Johnson, Butt roll on to Denver event

Danielle Johnson and Keith Butt will be traveling to Denver.

Johnson and Butt will represent Maryland in the Major (ages 15-21)Scratch Division at the Coca-Cola International Youth Championships next week.


In the Maryland State Young American Bowlers Alliance Championship tournament at Brunswick Perry Hall in May, Johnson and Butt earned their places in Denver against almost 900 of the finest young bowlers in the state.

They will be joined in Denver by Dayon Dixon of Baltimore and Crystal Miller of Taneytown, the winners of the Handicap Division.


In Denver, 292 young people from every state, six Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and the American military commands will compete for $40,000 in scholarships.

Johnson, from the Miles James Travel League and Fair Lanes Woodlawn Saturday morning league, posted a total of 1,675 to capture the Major Girls Scratch All Events.

Butt, of Country Club Lanes, totaled 1,882 to win the Major Boys Scratch All Events.

Johnson, a Northwest Baltimore resident, is the daughter of Gayle and Darrell Johnson, and will enter her senior year at Western High School in the fall.

"After she finishes high school she's hoping to attend a college with a good bowling team," Darrell Johnson said, "Perhaps Florida State or Wichita."

Johnson, 17, started bowling tenpins when she was 5 years old.

Throwing a 16-pound Torq, the right-hander has a 194 average. Her high game is 279, high set 679.

"My dad and my godfather, Willy Richardson, have coached me," she said. "And bowling in different centers with the travel league has helped me to bowl on different lane conditions."


What's her outlook for Denver?

"I'll do the best I can," she said. "I don't know if I'll win. But I'll do my best."

Butt, 17, has just graduated from Dundalk High School. He lives in Dundalk with his parents, Sandra and Robert Romberger, and bowls in the Saturday YABA at Country Club Lanes.

In the Major Boys team division, Team #200 from Brunswick Crown took the title. That team consisted of Jason Bailey, Tim Cooper, Pat McGainey and Wes McNeal; their total was 2,627.

The Major Girls team, #1 Miles James Travel, scored 2,460 for the championship. Kristen Troxel, Angie Meyers, Roshelle Brown and Danielle Johnson made up that team.

The Major Boys Doubles title went to Jason Bush of Rolling Road Fair Lanes and Tommy Pon of Country Club. They posted 1,361.


In the Major Mixed Doubles, Melinda Moore and Mike Mallett, both from Fair Lanes Southdale, teamed to score 1,383 for the title.

Mallett then teamed with Heather Franciosi of White Oak Lanes to win the Major Mixed Doubles with a score of 1,979.

In the Junior Division (ages 12-14), the Boys Team #112 from Brunswick Perry Hall, John and Bob Brockmeyer, Brian Gilbert and Bryan McHugh shot 2,338 to win.

Brian Lane of Perry Hall posted a 669 set to win the Junior Boys Singles.

The Girls Junior All Events was won by Jennifer Kane of Country Club Lanes with a 1,624 total.

Amber Noonan of Bowl America Reisterstown shot 1,900 to win the Junior All Events Handicap.


In the Prep Division (ages 9-11), Strike Force from Country Club -- Tommy Reilly, Jamie Scarbath, Brad Hayden and Matt Gibson -- shot 2,076 to claim the boys team title.

Prep Boys All Events crown went to Hayden with a total of 1,623.

The Prep Girls team, Tazz's Devils, from Country Club Lanes, shot 1,947 to win. That team consisted of Krista and Jennifer Mazziott and Katie and Crystal Carey.

The Mixed Team title went to R.D. Southerland, Tiffany Gibson, Cathy and Tommy Reilly (Team #62) from Country Club with a total of 1,945.

The Bantam Girls team of Cousins Plus One from Country Club -- Ashley and Melissa Weber, Jennifer Plasaj and Michelle Bevens scored 1,908 to win.

Tournament news


National Amateur Bowlers Inc will be at Annapolis Bowl next weekend, July 16-17.

First place is a guaranteed $1,000.

Information: (410) 266-0700.

* The Duckpin Bowlers Tour will be at Fair Lanes Owings Mills Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

First place is a guaranteed $600.

, Information: (410) 363-6630.