'Best' team wins at Alliance tournament

The Maryland State Young American Bowlers Alliance Championship Tournament drew nearly 900 youngsters to Brunswick Perry Hall.

In the Junior Division (12-14), the mixed-team event was won by "The Best."


That's the four-member team from Bel Air Bowl of Chris Sorger, Tracy Testerman, Mike Martinek and Patricia Ryan. They fired a total of 2,412.

Sorger of Bel Air will be a sophomore at C. Milton Wright High School. Bowling since he was 7, Sorger carries a 142 average. Using a house ball, he's thrown a 241 game and a 570 set.


And "he's geting too good for me to coach any more," said his father, Wayne.

"I throw a pretty straight ball," Sorger said. "Between the second and third arrow with a little hook. In the tournament I had games of 180, 195 and 175 but it was Tracy [Testerman] having a set that was 107 pins over average that really won it for us."

Testerman will be in the 11th grade at C. Milton Wright. She has an average of 96.

Martinek, bowling since he was 11, lives in Fallston and will be a sophomore at Fallston High.

"He carries about a 140 average," his older brother Phil said. "And he's a pretty good track and cross country runner."

Ryan, lives in Bel Air and attends Harford Tech.

Using an 11-pound ball, she has a 112 average with a 189 high game and a high set of 502.

"Dad [James] got me started bowling when I was about 5," she said. "He's one of the coaches at Bel Air Bowl on Saturday morning and, of course, he coaches me."


And, yes, he's harder on her than the other YABA bowlers.

Paula Ahearn from Aberdeen Proving Ground bowling center fired her first 600 set, a 603, in the competition. She captured the Junior Girls singles title.

Damon Doebler from Forest Hill Bowling Center fired a total of 1,374 to win the All Events Scratch title.

In the Bantam Division (ages 8 and under), Todd Courtney of Bel Air shot 1,213 to win the All Events Scratch title.

Keith Butt of Country Club Lanes won the Major Boys Scratch All Events title with a score of 1,882.

Danielle Johnson from Miles James Travel league fired a total of 1,673 to win the Major Girls Scratch All Events crown.


Butt and Johnson will represent Maryland in the scratch division in the Coca-Cola International Youth Championship in Denver on July 20-24.

That event will have 292 youth bowlers, who will come from every state, six Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and the American military commands to compete for $30,000 in scholarships.