Three teams from Mount Airy Lanes will compete at the National Duckpin Youth Championship Finals at Hagerstown Long Meadow Bowl on June 26, 27 and 28.
* Bantams (ages 10-12), Coach: Walter Hinton
The Just Do It team: Brian Perkins, Donnie Murphy, Nick Makuch, Brandon Miller and Scott Hinton
* Juniors (ages 13-15), Coach: Gina Fleming
The Destroyers team: Bobby Henneberry, Chris Norbury, Scott Norbury, Scott Gower and Jeff Hanzel.
* Majors (ages 16-21), Coach: Jeff Fleming
The Full House team: Sean Woods, Tiffany Raines, Michelle Gue, Sherry Tappon and Chris Logue
They earned their shot at a national title by winning the state finals at Hagerstown Southside Bowl on April 17, 18 and 20.
Patty Palmer, and her brother-in-law, Jeff Palmer, earned their way to the national finals of the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic in Connecticut by winning the qualifying rounds at Thunderhead Westminster. They will be competing for the individual first prize of $3,000 at T-Bowl Lanes in Newington, Conn. on May 16 and 17.
Patty Palmer lives in Hampstead with her husband, Alan, and bowls in the Friday Quads, a travel league, and the Monday Late Mixer at Thunderhead Westminster.
The customer service supervisor for Maryland National Bank has an average of 136 with a high game of 225 and a high series of 515.
A Westminster resident, Jeff Palmer is a utility foreman for the Charles J. Miller Inc. company and bowls in the Monday Late Mixer and the Thursday Men's Major leagues at Thunderhead Westminster. Jeff has a 134 average with a high game of 221 and a high set of 503.
His outlook on duckpin bowling is pretty simple: "They say when you're going good that you're in the groove. When I qualified for the nationals, I guess that I was just in the groove."
Dave Mandelson is a tenpin bowler who knows about being "in the groove." On April 7, the Eldersburg resident threw his first 300 game and came within a obstinate eight pin of a 800-series.
Dave, a sales coordinator for Royal Quality Foods, had a first game of 227, then fired 12 strikes for his 300 game and came back with a 266 game. It was in the 266 game that the eight pin stood on a solid pocket hit in the sixth frame.
"That's the second time that the solid eight cost me an 800 set," Mandelson said. "The 793 set tied another 793 set I had just a short time ago."
Mandelson bowls in the Brunswick Normandy Tuesday night Westinghouse league -- where he threw the 300 game -- and a Friday night league at Kings Point, Randallstown.
When asked if he did anything different to get his first 300 game after 18 years of bowling, he answered: "Well, I switched from my old standby bowling ball, a Hammer, to a Red Rhino because I wasn't happy with the way the Hammer was reacting that night."
Kelly Jirout didn't switch equipment in the Saturday Youth duckpin league at Thunderhead Taneytown and that worked out great for her.
Last month, Kelly pounded out a 457 series, one pin below the house record at Taneytown.
Kelly, 14, lives in Taneytown and attends Francis Scott Key High School; the ninth-grader carries a 123 average. She has been bowling since she was 7 years old.
Ginny Blackowicz reports that the youth Star of the Year tournament will be held at Hampstead Bowling Center on May 17.
Starting today, Hampstead lanes will have a duckpin youth/adult league at 3:00 p.m., running all summer; and an adult mixed league at 7:00 p.m.