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North Bend bowling hall of fame
Dan Watts, Dennis Beck, Collett Feala were inducted into the North Bend Bowling Hall of Fame. Also inducted was Ed’s TV, with former Ed’s TV team member Delrae Eaton, far right, accepting the award for the Sloup family.

Four inducted to bowling hall of fame

Published 6/3/15

NORTH BEND — A few more locals may now refer to themselves as “Hall of Famers.”

The North Bend Bowling Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet was held May 30 at the VFW Hall. This year’s inductees were Colette Feala, Dennis Beck, Dan Watts and Ed’s TV.

Colette Emanuel Feala’s bowling career started in 1959 when her husband introduced her to the sport. She bowled for Kavan (Builders) Construction, owned by Arnie Kavan. She bowled a few state tournaments and was nominated for the Senior Bowler of the Year in 1994. Feala subbed a lot for other teams during her 37 years of bowling. She bowled on Mondays, and later on Wednesdays. Feala retired from bowling in 1996, but will always remember the fun she had bowling.

Dennis Beck bowled for approximately 40 years before retiring in 1998. He started bowling in downtown Fremont at the Park Bowl and later bowled in leagues in Dodge, West Point and North Bend. In his prime, he bowled two leagues a week, bowling for Snyder Liquor for more than 20 years. Beck is the only surviving member of his Snyder team.

While in North Bend, he bowled on the same team as Hall of Famers Monty Mylander and Walt Nissen. Beck bowled in several national events and had a career average of about 175.

Dan Watts started bowling around the age of 10 with his family. He started league bowling with two buddies from high school in the summer of 1966. Watts bowled at Husker Bowl in Blair, in Topeka, Kan., at a four-lane center in Indian Springs, Nev., and ending up in North Bend bowling at the Tipton Bowl. He has continued bowling for years through the center changes to Sissel Bowl and now the Dodger Bowl.

Watts has been involved in league play for 47 years and has a career average of 190. He peaked in the 2013-2014 season when he averaged 199 at Dodger Bowl. Watts has a high game of 279 and high series of 747. He was a member of a men’s state team that finished second in 1968. Watts bowls two leagues a week and has attended five national tournaments.

Overall, he has been a member of USBC/ABC for 47 years and bowled in about 50 local tournaments. Watts has made the North Bend All-Star Team four times out of the six years that the All Star Team has been selected.

Watts has been a coach for the North Bend Bowling Club since it started in 2007. He also coached track and cross country at North Bend Central for many years.

Edward Sloup of Prague and Bob Hoffman opened Ed’s TV in 1948. The business sold televisions, radios, jewelry and appliances and did watch repairs. Sloup developed an interest in radio while he attended high school at St. Procopius High in a suburb of Chicago, Ill.

After World War II, Sloup attended Omaha’s Radio and Television school. He became aware of television and realized that TV was the future of home entertainment.

Sloup and his wife Dorothy (Kucera) moved to North Bend in 1948. He and Herman Widhelm shared a storefront on the east side of Main Street. Later, Sloup went into business with Bob Hoffman, who was a jeweler. They opened a storefront on the west side of Main Street, in a building that is currently part of Last Second Saloon.

After Hoffman moved his family to Colorado in 1954, Sloup became sole proprietor of Ed’s TV and Jewelry. Ed’s TV sponsored men’s bowling teams for 31 years. They started with a men’s team in the Classic League. Some of the team members were Marvin McGinn, Bill Mines, Roy Gillis, Hilbert Schulz, Alfred Allen, Toad Kruger, Steve Mylander, Delrae Eaton, Dale Hartman and North Bend Hall of Famers Monty Mylander and Gerald Tank.

Eric Littig was the guest speaker at the banquet and has been the bowling coach coach at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, since September 2013. With 25 years of experience, he is a member of the Davenport Bowling Association, Moline-East Moline Bowling Association and Tri-City Classic League Bowling Halls of Fame, Littig was named the Greater Davenport Bowling Association Coach of the Year in 2009.

Littig held a Jr. Gold clinic at Dodger Bowl to help local and other Nebraska youth bowlers prepare for the National tournament in Chicago.

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