Westminster Bowler Hits Triple Crown After Switch

BOWLING

February 09, 1992|By Donald G. Vitek

Jennifer Roe figures she'll stick to Carroll County when it comes tobowling.

After switching from a Baltimore County bowling center to Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster, Roe earned one of the most difficult awards in bowling, copping the triple crown in the Tuesday Morning Mixed League.

"I used to bowl at Fair Lanes Rolling Road (in Baltimore County)," Roe said. "But I think I'll stick with Thunderhead. This was my first year at Thunderhead, and I don't think I'll bowl anyplace else."

Roe led the league in all three scoring categories -- game, set andaverage. Her high game was 276, the high series 578 and her average 165.

"The high game and set are the best I've thrown," the Westminster resident said. "And I've been bowling for 10 years."

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Nottoo long ago you might have noticed a bunch of youngsters hanging out after school in Westminster.

That's pretty normal for kids in the 11-to-13 age group, but concerned citizens, some merchants and parents felt the time could be better spent.

From that dream comes a program for the young folks at East and West middle schools.

Sponsored by the county Department of Citizens Services in cooperation withthe Department of Recreation and Parks and the Board of Education, the "After School Activities Program" was born.

"The kids like the bowling part of the program best," said Laurie Precht, after-school program coordinator for DCS. "They enjoy all the activities, but bowling is clearly the favorite for most of the youngsters."

The program, which started in mid-January, will run eight weeks, then be repeated another eight weeks, with the activities between 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Monday through Thursday, the students meet in the West Middle School cafeteria for activities such as cheerleading, mime and journalism.

But Friday is the day that they get to go bowling.

That day, about 70 descend on County Lanes.

"At first the program was just for the kids to bowl," said Tom Bible, general manager of the center. "But I figured that as long they were in the center that they should learn how to bowl and, especially, how to bowl in a league. So that's what I organized."

There you have it -- the kids aren't hanging around the mall or on the streets and they're learning a lifetime activity.

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The three-unit oil standard has been in place for the tenpin bowlers for a while, and it doesn't seem like it's caused anyoneto quit bowling.

Just for the record, how much oil is a unit? Oneunit of oil is equal to .0167 cubic centimeters of oil spread over aone-square-foot area of the lane.

For perspective: the thickness of a dime would be the equivalent of 2,145 units of oil; a sheet of notebook paper would be 150 units. Even the thickness of a human hair would tower 100 units above the surface of the lane.

I promise -- no more about oil. Maybe.

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The Don Vitek Broadcast Bulletin Board bowling show begins at 6 p.m. today on WCBM (680-AM).

The hour-long show includes scores, interviews and tournament results. And you can call in with your pet peeve or questions.

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