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May 23, 1993|By DON VITEK

Southwest Kitchen League cooks up hot race for title

Last year at Fair Lanes Southwest, the Kitchen League was won by the Microwaves team, with the 4 M's and a V team finishing second.

This season that finish was reversed. The 4 M's and a V and the Microwaves were tied for second place, one game behind The Hot Pots, with only the last games of the season to be bowled.

While the Hot Pots were losing four games to drop into third place, the other two teams split. That produced a tie for first place, but the 4 M's and a V team was awarded the title based on total pins.

Besides winning the team title, the 4 M's and a V posted the high single-team total of 630 and the high team series of 1,715 for the year.

Dot McNeill, anchor on the team, walked away with individual high game of 171.

The Baltimore city native lives in Glen Burnie and bowls in two other leagues, the Tuesday Scratch at Southwest and the Thursday Cook's league at Greenway Glen Burnie.

McNeill carries a solid 117 average; her career high game is 190 and her high series is 464.

"I still remember missing that 200 game," she said. "All I needed in the 10th frame was eight pins to hit 200 and I picked up seven, and I'll never forget it."

But she does have fond memories of this season. Not only did her 171 game hold up for high individual game for the Kitchen league but her 180 game in the Tuesday Scratch league was high for that league.

Saving the best for last

Joe Laumann used to own a 199 duckpin game for his career high. He shot his the hard way.

"I had 197 in the ninth frame," Laumann said. "And my first ball chopped the 1-5, then I threw the next two balls through the hole neat as could be. That's a tough way to throw a 199 game. That hurt."

That 199 was his career high game until May 12, in the Wednesday Mix or Match Triples league at Riviera Bowl.

Laumann, a Brooklyn Park native who lives in Pasadena, has bowled one night a week for the past 15 years. That's good enough for a 128 average. That Wednesday night, Laumann was bowling against Glenna Grimes' team.

"The first two games I beat him," said Grimes, manager of the Riviera center and anchor on her team. "But that third game he got back at me. Boy, did he ever!"

Laumann pounded out the top game of his career -- a superb 216.

It's not how much balls cost

Jessie Shears, a Hagerstown native, lives in Baltimore and works the front desk at Fair Lanes Southwest.

"I've been here for two years," she said. "And I not only enjoy bowling, but I hope to improve, to be more consistent."

Averaging 109 in the only league she bowls in -- the Monday Night Quads at Westview -- she was consistent enough to throw her career high single game of 164.

Using a pair of Manhatten bowling balls that "I bought at a flea market for $4," Shears finished the season with a 116 average -- that's seven pins more than last season's average.

How about her husband, Dave Shears Jr., a 130-plus-average duckpinner? Is he serious about the game?

"He must be," Shears said. "He's the only guy I know that has a duckpin tattoo on his arm."

News and notes

Bowl America Odenton has a Rock 'N Bowl every Friday night. With music by the Sundancers, the event runs from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

* Joe Doctor's National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. tournament will run next weekend, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, at Crofton Bowling Centre. The Memorial Day event has a guaranteed minimum prize fund of $7,500 with a first prize of $3,000. Information: (410) 721-2401.

* NABI will have another big weekend tournament over the 4th of July weekend at Crofton Bowling Centre. The minimum prize fund will be a guaranteed $7,500 and first place will pay $3,000. Information: (410) 721-2401.

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