Tenpin expert gives duckpin lessons in Edgemere

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Helen Duval is a tenpin bowler who is in the Women's International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. And, John Crunkleton's Edgemere Bowling Center is a duckpin house.

So on Tuesday, Nov. 15, what was Duval doing at the Edgemere center? She was conducting a bowling clinic.

Patients from Fort Howard Veterans Medical Center crowded the 12-lane center and, strange as it sounds, a champion tenpin bowler gave instructions on duckpin bowling.

Duval is with the WIBC Speakers Bureau and, along with Earl Anthony, is honorary BVL chairman.

The BVL Fund, formerly known as the Bowlers Victory Legion, is bowling's only national charity. Now in its 52nd year of service, bowlers nationwide have raised more than $19 million for the rehabilitation of hospitalized veterans.

Brooklyn strikes count

Adam Howard of Cockeysville has been bowling for four years. Last season he carried a 173 average, and he has a 699 three-game set.

Bowling in two leagues -- the Wednesday Men's at Fair Lanes Towson and the Tuesday Happy Hour Mixed league at Fair Lanes Timonium -- he also subs a lot.

The right-hander, throwing a 16-pound bowling ball that was drilled and fitted by Marty Letscher of Bel Air, recently had his first chance at the elusive 300 game.

"I had nine [strikes] in a row," the Baltimore native said. "And, yes, I'll admit it, I was a little bit nervous."

Two Brooklyn and one pocket strike later, Howard could relax; that 300 game was on the board.

Duckpin Bowlers Tour

Vic Stein, 28, of Baltimore won his first Duckpin Bowlers Tour title by defeating Vince Ford Sr., 168-132. In the semifinals, the 138-average Stein bowled a 205 game.

The Fair Lanes Pikesville event drew 158 competitors; the total ,, prize fund was $2,600. Stein picked up a check for $700.

Stein does his league bowling at Fair Lanes Joppa in the Sunday Crazy Crowd league.

Next weekend, Dec. 2-4, the DBT will be at Severna Park Lanes for a singles event with a first-place prize of $1,000.

Rookie Of The Year

After bowling duckpins for 25 years, it's kind of hard to think about being crowned a Rookie of the Year.

But Janet Sauter is graciously accepting the title.

Sauter lives in Carney and bowls in two league -- the Sunday Adams and Eves at Pikesville and the Wednesday Ladies Pro League.

"I just never gave a thought to bowling with the top ladies bowlers in the whole country," she said. "But a friend talked me into joining the Women's National Duckpin Association this year and I'm having a great time."

The WNDA had six Pro Tour stops. At the first stop, Sauter's first pro tournament at Pikesville, she made the stepladder finals and finished fourth.

At Hagerstown's Southside Lanes, the third event, Sauter made the stepladder finals again. Top-seeded, she captured second place.

At Westview center in the season's last stop, the Grand Prix, she again was top-seeded for the finals and finished second.

That made for a great first season for the 132-average Baltimore native. That made her the Women's National Duckpin Association Rookie of the Year for 1994.

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