March 12, 2013
Five new faces in Hall of Fame
The annual Seven Valley USBC Bowling Hall of Fame Dinner will shine the spotlight on five new inductees on Saturday night, March 23, at the Homer Elks Club.
Patricia Miller and Ann Homer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Service Category, Ken Hodge will be enshrined in the Golden Longevity class, Homer Batford will enter in the Veterans Division and James M. Grant, Jr., will be honored for his accomplishments on local lanes.
Tickets are currently on sale for the dinner, which will hold a cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with the awards ceremony to immediately follow.
Here is a closer look at the Hall of Fame Class of 2013:
PATRICIA MILLER: While Miller can be found most Saturday mornings coaching youth bowlers, her dedication to the sport goes beyond that commitment. The out-going and energetic Miller is a member of the 600 Club and makes an effort to bowl in as many tournaments that she can on the local, state and national level. Currently a league secretary as well as a Seven Valley Board of Directors member, she often volunteers to work at tournaments when needed.
ANN HOMER: Joining her grandfather, mother and aunt into the Hall of Fame, Homer helped with the formation of the Seven Valley USBC and is a past Cortland Women’s Bowling Association board member. She also has a high 169 average with a high series of 617 on her bowling resume, having taking up the sport as a seventh grader. Homer was also a past delegate to the annual New York State WBA meeting and an expert on USBC playing rules who is often called upon during league play to interpret those rules.
KEN HODGE: It was some 60 years ago when Hodge began bowling in his native Buffalo prior to moving to the Cortland area. He has sponsored a league for the past 20 years, as well as being the sponsor for several teams competing in various local leagues. Hodge is adept at flattening pins, too, with a perfect 300 game and a high 816 series to his credit. Still bowling in Senior League play, Hodge’s highest average during his bowling career was a lofty 210.
HOMER BATSFORD: Helping people learn the game and improve their skills has been something the hard-working, determined and caring Batford has always done while contributing to the sport. The best sources of Batsford’s dedication to helping others improve comes from his own family, who fondly recall the patience Batsford displayed while being a mentor and developing their skills.
JAMES M. GRANT JR.: Since 1997, Grant has maintained a 225 average or better — and has averaged over 230 on occasion. He has savored 300 game success 20 different times, has posted 17 series over 800 and on a dozen occasions had games of 11 consecutive strikes. While serving as a director and vice-present on the local association, Grant participates in tournaments throughout the state as well as Cortland.
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