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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:30 am

It’s time for the Centex Men’s Travel League to form. The Traveling Classic Bowling Association will have its team captains meeting on August 25th at 11 a.m. in the Killeen Bowlerama meeting room.

Secretary Bernard Adams expects to have 14 teams; however, there are still openings for full teams, or individuals.

League bowling will begin Sep. 8th at Bowlerama starting at 10 a.m. The same bowling centers will host the league — Killeen Bowlerama, Phantom Warrior Lanes, Mel’s Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown, Lake Country Lanes in Marble Falls and AMF Westview Lanes and AMF Lake Air Lanes, both in Waco.

For more information contact Adams at (254) 289-6100 or Rullie Haywood at (254) 258-4563.

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The Texas State Senior Tournament concluded this past weekend and once again our local bowlers struggled, with one exception, T.J. Jones posted a nice 777 and captured fourth place in the men’s singles.

Reggie Metoyer of the Greater Houston USBC provided some excitement when he rolled a perfect game. His 300 came on the final shift of the tournament in the singles competition.

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Liz Johnson, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Wes Malott, of Pflugerville, proved why they are listed among the greats of the sport when they claimed titles at the 2013 Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open on Saturday at Columbus Western Bowl.

The win marked the third U.S. Women’s Open title for Johnson and first major victory for Malott, who now owns eight Professional Bowlers Association Tour titles.

Johnson and Malott each earned $50,000 for winning their respective events and set up a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open champion. Johnson earned an additional $10,000 by defeating Malott, 194-188.

It was great to see Malott do so well after surgery on his left knee kept him from competing in the recent PBA GEICO Summer Swing in the Milwaukee area. The grueling U.S. Open format was a true physical test for this year’s PBA Tour average leader.

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PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams, of Beaumont, won seven of his 10 matches to claim his first PBA50 regional title and the $1,750 first prize in the PBA50 Horseshoe Casino Shreveport Southwest Open at All Star Lanes in Shreveport, La., on Sunday by 255 pins over former U.S. Open champion Robert Lawrence, of Del Valle.

PBA Tour stars Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Mike Fagan and Bill O’Neill will return to Barnsley, England, Oct. 11-13, to try to defend the Weber Cup title they won handily over Team Europe last year. The American players routed the Europeans, 17-7, in the “Ryder Cup” style team, singles and doubles competition.

Barnes, who is the U.S. team captain for the invitational event, will be making his eighth consecutive appearance. The European team also will be composed of PBA players: Sweden’s Martin Larsen, Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi and England’s Stuart Williams and Dom Barrett.

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We’re just 10 days away from the Southwest PBA Region Killeen Open at Hallmark Lanes and as always you can expect the greatest bowlers in the world to compete.

Hallmark will host their final PBA qualifier on Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and local bowlers will have a chance to win an entry into the Killeen Open at no cost.

Once again expect to see Mike Scroggins, who seems to own the lanes and is again my pick to capture the 17th Annual Killeen Open.

Others to expect are Chris Barnes, Nathan Bohr, Wes Malott, Clint Dacy, and many local bowlers hoping to best the professional’s.

This is bowling competition at its best, and we need to get out and support this great event. There will be three pro-ams autographs and fun for everyone.

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Local leagues will be forming soon and anyone who has not signed up for their favorite league should do so now. Sign-in sheets are posted at the three centers and although I have not been notified of the exact dates, leagues normally start mid to end of August.

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Unfortunately, our bowling family lost another Hall of Famer. Ronald (Ron) Wacker passed away July 20 after a long illness.

Wacker was an avid bowler who loved league- and tournament-play and was very active in the Killeen-Fort Hood Men’s association.

Born in Leola, S.D. in 1935, Wacker was married for 44 years, spent 40 years in federal service and countless years in and around the game of bowling.

Wacker served 20 years on active duty in the United States Army and also worked 20 years as a civilian employee at Ford Hood.

He met his wife, Mildred, while in the Army and they were married in Grottoes, Va., on Dec. 16, 1956. They moved to Killeen/Fort Hood in 1963 where they lived for 50 years.

Wacker, who also enjoyed fishing, was inducted into the Killeen-Fort Hood bowling association Hall of Fame in 1997.

Wacker was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Kephart Wacker; son, Edward Wacker; and granddaughter, Courtney Wacker.

Survivors include his three sons and their spouses, Ron and Lori Wacker, Alan and Wendy Wacker and Robert and Sue Ann Wacker; eight grandchildren, Rachel Carroll, Tiffany Lott, Amanda Casares, Brittany Wacker, Korey Wacker, Kyleigha Wacker, Brandon Wacker and Madison Wacker; and three great-grandchildren, Courtney Gonzales, Brody Lott, Kayden Bathe.

He started bowling in 1952 at the age of 16 and had a career-high game of 300 and career-high series of 768.  On four separate occasions, Wacker bowled 11 consecutive strikes.

Wacker was a member of the PBA for seven years while carrying an average of 202. He bowled in 28 city tournaments, 25 Texas State Bowling Association tournaments and six ABC national tournaments among others.

Wacker was a member of this association since April 1964, held offices in numerous leagues and became a member of the board of directors in 1977.

He served as director in 1977-78, 2nd vice president in 1978-79, secretary-treasurer from 1979-91. He had been lifetime member since then.

He also served on numerous committees. He was a Killeen-Fort Hood Bowling Council youth director and an ABC-certified youth bowling instructor.

Throughou his career, Wacker demonstrated unselfishness and dedication to the sport of bowling. He served as the city secretary for 12 years before computers changed record-keeping.

Last year, with the TSBA annual championship tournament being held in Killeen, he was one of the most instrumental members in making the tournament a success for the area.

Wacker put in many long hours each weekend making sure the scores were accurate and posted prior to the next scheduled squad.

Late in life, Wacker bowled in three leagues each week in addition to the TCBA travel league.

See you on the lanes.

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