Miller gains national berth with state youth final win

The Youth Bowling Championship State Finals took place at Hagerstown with entries from every corner of Maryland.

Crystal Miller of Taneytown won the girls 12-21 Handicap Division, and Stephanie Rill of Westminster was second in the girls 12-and-under event.


Miller's victory earned her a spot in the national finals. She will travel to Denver to compete on July 20 for $5,000 in scholarship money.

In her first year of competition in the Young American Bowling Association Saturday morning league at Thunderhead


Taneytown, Miller finished with an 87 average; her high game was 156 and her high set was 434. She accomplished that using a house ball.

"She has a new ball now," her mother, Tammy Little, said.

"She's practicing now with a 10-pound Columbia White Dot for Denver."

Miller, 13, who will enter the eighth grade at West Middle School in the fall, has a great approach to the national finals in Denver.

"I'll do the best I can and if I win, great," she said,

"But if I don't win I'll know I tried my best."

No matter what happens at Denver, Miller has a $250 scholarship and the trip in the bag.

Rill, 12, will enter the eighth grade at East Middle School in the fall.


In her second year of competition in the YABA at Thunderhead Westminster, she carried a 113 average. She has a career high game and set of 169 and 453, respectively.

At Hagerstown, Rill pounded out the 453 series, added 234 handicap pins for a total of 687 and a second-place finish to winner Julie Wolfe of Elk Lanes in Elkton.

Top-notch secretaries

"Both do an excellent job for me," said Ginny Blackowicz, marketing director for Hampstead Lanes. "Every center should have secretaries like them"

"Them" are Dave Janocha and Jarrod Asper.

Janocha lives in Manchester and is secretary of the Saturday mixed league at Hampstead. A truck driver, he carries an average in the 150-plus range. He's been secretary for five years.


Asper of Hampstead has been a duckpin bowler for "about nine years." He has a 124 average; his high game is 217 and his high set is 460.

"I won't forget the 217 game," said Asper, a Southern States employee. "That was the first game of the set, and the next two games were in the 90s."

Secretary of the Monday Men's Church league (12 teams, each from a different church), Asper subs in Tuesday and Wednesday leagues at Hampstead. This is the first year that the Church League has been sanctioned.

"Several of the members wanted to bowl in the [national] tournament at Hagerstown this year," Asper said, "To do that they must be sanctioned."

How tough can it be when you're secretary of a church league?

"It's not the paper work," he said. "With the computer programs they have now the paper work is pretty easy. I guess the toughest thing is keeping everybody happy. The rules have to be enforced, but the folks involved have to know that it is the rule and that it applies to everybody."