WESTMINSTER — The Maryland State Young American Bowling Alliance awards luncheon was last month, with awards for the outstanding youth bowlers in the state.
How did Carroll County do?
First place for the bantam mixed doubles went to Zachary Saccente and Jennifer Weaver of County Lanes in Westminster, who totaled 1,002 pin fall. Saccente also captured third place in the bantam boys singles event with a 491.
Heather and Jesse Parrish took first place in the prep mixed doubles. They bowl out of ThunderheadLanes in Taneytown, and their total was 1,070.
First place for the junior mixed doubles went to Kristy Oppliger and Mike Johnson. Their home lanes are Thunderhead in Westminster, and their total pin fallwas 1,212.
Tony Chrell won first place in the junior boys singleswith a 681 set. He bowls at Thunderhead Taneytown.
First place for the junior division high game and high set went to Angie Brown of Thunderhead Taneytown with an excellent 217 single game and a 551 series.
That's just for starters. There's more.
The Rookies -- Robert Edwards, Peter Martin, Brian Link and Aaron Timerlake, representing Thunderhead Westminster -- captured second in the major boys team event.
Sabrina Curry of Thunderhead Westminster took fourth in the prep girls singles with a 530 series.
Chris Hild, with a 660 set, took fifth in the junior boys singles event. Hild bowls out of Thunderhead Taneytown.
Bob Paccatiello tied for sixth in the prep boys singles with a 535. Paccatiello does his bowling at Hampstead Center.
Jennifer Miele shot a 633 series to take fourth place in the majorgirls singles event. She bowls out of Hampstead Center.
The County Lanes Team No. 216 captured third place in the major mixed team event. That team consisted of Kim Elias, Tina Ludwig, Mike Rathburn and Jay Gauldin and had a 2,489 series.
Gauldin also will be a finalist in the Team USA event later in the year.
"I'd like to thank Chuck Ludwig and my mother, Brenda. Their coaching made a big difference," he said.
Gauldin lives at Hickory with his mother and his stepfather, Dave Clingerman. He carries a 183 average, with a high game of 254 and a high set of 618. The recent graduate of Westminster High isa freshman at Salisbury State in Wicomico County, where he is studying engineering.
Chuck Ludwig's name came up again when Ellie Saccente, mother of Zachary Saccente, the male half of the mixed bantam doubles team with Jennifer Weaver, said, "Chuck's been coaching me so Ican help coach the Saturday morning youngsters at County Lanes. So, of course, I help Zachary whenever I can."
Zachary, 6 1/2 and a two-year bowling veteran, averages 36, with a high game of 96 and a high series of 191. He lives in Westminster with his mother and father, Steven. In the fall, he'll go into the first grade at Robert Moton Elementary School.
Ellie is a pretty fair bowler, too. She averages 165 with a high game of 203 and a high set of more than 500. Steven has sort of been drafted into bowling. This summer he's the adult halfof the child-adult team at County Lanes with Zach.
Is Zach going to continue his career in bowling?
"Zach's told me that he's nevergoing to give up bowling," Ellie said.
Since Zach is not yet 7 and has already collected seven trophies for his bowling prowess, I believe it. Besides, it would be interesting to see what he does with trophies when he's 20 or 30 years old.
Johnson, who with Kristy Oppliger took the first-place trophy for the junior mixed doubles, will be having the same trouble with trophies if things keep going the way they have been for the 14-year-old. The student at McDonogh School inBaltimore County will enter the 10th grade this fall. Of course, he'll have to find time to bowl -- he's also into baseball and soccer.
Johnson lives in Westminster with his parents, Mike and Katie, who don't bowl "except when we go with Mike to practice," his father said.
Mike is throwing a 10-pound ball right now because of the accuracy it gives him on the lanes. Next fall he wants to bowl in a travel league.
"It's good experience," he said. "In the travel league youhave to learn to adjust to all the different lane conditions, and that makes you a better bowler."
Kristy Oppliger thinks that Mike's pretty good right now. "It was Mike's 267 game that won the doubles for us," she said.
Oppliger, who turned 13 last month, lives in Westminster with her parents, Debra and David, and is in the eighth grade at East Middle School. She carries a 130 average, with a high game of 202 and a high set of 450, and likes to keep busy -- she's active with soccer, volleyball and basketball.
Thunderhead Bowling Lanes of Taneytown will play host to a duckpin doubles tournament -- July-Jubilee Duckpin-Doubles -- on Sundays starting today. Starting time is 10 a.m., and the event runs until closing time.
First-place prize money is $500, and there will be daily prizes for the high game and high set.
Call 751-1750 for more information.