It was a packed house Monday evening at Starlite Lanes during the McPherson Bowlers Association meeting. Starlite Lanes added four more members into its hall of fame, and soon changes are about to come with Beau Peterson named the new owner of the bowling alley.
Peterson shed a few tears when he spoke to the public after purchasing Starlite Lanes. The former baseball pitcher from Canton-Galva High School has been bowling there since he was a toddler with a dream of running the entire building one day. He now gets to live those dreams with plans on upgrading it to attract more bowlers.
"I've always wanted to own this place," Peterson said. "I've been bowling here since I was three. A lot of good memories that stuck with me, and that's why I get little bit emotional."
Some of Peterson's plans include repairing some of the parts that are outdated, giving each bowling lanes a makeover with new technology and synthetic works. Peterson's top priority, which all members would agree, is to add more leagues, especially for the youth.
"I've got a lot of following just from that type of atmosphere, and people coming out," Peterson said. "Just having some experience, people to talk to and figure what is the best thing to do for the lane and stuff like that. Just trying to make this place turnaround and last for 30 more years."
At the start of the meeting, four members were awarded a plaque after being inducted into the Hall of Fame. On women's side, it was Sue Alvord and Terri A. Schrag. For the men, it was Scott McDaniel and Tom Wann.
Haven't been bowling for six years, Alvord was shocked when she heard the news last Friday, showing her modesty when asked about to be inducted.
"It was really a big surprise," Alvord said. "I really didn't think that I had done enough to be in the hall of fame, but it's a really good honor."
McDaniel, a Wichita native, enjoyed being part of the league after moving to McPherson in the early 90s'.
"It's a lot of good people here," McDaniel said. "I've move here since 1990. They had a lot of good bowlers and they all have been good to me. It helped me build relationships out here."
Schrag has been part of the association for many years as a bowler and a coach.
"It means a lot to me," Schrag said. "I've been coaching for 20 years and been a youth bowler here, and I've been bowling here for about 50 years. I think it's wonderful. I'm really excited for it."
Wann is the last member of his family to be inducted into the hall of fame. Highly involved with the youth leagues, he cared more about the positive direction Starlite Lanes is heading instead of being recognized for his own efforts and contributions.
"I tried my hardest to keep the youth program going, coaching the high school teams," Wann said. "Last year with an absent owner, we kept this thing rolling. That's just a monetary thing. You get recognized for your achievements for bowling, but I like my achievements by keeping this place going. That's what's important to me."
With Starlite Lanes going to a new direction under new ownership, Peterson was more appreciative by the support of his friends and families who helped invested in him in purchasing the bowling alley.
"It was all of the help that they did, and didn't ask anything for it," Peterson said. "Just doing it because of they're my friends, it shows who you're real friends and family are. I wouldn't be able to do it by myself if I didn't have them. We wouldn't have done some of the stuff we've done."
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