Wille picks up right where he left off


June 07, 1993|By DON VITEK

Taking a year off didn't hurt Kerry Wille's game; it didn't even slow him down.

"I started bowling in 1973," Wille said, "And last year is the first year that I didn't bowl."

But bowling recently in the Tuesday Arundel League at Bowl American Glen Burnie he broke the house record for a three-game series.

The right-hander pounded out games of 277, 278 and 279 for a superb 834 series.

"I had nine strikes in row, first frame through the ninth, every game," he said. "So, yeah, all of them could have been 300 games, especially the last one.

"In the 10th frame I was sure that I was going to throw the strikes I needed, and I buried the ball in the pocket for what should have been the 10th strike, and the eight pin stood there like a rock."

Wille was born and raised in Odenton. Today he lives in Arnold with his wife, Cindy, and two children.

"When I was a youngster, 10 or 11 years old, hanging around Bowl American Odenton, I remember that the adult bowlers were always ready to help me or any other kid that wanted to learn to bowl. Robby Robinson gave me my first bowling ball, a brand-new Columbia Yellow Dot. I shot my first 700 series with that ball."

You can still find Robinson some days at Bowl America Odenton, and he's still holding out a helping hand to bowlers, youths and adults.

"For a few years at different times, I operated the pro shop at Bowl America Odenton," Wille said. "And I picked up my PBA [Professional Bowlers Association] card in 1981. I don't have the time to bowl on the national tour but in 1991 I entered 20 regional PBA events and cashed in 19 of them."

That's not too surprising. Wille has shot nine 300 games in his career and carries a 219 average in the single league at Bowl America Glen Burnie. He's tossed 800 sets, which included a 300 game and a 299, back-to-back.

A fine national showing

Bob Stanson of Brooklyn Park, who only bowled in a single duckpin league last year -- the Tuesday 2nd Army league at Fair Lanes Southwest, held his own against national competition anyway.

"I've been bowling, off and on, for about 14 years," said Stanson, a 128-average duckpin bowler. "And I feel great about finishing fifth in the Coors Cutter."

That's the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic that draws bowlers from every corner of the duckpin world.

In the Saturday qualifying round, Stanson shot games of 117, 181, 135, 126, 172 and 156 for a scratch total for six games of 887. That seeded him fourth in the stepladder television finals the following day, May 23 at Fair Lanes Pikesville.

He fired a fine 153, but came up three pins short against his opponent's 156.

"I still collected a check for $500 for finishing fifth," Stanson said. "And that's a lot better than where I finished last year in the same tournament in Connecticut. There I finished about in the middle of the pack, 70th, I think.

On a perfect roll

Preston Davis apparently has found the secret of throwing 300 games.

Bowling tenpins for about 25 years, Davis threw his first perfect game at Fair Lanes Ritchie on Dec. 4 in the Friday Beltway Classic league.

After throwing two games that totaled just 323 Davis banged out 12 strikes in his third game for that elusive 300 game.

"Yeah, I really don't want to talk about the first two games," Davis said. "I was looking at a lot of splits. It wasn't until the third game that I found the right line [on the lanes]."

Just three months after his first perfect game, Davis, bowling in the same Beltway Classic league, threw his second perfect game.

Using the 300 game as a cornerstone, Davis tossed a superb 747 series.

Davis said, "I'm throwing the ball pretty good right now."

Firecracker in Crofton

The National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. will conduct the fourth annual Baltimore/Washington Firecracker Open at Crofton Bowling Centre on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 2-5.

The payoff is a guaranteed $7,500 with first place worth $3,000. For more information: (410) 721-2401.

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