Jason Huestif of Ellicott City competed in the recent 12th annual Baltimore Young American Bowling Alliance Championship Tournament at Bowl America Odenton.
Huestif threw his best three-game series in the tournament. He rolled games of 248, 245 and 212 for a 705 series.
It was the highest series posted by any boy in the tournament.
Bowling tenpins for half of his 16 years, the junior at Centennial High School bowls in two YABA leagues, Saturday morning at Greenway Odenton and the Youth Travel league.
Throwing a 16-pound Dragon bowling ball, he's averaging 201; his career high individual game is 278.
He gives credit to his Saturday morning coach, Hugh Siar. "He's taught me a lot," Huestif said. "And while I like to bowl, it's not my main priority."
Another big set
Terry Edwards, born and raised in Jessup, has cut his league bowling to a single night, the Wednesday Men's Handicap at Columbia.
Twice he's been robbed of a perfect game; both times he filled every frame with a strike only to have a 10-pin stand and leave him with a 279 game.
"One of these days that 10-pin will fall," he said. "While I'm waiting for the 300 game I have a lot of fun."
Part of that fun happened on Dec. 7 at Columbia in his league. Starting with a relatively low 211 game, Edwards came back in the final two games with a bunch of strikes, ripping through the racks for a fine pair of games: 266 and 257.
That totaled 734 for a remarkable comeback after a so-so first game. . . . and his career high series.
Another slow start
Scott Holden, bowling since he was 12, lives in Ellicott City and does his tenpin bowling over a wide geographic area -- Country Club Lanes in east Baltimore County, County Lanes in Westminster and Friday nights at Brunswick Normandy.
Currently holding an average of 211, Holden has a career high series of 799.
"Yeah, that bothers me a little, it's so close to that 800 set," he laughed. "One of these days I'll get it."
On Dec. 2, at Normandy, Holden started out slow, not even hitting his average.
The first game was a 202; then he cranked up the heat and fired a 257; the last game nothing stood: it was the third perfect game of his career.
"And it's kind of funny," he said. "I've really been in a kind of slump, I haven't been bowling all that well lately. But I was using a new ball [AMF's King Cobra] and once I got lined up there was no problem."
PBA is coming back
After a one-year hiatus, the PBA Tour returns to the Baltimore area in 1995.
The Greater Baltimore Open will be conducted at Country Club Lanes and run from Sunday through Saturday, Feb. 26-March 4.
Country Club manager Curt Pezzano will serve as tournament director and he said his staff is at work filling pro-am squads for Sunday through Tuesday, Feb. 26-28.
Information and reservations: (410) 686-2556.