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Bowler strikes up record

Colin Champion, a former bowler at Pinellas Park High who is now at Webber International University, threw eight strikes in a minute to break a record of six set in 2001.

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Colin Champion, a former bowler at Pinellas Park High who is now at Webber International University, threw eight strikes in a minute to break a record of six set in 2001.

Former Pinellas Park High School bowler Colin Champion has earned his way into the Guinness World Records. On Jan. 24, Champion and his Webber International teammates attempted to break the record for most strikes in one minute.

The former record was six, set by Thomas Leandersson of Sweden in 2001. During Webber's two-hour bowl-a-thon, teammates Kristijonas Sergejevas and Marcelo Suartz each had seven strikes in a minute to share the record. Then Champion set the mark with eight in 60 seconds.

The record is pending confirmation from Guinness officials.

"I tried to throw like I normally do instead of fast," Champion told the Lakeland Ledger. "I'm tired.''

In order to break the record, balls were set up on each lane and assistants handed the balls to the bowlers as they ran from lane to lane. There were digital clocks set up around the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, and a metal spoon clanged on a pot signaled when time was up.

Champion has rolled three 300 games. The first one was as a 15-year-old in a spring league at Sunrise Lanes. He is a freshman at Webber International, which is the top-ranked college bowling team in the country.


The County Golf Association held its weekly tournament at River Wilderness. The regular division gross winners were Sean Martin and Roger Lewis, who shot 70. The senior division gross winners were Claud Johnston and John King, who shot 67. Overall net winners were Sam Mitchell and Mike Poupore, Ed Powers and Richard Drake and Mark Gillen and Johnny Halligan, who shot 63s. The ladies net winners were Jackie McGoldbrick and Marilyn Purdy, who shot 69.

• The West Coast Women's golf league held its first tournament of the season Jan. 24 at St. Petersburg Country Club. The Flight AA gross winner was Sisi Hedges, who shot 76. The Flight A winner was Cathy Moss, who shot 81.

• The SLAPS golf league held a tournament at Clearwater Country Club on Jan. 20. The low net player was Janet White of Dunedin, who shot 61. The low gross player was Elaine Crawford of Belleview Biltmore, who shot 86. The A Flight winner was Hanne Lewis of Pasadena, who shot 68.

Holes-in-one: Dick Stickley of Largo aced the 75-yard 11th hole at Largo Golf Course on Jan. 20 using a 7-iron. For Stickley, 82, it was his 10th hole-in-one. … Christine Campigotto of Largo aced the 96-yard third hole at the Tides Golf Course with a lob wedge. John Lisenbee of Seminole aced the 121-yard fifth hole at the Tides with a 7-iron.


The Adult and Senior Men's Combo state sectional tournaments were held in Daytona Beach on Jan. 14-16 and 21-23. McMullen Tennis Center's 8.5 adult team, captained by Frankie Hennessey, won its flight but lost in the semifinals. The McMullen 7.5 team placed third in its flight. Feather Sound's 6.5 team, led by Pat Augustine, placed second in its flight. In the senior men's division, the McMullen 7.5 team, led by captain Sten Tallarida, lost the final by a score of one individual match to two. Two of the individual sets went to match tiebreakers. Countryside Country Club's 6.5 team, captained by Barry Wood, placed third in its flight.

Jessica Stefan of Pasadena won the girls 10 division at the IMG Bollettieri tournament in Bradenton on Jan. 22-23. Her brother, Dan, won the boys 16 division championship.


On Jan. 22-23, Apollo Gymnastics' Level 4 boys team competed at the Sue Whitlow Invitational in Kissimmee. Winners were Josh LaSpada (all-around, pommel horse, rings, high bar), Drew Hollyfield (floor), Xander Lee (rings) and John Karlen (pommel horse).

• LaFleur's Gymnastics of Largo competed at Disney's Wide World of Sports on Jan. 22-23. Individual winner in Prep Op was Madison McBroom (bars, floor). Level 8 winners were Kylie Halbert (vault, bars, all-around), Heidi Hepokoski (all-around) and Cassidy Marks (floor). Level 9 winners were Selma Lemezan (vault) and Jessica Stich (bars). Level 10 winners were Amanda Condreay (vault, bars) and Kaitlin Green (vault, floor).


An area masters over-40 team sponsored by Gulfshore Sports won the Masters Basketball 40-and-over Division in a tournament in Jacksonville on Jan. 21-23. Team members are Mark Bennett, Jeff Goodwin, Jeff Hadden, D.J. Jackson and Chad Welch. The team will play in Cape Coral in May at the next Masters Basketball Tournament.

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