Another Legendary Carter Passes
Barely two months after the bowling world mourned the loss of Don Carter, LaVerne Carter passed away on March 9. She was 86.
“The Blonde Bombshell,” as she was known in the ’50s and ’60s, Carter won numer- ous national titles, including the 1964 Women’s All Star crown, the Wom- en’s International Bowling Congress all-events title in
1951, the Bowling Proprietors Association of America Na- tional Doubles crown (with Marion Ladewig), the WIBC team title in 1974 and a pair of Professional Women’s Bowl- ing Association Tour titles.
Known for her beauty and theatrics on the lanes, Carter, formerly LaVerne Thompson and LaVerne Haverly, was a charter member of the PWBA. She married Don Carter in 1953. The couple had one child, Jim, and divorced in 1964. With her outgoing personality and business savvy, Carter developed the “Bowl with LaVerne” instructional program in the ’60s and introduced the program at more than 200 bowling centers.
or six USBC Sport
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members, the yearlong contest that culminated in a three-day bowling camp at the International Training and Research Center was well worth the wait.
Team USA Experience F
“This isn’t quite heaven,” gushed Chuck Hayslett of Apple Valley, Minn. “But it’s close.”
FANTASIA: Click the video above to see a recap of the Team USA Fantasy Camp, which welcomed six USBC Sport Bowling members to the Interational Training & Research Center in Arlington, Texas.
Hayslett, David Jecko of Whitesboro,
N.Y., Eric Payawal of Elk Grove Village, Ill., Kevin Prior of Allen, Texas, Lindsey Siegel of Gurnee, Ill., and Mike Reed of Honeoye, N.Y., earned three days of training, coaching and competition at the Team USA Fantasy Camp. Sport Bowling members were nominated to participate in the camp, with online voting determining the eventual campers during a 12-month contest on BOWL.com
In addition to having the ITRC’s state-
of-the-art technology at their disposal, the six campers were tutored by Team USA coaches Rod Ross, Kim Terrell-Kearney and Bryan O’Keefe.
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After two days of practice, the fantasy campers matched up with former and current Team USA members in a Baker format competition. Terrell-Kearney, Shan- non O’Keefe, Leanne Hulsenberg, Stefanie Nation, Derek Eoff and John Janawicz represented Team USA at the camp. “The Team USA members were very helpful in communicating about ball choices and lane conditions,” Siegel said. “I think the personal attention has given me the confi dence and the knowledge to improve and adjust my game based on what I can do, not on what someone wants me to do,” Siegel added.
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