Last Sunday, the cream of the Young American Bowling Alliance gathered for the 11th annual Maryland Top Ten Invitational State Finals at County Lanes, Westminster.
Sponsored by the Maryland State, Antietam, Baltimore, Cecil-Harford, Eastern Shore, Mid-Maryland and Western Maryland associations, the event drew 36 (18 girls, 18 boys) of the finest youth scratch tenpin bowlers in the area.
Each had to win a regional event to be invited to the tournament.
Of the girls invited, Ann Dietrich of Millersville and Joy Esterson of Annapolis were from Anne Arundel County.
Dietrich made the stepladder finals, finishing third behind the winner, Danielle Johnson of Baltimore, and runner-up Janeth Messing of Reisterstown.
"I enjoy bowling," Dietrich said. "I'll stay with it until I'm 22 [the cut-off date for youth bowlers] and continue throughout my life. goal is to place first in the Coca Cola tournament and to be on Team USA."
Bowling out of Greenway Odenton, Dietrich has captured two triple crowns, placed second in the 1993 Coca Cola tournament and took first place in the singles and team event of the County Tournament in 1993. A few years ago, she was Bowler of the Year at Crofton Centre.
A junior at Severna Park High School, Dietrich is averaging 175; her career high game and set are 258 and 633, respectively.
New duckpin director
Charles "Chuck" Lavin of Laurel has ben named executive director of the National Duckpin Bowling Congress. NDBC is a national association, located in Linthicum, representing more than 25,000 duckpin bowlers.
President Sharon Williams said: "Duckpin bowling is at a major crossroads, and the NDBC looks forward to Mr. Lavin's management and leadership, to assist the Board of Directors and our growing membership, to take advantage of the positives in our sport and make duckpin bowling grow in popularity."
Lavin is a certified association executive and a veteran association manager of more than 20 years. The Baltimore native bowled in several leagues at Fair Lanes Harford.
His background includes serving as an elected official in Massachusetts, an appointee to HUD during the Reagan Administration and as CEO and spokesman for several national associations. Lavin also served as president of the New England Society of Association Executives.
"As a lover of duckpin bowling, my primary goals are to expose the entire country to the fun and challenge of our great sport, increase the number of sanctioned bowlers, keep duckpin bowling at the high level of competition it now enjoys and work with the proprietors to better market our game," he said.
The Best of Bowling Mixed Doubles Duckpin handicap tournament will be at Riviera Bowl, Pasadena, April 29-30.
First prize is a guaranteed $2,000. If an individual world record is broken during the competition, $5,000 will be awarded to the bowler.
For reservations and information: (410) 255-3550.