They call Adrienne Goodrich "A." It's a nickname that an elementary teacher gave her, and it stuck, according to her mother, Susan.
"A," a sophomore at Hereford High, lives in Hampstead. Both her mother and her father, Herb, are tenpin bowlers, averaging 160 and 185, respectively.
"A" started with duckpins when she was 5 and switched to tenpins at 10. She shot a 226 when she was 13, took second place in the Hammer Open Youth Pro Am at Country Club Lanes in Baltimore in 1992 and won the Division II title in the PCA event at Bowl America Odenton last year.
Currently bowling in the Saturday morning YABA league at Timonium, she is steadily improving.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, Goodrich won her first Junior Bowlers Tour event at Rocky Springs Lanes in Lancaster, Pa.
"A" topped Steve Pollard Jr. of Harrisburg, 245-158, in the stepladder finals, and in the championship game, she defeated top-qualifier Bill Adams of Johnston, Pa., 189-145.
That victory gives her a free entry into the Junior Bowlers Tour Challenge Tournament Aug. 5-6 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Less than a month after her triumph in Lancaster, "A" pounded out a three-game series in her regular Saturday morning league that was 199 pins over her current 137-game average. Her games of 176, 246 and 192 produced her first 600 set (614).
The 246 game and the 600 series topped the high marks for both girls and boys in the league.
Lowe bashes the pins
Alvie "Satch" Lowe of Mount Airy has bowled his entire duckpin career at Mount Airy lanes.
He shot his first 500 series on Feb. 22.
Just a few weeks later, March 27, in his Monday Night Men's Triple league, Lowe fired his fourth career 200 game and added enough pins in the other two games for a 506 set.
Turning 90 on the lanes
Alberta Welty of Hampstead bowls in the Thursday Night Ladies league at Hampstead Bowling Center.
She usually arrives with her grandson and his wife for the 6:30 p.m. league. On March 30 she arrived with them, but when she left it was in a limousine.
Why the limousine? Because that night was a little special for Welty, her league and her friends and family.
"It was her birthday," said Karen Wisner, one of the owner/operators of the center. "Since she loves her duckpin bowling so much, they thought the only place for a birthday party would be the center."
That's why, in addition to her three-score league members, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grand children and a lot of friends were gathered in the bowling center.
That's why you could just barely see Welty behind her bouquet of balloons. She received a balloon for every year of her life and that meant she was hidden behind 90 of them.