Sanders, Shivers team for No Tap Doubles title

BOWLING

January 23, 1994|By DON VITEK

The Bel Air Bowl third annual Holiday No Tap Doubles Tournament that began on Dec. 11 ended last Sunday, and the unofficial winners are Myron Sanders and Jeff Shivers.

Sanders, a Baltimore native, lives in Edgewood and bowls in the Thursday WPOC league at Country Club Lanes and the Saturday High Rollers at Brunswick Perry Hall.

"I started bowling about four years ago," he said, "and since I knew Jeff and his wife from bowling, it was natural to ask him to be partners in the tournament."

Sanders, a 185-average tenpin bowler, has a career high game and set of 278 and 678, respectively.

Shivers, born and raised in Harford County, lives in Aberdeen and carries a 177 average. His high game is 279 and high set 710.

He bowls in a Friday league at Harford Lanes and the Saturday High Rollers at Perry Hall.

The reason the two friends did so well in the tournament?

"Probably I just concentrated better," Shivers said.

"I didn't get down on myself when I made a bad shot," Sanders said. "I just told myself not to let that happen."

A very serious bowler

Jeff Barton, born and reared in Rising Sun, lives in Conowingo and bowls a lot of tenpins.

"I've been bowling for about five years," he said. "The last three years I've been pretty serious about it."

Serious as in five leagues a week at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen -- on Sunday it's the Early Mixed; Monday, twice, the Susquehanna and the Harford County Men's; Friday, two more, one early, one late.

In the early league on Friday this season, Barton, a 211-average tenpin bowler, put together three fabulous games.

"The Monday night before Bobby [Marshall of Harford Lanes] noticed that my arm swing was a little bit out from my body and mentioned it to me," he said.

"So the next time I bowled [Friday night] I was concentrating on keeping that arm in close."

It worked like a charm.

The first game was 290; that could have been his second career 300 game. The next game was a workmanlike 235. The third game was a 300.

And Barton had his lifetime high set, an 825.

It only took 57 years

Bel Air resident Ernie Muths, 71, wishes there was a duckpin center in Harford County.

He has to travel to Stoneleigh Lanes in Baltimore County to bowl in the Thursday 625 League.

A 57-year veteran of the duckpin wars, Muths bowls in just the single league now, averaging 125.

Using a pair of duckpin balls that he borrowed from his brother-in-law, Marty Staehlin, Muths finally realized a lifelong dream.

"I've always wanted a 500 set," he said. "And after so many years, I wasn't about to let it get away."

It was just before Christmas, that he started his three-game set with a 211 game, threw a second game of 144 and had to have a third game of 145 to reach the elusive 500 mark.

"In the 10th frame, I needed a mark to hit the 145 game for the 500 set," he said.

"I left the 6-9-10 for the spare break and picked it up. I still had to have a two-pin count, and I threw that ball right down the middle."

And he ripped the one, the five and the nine pin for a three count and a 501 series.

Nothing to it, it just took 57 years.

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