Snyder to join area hall of fame

Ann Snyder is to be inducted into the Warren Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

The Warren Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame will induct a new member today. Ann Snyder, a longtime director of the WWBA, will be the association’s 2016 inductee, beating out four other nominees.

“I was absolutely beside myself,” Snyder said of the moment she found out she got inducted. “I’m on the association board, but I never thought I was worthy of the prestigous award they give out.”

While Snyder may not have thought she was worthy herself, one quick glance at her resume would say otherwise. Snyder, who began bowling in 1987, has bowled in 10 leagues and has held all of the officer’s position levels within the sport of bowling.

Snyder has bowled in both women’s and mixed fun leagues, such as the Palisades Rainbow Ladies League that get her into the sport with her old softball friends, back in 1987. Ann currently bowls in three leagues, including Champion Monday Night Ladies, Freeway Saturday Nite Mixed and Freeway Trumbull County Construction.

While she’s experienced plenty of league play in and around Warren, Snyder said that it’s hard to say which league was truly the best to bowl in.

“It’s really hard to say, because all of those leagues are really just for fun,” Snyder said. “It’s the tournaments that become more competitive, (because) you go up against better bowlers.”

Ann’s first officer position came in the late 1990s as the director of the former Newton Falls Women’s Bowling Association, before becoming a WWBA director in 2004. In 2013, Ann was appointed as the WWBA Association Manager, as well as the financial manager.

Along the way, she’s directed and bowled in the WWBA City Tournament, not to mention participating in several other inter-city, VFW, district and state tournaments. While all of those experiences have been memorable for the veteran bowler, it was a casual outing in a mixed fun league that provided her greatest memory in her three decades in the sport.

“The night I shot 690 (series),” Snyder said. “It was a Saturday Mixed Fun League, and midway through the night, I still hadn’t realized what I had done. Everything came so effortless to me that night, and all of a sudden I was like, ‘Oh my God! 690!’ At that time, I only had one or two 600s under my belt.”

In reality, that should come as no surprise to anyone that knows Ann, as she loves to bowl in any league she can. For her, it’s the people she meets that makes the sport so special to her.

“The bowlers I met are like a bowling family,” she said. “I really enjoy the game. (I’ll keep bowling) until I no longer can.”