TV tourneys trigger youth's itch to take his turn on...

BOWLING

April 18, 1993|By DON VITEK

TV tourneys trigger youth's itch to take his turn on tenpin 0) team

Sean LeDonne is new to tenpin youth league bowling, but he's learning fast.

LeDonne lives in Ellicott City with his parents, Deborah and Jack, and is in the sixth grade at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The LeDonnes originally lived in New York City.

"At that time we lived in Brooklyn," Deborah said. "Across from where Mark Roth [PBA Hall of Famer] bowled. Sean actually had his first bowling ball when he was 2 years old, but he liked to watch the pro bowling on TV more than bowling itself."

That changed last fall.

"I was watching the pros on TV," Sean said, "And thought that I'd like to really try to bowl in a league."

Now 11 years old, Sean is in Division I of the Saturday YABA league at Brunswick Normandy. Throwing a 10-pound Twister bowling ball, he is averaging 130.

In Week 26 of the season, he threw games of 145, 168 and 135 for a series that was 58 pins over average. That was good enough to become Bowler of the Week.

Bowling for merchandise

At Brunswick Columbia, the results of the March Merchandise Madness tournament are final. The in-house tournament format was pins over average, and merchandise was awarded to the winners.

First place went to Jean Jarvis, second place was won by Bob Riggio, and third place was captured by Janet Anderson.

Jarvis started bowling about seven years ago, and today the Pennsylvania native and Columbia resident has a 151 average in the Monday Columbia MS league.

"I know I've shot over 500 a couple of times," Jarvis said, "But to be honest, I don't pay that much attention to scores. In the MS league, we joke that we spend more time talking than bowling."

Seriously or not, Jarvis shot her career high game of 258 in the tournament, a score 107 pins over average and six pins higher than Riggio's runner-up score.

The first-place prize was a 25-inch color television set.

Riggio, of Arnold, bowls in the Friday Maryland Correctional Institute at Jessup league. He is, as are two-thirds of the league's bowlers, a correctional officer at MCIJ.

Bowling for more than 15 years, he now carries a 180 average. On the day that the tournament was held, that average was 177. He hammered out a 278 game that was 101 pins over that average.

"In the 10th frame it got awfully quiet in the center," Riggio said. "I had nine strikes in the first nine frames and people started

gathering to watch the last frame. They tell me that I seemed pretty nervous. I believe that . . . I know I felt nervous."

Nervous or not, he was able to think clearly enough not to RTC overpower the last shot. In fact, it was a little too soft and hit light and left the 4-7 split. Picking up the split and counting 10 on the spare left him short of his career high 279 game.

He won a VCR for second place.

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