It’s November which means it is time for the annual BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) activities. Your local association, Golden Empire USBC, will have Directors visiting leagues these next two weeks to explain all the ways you can be a part of BVL for 2015. Each year Golden Empire USBC collects for BVL which is the main bowling charity across the country. Our donations go to our State association (California USBC) who then turns all the California associations’ contributions to USBC. California USBC was presented a plaque at the 2015 USBC Convention for once again leading the nation in donations raising $125,564.00. From there local Veteran clinics can apply for these funds to purchase equipment for their facilities. Our local Veteran clinic on Westwind Drive just purchased some equipment for its facility this past year using our BVL funds so your money stays right here to help our local Veterans! Last year Golden Empire USBC raised $5,529 which equates to $3.65 per member and we were the sixth highest state association.
Here’s the different ways you can contribute. 1) When you held your league meeting at the beginning of your league, if you voted 100% for BVL, you will be donating anywhere from $1-$5 per bowler on your league for BVL depending on what you voted on. 2) You can bowl the In-League BVL tournament anytime during your league bowling these two weeks and use your scores you bowl in your league and enter the 2015 BVL tournament with them as long as you pay $15 before you bowl that day. You can enter both weeks if you want to. 3) If the Directors run a 50/50 you can donate and play. 4) Directors will be offering raffle tickets on items that will be raffled off at the BVL Tournament (winner need not be present). Raffle items include a TV (donated by Rodriguez & Assoc.), a patriotic wreath (made by Raeleen Hefley), a bowling ball (donated by Robb’s Pro Shop) and more! 5) Bowl the BVL Tournament on Sat., Nov. 14 at Regency Lanes. Entry fee is $21 and squads are at 12 noon and 2:30pm.
For more information on BVL, check out the national website at www.bowlforveterans.org.
If you didn’t make this year’s Banquet, you missed a great night of honoring some of our top bowlers in Bakersfield. The event was held on Sat., Oct. 24 at the Eagles Aerie downtown on 17th Street and the room was packed with a good representation of adult and youth bowlers along with our local Golden Empire USBC Board.
Three were inducted into the Golden Empire USBC Hall of Fame for 2015 and they were: Sonny Pollard and Diz Francisco for Superior Performance and Betty Lovingier for Meritorious Service. Sonny Pollard was nominated by Randy Carter and presented by his son, Ryan Pollard and Randy Carter. Diz Francisco was nominated by Aris Anadilla and presented by Carlie Medina III. Betty Lovingier was nominated by Robb White and presented by Bette Addington.
Our 2015-16 Bowlers of the Year were introduced and recognized. Female Bowler of the Year is Lisa Isbell who was presented by outgoing Female Bowler of the Year, Stephanie Sanders. Male Bowler of the Year is Zack Newman who was presented by past Bowler of the Year, Diz Francisco.
Awards were handed out for both BVL Division winners and Mixed City Tournament champions. Golden Empire USBC Annual Awards for the 7-10 Split Conversions this past season were also presented to three recipients—Roy Jones, Rich Jones and PD Richardson.
The evening wrapped up by two Special Recognition presentations. Central Valley Masters Tournament Club was presented a plaque for their terrific year of bringing bowling back to Bakersfield and Youth bowler, Zack Long, was presented the Don Glover High Youth/Leon Stroope Memorial Award for his good scoring in the 2015 Glover Masters tournament.
Credit his smooth delivery, steady pace and keen awareness to ever-changing lane conditions all added up to a great day of bowling for former local youth standout, Donald Benner, who won his first Central Valley Masters title on August 16th in front of family and his new baby girl, Kiera, at AMF Southwest Lanes.
A gathering of local league secretaries took place on Aug. 15 at AMF Southwest Lanes where they not only met many of the GEUSBC Officers and Directors but met James McCarter, who is the manager of both AMF Southwest Lanes and AMF Westchester Lanes.
The five teams that made the Mega Ball roll-off came to compete last Monday, Aug. 17, at Regency Lanes. They were comprised of the top two teams from the first half, the top two teams from the second half and the wild-card team.
The first one-game match started with the wild-card team, Team 17-Wall Babies (Carlie Medina III, Barb Francisco & Zack Newman) against fourth seed/second round winner, Team 4 (Larry Lloyd, Valerie Hall & John Lloyd). Zack Newman, fresh back from his recent arm injury, came out striking with the front five and this set the pace for team 17 who defeated team 4, 691 to 598.
Next up for Team 17 was third seed/Team 12 (PD Richardson, Lenore Espinoza & Kenny Branch). This match had Carlie Medina III rise to the occasion by stringing strikes from the second frame through the ninth to help Team 17 win 727 over Team 12’s 580.
Team 17 then took on the second seed/Team 13 (Bette Addington, Chris Addington & Damon LaBlue). This match didn’t really have anyone set the lanes on fire, but a 191 game contributed by Chris Addington and Damon LaBlue’s 217 stopped Team 17 from advancing. Team 13 won the match 694 to 529.
The final match was between Team 13 and the top seed Team 32 (Kelsey Curtis, Lisa Isbell & Ian Byers). Damon LaBlue was on fire with the front ten strikes and finished with a 288 game which sealed the win for the league for Team 13. Team 13 won this match 705 to 587.