Young Chris Handel, 6, is Bowler of the Week Gets career-high 130 game, 280 set at Normandy


April 04, 1993|By DON VITEK

"We coach him," said Colleen Handel, mother of Chris Handel, "But he doesn't pay much attention to us. Chris does his own thing."

Chris, 6, started bowling tenpins when he was 4 and continues to bowl in the Saturday morning Young American Bowling Alliance league at Brunswick Normandy lanes. The Woodlawn resident, still young enough to be a kindergarten student, throws an 8-pound Gumball bowling ball.

"Chris started to go bowling with us on weekends," Colleen Handel said. "He really liked it, so we signed him up for the YABA Saturday morning league at Normandy."

On the 23rd week of the season, Chris, a 61-average bowler, posted his career high single game and career high scratch set of 130 and 280, respectively. Those figures were 72 pins over his average and captured the Bowler of the Week honors for him in Division I.

The Division II Bowler of the Week for the 23rd week was Brock Daley, a Junior Varsity bowler, who lives in Ellicott City. The seventh-grader at Patapsco Middle School started bowling three years ago.

Today the 12-year-old bowler who also plays "a little baseball, pitcher and shortstop," carries a 121 average. Throwing a 10-pound Lazer ball, he has career highs of 183 for a game and 435 for a three-game series.

He totaled 66 pins over average to capture Bowler of the Week.

Since Nick Hozik retired from managing real estate, he and his wife, Doris, have become avid tenpin bowlers.

"Frankly, I just like the game," Hozik said. "It's a lot of fun and the Club 55 league has a lot of nice people in it."

The Hoziks live in Clarksville; Nick bowls in two leagues, the Thursday Club 55 and the Tuesday Night Mixed Fivesome. Both leagues are at Normandy Lanes and on Tuesday nights, Doris, a 123-average tenpin bowler, joins him on the lanes.

Originally from Johnstown, Pa., Nick Hozik started bowling duckpins almost 40 years ago.

"About 10 years ago I started bowling tenpins," Hozik said, "but being an old duckpin bowler, I throw the tenpin bowl the same as the duckpin ball, straight. There's no big hook like so many of the tenpinners throw."

Using a 12-pound Brunswick All-Star bowling ball, he carries a 177 average on Tuesday night, 173 in the Club 55 league. With a career-high game of 252 and a high series of 652, Hozik still finds time for softball.

"My team, the Maryland Old Liners, are all over 65 years old," he said. "And that makes us eligible for the senior league, the Baltimore Beltway Classic. In just a few weeks we'll be starting spring practice."

On Week 20 of the season, Hozik bowled 66 pins over average to earn Bowler of the Week honors.

Rose Pickett throws just a tiny hook.

"I stand on the right side of the lane," the right-hander said, "and roll the ball with a little hook."

Rose and her husband, Sewell, live in Mayfield and bowl in the Thursday Club 55 league at Normandy.

Sewell, a retired Springfield Hospital employee, carries a 110 average; Rose, bowling for 12 years, has a 132 average.

On Week 21 of the season, Rose Pickett, hooking her 10-pound ball just a little bit, shot a 196 game. That put her 65 pins over average and made her Bowler of the Week.

Shoot for $1,500

The next National Amateur Bowlers Inc tournament will be April 10 and 21 at Crofton Bowling Center. The Baltimore Area Brunswick Rhino-Pro Shootout will have a guaranteed first prize of $1,500.

Information: (410) 721-2401.

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