Hampstead tenpin youth head for City Tournament Blackowicz sets sights on Southdale


Ginny Blackowicz, league coordinator at Hampstead Bowling Center, will take a gang of tenpin bowlers from the YABA Saturday leagues to the City Tournament at Fair Lanes Southdale in Pasadena on Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 6-7.

"I'm proud of all my kids," Blackowicz said. "They're all winners to me."

* The Rosenbergers -- Adam, 11, Amy, 13, and Rob, 14 -- will be there. The youngsters from Upperco have been bowling for four years at Hampstead lanes.

Adam is a sixth-grader at Franklin Middle School and averages 118 with a high game of 169 and a high series of 405. Amy attends Franklin Middle School in the eighth grade and has a 122 average with high game and set of 158 and 403, respectively.

Rob is a ninth-grader at Franklin High School. His average is 153, high game 223 and high set 558.

* David Janocha Jr. just plain likes bowling. Twelve years old on Christmas Day and in the seventh grade at North Carroll Middle school, he lives in Manchester. He started bowling duckpins when he was 5 and later switched to tenpins.

"He's just starting to get used to a fingertip grip on the new bowling ball he received for Christmas," his mother, Nancy, said. And as for bowling, he'd bowl every day if I'd let him. He just loves it."

* Mike McKenzie, 16, a North Carroll High student, started bowling in the autumn of 1989. Living in Manchester, he caught on to the sport rapidly.

Throwing a Blue Knight bowling ball, he's averaging 180 with a high game of 242 and a high set of 642, figures that bowlers twice his age would be happy with.

* The Trawinski brothers, John and Joe, live in Hampstead. Their father, Ray, has a 166 average in the Tuesday Men's League at Hampstead Lanes. Joe, 11, has a 100 average and John a 120.

Joe, in the sixth grade at North Carroll Middle School, has a high game of 140. John's average is 120 with high game of 176 and high set of "over 500." John is an eighth-grader at North Carroll Middle School, and he's "looking forward to playing football for North Carroll".

* When Melissa Blackowicz isn't on the lanes, you'll find her in one of her three pairs of dancing shoes: ballet, jazz or tap.

Daughter of Ginny and Ron Blackowicz and sister of 6-year-old Sarah, Melissa started bowling duckpins and two years ago switched to tenpins. Sarah bowls duckpin (averages in the 50s), and her dad, Ron, carries a 186 tenpin average in the Monday Night Mixed at Hampstead lanes. And of course, her mother coaches her.

Melissa has a 123 average and career high game of 161, high set of 454. She's a ninth-grader at North Carroll High. "How well she bowls depends on her level of concentration," Ginny said.

* There will be many more from Hampstead Lanes at the tournament: Kevin McKenzie (brother of Mike), Tammy Fisher, Mike and Jennifer Miele, Todd Schaffer, Adrienne Goodrich, Rickie Hawver, Dan Cunningham and Nathan Robrecht.

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