Mahlie and Dalton early lead round one of city singles

By Jack Hamill - Guest Columnist

Defending champion Chris Mahlie and Thomas Dalton claimed first round honors of this year’s version of the Lima City Singles tournament this past weekend at 20th Century Lanes. The house on South Main Street opened in 1959 under the guidance of Tobe Cardone and this event has been acclaimed as one of the best ever since.

Cardone, however, would have been stunned in round one as Dalton as well as UNOH student JJ Myers opened the event with 300 games on that squad. Myers jumped earliest with his perfecto in game one and turned it into a 814 series and turned it into a strong 1,425 set of six for the day.

Dalton chased him and finally caught him and passed him with a fifth-game 300 and game six 256 for the leading total of 1,468.

Anthony Kennard who, like Dalton is always a strong contender in this event, stands third after rolling 1,417 in the third qualifying shift on Sunday.

Everybody looks to the top eight for this event as the ‘great eight’ will make it to the final show on the second Sunday in January. The first great eight would be Dalton, Myers, Kennard, Jake Schroeder, David Miller, Chandler Stevens, Kyle Early and Phil Austin.

The cut line for the first round was 1,148.

Mahlie was her rock steady self on Sunday. The defending champion and perennial contender rolled a 1,059, five-game block to catch Onalee Shepler who had rolled on Saturday evening on squad 2. Lehman, always a challenger and like Mahlie a former champion tallied 1,052. Jordyn Stewart, formerly of Elida and now a student-athlete and Lourdes University rolled a 1,030 and Courtney Brooks of UNOH sat in fourth at 1,016.

Where the men focus on the top eight for the final Sunday, it will be six open slots for the ladies. Evette Shaner and Donna Childs own those spots for now with collegians and former junior stars Bryana Twining, Lauren Alexander and Allie Meeker close behind.

The men will next roll at 6 p.m. on Jan. 4 with ladies at noon the next day.


What makes the lanyard interesting is what is written on the back of it. Simply stated it indicates that by designation I am charged to safeguard and protect youth members and protect all those who are involved in USBC bowling programs. I clearly do not have any issue with the message and little issue with any with the entity that provided the lanyard, in this case the USBC via the U.S. Center for SAFESPORT.

My conflict with the lanyard and those involved in the process is that I have always felt that this is a task that proprietors have brilliantly addressed for a very long time. I have always felt safe when my children and grandchildren have been in the care of the each of the proprietors in our immediate area. I have never questioned the need for anybody within the care or the management of these facilities would be in the need of any future training or certification, especially to assure that their programs be sanctioned.

I have had the privilege to travel this state from bowling centers from A to Z (Ada to Zanesville) and I repeat have never had a concern.

The safety of the youth in junior bowling as well as the student athletes magnified with the re-birth of high school bowling in our states and other states. It clearly put our sport in the lens of school administrators as well as the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). In this scenario the high schools as well as the OHSAA has stepped forward to assure the safety of all competitors and participants. The same can be said for commissioners of the different bowling conferences.

It is an interesting lanyard but it has done little to change what we do in this area to meet the needs of our bowling youth and their families.

What I will say is that I found the training to be beneficial even the parts that duplicated what the OHSAA already provides. I also must add that what I am saying I am saying as a career social worker which certainly has a great deal of bearing on what I feel about the training.

What would have been great – more beneficial?

What could perhaps our local people do to help make things better?

1) First of all remove the hammer that was laid down on the proprietors that this had to be done or youth programs would not be sanctioned. That to me seems very counter-productive as they have carried on honorably for a very long time.

2) As there is great material in the Safesport literature see what can be done so that it can be incorporated through the school and OHSAA criteria for coaches.

By Jack Hamill

Guest Columnist

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