Rikert Is Championship Bowler

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Sports / Jul. 24, 2011 4:36pm EDT

By Sara Tuthill

Championship bowler Jeanne Rikert with her latest trophy and the shirt she won in New York. (Herald / Sara Tuthill)Championship bowler Jeanne Rikert with her latest trophy and the shirt she won in New York. (Herald / Sara Tuthill)Jeanne (Leavitt) Rikert recently traveled to Syracuse, N.Y. to participate in the USBC Senior Bowling Championships.

One of the largest bowling events, this 88-day tournament, with different events and age groups, draws more than 30,000 participants from around the nation, comprising roughly 5,822 five-player teams. 

Rikert, who began her bowling career playing candlepins in Woodstock during the 1950s with her sisters, continued to play long after they gave up the sport. She bowls at Valley Bowl in Randolph and at Upper Valley Fun & Games in White River Jct., noting that Randolph has three-member teams, while White River runs five-member teams.

Rikert was the only bowler from Randolph to attend the championships, and took along her own cheering squad, daughters Linda Lundry and Theresa Gasboro, as well as granddaughter Emma Gasboro. The gals took in many sights along the way, but certainly the highlight of the trip came when Rikert received the 1st Place “Class A” Women’s Championship Award, a prize that not only included a personalized polo shirt, but also a cut crystal bowling pin trophy, and best of all, a check for $1,000. 

Rikert realized she was one of the winners, but not until her daughter pointed it out did she realize she was the leading scorer in a class of roughly 50 participants. She had played in some smaller competitions during the event, and won $40 from one of those, never imagining she would go home with a much larger prize.

Rikert is among the top 13 women players at Valley Bowl, with a high average of 152 in 87 games, with the highest scorer holds an average of 183. Theresa and Linda are encouraging their mother to register for the 2012 National Bowling Championships, which will be held in June in Reno, Nev. at the United States Bowling Conference Stadium. 

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