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An array of Web sites

By PHIL GULICK

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 23, 2001


Like any subject you can name, bowling has a thousand Web sites.

Many of the Pinellas County centers have created sites. Here are a few from the thousands that are pertinent to interested local bowlers and associations.

Mike White's site covers the new Sport Bowling at AMF Kenneth City Lanes with scores, averages updates, lane charts and other information.

Ron Mowbray's Liberty Lanes site joins the center's own site in presenting a wealth of information about bowlers, leagues, the kids and special events.

Countryside Lanes has its Southwest Shootout on the Web, with scores, league setup and a schedule.

Bobby Stealy's Ten Pin and Twedt's Lanes has offered a Web site for years, but it recently changed its URL. The "Littlecenters.com" is more than "little," with comprehensive coverage of its events, bowlers, leagues and special occasions.

Rainbow Lanes long has offered a site with pictures of high-scoring bowlers, leagues and events.

The Strike and Spare Fun Centers site covers Seminole and Sunrise Lanes and Sunshine Bowl in Pinellas Park.

With so many lane beds, the centers constantly are active with youth, Cosmic Bowl and adult events, including the yearly Brunswick World Team Championship, usually in January.

The St. Petersburg Association's site is well established, and the Suncoast Association just created its site for the upper Pinellas/Pasco County bowlers.

The Florida YABA site keeps youngsters and adults attuned to its state events, with scores, schedules and news.

The Bowling Centers Association of Florida, run by Lois Kostrowski, lists all sanctioned Florida centers under the BCAF umbrella, with events and news.

The ABCWIBCYABA combined site is busy year-round because it's the hub for all national bowlers, league officers and media.

The site offers separate pages for ABC, WIBC, YABA, the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, college bowling and Strike Ten, the promotional arm of the ABC.

Steve Lavoie's Youth Bowlers Tour lists its monthly winners, schedule and entry requirements.

The Foundation at Sebring, John Davis' important contribution to the industry, can help with the art of the game.

Both pro tours have sites -- the Professional Women's Bowling Association and the Professional Bowling Association, which opened its season this week.

The universities of Florida, Florida State, Miami and Florida A&M last year listed intercollegiate team sites, but none can be found this year.

DomeJohnny's Links site has been around for years, an invaluable list of other bowling pages. Bo-Fish Bowling News is another informative site, as is Bowling Zone.com.

There are hundreds of others. One click can lead to a day of browsing.

Dunedin Lanes and Tarpon Lanes, the mother-daughter owned centers, are considering adding Web sites.

Local AMF centers were listed at the corporate Web site, but that has been pulled because of the company's Chapter 11 situation.

Key sites are listed below.

HIGH SCHOOL SHUFFLE: The second week of the Pinellas County High School League's competition saw a shuffle at the top. Largo and Dixie Hollins replaced St. Petersburg High at the top of the boys scratch division with a 35-7 record. Largo's Brian Bennett led the week's top scorers with a scratch 279-710.

Boca Ciega grabbed the boys handicap lead with a 37-5 mark, led by Chris Elia and Will Larsson, who rolled a 279-764 series.

Palm Harbor University and East Lake, each 38-4, moved in front in the girls scratch race. Palm Harbor also took the handicap division lead. Courtney Yeakley paced East Lake with a 586 series.

The new 22-team junior varsity division is led by Countryside (37-5). High scorers included Brian Williams, 301-801, and Baylan Ritz, a 293 handicap. Many schools have fielded two JV teams, indicating the high interest in the league.

BENEFIT SET: The Clearwater Traveling Turtles Club will stage a Kevin Collier benefit tournament at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at AMF Clearwater Lanes. Collier recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor, and the tourney will help pay his medical expenses.

AROUND THE LANES: Steve Weyand fired a 300-762, Steve Felsman a 290-724 and Russell Welsh a 290-738 at Seminole Lanes. ... Ben Johnston rolled a 300 game and Mark Bodine a 298-769 at Rainbow Lanes. ... Ray Riske logged a 300-667 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes.

WEB SITES:

Sport bowling & AMF Kenneth City Lanes -- eteamz.com/ubc/

Ron Mowbray's Liberty Lanes page -- geocities.com/bowlingcoach/

Southwest Shootout, Countryside Lanes -- http://web.tampabay.rr.com/bowlingleague/shootout/info.htm

Florida YABA -- fsyaba.com/

Bowling Centers Association of Florida -- floridabowling.com/

Liberty Lanes -- libertylanesbowling.com/liberty-lanes/libertylanesx.html

ABCWIBCYABA -- bowl.com/bowl/

Youth Bowlers Tour -- bowlerstour.com/

St. Petersburg Association -- geocities.com/Baja/Outback/6655/index2.html

The Foundation at Sebring -- foundation300.com/

PBA -- pba.com/

PWBA -- pwba.com/

Rainbow Lanes -- rainbowlanes.com/index.html

Strike & Spare Fun Centers -- http://strikeandsparefuncenters.com/

Ten Pin & Twedt's Lanes -- littlecenters.com/

Suncoast Association -- suncoastba.org/

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