Youth bowlers from Howard County took home more than their fair share of trophies from the recent Maryland State Young American Bowling Alliance Championship Tournament awards luncheon in Westminster.
First place in the Prep Boys Doubles went to Brock Daley and Blaine Vendettuoli, both of Ellicott City, with a total pin fall of 1052.
Kenny Stewart, 14, of Elkridge, dropped 1996 pins for the All-Events Handicap first-place award for the Junior Boys division.
Kennycame back to take third place in the Junior Boys Singles with a nice672.
In the Prep Boys Singles event, Brock captured ninth place with a 321 total.
Derek Whittaker, 13, of Reisterstown, tied for 11th with 514. Derek bowls at Brunswick Normandy Lanes in the Saturday morning Youth League.
Chris Stewart, 13, of Elkridge, and CheyenneWilson, 13, of Ellicott City, teamed up in their Junior Mixed Doubles to take second place with a 1207 pin total.
Chris, still in the Junior Division, came in sixth in the Boys Singles event with a totalof 2577.
Josh Kordela, 16, of Catonsville, bowling in the Major Boys Singles, threw a 672 series to take fifth place in that event.
In the Major Boys Doubles, Joey Layman of Garrett Lanes teamed up with Jon Pine of Columbia Lanes to take second place with a 1351.
Since capturing that trophy, Jon has moved to Texas with his folks.
With the exception of Jon Pine, all of the trophy winners were from the Saturday Morning Youth League at Brunswick Normandy Lanes.
A few words about some of the winners:
Kenny Stewart, son of bowlers Brenda and Kenneth Stewart, will
enter the ninth grade this fall atGrace Bible Christian School.
He has been bowling for three yearsand carries a 131 average. His high game is 213.
He waited until he was in the State Championship tournament to throw his big series, 672.
His mother carries a 140 average, and his father has a 187.
Kenny's advice for other young bowlers?
"Don't crank," Kenny said. "I do, and I keep tearing the skin off my hand. But that's the wayI bowl, and I guess I'll keep on doing it."
Brock Daley, son of Sharon and Wally Daley, attends Patapsco Middle School.
He's been bowling for one year.
"I was never serious about bowling," Wally Daley said, "so I didn't start Brock bowling. Last fall when the swimming season was over, he decided that bowling would be fun."
Brock obviously learns fast.
Throwing an 8-pounder, Brock carries an 82 average with a high game of 150.
And his dad says that Brock's a better baseball player than bowler; he pitches and plays shortstop for the Edreco Pirates in the travel league.
Cheyenne Wilson is a three-year bowling veteran.
In March, she was the Bowler of the Month at Normandy Lanes; In 1990 she won the Christmas tournament, and in the YABA tournament she took first place in the Mixed Doubles event.
Josh Kordela, son of Stan and Pat Kordela, has been bowling since he was 13.
Josh attends the Arlington Baptist High School. Bowling in the Varsity League at Normandy Lanes, he carries a 140 average with a high game of 213 and a high set of 538.
The youth bowlers fromHoward County took home more than their fair share of the trophies.
The county's youth bowlers aren't the only ones who progressing in the bowling world.
Lee Nienjadly, 34, of Columbia, bowling out of Columbia Lanes, is an electrical engineer at Westinghouse.
Nienjadly started bowling when he was 8 and now is one of the outstanding amateurs in the Baltimore-Washington area.
But not for much longer.
On the amateur side, Nienjadly, who averages 220 and has four 300 games to his credit, rolled a four-game series of 966 in the Country Club Lanes High Roller Tournament.
That win bought him a berth in the Las Vegas High Roller Tournament for August; it's worth $1,000.
On the professional side, he has just been approved by the Professional Bowlers Association to bowl in regional professional tournaments.
Because of this approval, he cannot accept a place in the amateur Las Vegas event.
And on July 6 and 7, Nienjadly bowled in his first regional professional event at Eagle Rock Lanes in West Orange, N.J.
What does he have to say about all this? "Long oil wouldbe nice on all the lanes."