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Mertzig newest member of local bowling hall of fame

The Superior Area USBCA announced the induction of Patty Mertzig to the SAUSBCA Hall of Fame. The banquet will be held May 21 at the Barker's Island Inn. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and a program at 7 p.m.

Ticket may be purchased by contacting Yvonne Pank at 394-7374. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday.

Also recognized will be Brian Schlais and Rhonda Feller, this year's men's and women's Bowler of the Year, respectivley.

Schlais' held a 221 average, was a member of the Superior All-Star team, bowled two 300 games, two 800 series, two 299 games, and had 11 strikes in a row.

Feller carried a 201 average, was also a member of the Superior all-star team, bowled two 700 series, and had the high average and series in a league.

Mertzig has been a member of the Superior Women's Bowling Association since 1974. She actually started bowling in the Bantam League at Village Lanes in South Superior in 1960.

Mertzig had her first 200 game at the age of 10, when they called her the "spunky little girl." She was known as a real pistol, a spitfire or a diamond in the rough.

At the age of 12, "Chatty Patty" was moved up to the juniors and fired a 575 series. As a pre-teen she was named "Bowler of the Year," the first of many awards she would receive throughout the years.

In 1974 at the age of 17, she joined the adult leagues with her mother. She then joined the National 600 Club in 1976.

She was also the city doubles champ in the early 1970s with Ida Korhonen and was the city tournament champ again in 1981 and 1982. Mertzig had the city high series with a 685 in the 1985-86 season.

Mertzig did it again the next season with a 661 series and city high average of 183.

Mertzig bowled on the very first Superior All-Star Team, played in many Rose Bowl Tournaments and was the overall champion in 1984, and had attended many Wisconsin State Tournaments and two National Bowling tournaments.

She was also was involved in getting the Superior Women's Bowling Association chartered, served on the SWBA board of directors as Sgt. at Arms from 1983 through 1999 and was on many committees, from audit to the city tournament.

A back injury has Mertzig sidelined from currently participating but hasn't hindered her from coaching youth from the sidelines or enjoying her cabin and fishing on St Croix Lake.

Also recognized at the banquet will be the Miller Lite City Tournament champions:

Men's Team Event: Club 35 (John McGuirk, 709; Tim Cosgrove, 539; Matt Meyers, 718; Dan Greer, 767; Dan Filteau, 627).

Men's Doubles: Ray Tollers, 716; and TJ Bergren, 773.

Men's Singles: Kyle Sundet, 816.

Women's Team Event: Manitou Inn (Annette Minter, 466; Joleen Berge, 571; Sara Minter, 600).

Women's Doubles: Jan Christianson, 705; and Yvonne Pank, 503.

Women's Singles: Vicky Schold, 690.

Mixed Team Event: Goettl's (Sheryl Goettl, 669; Alan Goettl, 612; Dan Zimski, 601; Rhonda Feller, 623.

Mixed Doubles: Barb Hoag, 640; and Nick Bullock, 560.

All Events Champs: Men's Actual and with Handicap, Pat Erickson. Women's actual and with handicap, Vicky Shold.

BOWLING BITS: Mertzig, a longtime UW-Superior employee, was nominated by Cathy Meysman and Pam Savoy.