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Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame to induct three members next week

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton Bowling Hall Of Fame will induct three new members next week. This year’s inductees are Mike Jodway, Michelle Simpson and Earl “Bummer” Sixberry.

They will be honored at an induction ceremony to be held at Lakeview Lanes June 9.

Mike Jodway

Jodway has been involved in the sport of bowling for 41 years. Bowling found its way into Jodway’s life when he was 12 years old. When he was 14 years old, his uncle helped to manage The Bowl-Inn in Phoenix. In his first job, Jodway was allowed to bowl for free after he finished his dish washing duties. He bowled whenever he could while his uncle helped to develop his skills.

Jodway joined his first league when he was 16 and has been bowling ever since.

In the 1970s, bowling in a men’s league at 16 was practically unheard of. However, not only did Jodway take part in the league, he faired pretty well. One of his earliest accomplishments was being able to compete with some of the more experienced bowlers in the league.

Along the way, Jodway has held a few league positions as well. He was the president of the Summer Mixed League at Bowlarama. For the last 10 years, he’s been the president of the Saturday Night Mixed League at the Recreation Club in Fulton.

Some of Jodway’s most recent accomplishments include earning his first 300 game in 2011. He has also bowled three 299 games, two 290 games and numerous 279 games.

Jodway’s highest series is 787 but he has also bowled many 700 series as well.

Most of his most notable scores were bowled at the Recreation Club against many renowned bowlers. Two years ago, he had a 219 average, which is the highest average ever at the Recreation Club.

Outside of bowling, Jodway has been married to his wife for 34 years. They have a daughter and two sons who also enjoy bowling. He’s been an employee of Black Clawson/Davis Standard for 37 years.

Michelle Simpson

Simpson first began bowling in the late 1960s. She got the itch to bowl by watching both of her parents take part in the sport.

Some of her earliest achievements in bowling include winning eight to 10 No Tap Tournaments with her father. Just after finishing high school, Simpson bowled her first 600 series while taking part in a Monday Night Classic League with her mother at Bowlerama.

She’s held a few local positions as well. Simpson was the president of the 600 Club and secretary and treasurer of the Lucky 7 League.

Some of her more recent accomplishments include a high score of 279 while also bowling numerous 700 series.

Simpson considers bowling to be a very enjoyable sport. She said she is grateful to have had the experiences that she’s had, especially the moments bowling with her mother, father and brother. She also cited the friends she’s made through bowling. A lot of the friends she’s made through bowling over the years still bowl with her to this day.

Earl Sixberry

Sixberry first began bowling in 1966. Bowling became a part of Sixberry’s life after watching his parents bowl as a child. He began bowling in a Junior High League at the Bowl-Inn in Phoenix.

Some of Sixberry’s earliest achievements include bowling his first 300 game at The Bowl-Inn at age 16. He also won a Non-Sanctioned Sunday Tournament while throwing many 250 to 279 games as a teenager.

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Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame to induct five members

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame will induct five new members during a ceremony tomorrow, May 6.

This year’s inductees are Jay Seymour, Ray Gregory, Frank Allen, Jr., Della Daniels and Ronnie Beeman.

Jay Seymour

Jay Seymour has been involved in bowling since 1976. He credited his father for bringing the sport of bowling into his life. His father began teaching Seymour how to bowl when he was 10 years old.

Throughout his career, Seymour has earned many achievements and held many positions, including a seat on the association board.

Seymour has 29 300-games and 10 800-series. He has a high series of 866, which is an association record.

Seymour said it was a great honor to be inducted into the hall of fame, especially when he will be inducted with one of his friends, the late Ray Gregory.

Ray Gregory

The late Ray Gregory began bowling when he was 10 years old at what was then called Bowlarama in Fulton. Gregory was mentored by junior coach Jerry Guernsey.

Gregory soon became a competitive bowler who was often a tournament favorite. He won a Junior State Championship, which was followed up by involvement in men’s leagues. Gregory joined a five-man team that took part in the Western and Central Team Tournaments in Rochester. This team came away with $25,000 from its participation in this event.

Gregory worked in many secretary/treasury positions for the bowling leagues he took part in. He was a member of the Fulton Bowling Association Board for 12 years, including several years as board president.

In recent years, Gregory also won many tournaments, including New York State Miller Lite Doubles, Multiple League Championships and two New York State Elks Team Championships.

He also won in the New York State Elks All Events Championships with a nine game scratch total of 2,387.

Gregory went on to win five Fulton Board Association Championships and the 1990 Valley News Masters while also earning a runner up finish in the Syracuse Post Standard Masters.

Throughout his career, Gregory had seven 800-series with a high series of 838. He also had 19 300-games, one 299-game and two 298-games.

2011 Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame inductee Mike Guernsey bowled with Gregory for many years.

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