A hall of fame induction is more than an honor to Byron Schooler, it’s added credibility for the father of two accomplished young bowlers.
“It’s a pretty huge deal being inducted into the hall of fame and it could help them have a goal,” Schooler said. “But it’s nice because I know they can’t catch me until they’re a certain age,” he said with a smile.
Schooler, 43, will be inducted into the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame for superior performance. He is one of two inductees in the performance division this year as Dean Conard will also be recognized at the Aug. 5 awards brunch at the Presidential Banquet Center.
For the first time, both the adult GDUSBC bowlers and the youth bowlers will be recognized at the same event, which means Schooler will share the spotlight with son Keith, 17, and daughter Keirsten, 15. Keith won the adult/youth tournament junior handicap and scratch titles while Keirsten won both the junior girls singles and all-events scratch titles at the city youth tournament.
“When your kids bowl well, it’s so rewarding,” Byron Schooler said. “But it’s tougher being a dad, watching them, than it is bowling yourself. You want the best for them but, sometimes, you see them make mistakes and you don’t have any control.”
Schooler bowled his way up the ranks, much like his kids. He got started at Hoover Lanes when he was 11, but it wasn’t long before he was a fixture at Capri Lanes.
In a career that spans more than three decades, Schooler won two city team titles as well as a state title and several mixed doubles titles – local and regional. He has tallied 41 300 games and 30 800 series – with an 856 high series – and those are just the local ones.
“I’ve bowled 300s in four other states – Florida, Indiana, Michigan and California – I’m really proud of that,” he said.
He also posted several city records over the years including team high game and team high series. Schooler set the house record at Hoover Lanes with his 856 series.
His bowling resume left little doubt about his hall of fame credentials, but he was still a bit surprised to be inducted after his first nomination.
“By the grace of God, they didn’t make me wait,” he said.
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