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Local young bowlers get to roll with, against the pros

This past weekend, the PBA tour came to town for the 20th annual Spring Hill Open, a stop on the PBA Southern Region Tour. The event kicked off with a Pro-Am 9-Pin No-Tap Tournament on Friday.

The Pro-Am gave local bowlers, including youth, the opportunity to bowl on the same lanes as the pros who travel the country on the sport's highest level.

Although no prize money was awarded for the youth divisions in the tournament, some locals did earn trophies for their performances at one of the most difficult bowling conditions around.

Competing on the PBA Scorpion oil pattern, local youths were able to put up some eye-popping scores. Average determined the line between the two junior divisions. At the 130-plus level, Dakota Smith, in one of his four entries, dominated.

Shooting games of 185, 233 and 248, Smith finished with a 666 series. Along with his three pros, his score totaled 1,568, enough for the win. He averaged 167 in the Spring Hill Elite League on Saturday mornings on Spring Hill Lanes this past season.

At the Under-130 level, Ryan Stellato rose to the occasion.

Stellato averaged 130 in the USBC Youth Majors League at Spring Hill last season, and 129 in the Spring Hill Youth/Adult League. He tossed games of 184, 239 and 161 (584 series) for the victory. With his pros' scores, he totaled 1,548.

TAE KWON DO: Regis Lima Martial Arts, which has two studios on the North Suncoast, returned from the AAU National Championships, July 1-5, in Madison, Wis.

At the tournament, the local school took home four gold medals from three different students. Joel Mislay led the way with two golds in forms and sparring.

Ashleigh Ruby had gold in forms and a bronze in sparring. Nathan Johnson had the remaining gold medal in sparring.

There were 10 other medals won among the 15 students that took the trip. Two of the students qualified for the U.S. Team Trials in September.

D.J. Johnson will be competing for a spot on the Junior National Team, and Candace Croshier for the regular squad. Both are training six days a week.

The other members of the team to attend the AAU National Championships included the following silver medalists: Croshier, Starlite Connolly, Anjelica Martello, Paul Ruby, Pamela Towne, Rickye Cheeks and Axel Munoz.

Bronze medalists include D.J. Johnson and Katelynn Towne.

BASEBALL: West Florida Young Guns Under 14 club is looking for players. This is a traveling competitive ball club based out of Hudson. For tryout info, call Chris Conner at (727) 919-8954.

BASKETBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department will be at Challenger K-8 for a camp for area youths ages 8-14. The camp will run July 28-Aug. 1.

About 35 players have signed up so far. The camp will be run by Marion Jones, a former standout player for Hernando High, and Elaine Gordon, who played professionally in England and will be directing the female athletes.

Other local high school players should also be in attendance.

The camp will run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $85 per child for the week. For more information, contact County Recreation Manager Harry Johnson at (352) 754-4031.

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Local young bowlers get to roll with, against the pros 07/24/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2008 4:38pm]
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