What happened at County Lanes in Westminster on Oct. 12 was a first.
"It was strike, spare, nine-count all night," Mickey Iafrate said with a laugh. "I think I threw one six-count on a strike. The rest of the time it was eight and nine counts."
At the end of the Tuesday Night Men's League play that night, Iafrate had filled all 30 frames with marks.
That's been done plenty of times, but it was odd because he never scored a double, didn't have a 600 series and when the last pin had fallen had three 196 games.
He lives in Manchester and bowls in the single league at the local center. Bowling for about 25 years he carries a 189 average with a career-high game and set of 267 and 712, respectively.
Just missed 300
Gordon Johnson of Westminster quit bowling tenpins in the late '80s.
"Last year I decided to try the game again," he said. "Everything had changed, the bowling balls, the lane condition, it was like starting over."
A 193-average tenpin bowler in the past, Johnson carried 178 last year, 187 this year.
"I never shot a 300 game," he said, "but I had a bunch of close games, 298s and 299s when I was bowling at Owings Mills."
Last year he went to Jerry Sieglein of Reisterstown Pro Shop and had a new 16-pound Columbia Beast fitted and drilled; that took care of the new equipment. And now he's mastering the new, and different, lane conditions.
On Oct. 5, at Thunderhead Westminster in the Monday Mixed League he pounded out 11 strikes in a row and came within an ace of that elusive 300 game.
"I trusted my shot," he said. "But I just clipped the head pin and left the 2-4-8 standing."
That's a 297 game.
Breaking the bank
Terry Stonesifer broke the house bank at Thunderhead Lanes Westminster for $346 on Oct. 24, when he rolled a 511 duckpin series, built on a 207 game.
"I'm bowling a little more this year," Stonesifer said, "And I'm bowling some duckpin tournaments, too."
The Carroll County native has been bowling ducks for about 12 years and is active in three leagues at Thunderhead. Owner of a career high game of 222 and a high series of 539, he had games of 132 and 172 to add to his 207 game.
Colorama at Thunderhead
Ginny Blackowicz, marketing manager for Thunderhead Lanes, has announced that it's $4.75 to bowl in the Friday morning colorama. "That includes the games, cash prizes, free games and free shoe rental," she said.
Blackowicz became affiliated with the three Thunderhead centers (Westminster, Taneytown and Gettysburg) last summer.
The Manchester resident brings over a dozen years experience in the bowling industry to her latest position.
She will encourage youths to bowl in after-school programs, have Sunday adult/youth breakfast and bowling events, provide bowling instruction and encourage handicapped groups to bowl.