Date Posted: April 13th, 2023
Brewster, NY – Six bowlers will be recognized by the New York State USBC at the Annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Saturday, June 3 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona. For Superior Performance they will induct Art Alexander III and Patric Donaghue . The Meritorious Service Honoree is Jack Curran. The Service to Youth Award will go to Nancy Howell. Beckie and Jeff Ripic were named Proprietors of the Year.
Alexander is from North Syracuse, his career has spanned three decades. His first honor came in 1989 when he won the YABA Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow. He followed that up by winning a Gold Medal for All Events at the 1991 Empire State Games. He was also a member of the Erie Community College team where he was the National Jr. Collegiate All-Events Champion and National Jr. Collegiate Singles Champion in 1992.
On the state level Alexander has nine scratch titles. He also won the Bowler Journal Doubles Event in 2006, finished in fourth place in the team event at 2003 ABC Open Championships and second place in the Doubles Event at the 2019 USBC Open Championships. He has rolled 44 300 games and 28 800 series with a high of 836.
Donaghue is from Pittsford and he was inducted into the Rochester USBC Hall of Fame in 2008. In the 1977 Mountaineer Classic in West Virginia he finished first in Team, Singles and All-events. He also finished first in the 1999 Empire State Games in the Trio, Team and Mixed Doubles rolling a 300 in the process.
In 2001 he teamed up with his son Kevin to win the Adult Junior Tournament. He also won the Sammy V 50 Over/Under Tournament. Donaghue has competed in 22 USBC National Tournaments and has a 201 average. He has rolled 14 300 games and four 800 series with a high of 821.
Curran is from Rochester and has been an integral part of the Rochester Bowling Community. He teamed up with Marcel Fornier to develop the Junior Program at Olympic Lanes. After joining the Rochester Bowling Association, he began volunteering at Special Olympics where he dressed as “Bowlo the Clown.”
He is a member of the Rochester Hall of Fame, Service to Youth Award Winner, YABA In-State Instructor and Coach at the Dick Ritger’s Academy for Bowlers. He was the past president of the Rochester Bowling Association and was New York State Regional Director and New York State Delegate.
Howell is from Kingston and has been a member of the Youth Committee for more than 20 years. As a youth bowler, she served as the Youth Leader President and is now the Youth Leader Advisor. She has been a coach for more than 30 years and is a big part of junior bowling in Kingston.
Beckie & Jeffrey Ripic are the owners Ripic’s Carousel Lanes in Binghamton. They are a major part of the bowling scene in the Southern Tier and have run a center which hosts many bowling tournaments. During school breaks the center hosts Youth Tournaments where the kids can win scholarship money. Carousel Lanes hosted the 2022 NYS Queens and Women’s 600 Club Tournament. They will also host the 2025 NYS Masters.
The Hall of Fame Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd Turning Stone Resort Casino. There will be a cocktail hour at 6:00 and dinner at 7:00. Tickets are $80 each and are available for purchase from the NYSUSBC Office. Please call (845) 363-1374 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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