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By DON VITEK | November 15, 1992
Good things are happening at County Lanes Westminster, said Jim Weaver, manager of the center."The last week of October saw a lot of action on the lanes," he said. "We had a lady shoot the first 600 series of her career, a 300 game by a sub and an old, old house record broken."Betty Stump finally shot the elusive 600 series, Danny Haines was subbing in the Travel League when he threw a 300 game and Angie Brown broke the women's three-game series house record that had stood for 30 years.Brown, 16, was bowling in the Wednesday Scratch League on Oct. 28 when she put together games of 263, 248 and 225 for a 736 series, shattering the house record of 704.There's a lesson here for bowlers.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2003
When Jason Harding first walked into Westminster's County Lanes Ten Pin Bowling with his grandmother, he was a 12-year-old novice with little understanding of spins, splits or lane conditions. Eight years and thousands of practice hours later, he is a certified pro with dreams of making some money off of his talents. He is ready to go out on his own -- and he is taking the alley where he learned with him. Plank by plank, pin by pin, shoe by shoe, Harding, 20, and his friends, with help from the occasional crane and forklift, have spent the past two weeks picking the place clean.
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By Donald G. Vitek | September 20, 1992
Jim Weaver, the new manager at County Lanes, brings 30 years of bowling experience to the Westminster center.Weaver, a resident of Hanover, Pa., brings a strong commitment to the bowlers of the area, a commitment that will be implemented with bowling clinics at County Lanes for all who want to learn the tenpin game or raise their averages."
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2000
Dozens of onlookers clapped and cheered as the hood and trunk of a 1986 black Crown Victoria were blown 15 feet into the air by a car bomb in downtown Westminster yesterday. The explosion in a municipal parking lot sent flames and thick clouds of smoke into the air. How could people not be excited? It isn't every day that "America's Most Wanted" comes to town. "I never saw something like that before," said Darnae Ambush, 12, of Westminster, who watched the filming with her aunt and 7-year-old cousin James Samms.
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By DON VITEK | September 18, 1994
County Lanes in Westminster was the site for the Free State Classic Tenpin Tour last weekend. Seventy-five entries competed for $2,860 in prize money in the 12-lane center.Dante Hall of Cooksville, captured the top prize and a check for $800 with a scratch three-game total of 712; 87 handicap pins jumped it to 799.Darwin Wimer finished second and won $400.Wimer, bowling for "about 35 years," only competes in tournaments."I bowled leagues most of my life," Wimer said. "But work doesn't leave me enough time to commit to league play now. But I just bowl in tournaments when I can fit them into my work schedule."
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By DONALD VITEK | October 11, 1992
The County Lane five-member team, captained by Doug Burkholder, may have posted the best single-game team record in the history of Carroll County, with a pinfall of 1,252.The Greater Baltimore Bowling Association doesn't break scores into individual county records."I've never heard of a higher single-game total," Jim Weaver, manager of County Lanes, said. "We asking the Interstate Travel League to try and find out if it's a league record."Any time five bowlers average 250 while bowling together you can start thinking "record."
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By Donald G. Vitek | August 11, 1991
It's hot. It's August. Deep summer.It's time for swimming pools and barbecues, picnics and iced tea.And it's time to start thinking about the fall/winter bowling season.Here's what in store for the tenpin -- and duckpin -- bowlersat the Carroll County lanes:* County Lanes, Westminster ShoppingCenter, 857-1977 or 876-8430.Tom Biebl is the manager, and Ken Frock Jr. is the assistant manager, mechanic and lane maintenance man."The new system of bowling is in place," Frock said."There's at least three units of oil on the lanes down 23 1/2 feet from the foul line."
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By DON VITEK | August 7, 1994
County Lanes in Westminster was the scene for the Marc Rickels Memorial Fund Tenpin Singles Bowling Tournament. Five dollars of each entry fee was collected for the Rickels Fund.Seventy-two entries generated $360; a cake sale added $116, and 50-50 raffles sent the total over $500.When the last bowling ball rolled into the pit, four pins separated the top three competitors.Jennifer Roe fired scratch games of 211, 199 and 214 and added 141 handicapped pins for the winning total of 765. That 624 three-game set was a career high for the Westminster resident.
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By DON VITEK | July 16, 1993
Over the July 4th weekend, County Lanes in Westminster held a singles tenpin tournament: six games, scratch, across 12 lanes.A scratch tournament draws the best bowlers from the #i Baltimore-Washington area.Baltimore came out on top with Brian Cavey winning and Steve Robbins tying for second with Westminster's Bill Chapman.Last season Chapman, a native of Oregon, bowled in two leagues, Monday at Fair Lanes Kings Point in Randallstown and Wednesday at County Lanes.His high average was 208, not bad for a guy who started bowling a few years ago. And especially not bad for a guy who has a congenital back problem.
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By DON VITEK | March 21, 1993
Angie Brown gave herself a late birthday present.Her 17th birthday was on Feb. 17, but on March 6 she rolled games of 268, 248 and 268 for a record-breaking series of 784, just 16 pins short of the elusive 800 series, in the Saturday Adult/Youth League at County Lanes, Westminster.Brown, a student at Francis Scott Key High School and a resident of Taneytown, threw a 16-pound Red Hammer, one of her favorites in the arsenal of equipment she uses.Those balls include the X-Caliber, the Purple Hammer, the Nitro, Cobra, Phantom and Blue Hammer.
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By DON VITEK | March 19, 1995
Bowling with two of the young stars on the Professional Bowlers' Association national tour didn't intimidate 17-year-old Kim Barker of Westminster."Ricky Ward was funny!" Barker said. "And Tim Criss was so nice."Barker, who has been bowling since she was 10, is active in the Young American Bowling Alliance [YABA] Saturday morning league at County Lanes and carries a 155 average; her career-high individual game is 265.Since both her parents are ten-pinners -- mother Debby carries a 150-plus average and father Jim has a 220]
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By DON VITEK | February 19, 1995
The third annual Carroll County Youth Tenpin Bowling Tournament drew 37 entries in two divisions to County Lanes last Sunday.Division I (141 and up averages) handicaps were 80 percent of 200; Division II (140 and down averages) handicaps were 80 percent of 140.Dave Brown Jr. of Taneytown, a YABA Saturday morning County Lanes youth bowler, won Division I's top spot in a eye-catching manner."I think he may have been the youngest person to ever throw a perfect game in Carroll County history," said Ken Frock Sr., manager of County Lanes.
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By DON VITEK | December 4, 1994
You can spend a lot of time in duckpin bowling centers and never see a 500 set. It's just too tough; you can't have a bad game. That's why usually you'll see a 200 game or a 190-plus in a three-game 500 series.It's not unusual to meet a lifelong duckpin bowler who has averaged over 130 or even 140 for years who has not been able to rack up the elusive 500 set.But Marty Meyers is one of those bowlers who pulled it off. The Sykesville resident has for many years carried an average in excess of 130. This season he is pounding the pins at a 141 pace.
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By DON VITEK | September 18, 1994
County Lanes in Westminster was the site for the Free State Classic Tenpin Tour last weekend. Seventy-five entries competed for $2,860 in prize money in the 12-lane center.Dante Hall of Cooksville, captured the top prize and a check for $800 with a scratch three-game total of 712; 87 handicap pins jumped it to 799.Darwin Wimer finished second and won $400.Wimer, bowling for "about 35 years," only competes in tournaments."I bowled leagues most of my life," Wimer said. "But work doesn't leave me enough time to commit to league play now. But I just bowl in tournaments when I can fit them into my work schedule."
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By DON VITEK | August 7, 1994
County Lanes in Westminster was the scene for the Marc Rickels Memorial Fund Tenpin Singles Bowling Tournament. Five dollars of each entry fee was collected for the Rickels Fund.Seventy-two entries generated $360; a cake sale added $116, and 50-50 raffles sent the total over $500.When the last bowling ball rolled into the pit, four pins separated the top three competitors.Jennifer Roe fired scratch games of 211, 199 and 214 and added 141 handicapped pins for the winning total of 765. That 624 three-game set was a career high for the Westminster resident.
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By DON VITEK | January 16, 1994
Will Fleming of Mount Airy is retired now after 38 years of transporting milk into the rolling hills of central Maryland. But he hasn't retired from duckpin bowling."
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By DON VITEK | May 16, 1993
Eggy Jones was bowling in the Wednesday Triples at Mount Airy Lanes on May 5 when he came within a hair's width of posting career highs for single game and three-game series.Missing a 10 pin spare shot cost him both."But, hey, that big game and set came at the right time," Jones said. "We took over first place in the league that night and the team had been sort of carrying me most of the year."The retired AT&T employee lives in Marriottsville and carries a 128 average in his other league, the Monday Men's Commercial at Mount Airy Lanes.
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By DON VITEK | February 19, 1995
The third annual Carroll County Youth Tenpin Bowling Tournament drew 37 entries in two divisions to County Lanes last Sunday.Division I (141 and up averages) handicaps were 80 percent of 200; Division II (140 and down averages) handicaps were 80 percent of 140.Dave Brown Jr. of Taneytown, a YABA Saturday morning County Lanes youth bowler, won Division I's top spot in a eye-catching manner."I think he may have been the youngest person to ever throw a perfect game in Carroll County history," said Ken Frock Sr., manager of County Lanes.
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By DON VITEK | September 5, 1993
The Free State Classic Tenpin Tour filled the County Lanes center in Westminster over Aug. 21-22. The 12 lanes were packed with 96 bowlers competing for the $750 first prize in the handicap tournament.Danny Smith, completing his first season of adult leagues, posted a scratch set of 647 and a handicap series of 770, a personal career high, to win.Dusty Rhoades and Dave Reightler tied for second place at 762, just eight pins off the pace."I bowled in the YABA when I was a kid," said Smith, 22, "But I never bowled in the adult leagues until my dad died last year."
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By DON VITEK | August 27, 1993
The 1993-94 bowling season is fast approaching.There's a good chance that all the centers have some room left in their leagues, but if you haven't signed up for league play yet there's very little time left. A few more days and every league will be filled.Of the five bowling centers in Carroll County, three are split houses: Hampstead Bowling Center and the two Thunderheads, Westminster and Taneytown. Mount Airy Lanes has 12 duckpin lanes, and County Lanes has 12 tenpin lanes.Thunderhead Taneytown has 12 duckpin and 16 tenpin lanes, cared for by Gil Barnes, Moe Pickett, Jim Reaver and Danny Wantz.
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