Melisa Allen of Ocean Lanes edged Melissa Weber from Brunswick Crown Lanes, 671-670, to win the Grade 2 & under division of the Maryland state finals of the National Junior Bowling Championships last weekend at The Bowler in LaVale.
A total of 74 Young American Bowling Alliance bowlers $l competed in six divisions for boys and girls. The winners received scholarships and a chance to compete in the National Tournament in Indianapolis in July.
Other winners were: Boys Grade 2 & under -- Ken Bertrand, Ocean Lanes, defeated Steven Vinias of Brunswick Crown, 677-639; girls Grades 3-5 -- Amy Johnson of Par-Matt Lanes, Oakland, defeated Kara Rook of Brunswick Perry Hall, 206-184; boys Grades 3-5 -- Michael Womack of Fair Lanes Rolling Road defeated Chris Moore of Fair Lanes Southdale, 224-213; girls Grades 6-8 -- Kelly Weikert of Fort Ritchie defeated Miranda Marple of Par-Matt, 206-196, Robin Kane of Brunswick Crown, 284-167, and Missy Hartka of Ocean Lanes, 221-217; boys Grades 6-8 -- John Clemens of Fair Lanes Edgewood defeated Michael Stair of Terrace Lanes, Frederick, 221-183, Corey Hill of Brunswick Columbia, 222-207, and Matt Denney of Harford Lanes, 218-199.
Girls Grades 9-12 -- Rachael Kiessling of Greenway Odenton defeated Bonita Harbaugh of Fort Ritchie, 282-167; boys Grades 9-12 -- Chris Usher of Crofton defeated Allan Wiherle of Fair Lanes Dundalk, 236-197; girls unlimited -- Kendra Cameron of Crofton defeated Roshelle Brown of Harford Lanes, 232-167, Tina Fick of Bowl America Glen Burnie, 203-171, and Kathi Brady of Bowl America Odenton, 195-193; boys unlimited -- Joe Carroll of New Cherokee Lanes, Salisbury, defeated Joey Brewer of White Oak Lanes, Cumberland, 199-160.
A total of 273 bowlers will compete for the $3,000 first prizes men and women) in the $25,000 Coors Light Duckpin Classic Saturday and Sunday at Turner's Long Meadow Bowl in Hagerstown.
The 141 men and 132 women will bowl a six-game elimination qualifier on Saturday and top 10 men and women will be selected for the up-the-ladder finals on Sunday.
Bill Honeycutt of Greenway Bowl East is the leading men's qualifier with a 1,002, and Joyce Leon of Fair Lanes Harford is the top female qualifier with 944. Honeycutt also had a 910 scratch set and Lynne Heller of Greenway Bowl East had a 787 scratch set among the women.
There will also be bowlers from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.