RENO, Nev. – The six-member U.S. Bowling Hall of Fame Hall of Fame grew Wednesday with a 2018 class induction ceremony at the Grand Sierra Tourist Center.
The 2018 USBC Hall of Fame Class includes Tennelle Milligan and Danny Wiseman, selected in the Superior Performance category, Kendra Gaines and John Janawicz for USBC Outstanding Performance, Jeri Edwards for Meritorious Service, and Tim Mack in the Pioneer department.
Wiseman, 50, from Baltimore, entered the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and was ranked at number 42 on the PBA’s top 50 players list in 2008. He made his first television program in his hometown. , capturing the first of his 12 touring titles at the 1990 Fair Lanes Open Championship. He won the 2004 USBC Masters and was runner-up at the 2009 Masters, and in 2013 was the first archer selected for Maryland State Athletics Hall of Fame.
“I am honored, humble and so grateful,” said Wiseman. “Growing up, I never dreamed I would be in a room accepting such an honor. I didn’t start bowling believing I would be in any prestigious halls. I just wanted to knock down pins. “
Milligan, 41, of Mansfield, Texas, won the U.S. Women’s and Hammer Open Championships in 2000, earning the nickname “Major Milligan” after winning her third major winner, USBC Queens 2005. She won 27 medals, including 13 gold, as a six-time USA Team member, and holds four USBC Women’s Championship titles.
“Tonight, I’m humble and privileged,” Milligan said. “Someone once told me that you don’t have to tell everyone you’re good, they’ll tell you. For those who voted for me into this particular club, I believe you told me.”
Mack, 46, from Indianapolis, has won more than 70 titles on five continents and in more than 30 countries to help pave the way for bowling to become a more global sport. Prior to the World Bowling Tour, he won the Bahrain Open, Indonesia International Open and Qatar Open, events now known as PBA Tour titles. He entered Team USA at the 2003 World Bowls Men’s Championships in Malaysia, winning a gold medal and four silver medals.
“What an honor and privilege to be among this amazing class of instructors,” Mack said. “Not only are they amazing people in bowling, but they are friends of mine. I am more humble and honored to be in this class. “
Gaines, 44, of Orlando, Florida, holds four Women ‘s Championship titles and in 2000 recorded the first 800 series (812) in the event’ s history. She won two Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour titles and finished second (2003) and third (1998) at USBC Queens. She was a five-time member of Team USA.
“It is a great honor for me to be in this elite club,” said Gaines. “My first thought when I received the phone call was, ‘I in the USBC Hall of Fame with Dick Weber, Earl Anthony, Lisa Wagner, Betty Morris – oh my goodness! ‘These are people I looked at as a little girl. “
Janawicz, 45, of Winter Haven, Florida, has won three USBC Open Championship titles, two of which were made in higher fashion. He won the 2004 singles title with a series of 858 at that time and led Lodge Lanes Too when he scored at that time a score of 3,538 in earning the 2013 team title. He is an eight-time member of Team USA.
“I never dreamed of doing USBC Hall of Fame when I was younger, but I kept working on my craft and as the awards started to grow, I knew that it was possible, “Janawicz said.” I knew I just had to stay on course, and tonight I’m crossing the finish line. “
Edwards, 55, of Medina, Ohio, was head coach of Team USA from 2004-2009, leading the team to more than 90 medals, including 47 gold medals. She oversaw the transition of the program when pro players were given the opportunity to compete in international events starting in 2008. She also served appearances as head coach of the USA Junior Team and assistant coach Team USA.
“Once you are part of Team USA, you are always part of Team USA,” Edwards said while thanking the family along with Team USA. “The things that happen with the squad, and the competitions that you share, are nothing like team competition and really putting it off the line with everyone.”
With the six tutors Wednesday, the USBC Hall of Fame will have 425 members – 220 for Superior Performance, 118 for Meritorious Service, 50 Veterans, 21 Pioneers and 16 for USBC Outstanding Performance.
The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the American Bowling Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame.
Visit BOWL.com/HallOfFame for more information and a full list of USBC Hall of Fame members.