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Country Club Bowl, San Rafael
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Entry Deadline: 6/18/2017


May 6-7, 2017
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Classic Bowl, Daly City

Entry Deadline: 4/5/2017


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Entry Deadline: 7/16/2017


July 29-30, 2017
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Cal Bowl (Sun)
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Entry Deadline: 7/30/2017


August 12-13, 2017
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McHenry Bowl, Modesto
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Entry Deadline: 8/12/2017


August 18-20, 2017
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West Lane Bowl, Stockton

Entry Deadline: 8/1/2017


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Entry Deadline: 10/15/2017


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Meritorious Service Recipients

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee
PHYL KNOLL

The Meritorious Service recipient is Phyl Knoll. She hails from the Southern L.A. County USBC and has been involved in bowling for over 55 years. She is a past director of the CUSBC, WIBC/USBC member for 58 years, Los Angeles WBA member for 58 years, California WBA member for 58 years and is a current member of the National Women's Bowling Writers. She also is a member of the California Bowling Writers. She has participated in 48 WIBC/USBC Championship Tournaments. The list goes on and on! 


2017 Hall of Fame Inductee
ROY STUART

The Meritorious Service recipient is Roy Stuart who hails from Los Angeles and has been active in bowling since the early 1970’s. He has bowled in 33 State Championships and has coordinated teams to bowl in the State Championships for many years. He was instrumental in establishing participants for the Southern California Men's Bowling Club and Open Men's State Championships. Due to declining health Mr. Stuart doesn’t bowl any more but his vision and ability to provide direction for bowlers continues. 


2015 Hall of Fame Inductee
DONNA MORALES

The recipient for Meritorious Service is Donna Morales who lives in San Jose.  She has been an active State Tournament team coordinator for over 30 years.  She has been involved with leagues, clubs, and associations and has been the catalyst that made them work and grow.  She is a respected Certified Bowling instructor  and says helping a new or struggling bowler is very rewarding.  She feels that there are a lot of bowlers who would like to bowl tournaments but can't get together a full team or get someone to fill out the needed paperwork. She feels she is providing a valuable service to those bowlers who want to bowl State tournaments and at the same time helping to support and promote local, state and national organizations. 


2014 Hall of Fame Inductee
DIDDY WATTS


February 4, 1946 - November 16, 2012

There isn't one youth bowler, parent or coach in the San Fernando Valley, or at the State Scratch Tournament, who didn't know who Diddy was. Diddy's name and reputation, like many others before her, became synonymous with the term "youth bowling."

Let's go back to the beginning. It was the mid 70's and a newly-married Jewish girl shows up to bowl at Starlite Lanes on Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. "What, no FREE bowling?" she yells at the desk person. Just kidding, Diddy would never do that! Diddy became well known at the center and at the urging of Ernie Wargo, Starlite's manager and Pat Shatt, the Women's Bowling Director, Diddy soon became a delegate for Women's Bowling and the center's youth coach. When Starlite closed its doors, Diddy took advantage of owner Bill Mossontte's big heart, and from that point after, Mission Hills Bowl's youth program remained a prime example of what a dedicated center could do for youth bowling. Her two sons, Dean and Randy grew up in the program and she saw the great value that bowling offered the kids, thus spending the rest of her life trying to improve ALL youth programs. With the help of Cathy Wells, Diddy became a leading force in the SFV YABA and was President of the youth association for many many years. These activities took her around the country and state to represent Youth Bowling at many tournaments and various conventions.

Diddy ran the youth program at Mission Hills Bowl for 29 years. She enjoyed a 154 average until an industrial accident in 2001 ruined her shoulder. However, her shoulder did not deter her love for helping the junior bowlers. She ran and organized her local association events for over 18 years and soon became involved with the California State YABA in 1999.  With the Open, Women and Youth state organizations merging together in 2006, her strong youth bowling beliefs were extremely needed to help build this new organization's core. Many years later, her dedication along with the transition committee shined through as she was remained chair of the CA State Scratch Youth Tournament that awarded over $3000 in scholarships each year, and continued to help run the Pepsi Youth Bowling Championships District 5 and State Finals.

We all knew Diddy's love for gambling and for the Miami Dolphins. A youth state tournament site selection tour brought a small group to Fantasy Springs Lanes and Casino one year. Diddy said she had to use the restroom, but ended up with pockets of quarters from the casino. She would've gambled more if she wasn't dragged off of the casino floor. Board meetings on Sundays in the fall were short and to the point with Diddy because football season had begun. I believe there were a couple times that she yelled "YESSSSS" during a meeting while secretly watching the game through a glass wall or reflection. Those are the fun moments that we will all dearly miss. Diddy's pure honesty and upfront demeanor are qualities that we should see more often in others, and ones that we will always remember with Diddy. I know that she is making a difference- wherever she is- because she did with us.

  • California USBC State Scratch Tournament Director 10 years (Tournament has been renamed the Diddy Watts Youth State Singles Championships)

  • NLAC USBC Youth City Tournament offers the Girls All-Events Champion the "Diddy Watts Scholarship Award"


2012 Hall of Fame Inductee
NANCY ARVANITIS

California USBC inducted three women into their Hall of Fame who were ardent supporters of bowling in California.  NANCY ARVANITIS was inducted for Meritorious Service but having been exposed to bowling at a young age and tutored by her mother she has also made her mark as a bowler. She became a WIBC member at the age of eleven and later on while living on Long island in New York she had the thrill of having the famous Andy Veripapa offer to give her some pointers.  She said it really helped her game.  Nancy’s higher education came from the State University of New York where she received a degree in Education and Mathematics in 1967. She married and continued teaching for several years until her son’s Christopher and Matthew were born – just a California USBC Inducts Three to Their Hall by Mary Lynly year apart – and she decided she would be a stay at home mom. Nancy was diligent about not missing her league night and, in fact, she bowled Friday night and Matthew was born on Sunday and she bowled the next Friday! In 1976 the family moved to California and settled in Vista.  In short order she went to the local bowling center and signed up for a league – The George Murphy scratch/match play league where she became a good friend of National Hall of Famer Olga Gloor. The stage was set when Phyllis Bourque invited her to attend a meeting for youth bowlers.  Since both of her boys bowled she was interested but didn’t count on becoming the new Youth Association Secretary! She helped spearhead hosting the 1992 State Youth Championships. She became active in the Avocado WBA and although she had a passion for bowling game she chose not to follow a Semi-Pro Bowling career and get into the administrative end of things. She cherishes the memories of traveling the country with her fellow bowlers – 30 State Tournaments and 25 Nationals.  She served as Secretary of the Youth Association for many years and also with the California USBC.  She says working the tournaments and giving up weekends took a lot of time but she wouldn’t change anything about her association with the sport she loves.  The last word was, “Now that I am retired I am going to get back to writing!”


2012 Hall of Fame Inductee
CAROL MANCINI

CAROL JEAN MANCINI was inducted for Meritorious Service.  A familiar figure to anyone involved in bowling in So. Calif, Carol Mancini was born in the one stoplight town of Chanute, Kansas.  In 1951 a six-lane bowling center was built in Chanute.  Carol was a senior in high school but she also worked making airplane parts from 3 P.M.  to Midnight.  It so happened, the bowling center was across the street Carol Mancini from her work and she would bowl a game on her break.  After graduation she concentrated on saving her money and finally bought a one-way ticket to California.  It was here she met and married Harold Woodruff and they were blessed with three children in the first seven years they were married – Bette, Wendy and Brian.  In 1957 Harold’s work took him to Sasebo, Japan for two years.  The naval base had two bowling centers (with pin boys.) While she was there she organized three day leagues for the ladies, taught the Girl Scout Troop to bowl (and get a badge) and she even bowled in a Navy Travel League.  When they returned to the states they lived in Newport, Rhode Island and had only candle pin and duck pin leagues.  In 1963 they moved back to California and real bowling centers! This was the era of the door to door promotion, WIG leagues, and bowling lessons.  Over 3,500 women took lessons and at least 3,000 got wigs at Parkway Bowl in El Cajon.  In 1970 she married Nick Mancini who was a legend himself in promoting tournaments.  In 1973 Nick took over Grand Central Bowl in Glendale and Carol took the helm at Alhambra Valley Bowl in Alhambra.  At her first association meeting she was elected a delegate to the WIBC convention in Miami, Florida.  She was hooked and attended 26 more as well as 30 plus state conventions.  In 1988 Carol was elected president of the San Gabriel Valley WBA and she led the quest of hosting the State Tournament in 1989.  After doing special projects for various bowling centers Carol went to work for Del Rio Lanes.  In 1989 the Bowling News Newspaper came up for sale and together with Del Rio Lanes owner Charlie Kinstler they purchased the 73-year old paper and it remains one of two operating in California.  It’s a labor of love and she continues as office Manager of Del Rio Lanes in Downey as well, a position she says she enjoys.  Her honors include San Diego Bowler of the Year in 1969; The 1977 CWBA Doubles champion; recipient of the Joyce Deitch Trailblazer award; CWBA Distinguished Service Award; San Gabriel Valley WBA Hall of Fame and Southern California Bowling Writers Hall of Fame.  She is an accomplished bowling writer and member of the Bowling Writers Association of America and the California Bowling Writers.  She loves keeping up with local, state and national news and loves talking to bowlers about “the good old days”.  She greets all with her infectious smile.


2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
Al Hoffmann


2011 Hall of Fame Inductee
Clarence (Butch) Wittman, Jr.


2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Barbara Metzinger


2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Vern Reilly†


2009 Hall of Fame Inductee
Linda Johnson


2008 Hall of Fame Inductee
George Glavas


2007 Hall of Fame Inductee
Stephanie Steiner

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