June Najbor enters Hamilton 10-pin Hall of Fame

June Najbor, who has coached the Skyway Lanes Sunday juniors for more than 50 years, has been inducted into the Hamilton and District Tenpin Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

When Skyway was brand new, Norm and Helen Robinson were coaching there, and June volunteered to help. That was the beginning of a long association with the Sunday juniors. Under her direction, Bill Rowe Jr., George Lambert the Fourth, Chelsea King, Jen Olmsted, Dave Custeau, Sean Bailey, Linda Higenell, Crystal Maurer, Brent Andrecyk, Gary Reid, Don and Doug Schatz, Lionel and Matt Lewis, and many others have benefitted from her coaching knowledge.

Over the years she has been assisted by John Howard, John Muir, Dave Custeau Sr., and currently Tom “Mr. T.” Johnston, who presented June with her Hall of Fame plaque. Najbor’s two sons, Joe and Steve, were bowlers during her early instructional years, but she was not their coach. Najbor bowls Wednesday nights at Skyway and carries a 132 average. During the league’s annual banquet, she was recognized again for posting a 206 game earlier this season.

She is the 46th Inductee into the shrine and the first woman since Linda Higenell in 1998. Congratulations June.

Two 816 triples were recorded a few days apart at Star Lanes and Splitsville Centre. Randy Park tallied 279, 278 and 259 for his 816 at Star and 10 days later Shawn Anderson tripped 269, 267 and 280 for his 816 at Splitsville. The same night Matthew Lewis dealt his second perfect game of the season, smoking a 784 (225, 300, 259) triple at Splitsville.

Close calls were Len Garinger Jr., with a 299 and 704 (299, 158, 247) at Star, and Mark Hebert a 297 and 659 (175,187, 297) on the mountain. Sam Gualtieri smashed a 268. It was reported that Jason Stevens’ pair of recent 300s were his first and second. That was wrong as his first was carded on Sept. 27, 2010 and he stirred an 802 in January 2011. Thanks Barb.


Just like the hockey playoffs, overtime was needed to decide the winner in the Westinghouse league at Skyway. Winning by 12 pins were Sheila Moser, Bill Ryce, Val Noble, Fred Bird, and Jeff Laing over John Frewin, Doug Stickney, Wendell Harrison, and Alaine and Dwight Young. The top three averages were Nobby Herchenroder, 196, Ed Margueratt, 192, and Chris Marquette, 191. The best triples were Dylan Herchenroder, 686, Kyle Marquette, 683, and Art Oliver Sr., 655.

Doug Stickney’s 269 was high single followed by Jeff Laing at 267 and Mark Herchenroder at 257. The actual high single was the first career 300 by Ed Margueratt, but a bowler can only win one award.

The ladies bests included Brenda Herchenroder’s 167 average, Val Noble’s 588 triple, and Michelle Anger’s 233 single. The “B” division winners were Doug Griese, Dwight Young, Bill Ryce, Sheila Moser, John Frewin, and Alaine Young.

For the Thursday bunch at Burlington Bowl, high averages are Catharine Rowe, 208, Mannix Dellaire and John Stanisz, 207, and Chris MacDonald, 205. Rowe helped her average with triples of 692 (257) and 658 (242) while Dellaire blasted a 689 (265). Super singles are Chipper Cox, 257, Brian Moore, 253, Vic Prohaska, 244, John Haywood, 235, Rick Wilson, 234, Jamie Martin, 233, and Eddie Gravelle, 225.

Features in VSL action at Skyway included Jen Olmsted, 643 (235); Ed Margueratt, 638 (229, 219); and Derek Hannah, 617 (245). Denise Margueratt spared the unusual 1-3-5-6-7 split. Highlights on the last night of Westinghouse play included Ed Margueratt, 612 (227); Jeff Laing, 598 with a 267; Wendell Harrison, 597; and Nobby Herchenroder, 246.

For the Monday Knight Ladies it was, Karen Nicol, 221, Kathy Simpson, 212, Lesley Ledger, 209, Lisa Howard, 205, Marie Kobylinski, 204, Val Chastney, 200, and Cheryl Feller, 194. In Sunday Night Mixed, Brenda Copeland had 211 and Barb Hill an even 200.

John Conti reports in the Sherwood Wednesday five-pin league that Dave Bentley rolled 931 (395, 303); John Conti posted a 927 (326, 312); Marc Goulet was good for 872 (338) and 869 (327); Martin Talbot scored an 866 (299); Don Harada rolled 845 (364); Cas Hollick struck an 823 (315); Jay Berryman finished with an 821 (322); and Francois Talbot showed an 817 (339).

HAMILTON BOWLING TRIVIA: Seventeen years ago Al Tone won the Coca-Cola Open in Erie, PA., with a 247 final game and then fired a 703 (234, 234, 235) triple in the ABC Tournament in Tulsa, OK. Earl Demmery averaged 240 for nine games in the Men’s Association annual tournament including 761 (224, 279, 258) in singles and 742 (289) in doubles. After talking to the late great Earl Anthony, Win Green changed his delivery and proceeded to fire his only 300 game.

In five pin news, John Willock rolled a perfect 450 and a near perfect 448 at Sherwood and Ian Wilson rolled his second 450 game at BarDon Lanes.