Editor’s note: Lane Lafler is a director with the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association Board and Hall of Fame committee member.
The Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame inducted four new members as earlier this year at the Marion American Legion — Dan Balta, Tracy Bell, Kirk Hauskins and Karmen Munson.
This is another strong group of inductees who have had huge successes on the lanes.
Dan Balta started bowling when he was 8 years old in Duquesne, Pa., inspired by his father. His career took off and he ended up bowling at Penn State for four years while in college, the last two as team captain. The team was ranked fifth in the nation during his senior season.
Balta has more than 73 300 games, 39 800 series (865 being his highest) and his highest average was 238. He average better than 230 the last 13 years. He was a member of Strike Zone Pro Shop that set a state team series record of 3,875 in 2014, the highest in the nation that season.
Bell started winning awards as a youth bowler in 1977 and has never looked back. On Jan. 5, 1995, he was a member of a team that set a city team record series on 3,529. He bowled 21 300 games, seven 800 series (825 his highest), three 299 games, 20 11 in a row awards and more than 250 700 series. Bell has maintained a 200 average since 1987 with 231 his highest. By rolling a 300 game and 800 series in each decade since the 1980s, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Hauskins started bowling as a 5-years-old and rolled a 299 high game and a 799 high series as a youth. This was an indication of great things to come. He has 72 300 games, 12 299 games, 45 800 series (856 his highest twice). He has held an accumulated average of 232 in 36 leagues since 2000 with 242 as his highest. Hauskins was on a team that set a state record of 3,775 in 1999 when he rolled one of his 856 series. His team, Cotton Gallery, won the 2016-17 city team title with a 3,538.
Munson’s career started in 1995 when some friends asked her to bowl. Her accomplishments consist of two 300 games, eight 700 series, with a high of 771. She has averaged 180 or better the last six years with 191 as her highest. She is the only woman in the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association to roll back-to-back 300 games, in 2010. Munson has been successful on the national level, as well, by placing first in the Illinois Central Invitational and once placed 11th at the national tournament.
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The nomination of bowlers to the Hall of Fame committee shows the talent in the Cedar Rapids area. It all starts with the youth leagues who garner their talent with top-rated coaches facilities.
If anyone has questions on how to become eligible for the Hall of Fame, please contact any of the Hall of Fame committee members or anyone who is on the association board.