Roger Barnes of Edgewood won't be 21 until June, but he's already posted tenpin scores that bowlers double his age
The Edgewood High School graduate began his tenpin career when he was 3.
"If I could find someone to sponsor me I'd be on tour in a minute," Barnes said. "I think I'm ready."
He's averaging 206 in the Sunday Gutterbusters, 208 in the Thursday Major Men's at Fair Lanes Edgewood and 209 at Brunswick Crown lanes in Middle River in the Friday Industrial league.
He's shot two 800 sets and recently added a seventh perfect game to his string of 300s.
On Dec. 29 at Edgewood Lanes, throwing a Columbia Shadow R bowling ball, he started the evening with a 267 game, improved on that with the 300 game and finished with a 223, just 10 pins from another 800 series.
In the Fair Lanes Towson Thanksgiving Tournament against top-notch competition, including PBA National touring bowlers such as Danny Wiseman, Jimmy Johnson and Mark Bowers, Barnes totaled 1,388 over six games to take home the $1,500 first-place check.
Shooting the lights out
Brian Bever, now in his mid-20s, started his bowling career in Dundalk when he was 11. Today the Sparrows Point native lives in Belcamp and bowls at Edgewood and Country Club lanes.
He's combined his love for the game with his career. He's operation manger for Champion bowling ball manufacturers.
Currently averaging well over 200, he's had two 800 sets and 18 perfect games. On Jan. 4, subbing at the Edgewood center, he posted a first game of 248, opened the second game with a spare and took it off the sheet for 290. The last game he began with five strikes in row, filled the sixth frame with a spare and
was on his way to a 279 game and a 817 series.
That's when the lights went out.
"It was about quarter to 10 when that happened," Bever laughed. "We waited until after 10 o'clock and called it a night."
Because he was subbing he didn't get the chance to return at a later date and resume play. The bowler he was subbing for returned to the line-up for the replay of the last game.
Cecil-Harford 700 Club
At the Cecil-Harford 700 Club tournament in December at Harford Lanes, Mark Bower, a PBA touring pro, defeated the 700 Club secretary, Chuck Dippenworth, 237-216. A triple in the last frame would have given Dippenworth a victory.
On Jan. 4, at Fair Lanes Edgewood, Dippenworth, in the Tournament of Champions (an invitational event) made sure he didn't need that triple again.
"Just the Thursday before the tournament I was in Marty Letscher's pro shop at Bel Air Bowl," Dippenworth said. "Marty suggested I use a new ball, a Gold Rhino Pro; he fitted and drilled the ball for me."
Dippenworth used that ball to defeat Letscher, 219-195, for the championship.
On Feb. 4-5, the third annual Valentine's Scotch Doubles Handicap Tournament will be at Harford Lanes, Aberdeen.
* The Cecil-Harford 700 Club will have its tournament at Bel Air Bowl on Feb. 12.
* The Cecil-Harford Counties Bowling Association will have its 37th championship at Bel Air Bowl on March 4-5 and March 11-12. Information: (410) 638-0946.