Dandreano breaks 200 in style at Crofton

BOWLING

December 20, 1992|By DON VITEK

Danielle Dandreano doesn't carry a high tenpin average in the Saturday morning Young American Bowling Alliance at Crofton Bowling Centre, but she burned up the lanes in the Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council Tournament at Terrance Lanes in Frederick on Dec. 6.

The 17-year-old Arundel High senior never had thrown a 20game in her eight-year career, but on strange lanes in a prestigious tournament, she fired two 200 games, the first a 227 and the second 200.

Combined, they gave Dandreano a career high series of 561. That's 171 pins over average, tremendous for a 130-average bowler.

Dandreano, a gymnast who plans to attend Anne ArundeCommunity College before continuing her education at Towson State with plans to become an elementary school teacher, threw a 10-pound Columbia White Dot bowling ball.

Asked what turned her into a demon bowler, Dandreano said with a laugh, "I don't have any idea in the world, not a clue, but it was fun!"

A dream come true in Odenton

Wayne Gross of Severn, an 11-year veteran on the lanes, didn't have an explanation for his recent scoring explosion at Greenway Bowl Odenton.

He carries a 194 average in the Friday Night Twilight League, the only league in which he participates, and his recent 658 series didn't come close to his career-high set of 732 but "this was the night everything came together for one game."

Throwing a 16-pound AMF Cobra, Gross started the evening slowly with a 178 game. He finished with a 180.

But in between, he banged out 12 strikes for the first time in his career to post a 300 game.

"I've been close before," Gross said, "but something always happened. This time everything worked. I guess you could call it a dream come true."

More than just a night out

Preston Davis knows how hard it is to post that first 300 game. A Woodlawn resident, he does his league bowling at Fair Lanes Towson and Ritchie Fair Lanes.

Bowling for 25 years, the 197-average bowler never had thrown a 300 game, but had posted a strong 791 series.

"Bowling has always been just a night out to me," Davis said. "I just enjoy the game. Last year I didn't even bowl because my back was bothering me."

On Dec. 4 in the Beltway Classic League at Ritchie Fair LanesDavis finally cracked the magic circle with a perfect game.

A new face at Ritchie center

There's a new face at Fair Lanes Ritchie. Tory Lane, a Hoopston, Ill., native living in Ellicott City, has joined the staff as assistant manager.

Owner of a 279 game and a 723 series, the 178-average bowler is active in two leagues, the Sunday Night Trio and the Classic Trio. Both leagues are at Fair Lanes Southdale, the center where he worked before moving to Ritchie.

Winner of two Budweiser amateur tournaments in Illinois in 1990, Lane completed a two-year course in bowling management at Vincennes University. Both years he was a member of the National Honor Society.

Bowling for 14 of his 22 years, Lane has an optimistic outlook, "I think that the bowling industry is ready to take off. It's a great sport and more and more people are learning about it."

Youths travel to post big scores

The Anne Arundel County Youth Travel League with teams from Bowl America Odenton and Glen Burnie, Annapolis Fair Lanes, Greenway Bowl Odenton and Fair Lanes Ritchie has gotten off to a roaring start.

Using a four-game format, Becky Johns with an 802 series and Jason Fick with an 883 series lead the long list of outstanding scores that the youngsters have posted.

Bowl for top dollar at year's end

The National Amateur Bowlers Inc. Year End Tournament will be Dec. 31 and Jan. 1-3 at Crofton Bowling Centre.

Sponsored by Coors, the tournament will have a guaranteed first prize of $5,000; second place will pay $2,500. The guaranteed prize purse is $12,500.

Bowlers must have thrown 21 games on the 1992 NABI tour to be eligible.

Information: (410) 721-2401.

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