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David Walsh: Huntington bowlers hit the lanes to help sick colleague

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 12:14 AM

Hats off to Collis Blake, Justin Adkins, Kevin McWhorter, Sebrina Jeffers and Colonial Lanes for putting together a benefit tournament for Janet Butler last Sunday at Colonial.

Butler, a certified youth coach and handicap tournament director at Colonial, has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells which attacks the bone marrow. It is treatable, but not curable. She was at the center Sunday watching the 22 bowlers compete in a four-game no-tap tournament and take a shot at winning many nice prizes secured by Blake and his associates.

Donna Cowley, my teammate in the Friday Senior League at Colonial, won the tournament. She shot games of 183, 213, 222 and 169 and with handicap finished with 1,111. She finished six pins ahead of Jay Roberts. Mike France and K.C. Ferrell, another teammate on Friday, tied for third with 1,095.

Roberts, David Allen and Lee Mason rolled a 300 each. Sam Hobbs had a 297 and Ed Bleyle a 296.

Butler currently is undergoing chemotherapy at Cabell Huntington Hospital. She will later travel to Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown to have an autologous transplant (patient receives own stem cells). Her minimum stay there after the transplant will be 30 days. The stay could last 90 days.

The tournament raised $1,345 and that had Butler smiling as she left. Proceeds will go toward paying medical, travel, food and other expenses.

Butler is also a certified pro shot technician, runs JB's World of Bowling and serves as a board member on the Huntington USBC Association.

JUNIOR REGISTRATION: Junior can sign up Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Colonial Lanes. Ages 6-18. Ages 6-14 include four weeks of instruction and eight weeks of bowling. Ages 14-18 bowl two 12-week quarters and includes coaching. Other perks available. Kim Chapman is leading the program. Call 304-697-7100 for more details.

SCRATCH TOURNAMENT: Scratch singles tournament at noon Sunday at Colonial. Entry fee $40. Oil patternto be determined. Call 304-697-7100.

HUNTINGTON 500 CLUB: Annual no-tap/scotch doubles tournament, Sept. 22, 1:30 p.m., Strike Zone. Entry forms available at Strike Zone, Colonial Lanes and Huntington USBC facbook page. Call Judy Keith, 304-529-3479 or Joan Hopkins, 304-429-6175.

MATCH GAMES: The Harrell Memorial Match Games will be held Nov. 16-17 at Colonial Lanes. Entry forms available at www.homeofthehba.com.

NEW SCORING GUIDELINES: Starting Aug. 1, 2014, high score awards given to United States Bowling Congress adult members for a 300 game, 800 series or 900 series will become once-in-a-lifetime awards. This change comes as part of USBC's strategy to focus resources on national governing body services.

As part of the change to the high score awards program, any USBC member who received an award in one of the high score achievement categories as an adult prior to Aug. 1, 2014, will not receive an award for that achievement again.

"With this change, USBC takes another meaningful step toward our vision of redefining the organization," USBC president Andrew Cain told Terry Bigham of USBC Communications. "I want to clearly emphasize that cost savings was only a small factor in the board's decision-making process approving the change. This is primarily about a philosophical shift to make USBC membership about supporting and protecting the sport."

The 11-in-a-row award also will be eliminated as part of the changes. All 300 games and 800 series at the USBC Open and Women's Championships will continue to be recognized and are not considered part of the once-in-a-lifetime policy. Cain said more than 50,000 certified perfect games are rolled in a typical season.

Associations still will be required to submit 300 game, 800 series or 900 series achievements so the bowler's record can be updated. The 11-in-a-row achievement will not be recognized at the national level effective August 1, 2014.

Members who already have received once-in-a-lifetime recognition for a high score will have the ability to purchase additional awards for subsequent high score achievements.

Sport Bowling awards will remain unchanged for the 2014-2015 season, with the exception of the elimination of the 11-in-a-row award.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.

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