Duckpin bowling is attempting to unseat jousting as the official Maryland state sport, and two good reasons for the change will be contested today in Essex.
Two of the major duckpin events in the nation will be bowled at XTC Fair Lanes Middlesex, bringing together the top male and youth bowlers in the country.
The Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association Masters Tournament finals, pitting the leading male duckpin bowlers in the world, will be bowled beginning at 9 a.m. and the U.S. Youth Duckpin Invitational Championship, featuring the top boys and girls duckpinners in the nation, will be bowled starting at 10 a.m.
Among the entrants in the Masters tournament will be Mike Steinert, Buddy Creamer, John Schramm, Eddie Darling, Bill Honeycutt, Scott Wolgamuth, George Young, Wayne Catlin, Earl Potts, Steve Iavarone and Paddy Lacy.
In the Youth Invitational, Chuck King, from Abingdon, the defending boys champion, and Mark Sheelor, from Silver Spring, will compete against Danny Church of Plantsville, Conn., and Erik Pellett of East Hartford, Conn.
The Bisson sisters, Amy and Sue, from Plainville, Conn., will compete against Diane Hobbs of Baltimore and Lauree Simpson from Lorton, Va., in the girls division.
* Steinert won the first prize of $2,200 in the recent DPBA Tour stop at Holiday Lanes in Manchester, Conn. He won five up-the-ladder matches to capture first place.
He defeated Mike Arena, 159-98; Potts, 155-132; Young, 150-118; Catlin, 157-112; and Creamer in the title match, 171-149. Creamer won $1,100 for second place, followed by Catlin with $660, Young with $550, Potts with $500 and Arena with $450.
Steinert won Division B with a 4-1 record and 736 pinfall; Catlin was 5-0 in Division E with 782; Young, 4-1 with 759 in Division D; Potts, 4-1 with 737 in Division C; and Creamer, 4-1 with 805 in Division A.
* Andi Whitlock of Middletown, Del., finished 12th in the recent Women's All-Star Association bowling tournament at Goshen Lanes in West Chester, Pa. Whitlock won $170 for 1,864 pins.
* The Professional Bowlers Association will open its 31st annual winter tour Jan. 27 with the $175,000 Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas.