Howard's Finest, a team from Howard County, captured second place in the fourth annual Anne Arundel County Police Lodge #70 Tournament at Bowl America Odenton.
In the field of 64 teams, Howard's Finest finished just 63 pins behind the winning team, Wilson's Raiders.
Howard's Finest consisted of five officers from the Howard County Police Department: Sue and Joe Geibler, Steve Guzik, Bill Hayes and Jim Reske.
The Geiblers live in Elkridge and bowl in the Monday-afternoon league at Brunswick Normandy. Sue, with six years on the force, is a fingerprint specialist and Joe, a nine-year force veteran, is a property department detective.
Originally from southern Anne Arundel County, Sue started bowling about 10 years ago.
"I'm still using a bowling ball that Wayne Webb [PBA bowler] gave me," she said. She met Webb about 10 years ago at a pro-am event and admired his signature-model ball. "He's such a gentleman that he gave me a 13-pound model of the ball," she said. "I've been using it ever since."
Last year she used it to average 136, this year that average has increased to 143; her high game is 217. Joe Geibler holds a 151 average.
In the tournament, Sue threw games of 201, 139 and 180 for a scratch total of 520; with handicap she totaled 653. That gave her high handicapped series.
Guzik, born and raised in Baltimore Highlands, bowls in the Monday Old Mill league at Bowl America Glen Burnie. He is a part-time jack-of-all-trades at the center.
"I started bowling about six years ago," he said. "Now I'm a certified instructor and I guess that I have nine or 10 bowling balls that I use."
In the tournament, Guzik used a 15-pound Turbo-X. He has an average of 184 with high game of 266, a high set of 675.
Reske, originally from Detroit, lives in Ellicott City. A 21-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department, he started bowling last fall in the Monday Howard County Employees league at Brunswick Normandy.
Throwing a 14-pound ball, he's averaging 133; his high game is 198.
Reske has combined his police career with another line of work: he's a registered nurse.
"I just drifted into nursing," Reske said. "It started with first aid and progressed from there to nursing school. I'll be retiring from the police department this year and start nursing full time."
Bowler of Year tournament
Brunswick Normandy will conduct a Bowler of the Year tournament on May 22 at the center.
To be eligible you must have bowled in at least one Bowler of the Month tournament. Handicap is 80 percent of 210.
The winners will receive cash and one month of free bowling.
Bowl for merchandise
A Pro Shoppers league will begin at Brunswick Normandy at 7 p.m. June 11. It's a four-member team event and runs for 12 weeks.
By paying an extra amount each week, bowlers will receive merchandise of their choice at the end of the league.
Information: (410) 465-0355.
Casino league in Columbia
Brunswick Columbia has a casino league starting on Tuesday, May 11, at 6 p.m.
The members automatically are entered into the Summer
Merchandise Madness, 10 weeks of competition with hundreds of dollars in prizes awarded. For information, call (410) 381-7750.