Marion Singleton is enjoying the same kind of success on the lanes in college as she did for Lockport High.
Now a freshman at the Maryland-Eastern Shore, Singleton has helped the Lady Hawks earn a No. 6 national ranking.
Singleton recently earned MVP honors in the Fairleigh Dickinson Holiday Classic in Glassboro, N.J. She had a 2,756 total pinfall in team, singles and doubles, best in the tournament. She bowled 222 or better in five of seven team games as Eastern Shore went 7-0. Singleton combined with Michelle Wallace to win the doubles. Eastern Shore finished second to New Jersey City University in the team competition. A 2-4 record in Baker format games cost the Hawks the overall title.
For the season, Singleton is averaging 205.15 for 26 games. An off day in the Hawk Classic in November, when she averaged 157.25, hurt because Singleton averaged 211 or better in four of six events on the schedule.
Lindsay Baker, another college star from Western New York, has helped Nebraska to a 1-1-1 record in three major tournaments; The Huskers finished second to Fairleigh Dickinson in the Wisconsin-Whitewater tournament, won the Maverick Challenge in Chicago and tied with Vanderbilt for the Fun-in-the-Sun title in Daytona Beach, Fla. Baker had finishes of eighth (194 average), fourth (198) and fourth (200) in the events.
Flyin' high at Airport
An 800 series is a rare event in most leagues but there were 802 series bowled on successive Thursday nights in the Chamber of Commerce League at AMF Airport Lanes. First, Chris Hart, 24, bowled 257-279-266 on his way to his first career 800. The next week, Brian Glinsboeckel, 36, bowled 300-286 on the way to his 802. The same night, Keith Oswald bowled a 300 game in the same league.
"I've been league secretary for 35 years and before last year I can remember just one 800, by Keith Oswald," said Hall of Famer Hank Szlachetka. "We had one 800 last year, but we've had three so far this year."
Glinsboeckel, who began his big night with a 216, bowled his 802 for Bison Baggage team against Szlachetka's Hagner Industries team.
A legend returns
The Denny's PBA Tour returned to Lava Lanes in Medford, Ore., this week for the Earl Anthony Classic. It brought back hometown favorite Marshall Holman, a Hall of Famer, for a cameo appearance via the Commissioner's Exemption. Holman flashed his old form standing 31st with 1,558 in the first round of qualifying but the 52-year-old ran out of steam in the second shift, falling to a 1,403 when he finished with games of 195, 185 and 171. Still he averaged 211.50.
As for the Western New York bowlers: Liz Johnson finished 34th in Wednesday's Tour Qualifier while Tom Baker was 41st (despite averaging 219) and Jack Jurek tied for 54th in the round of 64 qualifying; Joe Ciccone of Buffalo averaged 230.50 for 14 games to place 11th in the qualifying, and Brad Angelo of Lockport (226.57) was 19th. Both were eliminated on Friday in the round of 32, however.
Angelo led, 3-2, over Steve Weber but lost the last two games, 255-213 and 247-191. Ciccone fell, 4-2, to Dino Castillo although he averaged 234 and finished with a 300.
The fifth annual WPIG-St. Jude Children's Research Hospital No-Tap Challenge in the Southern Tier has been expanded to five weekends. The challenge consists of five individual one-day, two-shifts events at five locations. It will kick off at O.V. Lanes in Shinglehouse, Pa., on Feb. 3. The remainder of the schedule is: Feb. 10 at Ischua Valley Lanes, Franklinville; Feb. 27 Central Lanes, Salamanca; Feb. 24, Twilite Lanes, Randolph, and March 3, Byllye Lanes, Bradford, Pa. Entry forms are available at the centers or by calling 372-0161 or (800) 877-9749.
The Jamestown Bowling Company will hold a PBA Pattern Sweeper Monday at 7 p.m. Bowlers roll three games across six lanes. The top eight with handicap will bowl in single elimination matches to determine the winner. Reservations can be made by calling 483-1818.
The Buffalo Womens 600 Bowling Club will hold its annual Bring-A-Friend Handicap Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Kenmore Lanes. Check-in will be 2 p.m. with squad time at 3. Any USBC-certified female bowlers may enter. Entries will close Jan. 26 with an $18 entry fee. For more information call 874-8127.
Already 1,351 entries out of 1,700 available spots have been reserved for this summer's USBC Junior Golf youth tournament.
Dan O'Sullivan of Orlando, Fla., and Lynda Barnes of Flower Mound, Texas, were the winners in the USBC Team USA Trials this week in Reno, Nev. O'Sullivan won the men's title with a 40-game total of 8,841. Defending champion Dan Patterson of Buffalo was ninth (8,429). Former ECC bowler Ryan Abel of Wichita, Kan., was 23rd (8,223), Jay Nephew of West Seneca was 28th (8,168) and Tom Sorce of Blasdell was 68th with 7,822. Lindsay Baker finished 54th in the women's competition with 7,432.