Three Mt. Airy teams in youth duckpin finals Championships set for June in Hagerstown

BOWLING

May 03, 1992|By Donald G. Vitek

Three teams from Mount Airy Lanes will compete at the National Duckpin Youth Championship Finals at Hagerstown Long Meadow Bowl on June 26, 27 and 28.

* Bantams (ages 10-12), Coach: Walter Hinton

The Just Do It team: Brian Perkins, Donnie Murphy, Nick Makuch, Brandon Miller and Scott Hinton

* Juniors (ages 13-15), Coach: Gina Fleming

The Destroyers team: Bobby Henneberry, Chris Norbury, Scott Norbury, Scott Gower and Jeff Hanzel.

* Majors (ages 16-21), Coach: Jeff Fleming

The Full House team: Sean Woods, Tiffany Raines, Michelle Gue, Sherry Tappon and Chris Logue

They earned their shot at a national title by winning the state finals at Hagerstown Southside Bowl on April 17, 18 and 20.

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Patty Palmer, and her brother-in-law, Jeff Palmer, earned their way to the national finals of the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic in Connecticut by winning the qualifying rounds at Thunderhead Westminster. They will be competing for the individual first prize of $3,000 at T-Bowl Lanes in Newington, Conn. on May 16 and 17.

Patty Palmer lives in Hampstead with her husband, Alan, and bowls in the Friday Quads, a travel league, and the Monday Late Mixer at Thunderhead Westminster.

The customer service supervisor for Maryland National Bank has an average of 136 with a high game of 225 and a high series of 515.

A Westminster resident, Jeff Palmer is a utility foreman for the Charles J. Miller Inc. company and bowls in the Monday Late Mixer and the Thursday Men's Major leagues at Thunderhead Westminster. Jeff has a 134 average with a high game of 221 and a high set of 503.

His outlook on duckpin bowling is pretty simple: "They say when you're going good that you're in the groove. When I qualified for the nationals, I guess that I was just in the groove."

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Dave Mandelson is a tenpin bowler who knows about being "in the groove." On April 7, the Eldersburg resident threw his first 300 game and came within a obstinate eight pin of a 800-series.

Dave, a sales coordinator for Royal Quality Foods, had a first game of 227, then fired 12 strikes for his 300 game and came back with a 266 game. It was in the 266 game that the eight pin stood on a solid pocket hit in the sixth frame.

"That's the second time that the solid eight cost me an 800 set," Mandelson said. "The 793 set tied another 793 set I had just a short time ago."

Mandelson bowls in the Brunswick Normandy Tuesday night Westinghouse league -- where he threw the 300 game -- and a Friday night league at Kings Point, Randallstown.

When asked if he did anything different to get his first 300 game after 18 years of bowling, he answered: "Well, I switched from my old standby bowling ball, a Hammer, to a Red Rhino because I wasn't happy with the way the Hammer was reacting that night."

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Kelly Jirout didn't switch equipment in the Saturday Youth duckpin league at Thunderhead Taneytown and that worked out great for her.

Last month, Kelly pounded out a 457 series, one pin below the house record at Taneytown.

Kelly, 14, lives in Taneytown and attends Francis Scott Key High School; the ninth-grader carries a 123 average. She has been bowling since she was 7 years old.

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Ginny Blackowicz reports that the youth Star of the Year tournament will be held at Hampstead Bowling Center on May 17.

Starting today, Hampstead lanes will have a duckpin youth/adult league at 3:00 p.m., running all summer; and an adult mixed league at 7:00 p.m.

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