Chuck King of Abingdon successfully defended his title, defeating Eric Pellett of Hartford, Conn., 150-131, in the Second Annual United States Youth Duckpin Invitational Championship tournament last Sunday at Fair Lanes Middlesex, Baltimore County.
Next year King won't beeligible to bowl in the youth tournament because of his "advanced" age -- 21.
An accounting major at Towson State University, King defeated Mark Sheelor of Silver Spring (131 average) in the semifinals, 175-134.
In the other semifinal, Pellett defeated Danny Church of Plattsville, Conn., 179-128.
When I asked Chuck how he felt about the two consecutive championships, he said, "I like to get off to a fast start, put a little pressure on my opponent and see what happens."
Bowling Stones I took the title in the 28th Women's Bowling Association Annual Championship tournament last Sunday at Forest Hill Lanes.
This ladies tenpin team knows about championships -- it's won thisScratch Team event in the tourney four times.
Team members Marilyn Lastowski, Kay Scott, Phoebe Riley, Judy Wheeler and Kay Conners totaled 2,770.
In the handicap team event, the We Are Family team, of Janice Johnson, Karen Shiver, Nadine Johnson, Rachael Rumsey and Renee Johnson (yes, all related), threw a 3,179 total for the victory.
In the singles event, Chris Ball threw a 699 in the handicap and Eileen Ripkin won the scratch with a 626.
In the doubles events, Karen Billingly and Chris Ball won the scratch and the handicap divisions. They nailed a 1,111 total for the scratch and 1,318 for the handicap. You won't see that happen very often.
The prestigious All-Events handicap and scratch went to Chris Ball and Kay Connors.
Christossed a nice 1,964 in the handicap division; Kay had a strong 1,787in the scratch division.
Robert Chassereau, of Edgewood, using a 16-pound Black Hammer bowling ball, threw his first 300 game Oct. 27 in the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. tournament at the Greenway Bowl, Odenton.
Chassereau, who bowls in the Thursday Night Major Men's league at Fair Lanes Edgewood Center, is an electrician at Westinghouse. He carries a 190-plus average with a high series of 746 and a high game of 298.
Well, it was a 298 until the tournament.
Like so many Marylanders, he started out bowling duckpins, then switched to tenpins.
"Tenpins is like other sports," Robert said, "Ninetypercent of the game is in your mind, 10 percent in your body. And like other sports you have be consistent even though the game changes from center-to-center."
Seems like he made a wise move; that 300 game brought him ninth place in the tournament -- good for $170 in prize money.
The Harford County Women's Bowling Association will hold the 1992 Maryland State Championship Tournament at Fair Lanes Edgewood in May 1992. Entries close March 3, 1992.