In every sport there comes a time you remember forever. In hockey, it's the first hat trick . . . in golf, the first hole-in-one.
Ed Lott of Point Pleasant had his moment on Jan. 9 in the Pin and Ball Wizard League at Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie.
On that Wednesday night in January it all came together for Lott -- the night every bowler looks for, the night that you get locked into the sweet spot on the lanes and you can do no wrong.
Lott, who has been bowling for three years and carries a 122 average, had that kind of night. He throw a career-high 473 series based on a career-high 217 game. And now he's received a mug from the league in recognition of his outstanding game and series.
It's a pretty mug. It's a great mug. It's a masterpiece of a mug. There is a simply fantastic figure of a bowler on the side of that magnificent mug.
Just one problem. It's a female figure.
"No trouble, Ed," his wife, Joyce said. "Just put my name on it!"
You might remember that Sandy Miller of Pasadena had a little trouble with switching bowling balls last season.
Miller, assistant manager at the Linthicum office of Signet Bank, bowls in the Wednesday Mixed League at Fair Lanes Southdalewhere she had carried about a 170 average. Then she switched to a new Hammer bowling ball and dropped about 30 pins off her average.
She went back to her old 14-pound Columbia U-Dot bowling ball and immediately picked her average up again.
Her two children, Ryan, 6, and Erin, 9, are typical active kids. Ryan plays baseball for the All-Star Pasadena Clinic, and Erin is busy with her oil painting career. That means that Miller doesn't have a lot of time to practice.
But you still can be a outstanding bowler without a lot of practice. Ask Miller.
She just received the Triple Crown award for her league inthe fall/winter season. She finished with a 173 average, a 244 game and a 609 series, all high scores for the women in that league.
Glenna Grimes couldn't do much practicing for a while because of the tendinitis in her throwing arm.
I have some bad news for the women duckpin bowlers in the area. Her arm is coming back just fine.
Managing the Riviera Lanes in Riviera Beach is a time-consuming task, but Grimes has found enough time to work on her game so that it's rounding into tournament shape.
That means it won't be long be
fore she's popping 500 sets.
Her average surely will continue to goup as the arm strength increases. Her mental game has always been top-notch so the scores will come automatically as the arm heals.
"Keep throwing the ball," Grimes said. "Stay with the basics and don't try to guide the ball. Everything will fall into place if you do that."
The 14th Youth Duckpin Invitational Championship will begin at 1 p.m. July 7 at Greenway Bowl East in Baltimore.
The tournament will feature the 96 best youth bowlers from Maryland, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. Additional rounds will take place at Fair Lanes Prince George's Plaza and Fair Lanes Westview on Tuesday, July 9, and at Mount Airy Lanes and White Oak Lanes on July 11.
The finals will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Greenway East.
Information: Frank Applestein, 685-3800.
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.
Bowling columnist Don Vitek has been chosen by the Maryland Bowling Writers Association as Writer of the Year, an award sponsored by the Maryland State Women's Bowling Association.
Theaward was for his column "Her Story: from Death's Door to Wheelchairto Winner," that appeared July 26, 1990, in The Anne Arundel County Sun.
Vitek also won first- and second-place honors in both the senior and column categories.
The column award was sponsored by the Frederick Women's 600 Club, and the senior awards category was sponsored by Greater Baltimore Bowling Association.
The awards were announced at the association's annual meeting June 9.