The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 19, 2013

Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame to induct 5 new members


Herald Staff Writer

MERCER COUNTY — The Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame will induct 5 new members at its 26th annual banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Park Inn by Radisson.

Slated to join the Hall are Jim Stiles, Dave Scott, Dolly Szugye, Richard Marano and Eugene Sadowski. Following is a look at the accomplishments of the new inductees:

James Stiles

James has been bowling for more than 43 years, with 40 of those years being bowled in the Mercer County USBC, formerly the Mercer County Menís Bowling Association.

He holds several high average awards, two 300 games, and a high series of 796. His highest sanctioned average was a 230 held at the Grove City Bow-O-Drome. James has held a 200+ average for the past 20 years, with a composite average of 218 for the past 9 years.

On the lanes, he has a one 298 game that he bowled in 1977, which was the highest score at the Mercer Bowling Alley since 1972. He also has a 299.

James started bowling at the age of 12; however, didn’t join an organized league until joining the Grove City junior bowling league at the Grove City Bowl-O-Drome in 1967.

He was a member of the first Grove City District Champion Team in 1967 and in 1968, he served as the vice-president of the Grove City Junior Bowling Association. He was then a certified coach for the Grove City Junior Program for several years. From 1996-98, his wife Diana, assisted him in running the Grove City YABA program and were members of the Mercer County YABA Board.

James has bowled in and won several tournaments. 1973 was a very notable year, as he won the Grove City Men’s Association team, doubles (with Bill Whalen), and all-events.

He was also a member of the Mercer County Men’s Bowling Association team event champion. In 1974 and 1976, he was the Mercer County Bowling Associations doubles champ with Robert Palmer. In 1979 and 1980, the was the house champion at Grove City Bowl-o-Drome, as well as a 1980 member of the Palmer Brother’s Distribution team, which bowled the highest 5-man team series in Mercer County at that time and was held for many years.

James also bowled in the 1984 ABC Bowling Tournament and won All-Events Award with an 1846. In 2007, he was the Mercer County Senior Scratch Champion.

He bowled in the Greater Pittsburgh Championship bowling that was televised on Saturday mornings.

David Scott

David has been proprietor of Thornton Hall Lanes in Sharon for 33 years associated with 2 leagues, where he held a high average of 206, a high game of 279 and high series of 743. He has had 13 700 series and numerous 600 series. He won the prestigious PSBA title in 1971.

David, who began bowling at the age of 9 at Thornton Hall in the junior bowling league, has participated in 10 National and 20 PSBA bowling tournaments. He has won the 1970 Pennsylvania State Tournament Team Event, the 1972 Mercer County Doubles tournament, and the 1982 Mercer County All-Events tournament. In 1971, he won the PSBA Team Tournament in Altoona and in 1979, he won the MCBA Class B Doubles with Jeff Nicoloff.

In 1968, David was the first recipient of the E. Albert DeLuca Memorial award at St. Vincent College for outstanding senior student-athlete. He earned eight (8) varsity letters for bowling at St. Vincent in Latrobe, Pa. He finished 2nd in the national NAIA tournament and had his first 700 series in Pittsburgh Regional Tournament in 1967.

David has served 31 years as the vice president of the Mercer County AJBC, president and secretary of the Mercer County Bowling Proprietors Association; and president of the Thornton Hall Classic League.

He serves on the American Legion State Tournament Committee and has been the tournament director of the Miller Lite Team Tournament for the past four years.  He has hosted 6 PSBA and PSWBA tournaments as a proprietor. David is a certified youth bowling instructor and has been secretary of the Thornton Hall Junior league for 25 years, where he enjoys coaching and instruction of his league.

Eugene Sadowski                                                  

Eugene has been bowling for more that 32 years in the Mercer County USBC, formerly the Mercer County Menís Bowling Association, where he has bowled in four leagues in his lifetime.

At the age of 24, he started league bowling in 1953, after getting out of the military. He stated bowling duckpins with co-workers from General American. A few years later, Thornton Hall installed automatic pin-setting machines and that began his tenpin bowling career. He continued bowling with his General American team and went on to bowl in the Polish Home, Thornton Hall Classic, and Carpo Russ bowling leagues.

Eugene has competed in the Mercer County Men’s tournaments, the Pa. State tournaments, Polish National Alliance (PNA), Slovak National, Mercer County March of Dimes tournaments, as well as many others held locally.

In 1967, he bowled a 617 to win the Class A Mercer County March of Dimes tournament.

In 1960, he had a high game of 284 (highest single game of the season), with 10 strikes in a row, while bowling in the Polish Home League. Eugene went on to win the 1970 Mercer County Class A All-Events Scratch tournament with a 1885. That year he also logged a 278 and 277 game.

By the 1979-1980 season, he was holding a high average of 203 and had bowled a 279 game and series of 699, 700, and 770. In the 1980-81 season he improved his average by another pin and recorded his highest average held with a 204.

When General American closed in 1982, Gene began having knee problems  and had to stop bowling, but not before recording two 280 games and high career high series of 774.

Eugene enjoyed being a pin setter for duck pins at the White Star bowling lanes (which was four lanes) in Farrell and the Buhl Club Lanes in Sharon.

                               Richard Marano

Richard has been bowling for more than 49 years and 38 years in the Mercer County USBC, formerly the Mercer County Menís Bowling Association.

Over the years, Richard has been associated with more than 30 leagues, where he has held a high average of 227, a high games of (4) 300, 299, 298, (2) 290, 280, (6) 279  and high series of 759. He has had well over 250 700 series and numerous 600 series.

Richards greatest bowling accomplishment came when he won the Erie County News Invitational at the age of 11 and finishing 3rd place and winning $1,000 at Ten Pin Lanes in Jamestown, NY, at the age of 17.

He was the youngest sanctioned league bowler in Erie County at the age of 5, in 1964. He then went on to bowl his first 200 game/500 series at the age of  7. the age of 10. He bowled his first 300 games at the age of 15 a the Bowl-O-Drome in Grove City.

Richard bowled his first sanctioned 600 series a the age of 10. He bowled his first 300 game at the age of 15 at the Bowl-O-Drome in Grove City. At the age of 16, he joined the ABC and began bowling in the Thursday Night Merchants league in Grove City and missed the high average award that year by 1/10 of a pin.

By the age of 19, Richard had acquired his PBA status (membership) and competed in a number of Regional PBA events and 2 nationally sponsored events, bowling alongside many PBA legends like Earl Anthony, Dick Weber, Mark Roth, Marshall Holoman, and many others.

Richard  has held offices of league president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer in many leagues throughout the years. He has developed, organized, promoted, and held numerous tournaments ranging from the original Team No-tap tournament, that became a mainstay in Mercer County for many years, to the Invitational Classic, Singles and Team events, mixed tournaments, youth tournaments, and Adult-Youth Tournaments.

Richard has started numerous leagues, with many still in existence today. He played an instrumental role in the development of high school bowling in Grove City and all of Mercer County. He has served on the board for Grove City Youth bowling for more than 20 years.

In the mid 1980’s, Richard acquired the Youth Bowling Coach Certification and has been coaching youth for more than 30 years. He has donated thousands of dollars in free bowling to help fund the high school bowling program in the area, as well as the Mercer and Butler County Special Olympics. He has also promoted and ran numerous Bowl-A-Thons alongside fellow Hall of Famer, Donna Stewart, where they have raised thousands of dollars for Childrenís Hospital.

Richard  achieved certification in Bowling Ball Measuring and Drilling, in 1975, by PBA Hall of Famer Bill Bunetta. He has been a Pro-Shop operator in Mercer County for over 35 years.  He has received training and certification on AMP Pinsetter installation and maintenance.

Dolly Szugye             

Dolly has been a member of the Shenango Valley Women’s Bowling Association for more than 30 years and has been bowling for more than 35.

Dolly is an avid bowler and  has held a high average of 196 in  her  Friday Night Mixed Doubles league at Thornton Hall. She has a sanctioned high series of 727, which is one of three 700 series.

On April 3, 1998, she spared in the first frame followed by 11 strikes in a row for a 290 game, the highest game ever bowled by a woman at Thornton Hall Lanes,. She has bowled all spare games, dutch 200 games, and triplicate games.

Many times she has achieved league high game, high series, and high league average awards numerous times. Dolly has received recognition as Bowler of the Month at Thornton Hall several times, including three months in a row.

In 1973, Dolly started bowling at the age of 12, being taught by the late Jerry and Terry Barca at Sharpsville Bowling Alley. She bowled her junior year in college for Edinboro University, as they were beginning a traveling league. She competed against the West Virginia Mountaineers and other area colleges in 1982-1983.

Dolly has carried a 180 or above average for the past 10 out of 12 years.  She has competed in  numerous city tournaments, placing many times.

She has also bowled in two state tournaments, along with several years in the Central States  Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. 

At the 21st Annual Shenango Valley 600 Bowling Club Tournament, Dolly was able to secure a win in the actual and handicap events, where she had a high series of 641 actual and 674 with handicap series. In the 2002-03 season, her team Reynolds Steel Services took 3rd place in the Classic Team Division at the 49th Annual Shenango Valley Women’s Bowling Association. She placed first in the Classic Doubles with bowling partner Christina Baker and tied for 4th place in the Classic Singles.

Dolly  served as president of her Tuesday Night League for 10 years and her Thursday Nite Ladies for 15 years. She also served 10 years as the president of the Women’s 600  Club.  In 1989, Dolly served as the master of ceremonies for the State Tournament. She has served as Director for the former Shenango Valley Women’s Bowling Association.