Bryan King, assistant manager at Fair Lanes Annapolis, has packed a lot of bowling center experience into his 21 years.
He's been at the Annapolis center for two years, but prior to that he worked at four other Fair Lanes centers. He started at the bottom of the ladder asa porter, and it won't be long before he's managing a center.
King, born and raised in Glen Burnie and a graduate of Glen Burnie High School, now lives in Cape St. Claire.
He bowls in the Wednesday Men's Special League at Fair Lanes Annapolis and the Tuesday Late Mixed at the same house. King carries a 204 average with a high game of 289 and a high set of 734 with a 16-pound Track bowling ball.
"I'm basically a down-and-in bowler, so the new three-unit-of-oil system doesn't bother me," King said.
When asked what he liked and disliked about bowling, King's answer was short and sweet: "I love thecompetition, but I can't stand the bowlers who are always bragging."
One of the bowlers at Fair Lanes Annapolis that doesn't do much bragging is a 15-year-old named Ko Whittington.
Ko attends Annapolis High School, where he entered the ninth grade this fall. He lives in Annapolis with his mother, Mary Reiss, who is also a bowler, as is his sister, Tana. In fact, Ko began his interest in bowling by watching Tana bowl when he was 10 years old.
"Now," Tana said, "bowling is all he talks about."
Tana carries a 170 average, and Mary has a 122 average. Both of them bowl in the Thursday Morning League at Fair Lanes Annapolis.
Just how good is Ko?
In 1988 he was second in the singles event in the City Tournament in Baltimore and second in the doubles in the same tournament. In 1989, in the Youth Alliance Bowling Association tournament, he was first in singles and a member of the first-place team.
In 1990 in the National Junior Bowling Championship for grades nine-12 he was second in the regional event. In 1990 he took fifth place at the Youth Invitational.
Ko carries a 207 average, bowling in the Wednesday Men's Special League and the Saturday Nite Live League at Fair Lanes Annapolis.
He has a highgame of 279 and a high set of 762. In practice, he's thrown more than 800 for a three-game series.
Why is someone who could dominate the youth bowling in the areas competing in adult leagues?
"I just like the stronger competition," Ko said. "And the adult leagues I bowl in are competitive."
County public school employees, teachers, their families and friends have an outlet on the bowling lanes.
The Anne Arundel County Teachers Bowling League competes at Bowl America Odenton at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays and has teams from Annapolis High, Annapolis Middle and Waugh Chapel Elementary with each team consisting of three bowlers. Currently, 10 teams are in the league.
"I know that the leagues have been around for 12 or 13 years at least," said Roger Brown. "I've been the secretary for three years, and I was a member for a year before that."
Brown lives in Gambrills withhis wife, Linda, who is the secretary to the dean of business management at Prince George's Community College. Roger is employed by Computer Services.
Linda, originally from Idaho, has been bowling for four years and carries a 118 average with a high game of 157. Roger's high game is 243, and his average is 151.
If you're a teacher, a county public school employee or just a friend or a relative of someone who is and you'd like to bowl early in a fun league, call Roger Brown at 621-7608.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in the Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don acall with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.