Big numbers posted at County Lanes

BOWLING

November 15, 1992|By DON VITEK

Good things are happening at County Lanes Westminster, said Jim Weaver, manager of the center.

"The last week of October saw a lot of action on the lanes," he said. "We had a lady shoot the first 600 series of her career, a 300 game by a sub and an old, old house record broken."

Betty Stump finally shot the elusive 600 series, Danny Haines was subbing in the Travel League when he threw a 300 game and Angie Brown broke the women's three-game series house record that had stood for 30 years.

Brown, 16, was bowling in the Wednesday Scratch League on Oct. 28 when she put together games of 263, 248 and 225 for a 736 series, shattering the house record of 704.

There's a lesson here for bowlers. Brown didn't just walk in one night and destroy a long-standing record. She has been practicing for months, and the 736 series was the result.

Haines presents another example for bowlers, that sometimes you have to play through pain.

In Haines' case, it's carpal tunnel syndrome in his bowling hand. CTS comes from any repetitive movement and causes pain and weakness in the hand.

Haines has been battling that ailment for years. "I don't want to have surgery on the hand, I just keep fighting it," he said. "My average is improving because I'm concentrating better."

That average increased from the 170s to the high 180s, and Haines continues to bowl well. It was Halloween night, when he was subbing in the Travel League at County Lanes, that the concentration paid off -- 12 strikes for a 300 game.

Stump is yet a third example for anyone who participates in a sport.Don't ever give up.

She lives in Westminster, bowls in the Tuesday Random House League and the Wednesday Ladies League at County Lanes and "subs whenever I can."

Throwing a 12- or 13-pound hard rubber bowling ball, she usually carries an average a little over 150. This season, Stump has jumped that average over 160.

"Bowling is a fun sport," she said. "I've always approached it that way, a way to relax and have fun. The scores were always secondary."

That relaxed attitude may be the reason it took her so long to reach a 600 series. Whatever the reason, after more than 50 years of bowling, Stump, bowling in the Tuesday Random House League at County Lanes, put together games of 186, 223 and 194 for a 604 series.

Close to 160 duckpin average

In the Men's Triples League at Thunderhead Westminster, Lee Waltz is still close to a 160 average in duckpins.

At Mount Airy Lanes near the end of October, he threw a 517 series.

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