WINNING A TRIPLE CROWN — high game, set and average in one league -- is rarer than rolling a 300 game.
But the Baltimore Women's Bowling Association has two triple-crown winners from Carroll in Starr Cassell and Marilyn Goodheart, for the 1990-1991 season.
Cassell, an 11-year employee of Thunderhead Lanes and currently manager at the Westminster center, has been bowling since she was 8. Born and raised in Carroll, she lives in Westminster with her husband,Rick, and son, Bryton, 4 1/2 months. It is her second triple crown.
Cassell was bowling again about five weeks after Bryton was born.
How'd she do? She threw a 256 game.
Cassell's triple crown was thrown in the Friday Night Merchandise League at Thunderhead Westminster -- high game, 256; high series, 623; and high average, 176.
Both the game and series marks are below Cassell's career highs of 267 and 663, respectively.
Does the Triple Crown give her bragging rights in the Cassell household?
Not really, since her husband won a triple-crown award last year.
Goodheart lives in Union Bridge and bowls in the Sunday night Happy Casuals League at Thunderhead Westminster. She uses a 10-pound Brunswick ball.
Goodheart is an assistant manager at Baugher's Restaurant in Westminster and quit bowling about six years ago. She returned to the sport two years ago.
"I justenjoy it so much," she said. "It's a great sport. It's competitive, and so many nice people bowl that it's just fun to bowl."
Goodheart's figures for the triple crown are 243 for high game (also a careerhigh), 550 series and 164 average.
Jim Vanfossen, who bowls in the Wednesday Men's Major League at Mount Airy Lanes, continues todo well in duckpin tournaments.
Vanfossen, who last October competed in an outstanding head-to-head match to defeat Mike Dominick, 214-205, placed ninth in the Amateur Bowlers Tournament event at FontanaBowl in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Dec. 29.
Wilson Blizzard Sr. of Hampstead did even better in the ABT stop at Bowl America Reisterstown a week later, placing first and earning $900.
"This wasthe first event that I entered in the past six months," Blizzard said. "But the week before the tournament, I threw a 505 set and figuredthat I'd try a tournament since I seemed to bowling pretty good."
The Hampstead resident has a career-high game of 231 and a high series of 538.
"I'll probably be bowling in more tournaments now," Blizzard said.
Manchester's Dave Noyes swiftly is developing into one of the best duckpin bowlers in the country.
Noyes, an employee at Sweetheart Cup in Ownings Mills, Baltimore County, is averaging150-plus. His 147 average in 1989-1990 ranked him 15th in the nation.
His 148 average in the 1990-1991 season placed him seventh in the National Duckpin Bowling Congress rankings.
Fair Lanes Kings Point, Baltimore County: 12th annual Ebonite/Fair Lanes Collegiate Team Bowling Championships; winners in eachdivision earn a $1,200 scholarship.
Southway Lanes, Baltimore: Cliff Kidd Open; one of the most prestigious duckpin eventsin the area.