Brian Bever, Karl Schmidt, Mike Wheeler, Lee Brosius and Bruce Hollen earned a place in the $25,000 national finals in Reno, Nev., next July.
Competing in a field of 71 teams at ABC Lanes West in Harrisburg, Pa., the five local tenpin bowlers won seven of nine Baker format matches on Nov. 5 to be top-seeded for the three-team television finals the next day.
On the TV show, the team bowled two games with total pin fall determing the winner. Its first game was 170, five pins fewer than its opponent; the second game it posted a 198 against the other team's 169.
That victory was worth $2,950 and a crack at the $25,000 in Reno next summer.
"The lane condition made spare shooting a priority," said Bever. "It was a reverse block and I know, for example, I had to shoot between the four and five arrows and hope for something I could convert. There were very few doubles.
"With the tough lane condition, the scoring wasn't really great, but the team has been bowling together for a while and Karl, Mike and Lee throw the ball pretty straight and they don't miss many spares."
The only left-hander on the squad, Hollen, doesn't miss much, either; he owns 14 or 15 300 games and has posted a career-high 832 series. In the tournament, he fired the high set -- 697.
Women's Grand Prix
The last of the Women's National Duckpin Association 1994 tournaments, the Grand Prix, drew 60 entries from across the nation to Fair Lanes Westview recently.
Four 200 games were recorded, and Judy Sylvester of Hamden, Conn., posted the high game of 216.
Kim Tartaglia, a 113-average duckpin bowler from Pawtucket, R.I., won the $1,700 first-place prize.
The stepladder final found Tartaglia seeded third. After Mary Beth Smith of Ellicott City defeated Andrea Lanahan of Catonsville, Tartaglia had to face and defeat two Hall of Famers -- Smith and Carol Bunk of East Hartford, Conn.
The 1994 Rookie of the Year was Janet Sauter of Baltimore.
Pat Malthan of Baltimore, another Hall of Fame bowler, became the Bowler of the Year. She won two of the six tour stops and was in the top five twice more.
Dundalk girl wins
The Parents Coach Association conducted its Halloween Singles Tournament at Bowl America Odenton, and $250 in scholarship funds were awarded in six divisions.
Chrissy Chrisakis of Dundalk won the Division II handicap crown by defeating John Montgomery of Fair Lanes Laurel with a 246 game.
Chrisakis, 12, is an eighth-grader at General John Stricker Middle School.
A rookie with just one year's experience on the tenpin lanes, she bowls in three leagues at Fair Lanes Dundalk.
Currently averaging 134, she has a high game of 183 and a high set of 453.
Duckpin Bowlers Tour
At Fair Lanes Harford, Tom Ferguson of Baltimore defeated a field of 120 to take home the top prize of $700 in the singles competition of the Duckpin Bowlers Tour.