USBCIV Inducts Four into Hall of Fame

The USBCIV inducted Bob Etheridge, Karl Heck, Bruce Rhodes and Sindee Stubler during a dinner ceremony Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Illinois Valley Super Bowl.  

Bob Etheridge placed second in the Youth American Bowling Association (YABA) singles tournament in 1971 and was a member of the team YABA champions the following year.    In 1977 he placed second in the Peotone Singles Classic.  He has bowled for over 40 years in many leagues and centers in the Illinois Valley including, Ladd Lanes, Pla-Mor Lanes, Palace Bowl and I.V. Super Bowl.  His highest average was 211, highest game 289 and highest series 757.  Etheridge's was honored as a member of one of the Illinois Valley Men's Senior All Star Teams.  He has bowled in over thirty Illinois Valley Men's Bowling Association Tournaments and was a member of the championship team five times during that span.  He was a singles champion and finished second in the doubles tournament that same year.  He has competed in thirty-seven consecutive USBC national tournaments and one Illinois state tournament.  Etheridge is a past member of the Illinois Valley Men's Bowling Association Board of Directors where he served for eight years and is a Certified Lane Inspector.

Karl Heck has been an I.V. Super Bowl league member for 27 years of which he averaged at least 190 in all but his first year.  His highest average is 213.  He has six 300 games on his resume and a high series of 795.  He has two 299 and one 298 games along with numerous other eleven in a row awards.  Heck has bowled in 24 Illinois Valley Men's Bowling Association Tournaments and eleven USBC national tournaments.  His list of awards include Illinois Valley Super Bowl Bowler of the Year in 1993 and six Super Bowl All Star Teams.  He won the Illinois Valley Men's Association championship in the singles, doubles and all-events categories and was also a team member of Mixed Team Champion.  He won the Illinois Valley 700 Club Tournament twice.  Heck served as a member of the Illinois Valley Men's Bowling Association Board of Directors for 21 years and was a Super Bowl Ambassador for 2 years.

Bruce Rhodes has bowled in leagues at I.V. Super Bowl for 25 years primarily in the Rudy Stubler Memorial and Thursday Men's Handicap Leagues (current Vice-President) where his team won four league championships.  His highest average is 218 and he has two 300 games and a high series of 802.  He was a two time honoree of the Senior All Star Team.  He bowled in fourteen Illinois Valley Men's Bowling Association Tournaments, twelve USBC national tournaments and 2 Illinois state tournaments.  Rhodes was a member of the PBA from 1995 through 2002.  He is both a certified USBC Bronze and Silver level coach.  In the mid-90's he bowled in the Central Illinois Classic Bowling Association (CICBA) scratch tournaments finishing in third place twice.  

Sindee Stubler started bowling in 1981 with her family at the Palace Bowl.  After meeting her future husband Bob she bowled at Royal Lanes in Oglesby and then I.V. Super Bowl since its origination.  Her highest average during that span was 191 in 2013 and highest series 710 in 2006.  She was the Bowler of the Year twice (Illinois Valley - 1989) and (I.V. Super Bowl - 2013). She has been a member of the Illinois Valley and Super Bowl All - Stars teams since 2003 and 2009, respectively.  She won a team championship in the Illinois Valley Women's Association Tournament and a one time doubles champion in the same tournament.  She bowled in nine USBC national tournaments and fifteen Illinois State Tournaments.  She has served as league secretary in many leagues and currently holds that position in Women Bowling with Wine, Mine's in the Gutter, Liberty Village Seniors and Tavern Leagues.  She co-coordinated the Pro-Am Tournament for the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Region Classic for twenty years.  Stubler coordinates the Youth Leagues at I.V. Super Bowl.

L-R Bob etheridge, karl heck, bruce rhodes and sindee stubler

L-R Bob etheridge, karl heck, bruce rhodes and sindee stubler

LP Varsity Boys Place Second in Plainfield North Invite

La Salle-Peru High School Boys Varsity team placed second with a score of 4,180 in the Plainfield North Invite at Brunswick Zone Woodridge.  Individual awards went to Nate Stubler 1st place overall (300 - 1225), David Hillyer 6th place (1078) and Bryce Schmitz 11th place (1048) in the five game series. 

L-R (Nate Stubler, Bryce Schmitz and David Hillyer)

L-R (Nate Stubler, Bryce Schmitz and David Hillyer)

St. Bede Boys Win Tournament

St. Bede Academy boys bowling team won first place in the Lee Lohman Memorial Bowling Tournament in Geneseo Saturday November 12, 2016.  The team outmatched Abingdon with a score of 5,347 total pins  for the top spot in a six game series that included a field of 8 teams.  Bradyn Atkinson rolled a 647, which gave him a third place overall individual finish.  Other individual series high scores include Chris Moore (581), Shawn Desrocher (579), Malcolm Roebuck (569) and Tyler Marcinkus (502).  The team is coached by Buck Emmerling and assistant, Eric Acuncius.

Chris Moore was voted by the coaches for the tournament's Outstanding Achievement Award for which he received a $100 college scholarship.  The award is for performance and how he presented himself and his team during the tournament.

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Mike Dole Wins Pro Tournament

Mike Dole of Loves Park, Illinois captured the trophy and the top cash prize for the PBA Midwest Region Illinois Valley Open Tournament held at Illinois Valley Super Bowl, October 15, 2016.  The field included 42 players who qualified and bowled in the tournament.  Doyle bested Eugene McCune in the 248 - 211 in the title match and collected a $2,100.00 cash prize .  McCune took home second place and $1,200.00.  The weekend also included a Fab 5 Tournament with 11 teams participating.  Four amateurs form a team and select a pro to join them.  They bowl 12 games of Baker format.  The pros bowled a doubles tournament called the Pro Am.  Each bowler rolls three games with three different pros.  Tammy Harris was the winning adult amateur.  Kelton Pelzer (age 12 and over) and Rush Steen (age 11 and under) were the youth amateur winners.

BoB Stubler, and Jim Stubler presenting Mike Doye with a check for $2,100.00

BoB Stubler, and Jim Stubler presenting Mike Doye with a check for $2,100.00

Youth Scholarship Winners

Winners of the semi-annual Youth Scholarship Tournament are: Age 11 and Under - First Place ($300.00) Aiden Kent, Second Place ($200.00) Chance Hank, Third Place ($100.00) Aubree Acuncius; Age 12 and over - First Place ($300.00) Kelton Pelzer, Second Place ($200.00) Ben Sousa, Third Place ($100.00) Thomas Matlock.  All I.V. Super Bowl Youth League bowlers are eligible to participate in the tournament for a chance to win scholarship prizes for college tuition.

Top Photo Front (L-R): Aiden Kent, Chance Hank and Aubree Acuncius; Back: Bob Stubler Bottom Photo Front (L-R): Kelton Pelter, Ben Sousa, Thomas Matlock; Back: Bob Stubler

Top Photo Front (L-R): Aiden Kent, Chance Hank and Aubree Acuncius; Back: Bob Stubler

Bottom Photo Front (L-R): Kelton Pelter, Ben Sousa, Thomas Matlock; Back: Bob Stubler

Jim Stubler Inducted into Hall of Fame

Not everyone can be a great bowler,  not everyone can do a good impression of the late Cubs announcer Harry Caray and not everyone devotes his life to making it possible for everyone to better enjoy the game of bowling.  Jim Stubler is one of those people and 43 years as proprietor of Illinois Valley Super Bowl just begins to explain who he is.  His bowling center is more than his business.  It's his life and the center of his family's lives.

He's been involved in organized bowling proprietor activities since 1971, working within the Illinois Valley Bowling Proprietor's Association (IVBPA) since 1977, serving on the board, as an officer locally and for the state as well as contributing to every Illinois State Bowling Proprietor's Association (ISBPA) committee at one time or another.  He served two terms on the Bowling Proprietor's Association of America's (BPAA) Board of Directors and two terms on the Strike Ten Entertainment Board of Directors.  He was also presented BPAA's Illinois Proprietor of the Year Award in 2006.

Stubler was awarded ISBPA's Louis P. Petersen Award, symbolic of induction into the state proprietors' Hall of Fame in 2012.  

He has also served as a volunteer in a variety of capacities with the Illinois Valley USBC.  He served as a weekly guest on the Kegler's Korner radio show on WLPO for 25 years.  He was a contributing bowling writer for News Tribune for 10 years and currently writes the "Ask Stubler" column for Bowling Center Management magazine.  He was instrumental in making Illinois Valley Super Bowl a regular stop on the Professional Bowlers' Association (PBA) Midwest Regional Tour for the past 18 years.

For these accomplishments, Jim Stubler was inducted into the Illinois United States Bowling Congress Bowling Association Hall of Fame Saturday, October 17, 2015 at a ceremony in Decatur, Illinois.  His personal bowling accomplishments include two 300 games, a 791 series, a 222 high average and 19 Illinois Valley All-Star Teams.   For the record he started bowling adult leagues at the age of 14.

Jim Stubler's induction into Illinois Bowling Association Hall of Fame