Lanehart rides right lanes to 300

BOWLING

January 10, 1993|By DON VITEK

It took some time and it took some nerve, but Ed Lanehart

finally did it.

The retired physical education teacher had been close several times, but a perfect tenpin game always had eluded him.

The Ellicott City resident bowls at Brunswick Normandy and has a 205 average. Bowling in the Fair Lanes New Year's Open Tournament at Towson, he finished his first three-game block, a workmanlike 647 series, and it was time to switch lanes.

"I like the old wooden lanes at Towson," Lanehart said. "And I had been having a lot of success in the first three-game block playing down the eighth board with my X-Caliber.

"And when I saw that I would be bowling on lanes 21 and 22, I was pretty happy. I saw my doubles partner, Tommy Sandusky, and told him that back in 1987 I had shot a 298 on this pair."

In the first three games his only open frames were either splits or washouts. He was right about lanes 21 and 22 being kind to him. He stepped on the approach and started throwing strikes. Nine strikes . . . and then crunch time, the 10th frame.

"I had made up my mind that I wasn't going to take a lot of time before throwing the ball," Lanehart said. "I wasn't really nervous, I had been in this position before, I had been making good shots all day and I was sure that I could throw three more strikes if I didn't take a lot of time and talk myself out it."

Lanehart stepped onto the approach, picked up his ball, took his stance . . . and the public address system burst into life. Someone had a phone call at the control counter.

"I jumped about a foot," Lanehart said. "Then I put the ball back on the rack, stepped off the approach and waited a few seconds."

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He then calmly threw three strikes for the perfect game.

Young holiday winners

More than 70 young bowlers competed on Dec. 26 in singles and the doubles events at the Junior Holiday Tournament at Brunswick Columbia.

Claire Tolbert, 5, of Columbia has a 72 average in her first bowling season. With handicap, she posted a 421 score to win the Bantam Division Singles title.

Shirlynn Palmer, 9, a fourth-grader at Waterloo Elementary School, shot a 462, her career-high set, in the tournament to win the Girls Prep singles event.

Keith Parlette had a 527 series to win the Boys Prep Division.

Daisy Tillman, 13, an eighth-grader at Mayfield Middle School, won the Girls Singles Junior/Senior Division with a 650 series. The 428 scratch figure was a career-high set.

Rodney Holton fired a 725 series to win the Boys Junior/Senior Singles division.

Terrell Blackweld and Kenneth Schneider teamed in the Bantam division to win the doubles with 904.

Chrystal Sutherland and Shelly Evans combined for a 1,028 score to win the Preps Doubles division.

Mike Olson and Bram Berlin bowl on the same team on Saturday mornings at Columbia, so it was natural that they got together in the Junior/Senior Doubles division. They scored 1,291 to win the event. Bram, 14, is in the eighth grade at Harpers Choice and lives in Columbia. This is his first season, and his average has risen from a 69 to the 80s in the past few weeks.

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