This year's annual youth tournament sponsored by the Lions Club at Bel Air Bowl drew a field of 106 tenpin bowlers.
Jon Fowler and Jessica Volz were the Senior champions, and Derek Macomber and Tiffany Askew were the Bantam champions.
Fowler, 16, lives in Bel Air and bowls in the YABA at Bel Air Bowl. A sophomore at Bel Air High, he is finishing his first year of league competition where he's averaging 116 with a high game of 160.
Fowler fired games of 159, 137 and 123 to win the tournament.
Volz of Bel Air, 16, is an honor student at Bel Air High as a sophomore.
"I've been bowling off and on for about three years," she said. "And I never expected to win the tournament."
With a 12-pound Columbia 300 ball, she carries a 122 average; her high game is 191, the high set 460. When she isn't on the lanes, you'll find Volz on the tennis court, keeping her game sharp for the Bel Air High tennis team.
Macomber, 7, started bowling last September. Throwing a 10-pound house ball, he's averaging 43. The second-grader at Bel Air Elementary shattered that average in his tournament appearance.
He banged out games of 84, 92 (his career high game) and finished with a 60.
"That was the first time he'd ever bowled three games at one time," said his mother, Cherly Ambrose. "I noticed that all the Bantams were geting a little tired by the middle of the third game."
That figures. The children bowl two games in YABA league competition and even an 8- or 10-pound bowling ball can get pretty heavy when you're not used to going the three-game distance.
Askew, 6, is a first-grader at Churchville Elementary. She bowls in the YABA Saturday morning league at Bel Air Bowl and after her first full season is averaging 47.
In the tournament, Tiffany posted games of 61, 62 and 70 to capture her trophy.
"Right now, she's using a house ball," said her mother, Karen. "She started with a 6-pounder and already she's using an 8-pounder. She'll be getting her own bowling ball pretty soon, I
guess, since she's a champion now."
Pins falling in Aberdeen
The pins are falling at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen.
On April 8, in the Friday State league, Tom Moor fired a 300 game that was the keystone for a 791 set.
Steve Clark rolled a 300 in the Monday Jerry Farro Memorial League.
APG manager moves on
Bob Griffith, bowling center manager at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and a pretty good tenpin bowler, is leaving to take another position in the industry.
On May 2, he'll assume the duties of general manager at Chesapeake Bowl 2000 in Easton.
A bowler for more than 20 years, he owns several 300 games and carries a 200-plus average.