By Al Pote, For September 22, 2009

Jason Queen will lead a group of six new members into the Decatur Bowling Hall of Fame during the annual induction ceremony on October 24.

Entering the shrine alongside Queen will be fellow Performance vote-winner Trinity Bush, Meritorious Service honorees Jim Calvert and Eileen Zilz, and Veteran inductees John Hilligoss and Alyce Belden.

Queen, 36, was elected in his first year of eligibility, and his list of credentials is as long as his 33-year career on the lanes. Now residing in Oreana, Queen made his first national impact with his 1997 ABC Masters title. Jason rolled a perfect game to win his semifinal match and defeated PBA veteran Eric Forkel to win the major championship.

Complementing his 18 local association titles, Queen has also earned an equal number of State Tournament championships.

Queen has been a member of the PBA since 2000, earning ten regional tournament titles, and Jason competed in 70 events on what is now the Lumber Liquidators Tour.

In those national tournaments, Queen cashed 50 times, made match-play on 23 occasions, and appeared on one ESPN-televised final, finishing 2nd in Erie, PA in 2002. Locally, Queen remained in the news on Thursday by rolling another perfect game in the Pla-Mor Men's League.

Trinity Bush has captured seven Decatur Women's Association tournament titles and one 600-Club Doubles crown. Bush has a 298 and 299 on her record list, with a high three-game series of 750.

A six-time member of the ladies' All-Star team, Bush has a career high average of 206.

In 2003, Jim Calvert was voted by his peers as the Illinois State Junior Bowling Coach-of-the-Year. Calvert, 68, has mentored Decatur youth bowlers for three decades, both in Saturday leagues and at Richland CC.

Until recently, Calvert also competed in local body-building competitions, and he rolled the first of his two career 300 games in 2006 at the age of 65.

Eileen Zilz has been heavily active in both Decatur women's bowling and golf, volunteering her services for more than 40 years. Zilz has participated in 39 Women's State Bowling championships and has three city titles to her credit.

Zilz has paced the Decatur Women's 600-Club for 22 years as its President, also serving on a majority of DWBA committees and in lane inspection services.

In 1996, an injury forced John Hilligoss to change from his already-accomplished right-handed delivery to southpaw. The transition did not take long, and Hilligoss is one of the rare bowlers to have earned ambidextrous USBC award scores.

Hilligoss, 65, has captured two City Mixed titles and has high series of 788 as a righty and 791 as a lefty. The head of an avid bowling family, Hilligoss has also volunteered for Special Olympics and has been an officer in several bowling leagues.

Alyce Belden enters the Decatur Bowling Hall of Fame with three City titles and two 600-Club wins, and she is still an avid participant in daytime leagues. Belden has a career-high average of 182, with personal top scores of 268 and 654.

The six new members will be inducted at the annual dinner-dance at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, and tickets are being sold by bowling centers and current Hall members. The cost is $30, and entertainment will be provided by Kevin Howard's Wasted-Times DJ Service.

FREY NOTCHES FIRST 800: Sixteen-year-old Tim Frey fired games of 258, 267 and 276 on Saturday morning at Spare Time Lanes, resulting in the highest series of his youth career, an 801.

"I was so pumped, having the front nine in the last game with a chance for 300 and 825," Frey said. "I threw it too hard (on the first ball in the 10th) and left the bucket, but this time, I made it and got a strike on the last ball to clinch that 800."

Among the adults, Chris Lacy reached 300 for the first time on Sept. 13 in Spare Time league competition.
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Final Results of the 2018-2019 Open Championships (City Tournament)

80th Annual Decatur USBC Open
Championship: Feb. 16-Mar. 10, 2019 - at Spare Time Lanes

Handicap Singles

  • Daniel Goebel - 793
  • Cory Hollis - 768
  • Michael Abel - 756

Scratch Singles

  • Phillip Barry - 747
  • Shawn Reed - 738
  • Jason Queen - 729

Handicap Doubles

  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1533
  • Garrett Strohl/Jarid Thompson - 1488
  • Bob Gray/Frank Bilyeu - 1458

Scratch Doubles

  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1533
  • Tim Frey/Phillip Barry - 1372
  • Patty Dodd/Bennie Holman - 1358

Handicap All Events

  • Cory Hollis - 2285
  • Bryson Poe - 2210
  • Jason Queen - 2168

Scratch All-Events

  • Jason Queen - 2168
  • Tim Frey - 2156
  • James Heckwine - 2113

Handicap Team

  • Nic Riley (Nic Riley, Ben McCoy, Michael Wilcox, Jon Alford, Phillip Barry) - 3634
  • Dad's Team - 3535
  • Bring Back Pla-Mor - 3406

Scratch Team

  • Nic Riley (Nic Riley, Ben McCoy, Michael Wilcox, Jon Alford, Phillip Barry) - 3567
  • Bring Back Pla-Mor - 3406
  • Balls Deep - 3187