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Top scores abound at Mariner
By DEREK LARIVIERE
Published May 3, 2007
In a week where two more Hernando County bowling patrons notched sanctioned perfect games, Mariner Lanes has most of the top scratch scores for the second straight week.
Vic Oliver was one of the skilled bowlers that hit the magic 300. He accomplished the feat while competing in the Friday Early Mariners League, home of Mariner's top scores week in and week out. He finished the night with 715, not good enough to make the county leaders list but still solid.
The perfect game was No. 2 on the season for Oliver, who has clinched his best career season on the lanes. With two 300s, three 299s, one 800 series and three occasions where he tossed 11 consecutive strikes in a game, he has place himself among the frontrunners for this year's bowler of the year honor. The other top contender appears to be Jason Mahr, who co-owns Vic & Jay's Pro Shop at Mariner with Oliver.
The other bout with perfection this week came from veteran bowler Carl Baumeister, a regular at Spring Hill Lanes. During the Joni Classic League at Spring Hill on Thursday night, Baumeister rolled his first 300 since July 14, 2002, in the West Coast Senior League at East Pasco Pin Chasers in Zephyrhills.
Last season in Joni Classic, he averaged 211 in 108 games. This season, he has been up and down while competing in both the Joni Classic and Gator High Rollers leagues at Spring Hill.
SHINING STARS AT MARINER: The scores at Mariner just kept coming. Last week the center that had the two best series scores for male and female had close to repeat performances from the same competitors. Russ Little (781) and Anita Hearl (649) led all county males and females, respectively, with their series.
Little followed his 781 with 747 this week in the same Friday Early Mariners league. The power behind that high total came in his single-game high score of 298. The single-game effort was the highest score since shooting 300 on Feb. 22, 2002, in the Friday Night Ball & Chain League at Mariner. His series this week was good for second in the county.
Hearl racked up a pin total of 639 in a successful week for women on the lanes. Her 639 series and high game of 258 in the Friday Early Mariners League were both good for third in the county. Her efforts this season have cemented her reputation as one of the top five female competitors in the county.
The most astonishing effort this week might have been from one of the newest members of the female county elite. Nancy Ellison, also in the Friday Early Mariners League, came within an eyelash of hitting the 700 mark a couple months ago. Her 278 game Friday was the highest of the season for any female in the county. Not bad for someone who just moved here less than a year ago.
High Scratch Series (Male)
Todd Epler, 794, Gator High Rollers, Spring Hill Lanes
Russ Little, 747, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes
Walt Brown, 740, Tuesday Metro, Mariner Lanes
Johnny Zuidema III, 728, Monday Night Men, Spring Hill Lanes
Clint Bullock, 725, Gator High Rollers, Spring Hill Lanes
High Scratch Series (Female)
Theresa Darkes, 651, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes
Mary Jo Short, 640, Joni Classic, Spring Hill Lanes
Anita Hearl, 639, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes
Nancy Ellison, 636, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes