The Young American Bowling Alliance conducted its 11th annual Maryland Top Ten Invitational State Finals with 36 bowlers at County Lanes in Westminster last Sunday.
"These young people had to have one of the top 10 highest averages in their region and then win a regional roll-off of those individuals," said Meri Mallette, director of the tournament. "This is a very exciting tournament, which showcases the best scratch youth bowlers in the state."
When the last pin had fallen, Danielle Johnson of Baltimore and Bryan Spies of Aberdeen were the winners.
Spies bowls in the Harford Lanes Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon youth leagues. Currently averaging close to 190, he fired a 290 game just a few months ago that was the keystone for a 706 series.
Bowling since he was 5, Spies will be moving into his third year at Aberdeen High School in the fall.
Once in a lifetime
Ken Olszewski lives in Fallston, but his bowling roots are in Baltimore.
"Both my dad and uncle [Ed Olszewski and Dan Winiecki, respectively] bowl in the same league with me, the St. Mike's Holy Name Society league at Siedel's [in Overlea]," he said. "It's a little bit of trip to the center but there aren't any duckpin centers in Harford County."
A few weeks ago in the Tuesday night league, Olszewski had a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the duckpin lanes.
Olszewski's first game was a 123. The second game he picked up the pace, tossing a 145, then in the final game he rolled a 222 game. Both the 222 and the 490 set are career highs for him.
"I wasn't doing anything different," he said. "Just picking up the ball and throwing it out just like I always do. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."
700 Club doubles
The Cecil-Harford 700 Club sponsored the Member/Guest tournament March 19 at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen.
Bowling three games across six lanes, Dennis Wilson (member) and Troy Norman (guest) won the last event of the season for the organization.
Marking the start of a new Women's All-Star Association season, Debbie Kuhn and Michele Sobin of Albany, N.Y., were the winners of a WASA title in the opening tournaments at Brunswick Perry Hall and Bel Air Bowl on March 25 and 26.
Kuhn won the opening event at Perry Hall; Chele Rutherford of Bel Air was third and Kathy Zielke of Bel Air placed sixth.