Last Sunday, Bowl America Glen Burnie played host to the Young American Bowling Alliance awards banquet for the 1990 Thanksgiving tournament.
Trophies were awarded in four divisions (Bantams, Preps, Juniors and Majors) for team events, doubles, mixed team and mixed doubles and single events for both scratch and handicap scores.
One of the youngest bowlers was Kathleen Bush, 7, who started bowling when she was 3. She was the winner in the All-Event category in both the scratch and handicap events. Kathleen bowls at Fair Lanes Rolling Road and attends St. John's Lane Elementary School. Her averageis 97 and her high game is 177.
Until last summer, Kathy Haycraftwas a duckpin bowler. But because her father, Bill Haycraft, is a pretty good tenpin bowler, she decided to switch.
Kathy, 10, goes toVilla Cresta Elementary, where she's in the fourth grade. Her trophies were for winning the All Event handicap division and being half ofthe Prep Mixed team, with Brian Lane being the other half. And she was second in the Prep Girls singles. She carries an 68 average, with a high game of 110.
Jeannie Thacker, 14, lives in Glen Burnie, attends Glen Burnie Senior High and bowls at Bowl America Glen Burnie. She has been bowling since she was 5. She throws a Blue Angle ball fora 150 average and has a high game of 224 with a high set of 576. Jeannie won the scratch and handicap All Events and was second in the Junior Girls single event.
Richard Daff Jr., 12, who holds the worldrecord for the youngest person (at 11) to have a perfect game, won the Prep Boys All Event scratch division.
Tony Tully took the All Event Junior Boys scratch division, was part of the Junior Boys second-place doubles team and a member of the Major Boys first-place team, the Greenway Majors, from Greenway Odenton.
Tony, 14, started bowling at 6, and I know he's well-coached because his father, Dan Tully,is one of the better tenpin bowlers in Anne Arundel County, and his mother, Peggy, is very active in the bowling industry and especially active with the young bowlers at Greenway Odenton.
"I enjoy bowling very much, and I'm able to practice a lot because my mother is assistant manager of Greenway Bowl," Tony said.
Tony attends Glen Burnie High and carries an average of 178. His high game is 247, his highset, 617.
The Major Girls All Event scratch championship went to Kendra Cameron. Cameron is a high school senior in Anne Arundel County who wants to attend the University of Maryland. She bowls out of Crofton Centre. There's a very good chance that one day you'll be able to see her on the pro tour.
Cameron and Stephanie Lazor, another rising star in Anne Arundel tenpin bowling, were second in the Major Girls Doubles.
Jennifer Porter, who bowls at Bowl America Glen Burnie, won the Major Girls Handicap All Event and the Major Girls singles.
Jennifer Johns, who also bowls at Bowl America Glen Burnie, wasa member of the Secret Weapons, the Major Girls team that captured first place in the team event. Johns, 17, is a senior at Glen Burnie High and has been bowling since the age of 11. She throws a 16-pound Blue Dot ball for a 140 average; her high game is 225, and her high series is 531.
"I'm just very happy that my team did so well in thistournament," Johnr said. Her teammates were Diane Blair, Rebecca Johns and Janine King.
King is a senior at Glen Burnie High and carries a 144 average in the Junior and Senior Mixed League at Bowl America Glen Burnie. King, 17, has been bowling since she was 5 years old. She was the winner of the Major Girls Double event with her partner, Becky Johns.
The first-place Major Boys team consisted of an all-Anne Arundel County team that bowls in the Greenway Youth League at Greenway Odenton: Bob Burkindine, Ricky Paice, Roger Swigert and Tony Tully. Burkindine, 15, a student at Glen Burnie High, has been bowlingonly a few years but carries a 178 average with a high game of 258 and a high series of 617.
Roger Swigert, 14, throws a Blue Hammer fora 178 average and has a 245 high game and a high series of 607. He'sbeen bowling since he was 6 and is a student at Chesapeake High. Roger came in second in the Junior Boys Doubles with his teammate, Tony Tully. Tony took home a whole bunch of trophies this year.
The fourth member of the team, Ricky Paice, goes to Old Mill High and has a high game of 240 with a high series of 685. The 17-year-old has been bowling since 1981. His average is 175.
Other winners were:
* Erica Bernidsen, All Event Prep Girls Scratch.
* Joe McInnis, Boys Bantam All Event Handicap.
* Tony Ianno, Boys Major All Event Handicap.
* Ralph Birt, Boys Prep All Event Handicap.
* Rob Krysztofiak, Boys Major Singles.
* Shawn Chapman, Prep Boys Singles.
* Ted Dickens, Bantam Boys Singles.
* Tammy Fisher, Junior Girls Singles.
* Reggie Blackwell, Prep Girls Singles.
* Krystal Brady, Bantam Girls Singles.