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Bowling: Nancy Hohensee, Kenny Stephens and Julie Whitaker inducted into Greater Lexington USBC hall of fame

The Greater Lexington USBC held its 20th Hall of Fame induction Saturday Nov. 10 at the Ramada Inn on North Broadway.

Joining the hall were Nancy Hohensee, Kenny Stephens and Julie Whitaker. The three new members bring the membership of the hall to 57 since its inception in 1980.

Hohensee was inducted for her 32-plus years of work with youth bowling. Hohensee, along with husband Bill (Hall of Fame 1992), ran the youth program at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland from 1980 until they retired in April.

Nancy was the driving force behind the local high school bowling program and still coaches the Lafayette girls' team. During her bowling career, which ended a few years ago because of a wrist injury, she posted a high series of 702 and a high game of 268 and a high average of 192. She was a member of the winning team in the 1981 LWBA tournament and won the all events in the 1984 LWBA tournament.

She and Bill are only the second husband and wife to be enshrined in the hall, joining John and Sally Dunlap.

Stephens was inducted in the performance category, having led the Greater Lexington USBC men in average for a record eight seasons.

His highest average was a 240 during the 2005-06 season. Stephens holds the local record for high series with a an 879 rolled on Feb. 21, 2005 at Eastland. He rolled games of 300-279-300, with 35 out of the possible 36 strikes. Stephens has rolled 30 perfect games and 27 series of 800 or better.

He began this season by rolling an 800 the first three weeks in the Friday Night Fun League at Eastland. Stephens and his wife Stacey run the youth program at Eastland.

Whitaker is currently the association manager of the Greater Lexington USBC. She served as president of the old Lexington Women's Bowling Association from 1990 until 2010. She assumed the association manager job of the LWBA in 2011 and has continued in that role with the USBC.

Whitaker led the LWBA in average during the 1976-77 season with a 181 and again during the 1981-82 season with a 180. Whitaker was awarded the LWBA Woman Bowler of the Year Award in 1996.

On Nov. 4 Bill Hohensee and Ray Long were inducted into the Kentucky State Bowling Association hall of fame in Louisville. Hohensee is a a former ABC record-holder and winner of the second Bradley Open in 1980. Long has served the KSBA for more than 25 years and was its president in 2011.

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