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    Clearwater association completes city tourney

    By PHIL GULICK
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published March 15, 2002

    Renee Miller's 257-748 scratch series beat all comers for the Division 1 singles title as the Clearwater Women's Association wrapped up its 42nd annual city tournament Sunday at Rainbow Lanes.

    Hardy Ball Bangers won the division's team title with a 2,578 pinfall. The squad's members were Anne McDonald, Kathy Weaver, Rochelle Salisbury and Laura Mosley-May.

    Rettman's Four -- Debra and Carly Rettman, Diane Pratesi and Debbie Smyth -- captured the Division 2 crown at 2,636. The Division 3 title went to Petsmart (2,649) -- Joyce Lewis, Carolyn Meehan, Sue Brunette and Janette Arenz. Carol Rael and Kathleen Quick won the Division 1 doubles crown with a 1,294, and the Rettmans (1,425) topped Division 2. Betty Blockus and Mary Lazar (1,335) won Division 3. Sharon Steinbarger's 709 won the Division 2 singles. Lazar's 716 was the best in Division 3. PROFIT RECOUPS: Shannon Profit, who was in a recent car accident, last week rolled her first 700 series -- a 701 in the Countryside Lanes Club Elite League.

    Profit's Team No. 1, players 12 and over with at least a 145 average, heads the standings with a .714 winning percentage. The squad is part of the larger program that includes nine leagues and 120-plus youngsters and is managed by Bill and Cheryl Bedford. Jamie Potter continues to lead the Club Elite girls scratch singles with a .750 percentage. Trailing are Profit (.744) and Kelli McManus (.690).

    T. Reeves (.726) heads the boys competition. He's followed by Tony Mario (.702) and Josh Guinand (.649). Guinand recently recorded the first 300 game in the Upper Pinellas Junior Bowling Association City Tournament.

    Tampa's Jeffrey Mersch, a Junior Team USA member, tops the B.C. Junior Gold boys singles at .766. Reeves (.760) and Shawn Ryan (.731) are second and third, respectively.

    The Lightning Girls (.714) are leading the Young Olympians -- the youngest competitors, up to 8. Theresa Samstag, Rachelle Abel, Amanda Kosmalski and Erica Curley are the Lightning members.

    The Junior Olympians, 9-11, are led by Team No. 7 (.778). The squad is comprised of Dylan Marhafer, Beau Rasmussen, Brett Ritenour and Brittany Scanlon.

    The leagues compete every Saturday and Sunday and are in the 25th week of their 30-week season.

    LOSCHETTER IN TOWN: The Chris Loschetter Florida State Youth Scratch Tournament will have a Junior Olympic Gold event March 23-24 at AMF Clearwater Lanes. It is a qualifier for the USA Junior Olympic Gold Nationals in Lakeland and Winter Haven in July. The prepaid entry fee is $45. It's $50 for walk-ins, and registrations must be in by Thursday. Competition is in divisions for bowlers with a 185-plus average and below 184. Winners earn $200 college scholarship money, based on 30 entries. To enter, call (321) 956-7664, or e-mail maree49@aol.com or FYSBTDIR@aol.com.

    ABC: Rod Neuenschwander, Sartell, Minn., took over the Regular Division singles lead with a 766 series as the ABC Championship Tournament entered its fourth week in Billings, Mont. Rob Bailey's Pro Shop No. 1, Sun Prairie, Wis., is the division's team leader with a 3,298 pinfall. Tony Viccelli and Ken Hosp, Morenci, Ariz., are the doubles front-runners, 1,418. Bob Winston, Lexington, N.C., heads the Classified Division singles with a 695 series. Pepsi, Hardin, Mont., 2,806, is the top squad. Doubles leaders are Ken Wylie and Allen Richard, Wolf Point, Mont., 1,207. The tourney ends June 23.

    NABI: St. Petersburg's Pat Wall stopped Oldsmar's James Poindexter 187-173 to win his first title and $424 Feb. 17 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. Sandy and Roy Wakeley finished third and fourth, respectively, and Cathy Worrall was fifth. Each are from St. Petersburg. Craig Gurney captured the platinum crown and $200.

    St. Petersburg's Dennis Lucas defeated Pinellas Park's Bill Heym 197-187 to win his first title and $425 March 3 at Sunshine Bowl. Oldsmar's Tom Varillas placed third, and Clearwater's Charlie Bueker was fourth. Don Schoenberg, St. Petersburg, was fifth and won platinum and $250.

    AROUND THE LANES: Chuck Shimer rolled a 300-677 and Lenny Riley a 300-662 at Seminole Lanes. ... Rich Esposito recorded a 299-761 at Countryside Lanes. ... Steve Ellerman shot a 299-685 at Sunshine Bowl. ... Dave Gillispie posted a 299-762 and Paul Geldhauser a 298-751 at Southland Lanes. ... Tom Wheeler logged a 300-747 and George Grau a 300-702 at Rainbow Lanes. ... John Lumpkin recorded a 299-708 at Tarpon Lanes. ... Seminole Lanes plays host to the annual St. Petersburg Women's Association Championship Tournament, which starts this weekend and ends March 24.

    -- Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes8@msn.com.

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