The best thing local bowlers could do at the National Duckpin Youth Association tournament yesterday was to play host for the event, as teams from Rhode Island and Massachusetts won division titles at Fair Lanes Prince George's in Hyattsville.

The eighth annual three-game handicap tournament attracted 160 youths from Washington and five states. Thirty-two all-star teams in four divisions advanced to the season-ending junior league championship after winning state qualifying tournaments.

Hearthside Lanes of Greenville, R.I., took trophies in the Bantam (10-12) and Junior (13-15) age groups. Wickford Lanes of North Kingstown, R.I., claimed the Prep (9 and under), and Somerset, Mass., won the Majors (16-18) division.

Fair Lanes College Park bowlers managed the best finish by an area team, runners-up to Hearthside in the Bantam class, 2178-2148. Leah Johnson (276), Vickie Ross (310), Kenny Asher (334). John Saylor (284) and Tommy Antonielli (284) combined for the College Park effort.

Among the Majors, Steve Heller of Fair Lanes Eastpoint in Baltimore recorded the highest game, an eight-mark 178. Heller, who came into the tournament with a 124 average, bowled 153-178-114 -- 445.

Heller's was one of five over-400 games by Majors. Others who bowled will include Paddy Lacey (427) of Fair Lanes Rolling Road of Baltimore; Tommy Davis (425) of runner-up Fair Lanes Military of Norfolk, Va.; Raymond Fontaine (417) of third-place Hearthside, and David Campbell (414) of Military.

Ken Loux of Hearthside had the highest game, 157, among Juniors. His teammate, 13-year-old Lynn Charron, bowled 139-121-128 for a high set 388.

In Bantams, Jeff Anderson of Mount Airy bowled a high set of 374. High game went to David Winn (150) of Seekonk, Mass. Cyrena Shah of Wickford Lanes rolled the high set for Preps, 315.