Grimes sees triple in doubles sweep at Taneytown


February 14, 1993|By DON VITEK

The Thunderhead Lanes fourth annual Tenpins Doubles tournament started Oct. 23 and finished with the final matches on Jan. 31 at the Taneytown center.

Qualifying was open to all tenpin bowlers at the three Thunderhead centers: Westminster, Taneytown and Gettysburg, Pa.

Dawn Grimes of Taneytown won first place with partner, Ethel Leffingwell. Grimes won second place with her partner, Ralph Holweck. Grimes won third place with her partner, Mel Allen.

Grimes split checks with her partners for all three finishes -- $1,600 for first place, $300 for second and $100 for third.

"The rules allowed you to bowl and qualify with different partners," Grimes said. "I bowled 10 times and qualified eight out of the 10 times."

This is Grimes' second year of bowling tenpins, and she'll admit that she's hooked on the game.

Bowling in the Tuesday night Bucks and Does league at Taney town, Grimes' average has grown to 139. She has a high game of 245 and a high set of 632. In December she was Bowler of the Month at Taneytown with a 226 game -- at that time 100 pins over her average.

"At one point in the finals, over a two-game stretch, I had had 12 strikes in a row," Grimes said. "Since I started using the new Purple Hammer bowling ball I got just before Christmas, I've bowling a lot better."

Leffingwell moved to Cashtown, Pa., a little while ago and has been bowling tenpins "a long, long time."

The investigator for the public defender's office in Westminster, Leffingwell gives credit for winning the doubles tournament to Grimes.

"I bowled OK, I guess," she said, "But Dawn really bowled great."

Grimes' teammate in the Bucks and Does league at Taneytown, Leffingwell is building her average after an injury to her right knee. The average is 142, and she has a high game of 235 and high set of 557.

Holweck lives in Woodsboro and is tough with a tenpin or duckpin ball. Monday nights he bowls duckpins at Taneytown, and Tuesday it's tenpins at Westminster.

Owner of a 154 tenpin average and a 108 duckpin average, Holweck has a career-high tenpin game of 248. In duckpins, it's 188.

And in May at Fair Lanes Pikesville, he'll have a shot at the $3,000 first prize in the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic. He earned the right to compete in the national finals by winning the qualifying round at Taneytown.

Tired but successful

Bill Clem of Hanover, Pa., will be the other man going to the Coors Cutters in Baltimore. Dorren Blizzard and Jodi Abend will be the women finalists in that event.

Clem moved to Hanover from Baltimore about year ago. He bowls in the Friday Pussy Cats league at Taneytown and carries a 113 average with a high game over 170.

In the qualifier for the Coors national finals he posted games of 137, 118, 122, 125 and 126.

The scores weren't high, but every game was over his average and that was good enough to qualify.

He may have stumbled on new way to prepare for a big tournament.

"I'd been up for almost 48 hours," said Clem, a truck driver. "I'd just come off a long road trip and I was beat, but I just changed clothes and ran down to the center and bowled."

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