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Orlando team wins event at Seminole Lanes

Published February 27, 2004

The Good Friends No.1 squad from Orlando won the 15th annual Florida State Mixed Team and Doubles Championship on Sunday at Seminole Lanes. The squad totaled 2,954 pins scratch and splits $1,200.

Orlando's Re/Max Realty Partners was second at 2,947. The Maa-Haa team of Clearwater finished third with a 2,861 pinfall and received $600. Seminole Lanes was 11th.

Michelle and Shawn Brooks, Lake Worth, captured the doubles title with a 1,650 total and took home $600. Patricia VanKirk and Scott Wheaton, Davie, were second at 1,537. Lori and Larry Brown, St.Petersburg, took third at 1,491 and earned $300. St.Petersburg's Lee Smith and Robin Higgins placed seventh (1,455).

Lori Brown was fourth in the all-events handicap with a 1,464 pinfall.

Jason Spearman, Deltona, fired a 300 game. Charles Stouffer, Fort Myers, shot a 298, and John Spencer, Lakeland, rolled a 296.

The three-weekend event drew 289 team and 624 doubles entries and was directed by Bob Peters, executive director of the Florida State ABC Association. He said there was no site selected for next year's tournament.

SPONGERS LEAD: The Tarpon Springs No.2 and 3 teams were 1-2 after the sixth week of competition in the Pinellas County High School Spring League.

Spongers No.2 had lost only seven points entering the week, with Samir Brasoul, Efstratios Tsambarlis, Brian Coffman and John Galigher on the squad. Spongers No.3 was second by less than two points, with Ashly Galante, Jesse Francis and Andrew Owens.

The league ends its 10-week season March 17 at Countryside Lanes.

YABA FINALE: TCS No.2 from Seminole Lanes captured the A Division team title as the Greater Pinellas YABA ended its city tournament Sunday at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. The squad was comprised of Greg Ickes, Crystal Stutler, Ryan Brembs and Shaun Goucher.

David Broughton, Kenneth City, won the A Division singles championship. Josh Rigg and Russell Brock, Seminole, were the doubles winners. The tournament drew 57 teams, 72 doubles and 144 singles entries.

UCF BENEFIT: The University of Central Florida will have a benefit scratch doubles tournament March 7 at Orlando's Boardwalk Bowl with a $70 per duo entry fee. Proceeds will go to support the team, which produces a number of young Suncoast players, including tournament director Jeff Mersch.

WORRALL WINS: St.Petersburg's Kent Worrall beat Tampa's Joel Pitts 244-207 to win the NABI Club tournament and $195 Sunday at Southland Lanes. Worrall's wife, Cathy, finished third.

PRINGLE'S PRIDE: St.Petersburg's Roy Pringle celebrated 65 years of bowling and his 90th birthday Feb.21. Two weeks before the big event, he rolled three 200 games and a 639 series at Sunshine Bowl.

AROUND THE LANES: High scorers - Erick Truong, 290-812, at AMF Clearwater; Phil Peters, 300, and Chris Samuels, 299-729, AMF Countryside; Jason Manny, 300-743, and Joel Pitts, 299-729, Southland; Kevin Krauss, 279-805, Tommy Slater, 300-737, Cindy Hall, 296-736, and Tank Harris, 290-719, Seminole; and Ray Mann, 300-769, Sunshine. ... Entries remain open for the Clearwater Women's Association city tournament scheduled for March 6-7 and 13-14 at AMF Clearwater. ... HomeVesters will have a benefit bowl for the Pinellas County SPCA on Saturday at Seminole Lanes with a $124 per team (five persons) entry fee.

- Phil Gulick can be reached at

[Last modified February 27, 2004, 01:31:31]

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