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Tourney to aid family of coach killed by lightning


Bowlers will rack up dollars for the family of a Sykesville Little League coach killed by lightning on the ball field last month.

The County Bowling Lanes in Westminster is organizing the Marc Rickels Memorial Fund Tournament for July 23 and July 24.

"I spent more than 20 years in the Westminster Little League and I got to know the Sykesville people," said Kenny T. Frock Sr., manager of the lanes in Westminster Shopping Center. "I know how devoted the coaches are."

Mr. Rickels, 34, was struck by lightning June 15 after canceling the game he had coached for his 8-year-old son, Brian.

"He was Mr. Baseball," said Beverly Cochran, a fellow coach at the Obrecht Road fields. "He'd come up and do anything to help you out, any time."

Mr. Frock said he heard the Rickels family was "in dire straits" and decided to dedicate the summer tournament to helping them. The lanes will donate $5 from each $20 entry fee to the memorial fund.

The summer tournament usually draws at least 100 players, he said.

"I feel we will get to about 200 bowlers this time," said Mr. Frock, who has been "in the bowling business in Carroll County" for 30 years.

"I know that people in South Carroll are really pushing to make this event a success," he said.

So popular is the cause, Mr. Frock said, "people who don't even bowl want to play."

Handicaps will apply, he said. Tournament teams will play in shifts, from noon to 9 p.m. both days. Cash prizes will go to high scorers.

Mr. Frock discussed his idea for a charity tournament with Reisterstown Federal Bank in Eldersburg, which is collecting donations for the family. Through the bank, he said, he received the family's OK for the project.

"I think this is a really good cause, and I hope everyone supports it," he said.

Organizers also plan a raffle, with proceeds to be split between the winner and the memorial fund. A bake sale, from noon to 4 p.m. July 23, is also expected to help swell donations.

The Carroll County Times is co-sponsoring the event.

To reserve a shift time or for information, call 876-8430 or 857-1977.

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