Bowling organization to honor Haefke, Mineo
By John BaSSETTI
The 36th annual hall of fame induction of the Youngstown-Salem USBC Women’s Bowling Association will be held this evening at Lucianno’s Cafe & Banquet Center.
The two inductees for 2012 are Susan Mineo in the achievement category and Linda Haefke as a star of yesteryear.
Linda Haefke (Star of Yesteryear)
A Youngstown Women’s Bowling Association member for 35 years who reached a high average of 194, highest three-game series of 719 and top single game of 299.
Haefke bowled in 30 YWBA city tournaments, 20-plus Ohio Women’s Bowling Association state tournaments and one national.
She had many 260-or-better games and several 700s and placed among the top 10 averages. In 1980, Linda was the city singles champion with actual 654 and 717 handicap.
She was on the city tournament team actual champion in 1981 with Rose Bowles, Dee Lathrop, Betty Niziolek and Nancy Sauerwein in 1988, and in 1990 with Helen Miller, Donna Lorenzi, Sherrie Skelton and Roselyn Bettura with 2854 and 2647, respectively.
In 1989, Haefke and Bettura won the city doubles event and, in 1985, she seized the Ohio Women’s Bowling Association league medal award with a 299. Haefke also reigned in the YWBA Division I high-game category with 299, when she carried a 175 average.
Haefke has held positions of secretary/treasurer in several leagues such as the All-Star Travel League, Applewood Chiropractic Classic, Sneaky Greek Ladies and Wedgewood Ladies Trio.
Haefke also coached juniors bowlers at Wedgewood and was on the Junior Bowling Association board and held the office of vice-president.
Susan Mineo (Achievement)
In over 24 years as a member of the YWBA, Mineo’s high average was 222, high three-game set 783 and high game of 300 four times.
She bowled in 24 city tournaments, seven Ohio Women’s Bowling Association state tournaments and five national tournaments.
Mineo has been a 200-plus average bowler for each of the last 16 seasons as well as tossing many 260s-or-better and 700s.
In 1984 and 1985, she was “Bowler of the Year” and in 1986 and 1987 she was the Youngstown Junior Open champion.
Mineo won the Youngstown Women’s Scratch Masters Tournament in 2004 and 2005 and, since 2005, had four top-10 finishes, a third-place finish in 2012 and seven top 25 finishes in the past eight years at Ohio Queens events.
With husband Ed, Mineo won the summertime Mar-Hill Mixed Doubles in 2004.
In 2002, she won mixed doubles in the Charlotte Fairchild Memorial and also won the Central States Mixed Doubles Tournament and well as being its actual winner. Mineo also has seven team titles in Central States events and, in 2008, was Central’s all-events actual champion.
She was the 2009 city tournament’s all-events actual winner and was first in the Akron Proprietors Mixed Trio Scratch Tournament with her husband and Dean Billings.
Mineo has top 10 finishes in PWBA regionals — her highest being a runner-up finish in the Straub Open in Dubois, Pa. in 2001.
She was an Ohio USBC Women’s Bowling Association all-star in 2009 and an Akron all-star first-teamer in 2004-05 and 2005-06. In 2008-09, she finished 12th in the country in doubles and 17th in all-events at the USBC Women’s National. She has national recognition for high single-game series of 770 on April 9, 2002 and for a 753 with teammates Su Bachinger and Michele Mineo on Jan. 26, 1999.
Mineo placed third at the 2012 Ohio Queens in Lancaster and was also the Youngstown-Salem USBC women’s city tournament doubles actual winner with Marla Chicase with 1362.
She was inducted into the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012.