The Virginia Peninsula USBC presented their annual awards for the 2014-15 season on Saturday at the Paradise Ocean Club at Ft. Monroe. All Star teams were presented as well as a male and a female bowler of the year, high average and series awards, director of the year, and three members were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Male bowler of the year, David Powers bowled consistently in seven leagues with a composite average of 228. He bowled 744 games in four different centers bowling 3 300 games and 4 800 series last season. His attitude on and off the lanes and his sportsmanship with other bowlers is to be commended and sets an example to other bowlers in our association.
Female bowler of the year, Becca Glazier , is young in years, but not in bowling experience. Last season she logged more than 15 games higher than 275, and more than 20 series 700 and above. She bowled in five leagues in three houses with a composite average of 210.05 for 372 games bowled. She is a graduate of Hampton University and was a standout on their NCAA bowling team. She volunteered at Sparetimes with the youth Pee Wee League. She also works in her family owned pro shop at Century Lanes and is a great role model for the young bowlers in this area.
• High average Male Ricky Boyters 243.
• High average Female Jennifer Sulin 221.
• High series Male Mike Butts 868.
• High series Female Rebecca (Becca) Glazier 797.
Director of the Year was John Confalone.John is a relatively new member of the Board and has worked diligently to expand the local awards and chaired the Hall of Fame committee this season. This award is chosen and presented by the President of the Association annually.
Three bowlers were inducted into the VPUSBC Hall of Fame at the dinner. Two were inducted for bowling performance and one for meritorious service.
In the bowling performance category, Cindi Szahowski Kruschke, was inducted into the HoF Saturday night. Kruschke bowled in the local association for nearly 30 years as a youth and then as an adult. She bowled in numerous leagues in multiple houses and as a youth bowler achieved a 677 set at the age of 14. At 19 she moved to adult leagues and also earned her Level 1 coaching certification and served as the Assistant to the Director of the youth program at Ft Eustis. in the 1998-99 season she rolled her first 300 game at the now closed Hidenwood Lanes. In the 2004-05 season she rolled the women’s highest set (at that time) of 787 and a second 300 game. At the time she was the only woman to have rolled two 300s in different houses. She had the Association’s highest average in 2005-06 with a 215 average. Her consistency on the lanes is remarkable and she continues to maintain composite average of over 200. She has been on the All Star team in 1998, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and again for this past season. She has numerous 280, and 290 games and won several high game and series awards from the state and local associations. Kruschke recently moved to Florida, but was honored to return to be inducted into our local association’s Hall of Fame.
Also in the bowling performance category Joseph (Joey) Wetzler was inducted. Wetzler has been bowling since the age of 3 and a half and other than eight years when he was traveling to resurface bowling lanes he’s been a member of our local association. He shot his first 300 in 1987 at the age of 15. Since 2001 he has rolled more than 18 perfect games, 3 games of 299, a 298, and four 11-in-a-row awards. He also has nine 800 series since 2001. His highest set of 844 came in 2004. He has been on the All Star team 10 times since 2001 (and again on the team this past season).
In the meritorious service category, Robert (Bob) Pancoast (803-627-1532 or 757-930-1346), was inducted. Pancoast has been involved in local boards for many years having served as a director on the former Hampton Roads Bowling Association and also on the former youth boards (Peninsula Young America Bowling Alliance, Peninsula Area USBC) as President or a director. His main focus has been with the youth although he also served on numerous committees while on the HRBA. He is the chair of the Scholarship Committee, Youth Committee and Tournament Manager for the VPUSBC Youth City Tournament. During the time of former Association Manager, Wayne Ripley’s, illness he was one of the local board members who went to Wayne’s house and assisted with any Association business as needed. He offered to take on the youth membership processing in order for the new Association Manager to be able to get acclimated to her new position. He is a Bronze Certified Coach and has been coaching for more than 25 years. He was Youth Director at Hidenwood Lanes and one of the coordinators for the Peninsula Traveling Scholarship League for 9 years. He also assists his wife, Mary, with the Peninsula High School League. His tireless work with the youth and also with the needs of the Board is unending.
By Laura Favata