The bowling season may be young, but a lot of bowlers already are inmidseason form.
Gil Cavey bowls in the Friday Men's Commercial League at Westview and in the Saturday Guys and Gals league at Fair Lanes Southwest. On Sept. 14, he threw games that made up a model of consistency: 165-155-160. That's a solid 480 series.
Cavey lives in Glen Burnie with his wife, Debbie, and works for Horn & Horn Restaurants. She carries a 101 average in the same Saturday Guys and Gals league. Gil Cavey's average is 125; he's had a high game of 235 and a high set of 543.
A bowler for about 35 years, he started out setting pins in the old Catonsville bowling center.
"Duckpins is my game," Cavey said. "I don't care for tenpins, but I'll be bowling duckpins, if I have my way, until my last day on earth."
In case you were wondering, Cavey did not, repeat, did not, bowl ina summer league.
Pixie Brown bowls in the same Guys and Galsleague as the Caveys when she isn't playing softball.
"I've been a softball player for a long time," she said, "But I love duckpins."
Brown, a receiving supervisor for a local company, lives in Lansdowne with her husband, John, and 17-month-old son, Wade. She carries a127 average; her career high game is 192, her high series a nice 514. That 514 set was thrown at Greenway East.
On Sept. 14 at Fair Lanes Southwest, Brown got into midseason form and threw a 185 game. "The first four frames were strikes," she said, "and they weren't cheap. I was throwing straight down the middle on every one of them, and the fifth frame I chopped the headpin."
The set wasn't bad either: 446. Little wonder Brown says, "Bowling can be frustrating, but it's a lot of fun."
Well, yeah, when you're throwing 185 games.
Alice Loomis lives in Lansdowne with her husband, Mark, and three daughters, Heather, 9, Ashley, 5, and Brittany, 2 1/2. She works in thehuman resources department of Harte Hanks direct marketing and bowlsat Fair Lanes Southwest -- in the Guys and Gals Saturday night league, what else?
"On Saturday night, I look forward to getting rid ofall the stress that piles up over the workweek," Loomis said. "I love it."
If you look at Loomis' first and last game for Sept. 14, you won't see anything to get worked up about. Last game was a 96, first game a 92. Not very good for a lady who carries a 119 average.
"I told my team that there was no excuse for me to bowl a 92," Loomis said. "I told 'em, 'The next game's mine.' "
Then she proceeded tobeat her previous high game of 188.
"I've been trying to beat that 188 for years," Loomis said.
She did. With a 211. The rest of the year should be a hoot.
Larry Granger, 77, bowls at the FairLanes Southwest center in the Friday Owls league for seniors.
Hiswife, Ellen, bowling in the same league, carries a 106 average -- just two pins below Larry's 108.
Friday the 13th is considered unlucky by some folks. But you're not going to convince Larry Granger of that. His first two games Sept. 13 were pretty much average: 109 and 105. It was in his third game that the retired American Sugar Refineryemployee turned it loose.
Granger, who says he's been bowling fora "long time," threw a career-high 224 that is probably going to be the high game for the Owls league for a long time.
"I just bowl for the fun of it," Granger said.
Thank goodness; what would happen if he got serious?
It looks like there's going to be a lot ofhigh scoring at Southwest this year. Kathy Dilworth, bowling in the Thursday Early Mixed league, shot a 170 game. Rob Whitacre, in the Sunday Triples, had a 204.
There's still time to get in a league at Fair Lanes Southwest, folks.
For the late starters, two leagues are getting under way in early October at Fair Lanes Annapolis.
At 11 a.m. Oct. 6, the Ball league will kick off. If you bowl in this league, you have your choice of three bowling balls: Mickey Mouse, Snoopy or an NFL ball.
The Pro-Am League will begin at 9 p.m. Wednesday. For $12 per bowler per week, you get a Fair Lanes jacket and entry into the Fair Lanes PBA Open tournament next Spring.
If you want to get in some practice, you can bowl for 89 cents a game from opening until 5 p.m. every day at Fair Lanes Annapolis.
Speaking of 8-year-old Michael Davidson, Candy Fontz, youth director at Severna Park Lanes says, "His form isn't the greatest, but the results are fantastic."
Michael, who lives in Arnold with his father, Mike, and his mother, Emily, started bowling when he was 1. He's now in thethird grade at Belvedere Elementary School.
As one of Coach Kay Blume's Prep bowlers, he threw a 127 game Sept. 7. That's duckpins, folks, and it broke the record for the Prep Bowlers at Severna Park Lanes.
The following week, Michael came back with an even better game: 130. The rest of the year should be interesting. Stay tuned.