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County's youths shine at state

Juniors from Citrus County did well in the 31st annual Florida State YABA Championships that finished a six-weekend run June 29-30 in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Their honors included one in team competition, five in doubles, 12 in singles and one in all-events.

"Citrus County usually does very well at the state tournament," said Paul Harris, president of the Citrus County Association of YABA. "In past years I know we've had a very good showing from all our participants."

Genie Rhodes, who competes out of Beverly Hills Bowl, led the local contingent. In girls Division 4, she finished second in all-events with a 1,382 total and fifth in singles with 751.

Erik Lentz, also from Beverly Hills Bowl, took fourth place at 786 in boys Division 1 singles.

"Genie has been with me for a while and has two other sisters from a bowling family," Beverly Hills YABA director Cathy Pearson said. "She's a natural bowler with potential who has her head on straight and can become a great bowler.

"Erik was the high average bowler in our house at 180. He's an excellent bowler who thrives on competition."

Others who made the winner's list were:

Teams _ Three Guys and a Girl (Jeremy Buzby, Emily Boyer, Elizabeth Platz, Brandon Geick), 17th with 2,677 in Division 5.

Doubles _ Lisa Fritz and Ed Fritz, 35th at 1,381 in Division 2; Jesse Henley and Nicholas Hehl, 11th with 1,424 in Division 4; Tony Brewer and Ryan Pearson, 12th at 1,422 in Division 4; Cassie Pearson and Robert Platz, 20th with 1,400 in Division 4; and Buzby and Geick, 36th at 1,350 in division 5.

Singles _ Derick Proulx, ninth with 780 in boys Division 2; Ed Fritz, 48th at 718 in boys Division 2; Robert Parsons, 12th with 757 in boys Division 3; Nicholas Hehl, 55th at 718 in boys Division 3; Tony Brewer, 12th with 782 in boys Division 4; Jesse Henley, 23th at 758 in boys Division 4; Jackie Rhodes, 20th with 684 in girls Division 3; Tiffany Dumal, 27th at 678 in girls Division 3; Jenny Wheeler, 17th with 715 in girls Division 4; and Emily Boyer, 14th at 709 in girls Division 5.

TOP-NOTCH FIELD EXPECTED: A field of 150-160 professionals are expected this weekend at Spring Hill Lanes for the eighth annual PBA Southern Regional sponsored by the Dentofacial Institute. Last year, the tournament drew 132 pros and was won by Tampa's Darin Hays.

"We've got some big names confirmed, including Orlando's Jason Couch, who won here in 1994 and took a regional (Sunday) in Clearwater," Spring Hill Lanes co-owner Carlos Martins said Monday.

Others expected are Bob Vespi, Tarpon Springs' Steve Hoskins, Steve Wilson, Melbourne's Sam Zurich, Guppy Troup, 1993 tournament winner Bob Handley, and Ocala's Roger Bowker.

There's still time for amateurs to register for Friday's pro-am event, which has a nine-pin no-tap format. Cost is $12 for juniors, $25 in the regular division and $20 for seniors.

Pros only will roll two six-game blocks Saturday before a cut is made to the top 24 scorers for Sunday. Those 24 will engage in 16 games of match play leading into stepladder finals for the top five bowlers.

Spectators are welcome throughout the weekend. Call (352) 683-7272 for pro-am information.

THREE QUALIFY FOR TOC: Three bowlers from Citrus County qualified Sunday at Manatee Lanes in Crystal River for the North Suncoast YABA Tournament of Champions on Sept. 22.

Derick Proulx from Beverly Hills Bowl won the A Division (161-180 averages) with a 1,012 score for six games. Neffer's bowler Kent Flanders won the B Division (141-160) with an 1,138 total. The third TOC qualifier was Beverly Hills' Ryan Sweeney in B Division.

The last chance to qualify for the Tournament of Champions will be in the regular-season finale Aug. 18 at Tarpon Lanes. AA, A and B divisions roll at 9:30 a.m.; C, D and E divisions at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 per bowler.

Contact Barbara Hicks at (352) 686-7814 for more information.

WATCH THAT JUNK MAIL: Members of the Citrus Senior Bowlers Club need to be careful when discarding unwanted "junk mail" now that entry forms for club events are on a new colored paper.

"We were on sunflower-colored paper for 10 years but the stationer says they're no longer making that color," club president Helen Schmitz said. "Evidently, there's not enough call for it.

"We're now using salmon-colored paper and since we get so much junk mail these days we don't want our club members to see the new color and simply throw it away."

The next Citrus Senior Bowlers Club event will be a 3-6-9 tournament of four games in which the lowest score is discarded. It will be Aug. 10 at 1 p.m. at Manatee Lanes in Crystal River.

The last tournament was nine-pin, no-tap June 8 at Parkview Lanes in Holder. Competition was held in two divisions, with the following top scores turned in:

A Division (90-149) _ Helen Jarvis 741, Theresa Magee 723, Joan McCaskey 714, Ed Toporowski 709, Jim Knapp 705, Gene Magee 700.

B Division (150-and-up) _ Philip Lanzarone 781, Ed McCaskey 780, Duane Wright 771, Raymond Ryea 760, Pete Heeschen 750, John Ehlers 747.