Duckpin scoring is soaring


October 25, 1992|By DON VITEK

The duckpin season at Riviera Bowl is heating up, and the first week of October produced some high scores.

On Oct. 6, Dave Wilson threw a 223 game and 521 set; Wayne Gruss had a 208 game, and Walt Brooks had a 210. And on Oct. 9, Charlie Koontz took fourth place in the Maryland Senior Olympics.

Wilson, who lives in Glen Burnie, has a 136 average with a high game of 224 and that high set of 521 he threw in the Tuesday Men's Commercial League.

Wilson also bowls in another league at Riviera Bowl, the Saturday Mixed, and on Thursday in the Men's Quads at Southway in Baltimore.

The computer specialist at the Social Security Administration has been bowling for "about 40 years." And he's still throwing a break ball that is 12 or 13 years old.

Gruss lives in Pasadena and bowls in two leagues at Riviera Bowl, the Tuesday Men's and the Sunday Mixed. The produce manager for Leedmark has been bowling for only five years and is a 119 average bowler.

That Tuesday night, averages got tossed out the window. Starting slowly, Gruss threw a first game of 120, then after opening in the first frame of the second game, he strung together a four-bagger; it was in last frame when he got nervous.

"I had a strike to work on and a 188 game in the ninth frame, so I had to have a spare with a two-count for the 200 game," he said. "That's when I got nervous. After the first ripped out the one-five pins and three more from the back ranks, I really got nervous."

On the second ball, he caught a pin going through the one-five hole and swept the pin deck for a spare. Then all he needed was two pins for the 200 game. He threw the strike for a 208 career-high game.

Koontz is the kind of individual who doesn't get nervous about anything. The retired Bethlehem Steel worker will be 78 on Nov. 1, and he has been bowling duckpins for a long time. His average is 112 in the Monday Gladiator and Friday Golden Age leagues at Riviera Bowl, and he has a high game of 165.

In previous years, Koontz had taken both gold and silver medals in the Maryland Senior Olympics. This year he placed fourth.

"I just think that there's nothing better than bowling," Koontz said. "You meet a lot of great people."

Severna Park king pins

On Oct. 7, in the King Pin League at Severna Park Lanes, Barbara Burns had the women's high game of 224. Ken Lear posted the men's high game of 205.

Hitting the big leagues

Steve Attiliis of Bowie is only 18, but he's putting up some fine numbers at Crofton Bowling Centre.

He is the jack-of-all-trades at the center, and this is the first year that he has bowled in the adult leagues, the Thursday Fun Lovers and the Tuesday Men's Commercial.

Starting slowly one recent night, he threw a 178 first game, then he put eight strikes, on the board, left a six-pin in the ninth, picked it up for the spare and went off the sheet in the 10th for a career-high 290 game.

A 6-year-old veteran

Kimberly Perkins has been bowling for only three years, but since she won't be 6 until next month, that's a pretty long time for her.

Kimberly, a first-grader at Rippling Wood Elementary School, lives in Millersville with her parents, Kristy and Ronald, and when she isn't on the tenpin lanes, she's busy with gymnastics, softball or snow skiing.

"It was her 'adopted uncle,' Mike Foster, who first started Kimberly bowling," Kristy said. "He's been coaching ever since he got her started, which is great because Ronald and I aren't really bowlers."

In the fourth week of the new season, Kimberly, a 78-average ten-pinner, threw a 90 game and had a two-game set of 170 in the Pee Wee Division at Greenway Bowl Odenton.

Tournament news

Greenway Bowl Odenton will have a Halloween Mixed Doubles Handicap tournament with a guaranteed $300 first prize on Saturday and Sunday. For information, call (410) 551-7100.

Crofton Bowling Centre will present the His and Hers Tournament on Saturdays, Nov. 7, 14 and 21. It's a three-game handicap format.

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