The third annual Carroll County Youth Tenpin Bowling Tournament drew 37 entries in two divisions to County Lanes last Sunday.
Division I (141 and up averages) handicaps were 80 percent of 200; Division II (140 and down averages) handicaps were 80 percent of 140.
Dave Brown Jr. of Taneytown, a YABA Saturday morning County Lanes youth bowler, won Division I's top spot in a eye-catching manner.
"I think he may have been the youngest person to ever throw a perfect game in Carroll County history," said Ken Frock Sr., manager of County Lanes. "I can't think of anyone under the age of 17 who's done it."
Brown, a Francis Scott Key High School senior, carries a 193 average and his career high set is 747.
"I started tenpin bowling when I was 5," the 17-year-old Brown said. "And after the 300 game I shot another 700 set in the next squad."
In his first squad at County Lanes, he fired a 212 game, came back with the 300 and finished with a 193 for a 705 series. In the second squad he hammered out games of 204, 290 and 223 for a 717 series.
Joe Anderson, bowling out of Thunderhead Westminster, had games of 171, 171 and 253 for a scratch 595 set; his 104 handicap pins gave him a total of 699 and a second-place trophy.
Vince Horneff, out of County Lanes, finished third with games of 200, 234 and 203; 45 handicap pins totaled 682.
In Division II Alan Hughes captured first place; Mike Frock (no relation to the County Lanes manager) took second and Lindsey Stutterheim was third.
Hughes of Manchester does his YABA bowling at Hampstead lanes on Saturday mornings.
With only 1 1/2 years bowling experience, Hughes is a relative newcomer to the game.
"That's why I was bowling in the tournament," said the 14-year-old freshman at North Carroll High. "I wanted the experience of bowling in a tournament. I've never bowled in one before."
Averaging 131, Hughes pounded out three games (215, 156, 162) that were 140 pins over his average series.
Throwing a 14-pound bowling ball drilled by B.J. Wisner at Hampstead Pro Shop, Hughes was able to make the adjustment necessary to achieve victory.
"Usually I throw a pretty big hook," he said. "But I found that if I played down and in I could score better."
Frock took third place last year in the same tournament at County Lanes.
Living in Hampstead, the sophomore at North Carroll High carries a 135 average at Hampstead Bowling Center.
He shot games of 176, 165 and 154 for a scratch series of 495 (90 pins over average) and added 12 handicap pins for his second-place total of 507.
Stutterheim, the only girl to finish among the top three, posted games of 119, 150 and 132 for a scratch total of 401; her 87 handicap pins gave her a total of 488 and a third-place trophy.
Roberta King, youth director at Hampstead Lanes, said, "I took 10 kids from Hampstead; they all did great."
High Hampstead set
Jeff Wong smashed the pins for three consecutive games last month in the Tuesday night league at Hampstead. He shot 267, came back with a 279 and added a 216 for a 762 series.
Big duckpin game
Sarah Blum, a Bantam division (ages 10-12) bowler in the NDYA Saturday morning league at Thunderhead Westminster, shot a 174 game last week.