By PHIL GULICK
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 3, 2000
Matt Mayhugh and his Gibbs teammates fired a solid 935 first game and never looked back Tuesday at Sunshine Bowl, winning the scratch division of the Pinellas County High School League.
The defending boys scratch champion, Dixie Hollins, finished second. East Lake was third, Palm Harbor University High fourth, St. Petersburg fifth and Largo sixth.
Teresa Scanlon recorded her first career 600 scratch series to lead Palm Harbor to the girls scratch title.
She got help from Erin Duffy, Abby Mello, Patty Wilkinson and Kelly Fecke as they defeated second-place finisher St. Petersburg 13-8.
Northeast took third, and Pinellas Park's No. 1 squad was fourth.
Boca Ciega was the defending champion in handicap and scratch, but it did not have teams this season.
The scratch showdown, first in the 28-year history of the league, involved six boys squads and four girls teams.
Ten other girls squads and 22 boys teams fought it out for the handicap championship Thursday at Seminole Lanes.
Mayhugh rolled a 261-667 series. Justin Morris (244-611), Nick Bongiorno (229-577) and Steve Troesch (201-510) helped capture 13 of the possible 21 points from East Lake with a 2,425 total pin fall.
The Gladiators won the boys Open Division title in the state tournament in January with Pat Deegan, Bongiorno, Troesch and Mayhugh.
Justin Sevier and Morris will fill out the state squad because the Baker Format will be used in the finals for the first time and five-person teams are needed.
Greg Kashmanian fired a 626 for East Lake. He was followed by Ryan Price (583), Drew Anusbigian (569) and Jared Kramer (500), but the team fell nearly 200 pins shy with a 2,278 total.
Dixie Hollins made the largest jump in the finals -- fourth to second.
The Rebels took 19 points from St. Petersburg, with Ron Rohr, Pablo Lakilak, Mike Van Every, Ron Sullivan, Ryan Brembs and Robbie Winkelman sharing the load.
Brembs logged a 248 game, and Winkleman was the only bowler to roll three games for a 615 series.
The state tournament is Saturday at Lake Worth. It will be scratch only in Championship and Open divisions with 32 boys and 32 girls teams in the field.
RYAN, POTTER TOPS: Shawn Ryan is atop the Countryside Lanes Elite Scratch Singles and Gold Singles leagues with records of 82-16 and 74-10, respectively, based on percentage points.
Jamie Potter heads the girls Gold Singles with a 59-25 mark.
Vincent Sadowski rolled a 76 game, and George Petersen shot a 188 series for the Fireballs, leading the Young Olympians league for bowlers 8 and under.
Max Kiss of the Pin Heads shot a 202-512 to keep his squad on top of the Junior Olympians league.
High scorers in the Olympians League were Joe Procida, 231 game; Richard Sossi, 561 series; Christine Lewis, 165 game; and Cassie Carpenter, 434 series.
Scott Meredith rolled a 267-631 and Kelli McManus a 231-590 in the Countryside Elite league.
REGIONAL NEARS: The PBA southern regional scheduled Friday through Sunday at Clearwater's Countryside Lanes includes the usual pro-am tournament open to youth, adult and senior bowlers.
The pro-am is scheduled for Friday. The youth squad, which has a $20 entry fee, rolls at 4 p.m. The seniors, who have a $25 fee, get underway at 6 p.m. Adult pro-ams, which have a $45 registration fee, are scheduled for Friday at 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Pro-am players will roll three, no-tap games, each with a different pro.
The 150-pro field will have a practice session Friday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The tournament proper opens Saturday at 9 a.m. with qualifying rounds.
The top 16 qualifiers return Sunday for 16 match-play games before the cut to the top five for the stepladder finals later that day.
Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs, fresh off a 10th PBA tour victory in Texas last week, is expected to compete, along with other top-name pros. Admission to the tournament is $2 per day.
WHEELCHAIRS ON LINE: Jim Sullivan's annual Wheelchair Awareness Bowl-A-Thon is scheduled for today at Largo Lanes, offering a challenge to stand-up bowlers.
Sullivan started the tournament to demonstrate the difficulties wheelchair-bound competitors face at the line. The event puts able-bodied folks in wheelchairs to roll three games under challenging conditions.
Some of the low scores surprise even the participants.
Four-person teams may enter for the $100 fee, and walk-ins are welcome for the 10:30 a.m. start. For more information, call Sullivan, 586-1785.
AROUND THE LANES: Scott Howard rolled an 800 at Countryside Lanes, and Bob Hafer shot a 300-790. ... Jeff Peterson fired a 300-729 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. ... Bob Donohue and Chris Springstead nailed 300 games at Liberty Lanes, and Paul Victory rolled a 299. ... The local Turtle Club's tournament is Sunday, and the ladies scratch tournament is Dec. 17 at Largo Lanes.
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