Tournament keeps Logue's memory alive

BOWLING

June 05, 1994|By DON VITEK

Next weekend, the Wayne Logue Memorial Handicap Doubles Tournament will be presented by Joe Rineer at his Mount Airy duckpin center on Center Street.

Competition will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and resume at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The duckpin event will conclude Sunday with eight additional squads in 1 1/2 -hour increments.

The tournament is in its 12th year and "there will always be a Wayne Logue Memorial tournament," Rineer said.

There must be a reason for someone to feel so strongly about another person, so strongly that Rineer has vowed that there will always be a living monument to Wayne Logue's memory.

Logue lived in Mount Airy with his wife, Bonnie, and two sons, Joel and Chris, now 17 and 19, respectively, only 5 and 7 years old when Logue suffered a fatal heart attack at 32 years of age.

"Wayne worked here [at Mount Airy lanes] part-time almost from the day I opened in 1976," Rineer said. "He did everything, chased pins, worked as a mechanic, worked the snack bar and control desk, everything. On Saturday, the day before his heart attack, he had taken the NDYA kids to a tournament for me."

Logue was a good bowler, about to get better. His family still bowls at the Mount Airy lanes.

Wayne was averaging 144, and, with his partner, Sherry Abramuk, had broken a world record for mixed doubles. His five-game block had been 817, Abramuk's 801. That 1,618 record wasn't broken until Anita Rothman and John Crunkleton shot 1,645 at Westview on Nov. 15, 1992.

"I remember Wayne so well because of the kind of guy he was," Rineer said. "He was on his way to being one of the best duckpin bowlers in the country. Someday he would have averaged over 150 but the big thing with Wayne was the fire he had in him.

"It didn't show but it was there. And he loved to bowl. If someone called and asked him to sub he was there, he never asked who he was subbing for, never asked what kind of a league it was, was never concerned with high- or low-average teammates, he would just be there, ready to bowl."

Estanichs roll in nationals

Will Estanich and his wife, Sherry, competed in The Coors $15,000 Duckpin Classic National Finals on April 30 and May 1 at Turner's Bowl in Hagerstown.

First-year bowlers in the Tuesday Mixed league at Mount Airy lanes, they qualified by posting scores far above their averages. Will shot a five-game handicap score of 911, Sherry posted a score of 888.

In the finals, competitors bowl a six-game block on Saturday; the high qualifiers return on Sunday morning for three additional games to pare the field to five bowlers for the stepladder finals.

Sherry's six games on Saturday totaled 966; not enough for a Sunday return.

Will, however, made the Sunday morning squad, and his 1,635 for the nine games earned him the third seed in the finals.

Tiger Baker defeated Estanich, 185-175. Baker then lost the tournament to Tommy Weaver Jr. of Falls Church, Va.

That third-place finish was good for $500.

"Hey, we're happy," Sherry Estanich said. "We had a great time, everyone was just great up at Hagerstown."

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