Janesville Bowling Hall of Fame to add four members
JANESVILLE The annual Janesville Bowling Hall of Fame dinner honors 2012 inductees Brent Mikkelsen, Ken Steinke, Sandy Meyer and Carol Pelton on Saturday evening at the Janesville Moose Lodge.
Tickets to the dinner and induction ceremony are available at all Janesville bowling establishments.
Mikkelsen is being inducted for meritorious service and superior performance
Mikkelsen, who joined the Janesville Bowling Association in 1984 after moving from Chicago, has rolled 20 career 300 games, posted 10 800 series and had a high average of 236 in 2010-11. Mikkelsen was the first Janesville Bowling Association member to mark two 300s in the same series on Dec. 2, 2001.
Off the lanes, Mikkelsen has been the secretary/treasurer of the Wiggy's Saloon Thursday Men's league since 2006.
"I was stunned when I heard about my induction," Mikkelsen said. "I didn't think I was going to get in. I'm very honored. There are people (in the Hall of Fame) that are terrific bowlers and to be mentioned with them is humbling."
Mikkelsen is married to Kristine. They have three sons, Bob, Erik and Karl.
Steinke is being inducted for superior performance.
Steinke won the city singles scratch division with a 708 and the all events scratch division with 2,019 in the 1990-91 season. Steinke was selected to the Janesville Bowling Association first-team all-stars in the 1996-97 and the 1997-98 seasons.
Steinke rolled a personal all-time high 822 series in 2005 at Blackbridge. His first 800 series, an 804 in 1988, was only the third in Janesville bowling history along with Bud Barker and Steve Tabbert to mark 800s in league play.
Steinke, along with Gyro Lounge teammates Gary Brose, Bob Schenck, Rick Lewin and Pete Kirchner were the first team to pass the 1,200 mark, rolling a 1,202 in the Monday Men's Scratch Classic League at El-Ra Bowl.
"It's exciting," said Steinke of his induction. "As a junior bowler, I never thought I'd make it to this stage."
Meyer is being inducted for meritorious service.
Meyer was bowler of the week with a 103 pins over average on Jan. 11, 2006 at RiversEdge Bowl. Meyer's team bowled on Bowling for Dollars twice and won on its first appearance. The second appearance was against men wearing paper bags over their heads.
Meyer has bowled in the National Women's Tournament since 1983, missing it only once. She cashed her biggest check last year.
Meyer has been a league president, vice-president and secretary. She served on the JWBA board for seven years and JWBA secretary for four of those years and created a system to identify the leagues by place, day of the week, and time.
"First, I thought there were a lot people that deserve induction ahead of me," Meyer said. "But after I started thinking about it, and all the people that have preceded me, I'm honored. It's an elite group."
Sandy is married to Wes Meyer. They have two children, Beki and Paul, and four grandchildren.
Pelton is being inducted for superior performance and meritorious service.
Pelton was president of the El-Ra Classic League for two years, a league secretary and served on the JWBA board's ways and means committee for five years. Pelton has been a member of the JWBA/SCW WBA for 50-plus years.
Pelton bowled in junior leagues and tournaments with her four children, Cindy, Pam, Amy, Mark, and Bernie in Janesville and Fort Wayne, Ind.
Pelton and teammates Karen Mallat, Ollie Tabbert, Marian Heise and Shirley Dyrud rolled a city high team scratch series of 1,049. In 2001, Pelton and teammates Geri Wickingson, Georgene Wienke, Carol Oliver and Cindi Van Acker topped the 1,049 series at Playmore Bowl. Pelton continues to bowl in the Monday Senior League at RiversEdge.
Pelton married Bernie in 1958.
"I think it's pretty special," Pelton said her Hall induction. "It's an honor."