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Bowling by Milt Northrop: Coburn family takes bows in Tonawandas

Next Saturday night’s Tonawandas USBC Hall of Fame induction dinner will be an unofficial Coburn family reunion.

Frank and Doris Coburn, who will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary next February, will be honored for meritorious service to the association and bowling. Daughter Cindy Coburn-Carroll will be inducted for outstanding ability.

Frank and Doris will be introduced by daughters Barbara Jones and Kathy McDonald. Cindy will be introduced by her brother Daniel, who will be coming in for the occasion from Atlanta.

Grandson Ed Jones, a Naval chief petty officer with 30 years of service, will fly home from his base in England to be part of the family celebration.

“There will be a couple of great-grandchildren there, too,” Doris said. “In all, 18 of our family there.”

“We keep getting into all kinds of trouble,” Frank Coburn joked when asked about the honor.

Doris was a little more serious.

“It’s wonderful and so exciting to think all three of us are going in together,” she said. “We’ve sure had a lot of fun over the years.”

As competitors, Frank and Doris did not have a strong connection to Tonawandas bowling, but they are being honored for their contributions as coaches and clinicians for more than 30 years.

Frank finally has slowed his activities on the lanes but Doris and Cindy continued to give their weekly clinics at Manor II Lanes over the summer and plan to keep going in 2014, starting in May. And, when the Sweet Home High teams begin preseason practice for the 2013-14 season, Frank and Doris plan on being on hand to assist daughter Kathy, the Panthers boys team coach, and share their expertise.

Cindy, who like her mother is a member of the USBC Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame of the Women’s International Bowing Congress, has bowled in the Tonawandas Association for more than 17 years. She recorded the women’s high average four of the last six years and twice was Women’s Classic Bowler of the Year. She has won five City Tournament titles including two scratch singles and one all-events crown.

She has curtailed her schedule in recent years but still forms a formidable team with Eric Johns in the Alzena Wright Monday Classic Doubles League at Classic Lanes, one of the premier leagues in Western New York.

“We’re looking forward to seeing so many people we haven’t seen for a while,” Cindy said.

Besides the Coburns, Glenn Snyder will be inducted for meritorious service and Bill Truman for outstanding ability.

Snyder has been involved in Tonawandas bowling for almost 50 years. After his competitive career was cut short by a back injury, he remained active as an association officer, including president, and committee member.

Truman is truly a man for all seasons. As a baseball player, he is a member of the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame (Class of 2000). Truman was a standout outfielder for the powerful Voyageurs teams of the Muny AAA league. He is one of only eight bowlers who have completed the Scratch Grand Slam of the Tonawandas City Tournament (team, doubles, singles and all events). He completed the cycle when he won the 1998 Scratch Singles. As a senior bowler he has led the Tonawanda Thursday Senior League in average three times.

The dinner will be at 6 p.m. at Classic V on Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst. For ticket information, contact the Tonawandas USBC Association office (692-8668).

Corbelli leads N.Y. Seniors

Sandy Corbelli, an 82-year-old left-hander, captured three titles in last month’s 35th New York State Open Senior Championships at the Jamestown Bowling Company.

Corbelli, a 171 average bowler, posted 651 scratch in Doubles and 609 scratch in Singles to place first in the Super Senior (75-and-over) Six-Game Combine, Super Senior Singles and Class A Doubles (with 71-year-old partner David Hearn).

“The key was that I was able to pick my 7-pins. Usually I miss a bunch of those,” Corbelli said.

Jeff Chambers of the Lockport USBC bowled a 299 as he and Gary Kinyon took the Class E (50-54) doubles title with 1,378 total.

James Tatar of GBUSBC won the Class A singles with 733. William Thompson and Raymond Textor (Jamestown Area USBC) won the Class D (55-59) doubles with 1,358.

Combine champions in each age classification receive paid entries to the USBC Senior Championships next July in Reno, Nev.

Pin chasers

• The 28th annual Tonawandas USBC Senior Masters Scratch Tournament will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Mallwitz’s Island Lanes on Grand Island. Reserved entries must be received with full payment by today. Walk-ins will be accepted subject to lane availability. The tournament is open to Tonawandas USBC Association members, both male and female, 50 and over. There will be three games of qualifying and then match play.

• The Greater Buffalo USBC Association Family (Adult/Child) tournament will be Nov. 16-17 at Orchard Park Lanes.

• The League Officers Tournament will be held at The Edge Bowling Center on Dec. 7-8 for officers of leagues certified by Nov. 1.


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