Two Northeast High students from Pasadena were among the standouts in a field of 41 high school seniors from Maryland who bowled for $7,000 worth of scholarships at Turner's Dual Lanes in Hagerstown on Sunday.
Stephanie Lazor and Paula Cinelli swept the girls scratch division, finishing 1-2, respectively.
Lazor, 17, won the $1,000 scholarship with a 195 average for the six games (total 1,170). That score nosed out Cinelli, who averaged 176; her total of 1,055 was good for a $750 scholarship.
That's finishing first and second against the best high school bowlers in the state. That's awesome.
Lazor, who has varsity letters in softball, basketball and soccer, throws an Angle bowling ball for a 182 league average in the 9:00 Major/Senior league at Fair Lanes Southdale and the Youth Travel league.
She has had a high game of 247 and a high set of 623. She has been bowling since she was 10.
Was she excited? Not really. This is old hat to her.
In the 1990 Youth Pro-Am she was first. In 1987 in the 14-15 division of the US Youth Games she took first place. She was second in the 1989 state tournament, first in the 1989 Baltimore City tournament and first in both 1988 and 1989 in the Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council tournament.
"My dad is the one who got me interested in bowling," said Stephanie after winning the scratch division of the 10th annual Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council tournament. "And I'm glad he did. It's definitely paid off."
Stephanie is planning to use that scholarship money to further her studies on her way to becoming a physical education instructor.
Cinelli, throwing a Blue Hammer, carries a league average of 177 and has a high game of 268. She bowls in the travel league out of Ritchie Fair Lanes in Glen Burnie.
She's been in the winner's circle before, too. In 1989 she was first in the Pro-Am and second in the invitational. In 1986 and 1988, she competed in the United States Youth Games. She started bowling when she was 5.
"I really appreciate the adult bowlers taking the time to raise funds for our future," Cinelli said. That was the first thing on her mind. That's class.
Yes, if you didn't know, it was the adult bowlers who raised money in October for scholarship prizes for the young bowlers.
The tournament featured a six-game total-pins format with four divisions: boys scratch, girls scratch, boys handicap and girls handicap.
The winner in each division won a $1,000 scholarship and the runners-up in each division won $750 in scholarship money.
Monyalo Webster of Aberdeen took the boys scratch with 1,267 pin fall.
Kenny Konopacki of Baltimore was runner-up with 1,135.
Harry Crossland of Frostburg had a 956 scratch total and a 1,346 handicap total to take first place in the boys handicap. Eric Johns of Baltimore was the second-place winner in the boys handicap division with a 1,117 scratch and a 1,339 total handicap score.
Dawn Burgess of Frederick won the first-place $1,000 scholarship in the girls handicap division with a 879 scratch and a total handicap score of 1,377. Melissa Dombkiewicz of Bowie was second with an 802 scratch and a total handicap score of 1,318.
Todd Smith, manager of Turner's Dual Lanes in Hagerstown, said his house raised the most money of all the centers, $1,689. He's right to be proud of that figure. How did one center raise so much money?
"Hey, we had 50-50 drawings," said Smith. "I've been working here at the center since I was 12 years old. I know all the bowlers and I just asked then to help the young stars. And they did."
Smith has worked the snack bar and the control counter, maintains the lanes, looks after the pinsetters, drills bowling balls and probably washes the windows, so I believe him when he says, "I just love bowling."
He carries a 219 average, has an 812 series and two 300 games. That would explain why the tournament was run so smoothly. Experience does count.
From time to time I hear about bowlers who are upset because honor scores are not sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress. Understandable.
When someone throws a high game or a high series, it is very often a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Then to have it disqualified is very upsetting.
The bowler asks, "Why?"
The key point is whether an honor score is earned through the skill of the bowler or aided by illegal lane conditioning or equipment.
The ABC cannot recognize illegal scores and cannot reward the bowler, according to the rules made by the bowlers. The ABC will continue to reject those in order to maintain the integrity of the sport. The ABC wants to continue to honor those members that achieve a spectacular score, such as a 300 game or 800 series, but these honors and awards must be earned honestly and legally.
Rejecting an honor score is one of the most serious problems ABC deals with, and unfortunately the bowler is the victim when an honor score is aided through illegal means, whether intentional or inadvertent, because the rules prohibit any other decision.
When a proprietor accepts ABC/WIBC certification, he agrees to abide by the rules of the game, which includes lane dressing.
The American Bowling Congress board of directors has been informed that the ABC Women's International Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications Committee is forwarding legislation to its delegates calling for one lane dressing rule.
The proposal requires a minimum of three units of dressing at any point on the lane where dressing is applied.
The ABC/WIBC Equipment Specifications Committee placed restrictions on bowling balls at the current performance level, meaning that no bowling ball on the market as of Oct. 23 will be ruled out for sanctioned competition. The committee determined that all bowling balls manufactured after Aug. 1, 1991, must carry the ABC/WIBC log to qualify for sanctioned competition.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in The Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.