Big games strike at Mount Airy Lanes


November 29, 1992|By DON VITEK

Duckpins are poppin' at Joe Rineer's Mount Airy Lanes. The past month has seen some big scores posted in the 12-lane house.

Ernie Schuhly came down from Hagerstown to shoot a 201 game. Mike Pringle fired a 200. Billy Barbour had a 516 series, and Claude Sier put together a 512 set.

Pringle, who lives in Mount Airy, bowls one night a week in the Tuesday Men's Independent League at Mount Airy Lanes. He carries a 130 average and has a career high set of 465. An avid tournament player, he likes to bowl on the Amateur Duckpin Tour whenever time permits.

On Nov. 3, Pringle shot his third 200 game.

Sier has worked at Mount Airy Lanes since he was a teen-ager. The Mount Airy resident had a fine youth career in the National Youth Duckpin Association; he was part of the 1990 Mount Airy title team.

Now Sier is racking up some impressive numbers as an adult bowler. With a 127 average, he's the owner of a career high game of 209, and on Nov. 18 in the Wednesday Major Men's League at Mount Airy, Sier threw his highest set of 512 with games of 164, 164 and 184.

The night before, Barbour, in the Tuesday Night Industrial Men's League, banged out a 166, 165 and 185 for a 516 series.

A change for the better

Taneytown resident Abey Abend isn't bowling duckpins this season. "I'm just bowling tenpins this year. I couldn't find a duckpin league I liked," he said.

Not bowling duckpins apparently has helped his tenpin game. In the County Lanes Wednesday Scratch League, he's averaging 200. At Taneytown Thunderhead on Oct. 29, he posted a 279 game as the cornerstone for a 749 series.

New hall of fame member

Bill Mend of Sykesville was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Bowling Association's Hall of Fame on Nov. 7 at Overlea Hall in Baltimore County.

Since joining his first league at Greenway Bowl East in 1963 he's bowled in 90 different leagues. He's held league positions of president and secretary, helped form a multitude of leagues and was a youth coach for three years.

From 1982 to 1986 he served as GBBA director. In 1986 he was elected to a position he still holds, vice president. He's been a director of the Maryland State Association and is president of the 700 Club.

A scratch bowler with a 290 high game and a 786 series, he's best known for running tournaments.

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