1996 Hall of Fame


Allen Duprel
Charter: Rushmore Amusement – Rapid City, South Dakota

Allen’s teams have gained tremendous respect in their region over the years as they have captured the South Dakota State "A" Team Championship several times.

Allen’s individual skills are also impressive as he is a multiple-time South Dakota State "A" 9-Ball Champion.

Allen has served for many years on the Board of Directors of his local league, which includes a 2-year stint as President.

Allen has also served as Head Referee at his State VNEA Tournaments.

Most of Allen’s accomplishments have occurred in the International Team competition. From 1983 to 1991, Allen’s teams have captured two 1st Place finishes, two 2nd place finishes, and one 4th Place finish at the VNEA International Championships.
"VNEA leagues have been very important in the growth of pool and the friendships that develop through team pool competition is very rewarding." – Allen Duprel


Michael Jensen
Charter: Stansfield Vending – LaCrosse, Wisconsin

With several City Team Championships and earning Class "A" League Most Valuable Player along the way, Mike is one of our Association’s premier members.

As a League Director, Mike has utilized the entire VNEA League System by organizing leagues, tournaments, awards banquets, and a successful Junior Program. Mike has always believed that VNEA stands for "Very Noteworthy & Excellent Association."

Mike was a member of "Hondo’s" who were the Team Champions at the historical 1st Annual VNEA Team Championships in Rochester, Minnesota in 1981.
Mike has been involved with the VNEA Junior Program from its inception and continues to play a big part in its growth as a member of the Junior Tournament Committee.

"My most memorable time in the VNEA came when my team ‘Hondo’s’ won the 1st Annual VNEA Team Championships in 1981 in Rochester, Minnesota." – Michael Jensen


Ron Morton
Charter: Indy Amusements – Indianapolis, Indiana

Ron possesses several state titles both with his team and as a singles participant including a sweep of both the Masters Team and Masters Singles titles at the I.A.M.O.A. State Championships in 1995.

Ron has served as Chairman of Indy Amusements Players Congress as well as serving on the Tournament Committee at the Mid-West Regionals.

When his team isn’t busy winning titles across the state, Ron keeps busy as a VNEA Certified Referee.

Since 1992, Ron has captained teams that have captured first place in both the Open and Masters Divisions of the International Championships.

Individually, Ron finished 3rd-4th in the 8-Ball Singles Division at the International Championships in 1992 and 5th-8th in 1995.
"Well run by its Charter Holders and extremely organized down to the state and local levels, VNEA Pool Leagues are my preference." – Ron Morton


Donald Rotert
Charter: C & N Sales – Mankato, Minnesota

Since 1983, Don has accumulated several State and Local accolades.

Don has served as both the Captain of his team and the President of his league multiple years.

As a Certified Referee, Don has served as a referee at local qualifiers.

Don has helped set up the Junior League System in his area and has helped the program progress at not only the local level but the state and international levels as well.

Don’s proudest moment came in 1989 when he received the coveted C & N Sales "MVP Ring."

Don has had impressive finishes at the International Championships in both the Team and Scotch Doubles events. Don’s home town gave his team a hero’s welcome in 1987 when they returned from Las Vegas, which made that a most memorable occasion for Don and his teammates.

"When our team finished among the leaders at the International Championships, we were so proud of ourselves for doing so well so soon. We all felt like we had just won the Super Bowl." – Donald Rotert


Doug Rowland
Charter: D & R Star – Rochester, Minnesota

Over 100 awards in state and local tournaments

Helped start and played on one of the first pool teams in the D & R Star Pool League system.

Helped start and served as President of the East Country Pool League.

Has served as referee at D & R Star’s pool tournaments and several state tournaments.

Was instrumental in the creation of D & R Star’s 1st Annual Youth Pool Tournament.
Graciously gives pool lessons to local junior and adult players.

Doug is a Certified Referee and has refereed several of the adult and junior International Championships including the 1st Annual Team Tournament in 1981.

Doug played an important role in the creation of VNEA’s spawning Junior Program and continues to lend his support.

Doug is considered a seasoned veteran by many of his competitors due to the sheer number of VNEA International Championships in which he has played.

"I am very gracious for the support and contribution of Valley Recreation Products to the VNEA and appreciate their outstanding quality product." – Doug Rowland