Harford bowlers dominated the boys divisions, both scratch and handicap, at the 11th annual Maryland State Ten Pin Council Scholarship Tournament, held at Elk Lanes, Elkton.
This six-game singles tournament held last month was open to the best young tenpin bowlers in the state. They had to be in their senior year of high school. Four $1,000 scholarships are awarded to winners in the girls and boys scratch and handicap divisions.
Shawn Blake, bowling out of Harford Lanes, won the scratch boys division and finished fourth in the handicap division. Jim Townsend Jr. of Aberdeen Proving Ground Lanes, won the handicap division and placed fifth in the scratch division.
Ed Fissel Jr. of Aberdeen Proving Ground Lanes took second place in the scratch and handicap divisions. And Billy O'Patterson of Bel Air Bowl, bowling only in the scratch division, was third.
In the handicap division, Brian Fruhling, out of Forest Hill Lanes, was third.
Count 'em up: three top finishers in the scratch division and four top finishers in the handicap division for the Harford County boys. That's awesome.
Shawn Blake lives in Havre de Grace with his parents, Dwight and Brenda. He attendsAberdeen High. Throwing a 16-pound Blue Pearl Hammer ball, Blake shot a great 1,251 series to win his scholarship in the scratch division; he had 1,371 set to finish fourth in the handicap division.
The Aberdeen High senior isn't certain how he'll use his scholarship money. Aside from bowling, he plays baseball for the high school team andworks part time at Moore's Lumber and Hardware. The 17-year-old is planning on joining the Coast Guard this month.
He carries a 193 average in the Saturday Youth league at Harford Lanes, with a high gameof 289 and a high series of 727.
As for Jim Townsend Jr., he tookthe handicap division with a fine 1,550 series.
He lives in Bel Air with his dad, James Sr., and mom, Ida. The Harford Tech senior carries a 158 average in the Youth League on Saturday mornings at Aberdeen Proving Ground; his high game is 243, and his high set is 602. Both of his parents bowl (James Sr. has a 158 average, and Ida carries a130-plus).
Townsend was using a new bowling ball in the tournament, a AMF Sumo, which has only been on the market a few months.
"The Sumo works great on oily conditions," he said. "It's a little difficult to control on dry lanes. It worked fine for me this time."
EdFissel Jr. pulled off an unusual feat, landing second place in the scratch and handicap divisions of the same tournament. The Bel Air High senior, 18, has been bowling for 13 years. He carries a 162 averagein the Saturday morning Aberdeen Proving Ground League and has a high game of 242 with a high series of 607.
Fissel lives in Bel Air with his parents, Edward Sr. and Margaret.
The young bowler expectsto use his $750 scholarship at Harford Community College. He plans on studying criminal justice in hopes of a career as a Maryland state trooper.
Fissel threw his 1,178 scratch total and his 1,526 handicap total with a 16-pound Columbia U-Dot bowling ball.
The Women's National Duckpin Association honored Kathy Williams of Bel Air for accomplishments in the 1991 season.
One of the top lady bowlersin the state, Williams received the Ann Schmitter Sportswomen of theYear Award in recognition of her service to the association.