Wilson follows Dubree's perfect act


December 13, 1992|By DON VITEK

Dennis Wilson and Jack Dubree were bowling against eac other in the Friday Bill Snavely Scratch League at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen on Nov. 13. Nothing unusual about that. Their teams were competing against each other.

In the first game, left-handed Dubree had 12 strikes for a 300 game.

Right-handed Wilson, who already owned two 300 games and a career-high 794 series, shot a 226 in the first game. But the Harford County native averaged 210 last year and this year was averaging 220 in the Friday night league and 221 in the Monday Harford County Men's League.

"I've been bowling pretty good lately," Wilson said. "I won the Harford Lanes house tournament in October and again last month. And I figured if a left-hander could throw a 300 game, so could I."

So he did. In the second game of the match, Wilson pounded the pocket for 12 strikes and his third career 300 game. And he fired a 226 third game for a 752 series.

"I wasn't doing any thing different," Wilson said. "I'm pretty much a two-ball bowler, and I was using the same 16-pound Columbia ball."

For an amateur bowler, Wilson is doing well: $130 for winning the October tournament, $120 for winning in November, $100 savings bond from Harford Lanes for the 700 series and another $300 bond from Harford Lanes for the perfect game.

If you weren't at Harford Lanes the night back-to-back 300 games were shot on the same night, in the same league, on the same lanes, you may never get a chance to see it again.

Taking after a favorite pro

Bryan Lindecamp, who lives in Aberdeen with his parents, Sandy and Mike, is in the seventh grade at Aberdeen Middle School. Active in baseball as a pitcher and shortstop and a right wing for a soccer team, Lindecamp is a 160-average bowler in the Saturday Young America Bowlers Alliance at Harford Lanes.

The 12-year-old, who was using "a little heavier ball, a 14-pound Pearl Hammer," threw his career high singles (255) and his best three-game series (669).

A little help from a pro

Mark Wasmer turned to another pro bowler for help with his game. Wasmer, a Fallston resident, "has been practicing a little more and Marty Letscher [the professional bowler who owns and operates Marty's Pro Shop in the Bel Air Bowl lanes] has been helping me with my game."

And it's working. Bowling in three leagues at Bel Air Bowl -- Monday First Nighters, Tuesday 770 Majors and again on Thursday -- Wasmer, a 190-average bowler, is in the high 190s and low 200s this year.

On Dec. 1, Wasmer had games of 234, 255 and 259 to post his career high series of 748.

Parents, kids team up to win

Forest Hill Lanes played host to the Junior-Adult Handicap Doubles tournament on Nov. 29.

The Pee Wee Division was won by 4-year-old Nicole Skopinski and her dad, Milton.

The Bantam-Prep division was won by 9-year-old Bobby Whetzel and his mother, Karen. This is Bobby's second year of competition and his mother's first. Karen had to bowl in the morning with her daughter, Tina, to establish an average so she could bowl with Bobby.

Tammy Raab and her father, Gerry, teamed up to take first place in the Junior-Major Division. Tammy, 18, averages 158 and is a freshman at Essex Community College.

Almost a 700 Club member

Last month, Ed Barnard won the Cecil-Harford 700 Club tournament at Harford Lanes. It was Barnard's fifth title, leaving him just one short of being a lifetime member of the 700 Club.

No tap doubles tournament

Bel Air Bowl will play host to its second annual Holiday No Tap Doubles Tournament, Saturday through Jan. 17. First place is worth $600.

Bel Air Bowl helps the needy

On the Thanksgiving holiday the folks at Bel Air Bowl prepared 120 dinners and distributed them to "Neighbors In Need."

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