N. Carrollton's Williams wins in Crofton


January 09, 1994|By DON VITEK

The National Amateur Bowlers, Inc tournament at Crofton Bowling Center over the New Year weekend drew 799 entries, and $33,315 was paid out in cash and prizes.

Dorothy Williams of New Carrollton walked away with $5,000. That sum included an all-expenses paid trip to the NABI National Tournament at the Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas next summer.

Each of the five finalists had the trip included in their prize.

Pete Hudson of Waldorf was second and won $2,500. Terry Adams of District Heights won third place and $2,000. Ken Albrecht of Millersville received $1,800 for his fourth-place finish, and Warren Cook was fifth and won $1,500.

The next five places paid $750, and the 10 to 15 spots were worth $425 each.

Williams, a 15-year veteran of the tenpin lanes, was born in North Carolina and bowls in a single league, the Wednesday Mixed at Capitol Plaza.

Currently averaging 161, Williams isn't slow to switch to equipment.

"I qualified with my old ball, the Turbo X," she said. "But it wasn't working for me in the finals so I switched to my newest ball, a 14-pound AMF Legend. Now I'm in love with the Legend."

Winner of a Fair Lanes Summer Doubles tournament in 1986, Williams mentioned one other reason for winning the NABI stop.

"I did concentrate this time," she said. "I made sure that I didn't get down on myself if I threw a bad ball. I just concentrated on the next shot."

Bowling for scholarships

Casey Simons, 17, used the same clue to carry her to victory in the Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council Tournament at Crofton in December.

The youth tournament drew 42 high school seniors from across the state to compete for $7,000 in scholarships.

Simons took the $1,000 first-place scratch scholarship, and Keith Butts of Dundalk won the boys scratch division.

Simons, a senior at Riverdale Baptist High, bowls in the Saturday morning YABA at Crofton.

"This will be my last year in the YABA," Simons said.

"Next year I'll probably be attending Prince George's Community College and, hopefully, bowling for their tenpin team."

Currently averaging 170 and owning a 248 high game and a 620-plus high series, Simons was willing to make an adjustment on the lanes in position and in equipment.

"I was concentrating really hard," she said, "And since my ball was a brand-new Turbo X that was really hooking hard, I was able to move to my left [she's a right-hander] and let the ball hook back into the pocket."

Her first three-game set was 547, the second set was 571 for a total of 1,118 and a two-pin victory over Becky Johns of Glen Burnie.

Allen Wiherle of Dundalk was second in the boys division. His scholarship was worth $750, and his total pinfall was 1,188.

In the handicap division, Carrie Aycock of Bowie won the $1,000 scholarship, and Kim Goddard of Huntington was second and received a $750 scholarship.

Steve Will from Bowl America Glen Burnie won the $1,000 boys handicap division, and Don Farr of Edgewater was runner-up and won a $750 scholarship.

Nothing like a little fatigue

Steve Attiliis of Bowie, an Essex Community College tenpin bowler, didn't feel like bowling when he was asked to sub in the Polish Open league at Crofton last month.

However, he's glad that he changed his mind.

"I really was tired that night," he said. "But it worked out pretty good."

The first game of the evening was as good as you can get, a 300 game. Then he fired a 245 and came back in the last game with a strong 258 for an 803 set.

"That 300 and the 803 are the best I've thrown," Attiliis said. "Maybe being a little tired paid off."

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