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The Pinellas County High School League ended its 28th season just in time for this past Saturday's Florida State Tournament at Seminole Lanes.
If the competitors fared as well as in the past, they will have even more reason to celebrate at their awards banquet Dec. 17. Entering the tourney, Pinellas County's state champions included Dixie Hollins, Gibbs, Seminole, Tarpon Springs and Clearwater. The event had last visited the area in 1999 at Seminole Lanes. The Dixie Hollins boys won their fifth league scratch title in six seasons. Defending champion Gibbs finished third behind Largo. The handicap crown went to Boca Ciega. Northeast and St. Petersburg were second and third, respectively.
The Northeast girls captured the scratch title, beating East Lake and Pinellas Park. Seminole, a five-time champion, won handicap. Dixie Hollins and East Lake followed.
The junior varsity handicap division, added this year to give more youngsters a chance to play, was won by three Palm Harbor girls. The Lakewood boys placed second, and Countryside was third.
Dixie's Ryan Brembs compiled the season-high average (207), and East Lake's Greg Kashmanian rolled the high game-series (299-720) in scratch competition. East Lake had a 907 team high scratch game, and Palm Harbor recorded the top scratch series (2,466).
For the girls scratch, it was Palm Harbor's Kelly Fecke with a 192 average. East Lake's Courtney Yeakley had a 278 high game, and St. Petersburg's Felesha Roundtree and Yeakley had the high series (640). Northeast rolled the team high scratch game-series (774-2,214).
TIME TO GIVE: Sunshine Bowl's Over the Hill League 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, are having Toys for Tots drives.
LAGANA LEADS: Seminole's Frank Lagana fired a 737 series, leading the Super Seniors' singles competition after the first round of the St. Petersburg Association Senior Tournament at Sunshine Bowl.
Walter Rush, Redington Shores, is second at 700. Pinellas Park's Chau Le is the regular senior division singles leader with a 654 series.
Clearwater's Cliff Weston and Jerry Woodward are the doubles front-runners at 1,379, and the Four Of Us from Pinellas Park is the team leader, 2,624.
WHEELCHAIR EVENT: Jim Sullivan's annual Wheelchair Awareness Bowl-A-Thon is scheduled for Dec. 16 at Southland Lanes. The team entry fee is $100. Since Southland is 24 lanes, only the first 24 squads will be accepted.
Sullivan initiated the event nine years ago to bring public attention to the difficulties of wheelchair bowling. Stand-up bowlers compete from wheelchairs while the real wheelchair bowlers watch.
HALLSTED WINS: St. Petersburg's Betty Hallsted fired a 760 series to win the St. Petersburg Women's 500 Club Tournament at AMF Kenneth City Lanes.
AROUND THE LANES: Bob Little rolled a 300-744 at Seminole Lanes, Ken Wiley nailed a 300-785 and Sam Morrison recorded a 299-773. ... Larry Walters bowled a 300-774 at Liberty Lanes, and Marty Murphy added another 300 game. ... The Clearwater Traveling Turtles Club will have its holiday tournament 1 p.m. today at Seminole Lanes. The entry fee is $8.50. ... Rick Ickes won the Gladiator eliminator at Southland.