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Leaderboard infused with young blood

By DEREK LARIVIERE
Published March 13, 2007


Rachel Flynn, a youth bowler who competes in the Saturday USBC Majors/Preps League at Spring Hill Lanes, led the county in female scratch series recently. It might take a moment to let that sink in.

The USBC Majors/Preps League is the second level of youth bowling at Spring Hill. The top youths, many of whom have trouble keeping up with the elite female bowlers in the county, compete in the Junior Scratch Gold League. Flynn tossed a 624 pin total to pace the county by 12 pins.

Names like Angie Paxton, Teri Woods, Mary Jo Short and Anita Hearl always seem to pepper the list of high scores, but when someone like Flynn enjoys a day like she had, it gives hope to all amateurs trying to improve their games.

Flynn tossed games of 234, 216 and 174 to complete the high series.

OLIVER'S STREAK: Some guys have good weeks on the lanes, but recently Vic Oliver blew almost all of his competition away almost every time he held a ball in his hand.

The co-owner of Vic & Jay's Pro Shop at Mariner Lanes cruised to three separate 700 series in the county with two coming at Spring Hill and one coming a Mariner. His 757 series during the Friday Early Mariners League was the second-highest scratch series in the county.

To top it all off, Oliver knocked on the door of a perfect game twice in the week. His closest came during the same Friday night league at Mariner when he narrowly missed a 300, tossing a near-perfect 299. During the Gator High Rollers League at Spring Hill on Monday night, he pitched a 279 game.

On that same night, Oliver racked up a pin total of 737, narrowly missing the top five of county scratch series for the second time in the week. During the Sunday Youth/Adult League at Spring Hill, he finished the evening with a 709 score on the strength of a 248 high game.

All of these numbers cement one solid fact about Oliver's season. If he continues on this pace, he should have one of his best on the lanes ever. He has three 299s, one 300, one 800 series and has tossed 11 consecutive strikes in a game three other times this season.

He has done all of this while competing on different lane conditions at Mariner, Spring Hill and Hudson Bowl every week.

Scores

High Scratch Series (Male)

Nick Correa, 768, T.G.I.F., Spring Hill Lanes

Vic Oliver, 757, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Larry Stellato, 750, Gator High Rollers, Spring Hill Lanes

Dave Mannello, 746, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Joe Pereira, 746, Kevin's Pro Shop, Spring Hill Lanes

High Scratch Series (Female)

Rachel Flynn, 624, USBC Majors/Preps, Spring Hill Lanes

Rhonda Carpenter, 612, Seacreatures, Mariner Lanes

Angie Paxton, 612, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Teri Woods, 611, Monday Night Ladies, Spring Hill Lanes

Mary Jo Short, 608, Joni Classic, Spring Hill Lanes

High Scratch Game (Male)

Spooky Block, 300, Tuesday Singles, Mariner Lanes

Dan Jones, 300, Gator High Rollers, Spring Hill Lanes

Vic Oliver, 299, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Dave Mannello, 298, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Rich Junkas, 289, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Ken Lorenger, 289, Monday Night Men, Spring Hill Lanes

High Scratch Game (Female)

Rhonda Carpenter, 268, Seacreatures, Mariner Lanes

Nancy Ellison, 253, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Eileen Locke, 244, W.M.C.C., Spring Hill Lanes

Janna Blankenship, 240, Seacreatures, Mariner Lanes

Angie Paxton, 235, Joni Classic, Spring Hill Lanes