Scholarship Winners and Other Stories

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 area scholarship winners.




The Tri-City Youth Association youth bowling scholarships award winners included, from left,
David Cliffe, Jr, Mike Murphy, Jr, Kallie Oldenburg, and Stephanie Wichelt

Staff photo by Jim Franz


Junior bowlers earn scholarships

Four outstanding junior bowlers have received scholarships from the Tri-City Youth Bowling Association David Cliffe Jr., Kallie Oldenburg, Michael Murphy and Stephanie Wichelt.

Hononegah graduate Cliffe will attend Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he plans on studying Exercise Science. He hopes to someday work with athletes.

Cliffe has been a junior bowler for 15 years and has competed in 12 state tournaments. He has been a member of the Hononegah bowling club for four years and has participated in the Illinois High School State, Junior Gold, Grand Prix and the Rockford Traveling League. He has carried the high average for a junior boy the past three years in the local association and finished fifth at the 2012-13 IHSA State Tournament. He is employed at Viking Lanes.

Oldenburg will study at UW-Rock County for two years and then transfer to UW-Whitewater. She plans on studying Communications Sciences and Disorders.

She has been a member of the Junior Bowling Association for 12 years, participating in six state tournaments. She is captain of the Beloit Memorial High School Bowling Team as well as the BMHS swimming team. She volunteers and works at the South Beloit Legion.

Murphy will attend Rock Valley College pursuing a degree in engineering. He has been a junior bowler for 15 years and attended 10 state tournaments. He is also a member of the Illinois High School League.

Murphy has been the High School MVP three years in a row. He graduated from South Beloit High School and is learning lane maintenance at Viking Lanes.

Wichelt will attend Carroll University in the Nursing program.

She has been in Junior Bowling for 15 years and has attended seven state tournaments. She will graduate from Turner High School where he has been a cheerleader and consistently on the high honor roll. She worked at Rex Lanes prior to its closing and has been a Salvation Army bell ringer.

By BDN staff
Published: May 31, 2014 12:04 PM CDT

Happy Birthday

Congratulations to Joe and Makayla Kalas.


From the Beloit Daily Newspaper dated December 10, 2009:

Kalas duo 2nd in state.

Joe Kalas and his daughter Makayla teamed up to finish second in a state tournament in Wisconsin Dells last month.

Submitted photo By BDN staff Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009 3:10 PM CST


Makayla and Joe Kalas

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. Beloit bowlers, Joe Kalas and his daughter Makayla, took second place in the Ultimate Family Bowling Experience State Tournament at Knuckleheads Bowling and Family Entertainment Center held last month.

Kalas and his daughter were selected by Diamond Lanes owners Dan and Dede Bucholtz to participate in the tournament.

Makayla, 10, carries an 87 average, but she had a high game of 149 and rolled a four-game total of 476. Her father rolled games of 194, 196, 214, 233 for an 837.

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