Four enter USBC Lake Shore Hall
BY ANTHONY NASELLA Post-Tribune correspondent November 11, 2012 11:28PM
Updated: December 13, 2012 10:42AM
MERRILLVILLE — For those who spend any length of time in bowling, regardless of skill level in league play, the element of family tends to be woven into the experience.
And for the four members who were inducted into the Lake Shore USBC Hall of Fame at Sunday’s awards banquet at the Innsbrook Inn, that element of family was evident with the inductees and their presenters.
Those inductees were Missy Arndt, Jeff Schipper, Audrey Couburn and Jack McWhirter.
Arndt, whose father-in-law was the late hall of famer Frank Arndt, was praised by association manager Gene Skalba as being one of the best league secretaries in the association. She was presented by her daughter, Danielle, who communicated the importance of bowling in the family’s life.
“We always called the lanes our second home, which I think, in a way, was true because bowling is not only a sport but a form of family,” Danielle said. “If it wasn’t for bowling, my family wouldn’t have as many great, close friends, and we wouldn’t be among this great extended family today.”
Schipper was presented by his sister, Lynn Yeo, his step son, Billy Robinson, and children Jason and Brittany — all accomplished bowlers who acknowledged Schipper’s influence on their bowling success.
“Not only is my dad my inspiration and the best dad I could have, he’s also the greatest coach I’ve ever known,” Jason said of Schipper, whose accomplishments include four association tournament titles and being the only bowler to win back-to-back all-tournament titles.
Couburn, whose 814 series on Nov. 10, 1985 was the first 800 series by a woman in Indiana, was presented by long-time friend Linda Hodges. She shared Couburn’s journey to a long and joyful life in the sport as a respected league and tournament bowler and manager of the old Gateway Lanes in Chesterton.
“Her bowling earned her Post-Tribune Queen bowler nine times,” Hodges said. “Her name was at the top of the local bowling column time and time again.”
McWhirter was presented by friend Fred Nystrom, who came off more like a brother as he shared McWhirter’s bowling accomplishments, which included two 800s and seven 300 games.
“I came from a very small family,” Nystrom said. “But I feel like I’m a part of big family here in the Northwest Indiana, and I want to thank Frank and his family for making mine a part of his.”