Bowlers of the Year - Miller and Vickrey

The annual Illinois Valley Bowling Association awards dinner was Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Ladd Moose Lodge 1528.  Illinois Valley Super Bowl presented Men's All-Star Team awards to Eric Acuncius, Mike Castelli, J.T. Dant, Jason Fabish, Matt Gapski, Jeff Miller, Mike Raccuglia, Steve Reynolds, Scott Weber and Joe Zokal.  The Super Bowl Ladies All-Star award recipients were Danelle DeCarlo, Kathi Gerard, Linda Hoffmann, Cecelia Joritz, Cathy Koch, Kristi Leix, Theresa McLaughlin, Michelle McPhedran, Sindee Stubler and Diana Viscovi.

Scott Vickrey was honored as Mens' Bowler of the Year for having achieved games of 200+ (84), 250+ (26), 275+ (9), including a high of 299.  He rolled 17 - 700+ series, including 5 of 750+ with a high of 780.  Vickrey average 230 for the 2013 - 2014.

The top female award went to Staci Miller who finished the season with a 205 average.  Her other accomplishments included games of 200+ (51), 250+ (6) with a high of 289.  She bowled 20 - 600+ series and 2 - 700+ series (737 and 718).

Nathan Stubler Defends Pepsi Tournament Championship

Nate Stubler recently defended his title at the Pepsi State Bowling Championship U15 (under age 15) held at Landmark Lanes in Peoria, Illinois.  Stubler's qualifying score of 2,918 for 12 games was bowled on games of 246, 279, 232, 265, 247, 190, 192, 190, 235, 289, 277 and 289.  In match play he bowled games of 235, 224, 168, 233, 228 and 218.  He won 2 of those 6 games.  For his efforts he was awarded $1,065.00 in college scholarship money.

In June, Nate bowled in the Illinois Youth All Star Shoot Out, sponsored by the Illinois Bowling Proprietors Association, at Town and Country Lanes in Joliet. The tournament is held each year and is bowled on a sport condition.  Stubler bowled 1,517 for eight games which was good for seventh place and a scholarship award of $300.00.

Marty Waigand and Joe Zokal Win Tournament

ARLINGTON, Texas – Soon after finishing in second place in the 2013
International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame's Xtravaganza fund-raising
tournament, Marty Waigand learned he had Stage 4 throat, tongue and lymph node

Spending more than six months in the hospital fighting the disease, the last
thing the Seneca, Ill., competitor thought about was a return to the Red Rocks
Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the 2014 event May 29-June 1. But persuaded
by partner Joe Zokal of nearby Peru, Waigand not only made the trip, he and his
teammate won it by the narrowest of margins.

The duo captured the third-annual event by just one point over Patsy and Dean
Tabbert of Winter Haven, Fla. The victory was worth $3,000 and helped ease the
sting of losing by two points last year to Joe and Theresa Prutch of San
Marcos, Calif.

“It was awesome especially after he could hardly throw a ball,” said Zokal, a
44-year-old newspaper pre-press manager. “I didn't even know if he'd make it
through the games.

“We weren't even thinking about winning. We just hoped he got through the games
and had a good time.”

Waigand, who bowled only six games between the time he left the hospital and
departed for Las Vegas, truly enjoyed himself.

“It was great,” said the 64-year-old Waigand, who retired from his family-owned
tree farm in 2005. “The tournament is so much fun and everybody is so nice.”

Waigand earned the team's spot last year by winning the low-pin tournament
conducted at their IV Super Bowl in Peru. When Zokal won the same event this
year, he asked Waigand to join him.

“I wasn't going to go there because of the cancer but Joe said 'you are going anyway.'
“ said Waigand.

The Tabberts earned $2,400 for second place. Californians Paula Vidad of Sun
City and Erin Lenahan of San Jose and Indiana's Anthony Self of Connorsville
and Rusty Bayless of Greensburg tied for third place while Indiana's Jeff Moody
of Lafayette and David Glassburn of Mulberry were fifth. Vidad/Lenahan and
Self/Bayless each split $1,875 and Moody/Glassburn collected $1,500.

The tournament again featured a unique format that starts bowlers seeking to
earn as many odd counts (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) as possible while the second game they
looked for even counts (2, 4, 6, 8). Game 3 was a variation of Yahtzee where
bowlers faced a number of different leaves while the fourth game was called
Headless Horseman where competitors tried earning strikes without the benefit
of a head pin.

On the first day, each of the doubles partners earned their own scores with
their totals added together. On the second day, the formats were repeated but
the bowlers alternated shots in the Baker Format.

“The format really does even things out,” Waigand said. “The guys who are
really good have the mindset of getting strikes and strikes are a problem here.
You really don't want them.”

Besides their own bowling, the 93 teams were able to mingle with USBC Hall of
Famers including Mike Aulby, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Bob Hart, Wendy Macpherson,
and Johnny Petraglia.

The event, presented by 5-Hour Energy, Brunswick, Ebonite International,
QubicaAMF, Storm, Kegel, RotoGrip, Classic Products, Master Industries, Jack
Link's, Miller High Life, Red Rock Lanes, Roto Grip, Station Casino Lanes,
Bowlers Journal, International Bowling Industry and Bowling Center Management
magazines, the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, United States
Bowling Congress and X-Bowling, raised a record $37,000 for the IBM/HF.


Mike Boyle Wins 700 Club Tournament

Mike Boyle won the 27th Annual 700 Club Tournament Sunday, December 22, 2013.  A field of 42 players participated in this year's tournament.  Boyle qualified in 4th place in the qualifying round (24 players) with games of 245, 254 and 254.  He defeated Ryan Etscheid 278 to 205 in his first match before downing Jim Atkinson 179 to 166 in his second match.  With the field down to the final 6 players, Boyle topped Cathy Koch 264 to 221.  In the final match, he bowled a 258 with Billy Greening and Andy Brown bowling 223 and 156, respectively.  For his efforts Boyle received a check for $400.00.  Greening cashed for $220.00 and Andy Brown $170.00.  Overall in the tournament, Boyle a 211 average bowler, averaged 247.5 with only one game under 245.  Mike Boyle receiving a check from Jim Stubler

Linda Hoffmann Wins 600 Club Tournament

Linda Hoffmann won the 8th Annual Ladies 600 Club Tournament Sunday, February 2, 2014.  A field of 12 players competed in this year's tournament.  Hoffman finished in 1st Place with a score of 714 and received a check for $95.00 for her efforts.   Cathy Koch took 2nd and Alma Toedter 3rd with scores of 689 and 688, respectively. The tournament was open to any woman that holds a sanctioned 600 series.Linda Hoffman

2012 - 2013 Players of the Year

At the annual IVPBA awards banquet, held November 28, 2013 at the Spring Valley Boat Club, Sindee Stubler and J.T. Dant were presented top honors - 2012 -2013 Players of the Year.  Stubler averaged 191, bowling in two leagues - Wednesday Mixed "Mine's in the Gutter" and Friday Mixed "Julie's Saints and Sinners."  She had high series and games of 692 and 266, respectively.  Dant, also a two league a week bowler, in the Tuesday "Rudy Stubler Memorial" and Thursday "Mens Handicap" averaged 232 with a 788 high series and two 299 games.

Awards for the Men's and Women's All-Stars were also presented by Jim and Bob Stubler at the banquet.  The top men bowlers include: Joe Zokal, Eric Acuncius, Matt Gapski, Brian Brown, Brian Pfalzgraf, Mike Raccuglia, Charlie Batas, Marty Waigand, Sam Lawrence and Skip Louis, Jr.  The women receiving the award were: Staci Miller, Cathy Koch, Kristi Tapscott, Jaci Ferguson, Linda Hoffmann, Theresa McLaughlin, Melanie DeCarlo, Michelle McPhedran, Kathy Gerard and Denise Harper.  Photographs of award winners may be found here.

(l-r Sindee Stubler and J.T. Dant)

Jim Stubler Honored with Louis P. Petersen Award

The Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association (ISBPA) at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Normal, Illnois awarded Jim Stubler with the Louis P. Petersen Award.  The award is the most prestigious ISBPA award that is presented in honor of an individual who is a legend in the bowling industry.  Louis Petersen was an industry leader who was instrumental in the formation of the Bowling Proprietors Association and many other innovative ideas and programs including the “Petersen Classic”.

The award is presented to an individual who has dedicated a career of service in bowling or the industry in general.  The recipient must have been a resident of Illinois and/or had a direct impact on the sport of bowling  and/or the industry in the state of Illinois. In the last 20 years only three proprietors have received this award.

Jim Stubler began his bowing career in 1971.  While working with his father and brother Jim learned all aspects of the business from conditioning lanes, to pinsetter repair, marking and promotions, bartending and any thing else that needed to be done at the center.  Through the years Jim has also fared well as a bowler (Bowler of the Year 1988 and the Hall of Fame in 1991). In 1988 he was elected to the secretary/treasurer of the Illinois Valley Bowling Proprietors Association.  In 1990 Jim was elected to serve on the ISBPA Board of Directors and continues as a member of that board.  Through the years Jim has served on all of the committees of the ISBPA and has been chairman of most of them.  On August 1, 2000 Jim was elected to be President of the ISBPA and served two, two-year terms, making him the longest sitting President in the ISBPA history. 

In June of 2008 Jim was elected to serve as a Director at Large of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) Board of Directors.  He served two, two-year terms.  He has been on both the Marketing and the League Development committees for more than 10 years for BPAA.  Jim also writes the monthly column "Ask Stubler" in Bowling Center Management magazine.

Jim Stubler