Pete Woolford and Dawn Archambault have been selected as January Bowlers of the Month at Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster.
Bowlers of the Month in both duckpins and tenpins are determined by the difference between average and actual scores.
Archambault lives in Westminster with her husband, Charlie, and bowls in the Friday Early Mixed League, where she carries a 99 averagein duckpins.
"I just started bowling two years ago," Archambault said, "and I've made a lot of friends in that two years, had a lot offun."
Her husband bowls, too, with a 109 average, and the two arequite busy with their business, C.J.A. Distributors, a newspaper distribution company.
Archambault threw games of 117, 132 and 97 for a 346 series to take Bowler of the Month honors.
"I wasn't doing anything any different," she said. "I was just real loose. I guess I just had a good night."
Woolford is 69 and a retired federal employee. He started bowling tenpins about 10 years ago.
"I love the game," he said. "I just wish that I had started earlier."
He lives inEldersburg with his wife, Jane, bowls in the Tuesday Mixed and Wednesday Harrison High Rollers leagues at Thunderhead and carries a 179 average. A gold-medal winner in the Maryland State Senior Olympics, heuses a 12-pound ball and banged out his career-high singles game of 279 to go with a 182 and a 200 game for a 661 series and Bowler of the Month honors.
That 279 could have been a 300 game; Woolford had seven strikes in a row, was tapped in the eighth, picked up the one-pinner and took it off the sheet in the last frame.
"The hit in theeight frame was a good one, " Woolford said. "It just didn't carry enough."
Donna Pope didn't come close to a 300 game, but then she was bowling duckpins.
Pope lives in Libertytown, Frederick County, and bowls in the Monday Ladies League at Mount Airy Lanes, whereshe averages 124.
Earlier this month, Pope surpassed solid and approached fantastic when the Schmidt Baking Co. employee fired games of 205, 151 and 155 for a 511 set. Both that 200 game and that 500 setare figures that very few duckpin bowlers ever accomplish.
The house record for women at Mount Airy Lanes is 234 for one game and 524 for a series.
"I was thrilled because the first game, the 205, wasthe very first time that I ever had an all-mark game," she said.
A recent story in this column told about a $500 donation from Genova's Pizza to the Hampstead Bowling Center to help pay for shirts for the youth program.
What wasn't mentioned was that the man instrumental in that contribution was a Baltimore County police officer.
Darryl Chesney, who is active in the family-owned restaurant, recently was assaulted on a traffic stop in northern Baltimore County.
He's home and recovering. You can drop him a get-well card care of Genova's, 2320 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, 21074.
Tom Bieble, general manager of County Lanes in Westminster, has planned a Rock and Bowl after-school program from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the center. Cost of the program is $8.
It's sponsored by the county Department ofRecreation and Parks, and the high-scoring team wins a free pizza and drinks.