Hall of Fame

Your Wisconsin State USBC is now accepting nominations and applications for the Wisconsin State USBC Hall of Fame Class of 2024. Information and applications for Superior Performance and Meritorious Service can be found by clicking the links below. 

2023 INductees

The 2023 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner was held on June 3rd in Fond du Lac.  We're excited to welcome 4 new members.  Learn more about the inductees and their accomplishments below.  The 4 new members were joined by previous Hall of Fame Members for a group photo.

Traci Brown - Superior Performance

Traci Brown is an accomplished bowler with a passion for the sport that spans over 35 years. She is celebrated today for her incredible talent. Traci’s journey began in 1988 when she clinched first place in the YABA Coke Tournament’s All Events. By 1991, she held the YABA Masters high scratch series and a National High game of 290, securing the Coke All Events Championship title again in 1992.

In her collegiate years, Traci continued to impress. She was the MIBC All Events & Team Champion in 1991, the Big 6 Conference Team Champion in 1992, and in 1995, she dominated the UW Oshkosh Invitational in both All Events and Singles. Her crowning collegiate achievement was a remarkable 2nd place finish in the 1996 ACUI National Tournament.

As her bowling career progressed, Traci won 5 Team titles in the Wisconsin State Women’s Championship (2004-2014), plus was the 2023 Team Champion (680). She also won 2 Doubles Championships

in 2009 and 2021 rolling a 696 both years. During a 5-year residence in Illinois, she championed 5 major tournaments, earning the Illinois Valley Women’s Bowler of the Year title in 2005 & 2006. In 2012, she broke barriers as the first female ever on the Fox Valley Men’s City All Star Team and remained a constant on the Fox Valley Women’s All City Team from 2019-2022. Other noteworthy achievements include winning the 1998 PWBA Tangerine Open, setting the National Mixed Team Series record in 2013, and her induction into the Fox Cities Hall of Fame in 2019. This year Traci was also 1st runner-up in the WI Badger Queens Tournament.

Jerome "Jerry" Polarek - Meritorious Service

Jerry’s dedicated service spans various positions and milestones within the bowling community. For 12 years, Jerry served as a Green Bay State Bowling Association director. He went on to become President for 4 years and Sgt at Arms for 5. Jerry was also President for the Youth Association for 12 years. During his involvement in Green Bay, he served on numerous committees, often taking on leadership roles, and played an integral part in the merger

committee between ABC/WIBC during 2003-2004.

As a silver certified coach with YABA coaching certification, Jerry has been a member of the Registered Volunteer Program, coaching youth state bowling since 1998. In 2022, he celebrated a remarkable 25 years of mentoring high school state bowlers. Jerry’s passion for

promoting bowling led him to successfully advocate for its

recognition as a high school lettered sport within the Howard-Suamico School District. Through his actions and example, he showcased the professionalism, competitive spirit, and sportsmanship exemplified by the bowling team.

In addition to his service, Jerry is an accomplished bowler with six perfect 300 games and numerous 700 series under his belt. Jerry was inducted into the Green Bay Hall of Fame in 2017.

Dwain Stewart - Superior Performance

With a thriving career spanning 30 years, Dwain has been a certified bowler participating in 21 WI State USBC Tournaments. His outstanding skill was on display when he bowled perfect 300 games in the 2011, 2018, 2021 and 2023 WI State Tournaments. Additionally, he achieved 800 series scores in the 2018, 2022, and 2023 State. Dwain’s prowess also extended him to be the 2017 and 2019 CSBG National Champ. He also was the 2018 NTBL Team National Champ and 2019 NTBL Doubles National Champ.

Dwain’s impressive accomplishments include being a WI State Champion for Team Scratch in 2014 and 2021, and Team Scratch All Events in 2017, 2018, and 2021. He also captured the winning title in many other local tournaments around the state.

Dwain has held a high average of 240 on three occasions, further showcasing his expertise. Over his career, he has amassed an incredible 72 perfect 300 games and 40 series scores of 800 or higher. In recognition of his outstanding performance, Dwain was inducted into the Milwaukee Bowling Hall of Fame in 2021.

Michael Wirz - Superior Performance

Michael Wirz has a remarkable bowling career spanning over four decades. Throughout his career, he has consistently demonstrated outstanding skill, achieving 46 perfect 300 games and 37 series of 800 or higher. His season average of 241 in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons remain among the highest in Eau Claire Area USBC association history.

A true standout, Mike holds the unique distinction of being the only player to win the Chippewa Valley Match Game six times, with an additional three second-place finishes. This prestigious scratch tournament, now in its 67th year, attracts a highly competitive field and is renowned as one of the Midwest’s most distinguished bowling events.

In 2018, Mike won the Wisconsin State USBC Senior Team Championship. In the WI State USBC Championships, he captured 1st place in 2019 Team All Events and in 2021 Singles with 825. Mike had a 3-year run tournament average of 248 for 27 games, all being done while he was over the age of 60.

Additionally, Mike’s exceptional accomplishments have been recognized with previous inductions into the Central Bowlers

Alliance Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Eau Claire Area USBC Hall of Fame in 2008. Later in his career, he was named the Midwest Senior Classic Player of the Year in both 2008-09 and 2015-16.

Hall of Fame Members


Esther Ryan, Milwaukee*
Clara Logemann, Milwaukee*
Jeanne Knepprath, Milwaukee*


Jeanette Bopp, Milwaukee*
Vicki Vukovich, Milwaukee*
Evelyn Kettle, Janesville*


Janie Leszczynski, Milwaukee*
Adelaide Lindemann, Milwaukee*
Florence Boehringer, Milwaukee*


Ellie Konicek, Racine*

Carol Miller, Waukesha*
Bette Klaetsch, Fond Du Lac*
Marian Brister, Kenosha*


Gladys Light, Milwaukee*
Elaine Rebatzke, Milwaukee
Adeline Heinrichs, Wausau*
Glenora Thompson, Wisconsin Rapids*


Alvin Salmon, Green Bay*

William “Hans” Gruettner, Milwaukee*

Russ Gersonde, Milwaukee*

Charlie Daw, Milwaukee*

Frank Benkovic, Milwaukee*
Caroline Rudolph, Wauwatosa*
Naomi Hawkinson, Neenah*
Nora Kay, Janesville*


Russell W. Mott, Green Bay*

Walter Rubow, Milwaukee*

Enrico “Hank” Marino, Milwaukee*

William Marescalco, Sr., Kenosha*

Edward P. “Ned” Day, Milwaukee*
Carole Lemke, Milwaukee*
Lori Ann Gensch, Wauwatosa
Grace Treder, Beloit*
Bernice Koblitz, La Crosse*


Anthony “Tony” La Porte, Grafton*

Gilbert Zunker, Milwaukee*

Dennis Wright, Milwaukee*

Conrad “Connie” Schwoegler, Madison*

Edward Idzikowski, Milwaukee*
Delores (Dee) Fix, Madison*
Valencia (Val) Costa, New Berlin*
Jean Simonsen, Racine*
Rosallyn (Rollie) Blaies, Green Bay


Lester Shirey, Fond du Lac*

Robert “Ole” Ollerman, Fond du Lac*

John Carson, Janesville*
Ella (Burmeister) Mankie, Madison
Doris Hollweck, Milwaukee*
Gussie Hart, Milwaukee*
Emily (Emmy) McPherson, Milwaukee*


James B. Grady, Madison*

Arthur F. Boettcher, Baraboo*

Raymond Schanen, Milwaukee*

Robert Pinkalla, Milwaukee*
Judith Pierner, Fond Du Lac
Donna Rush, Janesville
Nancy Chapman, Green Bay*
Ruth Radlinger, Merrill*


Milton Unterbink, Racine*
Joann Opicka, Colgate
Kathleen Josephson, Milwaukee*


Ron Wheeler, Delavan*
Kathy Franke, Egg Harbor
Geri Anderson-Hoefs, Waukesha
Betty Baye, Shawano
Kathy Sodermark, Neenah


Leroy Altman, Waukesha*

Billy Sixty, Sr., Milwaukee*

Wayne Pinkalla, Milwaukee

Stuart Meyer, Milwaukee
Gale Blasczyk, New Berlin
Diane Guttormsen-Northern, Kenosha


Hank Sayrs, Milwaukee*
Shirley Mielke, Oconomowoc
Evelyn Psenicka, Waupauca
Rachel Aaroen, McFarland*


Jerry Koenig, Shawano

Walter R. Punko, Brookfield*
Margie Murrow-Wukoman, Franklin
Betty Wedntland, Beloit*


Margie Klabunde, Milwaukee*
Jill Albrecht-Weber, Wind Lake


Gabe Savaglio, Kenosha*

Dick Rice, Platteville

Ted Jaskie, Brown Deer*
Nancy Tenwinkel, Burlington


Bob Larson, Kenosha
Jill Hartnell, Kenosha
Bev Larsen, Green Bay
L Mae Hayden, Mondovi*


Hal Kaminski, Hubertis
Gina Daroszewski, Franklin
Joan Kiekow, Milwaukee
Diane Rosenmeier, Beaver Dam


Mark Kuglitsch, East Troy*

Edward Kline, New Berlin
Judith Mertins, Racine
Aggie Habeck, Oshkosh
Edna Oechler, Kenosha*


Elsie Vacek, Manitowoc


John “Red” Smith, Oshkosh*

Phil LaPorte, Germantown
Linda Syvertsen
Lisa Vint, East Troy
Joan Hansen, Madison
Joan Staffon, Merrilan


Ben Hoefs, West Bend

Don Bartz, Milwaukee*
Diane Stanislawski-Welhouse, Kaukauna
Sally Barwick, Wausau
Mary Hansen, Niagara


Dick Ritger, Hartford*
Christine Weber, Waukesha


Rich Wonders, Racine

Don Cook, Waukesha
Kay Gierl, Kenosha


David Eley, Sr., Monroe*

Gus Yannaras, Waukesha

Gary Daroszewski, Milwaukee
Roxanne Monce, Milwaukee
Christine Holzschuh, Pewaukee
Dawn Nelson, Superior


Bill Marescalco, Jr., Twin Lakes

Anton “Tony” Piantek, Bonduel*

Dale Traber, Cedarburg
Lynn Tyree-Cook, Waukesha


Tom Schultz, Watertown

Jeff Richgels, Madison

Marc McDowell, Madison

Lennie Boresch, Jr., Kenosha
Lori Grisanti, Greenfield


Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh

Darold Meisel, Muskego*

John Tyczkowski, Green Bay

Gloria Behr, Menomonee Falls
Rochelle Roventini, Greenfield


Hank Posnanski Jr., Milwaukee

Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac

Eugene “Gene” Schrank, Manitowoc*
Shirley Stahl, Milwaukee


Bob Greenfield, North Prairie

Ryan Lever, Muskego

Gail Myers Jr., Monroe

Joe Natoli, Menomonee Falls


Joe Alivo, Lannon

Merrill Draper, Burlington

Carl Muccio, Menomonee Falls*

John Wittkowske, Shorewood
Jennifer Grisham, Sussex
Shannon Labinski, Hartland
Kandy Birmingham, New Berlin
Joyce Jansen, Pardeeville
Cathy Larrabee, Racine
Joan Rennert, Racine


Scott Helm, Hartford

Dennis Juechter, West Allis*

Terry Kulibert, Oshkosh

Richard Board, Sturgeon Bay

Greg Gomez, New Berlin

Bob Schmidt, Watertown

Robert Stichert, Sheboygan
Charly Boelter, Oshkosh
Dianne Cronce, Milwaukee
Betsy Bear Hoff, Waukesha
Michele McHenry, Pewaukee
Bonnie Decker, Janesville
Bonnie DeHarde, Milwaukee
Judy Engelbrecht, Freeport IL
Dawn Kluever, Schofield
Marcia Snyder, Fond du Lac
Pat Tebon, Green Bay
Ginni Zuege, Madison


Steven Brinkman, Sussex

Jack Connaughton, La Fayette, IN

Maynard Mittelsteadt, Baraboo

Dick Reynolds, Pleasant Prairie

Todd Savoy, Superior

Ron Scheucher, Las Vegas

Brian Thyes, Green Bay


Gary Green, Houlton

John Megna, Hales Corners

Glenn Mueller, Naples

John Peterson, Kenosha

Mike Putzer, Oshkosh

Ted Jirschefski, Theinsville

Doug Sleaford, New Berlin

Sandy Weber, Appleton


David Albrecht, Milwaukee

Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla

Jim Hanke, Jackson

Jace Peterson, Ocala, Fla

Gene Raffel, Oak Creek*

Steve Richter, Sheboygan

Mike Shady, Girard, Pa

Mike Stranney, Milwaukee*

Hank Stoddard, San Juan Capistrano, Ca

Steve Janssen, St Germaine


Jim Palt, Greenfield

Ron Vokes, Racine

Avon Kohl, River Falls*

Phil Dowling, Madison

Don Hildebrand, Glendale

Dave LaBar, De Pere


Traci Brown, Menasha

Jerome "Jerry" Polarek, Green Bay

Dwain Stewart, Milwaukee

Michael Wirz, Eau Claire

* = Deceased