Dedication, talent and mom help teen shine in adult leagues


July 04, 1993|By DON VITEK

What's it take to jump from the Young America Bowling Alliance junior bowling program to the adult ranks?

Dedication and talent, for sure . . . and a tough mom for a coach.

"My mother [Sharon Barry] was the one who got me started bowling," said Mike Taylor. "And she still coaches whenever she can."

In September, Taylor will begin classes at Essex Community College, and hopefully, begin bowling for the Essex CC team.

"Carl Cuneo hasn't promised me a spot on the team," Taylor said. "But I think that I am good enough to make it. I wanted to attend Morehead College in Kentucky but that's a little too expensive right now."

Taylor plans to spend two years at Essex and two at Morehead, which has a fine bowling program.

Taylor lives in Catonsville and bowled in the YABA at Brunswick Normandy. Last season, he made the tough switch from the youth program into the adult leagues. He bowled in the Friday Gas and Electric league at Normandy on Mondays and in a Friday league at Fair Lanes Kings Point.

Two years ago the Catonsville High graduate was averaging 148 in the YABA. Today he averages 205. His high three-game set is 777, and on June 22, in the Men's Scratch Triples league, he posted a four-game set of 969 -- with games of 193, 231, 245 and 300.

"Mom says I'm kind of a stroker who puts a little something on the ball," Taylor said. "That style does seem to fit me pretty good. And I'm using a 16-pound Ebonite Turbo-X ball that Wayne Step [of Glen Burnie Pro Shop] fitted and drilled for me."

One other thing is important.

"I practice a lot," Taylor said, "At least four or five times a week and at least 10 to 15 games each time."

Bowling since he was 7, Taylor can usually be found in the bowling center where he learned the basics.

If he isn't league bowling or practicing, he'll be behind the control counter or working on the concourse.

It's like he was never away


Carl Krize laid off from bowling for 30 years.

"Yeah, I didn't bowl from 1962 until last season," said Krize, 73. "I'm kind of semi-retired and I thought it would be a good way to get some recreation, get some exercise."

Not one to part with good equipment, Krize is using what is probably the oldest bowling ball at Brunswick Normandy.

"I've had that 16-pound Ebonite bowling ball for a long time," he said. "I put it away in 1962 and when I started bowling last September I wasn't sure it would roll or not, but it did and I'm still using it."

A 165-170-average bowler when he was younger, Krize was quick to see the advantages of the fingertip grip when he returned to bowling.

"I had it plugged and redrilled right away," he said. "It's a lot easier to hold with the fingertip grip and my average is starting to come up again."

At first that average was only about 110 in the Thursday morning Club 55 league at Normandy, but by the end of the season it was 144 and Krize had tossed a high game of 225 and a high series of 540.

On June 18, in the Senior Handicap Singles Tourney at Brunswick Normandy, he tied Earl Hunt at 251 to split the first-place prize money.

"I guess the practice paid off," he said. "I try to roll three or four practice games every week and bowl in the Colorama at Normandy and it does make a difference in my game."

Brunswick Normandy events

Brunswick Normandy will hold a Senior Handicap Singles Tourney on July 23 at noon. There is a $7 entry fee with lunch following the tournament.

Information: (410) 465-0355.

Every Friday from 7 until 11 p.m. at Brunswick Normandy during July and August is Teen Night. Three games of bowling, shoe rental, a slice of pizza and soda cost $7 per person.

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