Get your team(s) together for the 38th Spring Classic 9 Pin No Tap Tournament. The tournament begins Saturday, April 12th and runs through Sunday, May 25th. Squad times are at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday during the tournament period and weekdays upon request. For complete details and for a viewable/printable entry blank, click here.
The 10th Annual Raisin Open is April 5 - 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The tournament is open to all bowlers age 50 years and older as of March 1. 2014 that are regular league bowlers at the Illinois Valley Super Bowl. Click here to view/print the enty blank.
The next holiday Cosmic Thunder Party is Friday, April 18, 2014. Children and adults are welcome, so you can entertain your children or plan a family event. Party time is from 12:00 noon - 4:30 p.m. Everyone gets 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental and unlimited soda for $9.95/child and $11.95/adult. Reservations suggested, but walk-ins welcome. Call 815.223.5085.
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.
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.
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.
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.