The Women's All-Star Association tournament rolled into Bel Air Bowl for the Roto Grip-Bel Air Open on March 28, bringing with it 192 entries and prize money of $9,730.
Cathy Almeida of Pennsauken, N.J., captured first place and $750.
Chele Rutherford of Edgewood was in 14th place, and Kendra Cameron of Gambrills, the anchor on the Essex Community College team, finished 24th.
On Sunday morning, Cathy Dorin of Linden, N.J., led the starting field with a nine-game total of 2,032.
In the six-game match-play finals, six champions with 30 WASA titles between them made the cut.
Cathy Almeida jumped into a early lead with an opening game of 254. However, by the third game, an exciting three-way race developed between Almeida, Kathy Cavicchi of North Babylon, N.Y., and Jackie Sellers of DuBois, Pa.
The lead changed hands five times between them in the finals. A difference of no more than 62 pins spanned first and third place with Cavicchi carrying an eight-pin lead into the final position round over Sellers. Almeida trailed by 20 pins.
Although Cavicchi defeated Sellers, 207-151, victory eluded her because on the adjoining pair of lanes Almeida defeated Carol Zarr, 279-235. Only the four-pin in the sixth frame prevented Almeida from posting a perfect game.
Wanda Kurka of York, Pa., a 30-year tenpin veteran, became the first woman to post a 300 game in Harford County, on March 28.
"All the hits were good," Kurka said. "Well, in the ninth, [the ball] was a little nosey but the rest were solid. I was still a little nervous when the last ball went into the pocket, thinking, don't let the ten-pin stand."
She wasn't as nervous as the first time she threw a 300 game. That happened in York County, Pa., in 1989, and that was the first 300 ever throw by a woman in York County.
Big game in tourney
Yvonne Burdette of Edgewood placed second to Angela Belella of Hagerstown in the Tenpin Council Youth Invitational Tournament at Turner's Dual Lanes in Hagerstown on April 4.
An invitational event, the Tenpin Council Youth event invites the highest average bowlers in nine regions.
Belella shot 237 to Burdette's 209. But Burdette, a 17-year-old senior at Edgewood High, now averaging 179, threw the highest individual game of the tournament, 276.