Michael R. Bernot

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Perfection! Twice! – That’s exactly what this year’s inductee Michael Bernot has accomplished with his 2 sanctioned 300 games being recognized by the International Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis, MO. One was on September 17, 2001 and the other on January 20, 2003. Bernot has been bowling in the Philadelphia area since 1970 and was inducted into the Rodley Township Old Timers Hall of Fame in 2000. Mike has participated in the Delaware County Senior Games for Bowling since 1998 and has come away with 3 singles championships and 4 doubles championships, as well as a number of 2nd and 3rd place finishes. He was selected as the Outstanding Bowler of the Delaware County Senior Games in 1999.

Mike began his athletic career at Mount Carmel High School in the fall of 1943, when he earned his first of 4 varsity letters in football for Coach Joe Ambrose. Bernot would start at center, linebacker and end during his career and would post a 28-11-7 record during his time with the Tornadoes. The 1945 and 46 teams would be the first teams in history to play 12 games in a season.

He would then go on to play for Coach “Tufky” Amdrulewicz and the Tornado basketball team. He would earn 2 varsity letters and his 1946-47 team would post the most wins in a season, up until that time, with their 19-4 record. They won the second half Keystone League championship with a 50-27 win over Shamokin and then lost the overall championship to Coal Township by a 47-41 margin. Mike was selected to play on the All East basketball team and would help them to end the west monopoly in the Dream game with a 37-23 victory.

Mike’s athletic ability took an extra step in the spring when he would earn 4 more letters, but more importantly would qualify for the PIAA State Championships at State College in each of 4season as a discus thrower. He would also qualify in 1946 and 47 in the high jump and shot put. He won the 1947 District IV Championship in both the shot and discus. During graduation in 1947, Bernot was recognized at Mount Carmel High School for the Most Outstanding Contribution as an Athlete.

Mike would go on to Bloomsburg University, graduating in 1955 with a B.S. in Social Studies and Mathematics. He was a varsity letter winner in football and was President of the Varsity Club in 1953-54. He went on to have a 35 year career at Ridley Park and Ridley South School Districts as a teacher and administrator. Mike and his wife Dolores make their home in Morton, Pa and are the parents of three children: Michael, Rachelle, and Paul and are the proud grandparents of Nicholas, Christopher, and Michael.

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