Four new members ready to roll into Hall of Fame

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
— Betty Mundth, Vickie Bliss, Ray Huntoon and Mark Perkins Sr., are the 2011 inductees to the South Central Wisconsin United States Bowling Congress Association Halls of Fame.

The induction is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Janesville Elks Club. A social hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow.

Inductees and their highlights:

-- Betty Mundth: Inducted for superior performance.

Mundth, a Janesville resident, learned to bowl at a two-lane house and began league bowling in 1950.

Mundth called her induction her biggest honor in bowling.

“The honor is overwhelming for me,” Mundth said. “I’ve had a lot of honors bowling, but this is the greatest.’’

Bowling played a key role in Mundth’s life.

“Those years I bowled, I loved it,” Mundth said. “I needed an outlet, and bowling was wonderful.’’

Mundth rolled a city-high 629 series, and in 1968, she added a 622 series. Mundth and her sister, Neva, won the state 600 tournament doubles in 1990.

Mundth’s career includes: League champion, 1963-64; JWBA Tournament singles champion, 1969-70; El-Ra League Champion, 1971-72; 609 high individual series in El-Ra Pinnettes league, 1977-78; 257 Women’s city high game, 1985-86; Women’s City league champion, 1988-89; Senior Tournament Class D singles champion, 1988.

-- Vickie Bliss: Inducted for superior performance and meritorious service.

Bliss, a Janesville resident, is a 40-year association member. She began league bowling at Back O’ the Yards in 1974.

Bliss’ career highlights include:

A 298 game and 661 high series; two patches for picking up the “Big 4” split; first place in the Wisconsin Women’s Bowling Association Championship tournament in Green Bay with Cher Reddy, Jackie Bliss, Judy Esplund and Tammy Holz; JWBA 600 Club singles title, 1992; first place in the South Central Wisconsin USBC Senior Singles Tournament; member of local, state and national 600 Club.

Bliss won the Most Improved Bowler award in 2002-03, coming back from 4½ months in a wheelchair while recovering from a broken leg, knee and elbow suffered in a work accident.

Bliss served as a league secretary/treasurer, president of three leagues, a member of the association board of directors for seven years and a national convention delegate for five years.

Bliss coached her son, R.B. Bliss, and daughter, Cheryl, and grandson, Jordan.

“I’ve won a few tournaments,” Bliss said. “Back in 1992, we won our division at state. Two years ago, Bonnie Decker talked me into entering the senior tournament, and I won my age division.”

Bliss still bowls in a Thursday league at El-Ra on a team that includes her daughter, Cheryl.

“A lot of my friends I’ve met through bowling,” Bliss said.

-- Ray Huntoon: Inducted for superior performance and meritorious service.

Huntoon has been a JBA member for 34 years. He is a former president, vice president and sergeant at arms of the JBA and secretary/treasurer at Evansville Bowl.

Huntoon’s career highlights include:

Two-year Thursday night champion; two-year champion at El-Ra Bowl; two-year champion of the Saturday night couples league and four-year champ of RiversEdge Tuesday league; RiversEdge Bowler of the Week, 2007.

Huntoon has rolled five 300 games, a 299, a 792 high series and a 214 high average.

Huntoon likely is the only Hall of Fame member who was a member of leagues in two states at the same time.

“When I was working at General Motors, I got a chance to work in Michigan,” Huntoon said. “We’d work there during the week, and they flew us home Sundays. So I bowled here Sunday nights and in Detroit during the week.”

Huntoon hasn’t reduced his bowling schedule. He bowls in leagues at RiversEdge on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and at Blackbridge on Wednesdays.

-- Mark Perkins Sr.: Inducted for superior performance.

Perkins has been JBA member for 31 years and served as a league president.

“It’s kind of a surprise,” Perkins said of his induction. “It shocked me a little. I didn’t plan on this. I just bowled to have fun, but you bowl with good people around you and you start to score.”

Perkins credited Janesville’s Carmen Tortoricci with helping him improve his game.

“I learned a lot for Carmen,” Perkins said. “He taught me what to do when you get into different situations.’’

Perkins’ career highlights include:

Two Saturday Night Couples league championships; Sunday Travel League championship; bowled in six national tournaments; bowled in multiple state and city tournaments.

Perkins has bowled four 300 games, a 299 and 289. He bowled a career-high 779 high series and held a career-high 212 average.

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