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Debbie Bennett Rinella

Super Bowler Rinella first tried the sport when she was six and since then she has collected a set of trophies a lane long. She has maintained a 200 plus average since 1980, reaching 227 in the 1992-93 season, highest in the state and third highest in the nation. She has more than sixty-five 700 series to her credit, a single high series of 785 and six perfect 300 games. A four-time Beacon Journal Female Bowler of the Year, Rinella beat long odds in Las Vegas in 1987 when she won the $25,000 first prize in the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Sam’s Town National Pro-Am. She beat four veteran pros for victory in what was only her second pro tournament appearance. She was a last-minute entry, competing while on vacation from her job at United Parcel Service. In 1986 Rinella anchored the U.S. women’s efforts in the American Zone Amateur Championships in Bogota, Colombia. She won medals in three events and led the team to a silver medal. Rinella was a member of the Akron All-Star team nine times and won the Akron Women’s City Tournament three times. She was on teams that won six Ohio titles and she has three doubles, one singles and three all-event wins on the state level. At the Women’s International Bowling Congress in 1987 Rinella was on the championship team in the open division. The Dapper Dan organization recognized her as Female Athlete of the Year in 1987.

Inducted 1994 | Bowling