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Kokemohr, Kampman get tourney rolling

By PHIL GULICK

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2001


Ken Kokemohr rolled a 300 game, but David Kampman's 784 series headed the singles competition as the 64th annual St. Petersburg Association Championship Tournament opened last weekend at Liberty Lanes in Largo.

Kokemohr's perfect effort wasn't enough to put him in the top five players. James Hamilton's 756 is second, followed by Kirk Vail's 755, Marilyn Bartsch's 752 and Charles Yero's 750.

Halstrom Masonry's 3,436 pinfall leads the team standings. Brian Halstrom shot a 290 game.

Don't Shiv-A-Get is second at 3,431, and Chrispiano's is third at 3,303. Mike Pittman fired a 299, and Tom Milton a 296 in team competition. Chrispiano's finished eighth in last year's renewal.

Robert Dalena recorded a 300 game in the doubles competition, but again, he's not in the top five.

Alan Rushton and Kampman lead with a 1,439, followed by defending doubles champions Darryl Dempsey and Tom Pankratz at 1,438 and Robin and Jerry Hood at 1,418.

Pankratz fired a 274 game. Dempsey, a St. Petersburg Association Hall Of Fame member, won the singles and all-events titles last year.

The tournament concludes today, and entries at $15 per event will be accepted until the first squads take the lanes. The team winner earns $1,000.

Majestic won the title and $536 in the first St. Petersburg Association Senior Championship last month. Alfred Thomas captured the singles championship with a 746, and John Martino won the all-events crown with a 2,090.

The doubles title went to Jack Stewart and Phil James with a 1,491. Roy Ryan's 742 series won the Super Seniors title.

PREPS OPEN AGAIN: The Upper Pinellas County High School League starts its fourth season Feb. 28 at Largo Lanes with eight schools involved and a new team format.

River Ridge in Pasco County joins Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor University, Countryside and East Lake for competition scheduled every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at various centers.

Each squad will field three players, rolling three regular-format games followed by a fourth Baker game.

In Baker, each player will complete two frames with one player rolling four frames per game. Baker teams normally are five players, each having two frames per game.

"We decided to go this way to speed up the time our players spend at the centers," said Largo's Bob Gates, prime mover of the league.

"Youngsters already are spread thin with school, extra-curricular activities and travel, so we thought it's best to shorten time on the lanes," he said. "The houses also have more time to prepare for their early leagues."

Last year, five upper county schools joined the older Pinellas County High School League, but it hasn't been decided whether that will happen again.

PERFECT GAMES: Greg Kashmanian rolled a 300 last weekend in the Junior Gold Leagues at Countryside Lanes and qualified for the USA Junior Gold National Tournament in Reno, Nev., in July.

Kashmanian rolled a six-game 1,320 qualifying block, including his 300 game, to gain the top seed in the stepladder finals. He defeated Josh Guinand 223-161 to earn the national berth.

Another bowler qualifying for Reno was Shannon Proft, in the girls division.

Cliff Barnes qualified in last year's state tournament and fired his first 300-803, including 23 straight strikes, in the Gold League competition.

TURTLES ON THE MOVE: The Clearwater Traveling Turtles Club stages its annual sanctioned tournament Feb. 18 at Countryside Lanes along with a non-sanctioned event. Entry blanks are at most centers.

The Turtles Club is a member of the national organization with chapters across the country. Its contributions to charitable organizations is notable.

This year, the club will donate to the Haven of Clearwater and CASA of St. Petersburg, shelters for victims of domestic violence and their children; Helping Hands and Everybody's Tabernacle for the poor and homeless.

For more information, contact Hilda Strattion, 727-536-5845.

AROUND THE LANES: Jason Norris nailed a 300-772 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes, Phil Peters fired a 300-753 and Dale Sager recorded a 299-735. ... Jimmy Intzes rolled a 300 game at Rainbow Lanes. ... George Allen logged a 399-749 at Dunedin Lanes. ... The Upper Pinellas YABA Tournament opened Saturday at Dunedin Lanes and concludes Feb. 17-18. ... The Greater Pinellas YABA city event opens Feb. 17-18 at Twedt's Lanes and ends Feb. 24-25. ... The entry deadline is Saturday for the Clearwater Women's Association City Tournament, which is scheduled for March at Dunedin Lanes. ... Registration closes Feb. 26 for the St. Petersburg Women's Association City Tournament that will be in March at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. ... The Florida Youth Scratch Scholarship Tournament visited Seminole Lanes over the weekend.

- Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes6@aol.com or xerxes6@juno.com.

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