Donna Rosenthal has been bowling duckpins for a while and && carries a 121 average in a league at Fair Lanes Eastpoint.
But her friend, Debbie Kropfelder said Rosenthal never considered herself good enough to compete in a women's scratch tournament. Until Kropfelder talked her into it.
"She didn't think she could compete," said Kropfelder. "I encouraged her to try the tournament."
Good thing, too. Not only did Rosenthal compete in the Good Neighbor Woman's Open Tournament at Edgemere Lanes, she won the thing, beating some pro duckpin bowlers in the process.
Rosenthal shot games of 172, 144, 177, 139 and 158 for a 790 series. It was good enough for first place and $500.
Finishing second was Linda Johansen, who shot a 763 (151, 149, 156, 151, 156) and won $250; third place went to Andrea Lanahan, who shot a 759 (155, 159, 148, 174, 123); fourth went to Theresa Vermillion with a 755 (181, 187, 108, 150, 129); and fifth went to Anita Rothman, who rolled a 735 (165, 149, 119, 180, 122).
Said Linda Broda, who helped run the tournament, "She [Rosenthal] shocked everybody."
Kropfelder said it took her friend a few days to get over the shock herself.
And for Kropfelder, Rosenthal had a special thanks for convincing her to sign up for the tournament, which featured 69 entries.
"She took me and my husband out to dinner," she said.
13-year-old throws big game
John Cummins III is only 13, but last weekend he shot a pretty big game for any age -- a 266.
"He had the first nine [strikes] in a row, and in the 10th frame he split," said John's father, John Cummins.
The younger John Cummins topped his father's best game of 202. Dad carries a 165 average, his son, a 156. Young Cummins bowled his big game in the Constance Branch Youth League at Fair Lanes Edgewood.
Soller scores 717
Bob Soller, 63, has been bowling in the Lively Set League at Towson Fair Lanes for more than 20 years, and recently he shot his best series -- a 717, with games of 243, 238 and 236.
"He's been so close to that 700 before, but he's never got it," his wife, Mary said.
Soller, who works for the city of Baltimore, carries a 191 average; his wife, a 170.
Poore gets richer
Fairley Poore, a 139-average bowler, was top seed last week in the Amateur Duckpin Tour at Fontana Bowl. Poore, 46, rolled a 169 game to defeat Wayne Odham of Beltsville for the championship.
Poore won $900 for his effort; Odham collected a check for $450.
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Shelton throws a 768
Craig Shelton, bowling in the Wednesday night league at Brunswick Columbia lanes, had a pretty good night of bowling this week, putting up games of 287, 203 and 278 for a 768 series -- his highest ever.
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