The North-South Challenge Match drew 38 youth duckpin teams from Maryland, Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Washington to T-Bowl lanes in Hartford, Conn.
The Fair Lanes Travel League team of Jeremy Kavalsky, Laurie Keatts, Michael Kiskis, Marlon Bradshaw and Shaun Rutherford finished third in Division I. Randi Kavalsky captured both high average (124) and high individual game (178) in Division I.
The league consists of eight teams of quads from five Fair Lanes centers -- Eastpoint, Middlesex, Westview, Perring Parkway and Pikesville.
"I'm really proud of the team we took to Connecticut," said Loretta Hook, a league adviser. "Finishing third against the best young duckpin bowlers in the nation is outstanding."
Keatts, 13, began bowling when she was 3 years old. She'll be in the eighth grade at Holabird Middle School.
Bowling in the Saturday NDYA league at Eastpoint and the Travel League, she's posted a high game of 184 and a high set of 440.
Jeremy and Randi Kavalsky are part of a bowling clan. Their mother, Barbara, and their brothers, Mitch and Ben, are duckpin bowlers. Their father, Robert, carries a 200-plus tenpin average.
Jeremy, 13, began his duckpin career as a 4-year-old. Last season he carried a 120 average. The eighth-grader at Deer Park Middle School has a high game of 184 and a high set of 400-plus.
"I knew he'd bowl well in Connecticut," his mother said. "He likes to compete, and he was excited about going all the way to Connecticut to bowl in a national tournament."
Randi, 20, attends Catonsville Community College. She has bowled since she was 8 and carries a 114 average.
"I'm not surprised that she did so well," her mother said. "She always bowls better in tournaments. Bowling in a independent house instead of a Fair Lanes center probably made her concentrate better."
Edgemere lanes are ready
According to Donna Walters, manager of Edgemere Lanes, there's time for bowlers to sign up for the winter season.
On Sept. 12, the Senior Mixed League will begin.
Early-evening leagues are forming on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. On Tuesdays, a 9:30 p.m. triples league will bowl. On Wednesday mornings at 10:30, a women's handicap league will take to the lanes. On Saturdays, the Village Roller Mixed Quads will bowl at 9:45 p.m.
Information: (410) 477-0717.
Brooklyn lanes open
The Brooklyn Duckpin Lanes, under new management, had been closed recently for renovations.
"We're open for business," said Keith Clark. "And to kick off the new season, I'm offering a real bargain today. It's just 50 cents a game from noon till 8 p.m."