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Frisse hangs on for YABA "A' title; 743 by Masem tops "B'

Brett Frisse's 721 handicap series survived a second-weekend assault for the A Division singles title and hot-shooting Matt Masem won the B Division as the Greater Pinellas YABA Championship tournament ended Sunday at Seminole Lanes.

Frisse rolled a 258-676 scratch series to grab the first-weekend lead and was never headed. Masem rolled a 254-743 Sunday to outshoot first-week leader Charles Turner for the title. Ryan Peck's 704 won the C Division crown, dropping first-week leader Joey Wilkes into second at 697. Andy Fox held his D Division crown with a 715 series. Danielle Fox and Charlotte Endicott tied for the E Division title with 701s.

The A Division team competition provided the biggest shuffle, with the Seminole 4s winning. David Bigman, Jeremy Nizzia and Ian and Jason Foltz teamed for a 2,659 total. The Chronics No. 2 had held the division lead with a 2,354. That also was topped by No Ink, with Chris Dieterich, Jimmy McFadyen, Mike Moore and Masem rolling a 2,641.

The other four division team leaders held up for championships.

Ian Foltz and Nizzia knocked out first-week leader Jason Taylor and Frisse for the A Division doubles crown with a 1,421 total. Chris Dieterich and Michael Moore took second with a 1,386. Other first-week doubles leaders were winners.

Ian Foltz fired three 600-plus series for a 1,976 total and high scratch series for the tournament. His 279 was high scratch game. Robert Smith rolled an 805 high handicap series.

Kelly Lancaster fired her first 200 game (224) off a 122 average, Jason Atkisson rolled a 200 game off a 109 average, and Justin Veitch surprised with a 210 game off a 127 average.

ABC update: A 774 series by Longwood's Todd Agee held up for the singles lead as the second week of the 91st annual ABC Tournament ended in Mobile, Ala. Mark Moody of Panama City moved into seventh with a 727.

Hack's Sports Specialties of Cincinnati remained the team leader at 3,190. Walter Tournier and Gary Grieves of Waterloo, Iowa, are the doubles leaders at 1,380. Mostly Rednecks of Franklinton, La., heads booster teams at 2,794.

Mike Neumann and Bob Ujvari of Buffalo, N.Y., each rolled 300 games on the same pair in the same game during their singles competition, an ABC tournament record. Six 300 games have been recorded so far. The tournament runs through June 13.

PBA update: Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs stands third on the money list six stops into the PBA winter tour. Hoskins successfully defended his championship in the $200,000 Quaker State Open at Grand Prairie, Texas, Feb. 5, winning his second career title.

In five tournaments, Hoskins has earned $45,650, including the $41,000 from the Texas event. Norm Duke of Edmond, Okla., is the leader with $86,130 and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Stockton, Calif., is second at $79,600.

Michael J. Fox's new film, Greedy, out last week, includes cameo roles by Johnny Petraglia, Amleto Monacelli, Parker Bohn III and Randy Pedersen, among others.

Five hot men: The Hurst Bowling Supplies five-man team of Luzerne, Pa., broke an ABC record many bowlers thought might never be topped. The squad combined for a 3,868 series, breaking by 10 pins the 1958 mark of the famed St. Louis Budweiser team.

The record-setters are Bob Buckery (754), Carmen Marsit (770), Howard Holly (738), Jeff Piatt (810) and Brian Snear (796). The Bud team had ABC Hall of Famers Don Carter, Ray Bluth, Pat Patterson, Tom Hennessey and Dick Weber.

Local duo sixth: Rich Bouvier and James Campbell of St. Petersburg finished sixth in the first PBA Over & Under 50 tournament at Palm Bay on Feb. 13.

Jimmy Certain of Huntsville, Ala., and Sam Zurich of Melbourne won the event, which combined the talents of one bowler over 50 years old and another under it. Tampa's Ted Fraley and Darin Hays, Cream of the Crop singles champions last January, were third.

Daugherty champ: Don Daugherty defeated John Hahmann 632-550 to win the Pinellas County Senior Match-Play championship Sunday at Sunshine Bowl.

Only 26 entries were received in the attempt to renew the championship, staged some years ago. Stan Dzierba was the high qualifier with a 701 series.

Around the lanes: Gary Hampshire rolled a 278-803 and Ernie Stranberg recorded a 299-725 at Southland Lanes. Barbara German fired a 289-769 at Dunedin Lanes. Don Schroeder nailed a 300-686 at Rainbow Lanes. Junior bowler Matt Masem rolled a 242-707 at Twedt's Lanes. The 35th annual Clearwater Women's Association championship tournament starts this weekend at Dunedin Lanes and ends next weekend. Entries are still open for the annual George Litts memorial fund-raiser Sunday at Sunshine Bowl. Funds go toward scholarships to be awarded in the George Litts Memorial Tournament at Crossroads Kenneth City Bowl on March 13. The Style Master 300 tournament slated for two weekends beginning March 18 at Seminole Lanes offers a $25,000 payoff to the winner.