It was another memorable occasion for those who understood the game best, a special honor for people who turned the art of bowling into some of the most eventful times of their lives.
Granted, strikes and spares are far removed from the lure and frenzy of today’s maniacal sports scene. No whistles, sideline hassles, or dancing darling shows needed, mind you. Fun time should be so glaring.
The 17th City of Firsts USBC Association Hall of Fame and Recognition Dinner that held forth Saturday night was a momentous happening for five new inductees, Kim (Akers) Ciarlante, Trent Marner, DiAnne Rickel, James Robison and Cloyd Long.
Ciarlante, who began her 33-year career at the age of 7, remarked: “I was totally surprised” when notified. She credited her grandfather for getting her started and Jack Bender for her early improvement that saw her get high singles of 278 and 279, high series of 726 and a career average of 202.
Marner said he was “shocked and didn’t think it would ever happen” when notified by Rick Kelley and Mark Snodgrass. But Jon Kelley referred to the talented southpaw kegler as “one of he most powerful bowlers in Kokomo bowling history,” referring more than 12 perfect games, 10 series of 800 or better and high finishes in the Louisville Derby, the Indiana Masters, the Pepsi Times Classic, the Hoinke Super Classic and the Indiana Scratch Classic — not to mention series of 808, 813 and 825 and a career average well above 200.
“To me, I love competing, but it’s all about people you meet and the friendships you make,” Marner said.
Rickel has been a sanctioned bowler for 50 years; has held local and state-wide offices as director, president and vice-president; served as association manager and chaired many bowling committees.
She’s a lifetime member of the Peru WBA Hall of Fame, Indiana State USBC Halal of fame and a life member of the Hoosier Bowling Writers. Her response was, “I’m shocked, what did I do to deserve it?”