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.
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.
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.
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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