Duckpins? Tenpins? Knock 'em All Down


October 27, 1991|By Donald G. Vitek

Bowling both duckpins and tenpins doesn't seem to bother Abey and Joey Abend.

Abey's average in both sports is exceptional -- 138 in duckpins, 190-plus in tenpins.

Jody carries a 170-plus average in tenpins, about 115 in ducks.

The Abends reside in Taneytown, and both bowl in the Pussy Cats, a Friday night duckpin league at Thunderhead Lanes in Taneytown. On Monday nights, Abey bowls in the Commercial Men's League at Westminster Thunderhead.

Abey, a plumber for his father's company, C.E. Abend and Sons, has a high tenpin game of 290. On Sept. 30, he started the new season off with games of 257, 221 and 236 for a nice 714 series.

That's still a far piece from his career high set of 758, but since the season's just started, it should be interesting.


The following youngsters will receive trophies from the Hampstead Bowling Center for their outstanding performance last month.

Each is a Starof the Month in his or her division, with their performance over average:


* Pee Wees: 10 a.m., Danny Albaugh +52; 1 p.m., Christie Henderson +18

* Bantams: 10 a.m., Timmy Sullivan +30

*Preps: 10 a.m., Justin Janowitz +77; 1 p.m., Kimberly Linder +70

* Juniors: 10 a.m., Mike McComas +32

* Seniors: 10 a.m., John Eyler +91


* Prep: 10 a.m., Cathy Peccatiello +31

* Junior: 10 a.m., Daniel Cunningham +81

* Senior: 10 a.m., Darryl Bergman +87

Andrew Sies, 6, in his first season of duckpin bowling, threw a game 107 pins over his average, which made him a Star of the Month.

Andrew lives in Melrose with his parents Susan and Charles Siesand his brothers, Timothy, 4, who started bowling in the Pee Wee division this year, and Christopher, 10 months.

"Christopher's just aspectator," Susan Sies said, "but it won't be long before his grandfather has him bowling, too."

The boys' grandfather -- Susan's father -- Keith Fuller "lives in a bowling center," Susan says, "and he'sthe one who got Andrew and Timothy started bowling."

Andrew, who has a purple belt in karate and is a first-grader at Manchester Elementary, said, "I do good at bowling because I use my grandfather's oldbowling balls."


Bad news for Maryland duckpin bowlers: the highest game ever bowled in duckpins now belongs to a Virginian.

OnOct. 1 at Bowlarama Lanes in Norfolk, James "Tiger" Baker, 27, a 147-average bowler, threw 11 strikes out of a possible 12 for a 272 game.

He had eight consecutive strikes, chopped the 1-5 pins and converted the split, then came back with a triple header in the last frame.


Good news for Carroll countians who used to bowl at Bowl America Reisterstown Lanes in nearby Baltimore County: the center will reopen Friday.

Manager Lily Tunis said people can bowl for 99 cents a game from 9 a.m. until closing, seven days a week.


Here'sJoe Rineer's duckpin tip: It is not enough to tell a duckpin bowler to "get the ball out."

Yes, the ball should be out on the lane, but the ball must still be in your hand when that hand comes by ankle.

The instructions should be: Get the ball arm extended. If the arm is extended, then the ball will be out on the lanes where it should be.

The ball should go out naturally without a strain on the arm, and the ball should land softly without a bang.

In other words, do not loft the ball, but make sure that your hand and the ball are extended past your ankle before it's released. Think of the ball as an airplane that's setting down on a runway -- smoothly but keeping its speed.

Where should the ball land on that runway?

Anywhere from 1foot to 6 feet down the lane is acceptable; probably the best area is about 1 to 2 feet beyond the foul

line. The closer the ball is to the foul line upon release, the more revolutions it will have; therefore, the more pin mix when it hits the rack.

You say it puts a strain on your arm when you try to throw the ball out on the lane?

Nonsense. Take the ball and toss it underhanded to another person, just as you would a children's ball. You'll find that you can toss the ball 5 to 6 feet without any strain on arm or wrist.

Remember, extend the arm with the ball in your hand so it lands smoothly just overthe foul line. You'll gain revolutions and a better pin mix.

And,as an added bonus, you'll actually have less strain on your arm thanbefore.

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