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Inductees join women’s hall of fame

Published: Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

STERLING – The Sterling U.S. Bowling Congress Women’s Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame was May 17, at the Moose Family Center.

Vicky Nielsen was inducted in the outstanding bowler category. She has bowled for more than 30 years and has held many offices in many leagues.

She is vice president of the Sterling association, and helped to form the local hall of fame in 1999.

Her high average is 195, high series 727, and high game 300. In 1999, she was the first woman to bowl a 300 in the area

Margaret Rausch was awarded the Meritorious Service Award. She has bowled for more than 50 years in local and state tournaments.

She was the vice president of the Rock River Women’s Bowling Association, which is now part of the Sterling association.

She stopped bowling in 2011 for health reasons.

An “in memoriam induction” went to the Doris Leopard, who died in 1999. She was active in the Rock Falls Bowling Association, and was inducted into its hall of fame in 1991.

Leopard was a 20-year club member of the Illinois State Women’s Bowling Association.

She also was a local 600 club member, winning the Sterling association’s tournament in 1981, with her daughter, Lorrie. Their win was with a doubles scratch of 1,106.

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