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    Lakilak, Dixie Hollins are a cut above foes

    By PHIL GULICK
    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published November 30, 2001

    Pablo Lakilak and Dixie Hollins teammates Clinton Perry and Ryan Brembs sported buzz cuts during their Pinellas County High School League rolloffs Tuesday at Sunshine Bowl.

    "Naw, it's not a team thing, just coincidence that we all got them," Lakilak said.

    Lakilak and his Rebels defeated five other boys squads to capture their fifth league scratch championship in six years.

    Largo finished second, and defending champion Gibbs was third. Dixie Hollins won a state title in 1996 and '98, and Gibbs took it in 1999.

    Northeast grabbed the girls scratch crown from three other squads. It broke a five-year hold by Seminole, which finished seventh.

    The entire 44-team league bowled Thursday at Seminole Lanes to determine the handicap champions.

    Dixie Hollins was 20 points ahead in the standings at the start of the rolloffs, and needed to win only its first game.

    The Rebels did it in grand style. Perry ripped off a 258 game, including six straight strikes. Lakilak followed with a 247, and James Jacot and Brembs each produced 200 games. Brembs finished with a 650 series.

    "They're just a great bunch of guys, and talented too," Dixie Hollins coach Dutch Brembs said.

    The Northeast girls owned a healthy lead before taking on defending champion Palm Harbor, East Lake and Pinellas Park.

    Brandy Bryan started the Vikings with a 205. Tanya Veitch had a 203 in the second game, and they clinched the championship with Ivy Kemp's 202 and Bryan's 203 in the third game.

    East Lake placed second. Jillian Pavlak rolled 212 and 211 games, Kaitlin Kashmanian recovered from a 140 with a 202, and Courtney Yeakley contributed 201 and 180 performances.

    Pinellas Park was third. Regina Mowbray and Crystal Stutler each fired a 214 in the opener, and Stutler and Mowbray closed with 231 and 205 games, respectively.

    TIME TO GIVE: AMF Kenneth City Lanes will have its second Santa's Helpers eight-pin, no-tap event to benefit the Mid-Pinellas Women's and Children's Homeless Outreach in St. Petersburg.

    It's scheduled for Dec. 8 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Competition is in 11-and-under, 12-17 and 18-and-older divisions. The entry fee is $8, or $12 for both teams.

    Half of the proceeds go to Outreach. The other half go to the center's YABA Bowling for Education program. For information, call Mike White, (727) 871-0495.

    The Over the Hill League at Sunshine Bowl is having a toy drive.

    Interested parties are encouraged to bring any unwrapped new toy to the center or call Blanche Johnson, 867-4832, or Toni Barton, 867-6080.

    Other centers, such as Twedt's and Ten Pin lanes, have Toys for Tots drives every Christmas.

    NABI: Clearwater's Scott Russell won his fifth championship and $264 at Liberty Lanes on Nov. 11, defeating Clearwater's Dave Rissman 204-192.

    Seminole's Shirley Bond finished third, and St. Petersburg's Gabe Tosella was fourth. Clearwater's Steve Kenyon won the platinum division and $185.

    Don Schoenberg captured his 10th title and $278, beating Dennis Luca 221-200 at Seminole Lanes on Nov. 18.

    Les Foerster was third and Don Lebo fourth. Both are from St. Petersburg. Largo's Bill Hevel won the platinum crown and $149.

    BOWL-A-THON: Jim Sullivan's annual Wheelchair Awareness Bowl-A-Thon isscheduled for Dec. 16 at Southland Lanes. The team entry fee is $100. Since Southland is 24 lanes, only the first 24 entries will be accepted for the one shift.

    Sullivan started the event more than 10 years ago to bring public attention to the difficulties of wheelchair bowling. For information, call 586-1785.

    SENIORS: The second St. Petersburg Bowling Association Senior Tournament goes on the boards this weekend and next at Sunshine Bowl for teams, doubles and singles competitors.

    The entry fee is $15 per event, with a $5 optional all-events cost. Walk-ins are accepted.

    The tourney is open to ABCWIBC-sanctioned men and women 55 and older.

    AROUND THE LANES: Robert Teft fired a 300-747 at Countryside Lanes, and Cliff Barnes rolled a 300-773. ... Clyde Howard nailed a 300-720 at Dunedin Lanes. ... Michael Fick recorded a 300 at Liberty Lanes. ... Senior PBA pro Pete Couture of Titusville and Rich Garner, Homosassa Springs, the top seeds, won the Steve Hobelmann Senior Tournament on Nov. 18 at Sunshine Bowl. Duane Podgorski, Brian Halstrom, Darrin Hayes and James Lundy rolled 300 games. ... Sandy Lehman has revived Gladiator scratch singles play. It's every Friday night at Southland Lanes, and the entry fee is $30.

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