Seventh-grader's goal: Roll her way to women's professional tour

BOWLING

April 18, 1993|By DON VITEK

Jessica Phillips has come a long way. The seventh-grader at McArthur Middle School began bowling at age 7 at Rhine Main Air Force base in Germany.

Her average that first year was 68. Now bowling in the YABA Saturday morning league at Fort Meade Lanes, she's averaging 165.

Her parents, Deborah and Wayne, started coaching her when Wayne was stationed at the PX in downtown Frankfurt.

Jessica, 13, is throwing a 13-pound Blue Hammer bowling ball. Her high game is 242, high set is 613.

"I try to practice two or three days every week," she said. "I want to go to college and then try the LPBT."

And why not. At 7, she won her first Junior championship and threw a 290 game set.

Big youth invitational

Youth bowlers from Anne Arundel County made their presence felt at the ninth annual Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council Youth Invitational Tournament at Dual Lanes Hagerstown.

The youth bowlers in the tournament were selected from the 10 highest averages in each of nine regions in Maryland.

Jason Fick of Glen Burnie, from Bowl America Odenton, defeated Tony Tully, 229-212, to earn the right to bowl first-seeded John Feeley of Hagerstown.

"I guess you could say I had a good day," Fick said. "I was using a newball that Mark Anderson drilled for me and it helped."

The Glen Burnie sophomore pounded the pins for a solid 213 game in the final game of the step ladder, defeating Feeley by 37 pins to capture the first-place trophy.

Just how good is that new Rhino Pro Teal bowling ball? In practice, Fick fired a 300 game.

Youth records fall

The Parents Coaches Association conducted their second annual Youth Open tournament at Bowl America Odenton on March 28.

Carole Brady, president of PCA, reported that 27 records were set.

In the Bantam and Preps division, seven games above 175 were posted. Derek Wratchford, bowling in the Prep doubles event with David Stallings, threw games of 148, 187 and 170 for a 505 series. That was good enough to lock up first place in the Prep Doubles.

The Junior and Major division saw 36 200-plus games tossed. There were seven 600-plus series and a 700 set.

Brian Lane, Prep bowler, shot games of 173, 254 and 244 to post the highest 600 series of the day: 671.

Roy Dietrich, a Major, fired the highest game of the meet, a 263. Then he added games of 247 and 220 to finish with a superb 730 series.

Dietrich, who lives in Severna Park, isn't the only youth bowler in the household. His sister, Ann, who will be 14 in a few weeks, holds a 167 average.

For Roy, however, collecting trophies is becoming old hat. On March 20, at Crofton Bowling Centre, he won first place and a $500 scholarship in the Western Chesapeake Bay Association YABA tournament.

In Hagerstown at the ninth annual Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council Youth Invitational tournament he placed fifth.

Today, , Roy and Ann will be competing in the state finals of the Coca Cola Tournament at Elkton Lanes in Cecil County.

Roy Dietrich has been bowling for almost half of his 17 years and currently is averaging 185 in the Saturday morning YABA league at Crofton Bowling Centre. The 730 set that he threw in the PCA event was a personal high, however, the 263 was two pins short of his lifetime high game of 265.

Back-to-back cashes

Kendra Cameron, in her second year of college competition at Essex Community College, bowled in back-to-back Women's All-Star Association tournaments at Brunswick Perry Hall lanes and Bel Air Bowl.

At Bel Air Bowl, the Gambrill resident finished 24th in a field of 192; at Perry Hall she finished seventh in a field of 186. That's two cashes in two days.

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