Since we were last with you, the Greater Baton Rouge USBC held its annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and three very deserving people — Steve Cross, Kim Springfield and Ed Campbell — were this year’s inductees.
Cross is well known of course for being the guy who drills all my bowling equipment. Well, maybe he didn’t get elected for that. In fact, if too many people know that, he may be unelected.
Seriously, Cross is one of the group of people I call unsung heroes in this city because they do operate pro shops and try to help all of us be better bowlers. He operates The Pro Shop at All Star and despite a few health scares he has continued to offer great service to both young and old since moving here just under 20 years ago.
Cross has helped run two of the bigger leagues in the city and is a certified coach. He has served on the local board and on the lanes has three city team championships to his resumé.
If I tried to list all the titles and awards Springfield has won, we would take the rest of this column and much of the one that runs here in two weeks.
Try unofficially 19 city titles, 8 state titles and 9 won in either Mississippi or Florida for a total of 36. That doesn’t include a third place in team event at the 2020 women’s national event. She is already a 2011 inductee in the Louisiana State USBC WBA Hall of Fame. She began bowling with her father and brother more than 30 years ago and is currently a Director of the Greater Baton Rouge USBC board.
Campbell has been a member of the local bowling community for the past 21 years. He is currently the Association Manager of the Great BR USBC and the Louisiana State USBC BA and a director for the Southern Bowling Congress. He’s also has had two city titles, several 300s and 3 sets of 800 or better. Last year was his 30th consecutive national championship he has participated in. Plus, he’s the webmaster for the local and state bowling association websites.
Three very dedicated people whom I am very happy to see join our local bowling Hall of Fame. Congrats to all three, and I know there is still much success ahead for all of them.
Youth bowlers from around the state gathered in Bossier City over the weekend for the state Pepsi Youth Championship at Holiday Lanes. I had the pleasure of running this event for several years in my time with the youth association and it has grown into one of the premier events in the state each spring.
The tournament now uses a “sport” condition and the pattern was the 40-foot “Athens” pattern as it is known.
Some of the higher age division results were beginning to get to us late Sunday evening, and many of these bowlers will go on to the National Junior Gold event in the summer in Chicago. In the U15 Boys Division, Dylan Chesterman of Kenner took second and Baton Rouge’s Melvin Hudson was fourth. In the Girls U15, Allison Deffes of Metairie was second, Alahna Degruy of Kenner was second and Bailee Chapman of Baton Rouge was fourth.
In the U20 division, Cullen Vincellette led a Baton Rouge 1-2-3 placing with Jacob Garretson second and Frederic Taylor third. Colleen Cheramie of Baton Rouge was first on the girls side, with Keondra Eaton third and Haley Young fourth.
The rest of the divisions will be posted on the Louisiana Youth Bowling website in the days to come.
Honor roll notes
Some more great scores in the last couple of weeks with Mark Horne posting 804 (279) at All-Star Lanes and John Amedee 801 (279) at Circle Bowl. Jason Webb had 795 at All-Star and a 300 game at Circle Bowl. Mary Mansur (268) and Tristan Senegal (255) both shot 721 sets to lead the ladies. Daniel Bailey had 666 (241) and Bailee Chapman posted 657. The senior leagues were led by Gary Zeringue with 704 (269).
Also shooting perfect 300 games were Anthony Russo and Mario Johnson. Brett Vann had a 299 game. Bernadine Thompson had 715 (258) game and senior bowlers C. J. Broussard, Iry LeBeau and Leland Songe all were 50 pins over average.
This is the week a lot of Baton Rouge bowlers head to El Paso for the USBC Championships. Some will bowl very good scores. I will try to hit some pins I hope. Back with you on May 12. Until then, good luck and good bowling.