Tom Brewer was elected to replace Karen Tweed as vice president at the Merced County USBC Association's annual meeting. Brewer was a director on the board. Tweed was elected in as director.
The association now has several husband-and-wife combos on the board: Keith and Karen Hunter, Richard and Karen Tweed, and Tom and Carol Brewer. Rikki Cascia, the association's little spark plug for the last couple of years, was dropped off the board.
Lane certification and inspections will be held on Aug. 18 at Bellevue Bowl and Castle Lanes. Financial report, honor awards and tournaments were discussed. Association dues this year will remain the same at $20.
Southpaw on a roll
Last Tuesday night during the Jubilee at Bellevue Bowl, the lanes were abuzz with the performance of Rod Tramp, a southpaw from Porterville. Tramp shot a 290 scratch game to finish in second place at the Silver Foxes' June singles event in Visalia. The proprietor of Porterville Lanes, Tramp has enjoyed a run of success. At the San Joaquin Blind Doubles Tournament he posted scratch sets of 790 and 814. Last year, Tramp had a composite average of 234, with league of 227, 235, and 241. In a word: Wow.
Remembering Hall of Famer Betty Schlegel
Hall of Famer and former California Women's Bowling Association president Betty Schlegel recently passed. She was 90. A few of the local women bowlers who were members of the Women's International Bowling Congress will remember Schlegel. Karen Tweed, Audry Granger, and Betty Brown knew her very well. She had just turned 90 years old and was getting ready to participate in her 42nd Women's Nationals in Reno when she died. Schlegel always had a smile and warm greeting for anyone she knew or met. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
Valenti bounces back
from back problems
His shot was great. His back, not so much. Larry Valenti Sr. recently competed in pain at the USBC Senior Nationals at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. Valenti represented California in the D division, and could not plant his foot because of his back. He registered at 1,094 over six games and failed to qualify for the medal round. He said he had a blast meeting bowlers from all over the country. The back problems didn't linger. Valenti was on the lanes Saturday in Fresno, where he finished in the money in eighth at the Silver Foxes' Tournament of Champions. Valenti rolled at scratch 919, pocketing $448.
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