Bowlers at Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster, Taneytown and Gettysburg might have noticed some changes last month.
A new management team has taken over the daily operation of the two Carroll County centers and the center in Gettysburg.
Doug Rebert is president of the corporation; Norm Rebert, general manager and treasurer, and Angie Rebert, marketing and youth education/fun director.
Starr Cassell will continue as on-site manager and central office coordinator at Westminster, and Jan Neil moves into a new position as assistant manager at that location.
Louise Arvin continues as manager at Taneytown. Bob Mintor has joined the organization as business consultant and oversees the operation of the Gettysburg center.
The present leadership will be sponsoring special events, kids' programs, tournaments and classes for bowlers of all skill levels.
He's king at Thunderhead
Jim King, Kentucky born and Carroll County raised, lives in Westminster and bowls in a single league, the Sunday Happy Casuals at Thunderhead Westminster.
"I went bowling about three years ago," he said. "Liked it a lot, joined a league and I've stayed with it ever since."
Using a Blue Hammer drilled and fitted at Reisterstown Pro Shop, he's watched his average climb to 146. He's posted a career high game of 234 and a set over 550.
"Tenpins is a great game," King said. "I'm trying to get some practice games bowled and that seems to be helping a lot."
It's helping enough that King threw games that were 65 pins over average to claim the November Bowler of the Month crown at Thunderhead.
Watching TV pays off
Pam Lamb, bowling in two leagues (Wednesday in the Harrison High Rollers and a Saturday Mixed at Thunderhead Westminster), ended last season with a 169 average.
Last month in the Harrison High Rollers she posted her career high single game and three-game series.
Starting slowing with a 147 game, Lamb accelerated rapidly. The second game featured a triple-header in the first three frames, a fourth-frame spare and then seven strikes, a string that remained unbroken until the last ball thrown left a seven-pin standing. The result was an outstanding 276 game.
Lamb added a 202 third game for her lifetime best series of 625.
"I've never had a bowling lesson," said Lamb, a left-hander. "But I watched Earl Anthony [one of the best professional tenpin bowlers ever and a left-hander] on TV and tried to duplicate his style."
That style is out to the ditch and back into the pocket, and that's the way that Lamb throws her 15-pound Pink Hammer bowling ball.
Tenpin tour returning
Stacey Karten's Free State Classic Tenpin tour will return to County Lanes in Westminster on Jan. 15-16.
The weekly tour started last April and ran for 23 weeks into late September. After postponing the last schedule, Karten received numerous inquiries to bring the tour back.
There will be higher weekly guaranteed prizes: $800, first place; $400, second place and $250, third place.
Handicap for men is 80 percent of 220 and for women 90 percent of 220.
Information: (410) 356-0936.