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Seminole youths pin down tournament wins

Brian Hughes and Brian Halstrom, young bowling wizards from Seminole Lanes, put their considerable talents together to capture a pair of titles as the Greater Pinellas YABA City Tournament ended March 2 at Skyway Lanes.

Hughes and Halstrom teamed with Greg Waddell and Jennifer Dowell to win the A Division team title with a 2,386 pinfall. The pair also captured the A Division doubles crown with a 1,288 total.

However, the singles title in A Division went to Kenneth City Bowl's even younger talent, Tony Russo, who won it with a 664 series. Russo beat Kenneth City mateShawn Jefferies by 28 pins. Russo also won the all-events scratch title with a 1,882 total and finished second with David Eidys in A Division doubles. Three years ago at age 12, Russo became the youngest Pinellas County bowler to roll a 300 game.

Other singles winners were Phong Nguyen, Ron Sullivan, Jeff Pugh and Christina White.

The B Division team of Sarah Coltman, Sean Eady, Kristin Salerno and Jason Williams from Seminole Lanes captured their title with a 2,633 pinfall. James Nickell, Brian White, Daniel Thompson and Kristin Poole, also from Seminole Lanes, won the C Division team title with a 2,855. Poole fired the tournament's high scratch game of 276.

Tina Engert, Kyle Baptist, Brittney McEntire and Heather Sloan were the E Division team winners with a 2,716 total.

Mike Schroeder and Bryce Pettibone gave Twedt's Lanes its only winner, grabbing the B Division doubles with a 1,317. Sunshine Bowl's Steven Van Every and Eric Genevie won the C Division title at 1,369.

There were 42 team entries, 68 in doubles and 136 in singles, a solid turnout, said tournament director Mary Laird.

"We had terrific help from the proprietors this year," Laird said.

EARLY LEADERS: The Trophy Hunters toppled 3,156 pins to take the Division One team lead after the first weekend of the Clearwater Women's City Championships at Countryside Lanes on March 9. The tournament ends today.

Sara Carrillo and Jeri Beazel of Clearwater held the early Division One doubles lead with a 1,308 total. Laura May-Mosley fired a 754 series to lead the Division One singles competition. She also was leading the all-events with a 2,002 pinfall.

ROSAS A WINNER: Tampa's Pat Rosas defeated Largo's Jim Boese 204-196 to win the NABI tournament and $340 on March 9 at Liberty Lanes. St. Petersburg's Royce Pauley was third and Pinellas Park's Bill Heym fourth.

NABI will be at AMF Clearwater Lanes this weekend with a $1,000 guaranteed payoff to the winner. Entry fees are $40 prepaid or $45 at the door.

AROUND THE LANES: Rob Hoskins, older brother of four-time PBA tour winner Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs, rolled a 300-675 at Tarpon Lanes. Scott Haun fired a 300-730 at Seminole Lanes. John Ingalls shot a 290-669 at Sunrise Lanes. Dennis Keihl recorded a 300-691 and John Hendry rolled a 300 game at Liberty Lanes. Cliff Gagnon rolled a 299-726 at Rainbow Lanes.

_ Phil Gulick can be reached by e-mail at Xerxes6juno.com, Xerxes6aol.com and HSQV12Aprodigy.com

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