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    City tournament rolls into Liberty

    By PHIL GULICK

    © St. Petersburg Times, published September 29, 2000


    The 2001 St. Petersburg Association Men's City Tournament was awarded to Liberty Lanes this week.

    Expectations are that more than 76 teams will enter, as was the case in February's renewal at AMF Kenneth City Lanes.

    Through the tournament's 66 years, entries have fluctuated from a low 41 teams in 1997 to a high of 141 squads in 1998, when a new car was the attraction. No one received the car, and work is underway to secure another one.

    Last February's renewal was opened for bids for the first time as the association trashed the matrix it followed for years in awarding the event.

    "There was a feeling that the association did not want to return to the days of 41 entries, so something different had to be tried," said Bill Zuben, association executive director.

    AMF Kenneth City Lanes won the bid and, ironically, was on the matrix as the next center in line for the event. Three centers bid for the tourney last week. Coincidence struck again because Liberty Lanes was next in line.

    The tournament will be played the first two weekends of February. There's a $15 entry fee per event per bowler and a $5 cost for optional all-events competition. St. Petersburg's Darryl Dempsey, an association hall of fame member, won the last singles, doubles and all-events titles.

    GROSS SHINES: Countryside's Jennifer Gross rolled a 238-607 to move Countryside into first place in the girls' scratch division as the Pinellas County High School League completed its second week at Ten Pin Lanes.

    The league is so large this season that two centers are required to accommodate more than 140 bowlers.

    East Lake retained its lead in the girls' handicap division, and Abby Mello of Palm Harbor University fired a 289 game.

    The boys' scratch division was scrambled when Lakewood No. 1 took over first and first-week leader East Lake No. 1 fell to third. The Spartans' squad includes Thomas Dalquist, Steve Weber, Ryan Shumar, Joe Nelson, Steven Peacock and Ricky Dloury.

    The boys' handicap leader is Seminole No. 2, barely ahead of Boca Ciega. Jeff Gill, Mickey Hartmann, Kevin Carron, Josh Westphal, Doug Galmish and Nick O'Brien are the Warhawks' squad.

    ELITE SHOW STYLE: Tony Mario fired a 246 scratch game, and Jon Wilson shot a 648 scratch series, as the Countryside Elite youth league at Countryside Lanes completed another week of Saturday morning competition.

    Team No. 1 -- with Billy Kitchens, Scott Meredith, Shawn Ryan and Jamie Potter -- continues to lead the eight-team league with a 26-9 record.

    Ryan is the high point winner with a 35-0 mark.

    Team No. 6 -- Chris Fecke, Jillian Pavlak, Ryan Helbig and Mike Marias -- is second.

    The Tigers (23-12) lead the Olympian League. Their players are Dannye Necker, Brittany Miller and Laney and Lizzy Petersen.

    The Alley Gators (26-7) are atop the Junior Olympians League. They're led by Wayne LaFleur, Zach Munson and Joseph Kovacs.

    A tight race has developed in the B.C. Junior Gold League on Sunday nights, with Team 16 leading Team 1 by a point.

    TOURNAMENTS ON TAP: The 34th annual Greater Pinellas Young American Bowling Alliance youth-adult tournament is scheduled for Oct. 21-22 and 28-29 at South Pasadena's Ten Pin Lanes. The entry fee is $20 per player. Registration ends Oct. 10.

    Entries close Oct. 15 for the 47th annual St. Petersburg Women's Classic, which will be rolled the first three weekends in November at Southland and Sunrise lanes. The entry fees are $70 per team, $28 for doubles and $14 for singles.

    Liberty Lanes offers its Almost Midnight team tournament the fourth Saturday of every month. There's a $25 per player entry fee and $1,000 guaranteed to the winner.

    Seminole Lanes plays host to the Youth Bowlers Tour on Oct. 22, offering college scholarship money to the top 3-4 place winners. The entry fees are $25 and $20.

    STATE WINNERS: A Clearwater Women's Association team recently won a divisional title at the Florida State Women's Championship in Sarasota.

    Carol Kumfer, Shelly Duscheneau, Sara Carrillo, Jeri Eggleston and Aleida Rodriguez captured the Division II crown.

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

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