Bowling teams representing law enforcement agencies across Maryland, Virginia and Washington recently filled Bowl America Odenton for the DARE tournament. The Baltimore City team dropped 3,038 pins to place third.
Captained by David Mills, the team of Kenneth Blackwell, Crawford Blackman, Roland Willis and Joanna Hager were 86 pins off the first-place pace set by the FOP Lodge 6F.
Mills, a 14-year veteran of the police department, bowls in a single league, the Sunday Funnies at Kings Point. He carries a 174 average with a high game of 264 and a high set of 650.
The Northwest Baltimore patrolman lives in Cockeysville and has been bowling "all my life."
"This is the second year we've bowled in the DARE tournament," he said. "Bill Daywalt [tournament director] always has a great tournament and it's for a really good cause."
Hager of Dundalk, the only civilian on the Sudden Impact team, fired a scratch 232 game to take the women's high single game. She began bowling with the police team when a spot had to filled.
"I used to bowl in five leagues every week," Hager said, "but now I've cut that back to the Sunday Funnies at Randallstown."
That's enough for her to carry a 187 average. Her career-high game is 269, high set is 671.
A quick 298
Shawn Davis, 18, is beginning to feel comfortable on the lanes at Country Club.
"He started bowling seriously about eight months ago," said manager Curt Pezzano. "Now he's averaging about 190, and last week he came close to a 300 game."
Davis of Rosedale, who is a pin chaser at the center, scored 298.
World records at Middlesex
Two duckpin world records were set at Middlesex this season in the Monday Major Mixed league.
The team of Ron Clayton (194), Jerry Foard (149), Thelma Hoffmand (139), Joyce Sala (200) and Tom Hinchliffe (160) posted a score of 842 to break the five-member mixed record for a single game.
The world record for a five-member, mixed team three-game series was set by Debbie Dove (425), Betty Ann Hess (475), Shawna Laird (405), Hank Izdebski (458) and Marty Ogle (479). They totaled 2,242 to topple the old record of 2,216.