Bringing the house (record) down

Rucker sets new women’s high series at T-P Lanes


Local resident Gina Rucker broke the women’s house series record Sunday at T-P Lanes with a 761. The previous record was set by Jane Kline in 1980. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

About two decades ago, Jane Kline helped bring Gina Rucker to Bellefontaine’s T-P Lanes. Rucker now owns a record Kline had held at the local alley for 34 years.

A pioneer for women’s bowling in Bellefontaine, Kline shot a 757 series on Jan. 28, 1980. It stood as the ladies’ house record at T-P Lanes until Sunday, when Rucker fired a 761 while competing in the city tournament.

Kline had an up-close look at her record being eclipsed. She was bowling on the same team as Rucker.

“It was an awesome feeling,” said Rucker. “It made it even more special that Jane was bowling with me. I have been bowling with Jane for 20 or 21 years. I grew up watching my parents bowl with Jane and her husband, Charlie.”

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