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Association honors Tampa's Boje

By PHIL GULICK
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 9, 2003

Bill Boje has received the Bowling Proprietors Association of America's highest award.

Boje, 74, was inducted into the BPAA Hall of Fame and presented the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal for meritorious service during the organization's annual meeting recently in Arlington, Texas. The BPAA Hall is at the Bowling Hall of Fame in St.Louis.

Boje has served as the BPAA's sergeant-at-arms, secretary-treas-

urer and regional vice-president for Missouri and Florida. He worked in board and officer positions for the Missouri and Florida men's associations during his 40 years in the industry, and he's a former Tampa Proprietors Association president.

Boje and his son, Jeff, owned Tropicana Lanes in St.Petersburg from 1980-1991 before buying Tyrone Crossroads Bowl, then located in Tyrone Mall, in '93. The Bojes bought AMF Kenneth City Lanes in 1993, renaming it Crossroads Bowl. They later resold it to AMF, regained ownership, then resold it to AMF. It now is AMF Kenneth City Lanes. The two men built Brandon Crossroads Bowl near Town Center Shopping Mall, their headquarters, in 1990. The Bojes have owned Sunset Lanes in south St.Louis since 1959. They once owned centers in Titusville, Jacksonville and other Florida cities.

For 20-plus years, Bill Boje was instrumental in developing youth and adult programs in Pinellas County and inaugurated the St.Petersburg Bowling Council.

TOURNEY SCHEDULE: Registration closes Saturday for the Greater Pinellas YABA City Tournament, scheduled for Feb.22-23 and March 1-2 at Seminole Lanes. Entrants must be GPYABA members and have a 2001-2002 yearbook average. For information, call (727) 867-8450.

The entry deadline is Feb.24 for the St.Petersburg Women's Association City Tournament, set for March 8-9 and 15-16 at Twedt's Lanes. The fee is $15 per bowler per event.

Registration is open until the first team time in the Suncoast Association City Tournament, scheduled for Saturday-Feb.16 and Feb.22-23 at Countryside Lanes. Multiple entries and walk-ins will be accepted.

SKYWAY'S STATUS: Clearwater's Jerry and Irene Bednarski say they're trying for a May opening for the refurbished Skyway Lanes in south St.Petersburg. "We are in the final renovations, and things are going very well," Irene said. The 32-lane center was foreclosed in August, 2001, when the former owners failed to meet their financial obligations. It remained closed until the Bednarskis purchased Skyway late last year.

AROUND THE LANES: Joe Bereczki rolled a 300-800 at Liberty Lanes. Chris Springstead, Brent Dewar, Bill Wilder Sr. and Guy Blazer each posted a 300 game. ... Chris Holly nailed a 300-826, James Keifer a 300-760 and Jim Edie a 300-731 at Dunedin Lanes. ... Rick Langton compiled a 289-834, Dean Rosko a 300-755 and Ray Belcher a 299-791 at Seminole. ... Lou Alessi recorded an 822 series and Todd Laufenberg an 809 at Countryside. ... Pinellas Park's Justin Foraker won the lower division of the Florida Youth Scratch Bowlers Tournament in Ocala. Terrance Reeves finished second. Palm Harbor's Ashly Galante was the girls runner-up.

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