Baker duo dominate Yosemite Lanes tournament

The prize list is out for the Friendship Doubles' BVL Tournament at Yosemite Lanes, and it looks like Rose and Ralph Baker owned the event. The pair took first place with a 1,945 set, 165 pins over the second-place finishers.

Rose started the day with a no-tap 300 game, and Ralph added a 277. Ralph took charge in the second and third games, posting two no-tap 300 games to Rose's 252 and 168. With their 348 pins handicap, the pair handily won the event.

Dominic Genova teamed with Carl Elvik to roll a 1,780 doubles series for second. Both Genova and Elvik recorded a no-tap 300 game in the set. The duo of Guy Johnson and Elvin Ghan finished third with a team total of 1,763.

The fund-raising tournament paid 10 spots in the prize fund with low-in-the-money at 1,702. More than $800 was raised for the BVL Fund to help support local veterans hospital recreational programs. Local bowlers donate additional money to the fund through their leagues. Claudelle Bonaccinie, Modesto USBC vice president and BVL chair, reported that last year the local association donated more than $4,000 to the cause.

LOCAL BOWLING has lost a good friend with the death of Ted Noll this past week. Noll was active in the Modesto Men's Bowling Association for many years, serving on numerous committees and holding several offices.

He served as President in the early 1990's, and paved the way for both the women's and men's California state championships to be brought to Modesto. He served as league secretary for more than 35 years in several leagues. Noll was awarded the prestigious Pioneer Award from the Modesto Hall of Fame in 2002 for his dedication to the sport of bowling.

He leaves his wife, Peggy, two daughters and a son. His son, Tim, is a longtime employee at McHenry Bowl, and shared his love of bowling with his father. Services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Franklin and Downs.

REO DAVOLT FINISHED first on the men's prize list for the McHenry No-tap Tournament with his 885 set. Jim Pastorelli placed second at 868. In third, George Davis scored 851. Joanne Blair posted an 877 series to top the women's side. Gin Quinton and Pat Baskin tied for second at 836.

The Brunswick/Dexter Mini Bowling Camps are on the calendar for this weekend at McHenry Bowl. Saturday is reserved for the youth with sessions from noon-2 p.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Adult sessions are Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon and 12:30-2:30 p.m. Call Tim at 510-449-2167 or Scott at 522-9856 to sign up or for more information.

The 12th Annual Modesto Masters is taking reservations for the qualifying rounds on Saturday, April 5. Squad times are 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Seven qualifying games will be bowled, with participants moving to another lane after each game. The top 16 bowlers will qualify to advance to the final round set for Sunday at 10 a.m. First place is guaranteed $3,000. Call Wayne or Jim at 524-9161 to sign up.

Entries are out for the 49th NorCal USBC Youth State Championships held over three weekends in April -- 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20. The team event will be bowled at West Lane Bowl in Stockton, and doubles/singles will be at McHenry Bowl. Sign up with the youth director at each bowling alley.

The oldest continuously operating bowling center in the country is Garden Bowl of Detroit. It was built in 1913, making this its 95th year of business. It has recently been nominated for placement in the National Register of Historic Places.

Dallas Kadry can be reached at or 571-2695.