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Mariner Classic shows growth

In only its second year, the Mariner Classic increased its participation and packed Mariner Lanes with spectators for the five-person bowl-off to determine the winner.

Stan Boissonnault defeated Larry Gousse 230-217 in the final round to finish atop the 57-bowler field and collect $800. Gousse earned $400.

Dani Storms, one of four women in the tournament, outrolled Larry Wagner 273-234 for third and $225. Wagner took home $175 after defeating Brian O'Connor, who pocketed $150.

The bowlers competed for a total purse of $2,140, thanks to $1,000 supplied by local sponsors We Do Auto Repair, Seneca Air Conditioning, Bolander Electric and Cypress Business Machines.

"I think most definitely this tournament is growing in the right direction," said Mariner Lanes manager June Watts. "Give us a couple years and I think we're going to fill the house."

Watts said results like Storms' high finish should help the competition grow, and she is hopeful it will lead to more participation from other counties on the North Suncoast.

PARKVIEW HIGHLIGHTS: Judy Carpenter won the Parkview Women's Club Fun Tourney with a 768 series. Joan Cothern was second with her 769 and Peggy Nevels third with a 721.

Single-game champions included Ina Raynor with a 260, Cothern with a 277 and Carpenter with 250. The tournament had a 3-6-9, nine-pin no-tap format.

Moonlight bowling returns to Parkview Lanes Friday night at 10 p.m. Participants can win up to $500. Reservations are recommended and the price is $10 per person, which includes shoes and three games. Call (352) 489-6933.

BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE: For the third consecutive year, the more than 900 chapters of Big Brothers/Big Sisters throughout the United States will have Bowl for Kids' Sake tournaments during March.

With no Big Brothers/Big Sisters chapters in Pasco or Citrus counties, Hernando is the lone North Suncoast destination for bowlers to participate.

The fund-raiser shifts this Sunday to Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill, with competition beginning at 1 p.m..

Each team of five-six bowlers can sponsor a child. For information, or to sign up, call (352) 683-7576 or (352) 799-1987.