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21-year-old Victorian rolls first 300 game

By Victoria Advocate
July 16, 2014 at 2:16 a.m.


Steve Dickinson and Jacob Silgero share the spotlight this week by virtue of their great bowling during Rolling Thunder League play.

Dickinson earned the high series honors by rolling games of 248, 276 and 213 to total 737.

The 21-year-old Silgero bowled his first 300 game in the third game of league play. He had started with games of 222 and 193 to finish with a 715 set. Silgero's previous high game was bowled last year when he rolled a 298 individual.

Dave Matthews posted the second high series with a great 290 third game helping toward a 729 total. His first two games were 212 and 227.

Steve Zeplin and Mike Stacy also broke the 700 mark. Zeplin rolled a 257 high game on his way to a 718, and Stacy posted a 267 high individual and 715 total.

Matthews and Silgero rolled the most strikes in the three games with 26.

Other scores of note for the men were Max Soliz (247-690), Shawn Miller (289-680), Jon Walden (248-675), Victor Thomas (256-666), Zack Wilfert (254-660), Bucky Hartman (246-657), Michael Conchola (648), Sterling Kocian (256) and Chance Youngblood (248).

Denise Gabrysch posted the high score for the women with a 236 high game contributing toward a 554 series.

This week, I will touch on the history of the Campus/Woodlawn Lanes, which was open from 1953 until 2012.

Gene Bailey had played major league ball in the 1930s and '40s. After he retired, he opened a bowling house in Houston.

He wanted to move to a small town, so in October 1953, in partnership with Ed Brooks, he installed six lanes in the closed Campus Theater on Red River Street in Victoria.

It was named the Campus because of its proximity to the Victoria Junior College campus.

Brooks had been a Seabee in World War II and had constructed many Quonset huts in the Pacific, so when he built the theater in 1950, he used the same design of a round metal building.

As I mentioned last week, I started setting pins at the Campus Lanes in the summer of 1954. With school out, many young teenage kids tried their hand at setting pins. Some of the young kids who also set pins were Rudy Huerta, Gilbert Gonzales, John Brooks, James Weaver, Ray Goodwin, Bill Vincent and Robert Waldrop. My apologies to the many other pinsetters I failed to mention.

A bonus for the pin boys was that after the lanes closed for the night, Ed Brooks would frequently take the boys to Earl's Cafe for a hamburger and soda.

Bailey sold out to Brooks in 1955 and moved to Port Lavaca, where he opened another bowling house.

About 1956, Brooks sold the bowling house to Joe Russell and Ted Reed and moved to El Campo.

They installed automatic pinsetters in 1957 and sold the lanes to Dan Martin, who ran it for a couple of years before selling it to Monroe Schroeder.

Schroeder expanded the Campus from six lanes to 10 and changed the name from Campus to Woodlawn in 1960.

Claude Eichman and Denton Parsons acquired the lanes from Schroeder around 1964 and ran it for two years until Ed Brooks returned in 1966 and, with the help of his son John, bought the equipment.

Ed Brooks ran the lanes until he died in 1968.

Danny Thompson managed the lanes for Paul Baker for a couple of years until 1970.

Larry Newman and Joe Newsom bought the Woodlawn and made some upgrades to improve business.

In 1973, Marie Worsham and son Keith assumed management of the Woodlawn and had many years of ownership until 2008.

With business slowing down and upgrades needed to the building and equipment, the Woodlawn was sold to Bull Martinez and Brian Ferguson with the intent of closing the business and turning the building into a warehouse.

However, at the request of many of Woodlawn bowlers to keep the lanes open, Martinez and Ferguson invested money in remodeling the interior and some equipment upgrades.

New ownership came in 2011, and when business did not pick up, they decided to close the lanes in the 2012.

It was a sad ending for a bowling center where a lot of good times were enjoyed.

Monroe Schroeder bowled the first sanctioned 300 in Victoria in 1961 at the Woodlawn.

I personally have many fond memories in my association with the lanes.

While working as a pin boy from 1954 to 1957, I remember bowlers like Preston Salziger II, Buck Boehl and Jack Weaver tipping the pinsetters after they finished open-play bowling by rolling quarters down the lane to the pit.

I started bowling in the Red River League at the Woodlawn in 1955 with Texaco as our sponsor and bowled against teams like Trunkline Gas, Lone Star Beer, Pearl Beer, Central Express and later Red Arrow Express.

I remember the pot games on weekends in the late 60s that would last until 2 and 3 a.m.

Those were the days when bowling's popularity was growing tremendously and new bowling centers were being opened all across the country. At one time, Edna, Cuero and Goliad had bowling houses.

Next week, I will cover the Palace Lanes' history.

ROLLING THUNDER 1ST (3-way tie) THE CROSSROADS ROLLERS, SOFA KING GOOD, PAY-PER-VIEW. Women: D. Gabrysch 236-554; O. Jackson 549; J. McNary 530; K. Miller 501; Men: S. Dickinson 276-737; D. Matthews 290-729; S. Zeplin 257-718; M. Stacy 267-715; J. Silgero 300-715; M. Soliz 247-690; S. Miller 289-680; J. Walden 248-675; V. Thomas 256-666; Z. Wilfert 254-660; B. Hartman 246-657; M. Conchola 229-648; T. Crowe 225-646; K. Iraggi 228-645; M. Gshwind 227-643; M. Osterson 235-640; R. Aguayo 238-639; S. Kocian 256-637; J. Blount 245-624; D. Knowlan 230-619; C. Youngblood 248-613; C. Hoff 232-608 T. Bennett 600; C. Flores 592; A. Flores 589; J. Henneke 586; A. Matejek 585; M. Unger 581; G. Berger 578; R. Vasquez 234-577; H. Tesch 575; G. Hatter Jr. 574; M. Mathieu 572; H. Hernandez 566; B. Korczynski 565; A. Whitehead 563; M. Shows 560; R. Gonzales 558; A. Williams 557; R. Mason 241; J. Brooks 225; FUNTAPPERS (No Tap) 1st Team 8 Women: C. Danesi 225-613; Men: M. Michalec 287-692; J.Lesikar 276-678; J. Holbert 253-663; R. Kalmus 287; SUMMER YOUTH Girls: S. Wharton 210-445; Boys: N. Lara 135-347; Pee Wee Girls: F. Cooper 104-187; Boys: E. Dunn 73-140;

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