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    High school star Potter stays on roll

    By PHIL GULICK
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published December 28, 2001

    Jamie Potter, fresh from her prep triumph, heads the Club Elite girls scratch singles race in the youth program at Countryside Lanes.

    Potter, 14, two weeks ago fired the first perfect game in state high school tournament history. She lives in New Port Richey and attends Mitchell High.

    Potter has a 73-18 record with a 256-669 high for the season as the Countryside leagues enter their 14th week of competition.

    Potter leads Shannon Profit and Jillian Pavlak in the standings.

    Mike Marias tops the boys Club Elite standings with a 69-22 mark. He is just two points ahead of Josh Guinand and three in front of last year's winner, Shawn Ryan.

    Ryan has rolled a league-high 279-759.

    The Lightning Girls lead the Young Olympians, bowlers up to 8 years old, with a 63-28 record. Tommy Girls and Alley Cats are right behind.

    The Fireballs are the league leaders in the Junior Olympians for 9-11-year-olds.

    John Jaufmann, Joshua Mathis, Kyle Kalapach and Brian Havelin are 61-30 with the Fireballs. The Pin Balls and American Girls are second and third, respectively.

    The Bulldogs are only two points ahead of Team No. 13 in the Olympians League race for 12-and-over players.

    Matthew Uelmen, Joseph Kovacs, Louis Sadowski and Joseph May make up the leaders. May has a 139 average.

    Team No. 1 -- Billy Kitchens, Profit, Ryan and Guinand -- have a 63-28 record and comfortable lead on Who's Up Next for second in the Olympians league.

    T. Reeves is the front-runner in the B.C. Junior Gold boys singles with an 80-18 mark, three points ahead of Jeffrey Mersch. Ryan is third. Reeves has rolled a 297-769 this season.

    In the girls competition, Profit heads the field at 70-28, one point in front of Kelly Fecke. Potter is in third.

    Regina Mowbray joins Kitchens, Ryan and Mersch in leading the B.C. Junior Gold team competition with an 88-31 record. Nick Tatem, Kelli McManus, Michael Marias and Profit are second.

    The leagues have more than 120 youngsters competing on Saturdays and Sundays. Cheryl and Bill Bedford run the show.

    A RECORD, ETC: Karen Rosenburg, Rolla, Mo., rolled an 878 on her home lanes Dec. 12, setting a WIBC mark for a women's three-game scratch series.

    The old record of 877 was established by Jackie Mitskavich, Van Wert, Ohio, in 1997. Rosenburg put together games of 299, 279 and 300. Shannon Pluhowsky and Andrew Cain, friends and competitors from the Phoenix area, won USA Bowling amateur championships last week at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    Pluhowsky easily defeated Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio. Cain beat David Haynes of Las Vegas.

    The top five men and women finishers make up Team USA2002, which includes Tampa's Lucy Sandelin, who made the squad for a record eighth time.

    KOENIG MAKES STOP: Gerald Koenig, president of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ), was in town last week visiting Seminole Lanes owner Jerry Krauss.

    The FIQ is the international governing body of the sport that stages zone and world tournaments.

    "This is a terrific bowling area because of the solid senior citizen and youth support, and your proprietors are among the best in the country," Koenig said.

    "We are looking to bring some of our international events to the area because of that," he said.

    Koenig spends much of his time at the FIQ headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., also home to the U.S. Olympic training center.

    In two years, Koenig plans to retire and move to Pinellas County.

    HOT SQUAD: The Creative Coatings men's team set Rainbow Lanes on fire a week ago with a 3,002 scratch series and possible national honors.

    Pete Stebleton rolled a 299-733, Kent Worrall fired a 256-762, Ken Puchowski rolled a 257-666 and Ben Johnston shot a 300-801.

    The 1,105 team game represents a 276 per-man average, and the 3,002 series means a 250 per-man average.

    Fireside Lanes, Sacramento, Calif., set the ABC mark of 3,174 for a four-man team series in 1991.

    AROUND THE LANES: John Hamilton rolled a 300-738 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. ... Rich Esposito fired a 300-726 at Countryside Lanes, and Mike Schrader recorded a 299-735. ... Clyde Howard shot a 300-768 at Dunedin Lanes. ... The Florida State Senior Men's Championship goes on the boards Jan. 5-6 and Jan. 12-13 at Seminole Lanes, but entries are closed. ... Justin Veitch won the Gladiator singles this past weekend at Southland Lanes.

    -- Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes8@msn.com.

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