Kendra Cameron was named to the 1992 National Junior College Athletic Association's All-American team after burning up the lanes at the Men's and Women's Bowling Championships presented by Essex Community College.
Kendra lives in Gambrills with her parents, Ed and Sue Cameron, and is a freshman at Essex Community College.
The Arundel High School graduate started bowling when she was 4 years old, and now, at 18, is poised on the threshold of a bowling career that could, one day, place her among the ranks of the finest bowlers of all time.
She's that good. Check out the facts.
* In theAtlantic City Collegiate Invitational Tournament, Kendra shot the high game (275), the high set (713) and the high average (219).
* Inthe first Peabody Classic in Binghamton, N.Y., Kendra won the singles shoot-out. From the eighth-seeded position, Kendra advanced steadily through her opponents to capture the crown. At that time, Carl Cuneo, coach of the ECC team, said, "She's a legitimate pro prospect withthe strike ball she has."
* In the Men's and Women's Bowling Championships, Kendra averaged 199 over the two-day event to become the first ECC woman to capture the All-Events title in the 17-year historyof the championship.
There's little wonder that Cuneo has deviseda unique way of spelling Kendra's name: "K" for knowledge, "E" for experience, "N" for natural ability, "D" for determination, "R" for resilence, "A" for ambition.
"Kendra is just completing the first year of what promises to be a stellar collegiate career," Cuneo said. "She led the Maryland Junior College Conference with a record 202 average. She posted a conference-record 288 game and a school-record 713 series. The 219 average in the Atlantic City Collegiate Tournament topped not only the women, but exceeded the men's total by 45 pins. Kendra is the consummate competitor."
Some champions could be found at the Fort Meade Bowling Center, too.
The Young America Bowling Alliance has published the list of the top 10 youth bowlers in thenation as of February.
All of the following are from the Fort Meade youth program:
* The Big Bad Bowler team placed third with 2,552 in the Prep Boys Team Event.
* In the Bantam Boys Team Series, the All Boys team captured 10th place with a pin-fall of 1,584. In theBantam Boys Team Game, the All Boys team took first place with a nice 832; fifth place was captured by the No. 4 Strikers team.
* The Lane Brains team locked up fourth place in the Prep Mixed Team game event.
* In the Junior Girls Team Series event, No. 12 Team shot a 2,948 for first place.
* In the Bantam Girls Team Series event, the All Girls team captured second place with a 1,662 total. The No. 6 team, The Bowlers, shot 1,638 for sixth place, and the Ninja Bowlers took seventh place with a 1,587 total.
* In the Bantam Girls Team Game event, the All Girls team fired an 844 for third place.
How difficult is it to place 10 individuals and teams in the top 10 nationwide? Figure the odds.
The latest figures show a membership in theYABA of 672,588.
In tournament news:
Joe Rineer's Mount Airy Lanes will play host to the 19th Wayne Logue Memorial Handicap Doubles Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. Entry fee is $12.50per person, and the first prize is $600.
The Amateur Duckpin Tourwill play host to a singles tournament at Westview on Saturday and Sunday. Information: 744-4000.
The Eastern Senior Tournament Association will conduct a tournament beginning at noon May 17 at Columbia Lanes. Information: 717-761-3087.
This Sunday, a qualifier for theHammer PBA Eastern Regional Classic will be conducted at Fair Lanes Woodlawn. Information: 944-6000.
Saturday and Sunday, NABI will present a tournament at Fair Lanes Seminary, Alexandria, Va. First place is a guaranteed $1,000. Information: 703-823-6200.
The BaltimoreWomen's Bowling Association is presenting the fifth annual Grand Duchess Singles Tournament on Saturday, June 20, at Fair Lanes Dundalk. Entries close May 15. Information: 282-2000.
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.