The Mount Airy Lanes have been friendly in recent weeks for duckpin bowlers.
Jim Dodson, Steve Conners and Eric Ball all posted 200-plus games there.
Dodson was subbing, Conners was in his regular summer league and Ball started the new season in high gear by posting his 200 game on the first night of the winter league.
"Last year I bowled in just one league, the Sunday Night Mixed," Dodson said. "This season, I'm going to bowl in three leagues."
Tuesday and Sunday he'll bowl at Mount Airy Lanes; Thursday it'll be Village Lanes in Frederick. Both centers are close for the Monrovia resident.
"I'm looking for more consistency," Dodson said. "I figure that I have to bowl more often to do that."
Dodson, who has bowled for about 12 years, averaged 126 last season. His high series is a fine 485, and before his 200 game he had posted 194 an estimated six times.
"Joe Sherrick called me and asked me to sub for a lady who couldn't make it," Dodson said. "After the first two games I wasn't even thinking about a 200."
His first game in the summer league's Thursday Night Mixed was 130, the second game a 135.
The third game Dodson put it all together and posted a beauty -- 213.
Conners, 21, born and raised in Mount Airy, bowled in three winter leagues: the Sunday Mixed, the Monday Men's and the Tuesday Mixed, all at Mount Airy Lanes. In the summer he bowled in the Thursday Mixed.
He carried a 131 average with a high series of 496. Before Aug. 24,his high game was 197.
That night he rolled a 201 first game and a 156 second game, giving him a great chance for a 500 set.
"That last game I started chopping," Conners said. "The first seven frames I looked at splits then Norman [Sier, a Mount Airy Lanes employee] came to the lanes and told me that I wasn't following through with the ball. And he was right."
That piece of advice enabled Conners to salvage a 105 game and post a pretty fair 462 series.
"Both Norman and Joe [Rineer, proprietor of Mount Airy Lanes] have been helping me with my game," he said. "Now I've slowed down and I'm hooking the ball more. It seems to be working great."
Bowling for 12 of his 22 years, Ball, a Catonsville native and Woodbine resident, carried a 128 average last season. This rTC season he'll split his league time between Westview on Wednesday and the Sunday Mixed at Mount Airy Lanes.
It was in the first night of the new season with The Mixers, on Aug. 29, that Ball rolled his career-high single game -- 203.
The second game was 123, the third 149.
"That second game cost me a 500 set," Ball said. "For the first six frames I just chopped and chopped and kept looking at splits."
The series was still a strong 475, but that was still 11 pins under his career-high 486 series.
Kids bowling in Mount Airy
Starting this Wednesday, Mount Airy Lanes will introduce a new league: bumper bowling for ages 3-7.
The cost of $3.25 includes one pizza slice, one small soda and one game of bowling.
On Tuesday and Thursday, the fall youth duckpin after-school leagues will begin.
The leagues start at 4 p.m. and cost $4.50 per week; that's for three games of bowling and shoe rental.
For information, call (301) 829-0710.