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Mercer HOF inducts James, D’Angelo, Rossi, Clayton



Published: Sun, March 4, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

SEE ALSO: Hubbard girls finish as state runners-up in bowling; Wess 3rd in individual standings

The Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame inducted four new members on Feb. 25.

Almeda James, Gabe D’Angelo, Paul Clayton and Gene “Pie” Rossi were the new inductees.

Also, youth honorees were Michael Rodemoyer and LaVica Dunkerley.

James has been a member of the Shenango Valley Woman’s Bowling Association for more than 45 years and has been bowling for more than 50. Her high average was 165, high series 620 and high game 235.

She was a pioneer in helping organize the first two black leagues in the Shenango Valley: Hits and Misses and the Keystone Mixed League.

D’Angelo has been a member of the Mercer County Men’s Bowling Association for more than 32 years and has been bowling for over 40. He has a high average of 185, high series of 673 and high game of 290.

He began bowling in 1970 on a date with his fiance, Kathie, who became his wife of 40 years.

Clayton has been bowling for more than 47 years, including 45 in the Mercer County USBC, formerly the Mercer County Men’s Bowling Association. He served on the board of directors for 27 years and he served on the Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame board of directors for 21 years.

Bowling for more than 32 years, Rossi has been a member of the Mercer County Men’s Bowling Association for more than 24 years. He is currently in six leagues in the tri-state area. His high average was 224 and high series 783. Three of his five 300 games were in competition.

Colaizzis high rollers

Chris Colaizzi had 805 while his son, Matt Colaizzi, had 737 in Charlie’s Service/Bedford Trails at Holiday on Feb. 28.

Matt, who is on the same team, finally beat his dad in the last game, 258 to 248.


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