This summer two Baltimore tenpin bowlers made their presence felt in the Northeast.
Janeen Morgan placed second in the Women's All Star Association event at Wallington, N.J., and Howard Marshall won the Buzzsaw Open at Tonawanda, N.Y.
Morgan, a Randallstown resident, bowls in three leagues at Fair Lanes Woodlawn and Country Club Lanes.
"I've been bowling for a long time," she said. "I guess about 20 years."
While a lot of professional bowlers compete in the WASA events, many of the better amateurs, such as Morgan, enter the tournaments.
Morgan carries a 204 average, shot a 300 game in the Clairidge Casion league last December at Woodlawn and has a career-high 727 series.
"I don't get much chance to practice," Morgan said.
"But bowling in four leagues helps keep me sharp."
Another factor in her success is the dead-accurate back-up ball she throws and the change to a fingertip grip.
"Until about two-three years ago I had my balls drilled with a conventional grip," Morgan said. "Since I went to a fingertip grip I seem to carry [the pins] better."
In the WASA tournament, Morgan wasn't defeated until the last frame of the championship game.
Marshall continues to make good use of his smooth, powerful style in the Pro Bowlers Association regional events.
In the Buzzsaw Open, Marshall qualified for the stepladder finals with an eight-game total of 1,753.
Because he was top-seeded, he needed a single victory for the title. That championship game was against Jack Jurek.
Throwing a Purple Hammer reactive resin ball, Marshall pounded out a 247-239 victory to take home the $3,000 first prize.
Brunswick Recreation Centers has started something called Cosmic Bowling and it began last Saturday night for the first time at the Brunswick Crown Lanes in Middle River.
There's a light show -- just black light on the lanes and the pins. There's lasers and fog and there's rock music.
"With the Guardian lane cover and the black light, the lanes and the pins glow in the dark," said center manager Dune Smith.
"With the fog machines operating and the rock music kickin' in, it's an unreal experience. We wanted something completely different and this is it.
"It's never been seen in this area before. It's new, it's exciting and it's a lot of fun."