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Two inducted into Mercer County HOF


Anthony Boggs of Struthers and John Caracci of Masury were inducted into the Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Boggs began his bowling career at the age of 12 in the Slovak League in Girard and went on to win the doubles tournament with his partner. Boggs has 11 300 games to his name, four 800 series with his highest being an 812 and high sanctioned average of 234.

Boggs bowls on Wednesday Night Coors Light league at Ten Pin with fellow inductee Evan Muller, Shawn Hoover and Rick Busch. In 2006 Boggs won the Youngstown Senior Masters.

Caracci comes from a long line of bowlers. His mother Ann and sister Debbie Bashor are past MCBHF inductees.

John began his bowling career on Sunday night in the Kennedy Catholic league at Thornton Hall and bowled for 28 years with all of those years in the MCBA. John has bowled in nine leagues throughout his career.

Caracci has bowled in 20 USBC national tournaments, 17 MCBA tournaments, 12 Slovak national tournaments, Hoinke and many in-house tournaments in Mercer County. He averaged over 200 for 13 years. He has won six Pennsylvania State tournaments, one Hoinke and many in-house tournaments in Mercer County.

Caracci rolled his first and only 300 game. In 1994, he rolled series of 832 and 813.

Senior women’s event at Wedgewood Lanes


The Youngstown-Salem USBC Women’s Bowling Association’s 26th annual Senior Tournament is set for April 7-8 at Wedgewood Lanes, 1741 S. Raccoon Rd.

There will be five divisions contested —AA (77 years and older), A (70-76), B (65-69), C (60-64) and D (55-59).

This will be a classified tournament consisting of three games. Total pinfall for the three games, including handicap 80 percent of 200 will determine the winner in each division.

Bowlers must be sanctioned members of the Youngstown-Salem USBC WBA. All entrants and replacements must be current members in good standing and must be at least 55. Proof of age will be required at check-in.

Entrants will use their highest final USBC sanctioned league average as of the end of the 2016-17 winter season of 12 games or more. If there is no 2016-17 average, the highest average of a sanctioned league of at least 12 games may be used.

If no previous average, bowlers may use their current sanctioned league average of at least 12 games at the time of bowling. A league secretary’s signature is required.

If no qualifying average exists, entrants must bowl scratch.

Entries close on April 2. One squad only will bowl on April 7 at 2 p.m. On April 8, squad times are 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. and bowlers must choose a time.

The fee is $18, which includes a prize fee of $9.75, a bowling fee of $6.75 and $1.50 in tournament expenses.

Call Betty Kana at 330-540-4644 for more information.

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