3 local bowlers cash at national tourney in Ohio Bowling

February 28, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

At the Bud Light PBA National Championship this week in Toledo, Ohio, at least five Baltimore area bowlers competed, and three of them cashed -- or finished high enough to take home some money.

Jeff Harding, a Frederick guy who regularly bowls at Country Club Lanes in Middle River, finished 59th with a total pinfall of 6,996 over 32 games. That works out to a 218.625 average -- good enough for $1,500.

Tim Criss of Bel Air and Jason Cooper of Reisterstown were not far behind Harding, finishing 61st and 63rd, respectively. Both Criss and Cooper averaged 218, but were fractions of pins behind Harding.

Criss won $1,475 and Cooper $1,460.

Bill Plagianakos and Scott Poe, two other Baltimore bowlers who competed this week in Toledo, finished lower in the running and didn't cash.

Big duckpin game

Sam Scarpola Sr., who carries a 127 average in the Tuesday Continental League at Fair Lanes Middlesex, shot a 197 game on Feb. 16. The 67-year-old Scarpola, who worked last year at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, has a high game of 214.

First 300

Tony Fogler, rolling in the Drug Trade League last week, shot his first 300 game. The 300 came in the third game, and, of course, Fogler's team won four games.

Big WPOC League scores

In a lot of leagues, if you shoot a 299 game, you can pretty much count on having high game for the night.

Not so in the WPOC league at Country Club Lanes in Middle River a week ago on Thursday night.

Bill Mend rolled a 299 game -- and a 747 set -- but three other bowlers rolled 300 games.

Steve Kahl, Kevin Leist and Chris Shaw all strung 12 strikes together to hit 300. Said one bowler, "That was a big night in the POC league."

Amateur duckpin tour

At Fair Lanes Pikesville last weekend, Tom Gailliot of Alexandria, Va., captured first place and $900 in the weekly Amateur Duckpin Tour.

Gailliot, 60, rolled a 178 (including handicap and bonus pins) to best Baltimorean Ron Katzen in the championship round. Katzen rolled a 135 and garnered $450 for second.

Tournament director Chet Jaffney, who noted that Gailliot has won four ADT championships, asked Gailliot if anyone has been helping him with his game.

"As erratic as I bowl?" answered Gailliot, "No one would like to take credit, but my wife, Betty, keeps on my case when I'm not doing my regular thing."

Despite the snow last Sunday, 196 duckpin bowlers bowled in last week's tour stop. For information on future tournaments, call (410) 426-0400.

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