Students at Westminster High School are enjoying classes a little more now that bowling has been added to the curriculum.
"I like the bowling program because it gets me out of gym," said Dawn Wickesser, ninth-grader at Westminster High.
Westminster is the only high school in Carroll to offer the bowling program as part of its Life Time Sports Program.
For three weeks the ninth-grade students are exposed to both tenpin and duckpin bowling at Thunderhead Westminster Lanes. The thrust of the program is to have the youngsters learn a sport that they can continue for the rest of their lives. Great idea. Because anyone can bowl; age, gender, size, none matter when it comes to bowling. A total of 300 students try their luck between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., as gym classes of 50 and 60 students each are bused to the lanes.
"The Life Time Sports program offers archery, tennis, table tennis and volleyball as well bowling to the students," said Karol Brown, teacher at Westminster High for 13 years. "It's a great opportunity for the kids to learn a sport they can play all their lives."
Brown lives in Taneytown with her husband, Greg. A North Carroll High School graduate, Brown continued her education at Towson State University, earning a degree in physical education.
The volleyball coach at Westminster High doesn't participate in league play, but she, Greg and their two boys, Joshua, 7, and Jamie, 5, do occasionally bowl together.
How do the students feel about bowling as an accredited sport?
Tara Haney, who livesin Westminster with her parents, Linda and Dennis Hutson, and is active in the Saturday Youth Duckpin program at Thunderhead Lanes, said it best: "I wish I had more time to bowl."
Jim Vanfossen bowls in the Wednesday men's major league at Joe Rineer's Mount Airy Lanes and is starting to be a force to contend with on the Pro Duckpin Tour.
The construction supervisor for the Richard F. Kline company threw a 214 game to beat Mike Dominick's 203 in the semifinals of the Pro Duckpin event in October and finish seventh. Earlier this month at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston, R.I., in the Frank Frey Open tournament, he captured first place and the $1,500 hat that went with the victory.
Did I hear, "So what?"
Well, the way that Jim won the tournament is "what." In the first five-game block of two, Jim threw a 734 series; that doesn't even equal his 147 average. It would have beeneasy enough to pack up and head back to Maryland. Jim doesn't think that way.
About halfway through the second game of the second five-game block, Jim turned to Joe Rineer and said, "Joe, I'm feeling pretty strong right now; I think I might throw some strikes."
Don't you just love understatements?
Jim's last three games were 170, 185and 211 to fill out an 827 five-game series and beat John Schramm ofWestminster by 5 pins, 1,561 to 1,556.
Oh, those last three games? In case you weren't counting, they totaled 565.
County Lanes is host for a New Years Eve party from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. onDec. 31.
There will be a live disc jockey, door prizes, a hot-and-cold buffet and, of course, unlimited bowling. In addition, there will be moonlight bowling with prizes courtesy of County Lanes.
Costis $20.00 per person, $38.00 per couple.
The Third Annual Tenpin Doubles Classic is rolling to a close.
The tournament, at theGettysburg, Taneytown and Westminster Thunderhead centers, started in October, and qualifying will continue through Dec. 31 with the finals taking place Jan. 5, 1992, at Thunderhead Lanes in Taneytown.
Entry fee is $20, and the first prize, based on 250 entries, is $2,000.
Fair Lanes will be giving tenpin bowlers an opportunity to get 1992 rolling with a $1,000 top prize in the Fair Lanes 9th AnnualNew Year's Open, at Fair Lanes Towson, Wednesday, Jan. 1.
The defending champion is Glen Burnie's Joe Hock Jr.
Information: (410) 825-4100.