Zile celebrates birthday at site of his biggest game


April 18, 1993|By DON VITEK

Walter Zile has been bowling for "30 years or more." Born and raised in Carroll County, he lives in Westminster and bowls tenpins in two leagues -- Monday Seniors and Friday mornings at Westminster Thunderhead Lanes.

Throwing a 15-pound ball, he averages 136, and his high series is 491.

"Almost had that 500 set," Zile said, "Just missed it by those few pins."

It's not for lack of trying. He also bowls occasionally in the Colorama event at Hampstead Bowling Center on Thursday mornings.

"He's one of the original eight members of the Monday Seniors," said Henry Wheeler, secretary of the league. "Since that time we've built the membership up to 40 bowlers."

"I've never known Walter to miss a day," said Jody Abend, control counter person at Thunderhead. "Never. He's always here on Monday mornings."

It was on a Monday morning in March that Zile cranked up his bowling arm and threw his career high best game, a booming 200.

A few weeks later, on April 12, Zile celebrated his 85th birthday with a party at the lanes where he threw his 200 game.

A worthwhile switch

Sharon Welty, a native of Carroll County, lives in Hampstead.

"I was bowling duckpins ever since I can remember," Welty said. "But it's been about three years since I switched to tenpins."

Welty bowls in two leagues, the Thursday American Legion at Hampstead and the Monday Mixed at County Lanes in Westminster.

"I really like tenpins better than duckpins," Welty said. "And bowling is a great way to spend a night out."

In the three years that she has been throwing her 10-pound bowling ball, she has built her average to its current 175 level. She has a lifetime high game of 256.

On March 25 in the American Legion League, Welty fired games of 214, 165 and 224 to post her first series in excess of 600, an excellent 603 set.

A thundering game

At Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster, in the Monday morning senior league, Isabell Payne had one of those days that all bowlers strive to achieve -- she threw a 230 game.

Central Maryland tourney

Thunderhead Taneytown was host to the Central Maryland tenpin tournament.

Quality First won the team handicap event with a total of 3,243, and Country Deli won the team scratch event with 2,919.

Roy Chapman and John Reed tied at 718 for the Singles Handicap crown, and Bill Montgomery, with 614, won the Scratch Singles.

Fred Burns and David Petrov teamed to win the Doubles Handicap with 1,408 total pins, and Todd Smith and Denny Bowers won the Doubles Scratch event with 1,171 pinfall.

Mike Rodkey dropped 2,018 pins to win the All Events handicap crown, and Bob Bonebrake took the All Event Scratch division with 1,797.

All tournament champions received a jacket.

Hampstead happenings

Colorama is coming back to Hampstead Bowling Center. Starting next month Colorama will be conducted on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.

* Hampstead will start a short-season league on June 6. It will run through Aug. 29.

It's a four-member mixed-handicapped team league that will bowl at 8 p.m. on Sundays. The price is $15 per person per week.

At the conclusion of the 12-week season, each team member will receive a new Hammer Burgundy bowling ball.

Information: (410) 374-6211.

Mount Airy youth leagues

Mount Airy Lanes will start its summer youth leagues in June.

Five members will be on a team, and leagues will start bowling on: Monday, June 21 at 1 p.m.; Tuesday, June 22 at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, June 23 at 11 a.m.; and Thursday, June 24 at 1 p.m.

The cost is $4.25 for three games and the use of rental shoes.

Information: (301) 829-0710.

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