If he's not shooting spares, you'll find Glenn Gilbert shooting trap. Or trap shooting.
Gilbert, who just received the coveted Triple Crown Award for his 182 average, 254 high game and 644 high series in the Saturday Night Mixed tenpin league at Hampstead Bowling Center, is a trap shooter in the Southern York County Trap Shooting league on Sunday mornings. He's shooting in the 90s --and because a 100 is perfect, you can see he's not missing many "spares."
Gilbert was born and raised in the Overlea section of Baltimore County but has lived in Manchester for more than six years with his wife, Karen, and daughters, Tiffany, 10, Brandy, 9, and Ashley, 5. And, yes, the girls have already started bowling.
He's been with the Shaffer and Strohminger automobile dealership for 23 years, where he is parts manager. As so many Baltimore youngsters did, Gilbert started bowling duckpins but switched to tenpins and devotes his bowling time to that game.
Winning the Triple Crown Award is difficult. It means you're No. 1 not just in one or two categories but all three: average, game and series.
Such winners are scarce. When I tell you he bowls in just one league, it makes the accomplishment even more extraordinary.
How does Gilbert feel about bowling?
"I just like the friendships you make bowling," he said.
This year, he is averaging about 184; in the past he's had several 700 sets, with a 766 high set and a 279 high game. I don't know what he'd do if he started practicing.
The next bowler can't practice any more; she doesn't have enough time.
Kitty Bellusci lives in Hampstead, is married to Dominick (who does some trap shooting of his own) and bowls.
A lot. Both duckpins and tenpins.
"I just like to bowl," she says, "If I didn't bowl I guess I'd have to go to some spa and exercise, I just have to be busy."
Monday night she's in Reisterstown, Baltimore County, bowling tenpins in the Bowl America Reisterstown center with the Monday Ladies; Tuesday, it's back to Hampstead Bowling Center for the Tuesday Morning Ladies duckpin league;
Wednesday, it's the Wednesday Ladies tenpin league; Thursday it's back to Bowl America Reisterstown for the Thursday Guys and Gals League; and Friday it's back to Hampstead Bowling Center for both tenpins and duckpins.
That's right, both. It's the Friday Night Mixed tenpin league early and then a short walk down the concourse to play in the Friday Night Mixed duckpin league.
Saturday morning she's back at the Hampstead Bowling Center to teach duckpin bowling to the youngsters, about 70 youths ages 5 to 15. Oh, yeah, sometimes she'll sub on the Monday morning league at Hampstead.
Can you bowl in both games and keep a good average?
Bellusci has a 170 average in tenpins and a 115 in duckpins. Her high game in tenpins is 270; in duckpins, 153. The high tenpin series is more than 600 and the duckpin set is 431. I'd say, yes, you can bowl in both sports and carry a good average.
Did I mention she drives a bus for the county schools? Did I mention she is 71 years old? Did I mention that just writing about Kitty's schedule makes me exhausted?
Karen Wisner, spokeswoman for Hampstead Bowling Center, probably put it best when she said, "Kitty just loves to bowl. Duckpins, tenpins, it doesn't matter. Put a bowling ball in her hand and she's happy."
In the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. tournament last weekend at Brunswick Normandy Lanes, Steve Rothenberger of Westminster took another step toward establishing himself as one of the finest tenpin bowlers in the county by winning the $1,000 first prize. This victory comes on the heels of his doubles victory just a few weeks ago in the Hanover Bowling Center tournament in Pennsylvania.
On Oct. 20, at Hampstead Bowling Center, Timmy Freyman, bowling in the duckpin youth league for ages 6 to 10, was 45 pins over his 67 average. In the 11-15 division, Amy Rosenberger fired a fine 59 pins over her 79 average.
Tournament news: Thunderhead Westminster is the site of the Mid-Maryland youth tournament today,
Bowlers from Thunderhead in both Taneytown and Westminster will compete, as well as bowlers from the Hampstead Bowling Center, Frederick's Terrace Lanes and Bowl America Reisterstown.
Drop in and catch some of the finest young tenpin bowlers in action.
Some of them will be in costume. Things will kick off about 1 p.m.
On Nov. 3-4, the NABI tournament will be at Greenway Bowl Odenton in Anne Arundel County.