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High scores aplenty at Young American event

John Cerillo and Scott Price each bowled over-700 series to lead the Major-Senior Division as the 24th annual Greater Pinellas County Young American Bowling Alliance Youth-Adult tournament started at Liberty Lanes last weekend. Cerillo, one of the aces of the Northeast High team, rolled a 752 scratch series, getting 27 pins for a 779 series. Price, who received no handicap pins, fired a 727 series.

Richard Goulay was nearly as torrid in taking the Junior Division lead with Norm Brim. Goulay, a 154-average bowler, rolled a 656-779 set while Brim came home with a 686 series.

Aaron and Mike Walker head the Bantam Division with a 1,320 total. Aaron sports a 41 average, but managed games of 74, 105 and 83 for a 691 handicap series.

Joe Swanhart and Judy Allen teamed to take the Prep Division lead with a 1,375. Chuck Knize and Dona Beasley lead the Special Division with a 1,233 total.

There were 110 doubles entries last weekend, but tournament director Ray Hickox expects the overall record of 208 entries to be broken by tournament's end next Sunday.

Certain winner: Jimmy Certain of Huntsville, Ala., beat Bob Hart of Columbus, Ohio, to win the $75,000 Treasure Coast PBA Senior Open last week in Fort Pierce.

Certain won his second Senior title after four runnerup finishes and earned $7,500. He defeated Hart 218-202 in the finals.

Hart had beaten three greats from yesteryear _ Dave Soutar, Teata Semiz and Dick Weber, to gain the finals.

Steve Hobelmann of St. Petersburg finished 32nd in his first senior event, 10 pins ahead of Tampa's Shell Wilson.

Hay wins second NABI: Cindy Hay of Land O' Lakes defeated all four of her opponents to win her second NABI Club tournament at Spring Hill Lanes last weekend.

Hay won her first NABI event last May and joined Jackie Kelly Dolf as a two-time champion. She also became only the third NABI winner to advance from fifth qualifier to the championship. Hay collected $1,150 Sunday. The event drew 121 entries.

NABI is at Tarpon Lanes this weekend.

Something in the food? Hard to say what Bill Petty is feeding his bowlers at Rainbow Lanes, but here's the rundown last week: Bret Bolden 300-766, Gordon Becker 299-730, Don Dahlstrom 290-679 and Chris Trauner 288-726. Co-owners Gene Wong and Petty got into the act, Wong with a 258-693, his highest career series, and Petty with a 279-823.

ABC update: The Reno, Nev., Convention and Visitors Authority has received a recommendation to go ahead with construction of a 72-lane national bowling center. The facility would include seating for 1,000 with an additional 1,000 portable seats at an estimated cost of $28.9-million. The ABC-WIBC said they would look into staging future events at the proposed center.

The average male righthanded bowler averages 162 and the average woman should be around 135, according to the ABC-WIBC, which used the Detroit area yearbook as its source. The ABC-WIBC do not keep such statistics, so they used the numbers from the largest local ABC-WIBC association, Detroit's.

An informal Times poll conducted two years ago showed the average Suncoast male bowler's average to be 162 while the average woman performed at a 137 average.

Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., fired four perfect games last season to increase his total of career sanctioned 300 games to 39.

WIBC update: Vesma Grinfelds, San Francisco, and Betty Mivelaz, Tujunga, Calif., will be inducted into the WIBC Hall of Fame next year for bowling performance. Ann Simone, West Allis, Wis., will be honored for meritorious service.

Nancy Seaman, Binghamton, N.Y., rolled back-to-back 300 games earlier this month, only the third WIBC-sanctioned woman to do so. Carol Norman and Jeanne Maiden of the LPBT tour have accomplished the feat.

Regi Jonak, St. Peters, Mo., led the nation's WIBC-sanctioned women bowlers last season with a 227 average.

Around the lanes: The 37th annual St. Petersburg Women's Classic begins this weekend with the team event at Southland Lanes in Pinellas Park and the singles and doubles at Crossroads Kenneth City Bowl. The event continues for the following two weekends. The annual Bowlers Victory Legion (BVL) fund-raising drive staged by women's associations across the nation begins in November and the Florida West Coast Turtle Club slates a special Nov.

18 event for that purpose. Funds raised go to area veterans hospitals. Rainbow Lanes is forming a super seniors (55 and older) men's trio league and also has slated a scratch doubles tournament Nov.

10 with an $80 entry fee and $1,000 to the winners.

Thursday is the deadline for entry into the Good Life Games sponsored by the Times, Channel 13 and Barnett Banks. The bowling competition will be held Nov.

13-14-16 at participating centers. Shore Lanes offers a late Saturday night team tournament this weekend with a $125 entry fee per five-person team and $1,500 to the winners. The fifth annual Wheelchair Awareness Bowl-A-Thon is slated Dec.

9 at Largo Lanes. Entry fee is $100 for a four-person team. Able-bodied persons bowl from wheelchairs in this unique event to demonstrate how tough that is.

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