USBC Bowling Hall of Fame inducts five locals
The Lycoming County USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame inducted five people Saturday night at its annual banquet at the Holiday Inn. Here is a look at the Class of 2017:Evelyn FurmanEvelyn Furman has been a member of the local association Board of Directors since the 2003-04 season. In 2010, she became the Association’s Manager and Secretary and continues to serve in that capacity. She served as the local association representative at the PSBA State Convention and was instrumental in helping bring the 2010 State Mixed Tournament to Lycoming County. She also played a key role in bringing the 2014 State Seniors Tournament to Lycoming County and in securing the bid for the 2018 Tournament. Furman volunteered her time every weekend during the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. Furman has been active in organized bowling for about 40 years and has averaged above 185 for the past 12 seasons. She has five 700 series to her credit, including her career-high series of 751. Her career-high game is 288. She has bowled in at least 18 local association championship tournaments, seven PSBA State Tournaments and one USBC National Open Championship Tournament. Furman won the doubles event in the 2011-12 local association tournament championship.Rick RitterRick Ritter turned in one of the top 20 seasonal averages in the local association more than 19 times between the late 1970s and 2010s. This includes five seasons in which he posted one of the top 5 averages for that season. He won the County Association high average award for the 1999-2000 season with his career-high 232 average. Ritter is credited with at least eight 800 series and 15 300 games. His career-high series of 853 bowled in Nov. 2005, was one of the top 10 highest series bowled in the County at that time. In 1992 in the Williamsport Major League at the ABC Lanes, Rittner’s Stroup & Grove team rolled a team series of 3,515, which at that time was one of the highest team series of all time in the local association. Rittner was a member of the championship team in the County Association Championship tournament in 1993 and 1995. Also in 1995, his team won the mixed team championship. Rittner started his bowling career in the early 1960s in the junior bowling program at the original Faxon Bowling Lanes on East Third Street before moving to the new Harvest Moon Lanes Junior program. He has bowled in adult leagues in the County Association for over 40 years.Dale GerhardOn January 12, 2016, Dale Gerhard became the first bowler in local association history to bowl a 900 series. Bowling on lanes five and six at the Harvest Moon Lanes, Gerhard’s three consecutive perfect games broke the local association’s all-time series record of 885, that had stood since 1972. His 36 consecutive strikes broke the previous record of 29 set in 1994 and eclipsed the previous most-strikes-in-a-series record of 34 set in 1992. Nationally, Gerhard became the 29th bowler in USBC history to achieve this feat and at the age of 59 years, two months and 26 days, becoming the oldest person ever to roll a 900 series. Gerhard has been bowling in the local association for about 20 years after bowling in Clinton County since the early 1980s and in the Air Force before that. He has 38 300 games and 27 800 series. Bowling at the Harvest Moon Lanes, Gerhard has finished at least 10 different seasons with one of the top 20 averages in the local association, including the 2007 season when his 233 average put him in fifth place and in the 2006 season when his 230 averaged put him in third place.Gerhard served as an officer in several leagues over the years and coached junior bowling while in the service. Miriam Miller(1954-2017)Miller began her successful bowling career at age 18 in 1973, and continued with many aspects of the game until 2009. Just six years after Miller started she posted her career best in career average of 181, series score at 685, and single game score of 274.In 1980, Miller began transitioning to a teacher of the game and coaching junior bowlers at the Montour Lanes for more than 20 years. Miller also helped with the organization of junior and adult leagues, serving presidential, VP, secretary, and treasurer positions within three leagues in her 25 year service. Miller was a member of the County Association Board of Directors for seven years to secure state tournament bids for the area.Through her career success and coaching, Miller added a personal touch to the game by teaching and helping others around her.Randy HullHull began bowling at the age of five in the mid-1960s. During his long career, Hull has attained much success and honors along the way. He has 12 300 point games, a single game career average of 226, three 800 series and a career high 815 career series score in 2011.In his second year of adult play in 1982, Hull was a member of the LCBA All-Star team after averaging a game high of 207. He bowled in the Susquehanna Travel League for Cloverleaf Lanes starting in 1981 until the league stopped in the mid-1990’s. During that time, Hull averaged a career high of 215 bowling weekly at ones of the Susquehanna Valley Lanes. He was a 1985 runner-up in the 1985 Bowler of the Year Tournament with a score of 226, and later won the tournament in 1992 with a score of 279. During Hull’s 43 career Bowler of the Year Tournaments, he is third all-time with an average career score of 219.Hull has found success bowling in many Local Association Championship Tournaments, which he won singles champion in 1983 and later a team championship, PSBA State Tournaments, USBC National Tournaments, as well as others. Hull has also won doubles crowns in 1984, 1988 and in 2002 playing alongside his father, Sonny Hull.