S.F. Productions produces team title

BOWLING

April 25, 1993|By DON VITEK

The team event of the Cecil-Harford Bowling Association's 35th annual championship tournament at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen was won by S.F. Productions with a total pinfall of 3,521.

The team consisted of Kevin Lamb, Tim Moor, Steve Finley, Mark Moscato and Dennis Wilson. They split $700 in prize money.

The doubles event was won by John Kaniecki and Greg Maggard with a total pinfall of 1,512. Their prize was $400.

James Morson, a 131 average bowler, combined actual pinfall and handicapped pins for a total of 912 and won $248 for the singles championship.

L The all-event handicap crown went to Morson with 2,447 pins.

The all-event scratch division had a tight battle. Wilson posted 2,171 pins for first place, trailed by Moor with 2,140.

Marty Letscher, who earned a spot in the PBA Firestone Tournament of Champions, professional bowling's richest first prize of $60,000 that finished yesterday at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, took third with 2,113 pins.

Wilson has been bowling since he was 10. An Aberdeen native, he apparently finally has learned the secret of throwing 300 games.

"It's odd," he said. "I had two 300 games in 20 years, and now in one season, I've thrown three more."

Wilson bowls in three leagues -- Monday Harford County men's, Thursday Free State and Friday in the Bill Snavely Scratch, all at Harford Lanes.

"Right now I'm using a 16-pound Columbia U-2 bowling ball," he said. "That's the ball I used for the last 300 game."

His high average this year is a 219. His career high series is 794.

A long wait for perfection

If you bowl in Harford County, you know Ed Davis of Havre de Grace.

A bowler for 28 years, Davis has operated the pro shop at Harford lanes since 1985. Known for his knowledge of the game, Davis has time for everyone who enters his shop.

In 1975 he picked up his Professional Bowlers Association card but recurring back problems forced him from the pro tour.

"My back still bothers me if I bowl too much," he said. "Right now I bowl in just one league, the Bill Snavely Scratch league here at Harford."

With his 217 average, knowledge and experience, it would seem that Davis would have a bunch of 300 games.

That perfect game had eluded him until a few months ago, when he strung together 23 strikes.

"There's no doubt in my mind that he should have had back-to-back 300s," said Bob Marshall of Harford Lanes. "The last ball was solid, right into the pocket. It's just about unbelievable that anyone who is as good a bowler as Ed has never thrown a 300 game."

Davis was throwing a Ebonite Purple Turbo, a two-piece ball with additives in the cover stock to get it farther down the lane before hooking, and he agreed with Marshall about that 24th ball.

"You can ask anybody," Davis said. "That last ball was probably the best that I threw that night, the 10-pin just stood there like a rock."

He added a third game of 249. That total gave him a phenomenal three series of 848.

And there's icing on that cake. Just 10 weeks later, in the same league, in the same center, Davis posted his second career 300 game.

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