Seventy-one-year-old Moose Quattrocche of Essex has been throwing a duckpin ball for 59 years, and last month he won his second Duckpin Bowlers Tour event at Fair Lanes Joppa.
"There's still a little life in the old man," Quattrocche laughed. "Winning never gets old."
Top-seeded (89 pins over average) for the stepladder finals, he said that it was great that he could sit down and wait for the first three games to be played.
"That last game [qualifying game for the finals] I was a little tired," he said.
Carl Coppage defeated three opponents in the stepladder finals to meet Quattrocche for the championship. Quattrocche squeezed by Coppage, 112-98.
He started his career on the duckpin lanes as a 12-year-old setting pins at the Patterson Lanes.
One of the Manhattan balls he uses is almost that old.
"I was 16 when I bought a pair of bowling balls from Bill Brozey [Hall of Fame duckpin bowler] and over the years one of them strayed," he said. "But that old ball is still one of the three that I carry. It still gets the job done."
Benefit for cystic fibrosis
Last Sunday both duckpin and tenpin bowlers turned out for the 17th annual Bowl USA to benefit cystic fibrosis.
More than 15 centers raised more than $42,000 to help fight CF.
"We had 65 bowlers here [Fair Lanes Arbutus]," said Sherry McManus, wife of event chairman Pat McManus. "We raised $14,200 here, more than a third of the total for all the centers."
Danielle Johnson, a 17-year-old Northwest Baltimore resident, became the first girl to post a 700 set in the Young American Bowling Alliance City Tournament at Bowl America Odenton at the end of November.
The Western High School senior fired both her career game (279) and career high series (755).
That set consisted of games of 222, 279 and 254. And she wasn't finished; in the same event she posted games of 220, 243 and 248 for a 711 second set.
She has a 195 average in two leagues -- the Saturday Morning YABA at Fair Lanes Woodlawn and the Youth Travel.
Jason Huestif of Ellicott City posted games of 248, 245 and 212 for a 712 set to set the City Tournament record for boys.
A Greenway Bowl Odenton YABA member and a junior at Centennial High School, he's been bowling since he was 8. Currently he carries a 201 average.
After a one-year hiatus, the PBA Tour returns to Baltimore in 1995 for the Greater Baltimore Open, which will run Feb. 26-March 4, at Country Club Lanes.
New Fair Lanes president
Wayne Straufberg, a 23-year veteran at Hunt Valley-based Fair Lanes, has taken over the reins at the national organization.
"We're first and foremost a bowling company and we'll do everything we can to provide a good bowling experience for our bowlers," Straufberg said.
Each of the 106 centers will employ a general manager; district managers will oversee from three to eight centers and five regional managers nationwide will report directly to Straufberg.