Clevinger makes Hampstead history

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Derek Clevinger of Owings Mills bowls in two leagues at Bowl America Reisterstown; a third night, Tuesday, he bowls at Hampstead lanes.

The 24-year-old began his tenpin career six years ago in Orlando, Fla.

"That's where I shot my best series," Clevinger said. "At Colonial Lanes, I had games of 279, 279 and 243; either of the first two games could have been 300s."

Now averaging 215 with a 16-pound Piranha, he stepped on the lanes at Hampstead last month never giving a thought to making history.

His first and second games were 244 and 246; the last game was his second career 300 game (he posted his first earlier this season at Bowl America Reisterstown).

Clevinger made history with that second 300 game; it's the first one at Hampstead Bowling Center since it opened in 1986.

Stuck at 205

Joe Davis bowls in the Monday Men's Commercial league at Edgemere duckpin lanes.

The Rosedale resident maintains a 140 average. He's had a 222 game and a 537 series for his individual career high figures.

This year he seems to be stuck on 205.

The first night of the 1994-95 season, he shot a 205 game. Last month he had a five-bagger and another 205 game.

Quads

Last month in the Men's Commercial B League at Brooklyn the Old Light House Inn team -- Jim Kirby (214), Chuck Young (136), Charles Bowen (170) and Mike Kvech (119) -- posted a 639 game.

Just short

Don Dove of Abingdon bowls in the Wednesday Classic Triples and the Friday Pro Mixed at Fair Lanes Middlesex.

This season he's popping the duckpins at a 155 rate; last season he was ranked third by the Baltimore Duckpin Bowlers Association with a 149 average.

"I'm not sure why I'm averaging better this year," Dove said. "Maybe it's because I'm bowling less. We have a new baby, Rebecca, just 4 months old, and I've cut back on my bowling. I only practice now before a big tournament and I only bowl two nights a week."

Maybe less is more; for the second year he placed second in the Lord Baltimore Open at Westview last month.

Last month at Middlesex, he bowled 214, 187 and 178 for a 579 series. That was just six pins short of the house record at Middlesex for a three-game series.

Traveling for strikes

Longtime bowler Billy Feibel, born and reared in South Baltimore and living in Harford County, still travels back to South Baltimore every Saturday night to bowl at Brooklyn Duckpin Center.

Feibel wasn't too upset about a 101 game on Jan. 14 in the Saturday Mixed at Brooklyn; his second game was a 166 and the first game that night was his career individual high single game, a 219 fashioned off a four-bagger and a double.

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