The "Hall" swelled to 47 persons _ 30

By Persh Rohrer Record-Courier bowling editor Published:

The "Hall" swelled to 47 persons _ 30 for superior performance and 17 for meritorious service _ when five persons were formally recognized in the sport.

Inducted for superior efforts were Buster (Buck) Prater, Teri Plaso, Keith Lang and Terry Adolph. In the service category, this writer was recognized following his presentation by local bowling legend Bill White.

The inductions were the highlight of the evening which was capped with a program of awards presented by the Portage County Women's Bowling Association.

Prater, who was announced by his daughter, Wanda Gehret, said "I never thought it would happen but it did. I thank everyone who had a part in this."

A late starting bowler at age 30, Prater made up for lost time, averaging 200 plus for the past 20 years. He has won numerous team championships, including the Portage County Doubles, the District Moose and a Senior Bowlers Association Tournament in 1993.

Prater was runnerup in the 1989 Portage County Masters Tournament and finished in the top eight from 1988-91. He also owns a runnerup finish in the Firestone Champ of Champs event. His lifetime high game is 300 and series 802.

Plaso, one of the top bowlers in this area, earned her way to the front with a 200 plus average for the past five years. "I owe it all to my dad (George Hilliard). He taught me everything I know about this sport," she said, after he introduced her from his wheelchair.

Plaso's background includes a number of team, doubles and singles championships, including 500 and 600 Club wins. She won the adult-youth tournament in 1994 and qualified for the Buckeye Belle, a state event, three times, finishing first in 1987 and setting a four-game record score of 996.

For the last 10 years, Plaso's average ranks in the top 15. She has 10 honor scores of 275 or better and 10 series of 700 plus. Her career-high game is 300 and series 761. She also has served as a YABA coach for eight years.

After an impressive preview by brother Bob, Keith Lang reviewed his 35-year career until the present day. He now runs the pro shop at AMF Twin Star Lanes.

"This is a special time for me. I accept this honor and share it with my family," said Keith, whose dad started him bowling at age 7. "He passed away several years ago but he always kept me going. Bowling has been my life."

Lang rolled his first 600 series after watching a PBA tournament on television. "That stuck with me and I learned the mental side of bowling," he added.

For eight years (1981-88), Lang was a PBA member and later was high qualifier for the OMBA in 1998, finishing in second place. He also has bowled in the U.S. Open representing Portage County.

Lang's career lists 20 perfect games and five 800 series, with 834 the tops.

Proud father, Bob Paradis, extolled the bowling background of daughter, Terry, who tore up her penned speech and responded from the heart for family support that included her mother, Gloria, also an excellent bowler, and husband, Tom.

Adolph related a poem with the theme based on "what you have done and what is still to come."

A bowler since age 5, Adolph is averaging 200 or better the past five years and owns victories in the 500 and 600 Club tournaments. In addition to wins in team, doubles and singles events, she won the Portage County all-events and qualified for the Buckeye Belle, twice finishing sixth.

Adolph recently racked up the highest series in Portage women's history, an 833, and also boasts two 300 games. She has served 14 years on the PCWBA board and is a charter member of the Portage Hall of Fame board.

Rohrer, who took over the Around Area Lanes column in the Record-Courier after his retirement as sports editor in 1989, is a Hall of Fame member in several sports and an Oliver Wolcott Award winner in 1990.

In 1997, he earned statewide recognition from Bowling Proprietors Association of Ohio (BPAA) when he was selected the Sam Levine Award recipient at the state convention at Salt Fork.

Jim Myers presented the fifth Pop Myers Award, named by his late father to the Ametek Electro-Mechanical Group, formerly Lamb Electric. Accepting the plaque was Jim Shawcross, a company vice-president.

New Golden Gal members announced by the PCWBA were Mary Greer, Esther Schmidt, Eleanor Veon, Wanda Klepper and Dortha Tennant.

Don Laubert, Hall of Fame president, served as master of ceremonies.

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