Four Harford youths captured top spots in the Harford-Cecil RegionalYouth Bowling Tournament last Sunday, advancing to the state finals today.
Finalists for the regional tournaments, 10 girls and 10 boys, are drawn from the top averages. The first- and second-place winners in the boys and girls divisions compete at Bowl America Reisterstown today against winners from the other nine regions.
The outcome of Sunday's tournament, conducted by Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council, was based on total scratch pin fall for five games.
Rachel Cassady won the girls division; Yvonne Burdette was runner-up.
In the boys division, Jason Barnard took top honors and J. W. Walker was second.
Cassady, 17, an Aberdeen High School senior, lives in Aberdeen with her parents, Hazel and Jim Cassady, and carries a 180 average in the YABA league and the Wednesday Scratch league.
Her total pin fall was 900. Her career high game is 265 and high setis 670.
"I'm using a new bowling ball, a 15-pound Blue Pearl hammer," Rachel said when asked about her victory.
"And I've been practicing. I guess that's the reason that my average increased from lastyear's 167."
As for Burdette, she is no stranger to winning.
The 16-year-old Edgewood resident has been bowling since she was 7 years old and has collected 36 trophies and three plaques.
The 874 Burdette shot for the runner-up spot adds another trophy.
The Edgewood High School junior carries a 168 average with a career high set and game of 235 and 634.
"After high school I'd like to go a collegethat has a bowling team," she said.
"Then, after college, I'd like to try the Ladies Professional Bowling Tour."
If she keeps throwing that 14-pound Purple Hammer bowling ball the way she did in the tournament, she's sure got a shot.
Barnard, 16, a junior at Havre de Grace High School, lives in Havre de Grace with his parents, Nancy and Ed Barnard (Mom, Dad and younger brother Adam are all bowlers.).
He threw a strong 1,097 five-game-block to carry off the top trophy.
A lacrosse team captain, he is looking forward to the state finals today in Reisterstown.
Barnard uses a 16-pound Angle ball and carries a 190 average; high set is 706 and he's bowled that elusive 300 game.
How did Jason prep for the big tournament?
"Well, I didn't bowl for about two weeks," Jason said. "And I didn't really do any practicing. I guess I was just lucky."
As for Walker, 16, he was just 11 pins behind Jason with a 1,086 total. He carries a 200 average and has a high game of 278 and a high set of 715.
The Havre de Grace high junior lives with his mother, Debbie, father, John, and fellow bowler and brother, Kevin.
Walker, who letters in baseball and soccer, wants to see bowling become a high schoolletter sport.
In other bowling news:
* On April 25 and 26, Forest Hill Lanes will be host for the No-Tap Scotch Doubles Tournament with a first-place prize of $500. Information: 838-4777.
Alsokeep in mind Forest Hill Lanes will have leagues for everyone this summer: First Timers Mixed, Low Buck Mixed, No Smoking 4's, Wednesday Night Mixed, Nine No-Tap and Rotation Scotch Doubles.
* On April 11 and 12, The Aberdeen Centennial Committee will be host for the Aberdeen Centennial Bowl-A-Thon at Harford Lanes.
* On April 12, Bel Air Bowl will be host for the qualifier for the Hammer PBA Eastern Regional Classic to be held at Country Club Lanes at the end of May. Information: 879-8255.