Kitchen League cooking with 400 sets


February 20, 1994|By DON VITEK

Every Wednesday morning 10 teams of four women gather to bowl duckpins in the Kitchen League at Fair Lanes Southwest. There are the Microwaves, Dirty Spoons, Rollin' Pins . . . the list goes on.

The Hot Pots have a season-high game of 535. The Silver Spoons posted a three-game total of 1,701.

Just recently three of the bowlers had sets of over 400, and they have a combined total of over 100 years on the lanes.

Dot McNeill of Glen Burnie has been bowling for what "seems like forever. I was here when Southwest opened."

With a 117 average, McNeill bowls in two leagues. It was three until Greenway Glen Burnie burned last fall. She has a career-high game of 199, just missing a 200 when she dropped seven pins in the final frame. Last month she fired a 430 series.

Mary Gottlieb of North Linthicum carries a 115 average. Bowling since 1956, she is the leadoff bowler for the Sugar 'n' Spice team. Last month her high series was 409.

Libby Ravadge of Glen Burnie has been bowling duckpins since 1961. A member of the Mixers team, she carries a 123 average, high for the season for the league.

Her 175 is the season high and last month she had a 449 series.

A night to remember

Kathy Livingston of Severn started bowling when she was a teen-ager. She bowls in four leagues -- two at Fair Lanes Southwest and two at Riviera Bowl.

At Riviera Bowl in the Saturday Night Mixed League on Feb. 12, she posted her career high game and set.

She opened her three-game series with a solid 169; then, with the help of a four-bagger in the middle of the second game, she shot a 192. The third game was 126 for a 487 set.

"I couldn't believe it," Livingston said. "I knew I had a good shot at a 500 set and I only needed three more pins for the 490 set and I just couldn't get them."

Bowl to help youngsters

The Chesapeake Foundation for Human Development, Inc., which provides programs and services to at-risk youths, is planning its fifth annual bowl-a-thon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Fair Lanes Ritchie in Glen Burnie.

The purpose of the event is to raise $10,000 to help defray the cost of the foundation's activities. A free gift will be given to all bowlers.

The Chesapeake Foundation for Human Development, Inc., a nonprofit organization, currently operates The Chesapeake Center and The Hollywood Diner program.

The Chesapeake Center operates as an alternative school for youngsters who are at risk because of educational deficits, poor supervision and guidance and economic factors.

The Hollywood Diner Program, which started in October 1990, operates out of the diner made famous in Barry Levinson's movie "Diner."

Information: (410) 355-4698.

Tournament news

The Free State Classic Tenpin Tour postponed the Feb. 12-13 event because of inclement weather.

A make-up tour stop will Saturday and Sunday at Bowl America Odenton. Squad times are 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both days.

Information: (410) 356-0936.

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