Hall of Fame inducts county five

BOWLING

March 21, 1993|By SON VITEK

Carl E. (Mick) Barlow Jr., Robert Cryster Sr., Margaret Scott Russell, Betty Bucchi and Georgia Cooper were inducted into the Cecil-Harford Counties Bowling Association Hall of Fame last month.

Owner of the first 300 game bowled in a CHCBA tournament, Barlow has been bowling since he was 16. In 1974 he was accepted as a member of the PBA. Averaging over 200 in three leagues currently, he has carried as high an average as 212. He's thrown several 299 games and several 700 series.

A Bel Air resident, Barlow is manager of Bel Air Bowl, a center where he started working as a mechanic over 20 years ago.

Cryster is still known as just "Coach" to most bowlers, young and old, at Bel Air Bowl.

Bowling since 1937, coaching in the Saturday Young American Bowling Alliance leagues at Bel Air Bowl for more than 30 years, he has set an example of dedication to the sport of bowling that is outstanding.

His current average of 172 is a bit lower than his career-high 190, but he continues to bowl and, more important, continues to coach. You'll find him every Saturday at Bel Air Bowl with the youngsters.

Russell attended the first meeting of the Harford County Women's Bowling Association in 1963 when the Harford County women bowlers withdrew from the Baltimore WBA.

A charter member of the Maryland State Women's Bowling Association, she was on the constitution committee, which started the organization in 1964.

The Harford County Women's Bowling Association continues to honor her each year by presenting the Margaret Russell Award to the highest composite average bowler for the previous season.

Bucchi, a member of the HCWBA since its founding year, has served on the board for 15 years and is the current treasurer.

She continues to edit the Pin Dust publication, and until she stepped down in 1992 was the secretary/treasurer of the Harford County 500 Club for 14 years. She has dedicated 36 years to bowling.

Cooper was an extraordinary bowler. There's not room to list all her accomplishments, but in 1961-62 her average of 181 led to her selection as the Bowling Proprietors Association of America Bowler of the Year.

That year she posted the highest game and series at Bob Turley Bowl (now Bel Air Bowl) with a 248 game and a 631 series. Her career-high game of 273 and set of 676 was posted in the 1964 Harford County 600 Club Tournament.

Young bowling champions

Laura Raab and Adam Warfield, two of the 359 bowlers in the Forest Hill Lanes Saturday YABA leagues, traveled to Pasadena for the Baltimore YABA Championship Tournament at Southdale Lanes last month.

Both returned to Harford County as champions.

Raab, 16, lives in Bel Air with her parents, Joann and Gerry Raab, and bowls in the Travel League as well as in the Saturday youth league at Forest Hill.

The junior at Harford Tech has lifted her average to 130 and owns a career high game of 215.

She toppled 1,864 pins to win what many consider the top prize at any tournament -- All Event.

She bested the finest young bowlers in the area to become the winner of the Major/Senior Girls Handicap All Event.

And she did it with the same ball that she uses in league play.

"Yep, I'm still using the 12-pound Columbia White Dot," she said, "Works fine."

Warfield, 11, lives in Forest Hill with his parents, Debbie and Randy Warfield.

He started bowling when he was 6 years old and currently carries a 164 average; his high game is 258, high series 570.

He shot 1,469 to take the crown in the Prep Boys Scratch All Event.

"I just had a lucky day, I guess," Warfield said.

Practice leads to 300

Larry Detweiler can be found during the week at Faball, manufacturers of the Hammer line of bowling balls and equipment in Baltimore, but you'll also find him at Marty Letscher's Pro Shop inside Bel Air Bowl . . . or on the lanes at Country Club or on Tuesday in the 770 Scratch league at Bel Air Bowl.

It was in the 770 Scratch that Detweiler pounded out a 300 game last month.

"I was using a Purple Hammer, of course," Detweiler said. "And, of course, I fitted and drilled the ball myself."

Last year he averaged 219 at Country Club Lanes and this year he's starting to throw the ball even better.

"I'm practicing about 40 games a week right now," he said. "But I want to push that up to about 80 games because I want to start bowling in the PBA regionals in a few weeks."

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