Taneytown teen bowls over competition


July 25, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TANEYTOWN YOUTH Jeremy Rodkey took first place in his division in the 2002 Coca-Cola Youth Bowling Championships last week in Winter Haven, Fla.

The Francis Scott Key High School sophomore qualified for the competition at Thunderhead Bowling Centre in Taneytown. He then competed in a regional contest in Randallstown. That win propelled him to the state competition in Ellicott City, where he won.

He went to the international competition - which included 200 bowlers from Puerto Rico, six Canadian provinces, and military zones in the Caribbean, Europe and Far East - with a 150 average. In Florida, he bowled four qualifying games the morning of the first day and four at the end of that day.

The top 16 boys and girls from each division - 64 bowlers - advanced to the single-game, double-elimination match the next day. The top four finishers in each boys and girls division received $2,000, $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively, and a Storm Trauma Response bowling ball.

"I was undefeated," said Jeremy, who placed first in Boys Division II.

He said the only time he was nervous was before and after a game. "When I was bowling, I wasn't nervous, just focused on my game,"' he said.

He felt good about the win.

"Like, I thought, `I did it,' and that was pretty cool," he said. "It didn't sink in right away, though."

Jeremy's mother, Karen Rodkey Hill, said she was thrilled with her son's victory. "He's awesome," she said. "He's absolutely awesome."

Jeremy started bowling about a year ago when his mother began working at Thunderhead.

"I had never really played before," he said. "I was just bowling for the fun of it."

The tournament bug has bitten, and he plans to bowl in winter tournaments.

When he isn't bowling, Jeremy said he enjoys playing basketball and hopes to try out for Key's junior varsity team next year.

Sponsored by Coca-Cola, the youth bowling championship is conducted by Young American Bowling Alliance, the premier international youth organization in the sport of tenpin bowling.

Theater group to form

Kids with thespian aspirations, take note. Meghan Cox, a Taneytown youth and junior at Francis Scott Key High School, is organizing a theater group.

Meghan said she got the idea after working with Naomi Lowenthall at the city's day camps. Lowenthall runs the camps for Taneytown.

"We were talking about some things we could do in Carroll County," Meghan said. "I've always liked drama."

Meghan said she has been active in Key's drama club since her freshman year. The school puts on an annual play.

Through her drama club, she has many friends equally interested in starting a local theater group. People have expressed interest in her idea since she posted a notice at the Jubilee supermarket.

Meghan said the first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the community center, 4501 Stumptown Road in Taneytown.

"We're taking kids of all ages," she added.

Meghan said one goal would be for the group to perform a play at Celebrate Taneytown in October.

Information: 410-756-1420.

Community picnic

Uniontown United Methodist Church will hold a community picnic at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 behind the church at 3405 Uniontown Road.

Music, volleyball and a campfire for kids to roast hot dogs and marshmallows will be featured. Those who attend are asked to take a dish and folding chairs or blankets to sit on.

Information: 410-751-8822.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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