Christina Hamilton of Westminster kicked off her duckpin season with gusto.
Hamilton, 15, a sophomore at North Carroll High, started bowling when she was 5 years old.
"Miss Ginny [Blackowicz, former employee at Hampstead Lanes] helps me with my game," Hamilton said. "And, of course, my dad coaches me."
Her dad, Gary, carried a 130 average in the Tuesday Commercial league at Hampstead last season.
Last season, Chris averaged 97, this year it's already up to 102. And might go higher before the year is over.
On the first Saturday morning of the duckpin youth leagues, she fired a 141 game.
All in the family
When you're from a bowling family you become competitive at an early age.
The Hesen clan (mom Debbie, dad Joe, son James and daughter Lindsey) are tenpin bowlers.
The Hampstead residents do their league bowling at Hampstead lanes . . . and do it well.
Debbie carries a 172 average and Joe a 178; James' average is 160 and Lindsey's 122.
James, 15, is a junior at North Carroll High School and is starting to get serious about bowling.
He started bowling tenpins when he was about 6 or 7 years old.
The first Saturday of October, James rolled a 233 game, a careehigh for him.
K? And two pins higher than the 231 his dad shot the same week.
Kevin Carter, a married father of four, has time to bowl in a single league, the Tuesday Men's at Hampstead Lanes.
Last season he carried a 191 average; his high individual game and set are 289 and 766, respectively.
The last Tuesday in September he started slowly, posting a 207 and 218 game; then, the last game, started striking and came close to a 300 game, ending with a 269.
"That's one more time that I've been close to a 300 game," Carter said. "It seems that every time I [get close] I have a ball come up high and cost me the perfect game. When I shot the 766 [last March] I only had two open frames in the set."
Those two open frames in the middle of the last game cost him the 800 series.
Why is the lefty bowling so well this early in the season?
"I think it's because I'm concentrating more," he said.
"During the summer I bowled at Timonium and the ball returthere is above ground so that when I'm releasing my ball I'm looking at the returning ball. That meant that I had to concentrate more and I think that it's carried over into the winter season."
Changes at Mount Airy
If you haven't stopped at Joe Rineer's Mount Airy duckpin lanes for a while, then you haven't seen the renovations at the 12-lane center.
From the minute you drive onto the repaved parking lot or waldown the new concrete steps from the road you will be surprised. New lights have also been installed in the parking lot.
Inside, there's new seating in the scoring area and new wall coverings. Also, perhaps, by the time you read this, there'll have new masking units over the lanes. And not just new units, but units that will change in color and scenes from time to time.
K? In a short time the restrooms will be completely renovated.