For Bel Air's P.E. Contractors, it was an above-average night

If you had been in Bel Air Bowl on Feb. 21, for the Monday First Nighters league, you could have watched the members of the P.E. Contractors team average 229 for every game of the 15 games shot that night for a total of 3,435 pins.

"I shot a 572 series and I was low man on the team," Chris Anderson said. "Now they [the other members of the team] call me the pacer."


Rich Byus shot a 678 series, Phil Lake used a 279 game as a cornerstone for his 746 set, Rob Richardson posted a 723 and Mick Barlow, the anchor man, fired a 716 series.

Anderson, a Bel Air native, bowls in just that one league.


"I've been bowling for about 25 years and my knees won't take the pressure of a lot of bowling anymore. In fact, I'm using as an excuse for the 572 set that I went bowling with my 5-year-old daughter, Brittney, earlier," he said.

Anderson carries a 196 average and has a high career set of 756. Earlier in his career he bowled on the regional PBA tour.

Byus lives in Forest Hill and carries a 186 average. He's been bowling about 14 years.

"That night the team shot the 3,435 was incredible," he said. "It's amazing how much fun it is when a team comes together like that."

Barlow, manager at Bel Air Bowl, shot back-to-back 256s and finished the set with a 204.

"Now I'm just waiting until I turn 50 [he's 45 now]," Barlow laughed, "then I head for the Senior Pro Tour."

While he's waiting for that, he'll continue to be, according to Anderson, "the best anchor I've ever seen and you can quote me on that."

A milestone finally reached


Jerome Heathcott, originally from Chicago, lives in Bel Air and bowls in two leagues, the Monday First Nighters at Bel Air Bowl and the Sunday Mixed at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen.

"I've been bowling for over 20 years," said Heathcott, a lieutenant in the Harford County sheriff's department. "And I've shot a bunch of 279s but I was about giving up on the perfect game."

A 200-plus average tenpin bowler, Heathcott doesn't have to think about the 300 game anymore.

On Feb. 28, at Bel Air Bowl, he started the night slowly.

"Forget the other two games of that set," he said, "it was the last one that I'll remember."

That was the game that he finally strung 12 strikes together for his first 300 game.


"Now that the 300 is out of the way, I can concentrate on the 800 set," Heathcott said.

Bel Air pro cashes

Marty Letscher of Marty's Pro Shop in Bel Air Bowl cashed at the $175,000 PBA National Championship at Ducat's Imperial Lanes in Toledo, Ohio, early this month, finishing in 27th place.