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By DON VITEK | August 15, 1993
In just six days, the winter Young American Bowling Alliance league will start at Brunswick Columbia."And don't forget that the meeting for the Sunday Night Pinbusters leagues will be held on Sunday [today]," said Barbara Deming, sales director at the Columbia lanes. "That league starts on Aug. 22."With the new season upon us what's happening at Brunswick Columbia?For one thing, the concourse has been leveled so the approaches are handicapped-accessible. And there's new seating at the lanes.
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July 7, 2011
Submitting sports notices The deadline for submitting sports copy is 9 a.m. Monday. We prefer email (howardcountysports@patuxent.com). Questions? Call 410-332-6578. Bowling The Brunswick Columbia Lanes, in cooperation with the Howard County Autism Society, is offering a four-week long Family and Friends League for those with special needs. The league starts Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. (an organizational meeting will be held at 2:30). There are two divisions, 6-11 years old and 12 and older.
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By Donald G. Vitek | May 19, 1991
During a recent week, professional bowlers threw 23 perfect games --makes it sound as if it's easy to throw a 300 game.Don't believeit.Most of the 70 million people who bowl every year in the United States will never have a perfect game.To attain that milestone in the average bowler's life takes a combination of skill and luck, of lane conditions and the right equipment at the right time in the rightplace.Just recently four perfect games were posted in Howard County, one at Brunswick Normandy and three at Brunswick Columbia.
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By Keisha Reynolds and Keisha Reynolds,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 12, 2002
Pat Atkins holds up a photo album filled with pictures of her new grandchild. It's hardly what you would expect to see at the Brunswick Columbia Lanes for a competitive game of bowling. But not for the Gems of Columbia. The all-women's league, with about 100 players and 24 teams, is a mixture of bowling and a social club. And it's a connection that has kept members returning for more than two decades. "It is a social outlet - you keep in touch with everybody in Columbia. You know their families, and the good and the bad," said Jackie Zipf, a member of the Knit N Pearls team and a Columbia resident who has bowled with the league for more than 25 years.
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By Donald Vitek | June 30, 1991
You're never too old to begin to bowl.Case in point: Jim Brown of Columbia.Brown did not pick up a bowling ball until he was 35.He was too busy with his track career -- participating and teaching it. He started running back in Chestertown, where he attended Garnet High School. He progressed to Morgan State University and starred in the 800-meter distance race; he ran it in 1 minute, 50 seconds.Then Brown spent the next 30 years as a track coach, 19 at Einstein High School in Montgomery County, where the teams he coached were outstanding.
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By DON VITEK | July 11, 1993
Jeffrey Taylor, bowling for about half of his 14 years, won the Division II title in the Tournament of Champions at Brunswick Columbia bowling center to win a $500 college scholarship.The Tournament of Champions drew its competitors from the ranks of the Young America Bowling Alliance Saturday morning league at Columbia. The Bowlers of the Week for the past season earned the right to bowl against each other in Division I (Bantams, aged 8 and under, and Preps, ages 9-11) and Division II (Junior Varsity, ages 12-14, and the Varsity, ages 15-21)
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By DON VITEK | May 30, 1993
Rodes Gregory, a native of Kentucky, has lived in Columbia for 22 years. He's retired twice, the first time after 20 years with the U. S. Army and the second time after 14 years with General Electric.Last year, Gregory and his wife Regina began bowling in the Club 55 league at Brunswick Columbia.Regina, averaging 87, shot a game that was 118 pins over her average the first month of the season to become Bowler of the Week.It took Rodes a little longer to claim that honor, but in Week 29 of the season, he did it."
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By Donald G. Vitek | January 26, 1992
There weren't many wrist bands in sight, and a lot of house balls were being used Jan. 10, when the Howard County police department held the Capt. G. Edward Wessell Memorial Fund Bowl-a-thon at Brunswick Normandy Lanes.These folks were casual bowlers who had gathered to honor one of their own, Angus Park, a longtime Howard County police officer who died last October of Lou Gehrig's disease. Park left his wife, Carol, and two sons, ages 9 and 12.The bowl-a-thon raised more than $500, but contributions are still coming in to the memorial fund, which helps families of police officers who are injured or who die.Most of the participants were police officers or their spouses or neighbors.
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By Donald G. Vitek | June 14, 1992
Bernie King is secretary of the Club 55 league at Brunswick Normandy, a position she's held for four years.How is the league doing?"Great," said the Lisbon resident, a bowler for 15 years. "We have a grand time on Thursday mornings." The group has 66 members, including several in their 70s and 80s.They have a pretty good time in tournaments, too. The season-ending Club 55 Vacation Classic tournament, a competition for seniors at every Brunswick bowling center, was May 20. Each winner receives a trophy and a bowling shirt, and the bowler who scores the most pins over average nationwide receives round-trip air fare to any destination that American Airlines flies to in the United States.
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By DON VITEK | October 4, 1992
Youth tenpin bowling is under way on Saturday mornings at all Brunswick bowling centers.With divisions that fit all age groups from pee wees, who can be as young as 4 or 5 years old, through the varsity for ages 15 to 21, there's fun, excitement and instruction available for the asking.Billy Little, 14, lives in Columbia and has been bowling since he was 3 years old. A junior varsity division bowler at Brunswick Columbia, Billy is a ninth-grader at Howard High. Last year, he carried a 155 average with his 16-pound Columbia Yellow Dot ball.
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By DON VITEK | July 9, 1995
Last month Maryland State YABA conducted its third annual 600 Club tournament at Brunswick Crown Lanes in Baltimore. Forty youth bowlers from the Baltimore, Western Maryland, Eastern Shore, Mid-Maryland and Cecil-Harford YABA associations competed for a $200 scholarship and plaques.Bill Little of Brunswick Columbia produced a six-game qualifying total of 1,362, an average of 227; that made him second seed to Adam Brodie's 1,375 total pinfall.The three other tenpin bowlers to make the stepladder finals were: J.M. Sites of Western Maryland (1,361)
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By DON VITEK | April 16, 1995
Uppy Webb Jr. of Catonsville has been bowling tenpins for a long time and still doesn't completely understand the sport.Until April 5, his best game and set were 278 and 698, respectively. Not bad for a 190-average bowler, who bowls in only one league -- the Wednesday Special -- at Brunswick Normandy.Throwing a 16-pound Dick Weber Legend bowling ball (recommended, fitted and drilled by Howard Marshall), Webb pounded out his career-high individual game and set.His first game of the night was a 255; then came a disappointing 189. But Webb wasn't through.
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By DON VITEK | April 2, 1995
Bob Saffle didn't start bowling tenpins until he was a young man."We really didn't have the money to bowl," Saffle said. "And if we had the money it was hard to get to town, there's always a lot of work to do on a farm."That farm is near Robinson, Texas, near Waco."We grew cotton, corn, that sort of thing," he said. "My brother still farms there and I still get back to the old homestead once in a while."Saffle, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, lives in Columbia."I'm only bowling in a single league, the Wednesday night Men's Handicap at [Brunswick Columbia]
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By DON VITEK | March 5, 1995
Barbie Bryant has been bowling tenpins for "about four or five years."The Ellicott City native now lives in Catonsville and bowls two nights a week -- Sunday's Colts and Fillies and the Wednesday Social Security league at Brunswick Normandy.For Bryant the league bowling is a way to escape the pressure of her work; she's a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the intensive care unit.That doesn't mean that she doesn't take her bowling seriously, she does. You can't carry an average in the 190s without concentration and dedication.
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By DON VITEK | February 19, 1995
Ron McKnight works his trade at the Brunswick Normandy bowling center in Ellicott City.McKnight, 33, has just started working at Normandy this month, taking over the reins as mechanical operations supervisor."
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By DON VITEK | December 4, 1994
Competition among teens in any sport can be fierce. It's almost a cliche that brothers and will fight tooth and nail.But, not always.Brunswick Columbia Recreation Center played host to its annual Junior Columbia Turkey Tournament the day after Thanksgiving for young tenpin bowlers.The format consisted of three games -- the first automatically awarded a strike to the bowler in the third, sixth and ninth frames the second was nine no-tap when a nine-count is scored as a strike and the third returned to regular scoring.
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By DON VITEK | February 20, 1994
Paula Gibson, Delores Jason, Linda Murphy and Sue Slebodnik were among the few tenpin bowlers who were able to achieve the Triple Crown for high game, high set and high series by a single bowler in one league, and they're trying to do it again.Gibson of Mount Airy limits her competition on the lanes to a single league, the Monday Night Mixed at Brunswick Columbia."I've been bowling for about 13-14 years," she said. "After winning the Triple Crown for the 1991-92 season, I didn't even think about repeating."
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By DON VITEK | December 20, 1992
Kevin Kluska bowls in a single league, the Wednesday NFL Men's Trio at Brunswick Columbia.Favoring a 16-pound Black Hammer bowling ball, Kluska was averaging 181 a few weeks ago. Not anymore."
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By DON VITEK | November 20, 1994
The Young American Bowling Alliance welcomes all boys and girls 21 years of age and under to join a sanctioned bowling league.Trained coaches are available and YABA members compete on a team with children in their own age group: Bantams (8 and under), Junior (9-11), Major (15-18) and Senior (18-21).Both centers in Howard County -- Brunswick Columbia and Brunswick Normandy -- have YABA Saturday morning programs.At Brunswick Normandy in Division I, Justin Ross was Star of the Week for Week 4 and Tina Mortensen was Star for Week 5.Division II saw Theresa Rose capture Star of the Week for Week 4 and Nicola Liskovec became Star of the Week for Week 5.Mortensen, 11, lives in West Friendship.
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By DON VITEK | August 21, 1994
Brunswick Columbia and Brunswick Normandy, with a few changes, are ready for the winter tenpin season.Mechanic Wayne Jones has transferred from Normandy to Columbia. He'll be working under the supervision of John Newby. Royal Antoine will be the lane man, and Kim Dyer is the pin chaser.At Columbia, Gwen Huckaby will be at the control counter. The daytime snack bar attendant is Helen Hines and at night it's Anita Harris.In the lounge, open the same hours as the center, Ginny Copley and Bob Lamartina will be pouring for the bowlers.
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