During the weekend of June 28-30 at Fair Lanes Southwest, 166 bowlers vied for the top prizes in the Amateur Duckpin Tour Tournament.
Bowlers from Carroll County left the rest of the field for dead.
The top four prizes went to bowlers from Hampstead, Westminster and Sykesville.
Three other Carroll bowlers were in the top 35 finishers. These included:
Marty Meyers of Sykesville racking up a pintotal of 421, good enough to tie 10th place.
Wilson Blizzard Sr.,also of Sykesville, coming in 26th with a pin total of 394.
CindyVana of Mount Airy, who took 33rd place, dropping a total of 360 pins.
The top winners were:
* Hampstead bowler Lee Ditzel rolled an impressive series of 483 to win the tournament and the $900 first prize.
* Wilson Blizzard Jr. of Hampstead dropped 471 pins for second place and $450. He beat his dad, too, giving him family bragging rights until the next tournament.
* Westminster resident Angelo Dellatezza captured third place and $225 with a 473 series.
* MelindaHarris, Sykesville, who totaled 460 pins. Her fourth-place finish was worth $150.
"ADT tournaments are great," Ditzel said. "I've beenbowling in them for four years now, and I've gotten my wife, Vonnie,to start bowling in them. The tournaments are run in a very professional manner.
"It's more than a chance to win money; it's a great way to meet some nice people and to just enjoy yourself."
Ditzel isa vice president for Hearn-Kirkwood, a food distributor in Hanover. He bowls in the Tuesday Commercial Men's League at Hampstead Lanes. On Friday, he bowls with his wife in the Early Mixed League at Hampstead.
Ditzel has a high game of 222 and a high series of 565. He hasbeen bowling 43 of his 51 years.
This is Ditzel's first amateur duckpin tour win and, besides the money, he received a championship shirt.
Wilson Blizzard Jr. -- known to all as "Whipper" -- has been bowling since he was 8, and it shows. He has a 137 average with a high game of 231 and a high series of 516.
Like his father, Blizzard likes top-notch competition.
Wilson Sr. has a 142 average, with a high game of 230 and a high set of 538. He lives in Hampstead and is a mechanical contractor for Chasney & Co.
And what can you say about Angelo Dellatezza? He recently turned 70 and still is going strong. Is this man ever going to quit? Probably not.
His son, Robert, also a Carroll resident, says very simply: "I gave up bowling. . . . There's no way I'm going to beat my dad."
The retired tile-setter carries a 138 average with a high game of 205 and a high set of 504.
"Bowling keeps me fit," Dellatezza said. "And my hope is to keep right on bowling."
At Hampstead Lanes, something new started June 22 -- Colorama.
Every Saturday night startingat 7, each lane has three colored pins in the rack: red, yellow and blue. Where the colored pin is in the rack when a strike is thrown determines the value of the prize. It could be cash or a gift.
The cost is $6 for three games, including the cost of shoe rental. There'sa door-prize drawing, with the winner getting a chance to throw one ball for a strike. If the bowler doesn't get a strike, $5 is added tothe jackpot for the following week.
There also are prizes for thehigh set and the high single game each week.
Come on out and havesome fun. Heck, it's hot this time of year anyway, and the HampsteadCenter is cool.
The Clear Skies Duckpin Doubles Tournament at Thunderhead Taneytown was completed June 23.
First place went to Shirl and Bob Burras for their total pin fall of1,075.
Second place: Rick Shilton and Bobby Stockman.
Third place: Dean Ruth Stultz.
On the same day, the finals were conducted of the 13th annual co-sponsored Tenpin Singles Handicap Tournament atTaneytown.
Keith Lescallect won the tournament with a 826 series.
Dale Warehiem was second. His total pin fall was 808.
Rick Rebert fired a 748 set for third place and Wes Sanders had a 736 set to take fourth place.
The 14th annual Youth Invitational Tournament is taking place today in Baltimore.
If you want to watch some of the best young duckpinners in the nation, get on down to Greenway Bowl East, 6700 Moravia Ave., at 1 p.m. The results will be announced in this column next week.