Anderson, 11, unloads 270 game


January 16, 1994|By DON VITEK

On Nov. 3, Ryan Anderson celebrated his 11th birthday; less than two months later he threw the highest game of his short career.

Ryan, a Corkran Middle School sixth-grader, lives in Glen Burnie and bowls in the YABA on Saturday mornings at Greenway Bowl Odenton.

Throwing a 12 1/2 -pound Power Torq or Pro Rhino, Ryan has steadily increased his average.

"He's up several pins over last season," his father, Ron, said. "This year he's close to 170."

Ryan is no stranger to high scores. On Oct. 31 he fired a 548 series to take first place in the first PCA Singles tournament at Annapolis Bowl.

On Dec. 19, bowling in the Arundel County Travel League at Bowl America Odenton, Ryan started with two solid games, 176 and 180, before unloading his career high single game, a 270, to cap a 634 series.

"He was a little excited," his dad said, "but he's already looking forward to a 300 game."

A fast learner

Kevin Campbell bowls in the YABA at Bowl America Odenton and attends Odenton Elementary School.

"I love bowling," he said. "My grandmother got me started, and this is my first year in the league."

Using an 8-pound ball that he acquired over the Christmas holiday, Kevin is averaging 86 and learning rapidly.

In December he became the Bowler of the Month at Bowl America Odenton when he was 123 pins over average.

Big scores at Ritchie

In just a few weeks, some impressive games have been posted at Fair Lanes Ritchie.

In December, Byong Chung hammered out an 826 series.

On Jan. 6, John Purcell rolled a 300 game, and Bruce Jones put up some fine numbers. Subbing in the Thursday Suburban Men's League at Ritchie, Jones of Glen Burnie came close to a 300 game.

The first game of the series was 290; he followed with a 267 and finished with a 245 for a 802 series.

Bowling in two leagues, the Tuesday Metro Men's and the Friday Mixed at Bowl America Glen Burnie, he subs whenever he can.

Throwing a 15-pound Pro Hook, he carries a 201 average.

Coaching helps

Brian Lane lives in Crofton with his parents, tenpin bowlers Ken and Laura Lane.

"I started Brian bowling when he was 5," Ken Lane said. "And I try to coach him a little bit."

Since Ken Lane carries a 208 average, he's qualified to do that. And it's working just great.

Brian, a junior at Arundel High, bowls in the Saturday YABA at Bowl America Odenton and in the travel league out of Bowl America Glen Burnie. Using a 16-pound Torq bowling ball, he's averaging 170.

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