"I'm so enthused about the kids who take part in bowling tournaments," said Cathy Jenkins. "Tenpins is an all-year sport, and anyone can enjoy it, but I'm thrilled that many of the kids take advantage of the tournaments."
Jenkins, secretary for the Saturday morning youth league at Thunderhead Lanes in Taneytown, has a right to be thrilled by the youngsters there.
In the Coca-Cola-sponsored National Junior Bowling Championship on March 2 at Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster, sanctioned by the Young American Bowling Alliance, several of the Taneytown youth bowlers excelled.
Jenkins, a 164-average bowler, is president of the Tuesday Bucks and Does League at Thunderhead Taneytown and a member of the Monday Woodchoppers team in the same center. She also bowls in a Wednesday league at Thunderhead Westminster.
Somehow, she finds time to be secretary for the youth league and (don't ask me how she does all this) delivers meals to the senior citizens in Taneytown four days a week. Did I mention that she also works part time at the control counter at Thunderhead Taneytown?
Jenkins was born and raised in Carroll County and lives in Taneytown. She has a high game of 245 and a high set of 570.
The kids in the tournament?
Angie Brown, who turned 15 in February, carries a 167 average
and in the tournament had a total of 915 for five games to take first place in her division. She'll be going on to the state finals at Fair Lanes Annapolis (Anne Arundel County) next week.
A month before her birthday, Angie threw games of 204-258-185 for a career high series of 647 at Thunderhead Taneytown.
Heather Parrish, 7, who attends Taneytown Elementary, started bowling in September, but at the tournament she was second in the grade 2-and-under division. Heather lives in Taneytown with her parents, Sherrie and Mike Parrish, and her year-old brother, Heath.
Heath probably won't start bowling until he's 3 or 4.
Doug Blair, a resident of nearby Fairfield, Pa., does his bowling at Fort Ritchie (Washington County) and Thunderhead Taneytown -- at Fort Ritchiesince his father, Frank, is retired from the Air Force and at Taneytown because it's close to home.
He carries a 170 average at Fort Ritchie and a 158 at Taneytown using a 16-pound ball. His career high game is a nice 278 and his high set a strong 658.
Blair started bowling when he was about five; he is 14 now. Oh, yes, it was when he was 5 years old that he started to study tae kwon do, and now he has ablack belt in that difficult sport.
Recently he won the all-eventscratch bowling tournament at Fort Ritchie and Turner's Lanes in Hagerstown, Washington County. Doug won the state championship in the Bantam division in 1985 and repeated that victory in 1989 as a Prep bowler.
Oh, yes, he's a point guard in basketball for the Fairfield Junior High Knights, where he is in the eighth grade. I forgot to ask him what he does in his spare time.
Clint Caples is another young bowler who doesn't have a lot of spare time. Clint, 14, lives in Taneytown with parents Patricia and Roman Caples and is in the ninth grade at Francis Scott Key High.
He's a pitcher for the Eagles junior varsity baseball team and was a forward, averaging 16 points, for thefreshman basketball team. Last year, he won the Coca-Cola championship in Ocean City for his grade division.
At Thunderhead Westminster earlier this month, he was second in the 9-12 grade division with a630 series and missed winning that tournament by just six pins.
Caples has a career high game of 256 and a high set of 694.
Tomorrow, the 18th Annual Coca-Cola National Duckpin Youth Championshipregional tournaments will finish at Mount Airy Lanes and the VillageLanes in Frederick.