Murphy, Slebodnik go after double


February 20, 1994|By DON VITEK

Paula Gibson, Delores Jason, Linda Murphy and Sue Slebodnik were among the few tenpin bowlers who were able to achieve the Triple Crown for high game, high set and high series by a single bowler in one league, and they're trying to do it again.

Gibson of Mount Airy limits her competition on the lanes to a single league, the Monday Night Mixed at Brunswick Columbia.

"I've been bowling for about 13-14 years," she said. "After winning the Triple Crown for the 1991-92 season, I didn't even think about repeating."

But she did. Bowling on the Wild Turkey team, she posted her season- and career-high game and set. On Jan. 4, 1993, she pounded out games of 211, 233 and 289 for a 733 series.

At year's end, her 178 average led the league. Add the 289 game and the 733 series and you have another Triple Crown.

Jason of Woodlawn bowls in the Saturday Weekend Wonders at Brunswick Normandy this year. Last season, in the Wednesday Mix-Up league at the same center, she earned her Triple Crown.

"Last season I had a pretty good year," she said, "but this year is looking pretty good, too."

Last season, her high game was a 247, her high set was 591 and she averaged 175. Those figures earned her the Triple Crown.

This year, she has posted a 244 game and a 634 series and her average is 178. That puts her on course for a possible repeat.

Murphy of Columbia bowls in two leagues, the Friday Late Starters and the Saturday Christmas Club at Brunswick Columbia. She carries a 155 average.

"I wasn't doing anything differently [when she won the Triple Crown]," she said. "I was using the same bowling ball, a 12-pound Ebonite Gyro and, I guess, I just had a good year."

That good year consisted of a 220 game, a 588 set and a 157 average -- Triple Crown numbers for the Late Starters league.

Slebodnik of Ellicott City posted games of 246, 235 and 202 for a 683 series that was good for one-third of the Triple Crown. Her 248 game and 174 average accounted for the rest.

Know your equipment

Bruce Josey of Columbia bowls in three leagues -- the Friday Late Starters, the Sunday Christ Memorial at Brunswick Columbia and the Thursday Newcomers at Fair Lanes Laurel.

Josey, bowling for only seven years, carries a 176 average, which is a jump of 20 pins over last year.

On Feb. 4, Josey started his three-game set with a solid 190 game.

"The next game was terrible," he said. "I shot a 134 and was disgusted. I was using a reactive resin ball, the Crush/R, and it was rolling out on the wet back end of the lane so I changed to a Purple Hammer for the last game."

In the first frame, Josey left a 10-pin with the first ball, converted it for a spare and then took the game off the sheet with 11 strikes.

His series might have been only 634 but the last game of 290 was a career high.

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