Things are popping down at Greenway Bowl Odenton.
Shirley Embrey fired a 278 game, 100 pins over her average. Jerry Richardson came close to that elusive 300 game, and 23 of Peggy Tully's youth bowlers are on their way to the regional level of the National Junior Bowling Championships.
Embrey of Glen Burnie bowls in the Friday Funsy Mixed League at Greenway Odenton and is employed by the Maryland Auto Insurance Fund. She started bowling more than 20 years ago and carries a 178 average.
Embrey, who says, "Bowling is my favorite hobby," waited for the Ted Wessell tournament at Greenway Odenton to fire her career-high game and series, that 278 game and a 663 series. She had a 205 and 180 to go with that 278 game.
Richardson is in the Wednesday BudweiserLeague at Greenway Odenton, where he averages 186 with his 16-pound Purple Hammer bowling ball. An Odenton resident, he is employed by S.P. Olson Backhoe Service and has been bowling for a little more than five years.
Last week he threw 11 strikes in a row for the first time in his short bowling career.
"He told me that he didn't reallyremember throwing the last ball," said Tully, youth coordinator at Greenway. "He said he was so nervous that he just threw the last ball."
Well, the 12th ball didn't quite do its job, and he had to settle for a 298 game.
As unbelieveable as it sounds, Greenway Bowl Odenton will be sending 23 youth bowlers to the National Junior Bowling Championship regionals at Brunswick Normandy on March 22. That's the only stop between the center qualifiers and the state finals in April. That's fantastic.
The duckpin bowlers at Greenway Glen Burnie have been busy.
Chuck Shifflett lives in Ferndale with his wife, Dolly, and bowls in the Monday Doubles at Greenway, Friday at Fair Lanes Southwest and Sunday at the Brooklyn center.
Dolly bowls in the same leagues, but it was Chuck who put together a great series atGreenway on Feb. 24 in the Doubles League. He had games of 163, 160 and 192 for a fine 515 series, though way short of his career-high series of 549 and short of his high game of 217.
Chuck, a truck owner/operator, carries a 141 average and started bowling when he was 10 years old.
But it's Dolly, with her 103 average, who soon will travel to Connecticut. Dolly won the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic qualifier at Fair Lanes Southwest and will take part in the national finals at T-Bowl Lanes in Newington, Conn., Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, with a chance to win the first-place prize money of $3,000.
Bill Kellner of Pasadena bowls in three duckpin leagues and has bowled since he was 6. Until Feb. 23 at Greenway Glen Burnie, he never had shot a 500 set.
The carpet layer for Kelly's Tile Company carries a 130 average and has a high game of 225 but never could put together the three outstanding games that you need for that once-in-a-lifetime 500 series. That Sunday night he did it. First game of 204,second game of 174 and the third game of 177 for a 551 set.
"I was using a smaller bowling ball," he said. "I just started using a 4 7/8-inch diameter ball instead of my usual 5-inch ball. The smaller ball just feels better to me."
The Women's All Star Associationhas back-to-back tournaments coming up.
The first two of 14 planned tour stops, the Brunswick-Perry Hall Open will be sponsored by theBrunswick Recreation Centers on Saturday, March 21.
On March 23, The Bowlers Journal-Bel Air Open, presented by Prescott Coale, will take place at Bel Air Bowl.
The Amateur Duckpin Tour will be at Fair Lanes Harford this weekend with the finals on Sunday.
The LadiesAll Star Classic, the big women's duckpin event, will be March 21 and 22 at Fair Lanes Southwest. First-place prize money is $2,000.
If you'd like to take a little ride out into the Maryland countryside this weekend, NABI is presenting a tenpin tournament at Terrace lanesin Frederick. That's about 30 minutes by car from both the Baltimoreand the Washington beltways. As always, first prize is a guaranteed $1,000.
Information: (410) 662-2777.
The Pinland Open Mixed Doubles duckpin tournament is scheduled for March 7 and 8, and on March 21 and 22 the Brooklyn Open will take place at Brooklyn Lanes.
Greenway Bowl Odenton is playing host to the Mixed Doubles tournament March 14 and 15. An ABC/WIBC-sanctioned event, it's open to all amateurbowlers and carries a first-place prize of $500. Information: 551-7100.
On March 29, at Greenway Bowl Odenton, a tournament that's a little different will take place. On that day, the youth bowlers of the Youth Alliance Bowling Association will bowl with members of the 700 Club. Trophies will be based on both a handicap and a scratch basis.
Every entry will receive a shirt designed exclusively for this event.
Information: Peggy Tully, 551-7100.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in The Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.