Towanda HOF inducts six new members
The Towanda Bowling Hall of Fame welcomed six new members into its membership at its combined induction banquet Feb. 9. The new members were Lisa Berger, Nesta Myers, Terry Berger, Richard Cook, Donald Morley, and Francis (Butch) Rought.
The first inductee of the evening was Lisa Berger. Lisa has been involved in bowling for 20 years, with 17 years in the Towanda Association. She has bowled in the Sunday Nite Mixed League, and the American League. She is currently the secretary of the American League and a board member of the Towanda USBC. Lisa has bowled in many states over the course of her career. Her two children have participated in the Junior Bowling program, where she helped to keep score, until the automatic scoring system was put into place. Over the years she has rolled many 200 games. Her high series is a 602 and has a high average of 156. She works at Towanda Memorial Hospital as a dietary aide and lives in Rome with her husband, Terry.
Nesta Myers was the second inductee of the evening, having been involved in bowling for 30 years. She sponsored a team in the American League for at least 20 years of which she was a member. Her involvement in the sport included donating to the Junior Bowling program and holding the office of Sargeant of Arms in the Towanda Women's association. She has participated in the state tournament for the past 20 years, and received money every year but five. During her career she accumulated many awards in local tournaments, including those for 200 games and 500 series. Her high game is 238, high series of 589 and high average of 162. She lives in Forksville with her husband, Lynn.
The third inductee, was Terry Berger. Terry lives with his wife Lisa, in the Rome area and works at Shannon Tire in North Towanda. Terry has been involved in organized bowling for at least 18 years with 12 years in the Towanda Bowling Association. He began bowling at Warren Lanes in Phillipsburg, N.J., and has also bowled at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, N.Y. While at Starlite Lanes he bowled in the Friday Night Mixed, Tuesday Night Early and late shift Sunday Night Mixed. At this time he bowls in the Holy Name League. He has received many awards during his career, including 11 in a row, a 299 game and other USBC awards. Terry has helped in the Junior Bowling program and participated with his son and daughter in the parent and child tournaments. He also traveled with his son and daughter in the Pepsi Tournaments. He has a high game of 299, high series of 724, and high average of 192.
The fourth inductee was Richard Cook, who is retired and resides with his wife, Mary, on Charles Street in Towanda. He has been involved in organized bowling for at least 30 years, with 25 of those years at Starlite Lanes. Dick began bowling at Sport Shop Lanes about 30 years ago. He had to drop out of local bowling while serving in the U.S. Army, but continued the sport when he could while in the Army. Dick served as President and Vice President of the Friday Night Mixed League for many years. He has participated in many no tap tournaments during his career and has been a winner in a couple of them. Dick and his wife Mary have bowled many years in the Sylvania and GTP No Tap tournaments and placed in the winners bracket in some of them. He also bowled in Pete's League and Wally's League. Dick has received many awards over the years and has a high game of 260, high series of 650 and high average of 178.
The fifth inductee, was Don Morley. Don and his wife, Sheila, reside on the Sheshequin Road near Athens and Don Drives truck for B&E Disposal Co. Don had been involved in organized bowling for over 43 years. He began his bowling career at Starlite Lanes and bowled at Shamrock Lanes in Ulster, as well as the Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, NY. He helped sponsor bowling teams for many years under the Bio-Mor Farms name. He was on the winning team in the Towanda Association Doubles with his partner, Ray Thetga. Don has been on winning teams at Starlite Lanes and the Friday Night Mixed and Monday Night Leagues. He was also on winning teams on the Tuesday Mens and Wednesday Classic at Shamrock Lanes. He has earned many awards over the years including picking up the 7-10 split. Don has a high game of 297, high series of 725 and high average of 190.
Francis (Butch) Rought was the last inductee of the evening. Francis lives at RR 2 Athens, and works in the coating department at Craftmaster Manufacturing in the Towanda area. He started bowling at Starlite Lanes and bowled on many teams during his career. Francis bowled in several tournaments over the years and sponsored a team in the Sunday Night Mixed league. He says he really enjoys bowling and feels that bowling is a very relaxing sport. He has earned many awards over the years, including the award for perfect attendance, high game and high series, and most improved bowler. He has also been on many first place teams. Francis has a high game of 297, high series of 650, and high average of 191.