Gaines stands out in YABA crowd

The Maryland State Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) State Championship Tournament was held over three weekends May at Brunswick Perry Hall. Almost 900 youngsters from across Maryland competed, making it the largest YABA state event ever.

Taryn Gaines, a 19-year-old from Sykesville, captured the Major Girls Division Singles title with a 688 total.


The Carroll Community College student bowls in the Saturday Morning YABA league at Thunderhead Westminster.

Bowling since she was 6 or 7 years old, she carries a 142 average with a high game of 214 and a high series of 530.


Throwing a 12-pound Blue Knight bowling ball, Gaines will return to the YABA league next Fall.

Neil on a roll

Greg Neil and his wife Janet of Westminster are tenpin bowlers. Janet carries an average of 280-plus, and Greg is close to 200.

Bowling in two leagues last season, the Wednesday Men's at Thunderhead Westminster and the Never On Sunday League at Country Club Lanes, Greg Neil used his old 15-pound Phantom bowling ball to set two career bests and to break a house record.

In January at Country Club, he fired games of 258, 259 and 300 for a 817 series; both the 300 game and the 817 are career highs.

At that time Neil said that he wasn't doing anything different, he ++ just had one of those nights.

On the last of the fall/winter season at Thunderhead Westminster, Neil fired a 745 set that set the house record at



Rickels Memorial

County Bowling Lanes will play host to the Marc Rickels Memorial Fund Tenpin Singles Bowling Tournament on July 23 and 24.

Rickels, a Sykesville Little League coach, was killed when struck by lighting June 15 at his team's Little League game.

Entry fee for the tournament will be $20, with $5 from each entry going to the Marc Rickels memorial Fund.

Handicap for the event will be 80 percent for men and 90 percent for women from a 220 scratch figure.

All American Bowling Congress (ABC) and Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) rules will apply.


First-place prize will be $400, second $200 and third $100.

Squad times for each day will be noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. with bowlers drawing for lanes.

On Saturday, July 23, a bake sale will be held with all proceeds going to the Marc Rickels Memorial Fund.

For information, call (410) 857-1977 or (410) 876-8430.

Voss to hold clinics

Brian Voss of Roswell, Ga., the Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year in 1988 will hold two clinics at County Lanes in Westminster on Aug. 7.


Voss is the holder of 10 PBA championships, including the national championship in 1988 at Toledo.

Voss will conduct one-hour clinics beginning at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. After the morning session he will bowl against three men. After the afternoon session he will bowl against three women.

The entry fee is $20. Tickets are on sale at the center, which is located in the Westminster Shopping Center.