Youth bowling team rolls to a national title

The Greenmount Bowl team of, from left, Ashley Frey, Kaesey Turlock, Keira Hurlock, Ryan Parr, and coach Beverly Carter, won the DPBA National Duckpin Youth Championships on June 26-27 in Providence, R.I.
The Greenmount Bowl team of, from left, Ashley Frey, Kaesey Turlock, Keira Hurlock, Ryan Parr, and coach Beverly Carter, won the DPBA National Duckpin Youth Championships on June 26-27 in Providence, R.I.(Submitted photo)

The Prep Division team from Hampstead's Greenmount Bowl didn't need to go on a faraway vacation to create an indelible summer memory.

The foursome of Ashley Frey, Keira Hurlock, Kaesey Hurlock, and Ryan Parr will always remember their landmark triumph at the 42nd annual DPBA National Duckpin Youth Championships, held on June 26-27 in Providence, R.I.


The Greenmount bowlers, coached by Beverly Carter, defeated fellow Maryland competitors from Glen Burnie and Parkville and the top teams from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Virginia to win their first national title.

"This was the first year of bowling for three of our four kids," said Carter, who has taken several teams of various ages to national tournaments during the last 25 years but was coaching the Prep Division bowlers (ages 7-9) for the first time. "Ashley Frey was the only seasoned bowler on our team, and she started when she was 4. We explained the concepts [to the new bowlers], and as the year progressed we added more about the rules."

Their relative inexperience didn't hinder the Greenmount Prep team. Frey, who is Carter's granddaughter, was Greenmount's top bowler. The 8-year old from Littlestown, Pa., rolled a cumulative three-game score of 287, the third-best mark of the 24 bowlers who participated in the national championships. Frey's first-game total of 120 and Keira Hurlock's 112 in the final game helped Greenmount fend off runner-up Glen Burnie.

Frey, who credited "practice, and luck" for her standout performance in Providence, was capably supported by teammates Keira Hurlock (268), Ryan Parr (248), and Kaesey Hurlock (225).

"We tried not to make it scary for them," said Carter, who resides in Littlestown but is originally from the duckpin-bowling hotbed of Baltimore. "We told them that it's just another fun time to go bowling, and that they'll meet new people. Before the finals, they told me that they were both excited and nervous. But there was no sign of that when they got to the bowling lanes. At this age, they're just having fun, and that's all we want them to do."

In its first appearance at the championship event, Greenmount dethroned Glen Burnie, which had won Prep Division national titles in 2013 and 2014. The achievement was even more impressive, considering that three of the four Greenmount bowlers were getting used to the sport.

"We wanted to start bowling because it seemed to be real exciting," said Keira Hurlock, a 7-year-old who goes to Spring Garden Elementary School with her twin sister Kaesey. "We were very nervous [at the championships]. But we just tried to look down the middle and make a spare or a strike."

The four members of Greenmount's eventual national championship team qualified for the trip to Providence by winning the Western Maryland division of the state tournament, which was held during the first weekend of April at the Walkersville Bowling Center in Frederick.


"I get such a kick out of watching them bowl," said Carter, whose sister, Kaye Rineer, is the owner of Greenmount Bowl. "If they have a question or want to know how to fix something that they're doing wrong, I try to help them."

The team members have already begun preparing for the 2015-16 season.

"I'll practice and practice and practice," said Kaesey Hurlock. "My dad always tells us to focus, imagine that you're in your own bubble while you're bowling, and ignore the sounds around you."

Parr, who just celebrated his 10th birthday, will be the only loss from the Greenmount Prep lineup. The Ebb Valley Elementary School student will move up to bowl with the Greenmount Bantam team, which finished second in its division at the national championships.

"It's a chance to get to know new players," he said. "I can go in their rotation, and just see what happens."