Several teams from Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster and Taneytown will be competing in the Coca-Cola National Youth Duckpin Association regional tournament next weekend at Mount Airy Lanes.
The junior teams, from ages 13-15, and the major teams, 16 to 21, will compete at Mount Airy. Four teams from Thunderhead Westminster will be at that location, as will one major team from Taneytown Thunderhead.
Several teams of Pee Wees, up to 6; Preps, 7 to 9; Bantams, 10 to12; and Juniors, 13 to 15, will compete at Village Lanes in Frederick.
Heres a look at some of the county youth bowlers involved in the tournament.
Christi Lough, 17, is a junior at North Carroll Highand will
join teammates Amy Metz, 14, Darrin Bowers, 14, Heath Busch, 17, and Julie Dunnigan, 15.
Lough carries a 127 average with a high game of 174 and a high set of 427. She lives in Westminster with her parents Wilma and Ray. Wilma is employed by the Carroll CountyHealth department as a secretary and Ray is with Sweetheart Cup in Baltimore County.
Lough, who's been bowling since she was 4, plays forward or center for the North Carroll girls basketball team, plays a little volleyball and pitches softball for a Westminster Rec Council team.
The brother-and-sister team of Ben and Kristie Sharrar will be part of a major division team when the Coca-Cola tournament begins. They live in Littlestown, Pa., with their parents, Donna and Ben,but do all their bowling at Thunderhead Westminster.
Ben, 13, attends Littlestown Area Middle School, where he
wrestles at 105 pounds for the Thunderbolts.
It was hard to get Ben to admit it, but finally he said, "I'm pretty good (at wrestling)."
About the bowling tournament?
"I hope I'll do pretty good, there, too," Ben said.
Kristi, 15, is in the 10th grade at Littlestown High and plays field hockey and softball.
Ben carries a 92 average, and Kristie has a 100 average.
Billy Miller will be bowling with the Pinsweeps team in the junior division with Mike Grata, Danny Reppe and Rob Carr. Miller has a 106 average, Grata's averaging a 112, Reppe carries a 99 and Carr has a 114 average. This could be a tough team to beat.
The Lanecleaners, a junior division team, has Scott Greenholtz, 12, carrying an 101 average; Billy Gamber, 13, with a 97 average; Brett Gamber,10, with a 90 average. Jeff Calwell, 10, with a 93 average, will be the leadoff bowler on that team.
Calwell has a career high game of 148 and a high series of 342. He's in the fifth grade at William Winchester Elementary and has won the Christmas tournament at Thunderhead Westminster in 1986, 1987 and 1989.
"Basketball is my second favorite sport," Calwell said. He plays forward for the St. John's team, and you can guess what his first favorite sport is.
There'll bea team from Thunderhead Taneytown in the major division tournament at Mount Airy, too. Jamie Blizzard, Melissa Blizzard, Tracy Naill and Samaria Howard will on the team with Ann Ogle.
"They're all good bowlers," Ogle said.
She should know -- Ogle was the Bowler of the Year at Thunderhead Taneytown lanes for 1991; her 377 was good enoughfor the high set at the February Walkersville Bowling Center tournament.
In that same tournament, she placed fourth in the Division A doubles with her partner, Jamie Blizzard. Ogle is averaging a 127 with a 187 high game.
Ogle, who's been bowling since she was 8, is a freshman at Western Maryland College, where she's working toward a degree in history and psychology with a minor in education.
Her brother, Jonathon Philip Ogle, whom just about everybody calls J.P., will be bowling at Village Lanes in Frederick since he's in the Bantam Division. Jon carries an 82 average in only his second year of bowling.
Another brother and sister team will be bowling in the Coca-Colatournament at Frederick. Travis and Samaria Howard from Union Bridgewillbe there.
The entire family bowls. Parents Sandra (131 average at Thunderhead Westminster) and Gary (168 at Thunderhead Taneytown)bowl tenpins. The two youngest Howards, Resha, 7, a first-grader at Elmer Wolf Elementary, and Mathe, 8, a special-education student at Wolf, have started bowling duckpins, and next year they'll be competing in league play.
Samaria, 12, is in the seventh grade at New Windsor Middle School, and Travis, 11, is in the sixth grade there. Samaria won the doubles event with her partner, Melissa Blizzard, in the Walkersville Bowling Center tournament last month. They combined for a868 total in the Division B event.
And Melissa Blizzard will be going to Frederick for the Coca-Cola tournament at the end of the month, as will Bo Blizzard. And Jamie Blizzard, their cousin, will be there, too.
Melissa, 14, carries a 90 average and goes to Francis Scott Key High, where she's in the ninth grade. Bo, 7, is in the second grade at Taneytown Elementary.
They're both in first year of bowling. Brian Blackwell, 12, on the other hand, has been bowling for two years; his average is 82, his high game is 130 and he lives in Taneytown with parents Donna and Robert Blackwell. He is in the seventh grade at Northwest Middle school.
The Rodkey family is going to be represented by the brother-and-sister team of Jessica and Jody Rodkey.
Jody, 8, just started bowling and still carries a 50 average. He goes to Uniontown Elementary school, where he's in the second grade. Jody likes to play basketball and collect toy tractors; he has 13 of 'em.
Jessica, 9, has a 54 average and is in the fourth grade of Uniontown Elementary school. She does some swimming and writes fiction for the school paper. They live on a small farm with their parents, Karen and Patrick, near Union Bridge.
Randy Hobbs, 6, was bowler of the year for 1991 in his age group at Thunderhead Taneytown and goes to Taneytown Elementary, where he's in the first grade. Hobbs, averaging 73, is in his second year of bowling but may not compete at Frederick because of a technicality -- he's in the Pee Wee division and the Coca-Cola Finals will not have a Pee Wee division.
The western regionals are March 29 and 30 and April 1. The winners from the regional tournament will advance to the finals at Greenway East Lanes in Baltimore at the end of June.