The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


May 7, 2011

Four inducted into Joplin bowling hall of fame

Two men and two women joined the Greater Joplin USBC Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Induction ceremonies for John Richey, Windell Woolsey, Bev Cochran and Linda Bailey were held during the association’s annual banquet at the Joplin Elk’s Lodge.

Richey grew up in a bowling family in Webb City and competed in youth leagues until age 12 when he stopped to play baseball. Seven years later he returned to bowling, and he’s recorded averages for 25 consecutive years.

After a 167 average in his first year back in 1984-85, his average climbed into the 190s by 1990, and he posted nine consecutive averages of 200 from 2004-2010, the highest a 215.

Woolsey’s bowling career began 44 years ago when his employer W.R. Grace and Co. formed a six-team winter and summer league. He bowled in one league for 26 years and in two leagues the last 18 years, and he’s a 12-month bowler.

Driving from first Sarcoxie and then Carthage, Woolsey’s attendance was almost perfect. In 50 winter leagues, he’s had perfect attendance 39 times, and he missed one week five times. He bowled a 299 in the city tournament, and from 1995-96 through this season, he’s averaged at least 190, with a high average of 213.

His bowling family includes nine men who are brothers, sons, grandsons and cousins. Five of them, including Windell, have won the city tournament, and he becomes the third in the group to enter the Hall of Fame.

Cochran received the women’s Hall of Fame Outstanding Service Award. She’s been a major fund raiser for the Bowl for the Cure, and she’s raised hundreds of dollars for Cerebral Palsy and Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Cochran began bowling at age 16 and has bowled in many city, state and local tournaments. She’s averaged at least 161 during the last 10 years with the highest a 174, and she’s a frequent member on the local senior “Dream Teams.”

Bailey is this year’s recipient of the Joplin Women’s Hall of Fame Superior Performance Award.

She’s bowled for almost 40 years, including local, state and national tournaments. Her high game is 279, and her 706 series in 1993 was believed to have been the fourth in Joplin at that time.

Kenny Phillips and Quincy Dutton, two youths from Carl Junction, received $500 scholarships from the association that can be used for college expenses.

Phillips, son of Kenny and Lisa Phillips, is a junior at Carl Junction High School and carries a 3.6 grade point average. He finished the bowling season with a 204 average with a high game of 289 and high series of 750.

Dutton, the daughter of Bill and Carol Dutton, is a freshman at CJHS and has a 3.5 GPA. She averaged 181 during the 2010-11 bowling season with a high game of 267 and high series of 625.

The program also recognized the “Dream Teams” from each house, winners from the open, women’s and youth city tournaments and  the high games and series from the 2010 summer leagues and 2010-11 winter leagues.

Thirty 300 games were bowled by 22 bowlers, including three by Jonathan White in a span of less than two months and two apiece by Heidi Burggraf, Jeremy Clark, Bill Dutton, Timothy Lightle, Dale Martin and Larry Oxendine. Clark’s two 300s came in consecutive games last Oct. 19.

In addition, 15 bowlers fell one pin short of a perfect game, and 13 more shot 298s, including two by Shaun Horner on Dec. 30.

Eight men registered 800 series, led by Michael Beeson’s 837. Beeson and Larry Oxendine each had two 800s.

Eight women posted 700 series, paced by Tammy Little’s 747. Carol Dutton fired three 700s, and Heather Coffman had two.

Betty Labagan and David Brisco were named local directors of the year, and Terry and Lisa Meyer received the President’s Award, given to non-bowlers who assist the bowling association.

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