Mary Vest a Familiar Face on Duckpin Scene
Nov 8, 2017
Mary Vest, of Baltimore, has been coaching youth and running tournaments for close to 40 years. She is well known for her knowledge of the sport and her pleasant ways of working with youth bowlers. The Duckpin News recently interviewed Mary about her involvement with the NDYA.
Q. When did you get involved in youth duckpin bowling?
A. Not until I was about 14-15, around 1970.
Q. How did you get involved?
A. Friends. We would all go bowling and decided we liked it and joined the youth league at Westview bowling for Paul Schneider and Ron Zoebeck.
Q. What do you enjoy about coaching and working with the youth?
A. I’ve made some lifelong friends—it’s also great when you have little ones come running "Miss Mary, Miss Mary" and giving you hugs each time they see you.
Q. How long have you been a State Director?
A. I am not sure I have that title. I have worked with Paul, Dolly and Beth for years helping run the tournament once I got out of youth league myself and filled in the past couple of years for Paul.
Q. What will it take to get more people bowling duckpins?
A. It would help if the price was lower—I know that isn’t going to happen—but it’s still cheaper than other sports.
Q. What is your favorite memory of youth coaching?
A. The year that Westview actually won pee wees, preps, and bantams.
Q. Do you ever see bowlers you coached in past years in the community?
A. All the time. We actually have some of our old bowlers bringing their kids to bowl with us.
Q. Anything else you want to add?
A. It would be nice if AMF advertised duckpins once in a while. Some people think that there is only tenpins.
Duckpin Proprietors Elect Officers and Board Members
Oct 27, 2017
The Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America elected their officers and Board members at a meeting held in the Poconos on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The following people were elected:
- President - Alyson Rineer Taylor, Mt. Airy Lanes
- Vice President - David Richardson, Greenmount Bowl
- Secretary - Megan Adkins, Suitland Bowl
- Treasurer - Frank Ferri (interim)
- Marketing - Chris Roth, Parkville Lanes
- Connecticut At-Large - Sandi Thomas
- Rhode Island At-Large - John Paterra
- Virginia At-Large - Hope Shull
Additional Duckpin Proprietors Association Notes
- Chris Roth is the Marketing & Promotions Director
- Mike Hall, Severna Park Lanes, is the DBPA representative to the Bowling Proprietors Association of America
“I am very excited about our new Board and the direction we are going in,” said Alyson. “We have a lot of opportunities to grow our sport.”
Parkville Lanes to Reopen
July 20, 2017
Parkville Lanes, a 26-lane center in Baltimore, is slated to reopen in early August. The center closed last fall due to physical plant problems. Four long-time customers of the center — Chris Roth, Christopher Jacobs, Steven Rowley and Carmelo Chiedi — acquired the business.
“Parkville was one of our favorite houses to bowl in. We heard that we may be able to rescue it so we did. All four of us love duckpin bowling and want to do our part to save the game,” stated Roth.
Looking Back...Here's What Was Making Duckpin News 20 Years Ago
Jul 13, 2017
- Colleen Mahoney of Crofton, MD and Robbie Cline of Frederick, MD won the women’s and men’s titles, respectively, in the $15,000 Duckpin Classic , which took place May 31-June 1, at Glen Burnie Bowl (MD). It was the second straight year that Mahoney won.
- The following bowlers won DPBA pro tour titles:
- Ron Pelletier, Town Hall Lanes, August 2-3
- Don Dove, Severna Park Lanes, July 12-13
- Steve Iavarone, Lucky Strike Lanes, June 21-22
- Don Dove, AMF Eastpoint, May 24-25
- The following bowlers won WNDA pro tour titles:
- Andrea Lanahan, Hearthside Lanes, August 2-3
- Sandi Thomas, Glen Burnie Bowl, July 12-13
- Lynne Heller, Perillo’s Bowl, June 21-22
- Melissa Wright, AMF Joppa, May 24-25
- Michaela Anderson of R.I., age 9, set a NDYA prep division single game world record with a 199 at Dudek’s Lanes.
- The NDYA National Tournament was held on June 21 at Long Meadow Bowl (MD) with the following teams winning the championships:
- Preps - AMF Pikesville
- Bantams - Victory Lanes
- Juniors - Hearthside Lanes
- Majors - CT Travel League
- Alicia Shipman of CT and Paul Weaver of VA led the NDYA program in average. Shipman averaged 128 and Weaver averaged 149.
- The team of Deron Blair, Kevin Repoli, Beth Lacombe, Dan Troy and Luke Robustelli won the 13th annual North/South Challenge Match, which was held at T-Bowl Lanes on July 11-13.
- Cora Byrd and Darlene Edwards, both of MD, set a NDBC world record for team average with 273.69 in the White Oak Lanes Doubles League. The previous record was 255.83.
- Mindy Thomas and Billy Thomas became the first sister and brother to win the Youth Invitational. The 20th annual event took place July 20-27 in the Baltimore/Washington area.
- The following bowlers were the champions in the National Duckpin Bowling Congress National Tournament held at Plaza Bowl in VA.
- Men’s Singles - Allen Myers, NC
- Women’s Singles - Rhonda Solomon, NC
- Unisex Doubles - Donald Hobbs and Jack Phillips, VA
Duckpin Bowling Affected His Life
July 10, 2017
Mr. Ferry might remember me. My name is Mark Clarke and I bowled for years at his establishment Town Hall Lanes in Johnston, RI. I wanted to take a moment to share how this organization changed my life.
I started bowling with my Dad in 1965 at the Attleboro Bowladrome. I was 7 years old....a fat, uncoordinated kid who had terrible motor skills and was pretty much laughed at and picked on. It was thought I would never be really good at anything physical. As time went on I found out that I liked duckpins and was getting pretty good at it. I bowled youth league but there was no real organization. Everything was strictly local based.
My skills improved and in 1973 at age 15 we were told there was now a national organization where we could win awards and be recognized. Through the season I most likely drove my coaches crazy sending in for awards and my Mom busy sewing them on my shirt. Most important I was gaining confidence that the kid nobody wanted in gym class could be at the top of a game.
At the End of the season we were told there would be a Massachusetts State Tournament where the winning team would represent the state at a National Tournament in Washington, D.C. Our team was formed which I was named Captain. When it was over our team tied another team. After two days of checking we were declared the winners due to an over age member on the opposing team. From uncoordinated kid to State Team Champion my name got known and I broke out of my shell. We didn't do well at Nationals but I did have the highest three game set for the state of Massachusetts.
To shorten this up greatly I went on to bowl on the Pro Tour for a few years and was ranked in the top 10 average in R.I. two years. Duckpins and the NDYA changed my life and helped me to having a brief career hosting my own radio show in Providence. I wanted to share my story in the hope that someone else who felt as if did growing up will see there is something for them, too.
My state trophy is my most prized possession and I thank the NDYA for giving me the start I needed. Happy summer to all and continued success to the organization and it's members.
Mark W Clarke
44th Annual NDYA National Tournament Results
June 27, 2017
- Preps - Laurel Lanes, CT
- Bantams - Highland Bowl, CT
- Juniors - Glen Burnie Bowl, MD
- Majors - Wickford Lanes, RI
Field Set for 44th Annual National Duckpin Youth Championships
June 15, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017 @10:00 AM
4991 Fairview Avenue
Linthicum, MD 21090
- Teams (four age groups - Preps, Bantams, Juniors, Majors)
- Six regions competing - CT, RI, VA, Northeastern MD, Southwestern MD, Western MD
- Three games plus handicap
Team Iafolla Wins Inaugural $16,000 Preakness Duckpin Classic
May 16, 2017
HAMPSTEAD, MD- Team Iafolla (Regina Greco, Tony Iafolla, Bob Niedzwicki, George Conn, IV and Rob Stevens) posted a nail-biting 10th frame victory, 766-759, in the team championship portion of the $16,000 Preakness Duckpin Classic at Greenmount Bowl on May 14. The winning team took home a top prize of $5,000 and five Turfside Terrace tickets to Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan days for their efforts.
Team Ball (Steven Hoover, Eric Ball, Will Cook, Patrick Sortino and Jeff Francis) banked $2,500 for finishing second.
The two finalist teams were tied with two bowlers each remaining in the final frame however Team Iafolla was able to squeak out a thrilling last second victory with a clutch strike and ten count by Conn and a conveniently-timed four pin spare by Stevens to win by seven pins.
The individual portion of the event was won by Colton Gue who defeated Randy Farlow by a score of 173-152 on Saturday evening at Mt. Airy Lanes before a raucous crowd. Gue took home a top prize of $1,000 and two Turfside Terrace tickets to Preakness and Black-Eyed Susan for his victory while Farlow banked $500 for second.
The individual championship and preliminary matches can also be viewed on Duckpin TV.
A total of 24 teams of five competed in this inaugural event over three days at Mt. Airy Lanes and Greenmount Bowl to rave reviews. The event attracted bowlers from Maryland, Connecticut, Washington DC, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
“This weekend was honestly the most exciting duckpin event I have ever been a part of,” commented participant Stacey Pickett. “The event’s format allows lower average bowlers the ability to compete at the highest level and the connection with horse racing was a really fun and creative component."
The Preakness Duckpin Classic was a hybrid 80% handicap tournament where bowlers competed in both an individual and team portion simultaneously. Each portion was split into two separate conferences named after Preakness winners Smarty Jones and American Pharaoh. The top individual bowlers competed in a single elimination tournament on Saturday evening at Mt. Airy Lanes.
The top eight teams competed against each other at Greenmount Bowl on Sunday morning.
Famed duckpinner Joe Rineer provided expert color commentary for the Duckpin TV broadcasts reminiscent of his appearances on various Duckpin television shows in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Rineer joined Pat Ruffo, Billy Koontz and Jim Kauffman in the coverage.
Organizers wish to sincerely thank all participants and fans for a successful first year event. It has been stated that if there is substantial interest next year, a third 12-lane duckpin house allowing 36 total teams to compete is a possibility.
Also, bowlers are reminded of Sunday Duckpin Tournament Series held monthly at Greenmount Bowl. The next event is scheduled for June 4, 2017 at 10am. All adult duckpin bowlers are invited. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.
2017 Preakness Duckpin Classic Is Ready To Break From The Starting Gate
May 10, 2017
Now that the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is in the books with a thrilling win by the speedball colt Always Dreaming, it’s time to start dreaming about the 2017 Preakness Duckpin Classic. What better way to celebrate Maryland’s rich tradition of thoroughbred horse racing than with a fun and exciting competition in Maryland other tradition, Duckpin bowling.
We are looking forward to a great event of fun and bowling action at both Greenmount Bowl and Mt. Airy Lanes which beings Friday, May 12th.
Please find attached to this email a revised team lineup and flyer. If you’re bowling in this event, please be sure to be at either Greenmount Bowl or Mt. Airy Bowl no later than 6:20 on Friday evening to register for the event. The competition will start promptly at 7 pm. Check the flyer for your alley assignments and complete schedule.
An exciting update to the event is we we able to secure exclusive Turfside Terrace tickets to both Preakness and Black Eyed Susan days for the winning team and winner of the individual portion of this event. We have seven tickets total which are valued at $450 each. Five for the winning team, two for the winner of the individual competition. These are the most exclusive tickets for the weekend’s racing and include all you can eat and drink right on the inside rail of Old Hilltop. This brings the total of prizes to be awarded to $16,000 for the three day event.
Also, don’t forget the Duckpin Celebration party to coincide with the individual championships which is to be held on Saturday evening at Mt. Airy Bowl at approximately 8 PM. We will have a free buffet available to bowlers with plenty of FREE horse racing gifts available to attendees. Don’t miss this!
If you’re bowling at Greenmount Bowl on Saturday evening please make sure to head straight to Mt. Airy after your shift is complete so we can get started on time.
In addition, Duckpin TV will be broadcasting to the world both the Individual and Team Championships so bring your “A” game.
Thanks for supporting our game and best of bowling luck!
Men's Pro Tour Kicks Off 54th Season This Weekend
Apr 26, 2017
The Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association will get its 54th season rolling this weekend, April 28-29-30, at Highland Bowl in Cheshire, CT. The first of seven tour stops will feature a $2,200 first place prize. The defending Bowler of the Year is John Zikis. A new highlight on this year’s tour schedule is the June 16-17-18 stop at Meadowbrook Lanes in R.I. will allow women to enter.
Good luck to all of the DPBA members this season. For more information, visit www.DPBATour.com.
Congratulations to the 2017 Bill Yingling Memorial Scholarship Winners
Mar 16, 2017
Morgan Crouse (161-143-138=442) of AMF Dundalk in Dundalk, MD and Colby DeAntoniis (140-155-139=434) of AMF Southwest in Linthicum, MD were the 2017 Bill Yingling Memorial $250 Scholarship Winners. Scholarships are awarded for the hightest scratch series bowled by a boy and girl in February.
Duckpin News 15 Years Ago
Mar 21, 2017
Please enjoy reading the Spring 2002 issue of The Duckpin News.
Bingo to Benefit NDYA Set for March 18
Mar 8, 2017
N44. You know the game — Bingo. On Saturday, March 18, a Bingo night will be held with proceeds benefiting the NDYA 44th annual National Tournament and the St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Spread the word. View the flyer
Small pins, big hopes: With duckpin bowling, longstanding Baltimore tradition hopes for a resurgence
Mar 2, 2017
Thomas Harvey stared straight ahead for a moment, then took a few strides, cocked his arm back and, with a swift underarm motion, heaved a round, three-pound missile down the lane with all his might. The ball hit the head pin just slightly off-center, and carnage ensued. Within moments, all 10 pins were prone. Among Harvey and his friends, there was much rejoicing. Read the story at the Baltimore Sun
Recently Published Baltimore Sports Book Features Chapter on Toots Barger and Duckpin Bowling
Feb 3, 2017
A book titled Baltimore Sports, published last August, includes 20 chapters about Baltimore sports teams and athletes. One of the chapters, written by Stacy Karten, features Toots Barger and duckpin bowling. Read the sample chapter
Bowling Academy Recognized in Bowling Industry Magazine
Jan 11, 2017
Bowling Academy in E. Providence, R.I. was featured in the January issue of Bowling Center Management magazine. Congratulations to Peter Capello, proprietor, and his staff on this article.
Local Articles Note Major Investment in Patterson Lanes
Dec 28, 2016
An article in the December 27 Baltimore Sun noted that Ken Staub, owner of Patterson Lanes in Baltimore, will be investing $250,000 in the center. Ken acquired the center this fall. Another article appeared in this week’s Baltimore Business Journal.
Duckpin News 15 Years Ago
dec 13, 2016
- The NDBC announced its No. 1 ranked bowlers for the 2000-01 season — Theresa Vermillion of Harwood, MD was the No. 1 ranked woman for the second straight year with a 144.295 average and Greg Kraus of Bel Air, MD led the men with a 153.812 average for his first No. 1 title.
- The NDYA and the duckpin industry lost two key youth program leaders when Norm Fleury of R.I. passed away on October 25 and Ray Askew of VA passed away on August 9.
- Patty Palmer of Hampstead, MD won the WNDA Ladies Grand Prix at Suitland Bowl on November 17-18.
- Don Dove of Abingdon, MD won the DPBA Men’s Masters at AMF College Park on November 17-18.
- Theresa Blankenship of Olney, MD and Kevin Carr of Bowie, MD won the Howard Parsons Memorial Doubles Tournament at AMF College Park.
- The NDBC announced its Hall of Fame inductees for their May awards banquet: Lindsay Hammonds, Bob Wilson, Scott Wolgamuth, Joe Rineer, and Carol Yingling.
Sandi Thomas: A Force On and Off the Lanes
Nov 22, 2016
Sandi Thomas has been a duckpin bowling leader in the Nutmeg state since she started bowling in her teens. She has enjoyed a solid career on the lanes and is a key proprietor in the duckpin industry. She entered the business 29 years ago as a part owner of Johnson’s Lanes in Hamden and assumed sole ownership 10 years ago. Sandi has worked hard to promote duckpin bowling and currently serves as a Board member of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America and the National Duckpin Youth Association.
Some of her noted bowling accomplishments include six No.1 CT state rankings and 11 top twenty NDBC finishes. Her best season was 1993-94 when she averaged 144. Sandi has bowled eleven 200 games (225 high) and six 500 sets (538 high). She has won 32 tournaments, including three WNDA Pro Tour titles. She is a member of the Connecticut Duckpin, WNDA, and National Duckpin Bowling Congress Halls of Fame.
Is It Time for a Scoring Change?
Nov 15, 2016
Some people in the duckpin ranks feel the game needs some kind of boost to create more interest and participation. One way this could be achieved is to change the way the game is scored to create higher scores. Keep in mind that when duckpin bowling started, there was already a scorekeeping process for tenpins so duckpins followed their system. However, since duckpins was more difficult, a third ball was added, which created the possibility of scoring a 10 in a frame.
There has never been a 300 game bowled in duckpins, while there are thousands of perfect games bowled in tenpins each year. As long ago as 1962, the duckpin leaders gave thought to changing the scoring system to make the scores on par with tenpins. Following is an article from a 1962 Bowling Proprietors Association magazine, which proposed a new way to score duckpins. This was 11 years before a separate Duckpin Bowling Proprietors Association and NDYA program were formed. The scorekeeping change campaign was led by the Duckpin Bowling Council and National Duckpin Bowling Congress, at that time 35 years old.
The Duckpin News has no ensuing results of the test but it seems like an interesting concept. Maybe it’s time to revisit changing the sport by altering the scoring methodology.
Parkville Lanes Closes
Nov 6, 2016
Countless memories of fun and good times are being recalled in north Baltimore as Parkville Lanes announced it would not be reopening. The center had been closed recently due to ongoing HVAC problems and water damage to several lanes. A long time important fabric of their community, the owners and bowlers were lamenting the end of the business. Parkville Lanes was purchased 30 years ago by Edward Foreman, Brian Foreman, and Joe Closic. Parkville Lanes was a member of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors Association and the association was planning on reaching out to help place the league bowlers at nearby DBPA member centers.
Glen Burnie Bowl Youth Receive Norm Fleury All-American Plaques
Nov 3, 2016
Three Glen Burnie Bowl NDYA bowlers were recently presented their Norm Fleury All-American plaques for being in the top five averages in their age division for the 2015-16 season. Pictured are Madison Braun (Pee Wees), Haille Treadaway (Bantams), and David Newman (Bantams).
New $15,000 Preakness Duckpin Classic Tournament Announced!
Oct 10, 2016
Duckpin Proprietors Excited About Future
Oct 31, 2016
The Duckpin Bowling Proprietors Association of America held a meeting on Monday, October 24, in Atlantic City and enthusiasm still reigns among the owners. While various issues were discussed and the industry has shrunk over the years, those who still own and operate duckpin centers remain excited about the sport and what it has to offer.
DBPA Co-Presidents Ken Staub and Alyson Rineer Taylor led a close to two-hour meeting during which problems and opportunities were discussed. Recognizing that not every issue can be resolved immediately, the group felt the key focus should be on regional and national marketing to get more people bowling duckpins and help grow the game. They plan on consulting with bowling industry marketing professionals to brainstorm ideas.
The association has a lot on its plate but they are being aggressive and moving forward.
Patterson Lanes Changes Hands!
Oct 10, 2016
Ken Staub, owner of Glen Burnie Bowl and Stoneleigh Lanes, can now boast a third duckpin center as the veteran owner assumed the management and ownership of Patterson Lanes in Baltimore, which has served the community since 1927. Ken looks forward to Patterson Lanes remaining a vital part of the community. The center has just become a member of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America. Good luck to Ken in his new venture.
Duckpin News 10 Years Ago
Oct 24, 2016
- Amy Bisson (now Sykes) led the nation in women’s averages for a fifth straight season with a 151.053 for the NDBC 2005-06 rankings. The second ranked bowler was Sharon Shipley, who averaged 139.235.
- 10 years after he achieved his first NDBC No. 1 men’s ranking, Don Dove was No. 1 again when his 152.219 average led the 2005-06 season.
- Kendra Boswell of Portsmouth, VA won the WNDA Ladies Grand Prix at AMF Eastpoint in Baltimore. It was her 8th pro tour title.
- Dennis Cabral of W. Warwick, R.I. won the DPBA Men’s Masters at AMF Westview in Baltimore, capturing his first championship.
- Kristy Kropfelder of Baltimore won the WNDA Tour stop at Pinland Lanes on September 2-3. It was Kropfelder’s 1st tour win. When she defeated Robin Albert in the stepladder finals, it marked the first time in WNDA history that two sisters bowled against each other.
- Richard Volpe won the RIDBA Winter Tournament series stop at Wickford Lanes in N. Kingstown on October 13-15.
- Brad Kron won the RIDBA Winter Tournament Series stop at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston on November 24-26.
- Member centers of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America started becoming dual members of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America.
- The National Duckpin Youth Association Stars of the Month for October were:
- Pee Wee Girls - April Harding, White Oak Lanes
- Prep Girls - Natalie Lau, Edgemere Lanes
- Bantam Girls - Savannah Dodd, Edgemere Lanes
- Junior Girls - April Collins, Balt. Travel & Nicole Poccia, Mac’s Bowl
- Major Girls - Stephanie Cullison, Balt. Travel
- Pee Wee Boys - Eric Carlson, Town Hall Lanes
- Prep Boys - Jeffrey Wetzel, Dual Lanes
- Bantam Boys - Dustyn Schline, AMF Southwest
- Junior Boys - Jeremy Coulter, Dual Lanes
- Major Boys - Erik Loteczka, T-Bowl Lanes
Josh Pearson Rolls 202 Game
Josh Pearson, a 20 year old NDYA Major Division league member at Parkville Lanes in Baltimore, bowled a 202 game on Saturday, September 30. His game included five strikes (four in a row) and one spare. Josh will receive a 200 game award plaque from the National Duckpin Youth Association. Congratulations Josh! Sept 30, 2017
Jeffrey A. Wetzel Bowls 218 Game & 519 Set
Jeffrey A. Wetzel, a NDYA Major Division bowler (ages 16-21), rolled a 218 game and 519 set on Saturday, January 21, at Turner’s Dual Lanes in Hagerstown, MD. His other two games were 153 and 148. Jeffrey’s 218 game included six strikes (four in a row to start the game) and three spares. He will receive NDYA awards plaques for his game and set accomplishments. Feb 28, 2017
Morgan Crouse Bowls Her Highest Set
Morgan Crouse, a NDYA Junior Division bowler at AMF Dundalk (MD), bowled her highest set ever on Saturday, February 11, with a 442. Morgan had games of 161, 143, and 138. She earned a +75 pins-over-three-game-average key fob and emblems for +40 and +20 pins-over-average and 5 marks in a row. Congratulations! Feb 13, 2017
Mike Ware Bowls All-Mark 224 Game
Congratulations to Mike Ware who rolled an All-Mark 224 game on November 12 during the R.I. Duckpin Bowlers Association Tournament Series stop at Meadowbrook Lanes in Warwick. Mike's game included six strikes and four spares. Dec 12, 2016
Andrew Buckingham Bowls First 200 Game
Andrew Buckingham, an NDYA Junior bowler at AMF Dundalk (MD), rolled his first 207 game in the Fall Junior Major Doubles Tournament on Sunday, October 30. In his 207 game Andrew had a total of six strikes, including a four bagger. He also had a 498 three-game set. For his accomplishments Andrew will receive a 200 game plaque, four bagger emblem, 5 marks in a row emblem, and a +75 set key fob. Congratulations to Andrew Buckingham on his achievements! oct 31, 2016
Colby DeAntoniis Rolls First 200 Game
NDYA bowler Colby DeAntoniis already holds three youth world records — high average preps and bantams, plus high set bantams. Now he can add another accomplishment to his duckpin bowling resume — his first 200 game. Colby hit that score right on the button on Saturday, October 8, during league play at AMF Southwest in Linthicum. His game included six strikes with a four bagger and one spare. Colby will receive a NDYA 200 game plaque for his achievement. oct 24, 2016
Youth Bowls 199 Game
Zachary Simonelli, a 14-year old NDYA bowler, rolled a personal best 199 game on Saturday, October 15, at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston, RI. Zach's game included five strikes in a row. Congratulations Zachary! oct 18, 2016