Anita Manger started bowling duckpins at Fair Lanes Middlesex when she was 5 years old.
The Arnold resident switched to tenpins, fell in love with the game, and has never left it.
Active in two leagues, the Thursday Challengers at Fair Lanes Southdale and the Tuesday Budweiser at Greenway Bowl Odenton, she currently is averaging 188.
"I think that my average will start to go up," Manger said. "When I changed to the Beast [bowling ball] a lot of good things started to happen."
Until the past few months, she had been using a 12-pound Rhino; now the left-hander is throwing a 13-pound Beast.
"The new ball is carrying the seven pin for me," she said. "That's when I started stringing strikes."
On March 3, after a first game of 169, Manger came close to stringing 12 in a row and finished with a career-high individual game of 278.
That was the start of the "good things."
On April 9 she entered the Women's 600 Club Tournament at Annapolis Bowl and averaged 195 for the four-game format to walk away with the title.
"I've learned that I'll represent Southdale at the Women's U.S. Open in Bel Air [May 6-7]," she said. "That means a lot to me."
High and higher
Jim Davis lives in Glen Burnie and bowls in two leagues at Fair Lanes Southdale -- Monday it's the Young Adults and Saturday it's the Southdale Classic.
Davis began throwing tenpins as a teen-ager and stayed with the tenpin game, off and on, ever since. Like most of the casual league bowlers, Davis never posted a 300 game or shot a really huge series while maintaining a solid 190 average.
On Monday, March 6, that changed.
Opening with a 201 game, Davis fired a 268 for his second game; that was a career high individual game for Davis. Then lightning struck, and he posted a perfect game.
Within the space of a single three-game set, Davis had established three individual career records. The 268 was the highest game he had ever shot before that night; the last game, a perfect one, immediately broke that record and when the last pin had fallen, he had shot his best series, a 769 set.
Cameron wins Virginia title
Kendra Cameron of Gambrills, a member of TEAM USA, continues to add to her reputation.
On March 26, at Bowl America Shirley, in Alexandria, Va., she captured first place in the 1995 Virginia Bowling Proprietors Association Women's U.S. Open Qualifier.
Averaging 212 for the first-round, eight-game block. Cameron was seeded second for the stepladder finals.
In the title game Cameron tossed a triple-header in the final frame for a 211-180 victory over top-seeded Joanne Harris.
Next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sandusky's Riviera Bowl will play host to the Best of Bowling Mixed Handicap Duckpin Doubles.
First prize is $2,000; if an individual world record is broken during the competition the bowler will receive a check for $5,000.
Information: (410) 255-3550.
* The Duckpin Bowlers Tour will be at Severna Park Lanes Friday, Saturday and next Sunday for a doubles event with a top prize of $1,000. Information: (410) 647-0811.