Westminster lanes good to Pa.'s Blair


January 31, 1993|By DON VITEK

Doug Blair of Fairfield, Pa., has been bowling tenpins for 10 of his 15 years.

A sophomore at Fairfield High School, he bowls in the Young American Bowling Alliance league on Saturday mornings at Fort Ritchie lanes and on Sunday in the Youth Interstate Travel League.

On Jan. 17 at County Lanes, Westminster, Blair pounded out games of 279, 256 and 204 for a 739 series. That tops the 719 set by John Feeley and the 720 thrown by Philip Henderson in the Interstate League.

That 279 game and 739 set were Blair's career-high numbers. Averaging 191 with a 16-pound Phantom bowling ball, Blair just barely topped his previous high game of 278. The 739 topped the 720 set he shot in the Keystone State Games last year in Allentown, Pa.

The Youth Interstate Travel League, founded by Arnold Enfusse three years ago, draws young bowlers from seven bowling centers in three states: Fort Ritchie Lanes, Terrace Lanes (Frederick), Dual Lanes (Hagerstown), County Lanes (Westminster), Nellie Fox Lanes (Chambersburg, Pa.), Sunshine Lanes (Waynesboro, Pa.) and Pikeside Lanes (Martinsburg, W.Va).

A member of the Interstate League since its inception, Blair also is a first baseman-pitcher for Fairfield High's baseball team.

"But bowling is the game I really like," Blair said. "One day I'd like to become a pro bowler."

Aiming for big money

The Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic tournament qualifying rounds end today. The winners of the qualifying rounds advance to the National Finals at Fair Lanes Pikesville on May 22-23 for a chance to win the $3,000 first prize.

Today is the final day of five weekends of qualifying at Mount Airy Lanes, and two cousins, Lisa Smith and Robin Hubble, are standing at the top of the women's list.

Hubble, a Mount Airy native who lives in Monrovia, leads her cousin and teammate in the Monday Night Ladies League, 857-854.

She has thrown a high game of 163 and a high set of 438 in her bowling career and averages 113.

Smith, who lives in Mount Airy, is a 125-average duckpin bowler who bowls in the Monday Night Ladies and the Friday Mixed. Bowling for more than 20 years, she carries a 126 average and has thrown career high game and series of 202 and 469, respectively.

In the qualifying round of the Coors Cutter Tournament, she shot 126, 153, 154, 116 and 129 for a 678 scratch series. The handicap pins boosted that total to 854.

Striking up a big series

In the tenpin travel league on Jan. 16 at County Lanes, the Dual Lanes Strikers, a Hagerstown team, threw a powerful 3,326 series.

That topped a fine effort by the County Lanes team's 3,255. Even those impressive figures weren't enough to take the first-half lead from County Lanes. The two teams stand one-two

in the Travel League after the position round.

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