Mullinix, 6, rolls 113 for Bowler of the Week honor

BOWLING

April 11, 1993|By DON VITEK

Six-year-old Jason Mullinix catches on quickly.

A member of the Young American Alliance Association at Normandy, Jason shot a career-high game of 113 on Week 24 of the season, earning Bowler of the Week honors.

The Sykesville resident who lives with his parents, Ann and Brian, is a student at West Friendship Elementary School.

"We're a bowling family," Ann said. "I met Brian at [Brunswick] Normandy and, of course, we both bowl tenpins. Last September it was natural for Jason to start bowling."

Both of Jason's parents carry averages in the 170s. Jason, throwing a 6-pound Gunball, has an average of 50.

Kelly Baer, 12, of Ellicott City has been bowling for two years in the YABA Saturday morning league. A seventh-grader at Ellicott Mills Middle School, she uses an 11-pound ball that her grandmother gave her.

She maintains a 127 average with a high game of 189 and a high series of 446.

On Week 24, Kelly scored 108 pins over her average in the Saturday morning YABA at Normandy. That captured the Division II Junior Varsity Bowler of the Week crown for her.

Looking toward a pro career

Barbie Bryant was born and raised in Ellicott City and lives in Catonsville. Twice a week, in the Monday Mixer at Brunswick Normandy and the Thursday Mixed league at Country Club Lanes, Bryant carries a 190 average. Her high game is 266.

She has been bowling off and on since she was a youngster, but she has been bowling steadily for the past three years.

/# Using a 16-pound Rhino Pro, Bry

ant is looking forward to a professional career in bowling.

"I'd like to start bowling in the regional LPBT events," she said. "And then sometime in the future try the national tour with the lady pros. Right now I'm bowling in the 600 Club Tournaments and the Women's All Star Association tournaments."

On March 28 in Bel Air, she placed 39th and cashed in her first outing in WASA, the Roto Grip-Bel Air Open event that drew 192 of the finest women bowlers in the Northeast. The next day, on lanes 25 and 26 in the Monday Mixers league at Normandy, Bryant fired games of 254, 235 and 199 for a career-high series of 688.

Recovering from burnout

Todd Greene, a Columbia resident, bowls in a single league, the Friday Newtowners at Brunswick Columbia.

He carries a 186 average and has a career-high game of 275. Last year he bowled in three leagues.

"I just felt like I was burned out," Greene said. "So this year I cut back to just the one league."

Owner of three 700 sets, Greene never had been able to throw a 700 series at Columbia. But on March 26, he took care of that oversight.

Bowling with his Last Chance team, he throw games of 234, 263 and 247 for a solid 744 set.

"I wasn't doing anything different," he said. "The ball felt comfortable and I felt pretty good."

A good shot and a little luck

Dave Cronin, originally from Aberdeen, lives in Columbia and bowls at the Columbia center.

He competes in three leagues -- the Monday Mixed, the Wednesday Men's Handicap and the Friday Newtowners. His average is 191.

On March 24, Cronin, throwing a 16-pound Red Pearl Hammer bowling ball, had one of those nights that keeps bowlers returning to the lanes week after week.

The result was a career-high game and series. Cronin had games of 203, 223 and 300 for a 726 series.

Tournament for seniors

Brunswick Normandy will conduct a Senior Handicap Singles Tourney at noon Friday. Lunch will follow the tournament.

Information: (410) 465-0355.

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