Al Tone named to national 10-pin Hall of Fame

Beamsville’s Alan Tone, a member of the Hamilton Association Hall Of Fame since 1990, will be inducted into the Canadian Tenpin Federation Athletes category at the opening ceremonies of the National Championship at Prime Time Bowling in Burlington on May 14.

Tone bowled for Team Canada in 1977 in Panama, 1989 in Wichita, Kansas, and ’91 in Singapore.

He represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg in 1999 where he won a silver medal in the team event. Tone earned a bronze medal in men’s all-events in 1977. He won silver with Howard Kotchie and Craig Woodhouse in men’s trios in 1989.

Tone was named Canadian Male Bowler of the Year in 1990. He competed extensively in the U.S., Europe and Asia and earned many titles. He represented Canada at the AMF Bowling World Cup in Cairo, Egypt in 1997 and was awarded the male Sportsmanship award which is voted on by the players.

The finals in Cairo took place on outdoor lanes in front of the pyramids. Many years ago while bowling in Cuba, Tone, along with others, had his picture taken with Fidel Castro.

Tone has earned several Hamilton association high average, game and triples awards and has five local perfect 300 games, two games of 299, one 298 game and an 807 high triple to his credit. His high average was 217 in 1993-94. Tone was only the second man to bowl a 300 at Bowlerama Stoney Creek in 1998. In 1992 he had the first 700 at Grimsby Pro Bowl, a 728. Today he competes Thursday nights at Skyway Lanes.

Along with Tone, Kotchie, of Oakville, will be inducted. Kotchie was a Team Canada member from 1988 to 1997 and represented Canada at both World and American Zone Championships. He was one of two players to bowl a perfect 300 game in the American Zone Championships in Wichita in 1989.

Kotchie was named Toronto Bowler of the Year in 1979 and 1989, and Canadian Bowler of the Year in 1992.

There are now 24 members in the CTF Hall of Fame.

In Jonarc Classic action at Skyway Lanes, Lionel Lewis Jr. started with 10 strikes for a 289 game and 931 series. Earl England used a 278 to total 976, while Ed Maurer fired a 921 (247), Aaron Bouchard had a 913 (259) and Ryan Dickinson rolled 907 (268). Matt Lewis stroked a fine 269 game.

At Prime Time Bowling, Matt Lewis was the best with series of 949 (279), and 919 (280). Kevin Picott also threw a 280 and John Cherriere had the first nine for a 279. Russell Ross dealt a 269 and Matt Kennedy a 256, and Doug Medland, with a 182 average, blasted games of 269 and 285 for a 743 triple while Sean Manorek and a 155 average, tossed a 257.

In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia: Shortly after the birth of twin daughters in 1981, John Strowger fired a perfect 300 game at Skyway Lanes, only the 10th in our history He also had 19 strikes in row, four short of the Hamilton record of 23.