Ginny Blackowicz, marketing director for Hampstead Bowling Center, has named her Young American Bowling Alliance and National Duckpin Youth Association Saturday morning leagues "The Stars of Tomorrow."
Which ones will make it to the top? Who can tell? But Blackowicz predicts at least two young tenpin bowlers will have future success.
"Tammy Fisher and Mike McKenzie," Blackowicz said, "I'm surthat these two youngsters are stars of tomorrow."
Fisher, 18, and a 1993 graduate of North Carroll High School, is a freshman at Villa Julia College, majoring in elementary education. She works part time at Hampstead Bowling Center.
The Hampstead resident finished last season with a 16average.
"This year I'd like to raise that average to about 170," Fisher said"I'm still using a 12-pound Angle bowling ball because it doesn't seem to tire me as much as a heavier ball does."
Bowling since kindergarten, she's posted a career high game of 255, a high series of 596. A Triple Crown winner (high average, game and set) in 1992, she's had the high game for three years at Hampstead's Saturday morning league.
In 1991 she was part of the team that took first place in the Baltimore City tournament. In 1991 she was second in the Coca Cola regional event, and in 1990 she placed first in the singles division of the city tournament and sixth in the state singles.
McKenzie, of Manchester, is in his last year at North Carroll High School and works at a supermarket.
"I'm saving up for a car," McKenzie said. "But I did get sompractice in this summer."
Last season he had a 184 average; his career high game is 256his high series 642.
"I'd like to average about 190 this year," he said. "I'm using aold Hammer Nail bowling ball, and it hooks pretty good."
The 17-year-old started bowling just four years ago and looks likhe's on his way to fulfill Blackow icz's prophecy.
"I know that one day he bowled six practice games and had a 643 set and a 580 set," said his mother, Rosemary. "So he's ready for the new season."
An auspicious debut
Bob Rill is more than ready for the new season. The Hampstead native, bowling duckpins for about 27 years, stepped up on the approach on the first night of the Tuesday Men's Commercial league (Sept. 7) and threw a 163 game.
Then, in the second game, he picked up a few more pins for a 167. In the third game, he added a few more pins for a 172. That adds up to a 502 set on the first night of the new season.
"It's going to be real hard to keep that average," Rill said. "And my team only won two points, one game and total pins."
Rill carried a 133 average last season. In 1979 in Hagerstown, he posted his career high game and series: a 234 single and a 523 series during which he threw eight strikes in a row.
How did Rill start the season with such a spectacular series?
"I had a bad knee. Fluid had to be removed from it," said Rill. "And that made me slow down on the approach. I think slowing down a little bit made my ball work better."