Janice Hoshall has come up with a solution for the no-shows and late-arrivers for league night bowling: Keep it all in the family.
Janice Hoshall, Christine Hoshall, Dennis Hoshall, Mike Hoshall and Matt Smith make up the Untouchables.
All the team members live in Carroll County. Smith and Christine Hoshall live in Sykesville, and Janice, Dennis and son, Mike, live in Finksburg.
"Matt is our [Dennis and Janice's] nephew," Janice said. "And a family team isn't unusual for our family. At one time both mom and dad bowled with us."
The Untouchables are not just a family team, they're a tough team.
Janice, an employee of the Maryland China shop in Reisterstown, has been bowling for "about 10 years." She has a 150-plus average with a career high game of 243, a high series of 523.
"I don't throw a lot of big sets," she said. "But I'm steady."
Husband Dennis, employed by the Baltimore County highway department, started bowling with duckpins when he was a youngster. He has a 170 average, a high game of 268, and career-high series of 666.
Son Mike, 20, is in his first year of league bowling.
"At first Mike was a duckpin bowler," his mother said. "Then he was working the night shift [he's a machinist] so he couldn't bowl with us but this year he switched to day work and is able to bowl with the family."
Niece Christine, bowling since she was 18 years old, carries a 157 average.
1% "I'm using a 14-pound U-Dot right
now," Christine said. "I've a bunch of other bowling balls but I'm bowling pretty good with the U-Dot."
Good enough for a career high game of 262 a few weeks ago. Her best set is a 597.
Not bad for someone who's been a league bowler for only a few years.
Smith, 19, a brother of Christine, started bowling in league competition two years ago.
"And he started using a fingertip grip recently," Janice said. "That's a tough switch when you've been used to a conventional grip."
* Don't forget, the Six Game Scratch Singles Tournament at County Lanes is Labor Day, Sept. 6. That's scratch, six games across 12 lanes. Call (410) 876-8430.
Ginny Blackowicz, league coordinator at Hampstead Bowling Center, wants everyone to know that if they want to bowl this coming winter season to call her now. Leagues are filling up rapidly. Call (410) 239-8130.