Cumberland Times-News


March 17, 2014

Lannon sets Sport League record with 810 series

Bobby Lannon rolled the first 800 series in the 10-year history of Sport Leagues in Western Maryland. Lannon’s 810 series featured a 289 game and was 112 pins higher than the next best series that evening. It was rolled on the Kegel Winding Road Pattern.

The highest men’s set of the week went to Bobby Benton with 814 featuring a 300 game at White Oaks. His teammate AJ Bishop rolled 812 with a 290 game. All three of those 800 sets had one thing in common. They were rolled against my team. If there is such a thing as defense in bowling, apparently my team isn’t very good at it. Teddy Inman rolled a nice 794 series, while Derek Yates shot 768. Ryan Mackey rounded out the top five scores for the week with 761.

Crystal Uhl led the ladies this week with 670, followed by Becky Torrington with 666 and Autumn Grant with 621.

Andrew Smith led the juniors with 645, Travis Veach had 643 and Mark Veach shot 619.

The Western Maryland USBC Open is being held at the Bowler. In week one, Ralph Knieriem shot an association tournament record 845 while rolling a 300 game. Full results will be in next week’s column.

Fast feet cause bad shots. I don’t know if that’s actually a bowling axiom, but it certainly should be. How many times do you end up off balance at the line, either sticking or sliding too much? Rushing the foul line is one of the biggest causes of bowling off balance. Professional bowlers have exceptional footwork. Their weight is balanced overtop their feet at release allowing them to throw consistently solid shots.

If you are having trouble, there are a few things you can try. One of the simplest corrections is to take a smaller first step. A long first step can set your weight too far back. If you don’t allow your body to catch up, you will land more on the rubber heel of your shoe and stick. Many bowlers use a very short timing step to begin their approach allowing them to synchronize their feet with their arm swing.

Practice staying balanced after you release the ball. You should be able to remain balanced on one foot at least until the ball passes your target. If you find yourself falling back at release, your feet are ahead of your body, they are going too fast. If you are up on your toes too much, you may actually need to speed up your footwork.

In bowling, like everything in life, timing is critical.

Joe Mullenax is the Cumberland Times-News bowling columnist. Write to him at

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