Alexander, Fisher no worse for travel

BOWLING

February 20, 1994|By DON VITEK

Bowl America Reisterstown played host to the Parents-Coaches Association's 1994 No-Tap Tournament, which featured youth tenpin bowlers from centers in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Carroll counties and the Washington area.

Fanisha Le'Nai Alexander, 9, of Baltimore finished in first place in the Bantam Girls Division.

She bowls in the Bunky Travel League at Fair Lanes Towson and carries an 86 average with a career-high game of 156.

"Fanisha began bowling last year," her mother, Faith, said. "Her whole concept was to bowl like her daddy, but she's developed a style of her own. Most important, she remembers to keep fun in the game."

In her short career, the Mount Zion Baptist School student has started a collection of awards and honors.

She has been Bowler of the Month at the Towson center, took third place in the PCA Youth/Adult tournament in December at Bowl America Odenton and has been the Most Improved Bowler at her home center.

Jennifer Fisher, 15, and her mother, Elizabeth Williams, traveled from Middlesex to bowl in the No-Tap event. It was worth the trip, because Jennifer, a student at Eastern Technical High School, won the Junior Girls Division first-place trophy.

She has a 132 average and a high game and set of 204 and 495, respectively.

Other winners in the tournament at Reisterstown were: Bantam Boys -- Matt Meehan, Odenton; Prep Boys -- Antonio Ellis, Anne Arundel Travel League; Prep Girls -- Becky Thompson, Odenton; Junior Boys -- Alan Brady, Odenton; Major Boys -- Phillip Jones, Anne Arundel Travel League; Major Girls -- Nicole Cooper, Silver Hill.

Some big numbers

Roy Dietrich, 18, a freshman at UMBC, started bowling when he was 8 years old.

His high game is 278, and he has been awarded the PCA Presidential plaque for hammering out the top three-game set in a PCA tournament (730).

"Next year I'm looking forward to trying out for the UMBC team," he said. "I was a little too busy this year to try out."

Dietrich, who lives in Millersville, carries a 190 average in the Saturday YABA league at Crofton Bowling Centre and the Baltimore Travel league from Greenway Odenton.

Last year, he captured second place in the scratch division of the Coca Cola tournament at Elk Lanes in Elkton. At Hagerstown he was fifth in the state tournament.

In the PCA tournament last autumn at Bowl America Odenton, he won All Events honors. Last month in the Junior Bowling $H Tournament in York, Pa., he posted both the high single game, 278, and the high five-game series, 1,156.

A busy bowler

Roberta Capel of Walbrook, retired after being a crossing guard for 33 years, devotes her time to her husband, Angus, and to four bowling leagues -- Monday morning at Fair Lanes Ritchie, Wednesday morning in the Triples Ladies, Wednesday afternoon the Old Timers at Woodlawn and back to Ritchie on Friday for the Atlantic City Ladies.

"I started with duckpins 36 years ago," she said. "Then I switched to tenpins and I've been on the lanes every since."

She carries a 179 average (down from her career-high average of Her career-high game is 289 and her high set 675.

Last year in the Wednesday Old Timers league, she won the Triple Crown with that 179 average, a 252 game and a 598 series.

Also last year, she entered the Baltimore Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame for outstanding performance.

"I just love to bowl," she said. "I'd bowl every day if I could."

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