The Young American Bowling Alliance conducted the 11th annual Maryland Top Ten Invitational state finals at County Lanes Westminster on April 2.
"This is a very exciting tournament which showcases the best scratch youth bowlers in the state," said Mari Mallette, tournament director. "These young people had to have one of the top 10 averages in their region and then win a regional roll-off."
When the 36 contestants (18 girls, 18 boys) were finished, Danielle Johnson of Baltimore and Bryan Spies of Aberdeen were crowned the winners.
Johnson, 17, a senior at Western High School, does her YABA league bowling at Fair Lanes Woodlawn. She is the first female YABA bowler to score a 700 set in Baltimore City, pounding out games of 222, 279 and 254 for a 755 series.
Bowling tenpins since she was 5 years old, Johnson is averaging 195.
Her secret to success? "I seem to do better in tough competition," Johnson said. "I never know if I'm going to win but I always do my best."
Way above average
Adrienne Goodrich just keeps getting better.
Goodrich, who will be 16 next month, was 199 pins over her
137-game average last month when she fired games of 172, 246 and 192 for a 610 series, her first 600 set. That game and set is the individual high scores for girls and boys in the YABA Saturday league at Fair Lanes Timonium.
Just a month before that achievement, Goodrich bowled her first 500 set and it earned her a championship.
She defeated Bill Adams of Mohnton, Pa., 189-145, to win the Handicap Division of the Junior Bowlers Tour tournament at Rocky Springs Lanes, Lancaster, Pa.
Goodrich then topped Steve Pollard Jr. of Harrisburg, Pa., 245-158, to advance to the championship against Adams, where she won her first JBT title.
Brown's one of the best
Howard Marshall, Professional Bowlers Association member, says aspiring pro Bill Brown is one of the best bowlers around.
"He just seems to get overlooked," Marshall said.
Brown lives in Gwynn Oak and bowls in the Sunday Starfires at Country Club Lanes. The 46-year-old Baltimore native began his bowling career at 15. Now he's averaging 210 and has a 300 game and an 823 set. That series, shot at Fair Lanes Woodlawn, consisted of games of 267, 289 and 267.
Last season he competed in 16 of the Greater Baltimore Bowling Association 700 Club tournaments. Brown finished in the top five -- and cashed -- in all but two of the tournaments.
At Brunswick Perry Hall and Fair Lanes Ritchie he won titles.
"I do practice two or three times a week," Brown said. "Usually 20 or 30 games each time but it's the help that I receive from other bowlers that really helps my game."
In 1994 he bowled in three PBA regional events, cashing in two of them.
"This year I'll try to compete in five or six regionals," he said. "And, maybe, a national stop or two."
For the exceptional season that Brown enjoyed in the GBBA 700 Club tournaments he was crowned the Bowler of the Year by that organization.
This weekend the Duckpin Bowlers Tour is presenting a singles event at Fair Lanes Middlesex with a top prize of $1,000. Information: (410) 686-2121.
* Next weekend the Best of Bowling Mixed Doubles Handicap Duckpin tournament will be at Riviera Bowl. First place is $2,000. Information: (410) 255-3550.