The Wednesday Kitchen League at Fair Lanes Southwest duckpin center hasn't been around as long as kitchens have, but it's still been around awhile.
"I was there that day in 1950 when the league started," Doris Keefer said. "We started bowling at Manny's [Harmon] center on Ritchie Highway. Marie Volandt, Celeste Maxwell and Dot McNeill are still bowling, too. It was when Southwest was built [in the early 1960s] that we started bowling there."
Eleanor Cookerly, league secretary, has worked part time at Southwest for for 10 years.
"I think that the Kitchen League is one of the friendliest leagues I've ever seen," Cookerly said.
Cookerly has been bowling since 1969 and carries a 112 average with a high game of 189 and high set of 423. The Ferndale resident is married to Bill Cookerly. A bad elbow has curtailed her husband's bowling.
Doris Keefer has been president of the league for 15 years. The Severn resident has a high game of 169 and there was a time when she averaged 108.
Youth tournament set
The Parents-Coaches Association will present the Youth Open on March 28 at Bowl America Odenton.
The PCA was formed in October 1992 to provide another place for the youth in the area to compete.
"Carole and Thom Brady were the moving force behind the forming of the charitable organization," Craig Luntz, manager of Bowl America Odenton, said. "And the people that joined the PCA really are interested in helping the kids."
Carole and Thom Brady of Odenton are active with the bowling youth of the town. Carole carries a 184 average with a high game of 278 and a high series of 695. But she's much more interested in helping youngsters learn to bowl and to compete.
"We want an organization that was devoted to the young bowlers," she said. A sales director, she knows how to sell an idea. In short order she and Thom had 15 adults, parents and coaches lined up.
After the March tournament, the PCA will present a scholarship tournament on May 9. It will be YABA sanctioned and consist of two divisions, ages 5-8 and 9-12.
A few weeks ago, it was reported that Dan Rosenthal of Randallstown had a difficult time making it to the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic at Pikeville Lanes in May.
He thought he had qualified at Southwest with a handicapped 885 total, only to be informed that he had used the wrong average to compute his score. A few days later, he was informed that even with his corrected, higher average, he had, indeed, qualified for the national finals.
But now, it turns out that he won't qualify. Rosenthal, as too many bowlers do, had bowled in a non-sanctioned league. That disqualifies him for all sanctioned events. And you didn't being sanctioned was important?