A team from the Harford County Sheriff's Department competed in the recent fourth annual Anne Arundel County Police FOP Lodge No. 70 tournament at Bowl America Odenton.
Joe Mitzel, Eileen Vananzo, Cole Nelson, Gary Vernon and Jerry Heathcote The team racked up a score of 3,054 pins, 170 pins behind the winners, Wilson's Raiders, and good enough for fifth place.
In addition, Vananzo pounded out the highest scratch for the women -- 576.
The event drew 50 teams last year, but this year 66 teams from as far away as Harrisburg, Pa., filled morning and afternoon squads.
Mitzel, a corporal and the budget and finance officer, is a 16-year veteran and lives in Bel Air. He bowls in the Sunday Mixed league at Bel Air Bowl.
The down-and-in stroker has a career high game of 260 and a high series of 656 using a 16-pound ball "that must 10 or 11 years old," he said.
Vananzo has been a secretary at the sheriff's office for four years. A native New Yorker, she lives in Joppatowne.
5l Bowling for about 10 years, she carries a 188 average and bowls twice a week, Wednesday in the Chesapeake Mixed and Friday in the Prime Time league at Country Club lanes. Her career high game is 270, high set 678.
"I was using a 14-pound Red Pearl Hammer in the tournament, and the lane condition was great," she said. "That's why I was able to shoot the 576 set."
Nelson will celebrate his 30th year in the Sheriff's Department inFebruary.
Born and raised in Harford County, Nelson lives in Darlington and bowls in the Tuesday Independent Men's league at Forest Hill Lanes.
"I started with duckpins," he said, "but now it's just tenpins. It's great recreation, and when I retire maybe I'll try the senior pro tour."
He has a 183 average in a single league and a career high game of 279 and a 702 series. Vernon of the criminal patrol is a resident of Havre de Grace. He started bowling 20 years ago and bowls in the Friday night Bill Snavely League at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen.
Owner of a 300 game and a 772 series, Vernon is serious about his bowling. "I've got eight bowling balls, including the Teal Rhino I favor right now," he said.
Heathcote bowls in the Sunday early mixed league at Harford lanes and carries a 193 average.
Proceeds from the tournament benefited the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) school program in Anne Arundel County.
Scholarship named for Farro
Bonnie Kissner, secretary and
treasurer of the Cecil-Harford Young American Bowling Alliance, has announced that the Board of Directors of the Cecil-Harford YABA voted unanimously to dedicate the scholarship fund to Jerry Farro.
When the Eastern Maryland Junior Bowling Association began, Farro was its first president.
Many changes have taken place since.
The Junior Bowling Association became the Young American Bowling Alliance.
The Eastern Maryland Junior Bowling Association became the Cecil-Harford Association of the YABA.
The Awards Program was revamped, and all of the bowling centers have computer scoring.
The Cecil-Harford YABA's award now will be known as The Jerry Farro Memorial Scholarship.