If you'd like to see the cream of the Carroll County youth duckpin bowlers, catch the Coca-Cola National Duckpin Youth Association Championship tournament March 29 through April 1.
That's Easter weekend and there won't be any bowling Easter Sunday, so the tournament runs Friday, Saturday and Monday.
The Western Division portion of the tournament is slated for two locations, with some teams at Village Lanes in Frederick and some at Mount Airy Lanes.
The winners from the Western Division will go toGreenway East in Baltimore for the finals at the end of June.
Teams in the Western Division include three from Hagerstown in Washington County, Fair Lanes Westview and Pikesville and Bowl America Reisterstown in Baltimore County, Village Lanes in Frederick County and, of course, Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster, and Taneytown and Mount Airy Lanes.
A Mount Airy team won the Major Division finals last yearat Fair Lanes Joppa in Baltimore County, and members of that team are again competing.
Two of the defending championship team members are Claude Sier and Michelle Gue. Both are residents of Mount Airy and bowl in the Saturday Morning Youth League at Mount Airy Lanes.
Claude Sier is no stranger to those who bowl at Mount Airy; he's into everything.
He'll fix the pinsetting machines, chase a pin, mop upa spilled drink and serve you at the snack bar. Not all at once, ofcourse, but he can do it all.
And he does it with a smile.
Sier is a graduate of Linganore High in Frederick County and lives with his mother, Della.
He has a high game of 209, a high series of 488and carries a 122 average with a 3-pound, 12-ounce ball.
He started bowling when he was 7 (he's 21 now) and has no intention of quitting the game.
Gue is a senior at South Carroll and lives with her parents, Linda and Mike Gue.
Michelle, 18, has only been bowling seriously for about two years, but she's had a high game of 154, way over her 92 average.
She also plays outfield for the softball team and is a cheerleader for the Cavaliers.
Gue has been cheerleading since she was 6, so if you go to the tournament and see someone throw a strike and then do a cartwheel, it's a pretty good chance that you're watching her.
Mount Airy plans to enter a total of 24 teams in the four divisions of the tournament -- Prep, Bantam, Junior and Major. Last year, three Mount Airy teams qualified for the finals.
Oneof its Junior Division teams placed second in the finals, while a Bantam Division team placed third.
The finals will include teams from throughout the duckpin-playing areas of Maryland, Virginia, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
EDITOR'S NOTE -- Don Vitek will talk about bowlers from other county centers in the coming weeks.