Five bowlers from Anne Arundel County were among 36 of the state's highest average youth bowlers at the Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council's Invitational Tournament at Brunswick Perry Hall Lanes.
Kendra Cameron of Gambrills, Stephanie Lazor of Pasadena, Matt Novotny of Crofton, Stephen Smoot of Glen Burnie and Jason Stanton of Pasadena competed, and three of them finished the qualifying series high enough to place in the stepladder finals.
In the male division, Monyalo Webster of Aberdeen celebrated his 18th birthday by winning first place. Novotny took second place, losing to Webster, 235-213. Stanton finished fifth.
Cameron lost the final match to tournament winner Angie Brown of Taneytown, 177-173.
All five finalists received trophies.
Just as the Marines need a few good men, so does the Colonial Retirees duckpin league at Severna Park Lanes need a few good bowlers.
"Anyone over 50 years old is welcome to join our league for the fall-winter season," said Laura Showers, who has been vice president of the league for 11 years.
The league has been around for more than 20 years and currently has10 teams of four members each. Showers would like that number to expand to 12 teams in the coming fall-winter season.
Showers, a member of the Odd Balls in the Thursday morning league, also bowls in the Ladies South County league at Severna Park Lanes. She carries a 105 average in that league and has a high game of 168 with a high set of 393.
Smitty Davis, president of the
league, handles the emcee duties at the bowling banquet, and Showers does all the work. Well, that's the way she tells it.
"I just like to keep everybody happy," she said. "And I'd like to keep on doing it 11 more years."
Defending champion Michelle Mullen, Bowler of the Year Tish Johnson, Bowler of the Decade Lisa Wagner and Leila Wagner of Annapolis will be among those competing Monday at the $45,000 Lady Fair Lanes Open at Fair Lanes University in Adelphi.
The open consists of an 18-game qualifier, followed by the top 24 bowlers advancing to 24-game match-play competition. The top five bowlers then will compete in the one-game stepladder finals, which will be televised on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday.
Adult and youth pro-ams precede the pro competition on Sunday.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in The Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.