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April 2, 2012

Kegler's Korner: Locals inducted to area halls of fame

Inductees honored at banquet

To be inducted into either the Central PA Bowling Association and Mifflinburg Women's Bowling Association halls of fame, nominees are judged primarily on the criteria of bowling ability and meritorious service to the sport.

On Saturday the two associations held their annual hall of fame banquet at the Carriage Corner Restaurant in Mifflinburg. The CPBA inducted their 41st and 42nd members, while the MWBA saw the 18th woman enter its fold.

Inducted by the CPBA were John Sheesley Sr. and Doug Boyer, the latter unable to attend due to having emergency gall bladder surgery over the weekend. Both men were selected due to their bowling ability.

Sheesley, of Lewisburg, has three 300 games to his credit, in addition to 50 series of 700 or better. He rolled his first 800 series on Jan. 4 of this year.

Sheesley has won league championships with teams in five different leagues. While bowling in the Buffalo Valley League at Mifflinburg Lanes in 2003 he had a high average of 219.

During a bowling career that has spanned some 37 years after starting in his teens, Sheesley now gives back to the sport by being an assistant coach for the Lewisburg High bowling team.

"I'm humbled by this induction. To be nominated for this is a great experience from all of my fellow bowlers," said Sheesley. "I've been bowling a long time and it's just a humbling experience.

"I'm just amazed by all the people (present) who I've bowled against for the last 35-plus years in leagues where I've met some amazing friends," added Sheesley.

Boyer, of Milton, has been bowling for 48 years. During that time he's rolled 29 perfect games, more than 100 series of 700 or better and nine 800 series, including a best of 856.

In addition to all those honor scores, Boyer carried a 200 average in 12 different leagues, and he had a high average of 232 in the East End League in Mifflinburg.

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