Rutherford, Blevins stir winning mix


February 13, 1994|By DON VITEK

The second-annual Cecil Harford Mixed Team Championship Tournament at Forest Hill Lanes drew 53 four-member teams the last weekend of January, and for the second year Chele Rutherford and Barbara Blevins were part of the winning team.

"It seems that Chele and I bowl pretty good together," Blevins said. "And the guys didn't do bad either."

The "guys" -- Kevin Rutherford [Chele's husband] and Tony Smith -- and their partners did just fine.

Their scratch three-game total of 2,708 was 225 pins more than the second-place team from Fair Lanes Edgewood.

Chele Rutherford pounded out a 739 series, Kevin Rutherford followed with a 729 set, Blevins posted a 629 set and Smith had a 615 set.

"It was unbelievable," Blevins said. "But the first game didn't have any opens -- none. Everybody marked in every frame. It wasn't until the third frame of the second game that we had an open."

Chele Rutherford was the low member on the team that first game with a 225. In the second and third games she fired back-to-back 257s.

The Fair Lanes Edgewood team had a three-game handicap of 228. That added to their scratch total of 2,483 gave them a 2,711 grand total, which was still 39 pins short of the scratch/handicap total of 2,750 posted by the winners.

Chele Rutherford wasn't quite finished throwing big games.

A few days later in league competition at Bel Air Bowl she threw a 298 game.

Flirting with perfection

Bel Air resident Todd Duley, 15, bowls in the Saturday morning YABA league at Forest Hill lanes, and the freshman at Fallston High School keeps adding to his bowling accomplishments.

"He was bowling on Saturday morning [Jan. 30] in the YABA," said Dick Dazre, manager of the Forest Hill center. "And he just missed throwing a perfect game. He opened with a strike, spared in the second and threw 10 more strikes for a 280 game."

A pretty good year

Mike Dawson of Aberdeen bowls in three leagues locally -- Monday Harford County Men's, Thursday Free State and Friday Snavely Scratch at Harford lanes. But on Tuesdays he drives to Delaware to bowl at Brookside.

"This season I seem to be having a lot of luck on the lanes," he said. "I'm using an AMF Sumo ball that Ed Davis [Harford pro shop operator] drilled for me and he's helped me with my delivery, and I'm having a pretty good year."

Dawson, who has a 217 average, won the Harford Invitational tournament last summer, just threw a 297 game in the second annual mixed-team event at Forest Hill and last fall posted an 802 set at Brookside Lanes.

Update from pro tour

Tom Criss of Bel Air finished 27th in last month's $220,000 AC-Delco Classic at Cal Bowl in Lakewood, Calif.

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