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Bonny Ballantine

Bonny Ballantine, bowling star from Regina, was recognized as the best woman 10 pin bowler in Canada. She received the Sportswoman of the Year award from the Lakeside Lions Club in 1966.

During her impressive career she has been National Ladies 10 pins Singles champion twice, 1966 and 1969. In 1969 she was named to represent Canada at the World Bowling Tournament.

Her consistent high average has earned Bonny many provincial and city singles, doubles and team championships. Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 22, 1975.

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Frank Boehm

Ten pin bowling was almost a forgotten sport in Saskatchewan until Frank Boehm started making his presence felt in the early 1960's.

He won provincial singles championships in 1964, 1965 and 1970 and added the national crown to those titles in 1964 and 1970. At the same time, he was also a strong competitor in doubles competition, winning the provincial crown in three straight years, 1964, 1965 and 1966. He also represented his province in the 1966 national championships in Fort William, but his biggest challenges were yet to come.

Starting in 1967, he was to represent Canada in the World championships on three occasions, Malmo, Sweden, in 1967; Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970 and Milwaukee, U.S.A., in 1971.

In addition to being a top competitor and consistently high average bowler, he is also a qualified instructor and has helped many bowlers perfect their game. As manager of the Prairie Lanes in Regina from 1962 to 1967, he played a major role in promoting interest and participation in 10 pin bowling.

At time of installation citation read March 27, 1976.

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Fairhaven Bowling Teams

Three Canadian Youth Bowling Council championships in six years is a rare feat, especially when all three of the girls' teams came from Fairhaven Bowl and when one bowler, Debbie Kawchuk, played on all of the teams.

The 1980 Canadian YBC playoffs were held at London, Ont. and the team of Carla Danchuk, Stacey Long, Debbie Kawchuk, Corina Klassen and Rhonda Chyz put on a dominating show in the bantam girls' division.

They won 16 of their 18 matches to capture the gold medal. The girls also rolled the highest single game, 935, and the highest three-game block, 2,620, of any of the teams in their age category. The team was coached by Larry Boehr.

The 1983 Canadian YBC championships were held at Sudbury Ont., and the team was coached by Larry Boehr. On the team were Debbie Kawchuk, Debbie Fisher, Candy Bryshun, Penny Schewaga and Tara Bryan and their coach was Ken Gryschuk.

Fairhaven won the junior girls' city championship with a pinfall total of 3,249 and the provincial championship with a pinfall of 3,204, both exceptional scores for the age class. Fisher rolled 780 for her three games in the provincial final.

The team went to the Canadian championships at Sudbury, Ont. and won gold medals by taking 14 out 18 matches. Kawchuk displayed her leadership qualities by rolling the highest single in the age class, 341.

The 1986 Canadian YBC championships were held in Winnipeg and the team members were Debbie Kawchuk, Debbie Fisher, Penny Schewaga, Daphne Schultz and Pam Kelly and their coach was Ken Gryschuk.

The senior category is for girls under 18 years of age. Fairhaven won the city championship with a score of 3,317 and then won the provincial championship with a score of 3,086. Schewaga cracked her ribs during the 1986 Saskatchewan Winter Games, Fairhaven could have chosen an injury replacement but the girls elected to go with their original lineup. Schewaga played with injured ribs at the provincials.

The Canadian championships were held at Winnipeg and Fairhaven rolled to gold medal honors by winning 15 out of its 18 matches. They won five out of six matches on the final day. Kawchuk and Schewaga averaged 233 during the tournament.

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Anton Glasser

Anton (Red) Glasser - competitor and administrator is a credit to the Ten Pin Bowling Federation.

A bowler for 30 years, Red has won many singles and doubles events. He won the Canadian Singles Championship in 1962 and with his partner, Joe Most, won the Canadian Doubles Title in 1964. At this time he was voted the most outstanding individual in the Tournament.

Red represented Canada in three international events - The American Bowling Congress Masters at Des Moines in 1962; the World's Invitational at Chicago in 1963; and the World F.I.Q. Tournament in Milwaukee in 1971. One of Red's outstanding achievements during his career was the bowling of a perfect game.

Red Glasser has made several contributions to Bowling over the years, as an instructor and as vice president of the Regina Men's Ten Pin Association.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on April 1, 1978.

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Stan Green

Stan Green was born in Regina, on August 5th, 1928. He played a wide range of sports like hockey, baseball, football five and ten pin bowling, golf, badminton and tennis. He has given much of his time to many local, provincial and Canadian organizations. They include the Saskatchewan branch of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada, the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association, Sask Sport, and the Saskatchewan Recreation Society.

Stan has been an executive member of the Western Canadian five pin Bowling Association, and was technical advisor for the Western Canada Summer Games in 1973 and 1979. On the national level, he has acted as National Registrations chairman for the A.A.U. of Canada from 1957 to 1964. He was on the board and served as technical advisor when the Canada Winter Games were held in Saskatoon in 1971. Stan has also officiated at many national championships in track and field, swimming, boxing and speed skating.

Stan was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Grace Jasper

Grace Jasper

Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, Bowling (B.A. '57)

Grace Jasper graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1955. While a student at the University of Saskatchewan, she competed in basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and bowling.

Grace was a member of the Huskiette basketball team for three years. While a member of the team, the team captured the Cecil Race Trophy on two occasions (1955-56, 1956-57).

She was a member of the Huskiette volleyball team for three years during which time the team captured the Dr. Sam Landa Trophy three times.

From 1955-57, she was also a member of the tennis, badminton and bowling teams.

For her athletic achievements, she was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1956.

In addition to athletics, Grace Jasper was very active in other facets of campus life. She was very active on the Women's Athletic Board, Women's Intramural Board and the Students' Representative Council serving as Vice-President in 1956-57.

For her efforts and contributions to campus life, she was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth Award".

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Date: 1955

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Joe Most

Joe's achievements in the field of 10 pin bowling span a period of over 30 years. In 1964 he was a member of the Saskatchewan team with Red Glasser and won the National Double Championship in Winnipeg. Throughout the years, Joe has been on the provincial team four times, has won the provincial doubles, city doubles, and the city singles on numerous occasions. In the field of organization, Joe was one of the original organizers of the youth 10 pin bowling in the City of Regina and has been active in this for the past 13 years, as a coach, and instructor. Joe's young bowlers have brought many honours to Saskatchewan in the bantam and junior boys categories in 1972, 1973, and 1975. Joe was a director of the Canadian 10 Pin Bowling Federation for four years, secretary of the Provincial 10 Pin Bowling Federation for ten years and has been active as the secretary of the Local 10 Pin Bowling Association for over twenty years.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 24, 1979.

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Tom Paterson

Tom Paterson was born in Saskatoon in January, 1955, and even at the age of two, believed he had a date with destiny on the piano. He joined the Youth Bowling Council program in 1965 and, together with Brent Wignes, won the provincial YBC doubles and competed at the Canadian championships. He won family twosome events with both his dad, Wray, and his mom, Edna. He was on provincial high school boys championship teams in 1969 and 1973.

Tom was on the national high school champions in 1973, was the YBC Majors singles champion in 1978, gold medallist in the National Open singles in 1983, part of Saskatchewan's gold-medal winning men's team in 1983, gold medallist in the Canadian Master Bowlers championships in 1985. Twice Tom finished second in the Canadian Masters singles.

Tom has appeared on The Sports Network's Skins Game twice and the CBC championship bowling series once. On the money tournament tour, he has won tournaments in Calgary, Mission City, Edmonton, Red Deer, Kelowna and twice in North Battleford. During his 34-year career, his high single games have been 448, 447 and 440 and his highest seasonal average has been 294. He has been a prime teacher of bowling, first with YBC, then as director and founder of the Saskatchewan Youth Bowling School and also as author of Technique Bowling: The Five Pin Bowlers' Guide.

A school teacher by profession, he is married to Val and they have two daughters, Meagan and Stephanie.

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1967 Saskatoon Ladies Bowling Team

CANADIAN LADIES BOWLING CHAMPIONS

Top row: Bob Price (coach), Sarah Nykiforuk, Shirley Quayle, Mickey Poplack (manager).

Bottom row: Martha Caudle, Gerry Thompson, Marion Taylor, Bunny Hinch.

In 1967 Saskatoon sent one of its strongest ladies bowling teams into provincial competition. After winning the Saskatchewan title the team of Bunny Hinch, Sarah Nykiforuk, Marion Taylor, Gerry Thompson, Shirley Quayle and Martha Caudle (spare) went to Winnipeg to take part in the Western Canadian championships. After winning the West the team coached by Bob Price and managed by Mickey Poplack stayed in Winnipeg and took on the Eastern champions from Toronto in a 10-game series.

Saskatoon's pinfall after 5 games was 6112. In the second 5-game set they scored 6896 including a 1512 in the 3rd match. Hinch rolled her first ever 400 (a 401) in the last game. Saskatoon had defeated Toronto by 566 pins thus avenging the loss to Toronto the year before. In the 10-game series Hinch averaged 278.3, Nykiforuk 263.7, Taylor 255.4, Thompson 253.7 and Quayle 247.4. The total pinfall of 13,008 is a record that still stands today. This talented group of athletes was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Marion Taylor

A versatile athlete for years, Marion Taylor was unique because she bowled and curled at the same time and proved she could win at both.

Most of her fame came on bowling lanes where she won two Canadian women's singles titles, 1962 and 1964, played on two Canadian women's team champions, 1967 and 1972, played on one Canadian mixed team champion, 1973, and coached another Canadian mixed team champion in 1976.

She won the first-ever Canadian bowling finals to be televised - right on home lanes at the Bowlerena in Saskatoon. She also won in Regina when Brunswick installed lanes in the armory in hopes of building bowling into a spectator sport.

The 1967 women's champions scored a total of 12,985, a record which still stands, with each of the team members averaging 259 pins per game.

Taylor played on a women's rink in 1974 and a senior women's rink in 1991 which were beaten in the Saskatoon finals by eventual Canadian champions. She once shared in an eight-ender in curling and she shot golf's magic feat, a hole-in-one, ironically in the same year of 1986.

Originally from Birch Hills, she was a high school athlete in North Battleford before moving to Saskatoon.

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