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Inaugural bowling hall of fame class to be inducted May 22

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/28/10

Randy Dodge of Dodger Bowl has announced that the North Bend Bowling Hall of Fame Banquet will be May 22 at the VFW Hall. At that time six area residents will be inducted into the newly organized North Bend Bowling Hall of Fame.

“I think it’s important to honor these people who are vital to the history of North Bend bowling,” Dodge said.

Being inducted for meritorious contributions to bowling in North Bend are Jim Gaughen and Floyd Snover. In 1959 these two men built the modern day bowling alley now called Dodger Bowl.

Bowlers being inducted include Jan Eaton, Dorothy Peterson, Monty Mylander and the late Gerald Tank.

Tank was the first manager of the G&S Bowl, with his wife Gladys managing the alley’s cafe. He continued as manager until returning to farming full time in 1963, but continued to help at the bowling alley on a part-time basis.

Dodge said there was a nice number of nominations to select from, with six being the predetermined number of inductees to be selected.

“I would like to encourage more nominations in the future,” Dodge said. “A person can be nominated on a yearly basis until chosen. I am very pleased with this year’s inductees. I think they are a good representation of North Bend bowling history.”

The inductees will received a certificate and have their names placed on a permanent plaque at Dodger Bowl.

Those on the Hall of Fame selection committee were Jerry Kruger, Gene Sic, Tom Mensik, Mick Tank, Shelly Zeleny, Bob and Joyce Hines and Dodge.

Tickets for the banquet are available at Dodger Bowl at $12 for adults and $10 for those under 18. After May 17 tickets will cost $15. The evening will begin at 5:30 with a social and dinner followed by the guest speaker and awards presentation at 7 p.m.

Tom Kelley of Omaha will be the guest speaker. He started working at a bowling alley in 1955 in downtown Omaha. He started drilling bowling balls at the Rose Bowl in 1958 and opened a pro-shop in 1980. A bowler himself, Kelley was on a team in 1974 that won nationals, was invited to the third United States team trials and was on Team USA in the Tournament of Americas held in Miami, Florida. He represented the U.S. in the first international tournament held in the same center in 1989.

When Kelley turned 50 in 1990 he joined the Professional Bowlers Association and bowled for six years in most of the senior tournaments. His best finish was seventh at the Show Boat in Las Vegas in 1990. Local tournaments he has competed in led to seven state championships, many city championships and winning the biggest scratch tournament ever held in the state of Iowa. Kelley has bowled over 30 sanctioned 300 games.

Kelley has been inducted into the Omaha Bowling Hall of Fame.

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