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March 23, 2014

Bowling: Career-defining inductions to halls of fame

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The namesake of an award given in his honor to the bowler with the highest average in Best Bowl's Thursday Night Men's League, Sechman claimed top average honors in said league for five consecutive years (1996-2001). He also had a 200 average or better in 12 of 14 years while competing in the Monday Night Men's League.

Sechman's CPBA bowling career included a pair of 800 series (814, 803), 14 perfect games and four near-perfect games. He rolled four additional 300 games while he was retired and living in Palm Coast, Fla., beginning in 2002.

A bowler for more than 50 years, Walls has also waited a long time for her induction -- which was based on her meritorious service to the sport -- but at least she is now a member of the hall of fame along with her father, Dayton, and sister, Martha "Marty" Girvin.

In 1985 Walls got to bowl with her father, sister and three of her other sisters (Kay, Shirley, Dot) in the USBC nationals.

"The honor means a bunch to me. I've been bowling a long time. My dad's in the hall of fame, and Marty is in the hall of fame, and I'm proud to be with them," said Walls, the ninth of 13 siblings. "It was a long time coming."

During her long career Walls was a certified coach instructor at Super Bowl 522 (now Best Bowl) and she ran the Young American Bowling Alliance program there. She served on the YABA board for several years at Super Bowl before starting the YABA program at Lewisburg Lanes with Larry Andrews.

Walls' love of bowling didn't fade despite her move to South Carolina during the late 1980s. While in the South, Walls became a board member of the Greenville Women's Bowling Association.

Now, with her induction on Saturday, Walls' bowling career has come full circle.

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