189. In the championship match, Perino opened with nine strikes against top-seeded Wayne Garber in route to a 276 game. Garber qualified at a plus-94, and lost the final match with a 201.

Perino took home $347 and earned a berth in the year-end Tournament of Champions.

A LITTLE OVER three weeks are left before the nomination deadline for the Modesto Hall of Fame and 2008 Pioneer Awards.

If you know someone who has been an association member for 20 years or more (continuously since 1988 or an aggregate total) and has been exemplary in service or skill, they qualify for nomination in the Hall. The Pioneer Award is given to a person who has supported bowling for 30 years or more through sponsorships, league participation, and other activities, but not necessarily an association member.

Forms for both are available at the bowling centers and are due by Feb. 1. Last year Julian Rodriquez was honored with the Pioneer Award. No one was inducted into the Hall.

This Friday the "Let's Do Doubles" No-tap Tournament is rolling at McHenry. The doubles teams can be any combination of men and women. Competition starts at 1 p.m., with check-in at 12:30.

Two short leagues are starting next week at McHenry Bowl. A "Have-a-Ball" league will bowl Sundays at 6 p.m. starting Jan. 20, with teams of four -- in any combination of men and women -- rolling two games. Each bowler will receive a personalized bowling ball at the end of the season. On Tuesday, the 22nd, the Tuesday Midwinter league starts at 6:30 with teams of four in any combination. Call Pam or Dave at 571-2695 for information or to sign up.

Youth leagues start this week at both centers. A variety of formats are offered, including Bumper leagues for the little ones, Adult/Junior, Junior Gold, Barbie, NASCAR and Marvel packages. Call Cyndi at 524-9161 for Yosemite, and June or Kim at McHenry at 571-2695 to sign up or for more information.

Dallas Kadry can be reached at or 571-2695.