Four will join Janesville Bowling Hall of Fame

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John Barry
Friday, October 25, 2013

The annual Janesville Bowling Hall of Fame dinner honors 2013 inductees Kay Faulkner, Toni Sperry, Dan Bucholtz and Steve Tabbert on Saturday evening at the Janesville Moose Lodge.

Tickets to the dinner and induction ceremony are available at all Janesville bowling establishments.

Faulkner is being inducted for meritorious service. She served on the Association Board of Directors for 12 years, the Ways and Means committee for five years and the JWBA Tournament committee for five years. Faulkner helped organize the JWBA 500 Club and has been a member of the Janesville Women’s Association for more than 40 years.

In the 1994-95 season, Faulkner won the Division II JWBA Tournament singles and Darlene Brewer doubles championships. She also won the 1986 BVL Parking Lot tournament title and the JWBA Officers Tournament.

“It’s a really nice honor,” Faulkner said. “Bowling has been such a big part of my life, and I’m very happy about all of this.

“I have so many great memories through the years, but I’d have to say winning the Parking Lot championship trophy is probably my favorite.”

Sperry was encouraged by her good friend Faulkner to join the Association board and has been a long-time committee member for a number of leagues. 

As a bowler, Sperry has had several 200-plus games and 600-plus series. She had a high game of 279 and a high series of 679.

In 1995, Sperry finished fourth with her doubles partner, Missy Hall, at the state tournament in Fond du Lac. She was 18th in doubles at the state tournament in 2013 in Milwaukee.

Bucholtz is being honored for superior performance and meritorious service. The 1981 Janesville Parker graduate was named the 1999 Bowler of the Year in Janesville and has an incredible list of achievements in his storied 37-year career. He has bowled 29 300 games, seven 800 series—including a high of 857—and has been a member of several record-setting teams in Beloit and Janesville.

In his distinguished service to the JBA, Bucholtz is currently the league president, has served as the league secretary for seven years and coached the RiversEdge Junior Program.

Bucholtz rolled his first 300 in 1987 but says three others stand out more.

“The 300 game I remember the most is the one I had in the city tournament when my wife and daughter were there,” Bucholtz said. “There was another time where I had back-to-back 300 games on the same night, which was pretty cool, too.

“But being inducted into the Hall of Fame is pretty exciting. Plus, I’m going in with three other great people, including Steve (Tabbert). I’ve been friends with him for a long time and graduated with him. That makes it even better.”

Tabbert is joining his second Hall of Fame after being inducted into Beloit’s earlier this year. The 1981 Parker High graduate has a whopping 49 300 games, 20 800 series with a high of 869, was the city’s Bowler of the Year twice and held the city record for a series (805) in 1982. Tabbert also had the honor of bowling an exhibition at Back O’ Yards with PBA great Walter Ray Williams.

Tabbert coached the Janesville Craig bowling team for two years, as well as the junior program at Back O’ Yards for five years.

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