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    Bruckner, Liberty Ladies enjoy perfect finishes


    © St. Petersburg Times, published March 23, 2001

    Largo's Lori Bruckner rolled the first perfect game in tournament history, and the Liberty Lanes Ladies won the title as the 58th annual St. Petersburg Women's City Championships ended Sunday at AMF Kenneth City Lanes.

    Bruckner's first singles game was her career first 300. She followed with games of 189 and 205 for a 694 series. With 39 handicap pins, she ended with a 733 series and tied for 11th with Dorothy Givens.

    LaQuisha Roundtree captured the singles crown with a 779 series.Trailing her were Ann White at 774 and Dean Boyd at 769. White was the leader the first weekend of the tourney.

    "Nothing surprises me about this game, but that 300 sure did," Bruckner said. "A couple of shots were iffy and I didn't think the pins would fall, but they did. One of my bowling buddies said it was about time."

    Bruckner averages 207 at AMF, and her previous high game-series was 279-734.

    The Liberty Ladies ousted first-weekend leader Twedt's Lanes Pro Shop for the championship with a 3,618 handicap total. Team members were Louise Rondeau, Joanna Haught, La Verne Stewart, Vicki Grimm and Tina Whetstone.

    Think Strike finished second at 3,574. Twedt's was third, 3,531.

    First-weekend leaders Melissa Thompson and Peggy Filius held on to win the doubles with a 1,501 pin fall. Linda Wise and Patricia Weaver finished second, and Mary Fisher and Dorothy Beach were third.

    The all-events title went to Thompson with a 2,261. White and Teresa Scroppo were second and third, respectively.

    Other high games were 289 by Judy Allen and a 268 by Cyndy Wolf. There were 44 team entries.

    COUNTRYSIDE LEADERS: Jamie Potter, Shawn Ryan and the Fireballs lead their respective leagues with three weeks remaining in the Countryside Lanes youth leagues season.

    Potter heads the Gold Singles Division with a 122-53 mark, edging Kelli McManus and Kelly Fecke. Potter has rolled a high 247-645 and also competes in the Elite League for high-average, 12-and-over players.

    Ryan is the leader with a 135-47 mark in the Elite Scratch League, ahead of Scott Meredith and Brandon Alipour. Ryan's 128-47 mark also leads the Gold Singles, ahead of Cliff Barnes and J.R. Foraker.

    Vincent Sadowski, Corin Agoris and George Peterson are the Fireballs. The team has a 60-17 mark in the Young Olympians League for 8-and-under players.

    Sadowski rolled a week-high 96-234 and owns the season-high game of 117 with a second-high 67 average.

    The Pin Heads, Team No. 2, Eric's Angels and In The Bag are leaders in the other divisions.

    PALM HARBOR LEADS: Boys and girls squads from Palm Harbor University High head two divisions after the third week of competition in the Upper Pinellas High School League.

    The Hurricanes' No. 1 squad of Josh Guinand, Jon Wilson and Chris Fitzgibbon leads East Lake High No. 1 in the boys scratch Division I. Fitzgibbon fired a 246-696, and Guinand rolled a 238-690. Dunedin No. 1 is third.

    East Lake No. 2, with Jared Kramer, Lenny Gajewski and Derek Perryman is the scratch Division II leader with 31 points. Palm Harbor No. 2 is second, and Dunedin No. 2 is third.

    Teresa Scanlon and Kelly Fecke are Palm Harbor No. 1, the girls scratch leader with 35 points. Countryside No. 1 is second, and Largo No. 1 is third.

    The travel league includes 10 girls and 8 boys teams, all trios, and competes every Thursday.

    HOSKINS AT BAT: Steve Hoskins, a 10-time PBA tour winner from Tarpon Springs, joins a group of celebrities in a Kimberly Home Pregnancy Center benefit softball game tonight at Bombers Field in Clearwater.

    Other celebrities include USF football coach Jim Leavitt, TV personalities Jay Crawford and Dave Worth, boxer Winkie Wright and boxing referee Brian Gary. They will play the Sacred Sluggers, priests from the St. Petersburg Catholic Diocese.

    The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30, and admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children.

    The field is adjacent to the Philadelphia Phillies' Carpenter Complex off Drew Street. Proceeds go to the Clearwater center, which cares for wayward expectant mothers.

    NABI WINNER: Palm Harbor's Ernie Pietroburgo won his third title and $350, defeating St. Petersburg's Gabe Tosella 206-154 at Largo Lanes on March 11. Rich Beal was third, Vince Davis fourth and Larry Townsend fifth. Each is from St. Petersburg.

    Clearwater's Frank Ballou won the Platinum Division and $180.

    AROUND THE LANES: Larry Halstead fired an 803 series at Sunrise Lanes. ... Edward Lavendusky rolled a 299-676 at Countryside Lanes. ... Bob Little nailed a 300-755 at Seminole Lanes. ... Nick Bongiorno rolled a 300-749 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. ... April Costa, West Palm Beach, won the Florida Bowling Queens tournament March 4 at Countryside Lanes. ... The University of Florida and Florida State University men's and women's squads will be in Lexington, Ky., this weekend for the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships sectional qualifier, vying for 16 men's and 16 women's spots in the IBC finals next month. ... The Brunswick Mini Eliminator, offering $50,000 to the winner, is scheduled for June 24-July 5 at the Orleans in Las Vegas.

    -- Phil Gulick can be reached at or

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