There could be no losers in the recent 1992 Brunswick/M & M's All-Star Varsity Bowling Tournament of Champions at Brunswick Normandy Lanes. As the name implies, there were only champions bowling in the youth tournament.
At 9 a.m. May 16 the Stars of the Month for the past season gathered to compete for the Star of the Year title in two divisions: Division I included the Bantam and Prep bowlers, and Division II the Junior Varsity and Varsity bowlers.
The competitors included three triple-crown winners: B. J. Neubauer, Cheyenne Wilson and Stacey Anderson.
The Division I bowlers engaged in a two-stage stepladder final; Division II consisted of a four-game stepladder.
In Division I, Paul Norko defeated Mike Blair, 141-140, and met B. J. Neubauer for the crown. That match remained close through 10 frames with Neubauer gaining a five-pin victory, 182-177.
In Division II's first game of the stepladder, Theresa Rose defeated Kathleen Furlow, 139-100. Kathleen, 12, lives in Ellicott City and attends Patapsco Middle School.
"Today I have accomplished my highest set and after only one year competed with people who have bowled longer than I have," she said. Kathleen has a high set of 353 and a high game of 144, with an average of 93.
Theresa, 14, lives in Ellicott City and goes to Mayfield Woods Middle School. Her high game is 197, high set 408, and she averages 105 with a 12-pound ball. In 1988 she competed in the Coca-Cola tournament. Bowling since she was 3, she seems to get a little better each year.
In the second game, Theresa defeated Greg Geilfuss, 159-134. Greg, 16, attends Liberty High School and lives in Sykesville with his mother, Judy Geilfuss. A six-time All Star Varsity bowler, Greg started bowling in 1981.
In the semifinal match, Kenny Stewart was victorious, 151-145, and moved on to the final game against William Kuehnl Jr. Kenny threw a 185 game against William's 155 for the win and the $500 scholarship.
William, 13, lives with his parents, Bill and Jane Kuehnl, in Catonsville and is a student at Catonsville Middle School. Averaging 116, his high set is 560, and he has a high game of 200.
Kenny, 15, is the son of Ken and Brenda Stewart. He lives in Elkridge and attends Grace Bible Baptist School. His average is 128; he has a high game of 239 and a high set of 585. Last year was second in both singles and doubles at the City Tournament.
B. J. Neubauer, winner of Division I, also is a Triple Crown winner. The sixth-grader at Patapsco Middle School lives in Ellicott City with his parents, Bill and Christa Neubauer, and is the great-grandson of Pete Reichardt, a local legend at Normandy Lanes.
The 11-year-old, who is a 127-average bowler, has been bowling since he was 6. He has a high game of 194 and a high set of 500, both impressive figures.
Cheyenne Wilson, the second Triple Crown winner, lives in Ellicott City with her parents, Pearl and Jerry Wilson. The 14-year-old bowler is completing the ninth grade at Mount Hebron and carries a 150 average with a high game of 239 and a high set of 596. In an earlier interview, Cheyenne said, "My next goal is a 600 set and a 250 game."
Just a matter of time, Cheyenne.
Stacey Anderson, 9, won her Triple Crown with a 120 game, a 287 set and a 71 average. Stacey lives in Catonsville with her mother, Kathy, and attends Hillcrest Elementary school.
Loran Price lives in Columbia and bowls in the Thursday Mixerand the Friday Newtowners at Brunswick Columbia. And sometimes his job, driving a Hershey's Ice Cream truck, makes him late for bowling. On May 7, Loren missed the first game of the Thursday night league. Arriving after the second game had started, he caught up quickly. Oh, boy, did he catch up.
For the first time in his career, the 173-average ten-pinner threw 12 consecutive strikes for a perfect 300 game.
"The first ball I threw was a strike, and then the pins just kept falling," he said.
Not bad for a guy who started bowling just two years ago at the urging of a friend.
Steve Goodnight threw his career-high singles game and high series on May 5 at the Columbia bowling center. The game was a 299, and the set was 704.
Bowling on the Hit and Miss team in the Tuesday Socialites league, the 185-average bowler threw a 225, the 299 and finished with a 180.
"I buried the ball in the pocket," Goodnight said. "The 10 pin stood."
Since the Savage resident is a right-handed bowler, the standing 10 pin on a pocket hit is something he's used to. No right-hander likes the 10 pin, but they're all used to seeing it standing down there like a rock.
"The first thing that I heard after the 10 pin stood, was a buddy saying 'The 300 will come, it's a matter of time.' I'll always remember that. And I'll always remember how tired I was after the 299, so tired that I could just barely finish the last game. That 299 just drained me."
On Friday, the Hammer PBA Eastern Regional Classic will sponsor the Pro-Am Adult/Youth No Tap handicapped tournament with squad times of 6, 7:45 and 9 p.m. First place is a guaranteed $1,000 and a chance to bowl with the men of the Professional Bowlers Association. Every amateur will receive a Hammer Double Ball Bag.
The next NABI tournament will be at Alexandria Bowl, Alexandria, Va., on Saturday and Sunday. First prize is $1,000.
The 3rd Annual Country Club Classic will begin June 6 and run through Aug. 22 at Country Club lanes. First place is $4,000. It's a handicap tournament with three divisions, ranked according to average.