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Conner, Hazelwood elected to bowling Hall of Fame

Hazel Conner and Nancy Hazelwood are the newest inductees for the South Boston United States Bowling Congress Association Hall of Fame.

Their induction to the bowling hall of fame was announced Sunday during the organization’s annual banquet.

The South Boston USBC Association Hall of Fame now has 44 members with the inclusion of Conner and Hazelwood.

Conner, a bowler for more than half a century, has participated on the same team in the Southern Belles League for a number of years, finishing among the league leaders in average each year.

She has participated in a number of area and state women’s tournaments and also in state mixed tournaments and state senior tournaments.

While at Hupp’s Mill Lanes, Conner formed a women’s bowling league and served as president of that league for several years.

Besides being a standout bowler, Hazelwood has served the South Boston Association on a number of committees, including the audit committee and currently the board of directors.

She also served as secretary for the Church League for a number of years.

Hazelwood has competed in five Commonwealth Games and one State Games of America.

She has medaled three times in the Commonwealth Games, winning the gold medal her first year and later a bronze medal before taking home a silver medal this year.

Both inductees were lauded for their willingness to serve the bowling association through committee work behind the scenes as well as displaying sportsmanship on the lanes.

South Boston USBC Association awards for 2012-13 also were handed out on Sunday, with Trevor Kidd recognized for the high average in the youth division (185) for boys, and Hannah Toler recognized for the high average (128) in the youth division for girls.

Also in the youth division, Tyler Sims had the high scratch game for boys (268) and Malena Russett had the high scratch game for girls (189).

Charlie Pennell had the second high average for adult men (223), and Erica Younger had the second high average for adult women (189), while Don Wilkerson had the third high average for adult men (221) and Melonee Russett had the third high average for adult women (183).

Wilkerson, Doc Dodson, Mike Hughes and Donald Ford tied for high game among adult men (300), along with Bobby Clay, who rolled three 300 games.

Jessica Wilson rolled the high game for adult women (279). 

Hughes also was recognized for rolling the high game among adult men (812), and Jessica Wilson rolled the high game among adult women (694).