Junior bowlers from Hernando County have a busy weekend ahead with two state tournaments in the Orlando area.
Action begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. when four local teams (two scratch and two handicap) participate in the State Youth Leaders Tournament sponsored by the Florida State Young American Bowler Alliance (YABA) at West Orange Bowl in Winter Garden. The bowlers making it to the event did so through in-house qualifiers held in February.
The first scratch team is comprised of Jason Mahr, Christopher Moccio, Keith Zavrel and George Emmerich II. All are from Spring Hill Lanes.
Dani Storms, Eric McVey and Brian Frampton of Spring Hill Lanes, and Mariner Lanes' Danny Crews form the second scratch team from Hernando County.
Matthew Dean, Joey Martin, Brad Riebau and Frankie Sanna make up the first handicap team going to Winter Garden. Dean and Sanna represent Spring Hill Lanes, while Martin and Riebau bowl out of Mariner Lanes.
The second handicap team will be Mariner Lanes' Christopher Bernhardt, and Spring Hill's Andy Elting, Jim Formisano and Rocco Fasulo Jr.
"Handicap division bowlers had to have had a 169-or-below average as of Jan. 1," Hernando County YABA secretary Susan Winnegar said. "They had to have averages of 170 or above to make scratch division."
Some of the bowlers from the State Youth Leaders tournament turn right around and compete Saturday and Sunday in final-weekend action of the 28th annual YABA State Championships. Singles and doubles competition is scheduled for Brunswick Wekiva Lanes in Apopka, while team events will be conducted at Aloma Bowling Center in Winter Park.
Winnegar said Spring Hill Lanes will send 56 bowlers to the YABA State Championships. Mariner Lanes sent 60 representatives to that tournament May 22-23. Final results will not be announced until late July.
Morse wins NABI tourney: Spring Hill's Roger Morse took top honors in a field of 72 bowlers June 12-13 during an NABI Tournament at Mariner Lanes. His prize was $400.
Morse defeated Orlando's Richard Pratt 212-187 in the title match.
Two other bowlers from Spring Hill cashed. David Gangloff earned $110 for taking third place, and $80 went to fifth-place finisher Melinda Patiki.
Calendar filling up: Spring Hill Lanes has plenty of tournament activity coming up for bowlers.
Weekly no-tap sweeper events will be offered every Monday at 7 p.m. starting next week. Bowlers will roll three games across six lanes, with 80 percent of 200 handicap applied. The entry fee is $8 per week.
A 12-game scratch doubles marathon is planned for July 11 at 11 a.m. All teams must adhere to a 420 combined average cap. Entry fee is $110 per team, with a $1,000 top prize offered to the winners if there are at least 25 teams.
A mixed doubles four-game no-tap tournament is set for the following Sunday. One male and one female bowler will form teams, with handicapping at 90 percent of 200 for the event set for July 18 at 2 p.m. A $35 per team entry fee will be charged.
Spring Hill Lanes co-owner Arnie Andrade reports the house will play host to its fifth PBA Southern Regional July 31-Aug. 1. A pro-am event is July 30.
For more information on any upcoming event, call the center at (904) 683-7272.
Rock-a-Bowl: Louie's Bowling Center in Brooksville now has Rock-a-Bowls each Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Rock music from the 1950s and '60s, plus country music, is played while bowlers are rolling games. The cost is $6 per person.
Wednesday is Kids' Day at the house from 1-6 p.m. Boys and girls receive three games of bowling, shoe rental, a hot dog and soft drink for $4.50 during those hours.
Call (904) 799-1987 for more information.