The final Throwback Thursday of the 2016-2017 bowling season looks back at some of the early bowling centers in Moline and Rock Island.
February 7, 1941
“Wunder Y bowling team of Moline set a new season record for series and single game last night in rolling off a postponed match in the Twin-city Ladies’ league.
The Moline girls bowled 2664 in defeating the Reynolds Engineering team at the Fort alleys in Rock Island and had a 909 game, both being high totals for the year. They won all three games by decisive margins to go into first place in the standings.
Tonight at Len’s, the Wunder Y team will meet Huesing’s second place girls in a crucial match in the league race. The bowling begins at 9 in the evening.
Marian Porter and Helen Johnston paced the Wunder Y girls last night with identical 543 scores. It was the highest series of the year for Mrs. Porter who bowled 218 for the only 200 game of the series.
All five of the Wunder Y girls topped 500, probably for the first time in the league this year for any team.”
February 23, 1940
The winners of the recently held GRICO USBC association tournaments were presented their awards this past Saturday at the annual Hall of Fame and Awards Presentation held at the Rock Island Moose. In addition to tournament awards, Charlene Lundstrom, Cindy Wagoner and John Carothers were inducted into the GRICO USBC Hall of Fame. Al Sands was also presented with the GRICO Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service to bowling in the Quad Cities.
The GRICO USBC Youth tournament was held at Highland Park Bowl with the Pretty Ebowla Unicorns winning the team event with a 3,016 handicap total. Ayden Mendoza was top in singles with 780 and paired with Kaden Witt to win doubles with a 1,537 total. Desitny Rottman was the winner of the Al and Kathy Sands Roll Off for averages of 130 and above with a 619 scratch series. Rylan Buffington won the Gordon Family Roll Off for averages of 129 and below with a 446 scratch total.
Milan Lanes hosted the GRICO USBC Open and Women’s tournaments. I Don’t Know was the Women’s team champion with a 2,891 handicap score. Sheila Bowdry and Roberta McCarroll were the doubles champions with a 1,441 total. The singles and all-events championships went to Deanna Ptak with 793 and 2,232 totals. Kadie Berglund rolled a 689 scratch series to win the Buddy Bateman Roll Off for averages of 175 and above. The Sam Gnatovich Roll Off for averages of 151-174 went to Sheila Bowdry with a 529. Mary Kelley was the winner of the Ray Colman Roll Off for averages of 150 and below with a 468 score.
The GRICO USBC Open had two team champions as there was a four and five person team division. No F In Strikes won the four person event with 2,891 and Solid 9 Pro Shop shot a 3,632 handicap series to win the five person event. Doug Thiem‘s 826 was high in the singles event. Doubles was won by Bradley Rathjen and C. Anthony Watkins with a 1,560 score. All-events went to Craig Brokaw with 2,337. The Buddy Bateman Roll Off which is open to bowlers with averages of 191 and above was won by Greg Bateman with a 672 series. Dru Hayes was the winner of the Sam Gnatovich Roll Off for averages of 171-190 with a 644 total. The Ray Colman Roll Off for averages of 170 and below was won by Luis Arango with 561. Congratulations to all of association tournament winners, Hall of Fame inductees and Al Sands for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“JOHN WICH ROLLS 235 FOR PRIZE OFFERED AT NEW ISLAND CITY BOWLING ALLEYS
The new Island City bowling and billiard hall in the new Eagles building at Twenty-first street and Fourth avenue was officially opened to the public last night. The alleys made a big hit with the bowling fraternity of the tri-cities and they compare favorably to any set of alleys in the state. The hall was crowded to capacity with spectators and devotees of the sport.
The four alleys are installed on the west side of the room, while the pool and billiard tables are arranged at the east side. At the opening ceremonies “Jimmy” Normoyle, proprietor of the new alleys, rolled the first ball and to “Doc” Mueller belongs the credit of making the first strike. Tom Haege, the tailor, has offered a new suit for the highest single game rolled this month and last night John Wich, captain of the Cross Countrys in the Twin-City league, started with a rush, establishing a score of 235 for the prize.
E. W. Schieberl, brother of Peanuts Schieberl, well known battler, has accepted the position of clerk at the hall and will assist Messrs, Orth and Normoyle in managing the new institution.”
-The Rock Island Argus
February 3, 1915
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