Stars shine in YABA programs


The Young American Bowling Alliance welcomes all boys and girls 21 years of age and under to join a sanctioned bowling league.

Trained coaches are available and YABA members compete on a team with children in their own age group: Bantams (8 and under), Junior (9-11), Major (15-18) and Senior (18-21).

Both centers in Howard County -- Brunswick Columbia and Brunswick Normandy -- have YABA Saturday morning programs.

At Brunswick Normandy in Division I, Justin Ross was Star of the Week for Week 4 and Tina Mortensen was Star for Week 5.

Division II saw Theresa Rose capture Star of the Week for Week 4 and Nicola Liskovec became Star of the Week for Week 5.

Mortensen, 11, lives in West Friendship. Bowling for two years, this is the second time she's been Bowler of the Week.

"Last year she was 50 pins over average one week," said her mother, Bonnie. "The first year she started bowling she wasn't too interested but since she found out how much fun it is she's taking a big interest in it and she's doing a lot better."

A sixth-grader at Mount View Middle School, Tina is throwing a 9-pound hot pink Titan bowling ball. In Week 5 she used it to post 19 pins over average in Division I.

Rose, 16, is a resident of Ellicott City. Throwing a tenpin bowling ball since she was 4 years old, Rose is a junior at Howard High. She carries a 131 average.

"I bought a new ball last month with money I saved," Rose said. "It seems that made a difference in my scoring."

The new 14-pound Siren has definitely made a difference.

On Week 4, Rose fired a 223, a 185 and a 155 for a 563 series. Both game and set are career highs, and resulted in 202 pins over average.

Liskovec, 17, lives in Ellicott City. A junior at Mount Hebron High, she seems to do well in any sport that involves a ball.

"I play soccer and tennis at school," she said. "I have a letter in both sports."

In tenpin bowling, a sport she began about eight years ago, Liskovec carries a 150 average with a high game and set of 232 and 552, respectively.

"I throw a little hook with my first ball," she said, "But I shoot my spares with a straight ball."

L In the fifth week, she posted a score 103 pins over average.

Columbia tournaments

The day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, Brunswick Columbia will play host to the Junior Columbia Turkey Tournament. Starting at 10 a.m., the event will include Bantam, Preps, Junior and Senior bowlers.

The day after Christmas the Columbia center will have the Junior Holiday Tournament for youth bowlers. The singles event will be at 10 a.m. and the doubles event at noon.

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