Asimenios survives all-Maryland finals to take All-Star Classic

Top seed Adele Asimenios beat out nearly 100 of the finest women duckpin bowlers in the country at the 14th annual Ladies All-Star Classic last weekend at Fair Lanes Southwest in Linthicum, taking home the $2,000 first-place prize.

For the second year the five finalists formed an all-Maryland line-up: Asimenios, Sharon Sachs, Dorrie Brenner and Diane Ludwig are from the Baltimore area, and Diane Sicca is from Laurel. Sachs and Ludwig were in the top five last year.


In the first of the four stepladder matches, Ludwig defeated Sicca, 171-141. After Ludwig threw a third-frame spare and capped it with a double-header strike, the match was never in doubt.

In the second game, against Brenner, Ludwig appeared headed for her second victory, opening with a triple-header in the first three frames, a fourth-frame 9-count and a pick-up of the single pin for a spare and a 34-pin lead in the fifth frame. But in duckpins, strange things can happen.


In the next five frames, Ludwig faced splits and never marked again. Brenner, after three open frames, fired a strike in the seventh and finished with three spares to defeat Ludwig, 153-148.

Brenner faced Sachs in the semifinal game. After the second frame, (both women spared in the first two frames) Sachs held a lead of two pins. Even with Brenner filling the last four frames with marks, the outcome was never in doubt. Sachs finished with 162 to Brenner's 147.

The final match pitted Sachs against Asimenios in what everyone expected to be a high-scoring match. But this was duckpins, and strange things happen.

In the first frame, Asimenios blew past the head pin and left the 1-3-6; then picked off a single pin and stayed clean with her third ball.

Sacks chopped with her first ball and in the second frame faced the 7-8 split.

It was an ugly start and never really got much better. In a game that was marred by a plethora of chops and splits, Asimenios held on for a 128-114 victory.

For Asimenios, the title was her third of the last six months. She won the Ladies Grand Prix in November at Fair Lanes Westview with a string of seven straight marks against Corrine Lipka. Early this month with her partner, Jeff Pyles, she won the Pinland Doubles Open tournament.

Sharon Petrecca of Pasadena, an 120-plus-average duckpin bowler, fired the only 200 game in last weekend's tournament. In the qualifying round on Saturday, she "concentrated on hitting her spot" and posted a 201 game.


A deadly Piranha

Joe Hock Jr. of Glen Burnie is on a roll. Bowling since he was 12 years old, he is a serious tenpin player.

A 220 average, 18 300 games, a high series of 814 and competition in five leagues and on the PBA regional circuit testify to that.

In the last month and a half, he has pounded out "about a dozen 700 sets with a high of 781."

How did he do it?

"The Piranha," Hock said. "It just out-hooks anything I've used. I drilled it myself and since I've started using it [less than two months ago] I've been averaging about 235."


That's the Columbia 300 Piranha, a two-piece reactive resin bowling ball containing up to two inches of FLEXCEL urethane by BASF, a new resin that allows increased hook on oily lanes when sanded and an increased flip when polished.

Tournament news

The DARE [Drug Abuse Resistance Education] tournament will draw police personnel from departments across Maryland to Bowl America Odenton on April 11.

"We're looking for another great turnout," said Bill Daywalt of the Anne Arundel police department and a DARE officer. "The tournament is a lot of fun and we raise a lot of money for the DARE program."

Information: (410) 222-DARE or Bowl America Odenton at (410) 551-9163.

* On Saturday and next Sunday, National Amateur Bowlers Inc. will be at Crofton Bowling Centre. First prize is $1,500. Information: (410) 721-2401.