The Annual Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Association banquet will be held on Dec. 7 at American Legion Post 223 in Killeen at 208 S. Park St.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. First-place awards for the Open Tournament will be presented at the banquet. Awards for bowler of the year, senior bowler of the year, coach of the year, volunteer of the year, and merit will also be presented.

Michna’s Barbeque is catering this year and will be providing brisket, sausage, beans, potato salad, cole slaw, home-baked bread and iced tea. The association will be providing cake for dessert.

Pete Schrippa Jr. will be the master of ceremonies and he and Misty Cina will be providing the evening’s music and karaoke entertainment.

We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for kids, canned foods and nonperishable food items.

There will be the annual gift raffle and the raffling of our special gift basket. Tickets for the gift basket are on sale now from any board member.

There will be a professional photographer available at the banquet to record your favorite pictures.

All members of the hall of fame are asked to attend for a group photograph.

The association board would like to thank the youth leaders and youth bowlers that assisted with the operation of the scratch tournament. Summer Salak, Sammy Kriner and Dakota Stutzdid an outstanding job and we greatly appreciate their help at our tournaments and other events.

The Centex Men’s Travel League saw competition at Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown. The Lake Air Wranglers of Waco lead in District 1 with a record of 28.5 wins and 19.5 losses.

Sparetime is second with a 26-22 record.

District 2 has Lake Air Strikers in first place with a 26-22 record. Max Attack Pro Shop from Killeen Bowlerama is second, one game behind with a record of 25-23.

The next stop for the men is at Bowlerama on Sunday.

Two of our association’s top women bowlers compete in the Dallas Travel League. Kiyoko McDonald and Sandi Charles are members of the Dallas sponsored Lusha’s Ladies who are currently in first place in District B-2.

Charles, an association hall of famer, is currently carrying an average of 211 while McDonald has a 208.

Mike Whiteley informed me that on Nov. 22 and 23, Phantom Warrior Lanes at Fort Hood hosted the Area 12 Special Olympics Bowling Tournament. Killeen-Cove-Hood Phantoms were represented by 31 bowlers participating in singles, singles ramp assisted, unified doubles and unified team. Athletes are teamed by gender, age and bowling handicap. Unified competition pairs each Special Olympian with a volunteer partner. 

In singles competition, Debra Gregersen took fifth; Keith Adoue, Bridget Burke and Mike Mikell took fourth; Cynthia Boneo, Roy Brown, Isiah Doby and Jose Toro took third; Kyleigh Courtland, Paul Fischer, Regina Haggard, Angela Heidler, Keith Lawson and Joel Moses were second; and Justin Nelson and Michael Peterson took first.

In assisted ramp, Christopher Pieper took third; Kristina Gochenour took second; and Dick Whiteley was first. In unified doubles, Jessica Bearden with Mike Call took second; LaShon Vaughn with Rene Call took second; Suzanne Brown with Quinten Goins were first; and Wendy Dillon with Christine Goins also took first.

The unified team of John Kilpatrick, Robert Marley with Jerry Kilpatrick and Nadine Kott took second.

Special Olympics Texas will host its Winter Games bowling competition in Austin from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

The 2013 Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling, from the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, kicks off with another landmark PBA Tour event when the Cheetah Championship airs on ESPN Sunday at noon.

For the first time in history, viewers will have a visual reference for PBA lane conditioning oil application and the challenges players face, thanks to the introduction of a lane oil with a blue tint for the televised finals.

The application of lane conditioning oil has long been a mystery and even an abstract science to many viewers of PBA Tour competition on television. The PBA, in cooperation with its official lane maintenance provider Brunswick, formulated and tested the innovative blue oil that was applied exclusively on the pair of Brunswick lanes installed in South Point’s Exhibition Hall B for the finals.

The Cheetah Championship will also mark the third time in PBA history — and first time in World Series of Bowling history — that a woman has qualified for a PBA Tour telecast. International standout Clara Guerrero of Colombia is the fourth seed and will face eight-time Tour champion Wes Malott of Pflugerville in the opening stepladder match. Only Kelly Kulick, the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, and 2005 Banquet Open runner-up Liz Johnson have previously qualified for PBA Tour TV finals.

The winner of the Malott vs. Guerrero match will have his/her hands full because the finals also include PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber, the No. 2 qualifier, and top seed Parker Bohn III.

Weber, who is a contender for 2012-13 PBA Player of the Year honors, captured an historic PBA Tournament of Champions win in April, tying Earl Anthony for most major wins with 10. The oldest player to win PBA’s signature event at age 50 also recorded his 37th career title, tying Norm Duke for third place on the PBA Tour’s all-time titles list. Weber also has seven other top-10 finishes, including a third in the U.S. Open during the 2012-13 season.

Well, I go for surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder on Wednesday. I’ll be off the lanes for a while and eating turkey with my left hand. I’ll be in a sling for about six weeks, so my columns may be short or older columns from years back.

In the meanwhile, I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and many wonderful things to be thankful for.

See you on the lanes.

Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at

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