She began bowling in the mid 1960s as a family recreation and then joined a couple of ladies classic leagues where she enjoyed almost instant success. Since that time, Joni has won numerous statewide honors in the Ohio Women's Bowling Association (OWBA). She was a member of the OWBA winning team in 1966 and '69 and was the Ohio State singles match game tournament winner in 1968. That same year, Joni was selected the Beacon Journal's Bowler of the Year. She was a member of the Beacon Journal All-Star Team every year from 1965-70. Her career high game and series is a 269 and 720, respectively. While bowling in the Holland Oil Classic League in 1972, Joni compiled her highest average - 196.