Two local athletes were hoping to reach milestones this month, and this past week both succeeded. Softball player Bob Carran, who plays for the Half Century Softball League, won his 400th game as a pitcher since joining the team in 1996. Carran, 72, reached the milestone on Monday when his team defeated the Gulls 13-7.
Carran, a former teacher at Seminole Middle School, plans to continue playing until he is eligible to play for the famed Kids-n-Kubs, which is for players 75 and older. He has no plans to slow down, which could mean 500 wins before he is finished.
Ria Graham, 71, was hoping to become a repeat champion of the Les Grande Dames Spring Cup held last weekend at East Lake Woodlands Country Club. Graham, the top seed in the 70-over age group, succeeded with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Joan Nevins. Graham played three matches and did not lose a set. Her toughest match was the first of three, when she defeated Phyllis Westerman 6-4, 6-3.
"There is a lot of competition in the Grand Dames,'' Graham said before the tournament. "They come from all over. It's a special tournament.''
When she is not playing tournaments, Graham is a member of Innisbrook Resort and teaches kids to play tennis in her hometown of New Port Richey.
Other winners at the Les Grande Dames Spring Cup were Teal Henderson in 30 singles, Maria Drew in 40 singles, Diane Fishburne in 50 singles, Kerry Young in 60 singles and Doris Lutz in 80 singles. In 40 doubles, Abbi Neuthaler and Anne Marie Pensanti were winners, Susie Brown and Tracy Viebrock won the 50 doubles, Toni Novack and Kerry Young were the 60 doubles winners and Betsey Cheesman and Roberta Dimond won the 70 doubles.
• The Seminole Local Winter Classic was held on Feb. 20-22 at Seminole Lake Racquet Club. The boys 18 singles champion was Miles Holvoet, the 14 winner was Gregory Perenich, the 12 singles winner was Thomas Harmon, the 10 singles champion was Isaac Dieter. On the girls side, the 18 singles winner was Shaunte Southern, the 16 champion was Kathryn Komarnicki and the 12 winner was Anastasha Worlds.
The County Golf Association held its weekly tournament at Pasadena Country Club on Feb. 22. The regular division gross winners were Heri Hernandez and Tim Hume, who shot 74s. The net winner was Bill Criqui, who shot 69. The senior gross champion was Art Sauve, who shot 75. The senior net winner was Don Powell, who shot 60, the ladies gross winner was Diane Springer, who shot 94 and the ladies net winner was Carolyn Murphy, who shot 66.
• The Cypress Run Women's Golf Association held the Pink Links Classic on Feb. 23. The first flight winners in the scramble event were Jackie Quinn, Joanne Ritchie, Kenny Ucker and Diane Collins. The second flight winners were Dean LaFerriere, JoAnn Granger, Patty Young and Sue Turner.
• Holes-in-one: Victor Carver of St. Petersburg aced the 105-yard sixth hole at Largo Golf Course with a pitching wedge on Feb. 15. Glenn McClure of Clearwater aced the 155-yard fourth hole at Largo Golf Course with a 3-wood on Feb. 16. Antonio Bossio of Pinellas Park aced the 125-yard fifth hole at Largo Golf Course with a 7-iron on Feb. 20. Mike Fleck of North Redington Beach aced the 120-yard fifth hole at Tide Golf Course with a pitching wedge on Feb. 20. Scott Chapman of Seminole aced the 117-yard third hole at the Tides on Feb. 20. Peter Clark of England aced the 180-yard 15th hole at Mangrove Bay Golf Course on Feb. 19 with a 3-iron.
At the state free throw finals Saturday in Umatilla, Kayla Kavinski of Tarpon Springs Middle School won in the girls 12-13 age group by making 24-of-25 free throws. Kavinski advances to the Region 12 contest comprised of the six Southern states: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The region tournament is March 20 in Valdosta, Ga. Ernest Rillman, a student at Safety Harbor Middle School, came in second in the boys 12-13 age group.
The under 12 Bombers AAU team from St. Petersburg recently finished second of nine teams at the Meteors Tournament of Champions in Sarasota. The team won three games to advance to the finals before losing to Chet Lemon's Juice. The team is Scott Files, Andy Ly, Parker Rhodes, Garett Sullivan, Parker Bryant, Chris Labrie, David Sockol, Nikko Levine, Tristen Allen, Richard Costi and Davy Phrathep. The manager is Ron Rhodes and the coach is Robert Files.
LaFleur's Gymnastics Club of Largo sent its Level 8, 9 and 10 teams to Atlanta on Feb. 12-14 to compete at the Atlanta Centennial Classic. The Level 8 team placed first. Individual winners were Eva Rapp (vault), Hannah Gars (bars, all-around), Kylie Halbert (vault), Cassidy Marks (bars, all-around), Amanda Ismaili (all-around), Rachel Whisennant (floor), Bailey Schwingdorf (bars), Jasmine Kauffman (beam, floor, all-around) and Jenna Cashmore (vault, bars). The Level 9 team also placed first. Individual winners were Riley Thompson (vault, floor), Megan Schell (bars) and Morgan Marks (bars). Level 10 individual winners were Kaitlin Green (beam), Amanda Condreay (bars, beam), Sarena Bumbarger (vault, bars, floor, all-around) and Jaime Applefield (beam).
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