Among the county duckpin teams competing in the 18th Annual Coca-Cola National Duckpin Youth Championship regional tournament at Mount Airy Lanes and the Village Lanes in Frederick will be eight teams from Thunderhead Westminster.
The competition -- Western District qualifiers -- will be March 29 and 30 and April 1.
The following teams from Thunderhead Westminster will be bowling at the Village Lanes in Frederick: Champion A's, Strikers, Gremlins and Lame Ducks.
The Champion A's team will be bowling in the Pee Wee division for the youths up to age 6. Eric Blum, who had his sixth birthday March 17, will be bowling leadoff. The other members of the team are Ben Johnson, 5, with a 59 average; Justin Oldham, 6, with a 54 average; Ronnie Pickett, 3, with a 49 average and the anchor man,Billy Thomas, 4, with a 55 average.
Blum is in his second year ofcompetition and is averaging 64, with a high game of 105. He lives in Westminster with his parents, Cynthia and Michael Blum, and his sister, Sarah, who is bowling with the Prep team the Strikers.
Eric'smother is known through Carroll County for her organically grown vegetables raised on the Blum farm. Cynthia Blum is a charter member of the Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association, and Michael Blum is employed by the Home Beneficial Life insurance company.
Last year Eric Blum placed fourth nationwide in the National Youth Duckpin Association tournament for his age group.
His sister Sarah, 8, was ranked first in the nation in her age group in the NDYA tournament in 1990. Sarah Blum has an average of 81 and a high game of 156. She's amember of the Westminster Eagles 4-H group and this summer plans to take up tennis.
Both Blum children attend Manchester Elementary School, Eric in kindergarten and Sarah in the third grade.
Sarah's teammates on the Strikers are Gregory Hendrickson, 7, with an 80 average; Carolyn Erwin with a 64 average and Rob Huter, 8, anchoring the team with a 67 average.
The next brother-sister combination bowl on the same team, the Bantam division Gremlins.
Bobby Kurland, 12, carries an 86 average; Melissa Kurland, 11, has a 77 average. Their teammates are Kelly Barber, 11, with a 57 average; Dan Hood, 12, witha 75 average and the anchor, Wendy Chick, 10, with an 81 average.
Both Bobby and Melissa attend West Middle school; Bobby is in the seventh grade, and Melissa is one year behind. Melissa has bowled sinceshe was 3 and likes to roller skate at Sportsman Hall
"She a verygood at skating," said her mother, Ann Kurland.
With a 77 average, Melissa is pretty good at duckpins, too.
Bobby has an 86 averageand a high game of 130, with a high series of 375. Last year he played the outfield for the White Sox of the Westminster Little League. He finds time to be a patrol leader and den chief for the Roadrunners patrol of the Boy Scouts.
"He's a god kid," Ann Kurland said.
In 1988 Bobby and Melissa were Maryland Pee Wee champs.
The next team, the Lame Ducks, consists of Alan Carr, 11, with an 82 average; Mike Sullivan, 11, 90 average; Jason McCraken, 11, 92 average; Aaron Walter, 11, 80 average; and the last bowler, Steve Boston, 12, 70 average. They'll be bowling in the Bantam division.
Sullivan has a high game of 130, and he's in his fourth year of duckpin competition. He lives in Westminster with his parents, Nancy and John Sullivan, and his 6-year-old sister, Jennie. He's in the sixth garde at West Middle school and last year played first base for the Kings and later the Dodgers baseball teams.
John Sullivan works for Hahn'sof Westminster as a meat cutter. (I hope Mike hasn't learned to chopthe duckpins from his father.)
OK, folks, mark it on your calendar: the last weekend of this month you can watch the top youth bowlersin Carroll County in action at Mount Airy Lane and the Village Lanesin Frederick. The winners from these regional events will go on to the national championship later in the year.
Next week I'll be writing about the four teams that will be bowling at Mount Airy Lanes: The Lanecleaners, the Pinsweeps, the High Rollers and the Pin Pals.