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By PHIL GULICK
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 11, 2001
Clearwater's Jodi Kroeger rolled a 300 game and 753 series last October and followed less than a month later with a 290-822 -- all at Dunedin Lanes.
Her 300 was the second for a women at Dunedin. Her 822 was a Clearwater Women's Association record and only four pins shy of the state women's mark established by St. Petersburg's Debi Kidd.
So it should have been no surprise that Kroeger was on top of the singles and doubles standings after the first weekend of the association's 41st annual championship tournament at Dunedin Lanes.
She rolled a 714 series in Division I singles and teamed with Jan Tremmel for a 1,344 doubles total in the event that started last Saturday and ends today. But Kroeger's team, Trueback, is not in the running. The Fireballs grabbed the division lead with a 3,148. The Posse was the Division II leader at 3,174, and PMS led Division III with a 3,135 total.
Laurie Moss and Charlie Defreese were the Division II doubles leaders at 1,441, and Danielle Kennard and Blythe Ziegler were tops in Division III with a 1,313 pinfall.
Defreese headed the Division II singles with a 728 series, and Kennard was the Division III leader at 718.
Ironically, it was Kroeger and Clearwater's Dawn Ward -- another 300-game holder -- who rolled out the first balls of the tournament. MAYHUGH TRIPLES: Matt Mayhugh won three titles and Nick Bongiorno, Donald Clark III, Jason Signarovitz and Keevan Tatlock Jr. doubled as the Greater Pinellas YABA Championship Tournament ended Feb. 25 at Twedt's Lanes.
Mayhugh captured the A Division singles with a 702 series and was on the division's winning Seminole No. 1 team with Nick Gates, Jeff Bennett and Bongiorno.
Mayhugh and Bongiorno shared the scratch all-event title at 1,992.
Clark won the B Division singles with a 707 and teamed with Mike Edge for a 1,472 and the doubles crown.
Signarovitz was the C Division singles winner with a 755 series and helped Twedt's Lanes No. 13 to the E Division championship with a 2,661 pinfall.
Tatlock captured the E Division singles with a 782 and won the boys handicap all-events title with a 2,303 total.
Chris Machen won the D Division singles with a 793, and Justin Veitch and Sean Harris were the A Division doubles winners at 1,405.
Kristin Poole took the girls scratch all-events championship with a 1,653, and Danielle Fox was the handicap winner at 2,148.
TOURNAMENT IS SET: The second annual Richard Baker Wheelchair fund-raiser is scheduled for today at Seminole Lanes. Proceeds will go to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
No wheelchair bowlers will compete. Instead, able-bodied bowlers will compete from wheelchairs in the strictly fun event.
High rollers often end up 100 pins or more below their averages, and low-average bowlers shoot even lower.
The idea was initiated by wheelchair bowler Jim Sullivan at Largo Lanes 14 years ago.
The entry fee is $25 per competitor for four-person teams. The tourney begins at 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded, and the Hooters girls will appear.
The late Richard Baker was a long-time wheelchair bowler and held board positions in the American Wheelchair Bowling Association and local associations.
WORRALL AGAIN: Kent Worrall of St. Petersburg won his eighth NABI title and $500, defeating St. Petersburg's Larry Townsend 183-162 last Sunday at AMF Kenneth City Lanes.
Clearwater's Valerie Scheid was third, Bradenton's J.C. Bailey took fourth and St. Petersburg's Don Schoenberg finished fifth. Townsend won the Platinum Division and $295.
The NABI players will be at Largo Lanes today.
AROUND THE LANES: Bill Hicks fired an 802, Larry Wainwright rolled a 289-805, Mike Crosby managed a 299-786 and Mitch Ray shot a 299-726 at Seminole Lanes. ... Walt Coddington rolled a 300-794 at Rainbow Lanes. ... Richard Miller recorded a 300-714 and Andy Diaczyk a 300-727 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. ... Bob Hafer logged a 300-763 at Countryside Lanes. ... Robert Morison had a 300 game at Ten Pin Lanes. ... Al Lewis, Ken Kokemohr, Bob Delana, Steve Swickheimer, Steve Fleming and Russ Calabrese carded 300s at Liberty Lanes. ... Charlie Gruver III nailed a 300 and Sean Sanders rolled a 299-728 at Rainbow Lanes. ... Robert Teft fired a 300-723 and Chris Samuels a 299-689 at Countryside Lanes. ... The St. Petersburg Women's Association City Championship opened this weekend and ends March 18 at AMF Kenneth City.
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