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Quintenna Boone was introduced to tenpin bowling in 1971 by her uncle, and she has been an avid bowler since that time. She has bowled in such leagues as the Pindroppers Mixed and Cincinnati Mixed at Bowl America Glassmanor; the Silver Hill Ladies Classic, Shades of Soul, and Saturday Twilighters at Bowl America Silver Hill; and the Eastern Majors Travel League. Tena has held the offices of president and treasurer at the league level.
Tena was elected to the WDCAWBA board in 1981 as a director. In that position, she served on numerous committees, including Budget & Finance, Ranking, and Vision.
She served in that capacity until she was appointed secretary by then-President Sue Allen in December 1997. Tena was formally elected secretary in April 1998 and is the first black to hold the position.
During her tenure as association secretary, the local tournament went from five-women teams to four, and three divisions to one, with all of the events held in one center.
Tena is a director of the WDCA 600 Club, and she has been a director of the Virginia Bowling Queens organization. As a member of the Greater Washington Bowling Senate, she finds time to help with its annual doubles tournament and participates in other GWBS activities.
Tena has had many bowling accomplishments: She won an all-expenses-paid trip to Reno, Nev., in February 1981 via Bowl America, Inc., by qualifying as a Virginia representative (with Benita Pyndell) in the finals of the Miller Doubles Tournament.
In fact, the year of 1981 was Tena’s coming out: She won first place in the Virginia Bowling Queens, qualified sixth in the field of 64 at the WIBC Queens Tournament in Baltimore, and her team finished third in the WIBC Tournament.
In 1979, her team won first place scratch and handicap in the WDCAWBA City Tournament (C Division). In 1987, her team won first place scratch in the Virginia State Tournament and the Ladies Division of the Lebanon (Pa.) Dutchman. Her team also won first place scratch in the 1998 Women’s Southeastern Tournament in Raleigh, N.C., and Division 2 of the 2000 City Tournament.
Tena’s highest average is 181, with a high game of 279 and a top series of 680.
Quintenna Boone’s unselfish dedication and service to area bowlers, plus her own excellent perfomances as a bowler, merit her a special spot in the WDCAWBA Hall of Fame.