Two headed into IF Bowling Hall of Fame



The Idaho Falls Bowling Association will add two names to its Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony Oct. 7.

Don Baxter and Ray French will join the list of honorees at the Fairbridge Inn and Suites in Idaho Falls.

Baxter will be inducted for his 13 years of service to youth bowling in Idaho Falls.

Baxter was a certified youth bowling coach with Idaho Falls YABA from 1978 to 1990. He coached at Bowl-ero, Skyline and Plaza lanes, and was proud to be part of the coaching team for the special needs youth program while at Plaza.

He served as a director on the Idaho Falls YABA from 1982-1984 and served as President of the Idaho Falls YABA from 1984-1991. He served as Eastern Area Director for the Idaho YABA from 1988-1990 and served as President of the Idaho Falls Bowling Council from 1990-1991.

He was a certified ABC Lane Inspector, a certified instructor for tournament scorekeeping and conducted a scoring school for junior bowlers to enable them to keep score at adult and youth tournaments.

French will be inducted for his bowling achievement.

French started bowling in adult leagues in Idaho Falls in the 1999-2000 bowling season. He has bowled in multiple leagues each year since and has held officer positions in many leagues including serving as the Secretary of the Westpoint Wednesday Nigh Scratch League at Bowl-ero Lanes this season.

French has been in the top 5 percent of Idaho Falls bowlers for 12 of the last 18 years, and has also been on the winning Men’s City Championship Teams and Association Championship Teams five times. He won the Fred Wright Match Play Tournament in 2013, as well as other local tournaments over the last several years.

Here are some of his bowling accomplishments:

2014-2015: second high city average 229;

2016-2017: third high city average 224;

2012-2013: fourth high city average 227;

2010-2011: sixth high city average 222;

2002-2003: ninth high city average 209.

He has bowled four 800 series, seven 300 games, two 299 games, one 298 game and five 11-in-a-row games. He has bowled 144 - 700 series with a high of 799.

Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased from Bowl-ero Lanes or Skyline Lanes.