Thirty-four teams of police personnel took to the lanes at Bowl America Odenton Monday to chase down tenpins rather than criminals in thesecond annual Anne Arundel Police F.O.P. Lodge 70 Bowling Tournament.
The Port Authority Police Department captured first place in thetenpin tourney with a 3,089 pinfall.
Second place went to the I Dare You team with a total of 2,988. The third-place team was the Gutter Tramps of the Maryland State Police, just 12 pins out of second with a total of 2,976.
The Howard County Police Department fired a 2,966 series for fourth place, and thefifth-place team was the Montgomery County Police Department with a 2,941.
Mike Martin shot the high individual game of 253, and Dale Budnick of the Port Authority Police had high series with 649. VickieWell of the Maryland State Police took the women's high game with a really great 235 game.
Bill Daywalt of the Anne Arundel County police said, "It was a great event. We were able to raise over $1,000 for the Anne Arundel County DARE program."
The Drug Abuse ResistanceEducation program goes directly into the schools to educate youngsters about the dangers of drugs. It's effective, and the annual police tournament is a great way to raise money for the program.
Does it pay to be superstitious? Ask Kim Horn.
Horn will tell you that he's not superstitious. It's just that he likes that old orange duckpin bowling bag and that the shoes are not really falling apart, they're just comfortable, and he likes the old rubber bowling balls he'sused for more years than he cares to remember.
True, some of his teammates have been to heard mumble things like, "When he turns his back at the end of the league somebody grab 'em and throw 'em in the Severn on the way home." But they don't mean it.
Horn, a maintenance planner for BG & E, has been bowling since he was 6. His parents, Wanda and Norbert, started him young because they both loved to bowl.
For health reasons they have had to curtail their bowling activities, but Wanda still stays close to the game. You'll find her behind the control counter at Fair Lane Southwest on Sunday and Tuesday nights.
Kim Horn bowls in the Tuesday House Majors at Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie and the Triples at Southwest.
"I just like to bowl," Hornsaid. "You have to love the game to bowl as long as I have."
Since his mother carried a 112 average and his father a 114 aver
age, they're pretty proud of Kim's 135 average. His high game is a 213 andhis high set 511.
That 213 game was thrown in December 1990. Was it a fluke? Well, he had three weeks in a row when he threw games of 193, 196 and 190 so I guess you can say it wasn't all luck. Maybe a little superstition.
Steve Evan of Millersville had a fantastic 605 scratch set in the Fair Lanes PBA Open Pro-Am tournament at Fair Lanes Kings Point, Randallstown. That beat 61 of the 73 bowlers whocashed.
Of the remaining 589 amateur bowlers, Evan beat all 589 with handicap, and he beat first-place amateur scratch and handicap. However, none of the three pros who bowled with him threw a game over 200.
And what did Evan receive for his outstanding bowling? Nothing, zip, zilch. Wait until next year.
"I'm not really complaining,"he said. "I had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it very much. After all, I beat the president of the PBA and two other professionals
head-to-head scratch. That makes me feel great. You can bet I'll be back next year."
But it would have been nice to cash, wouldn't it?
Jason Stanton had better luck in the Coca-Cola NJBC finals at Crofton Bowling Centre.
He threw games of 140, 202, 203, 224 and 237 for a set of 1,006 to take first place in the scratch division.
Jason, 13, is in the eighth grade at Chesapeake Middle School and carries a 175 average with a 265 career high game and a three-game series of 658.
He bowls in the Saturday youth league at Fair Lanes Southdale and comes from a bowling family.
His father, Kenny, is in leagues at both Southdale and Bowl America Glen Burnie, and his mother, Kathy, bowls at Bowl America Glen Burnie. I don't which one showed Jason how to throw his 16-pound Hammer bowling ball, but they did a great job.