From father to sons: Sennett passes it on


October 11, 1992|By DON VITEK

"I was a little kid when my dad first brought me to Normandy to bowl tenpins," Joe Sennett said. "Now I'm bringing my sons, Joe Jr. and Brian."

Sennett, who lives in Ellicott City with his sons and his wife, Kim, is in his first year as coach for the Young America Bowling Association's Pee Wee Division at Brunswick Normandy on Saturday mornings.

Sennett, service manager for Columbia Foreign Cars, bowls in two leagues, Friday Friendship and Monday Mixed at Normandy lanes. His average is 189, and he has a high game of 284 and a high set of 650.

"I stopped bowling for about 10 years, but last year I picked the sport up again," he said. "I wanted my sons to have the opportunity to learn a sport that they could follow for the rest of their lives.

"Joe Jr. is 7 years old and bowls in the Bantam Division, and Brian is only 5 and a Pee Wee, so I get to coach him every week. That's one of things that makes bowling so great. My sons can bowl with my dad [John Sennett] or me and compete because even the littlest guy can not only bowl but compete."

Varsity champion

Brian Clopein bowls in the Varsity Division of the YABA at Normandy and on Sept. 19 was the Bowler of the Week with 78 pins over average. That average is 153. Clopein has a high game of 215 and a high set of 565.

Clopein, 16, lives in Baltimore with his parents, Dawn and Bryant, attends Francis M. Wood High School and has been bowling for three years. The 11th-grader is playing his first year of high school football and lacrosse, defensive tackle in football and forward in lacrosse.

Buddy Weber, youth director at Normandy, said of the boys Varsity Division, "These guys are the next generation of Normandy Lanes men's scratch bowlers."

Starting in high gear

Duane Allen, president of the Rookie league that bowls at Normandy Lanes on Tuesday mornings, has a bunch of bowlers who are starting the new season in high gear.

Ed Deuchler, a 163-average bowler, fired seven strikes in a row for a 259 game.

Dee Fought had a 206 games. That's 60 pins over her average of 146.

Marie Kieffer carries a 119 average, but last week she threw a 213 game, nearly 100 pins over that average.

Taking on the seniors

Jim Brown picked up his first tenpin bowling ball when he was 35.

Now a senior bowler, the Columbia resident bowls in a single league at Brunswick Columbia, the Wednesday Night Men's, averaging just under 200.

And he competes on the Professional Bowlers Association Senior tour.

"It can be pretty tough on the Senior Tour," he said. "Eight-game blocks can take a lot out of young man. It can be hard on an older man."

Brown, a track star as a high school athlete, and later a Morgan State College assistant track coach, never got out of shape.

Now in his late 50s, throwing a 15-pound bowling ball, Brown normally practices three days a week, six games a day. When getting ready for a tournament, that will increase to five a week, eight to 15 games each day.

On Sept. 23 at the start of the fall/winter season, Brown threw games of 245, 236 and 236 for a 717 series in the Wednesday Men's Handicap League.

That's league play. How's he doing on the professional tour?

"Well, not bad," Brown said. "I've bowled in eight tournaments and cashed in three this year."

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