The Young American Bowling Alliance City Tournament was conducted at Bowl America Odenton over two weekends, Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 3-4, and produced some interesting results.
Jason Huestif, who bowls in the Saturday morning YABA league at Greenway Odenton, rolled his career-high three-game series on the first weekend of the City Tournament.
Throwing a 16-pound Dragon ball, he posted games of 248, 245 and 212 for a 705 set that was high for the boys.
Coached by Hugh Siar, Huestif takes bowling in stride. "Bowling is not my main priority," he said. "I just try to do the best I can."
The 16-year-old junior at Centennial High carries a 201 average and has a career-high game of 278.
Danielle Johnson, 17, a senior at Western High who lives in
Northwest Baltimore, became the first girl in the history of the event to throw a 700 series. And the first girl to throw two 700 sets.
The first 700 series consisted of games of 222, 279 and 254 for a 755 set; the second series was 220, 243 and 248 for a 711.
L Both the 279 game and 755 set were career highs for Johnson.
Bowling since she was 5 years old, she carries a 195 average in the Saturday YABA at Woodlawn and the Youth Travel league.
"I've been practicing six or seven games each day," Johnson said. "And I wasn't doing anything different in the tournament, I just like the competition."
Anderson hits national top 10
Ryan Anderson, 12, lives in Glen Burnie and bowls in the Saturday morning league at Greenway Odenton and carries a 187 average.
Last December in the Anne Arundel Youth Travel League he fired games of 176, 180 and 278 (a career high) for a 634 set.
When the YABA published the final figures for the 1993-94 season, Anderson had his 278 game ranked sixth in the nation, just 12 pins behind leader Timothy Ewell of San Lorenzo, Calif., who shot a 290 game in the Prep Division.
Bowler has high game
Catherine Bowler lives just a stone's throw from Steve Sandusky's Riviera Bowl. On Saturday nights she joins her daughter, Helen Wilson, in the mixed league there.
Wilson is on the Ladies Pro Duckpin Tour circuit; her mother carries a 105 average.
On Saturday, Nov. 26, Bowler started out with a 83.
"I don't think I was doing anything different," Bowler said, "but the next game I had four strikes in a row and a couple of spares later."
And when that game was over, she had posted a 182, 99 pins higher than that first game and 77 pins higher than her 105 average. She finished with another over-average game of 140.
That 182 is the best game she's ever had.