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Bowling

Dempsey's squad tops City winners

By PHIL GULICK
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 13, 2003

Team Dempsey won the title and $1,000 as the St.Petersburg Association City Tournament ended last Sunday at Liberty Lanes.

Brian Halstrom, Tom Pankratz, Cal McGann, Mitch Brooker and Darryl Dempsey made up the winning squad, which rolled a 3,592.

Select Pro Shop was second with 3,513 and comprised of Jonathon Campos, Nick Bongiorno, David Suggs, Bill Zuben and Dempsey. Strike 'em Down finished third, 3,438.

Dave Juric's 815 handicap series held for the singles championship. Sean Harris finished second at 810, including a 300 game.

Kent Worrall was third with a 789 series, and he captured the all-events crown with 2,222. Dempsey was the runner-up at 2,205, and Larry Walters took third at 2,192.

The doubles title went to Andrew Howey and Robert Roman, whose 1,578 pinfall beat first-week leader Robert Smolka and Dempsey by six. Todd Garner and Mike White were third at 1,480.

Keith Glasgow and Jim Hamilton each recorded a 300.

PREP DECISION: The Pinellas County high school principals, athletic directors, coaches, teams and players will have their annual awards banquet May 14 in Seminole. Principals will vote on whether to recognize bowling as a varsity sport.

The Florida High School Activities Association has sanctioned boys and girls bowling at the varsity level for the upcoming season, but the final decision is up to each district. Last season, the 31-year-old Pinellas County High School League had 49 "varsity" and junior varsity girls and boys squads. The Upper Pinellas County League attracted 22 teams in the off-season.

"If more than half the schools in the county that have squads vote, it is in," Countryside athletic director Steve Blumer said.

ABC PERFECTION: In four days recently, five 300 games were rolled in the 100th annual ABC Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., bringing the total to 18.

MERSCH WINS: Tampa's Jeffrey Mersch captured the upper division title of the Florida Youth Scratch Bowlers Tour last Sunday in Altamonte Springs.

Mersch, a member of the Central Florida squad and Junior Team USA, rolled a 247 game to beat New Port Richey's Shawn Ryan and receive $200 in scholarship money. Ryan got $125. Terrance Reeves, New Port Richey, finished fourth. Anndrea Traci was the high female finisher. St.Petersburg's Justin Fecke placed fifth. Shannon Profit was sixth, the top female finisher in the lower division competition. The tour is at Sunshine Lanes in DeLand on May 10-11.

AROUND THE LANES: Pat Berwick joined the growing list of Pinellas County women who have posted perfect games, firing a 300-706 in the Island of the Sun Senior Women's League at Twedt's Lanes. ... Other high scorers -- Barry Marvel, 828; Scott Howard, 803; John Blakley Sr., 300-784; Scott Gross, 300-654; and Brian Rolston, 300-727; Countryside Lanes. Don Vachon, 300-765; and Glenn Jeffers, 300; Ten Pin Lanes. Nick Bongiorno, 299 game, Liberty Lanes. Darin Baginski, 300-783; and Dan Colleli, 300-676; Seminole Lanes. ... The Senior Match-Play Championship continues today at Sunshine Bowl. Spots are available for a $50 entry fee.

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

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