AVON — For Amanda Morrow, it was a first. For John Shreve Sr., it was No. 8 and three in a row.
Morrow and Shreve went home with the 2014 Russ Davies Memorial awards Thursday as The Chronicle-Telegram Bowlers of the Year at the Elyria Bowling Association’s banquet at Tom’s Country Place.
“I bowled in two leagues this season,” said Morrow, who began bowling at age 10 and received several age-group bowler of the year awards as a youth.
“Everything just seemed to come together for me this season.
“I picked up my spares better when I had to, something that I learned to do when I bowled at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, a school that’s known for its bowling teams. We won a national championship in 2008 and often bowled against the big-name schools, such as Ohio State.”
Morrow had 19 of the 63 series of 700 or better that EBA women rolled during the 2013-14 season and was joined on The Chronicle-Telegram All-Star team by Olivia Phillips, Judy Kovacs, Jennifer Ellingsworth and Samantha Hamilton.
Phillips had two 300s and the season’s high series, a 794 which included one of her perfect games. Ellingsworth also had a 300.
Shreve, who runs the Family Fun Pro Shop at Brunswick Zone, bowled in four leagues but was quick to discount any edge that might have given him.
“I really haven’t had too much time to practice,” said Shreve, who still bowls as a member of the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour. “Also, the newer lanes and equipment have made the competition much stronger than in years past. I really believe that these factors have upped averages for many bowlers by at least 15 pins.”
Area men rolled 76 perfect games during the season, with Shreve and Josh Truman leading the way with five apiece. Shreve and Chris Henning each rolled six 800 or better series and the men totaled 48 in all. Shreve’s 857 was the season’s high.
Shreve, Truman and Henning were joined on The Chronicle-Telegram All-Star team by Rick Parschen and Bryan Dillon.
The banquet also included the induction of new Hall of Fame members.
For the women, Ann Rudisill was inducted for her meritorious efforts and Helen Hornbeck was chosen as the Star of Yesteryear.
Dave Zych, Wayne Lowther Sr. and Marc Chappo were the men inductees, all three being recognized for their bowling prowess.
Before the adults received their awards, the Elyria chapter of the Youth Alliance Bowling Association honored its members.
Alexis Qualls, Brenden Dill, Paige Keim and Nick Twining received plaques as The Chronicle-Telegram bowlers of the year.
“My dad coaches me quite a bit,” said Qualls, who will be a seventh-grader at Elyria’s Northwood Middle School and also plays volleyball and is a fastpitch softball pitcher.
Russ Markel and Jeff Chapman received special recognition by the YABA organization for their efforts in working with the youth.
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ELYRIA BOWLING ASSOCIATION
2014 AWARDS BANQUET
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS
SHERIFF PHIL STAMMITI AWARDS (WOMEN’S AND MEN’S HIGH SERIES LEAGUE PLAY)
Women: Olivia Phillips 794.
Men: John Shreve Sr. 857.
MARGARET HENKE AWARD (WOMEN’S HIGH AVERAGE)
Amanda Morrow 224.
ELYRIA BOWLING ASSOCIATION AWARD (MEN’S HIGH AVERAGE)
John Shreve Sr. 246.
PAT HENKE AWARD (WOMEN’S MOST IMPROVED)
CARDI LANES MEMORIAL AWARD (MEN’S MOST IMPROVED)
Frank G. Galletti.
LORAIN COUNTY AUDITOR CRAIG SNODGRASS AWARD (WOMEN’S HIGH SINGLE GAME IN LEAGUE PLAY)
Olivia Phillips 300 (twice). Jennifer Ellingsworth 300.
SAM RADYK AWARD (SECRETARY OF THE YEAR)
Mary Ann Diedrick (Kaydettes, Oberlin College Lanes).
WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Meritorious: Ann Rudisill.
Star of Yesteryear: Helen Hornbeck.
MEN’S HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES (ALL FOR BOWLING PROWESS)
Wayne Lowther Sr., Dave Zych, Marc Chappo.
CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM WOMEN’S ALL-STAR TEAM
Amanda Morrow, Olivia Phillips, Judy Kovacs, Jennifer Ellingswoth, Samantha Hamilton.
CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM MEN’S ALL-STAR TEAM
John Shreve Sr., Rick Parschen, Chris Henning, Josh Truman, Bryan Dillon.
CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM RUSS DAVIES MEMORIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS (BOWLERS OF THE YEAR)
Women: Amanda Morrow
Men: John Shreve Sr.
YOUTH ALLIANCE BOWLING ASSOCIATION AWARDS
2014 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Emily Krieg (Firelands High School), Elizabeth Persinger (Midview High School).
CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM BOWLERS OF THE YEAR
Alexis Qualls, Brenden Dill, Paige Keim, Nick Twining.
Russ Markel, Jeff Chapman.