The Jamestown Area Bowling Council Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Oct. 5 at the Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center.
Chris Hooper, Brian Kennelley, Charles Lamb, Nick Miletti Jr., Ang Valvo, Ken Weilacher, R.J. Williams and Skete Williams will be the inductees this year.
There will be a cash bar at 6 p.m. with a prime rib buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for $22 from Mary Gayton at Jamestown Bowling Company, call 483-1818, or Patty Hurtack at 488-0580.
Below are the biographies for each of the inductees:
Maple Springs native Chris Hooper made a name for himself during a long career, both locally and as a Professional Bowling Association member, beginning in 1990 and continuing today.
Hooper was a member of the Jamestown Area association from 1988 through 2012 and posted a career high average of 232. His high 3-game set was an 848, which he rolled in a tournament at Cutting Lanes and the powerful right-hander collected a total of 20 300 games as a USBC member and had five more while competing on the PBA tour.
Hooper was the all-time money winner on the "Jamestown TV Bowling Challenge" during its 16-year run on Time Warner Cable 8, winning numerous matches and weekly titles and he made the national PBA tour telecast on ESPN in 1996 at the Rochester Open where he finished third.
He also was a regional PBA champion, winning the PBA Dynothane Open in 1997 and was a member of "Team Storm" from 1997-2000.
Hooper continues to reside in Maple Springs.
Brian Kennelley's long career began as a junior bowler at Fountain Bowl and his achievements on the lanes made him one of the best the area has ever produced.
Averaging more than 200 for most of his career seemed to come easy and the righty posted five sanctioned 300 games, as well as three 299s and a 298, along with countless 700 sets. He reached his high series, an 835, in 1999. He also was a member of many of the area's top classic league teams.
Kennelley hit the high point of his career in 1985 when he and fellow hall-of-famer Bob Weeks and George Adams rolled an 836 3-man team game and on that same night, fired a team series of 2,293 for the Frewsburg Hotel.
In March 1986, Kennelley, Weeks and Jim Payne threw a 2,246 team series and in the 1998-99 season, he won the Division A singles and all-events in the Jamestown Area City Tournament.
Kennelley recently returned to league bowling after several years off, but never really "retired" from sport, bowling at least once per year with his children in annual Thanksgiving tournaments.
He resides in Jamestown and has three children, Devon, Amanda and Danielle.
CHARLES S. LAMB
The late Charles S. Lamb's accomplishments in a career that began in the 1940s and extended into the 1970s might be considered modest by today's high-scoring standards, but his heyday was during an era where lacquer was the choice for lane conditioning, black rubber was the primary material used for bowling balls and pins were made of solid wood.
Keeping that in perspective, Lamb held a 200-plus average for most of the years in competed in several leagues and he posted a career high 663 series with a high game of 263, along with dozens of 200s and 600 sets, using his exceptional eye/hand coordination and accuracy.
He also participated many of the Moose state tournaments during his career.
Lamb passed away in 1991.
NICK MILETTI JR.
Even though he's been off the lanes for a number of years, there are few people in the bowling community who aren't familiar with Nick Miletti's name.
Miletti was a powerful left-hander whose career began as a junior bowler, primarily at the former Ten Pin Lanes where he turned the local bowling world on its ear in 1973 when he threw a 300 game. The ball Miletti used that day is housed in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame.
He also took first place in the Western New York High School Bowling Championships at Leisure Lanes in Hamburg in 1974.
Miletti then moved on to adult competition and was a member of the Jamestown Area association for 20 years and was also a PBA member for 12 years.
His high career average was 222 during the 1992-93 season and his high 3-game series was an 813, which he rolled in 1985 and at that time, was a city association record. Miletti recorded a total of six sanctioned 300 games as well.
He represented New York State in the National No-Tap Singles Tournament in Las Vegas in 1982 and also participated in a number national and regional tournaments.
Miletti now resides in Lakewood and has two daughters, Taryn and Kady. He's also been a U.S. Postal Service employee for many years in the Jamestown area.
Ang Valvo, like Charles S. Lamb, competed during the sports "golden era," long before reactive bowling balls became the norm and accuracy was key to scoring consistently.
Valvo was a member of the Jamestown Area association from 1952 to 1990 during his lengthy career, he posted a high average of 192 at the former Spring Street lanes, He also had a high 3-game series of 749 and threw one sanctioned 300 game in 1976.
Valvo also was a featured member of several of the area's best classic league teams during his career and he was fortunate to have competed in a number of American Bowling Congress tournaments.
He also competed on the old "Beat the Champ" bowling show, which ran for many years on Channel 4 in Buffalo.
Valvo resides in Jamestown with his wife, Lorraine, and is the father of three daughters, Joann, Judy and Jackie.
For those who competed against him, it's fair to say that Ken Weilacher likely threw one of the strongest balls in this area's history.
Quite often, Weilacher didn't need to use one of the softer-surface, ultra-powerful reactive bowling balls that you could hook gutter to gutter, which most bowlers covet to this day.
Instead, he would pull a rock-hard plastic, silver-sparkled Columbia ball from his bag and quietly throw a 750 series, leaving his opponents in disbelief and defeated!
Weilacher was an association member from 1977 to 2002 and was a fixture in all of the area's classic leagues and his career numbers were classic as well.
The lanky right-hander had seven sanctioned 300 games and four 800 sets, including an 855 total that was a city record from 1987 to 2006. He also carried a 215-plus average.
Weilacher served as an officer and team captain in numerous leagues and was instrumental in running many of the area's sweepers and tournaments at both the former Ten Pin Lanes and Satellite Bowl (now known as Jamestown Bowling Company) where he worked. He also operated the legendary Ten Pin Lanes Classic for two years.
He also participated in hundreds of local and state tournaments and held a PBA card from 1984 to 1989, rolling in seven national events with the help and support of his father-in-law, Tom Trusso Sr.
Weilacher resides in West Ellicott with his wife, Judy.
At his peak, few bowlers were as outwardly competitive or determined as R.J. Williams. He loved being in the anchor position on a team when a key shot to win a match was required and most of the time, the result was a strike and a victory.
Williams rolled in leagues, both in Jamestown and in northwestern Pennsylvania for 20 years from 1981 to 2000. During that time, his carried an astounding average that exceeded 230, racked up 25 sanctioned 300 games, seven 299 games, three 298 games and a high series of 824 in 1994.
In 1997, Williams and Todd Berry combined for a 589 two-man team game and in 2000, Williams and lefty Ralph Clark produced a two-man/four-game 2,046 series.
Williams also held a PBA card for many years and finished 24th at the PBA Spitfire Open at Eastway Lanes in Erie, where he rolled a 300 game during qualifying and posted victories over PBA legends Brian Voss and Walter Ray Williams Jr. He also competed in countless tournaments and sweepers, as well as other out-of-area events.
Williams resides in Sugar Grove with his wife, Felicia and two children, Griffin and Ramsey.
Like his brother, R.J. Williams, Skete Williams was a fierce competitor when it came to throwing a bowling ball.
A long-time member of the Jamestown Area association, he was a fixture in a number of the area's top classic league from 1982 to 2002, putting up big numbers week after week.
His highest career average was 228, but one of his top highlights was throwing an 853 series back in 1992, which was second to fellow hall-of fame inductee Ken Weilacher's 855 mark.
Williams also collected 16 sanctioned 300 games, five 299 games and a pair of 298 games and countless high 700 sets along the way.
The Williams brothers often bowled together and in March 1994, R.J., Skete and brother Tim Williams, an outstanding bowler in his own right, set an local association record with a huge 2,333 three-man team series. Twenty years later, that mark still stands.
Williams also was a member of the PBA for a number of years and was the also the winner of the Challenge 15 in Rochester in 1994, pocketing $2,500.
Williams resides in Sugar Grove with his wife, Michelle, and three daughters, Taylor, Tracy and Kristen.