Retirement boosts game for Lanehart


January 03, 1993|By DON VITEK

After 33 years as a physical education teacher in Baltimore County, Ed Lanehart of Ellicott City retired, but not from bowling.

"I thought when I retired last summer that I would immediately have more time to practice," Lanehart said. "It hasn't worked out that way. But I can't complain, I'm bowling pretty good right now."

Lanehart came late to tenpins.

"I'm proud to say that I was born and raised in Pigtown in South Baltimore," Lanehart said. "Of course, when I was young, I bowled duckpins. I didn't start to bowl tenpins until I was in my 40s."

Lanehart is a student of proper diet and exercise.

Lanehart's trim figure and powerful delivery on the lanes are those of a much younger man. And his bowling in the past few weeks has been spectacular.

Bowling in the Adult Singles Tour tournament at Brunswick Normandy on Dec. 19, Lanehart won the 180-plus division. That placed him in competition with the winner of the 179-and-below division.

Because of the handicap, Lanehart had to give away 48 pins. But he threw a scratch 198 game against his opponent's 120 and walked away with first place.

Two days later, Lanehart teamed with his 34-year-old daughter, Jan Becraft, for the Normandy Scotch Doubles Tournament. Becraft has a 170 average. In scotch doubles, partners alternate bowling in the same game; it is a difficult format.

The father-daughter team fired a three-game scratch series of 612. That took first place, nosing out the team of Judy Kessler and Tim Prevatt.

Two days later, in his regular league, the Funtime/Anytime, at Normandy lanes. Lanehart rolled games of 256, 246 and 226 for a 728 series.

A good league secretary

Things have been very interesting for Pete Brehm, who lives in Columbia and bowls in the Tuesday Club 55 league and the Monday Doubles at Brunswick Columbia.

Originally from New Jersey, Brehm has been bowling for about 46 years and in Club 55 for about five years.

"This is my first year of being secretary," Brehm said. "And it's a pretty big league."

The league has 20 teams of three members each. And Brehm is everything that a league secretary should be . . . and often is not.

His league sheet covers not only the usual team standings but the statistics on each team and on each individual, with high games, sets, both team and individual, and averages meticulously maintained.

A 176-average bowler, Brehm has a career high game of 279 and a high series of 680. His wife and teammate on the Pick-Ups, Alice, carries a 132 average, and the third member of the team, Gus Jiles, averages 124.

Leagues starting in Columbia

The Short Season league starts tomorrow at Brunswick Columbia. Meeting is 8:15 p.m., and competition begins at 9:15 p.m. It's a mixed handicap with three on a team.

* Starting Thursday, the Thursday Trailblazers, which is a handicap league with three on a team, begins an 18-week season. Meeting is at 8:15 p.m.; bowling starts at 9:15 p.m.

Events set at Normandy lanes

At Brunswick Normandy, the Family Affair adult/child league begins Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.

* If school is canceled because of snow, Brunswick Normandy will offer a deal from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Three games of bowling, shoe rental, hot dog and a soft drink are $6.

* The Greater Baltimore Bowling Association will conduct its 41st annual championship tournament Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 and March 6-7 at Brunswick Normandy with a guaranteed first prize of $1,000.

Call (410) 465-0355.

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