Fair Lanes Southwest can boast 2 young national duckpin champs

BOWLING

September 24, 1992|By Donald G. Vitek

Courtney Reynolds of Brooklyn Park and Danny Smith of Baltimore are the 1991-1992 Archie Larochelle Award winners as the bowlers with the highest averages in the National Duckpin Youth Association's Pee Wee Division.

That's two national winners from the same bowling center, Fair Lanes Southwest, with the same coach, Jo Phillips.

"I wish that I could take credit for the kids winning the Larochelle awards, but I can't," said Phillips, the first-year bowling coach for the Pee Wees. "The youngsters did it themselves. They just had great seasons."

Courtney won her award with an 80 average, and Danny !B averaged 86. They did it with ability, dedication and a lot of support from their families.

Courtney's parents, Connie and John, both ten-pin bowlers at Bowl America Glen Burnie, encouraged her. Her grandmother, Shirley Shellhouse, spent a lot of Saturday mornings at the Southwest bowling center and said, "I'm just a very proud grandmother!"

She has every right to be proud of Courtney's accomplishment. The NDYA program has thousands of bowlers in its ranks.

Courtney, 8, turning 9 next month, has been bowling for three years. At the end of last season, she started using one hand to throw the ball. The fourth-grader at Brooklyn Park Elementary School has a high game of 124 and a high two-game set of 197.

MA When asked if she could repeat her award-winning efforts this

season in the Prep Division, the modest, freckle-faced redhead just nodded her head . . . but she nodded vigorously.

Danny will be 8 years old this December, and he attends the third grade at James McHenry Elementary School. Bowling since 1989, he has improved every year.

"Danny is just a great athlete," said Phillips.

His grandfather, Alexander Smith, pointed out "that Danny just started throwing the ball one-handed this year, and he's thrown a lot of 100-plus games."

Both Courtney and Danny received a plaque for their accomplishments.

The Larochelle Awards are named for Evelyn Larochelle, who served as NDYA director for seven years and is past president of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America, and her husband, Archie, former proprietor of Glastonburg Bowl in Connecticut.

Both of the youngsters moved up to the Prep Division in the NDYA ranks this year and are coached by Jo Phillips' sister, Donna Zantgraf.

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Greenway Glen Burnie was one of two centers (the other being Mac's Bowlaway, Rhode Island) that received the National Duckpin Youth Association award for outstanding youth bowler membership sanctioning for the 1991-1992 season.

Greenway Glen Burnie had the most sanctioned youth bowlers per lane, and Mac's Bowlaway had the most improved number of youth bowlers per lane.

Both centers were presented with plaques at the annual convention of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America in Ocean City in July.

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In tournament news, the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. will guarantee a $2,000 first prize this weekend at Crofton Bowling Centre. Information: 721-2401.

* The third annual Chesapeake Open Doubles will be at Severna Park Lanes this weekend. All shifts are limited to 20 bowlers. First prize is $1,000 guaranteed.

* The Greenway Glen Burnie House Doubles Tournament will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25. This tournament is for Greenway bowlers only. First prize is $500.

Beginning Oct. 4, Donald G. Vitek's Bowling columns will appear every Sunday in the local sports pages of The Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.

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