Doubles titlists nothing to sneeze at


September 26, 1993|By DON VITEK

The 1993 Mix or Match Doubles tournament at Bel Air Bowl drew 180 teams vying for a total prize fund of $4,140.

First place and $720 was won by Dan Schaden Jr. and Dan Schaden Sr. Second place was claimed by Steve Tarbert and Chris Sampson.

Dan Jr., 19, came to tenpins because of pollen. Gifted with above-average athletic ability in baseball and soccer, he switched to bowling because of a severe reaction to pollen as he was preparing for the 1992 baseball season. Eyes almost closed, a runny nose and sneezing made the transition an easy decision.

Having a father who was ready, willing and qualified to coach him was just icing on the cake. Dan Sr. was coaching local bowlers.

Dan Sr. had the experience for coaching. In 1992 he placed second out of 4,600 entries in the Hoinke scratch classic. He bowled the first 300 game at Fair Lanes Timonium in almost two years in March 1993, and he won the GBBA City doubles championship with Chuck Tillman in 1992. He also had top-10 finishes in 1992 in the Maryland State and City tournaments.

"In March 1992 we agreed that if, in fact, [Dan Jr.] he was interested in learning to bowl, he would have to dedicate his spare time to learning the game and practicing," said Dan Sr. "Almost simultaneous to this, Fair Lanes offered him part-time employment, which made it easier for him to practice."

Dan Jr. finished his first year with a 188 average and Dan Sr. had discovered an in-house bowling partner. Dan Jr. was fourth in the All Events (handicap) 1992 state tournament and placed first in the Fair Lanes Summer Tour at the Kings Point stop. He bowled with the Essex Community College team after less than a year's experience.

Dan Jr. and 54-year-old Dan Sr. were on the team that won the $3,000 Coca Cola Triples league at Timonium. They won two Fair Lanes Summer tour stops in 1992, the Bel Air Holiday no-tap tournament the winter of '92 and the 1993 Timonium scratch/handicap men's doubles league.

Dan Sr. said, "As a parent-athlete, it is almost unfathomable to think that you could ever have one of your offspring as a teammate in athletic competition."

Tarbert and Sampson posted a 1,294 score to finish second to the Schadens in the tournament. Along the way Tarbert fired the second-highest game of the event: 290.

Tarbert, a Jarrettsville native, lives in Bel Air. Band director for three elementary schools in the Harford County system, he limits his bowling to two leagues -- Monday First Nighters and the Wednesday Mid Week at Bel Air Bowl.

He carries a 199 average and has a career high game of 297.

"I got a little lazy with the last ball and it didn't finish," he said.

Bowling for seven or eight years, he entered the tournament on the spur of the moment.

"Chris [Sampson] bowled in a summer league with me," said Tarbert, "And we just picked a time and decided to give it a try. As luck would have it we had a pretty good day and finished second."

OC Eddie Blocker of Seabrook took individual game honors with 300.

700 club ready for season

Next Sunday, the Cecil-Harford 700 Club will kick off the new season. Check-in deadline is 9:45 a.m. at Bel Air Bowl for the Marty's Pro Shop Open. The format is a four-game qualifier and stepladder finals.

The next tournament, the Harford Pro Shop Open, will be at Harford Lanes, Aberdeen, on Oct. 24. Call Chuck Diffenworth at (410) 638-9653.

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