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    Many area bowlers among nation's best

    By Phil Gulick

    © St. Petersburg Times, published October 20, 2000


    The ABCWIBC has released a list of 1999-2000 scoring leaders that includes several Tampa Bay area bowlers and an unusual collection of national records by one city.

    The Smoka Bowl team of Phil Wallbaum, Bob Williard, Bob Smolka and Darryl Dempsey of St. Petersburg broke the four-player series national mark with a 3,074 earlier this year at Ten Pin Lanes.

    All are long-time competitors, and Dempsey is a 1999 member of the St. Petersburg Association Hall of Fame.

    Brandon's Tammy Henderson and Trudy Lavoie are third in the two-player game with a 547 and first in the two-player series with a 1,512 pinfall.

    St. Pete bowler Dana Dutro's 806 series ranks third in the YABA high series for the season.

    Kay Boswell of Land O'Lakes is third with an 844 women's individual series, and Don and Freida Gates of Lady Lake are first at 1,605 in mixed doubles series.

    The odd thing about the list is that eight records or near-records are from Schenectady, N.Y., where all the centers have some of the greatest bowlers in the country or a ridiculously easy shot.

    RYAN, POTTER TOPS: Shawn Ryan and Jamie Potter continue to lead the pack in the Gold Singles youth scratch league at Countryside Lanes.

    Ryan has lost only 7 of 42 points, and Potter has a 37-6 points record in competition for older age-group bowlers.

    Not surprisingly, Ryan and Potter are on Team No. 1, which leads the B.C. Junior Gold League with an 89-31 record. Ryan carries a 223 average, Potter a 188.

    Their teammates are Billy Kitchens and Stephen Rodriguez, with the season's high scratch game of 280.

    With Scott Meredith instead of Rodriguez, the Ryan-Potter-Kitchens quartet heads the Countryside Elite League with a 43-13 mark.

    The Fireballs, with Vincent Sadowski, Corin Agoris and George Petersen, top the Young Olympians League for 8-and-under competitors.

    The season's high scratch-game series of 102-274 was recorded by Corey Bachan.

    Craig Wilson shot a 139 scratch game, and Justin Fecke fired a 373 series in the Junior Olympians League for 9- to 11-year-olds. The Stormers are the leaders with a 38-18 record.

    Scoring in the leagues run by Cheryl and Bill Bedford is on the points system.

    PHU LEADS: Teresa Scanlon rolled a 546 scratch series, and her Palm Harbor University High teammates shot a 667-1,917 scratch game-series to keep PHU in first place in the Pinellas County High School League last week.

    Scanlon and Abby Mello, Patty Wilkinson and Kelly Fecke were leading Northeast No. 1, with St. Petersburg No. 1 in third place.

    Largo is leading the handicap division, followed by Pinellas Park No. 2 and Palm Harbor.

    St. Petersburg No. 1 beat Osceola No. 1 to remain the leader in the boys' scratch division, and took the handicap division lead over Boca Ciega.

    Gibbs No. 1 dropped from second to fourth in the scratch division as East Lake No. 1 moved into second and Dixie Hollins No. 1 into third.

    The league competes every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. It will be at Skyway and Sunshine lanes next week.

    AROUND THE LANES: Honor scores at AMF Clearwater Lanes were recorded by Lou Alessi, 838, John Patelakis, 832 and Erin Bosworth, 808. At AMF Kenneth City Lanes, John Taft logged a 300-730, Jason Norris a 300-791 and Chris Mullen a 299-760.

    Mark Munson's 300-717, Phil Peters' 300-712 and Keith Davidson's 299-729 were tops at Countryside Lanes. Tim Woodall's 300-769 was the best at Dunedin Lanes.

    At Liberty Lanes, John Smith and Jerry Woodward had 300 games, Charlie Stuart carded a 300-758 and Dean Galhouse a 299. Bob Forrest turned in a 300-693 and Michael Morasco a 299-720 at Seminole Lanes.

    Andy Diaczyk enjoyed a 300-771 performance at Sunrise Lanes, and Brian Korcak's 300-741 and Bob Belmont's 300-728 were tops at Rainbow Lanes.

    The Youth Bowlers Tour is at Seminole Lanes on Sunday, offering college scholarship money with a $25 entry fee.

    Jayne Snively won the ladies scratch tournament at Largo Lanes.

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

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