Mount Airy Lanes owner Joe Rineer knows good bowling, and he sees itwhen Will Fleming steps up to the line.
"Will's a model of what abowler's form should be," said Rineer. "He's smooth and easy on the approach and accurate with his shots."
Fleming's been practicing that smooth and easy form since 1945. Lately, he's been duckpin bowling in the Monday night league, the Wednesday night league, two leagues on Friday and subbing on Tuesdays, all at Mount Airy Lanes.
"I started out a farm laborer, then I ownedmy own farm," the Mount Airy resident said. "Then, for 38 years I owned and operated milk trucks. When my wife died, I gave the business up."
That's when he started concentrating on bowling. Fleming carries a 124 average and has a high game of 180 and a high set of 486.
"I have my good days, and I have my bad days," Fleming said. "I may give up bowling in the second league on Friday night. It's getting to be a little too much."
Could be. On April 19, Fleming will celebrate a birthday. That'll be No. 78.
Angie Brown of Taneytownwon the Girls Division at the seventh annual Maryland Tenpin BowlingCouncil Invitational Tournament Sunday at Brunswick Perry Hall.
The top 38 youth bowlers in Maryland were invited to compete. Three ofthose bowlers were from Carroll, including Brown, who defeated Kendra Cameron of Gambrills (Anne Arundel County), 177-173.
Another participant was Ed Hild Jr., 17, of Westminster, who bowls at Thunderhead Westminster and carries a 160 average. Hild didn't have a great day, but just getting invited to this tournament is an achievement.
Hild is in the 11th grade at Francis Scott Key High, is in the marching band and a member of the National Honor Society. Both of his parents, Jackie and Ed Sr., bowl.
A Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. employee, Ed Hild Sr. carries a 174 average and Jackie Hild, a 173. Last month at the Hampstead Bowling Center's Youth-Adult Tournament, the father-son team placed sixth in a field of more than 140 teams. Young Ed has been bowling since he was 8.
Tammy Fisher is a relative newcomer to the sport of bowling -- she didn't start bowling until she was in kindergarten. She had a six-game series of 912 for the tournament.
Last November, Fisher finished first in the City Tournament handicap singles division, and does her league bowling at Hampstead Bowling Center on Saturday morning in the youth league.
Fisher, 15, lives in Hampstead with her parents, Andy and Karen. She's a sophomoreat North Carroll High School and plays field hockey for the Panthersand recreation league softball.
The Pee Wee team from Mount Airy Lanes took first place in the recent Coca-Cola tournament at Village Lanes in Frederick (we reported results from Mount Airy Lanes last week). The team consisted of Ben Johnston, Ronnie Pickett, Justin Oldham, Erik Blum and Billy Thomas, of all Mount Airy.
Several other youth bowlers participated in that tournament: * Steve Alexander, 15, from Woodbine, does his bowling in the Saturday morning youth league at Mount Airy lanes. Alexander has a 110 average with a high gameof 170 and a high series of 424. He attends South Carroll High School.
In 1990, he was first in the Maryland Western Region tournamentand second in a Coca-Cola national tournament. In 1982, as a Pee Wee, his team took first place, and in 1987 his team tied for first in the Bantam Division.
* Angie Alexander, 11, a Mount Airy Middle School student, lives in Woodbine and bowls in the youth league at MountAiry Lanes. Her average is 102 with a high game of 161 and a set of 345.
* Angie Beacham, 12, lives in Westminster and has a 89 average at Thunderhead Westminster, a high set of 321, and a high game of 120.
* David Boczek, 13, bowls at Thunderhead Westminster, where hehas a high game of 121 and a high set of 326.
* Darrin Bowers, 13, started bowling when he as 4. He attends North Carroll High, lives in Manchester, and bowls at Thunderhead Westminster lanes. His average is 98, his high game 149 and his high set 351.
* Jeff Fleming, 15, has been bowling since he was 6. He lives and bowls in Mount Airy. In 1990, he was first in the state and second in the nation. He carries 119 average, with a high game of 181, and a high set of 470.
* Mike Grata, 11, lives in New Windsor, bowls at Thunderhead Westminster and carries a 112 average, high set of 343 and high game of 136.
* Scott Greenloltz, 12, of Westminster, bowls at Thunderhead and holds a 101 average with a high game of 136 and a high set of 317.
* Christi Lough, 16, lives and bowls in Westminster. Her average is 127, with a 413 series and 146 high game.
* Billy Miller, 14, livesin New Windsor and bowls at Thunderhead in Westminster. His average is 106, with a high game of 131 and a high series of 343.
Here's a name accidentally omitted from last week's report on the Coca-Cola regional at Mount Airy Lanes: Ronnie Pickett, 4, of Westminster, bowled for the Champion A's, the Thunderhead Westminster team that won the Pee Wee division.
Pickett, the youngest bowler in his league, started bowling when he was three and already carries a 57 average.He won a tournament last year and has several times been selected asbowler of the week at Thunderhead Westminster. He lives with his family in Westminster.