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
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