Framework for duckpin leagues at Mount Airy doubles this season

BOWLING

August 20, 1993|By DON VITEK

Joe Rineer, owner of Mount Airy duckpin lanes, is upbeat about the new season.

"As you know, this summer we introduced two-frame bowling to our clients. As predicted, averages went up, leagues were out of the center on time and everyone, once they became used to it, thought it was great," he said.

Two-frame bowling, new to Maryland, has been in use in New England for years. It was started to speed up play. And it works. A nice bonus is that averages climb.

"We're definitely planning on two-frame bowling this winter season," Rineer said.

Very little else changed at Mount Airy lanes over the summer.

Gina Fleming still turns out great french fries and pizza, Norman and Claude Sier continue to be fixtures, and Walter Warfield makes sure that the lanes and the pin-sitting machinery is in tip-top shape. Becky Wagner and Kaye Boone will be at the snack bar, and Dick Hammond will be at the control counter.

"We'll have two senior leagues," Rineer said. "Friday mornings at 9 a.m. and, again, in the afternoon at 1. There's really no more room for additional nighttime leagues. We'll have 20 leagues in the evening. Saturday morning at 9:15 and Saturday afternoon, 12:15 p.m., we have the youngsters, the NDYA, bowling.

"This year, we've added bumper bowling for the little ones, the 3-7 age group, they'll be bowling at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Tuesday and Thursday the After School leagues will be in action."

Despite all the leagues that are lined up for the fall/winter season, there will be room for open play.

"We try to be accommodating to everyone," Rineer said. "If we have bowlers on the weekend who want to bowl a little longer we'll try to work something out."

New season at Hampstead

Hampstead Bowling Centre also is gearing up for its new season.

"It's still not too late to sign up for leagues," Ginny Blackowicz, marketing director for the center, said.

The split house (12 duckpin and 12 tenpin lanes), operated by Karen and Basil Wisner, will field approximately 20 adult evening leagues. The "Youth Bowlers of Tomorrow" are in action on Saturdays: the YABA tenpin bowlers at 10 a.m. and the duckpin bowlers at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Charlie Barnes will have the lanes in great shape and J. B. Wisner will be operating the pro shop.

The pro shop will offer a complete line of balls and equipment, as well as ball fitting and drilling.

The Wisners are adamant that their center project a family

atmosphere in every way. While there's no alcohol served, the snack bar has a complete line of food. And on Saturday morning, while their kids bowl, parents can eat breakfast.

If you just want to bowl and have a little fun without being obligated to a team/league format, it's easy to do at Hampstead lanes.

On Thursday mornings at 10:30 and on Saturdays at 8 p.m., you can bowl Colorama. It's just for fun and a chance to win a little cash or free games.

Color pins are placed at random in the pin-setting racks and, depending where the pins show up in the rack and what color they are, both duckpin and tenpin bowlers have a chance to win a prize.

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