G. Burnie's Fick takes ACUI title


February 21, 1993|By DON VITEK

Tina Fick of Glen Burnie is in her freshman year at Essex Community College and is a rising star on the collegiate bowling scene.

Over the weekend of Feb. 6-7, the Essex bowling team traveled to Penn State for the American College Union International tournament. Facing teams from Maryland, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, both the men and women of ECC rolled to victory.

Fick and James Barnhart took individual titles. Fick averaged 200 to lead the women, and Barnhart posted an average of 217 to lead the men.

Barnhart will meet the nation's best collegiate men bowlers at Tulsa, Okla., on May 7, and Fick will travel to Baton Rouge, La., for the women's national tournament on April 5. ECC will compete in the team event at Dayton, Ohio, on April 17 for the national title.

"I just played my game," Fick said. "Judy West [coach of the ECC women's team] has been helping me a lot with my game, and I guess that made a difference."

A last-minute qualifier

Chuck Davis is on his way to the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin National Finals at Pikesville.

The Glen Burnie resident bowls in a single league, the Thursday American Mixed at Southwest, and carries a 129 average with a high game of 196 and a high set of 536.

"I didn't really plan on bowling in the tournament," Davis said. "My brother, John, and his wife, Pam, wanted to bowl in the qualifier and asked me along. It was a last-minute thing, I decided since I was there I'd give it a try."

He threw games of 128, 135, 191, 143 and 143 for an impressive 740 scratch score that made him the No. 1 qualifier for the national finals at Pikesville lanes in May.

His brother, John, and sister-in-law, Pam, didn't qualify.

Scores worth remembering

Ask Don Harding to give you his high three-game series and he answers, "I'm not sure. I bowl for fun and don't pay much attention to things like that. I think my high single game is 214."

One thing for sure: On Feb. 12, he pounded out a 204 game in the only league he competes in, the Friday Mix and Match at Fair Lanes Southwest.

Harding, a Baltimore Highlands resident, worked as pin chaser at Southwest when he was younger. "That's how I got started bowling duckpins. Some of the other employees asked me to bowl with them."

Now with a 124 average, Harding may not remember exactly how many pins he knocks down, but he continues to post impressive scores.

Saving the best for last

Sherry Young is part of a bowling family.

"Robert [her husband] used to bowl and both my daughters bowl duckpins," Young said.

Debra carries a 120 average and her married daughter, Sharon Housand, has a 113 average.

Sherry Young has been bowling "for about 25 years" and bowls in the Tuesday morning and Sunday Triples leagues at Fair Lanes Southwest. The Lansdowne resident's current average is 115.

Subbing in the Kitchen League on Feb. 10, she threw two opening games below her average: 98 and 108. That was just a warm-up for the third game. A triple in the last frame allowed Young to post her career-high single game: 197.

Older, wiser bowlers

Erma Schaeffer of Lansdowne is secretary of the Wednesday and Friday OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors) leagues at Southwest.

"The duckpin leagues grew out of the Lansdowne Over 50 Club," Schaeffer said. "It's a way for the older folks to get together, socialize and get some exercise. Most of the bowlers are in their 70s and 80s, and Roy Riggin will celebrate his 90th birthday in August."

Bowl for D.A.R.E program

The fourth annual Anne Arundel County Police FOP Lodge #70 bowling tournament will be at Bowl America Odenton on April 12.

Teams will consist of five members, male or female, and all proceeds will go to the D.A.R.E. program that reaches into the schools to teach kids not to take drugs.

To sign up a team, donate prizes or get more information, call Bill Daywalt at (410) 222-6894.

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