BELOIT - The Greater Beloit Bowling Council Hall of Fame became a little richer over the weekend with the addition of three outstanding individuals.
Ken George Jr., Jenny Carpenter and Bill Moore, three names synonymous with superior bowling were added to the Hall during a ceremony at La Casa Grande Restaurant. Todd Kjell's Culver's of Belvidere, which has been an avid supporter of both teams and tournaments, was saluted as the Sponsor of the Year.
• KEN GEORGE JR: Ken George Sr. and wife wife Pat were both regular bowlers in Beloit and routinely dragged Ken George Jr. (born Sept. 14, 1956) and his older brother Jeff to the lanes. Ken Sr. tended bar at Bowl Aire Lanes for proprietor Les Dooley.
The George family's bowling legacy actually starts way before that. In 1928, Ken's uncle, Russell George, bowled the first-ever 300 game in Beloit. Twenty-three years passed before another was bowled in the city. Russell George also shot the first-ever 700 in Beloit that year - 13 years before another was rolled here.
By the time he was 12, Ken Jr., was also working at Bowl Aire doing odd jobs. He bowled in the city's first Adult/Junior League, the Ma, Pa and Kids League on Sundays. His high game as a junior was a 266 and he had several 600 series to his credit.
In his first adult league, he bowled with his father, brother Jeff, Lou Gregus and Denny Dooley.
The George family has a long affiliation with the city series record. Jeff George was 18 in 1972 when he set the Beloit city mark at 782. Seven years later, Ken was bowling on the adjacent lanes to Al Marsden when Al broke that record with an 826. Fifteen years later, Ken figured it was his turn. Bowling in the Classic League at R&R Bowl on Jan. 6, 1994, he started a series off with games of 288 and 278. He threw a strike to start his third game only to be told he was on the wrong lane. He still went on to roll a 279 for an 845 that eclipsed Marsden's record.
Ken was also bowling next to fellow HOF inductee Bill Moore when Bill broke his record with an 847. When that record fell to Rich Zarnstroff with an 879, Ken was also bowling.
Ken George Sr., who was inducted into was the HOF in 1978, was the only George not to hold the city record. He did have a high series of a season, earning an Award of Merit 40 years before son Ken earned the same award.
In all, Ken Jr., rolled nine 300 games in his career and three 800 series. His final 800 was an 814 eight weeks after his record-setting 845 in the same league. he has averaged over 200 for the past 37 years with a high of 221. He was named to several All-Star teams and was the Lucky Wells Award recipient in 1995. he has won the city scratch and handicap All Events title in 1977 and 1981 with a scratch score of 2,048.
Ken Jr. has bowled in 15 state events with a high game of 299 in Waukesha in 2011 and high series of 761 in Appleton in 1999. He has bowled in 10 national events. He was a finalist in the Pabst Tournament many times and has a career-best fifth-place finish in the Beloit Daily News Holiday Tournament.
He still bowls regularly on Wednesday nights at Diamond Lanes with son Tory, Lyle Schober, Johnny Ward and Brock Jorgensen with is wife, Lori, filling in. Ken still throws a 25-year-old ball and averages over 200.
• BILL MOORE: Born in Rockford on Oct. 5, 1966, Bill and his younger brother Larry Jr., also grew up in a bowling family. His parents both bowled regularly at Westmore Lanes. Bill joined his first bowling league when he was 8 at Don Carter Lanes. Three years later, his family moved to Roscoe.
By the time he was 20, Bill joined his father and Dick Metzger in the Tuesday Night Trio League at Westmore. He averaged 170 that first year in the adult leagues. His bowling career took off when he moved over to Edgewood Lanes in Roscoe. When that center closed its doors in 1996, he moved to Bowl Aire Lanes and rolled in the Moose League for three years, then it was on to Viking Lanes on Thursday nights for the next 15 years.
From there, he went to Diamond Lanes where he bowled in the Classic League on Thursday with the Mouse Team of Dan Bucholtz, Steve Tabbert, Russ Tabbert and Dennis Muth.
Bill has averaged over 200 in the Beloit association for over 20 years. His high league average is 228 at Diamond Lanes. He has rolled 10 300 games, all in the Beloit association at either Viking or Diamond. He also had a 298 at Bowl Aire.
The highlight of his career came in the city tournament Feb. 17, 2001. During the team event, he started off with a 300, then had games of 279 and 268 for a city record 847.
Bill has bowled in 25 national tournaments with a high game of 277. He bowled in the nationals in La Vegas in 2016 with his dad, his brother Larry and his sons Brian and Blake.
Bill is the current president of the local WIIL USBC bowling associaiton as well as vice president of the GBBC.
• JEN CARPENTER: One of the best female bowlers in the area for years, Jen got an early start. Her parents, Mary and Don Carpenter, had her bowling by the time she was 4. Mary Carpenter was inducted into the HOF in 1999.
Early on as a junior bowler, Jen used to switch from left to right hand when she got tired. Finally choosing to stick with left-handed was a wise choice. She was twice named Bowler of the Year, in 1989-90 and 1991-92. She won four Daily News titles, in 1990 (204 average), 1991 (208), 2008 (213) and 2009 (210). She also won the Diet Pepsi Open in 1991 and 1992 and was a member of the first place team in the city tournament in 2001.
She was a member of a pair of city record holding teams. she teamed with Amy Williams, Trisha Cliffe, Jen Wolff, Nikki Fuentes and Kerry Wolff to set the mark for 4-won/1-male team with a 1,231 game and 3,567 series. She teamed with Amy Williams, Mindy Birch, Nikkie Fuentes, Trisha Cliffe to set the 5-women mark of 3,293.
Jen has competed in many city tournaments with a number of high finishes. She also has competed in 25 state tournaments and six nationals.
Among her most memorable achievements was her first victory in the BDN Tournament in 1990 before many family and friends. In 1992-93 she had 11 strikes in a row before throwing a 6-count in the 12th for a career-best 296.
She still bowls regularly in three leagues at Diamond.