Padilla, Cochran enter Hall of Fame

Colleen Padilla and Randy Cochran have been inducted into the Rogue Valley Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

Padilla was selected both for superior performance and meritorious service. Cochran entered for superior performance.

Padilla, who began bowling at age 7 at Medford Lanes in junior-adult leagues, has been involved in the sport for 40 years, competing in local leagues and state and national tournaments.

She has twice captured the Oregon U.S. Open Women's Championship and won the Oregon State USBC Queens Championship. In the national Queens tournament, she finished 33rd in a field of 300 that included professionals.

In her career, Padilla has bowled two 300 games, one 290 and 40 series higher than 700. Her best series is 773, and she's had a 200 average for four years.

On the meritorious service side, she has long served as a youth coach and director, run the high school state program for 10 years and coached a high school team for eight.

She is co-founder of the Medford Area YABA Higher Education & Leadership Scholarship program, which has distributed nearly $34,000 in college scholarships, and created the Marshall Holman Triple Play scholarship tournament for juniors.

In 2010, Padilla was U.S. Bowling Congress volunteer of the year for Oregon.

Cochran, who for 13 years managed the pro shop at Lava Lanes, has bowled 60 games of 300 and 27 series of over 800 in a 35-year career. His high series is 847.

Cochran has maintained a sanctioned book average of over 200 for 32 years, with a high league average of 237 in 2001.

He's won one state championship, seven Southern Oregon All-Stars titles, five Southern Oregon Senior crowns and has claimed numerous city titles.

Cochran coordinated the Medford event on the PBA Tour for nine years, oversaw the Southern Oregon Senior All-Stars and is a board member of the Southern Oregon Bowling Association.

He helped students establish a bowling program at Southern Oregon University and coached it for two years. He also managed the Learn to Bowl League and has been active in the Coca Cola Junior Program.

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