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Major league bowling _ a preview

Bowling's future may be previewed at 7 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill Lanes when the Spring Hill Rebels and Lane Glo Tigers meet in an exhibition match of the new Professional Major League Bowling Association.

The Rebels and Tigers first met at Lane Glo Bowl in Port Richey on Oct. 9 and one game was filmed, according to association commissioner Lou Faiella. Sunday's entire match will be filmed and sent to CBS for screening.

Faiella, a bowler for 52 years, has spent 3{ years working out what he calls a "16-format" system in which there would be 16 zones across the country with 16 major league teams in each zone. Each major league franchise would have many farm teams.

Bowlers ranging from youths to adults could advance through the minor league system to the majors, with players at the highest level under contract as in other major leagues.

Under his plan, each team is composed of five bowlers and two substitutes, who may be inserted by calling a timeout. Teams bowl four games, with an entire game rolled on one lane to keep momentum going and make it easier for spectators to follow. Among other wrinkles is a monitor empowered to call infractions.

Scheduled to begin next September, the season will have two 16-week segments, with all matches on Sundays on a home-and-home basis. The first segment runs from September through the third week in December, with two weeks off for the holidays. The second half lasts through April. Each zone would have a champion that would advance to a "Sweet 16" as in college basketball.

"All the proprietors I've talked with, and that's 53 so far, think it's a tremendous format," Faiella said.

Eagles lose linebacker in traffic accident

Since the Springstead High football team is idle this week, Eagles coach Bill Browning figured his players could use their time off to heal various injuries and prepare for the season's final two weeks.

But when Browning came to school Thursday, he got another dose of a bad news in what has been a season of injury-related woes for the 3-5 Eagles.

Browning said senior inside linebacker Eric Scrivens, Springstead's leading tackler with 78 stops, sustained a broken femur (thigh bone) in an automobile accident Wednesday.

"I talked to him, but he was pretty groggy," Browning said of Scrivens, who was to be transferred from Brooksville Regional Hospital to Tampa General on Wednesday. "It's a shame the season had to end for him this way. He's not real big, but a kid that plays with a lot of heart. We'll miss him."

The loss further depletes a Springstead defense that has been decimated by injury.

"Basically," Browning said, "We're out of linebackers. But even with as many guys as we've had to shuffle around, the attitude is still good. We're staying very positive."

Bishop named Citrus softball coach

Larry Bishop will be the new Citrus High varsity softball coach, activities director Vicki Overman announced Wednesday. Bishop, who coached the junior varsity team last year, replaces Renay Anderson, who resigned to spend more time with her 10-year-old daughter.