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Reisterstown's Crunchers win state title


The Crunchers, a team in the Pee Wee Division coached by Allean Summerville, traveled from Reisterstown to Linthicum to compete in the 22nd annual National Duckpin Youth Association Maryland State Tournament at Fair Lanes Southwest last month.

The team -- Diana Woodard, Ashley Cohen, Alieita Johnson, Kristen Logan and Matthew Stein -- toppled 907 pins. With an additional 504 handicap pins, the Crunchers won first place.

Woodard recorded 198 series to win the trophy for girls individual high set. Logan had the individual high game with a 103.

In the Prep Division, Sean Dunkley of Fair Lanes Pikesville recorded the boys high individual set with a 347.

Tara Cohen and Ross Pearlman of Fair Lanes Pikesville won the girls and boys high games with 123 and 125, respectively.

The Bantam Division girls and boys high individual games were recorded by another pair of Pikesville bowlers: Andrea Harf fired a 144 for the girls high game and Brian Schlein shot 149 for the boys crown.

In the Junior Division, the girls and boys from Pikesville continued to collect trophies: Amanda Rosenburg had a 151 for the girls high game, and Jeff Kaplan posted a 146 for the boys high game.

The Major Division had a rare double. Both the first- and second-place teams were coached by Paul Schneider.

The Five Horsemen and The Dirtiest Players, both from Fair Lanes Westview, finished one-two in the Major Division.

The Five Horsemen -- Jamie Sieck, Jeremy Shoop, Beth Goodman, Carey Sczepucha and Mike Steinburg -- produced a scratch total of 1,931.

The Dirtiest Players -- Beth Goodman, Greg Hebert, Macy Zaidel, Sczepucha and Steinburg -- shot a scratch score of 1,847 for second place.

Girls and boys individual high sets went to Laurie Keatts (416) and Steinburg (477).

World Team Challenge

The Ebonite team won the televised finals of the World Team Challenge on June 5 at Country Club Lanes.

The team -- Bill Rowe (a former member of Team Canada), Chris Barnes (Wichita), Bob Goike (Belleville, Mich.) and Steve Kloempken (Las Vegas) was anchored by John Gaines of Baltimore.

Top qualifier in the event, the Ebonite team defeated Columbia Cuda C's, 369-360, in the final match.

The champs won $3,200 plus a trip to the Grand Championship in Reno, Nev., next month.

Pro duckpins

The Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association will roll in eight stops this year.

The tour began in April and will end with the Fair Lanes Pikesville event in November.

The next six stops will have a difficult time bringing more drama to the lanes than the second stop at Fair Lanes Westview last month.

In the first of five stepladder games, Chuck King defeated Larry Lipka, 127-101, to meet Mike Steinert.

Steinert fired a 175 against King's 170.

In the third game, Steinert fired a 160 to defeat Jim Clark's 151.

In the fourth game, Steinert came in with a 180 to Steve Iavarone's 141.

That earned Steinert the right to meet Don Dove for the championship and a crack at the $2,200 top prize.

After averaging over 170 for three games Steinert should have been a shoo-in.

But the best that Steinert could muster for the final game was 123, about 35-40 pins under his average.

It should have cost him the championship, except the best that Dove could come up with was a 117 game.

Those two games are probably the lowest that either bowler will throw this year.

Tournament news

The Duckpin Bowlers Tour is conducting a singles event at Fair Lanes Pikesville this weekend. Top prize is $1,000.

Next weekend, the DBT will be at Fair Lanes Middlesex for a doubles tournament. First place is $1,000.

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