Youngsters from Anne Arundel County claimed more than their fair share of trophies at the recent awards presentation for the Maryland State Young American Bowling Association Championship tournament that took place earlier in the year:
* Becky Johns of Bowl America Glen Burnie took high series with a 601.
* Amy Seggerty and Matthew Trust of Fair Lanes Southdale captured the Juniors Mixed Doubles with a total of 1,212.
* Heather Martin, Nicole Martinsen, Erica Jaworski and Deborah Paulk, the Dream Girls team from Fair Lanes Southdale, dropped 1,888 pins to win the Bantams Girls Team award. Paulk took the trophy for the Bantams All Events Handicap event with a 1,583 score.
* Linda Peters, Kevin George, Victor Henderson and Kevin Lesniewski, the Fox and Hounds team from Fair Lanes Southdale, won the Bantams Mixed Team event with a total pin fall of 1,854.
Heather Martin of the Dream Girls team lives in Glen Burnie with her parents, Larry and Janet Martin, and carries an 87 average. She is 8 years old and has been bowling for two years.
"In that two years Heather has picked up a bunch of awards," said Larry Martin. "A lot of trophies, a lot of patches. She's been doing pretty good."
Heather, who will be in the third grade at Point Pleasant Elementary this fall, said, "The rest of the team did pretty good. I guess we were a little lucky."
Fran Meeks coached the Hound and Fox team to their victory and said, "The kids worked hard, they deserve their trophies." Typical of the team is Kevin George, 8, who is entering the fourth grade next fall at South Gate Elementary School. Kevin lives in Glen Burnie with his parents, Jay and Margaret George.
Linda Peters, the Fox, will turn 8 this month, averages 67 and has a high game of 102, a high set of 254.
Victor Henderson, one of the Hounds, is 8, has a 67 average, a ZTC high game of 147 and a high series of 320. He was the Most Improved Bowler of the Year in the 1991-1992 season, increasing his average 15 pins.
Kevin Lesniewski, 8, has a 77 average with a high game of 129 and a high set of 295.
Amy Seggerty, half of the Mixed Doubles Junior Division, wanted to be sure that everyone knows that "Betty Moore is the best coach ever. I was just lucky to win the doubles title."
Amy, 13, will be in the ninth grade at Severn River Junior High this fall. She lives in Arnold with her parents, Steven and Karen Seggerty, and carries a 78 average with a high game of 125 and a high set of 321.
"She says she 'was lucky,' " her father said. "But seven of the nine tournament games she threw scores over her average."
Matthew Trust, the other half of that Junior Doubles team, lives in Severna Park, attends Severn Park Middle School and has a 123 average with a high game of 189.
* The youngsters in the county are doing great, but the senior bowlers aren't doing badly either.
Ted Wessel of Severn bowls at Greenway Odenton and said, "Next April I'll have been bowling for 50 years."
Retired from NSA after 38 years of service, Wessel bowls in the Thursday Capital Men's League at Greenway and in the Eastern Seniors Tournament Association. He carries a 223 average with two 300 games and a high series of 764.
"I'd like all centers to have basically the same lane conditions," he said. "Right now there's just too much difference from center to center. The shot at Greenway is pretty much the same every time I bowl there."
In past months, Wessel has shot seven 700 sets at Greenway.
* Scoring conditions apparently have improved at Fair Lanes Southdale.
Butch Swayne, manager of Southdale, said, "The lanes have just been sanded and resurfaced, finished on Sunday June 28. On Monday in the Classic Trio league, Dave Ferguson shot games of 223, 247, 246 and 244; that's a 960 series, a 240 average."
* During the month of July with a purchase of three games of open-play bowling at Severna Park Lanes you have a chance to win a Cal Ripken rookie card or one of many others. There is a grand prize of a complete 1992 Donruss Diamond King Set.
* The third annual Country Club Classic Tournament continues at Country Club Lanes. Every weekend there's a chance to win $1,000 with a grand prize of a guaranteed $4,000.
The LPBT Regional Open tournament will be at Greenway Odenton Aug. 7-9. This is a chance to bowl with the women professionals in a Youth/Adult Pro Am on Friday, Aug. 7. The finals will be Sunday, Aug. 9.
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.