Ruddy, Mamonis to be inducted into Warren Bowling Hall of Fame
The Warren USBC Bowling Association will be holding is 33rd Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet today at Crest Lanes Banquet Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple.
This year the 2013 inductees are Marshall Ruddy and Pete Mamonis.
Ruddy grew up in Warren and in June 1961 he helped his father, Marshall Ruddy Sr., and his uncle, William Ruddy, build Cortland Lanes. He has been the owner and operator since 1975. During his 35-plus years of ownership and management of Cortland Lanes, Marshall has helped better the local bowling community by employing local youth, providing tournament support and holding many fund raisers.
Ruddy completed the Brunswick pinsetter school in the summer of 1961, and he was the head mechanic at Cortland Lanes from 1961 to 1965. He graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. During this time, he also earned his private and commercial pilot’s license. In 1969 he joined the Navy as a pilot. Also in 1969, he also married his wife of 44 years, Gayle.
In 1975, Ruddy purchased Cortland Lanes. As he grew his bowling business, he incorporated many programs to promote bowling. He operated a pro shop for more than 35 years, and offered free lessons to adult bowlers. During the 1980’s, he instructed middle school and high school kids on how to bowl and keep score. He increased the youth bowling league participation from about 80 bowlers to having seven leagues with more than 200 bowlers per week. He started the first Father and Son league, and it has been running more than 35 years. Additionally, he formed Mother and Daughter and Family leagues at Cortland Lanes. Marshall helped implement the Boyd’s Kinsman Home League 30 years ago for mentally challenged adults. Through Marshall and Cortland Lanes, they have sponsored Lakeview High School team bowling for five years, and Maplewood High School team bowling for three years.
Mamonis was born May 6, 1957 to Helen and Anthony Mamonis, Sr. He attended Chaney High School, graduating in 1975. He has been married 35 years to his wife Marlene, and they have two boys, Pete Jr. and Edward.
Mamnois has bowled five 300 games, one 299 game, two 298 games and six games with 11 strikes in a row. He has had two 800 series. His first was an 835, including a 300 game, bowled at Lex Lanes in Mansfield during the Ohio State Bowling Championship Tournament in 2000. His second was in the Industrial Tournament in Dayton where he bowled an 821 series, including a 298 game.
Mamonis has bowled in many tournaments. He has participated in 12 USBC Open National Tournaments, 28 Ohio State Bowling Championship Tournaments, 33 Warren City Tournaments, 20 National Slovak Tournaments, 20 Inter-City Tournaments, 15 Dayton Industrial Tournament, 15 Hoinke Classic Tournaments, 25 Warren Masters/Challenge Tournaments and many others. In 2000, Mamonis and Bill Weaver won the Warren City Doubles title an in 2001 he placed eighth in the Niles Masters. His teams have placed fourth in the National Slovak Tournament and second in the Dayton industrial Tournament. He has been a Squad Organizer for over 10 years for the Inter-City Tournament, among various other tournaments.
Mamonis started bowling at the age of 22 in the Copperweld League and has a high season average of 224. He has participated for 32 years in various leagues and currently is in three leagues.
Mamonis also has served and promoted the sport of bowling. He is currently a director in the Warren USBC Bowling Association, where he is a past two-term president. He has held the league position of president in the Copperweld League. He worked for three years with Rick Mercer in the pro shop, and was part owner of M & O Pro Shop with Gary O’Malley for 11 years. He has been a sponsor of many teams and leagues in the area, and has always supported the junior programs and various association programs. Mamonis is the Tournament Manger of the Joe Scarnecchia Warren Senior Masters Tournament, which he has helped run for the past 13 years.