Holthouse, Lusk Inducted Into JABC Hall Of Fame
CELORON — Two area residents were recognized for their bowling accomplishments Saturday with their induction into the Jamestown Area Bowling Council Hall of Fame.
Juanita Holthouse and the late Randall Lusk were honored at an induction ceremony and banquet at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, bringing the number of inductees to 104.
Following are their accomplishments:
Holthouse has been bowling in the JAUSBC for four decades and involved administratively, serving as a league officer and as a director for the JAUSBC for many years.
Besides serving as team captain in her leagues, she has also held positions of president and secretary. Being a JAUSBC director for many years and serving on the budget and finance and prize committees, she was instrumental in attaining and collecting prizes for the annual city tournament from the Sherman/Clymer area.
On the lanes, Holthouse produced a high series of 614 and high game of 255 while also averaging in the 150s. She traveled to state and national tournaments, and participated in more than 30 local ones; and was a member of the 500 and 600 clubs. Even though she can’t bowl anymore due to health reasons, Holthouse was competing in senior leagues just a few years ago.
Holthouse’s contributions and volunteer services off the lanes are also one of her attributes. She is a 33-year member of her VFW auxiliary where she has served as secretary for the last 16 years. She is very involved in her North Clymer church where she sings in the choir, and she also volunteers her time to her VFW Post No. 8647 in efforts to raise funds for the Hospice bowling benefit.
A resident of Stow with her husband, Paul, Holthouse is the daughter of the late Raymond and Audrey Akam Schurman. She has five siblings.
Even though he had been off the lanes for a number of years before his passing, Lusk and the Lusk name were synonymous with the Jamestown-area bowling scene for many years. His parents and brother were all excellent bowlers and, no doubt, Randy followed in their footsteps, earning him induction based upon his superior performance.
Lusk started bowling as a child and continued as a member of Jamestown High School’s bowling team, which won the county rolloffs and finished second at the state tournament. In 1973, he competed in the inaugural Pepsi-Cola Junior Masters at Ten Pin Lanes and finished second, bowling against the likes of future Hall-of-Famers Jim Mee and Brian Kennelley, as well as Gene Shoup and Jon Payne, just to name a few.
In 1979, Lusk moved on to adult leagues where he competed for more than two decades, bowling in numerous men’s and mixed leagues, and also serving in different officer positions along the way. His high career average was a 220, bowled in two different leagues and two different houses. His high series was an 822 in 1986, he rolled two 300 games and two 299 games, including one while being broadcast on live radio.
Lusk competed in many state tournaments; participated in more than 20 local ones; and he converted the 7-10 split, not once, but twice.
Lusk resided in Lakewood and is survived by his son, Andrew; his mother, Joyce; and his sisters, Sharon and Debbie. He was predeceased by his father, Roy; his brother, Dave; and his brother, Terry.