Competition among teens in any sport can be fierce. It's almost a cliche that brothers and will fight tooth and nail.
But, not always.
Brunswick Columbia Recreation Center played host to its annual Junior Columbia Turkey Tournament the day after Thanksgiving for young tenpin bowlers.
The format consisted of three games -- the first automatically awarded a strike to the bowler in the third, sixth and ninth frames the second was nine no-tap when a nine-count is scored as a strike and the third returned to regular scoring.
When the last pin fell, Brian Pell had racked up a total of 661 and captured the winning position. In second place, Mitchell Nadelberg scored 582, and in third place, with 566, was Brian's brother, Scott Pell.
The Pells, both competitive, both striving to win, but both accepting the final decision without crowing or anger. Competition the way it always should be: try your best, accept the results, shake hands and wait for the next time.
The brothers bowl in the Young American Bowling Alliance Saturday morning league at Columbia and live in Columbia.
Brian, 15, "bowling for a few years," throws a 10-pound Siren bowling ball and carries a 133 average. "I have a little bit of a hook," Brian said. "Not much, just a little belly in it."
Brian attends school at home; his mother does the testing.
Scott, 17, is a senior at Oakland Mills High School.
"This is just my second year of league bowling," Scott said. "Before that I just bowled occasionally."
Since his introduction to league play, Scott has posted a high game of 199 and carries a 130-plus average.
Scott Borland lives in Adelphi and has been bowling for more than half of his 32 years.
Currently employed as a customer service representative at Brunswick Columbia he carries an average well over 200. But even with that high average he had never had a sanctioned perfect game.
Now bowling in a single league at Columbia, Borland has posted the elusive 800 series. At Country Club lanes he fired a 813 set.
A few weeks ago he was asked to sub in a league at Columbia in the NFL Trio League.
The first game was a 228, the second game a 193.
"But I was putting the ball in the pocket just about every frame," he said. "I just wasn't getting the carry."
That changed in the last game.
"Every ball in the last game was exactly where I wanted it," Borland said. "Only the sixth frame was a little light but it was still a strike."
They were all strikes, 12 in a row, for a perfect sanctioned game.
His ANBC ring has been ordered and Brunswick awarded a $100 bond and a jacket.
PBA returns to area
Baltimore's Country Club Lanes will play host to the Professional Bowlers Tour with the $120,000 Greater Baltimore Open, Feb. 26 through March 4.
It will be the eighth stop on the PBA's winter tour; the finals will be telecast nationally on ABC as part of the PBT series, second-longest running sports series on network television.
Curt Pezzano, manager at Country Club lanes, announced that plans are already under way for a the pro-am portion in which league bowlers of any average have the opportunity to bowl with the top pros.
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