Riddle able to solve 12-year conundrum, join 700 club

BOWLING

November 28, 1993|By DON VITEK

Joe Riddle of Reisterstown finally attained one of his bowling dreams after 12 years of tenpins.

"Last year I bowled at Kings Point, but this year I'm bowling in just the one league [the Tuesday Men's at Hampstead lanes]," he said. "I just started using my old Blue Phantom bowling ball again, and maybe those two things have made a difference."

Owner of a career-high 699 series and averaging 190 at Kings Point last season, Riddle always had wanted to get past that 700-series barrier.

L On Nov. 9, he fired games of 220, 268 and 225 for a 713 set.

That's good for a plaque from Hampstead lanes and a membership in the 700 club.

Family affair

Debbie Taylor lives in Owings Mills but travels back to her hometown of Hampstead to bowl in the Sunday Nite Mixed League.

"Our team on Sunday night is family," she said. "It's me, [husband] Larry, our daughter, Tracey, and Tracey's husband, Eddie."

Bowling for about 15 years, Taylor carries a 169 average; her career high game is 277 and her high series is 630.

On Oct. 24, she tossed games of 215, 195 and 194 for a 604 series.

"That's the way it goes with tenpins," she said. "Every so often you have a good night. That was one of mine."

Whipping up a big set

Wilson Blizzard Jr., known in Carroll County duckpin circles as Whipper, lives in Hampstead, but he bowls in the Monday Quads and the Friday night traveling league at Fair Lanes Westview.

"I've been bowling since I was 3 years old," said Blizzard, 23. "This year I'm hitting pretty good."

That's a fair statement.

This year he's averaging 154, and on Nov. 1 in the Monday league he fired his career high three-game series of 565.

"There's a bunch of good bowlers in that league on Mondays," he said. "Several guys have averages over 150. I think that helps me with my game."

In the first game that night he had two open frames and posted a solid 171 game.

In the second, he cut the open frames to one and scored a 191.

The third game he improved again, marking in every box and throwing a 201 game.

"I was a little tired that night," he said. "And because I was tired I wasn't rushing the [foul] line. I was taking my time and I think that made a big difference."

Young bowlers excel

The younger bowlers at Hampstead Lanes are posting some nifty numbers:

* Steve Rothenberger, a few years out of the youth leagues and starting on a pro career this year, just pounded out another fine series.

In the Tuesday Men's league at Hampstead Lanes, he had games of 266, 188 and 277 for a 731 set. That's the second 700 series at Hampstead for Rothenberger since the season began a few months ago.

* Mike McKenzie, 17, lives in Manchester and bowls in the Saturday Morning YABA at Hampstead lanes.

On Oct. 31, he traveled to Annapolis Bowl to compete in the first Parents-Coaches Association Singles Tournament that drew 197 entries from the Baltimore-Washington area.

In the Major Boys Division, McKenzie pounded out games of 257, 203 and 187 in the qualifying games, was seeded second and then won both his games to win the Major Boys Scratch Division crown.

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