Traber and Wolsyn Win PBA50 Titles

In two separate Illinois Valley Midwest PBA50 events, September 6-7, 2014, Dave Traber and Rick Wolsyn came out on top, each earning $1,500.00 for their titles.

Traber won Saturday's event defeating Don Holmes (30 - 28) after tying 228 - 228 in the title match.

In Sunday's final game, Wolsyn defeated fellow bowler and good friend, John Dudak 193 - 189 for his first ever PBA title.  Sunday's title capped a strong weekend for Wolsyn as he also finished in fifth place during Saturday's event at Illinois Valley Super Bowl.

Locals, Scott Weber (La Salle), Ron Koch (Ottawa), Bill Kozma (Hennepin) and Gene Azarskis (Spring Valley) bowled in the weekend tournaments, but none advanced to match play either day. 

Final tournament scores for both days can be seen at PBA.com.

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.

Nathan Stubler


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
cancer.

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.

 

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