April 18, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Mize is a hit on the lanes, too

Dave Mize, 16, plays junior varsity basketball and varsity baseball for Owings Mills High School. He's a 6-foot, 185-pound catcher who batted .500 last year, with a home run and 36 RBI.

He hopes to play professional baseball. And professional bowling.

Judging by his skill on the lanes, he might have a shot at that one day. The 182-average bowler rolled a perfect game last weekend in the Sipes Follies league at Bowl America Reisterstown.

His parents, Linda and John Mize, who are duckpin bowlers, were watching.

"It was very exciting," said John Mize. "I've never done it before, and I've never seen it done, and for [the first one] to be my son, it was unbelievable."

The younger Mize, a sophomore at Owings Mills, throws a 16-pound Navy Blue Phantom. The day started off uneventfully. He shot games of 172 and 178, before putting together 12 strikes in the third game.

"I made an adjustment in the second game, and I started the third game with a bunch of strikes," he said. "I felt real comfortable. I wasn't nervous until the ninth frame. When I got up in the ninth, I was nervous, but I had enough momentum to carry me through."

For his achievement, Mize will get a gold, 300-game ring.

More importantly, perhaps, is that it will help his confidence. He already has set a new goal for himself -- bowling an 800 series. He already has a high series of 740.

Mize says sometimes his friends tease him about being a bowler, because some people think bowling is not an athletic endeavor. Mize doesn't agree.

"Not a lot of people can bowl consistently well," he said. "You have to know how to throw the shot, how to play lane conditions, how to adjust. The challenge of it is what keeps me bowling."

Cremona wins Free State

The winner of the first stop in the new weekly amateur tenpin tour is Mark Cremona, who shot a 681 scratch (738 with handicap) at Bowl America Odenton last weekend in the Free State Classic Tenpin Tour.

Cremona edged Ron Asbury of Rockville who shot a 680 scratch (a 728 with handicap). Cremona won $750 for first, Asbury $375.

Rounding out the field, Dawn Schwallenberg, of Lusby, Md., won third place and $225 with a 637 scratch set (721 handicap.) There were 135 entrants in the Free State's first tour event. The second stop is today at Terrace Lanes in Frederick.

Country Club scores

Ira Booker Jr., bowling in the Starfires league, shot a 300 game last week. Chuck Tillman shot a 290 and a 725 set in the WPOC league (290, 217, 218). Steve Garriques also shot a 290 and a 735 set in the Thursday Night Mixed league.

Brian Lafko, bowling in the CC Minors, shot a 738 set (247, 266, 225). In the Primetimers league, John Vananzo shot a 770 set with games of 279, 234 and 257.

In the Starfires league, Jewel Paylor shot a 732 with a 236, 243 and 253. In the Baltimore Classic Scratch, James Barnhart rolled 772 set (245, 268, 259) and Rob Pierson shot a 746 (298, 228, 220).

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