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County youths grab honors in Citrus tourney

A group of Hernando County youth bowlers crashed the party at the annual Citrus County Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) tournament this weekend, taking several honors on the boys and girls sides.

Tiffany Hicks took first place in the girls all-events category with a nine-game scratch pinfall of 1,656 (184 average), and finished second in the singles event with a 625 series. Kelly Slaga finished fourth in all-events with a score of 1,528 (170 average).

In boys competition, James Sauer took second place in all-events with a score of 1,792 (199 average) and teamed with Tom Cahill to take third place in doubles with a combined six-game pinfall of 1,315.

In the team event, the Pinheads _ Anna Neilson, Bobby Frenger, Patrick Martino and James Armstrong _ earned a third-place finish.

Hernando County bowlers were able to compete in the Citrus County event because Mariner Lanes' youth program is sanctioned through Citrus County's YABA chapter.

MARINER HIGHS: John Ramage had the center's high game for the week with a 289 as part of a 671 series in the 585 Cap Trio league. Ray Viveiros Jr. had an impressive 763 series, including a 279 game, to top the Ball & Chain league. Joey Martin also had a 279 game in the Suntrust Classic league, where Doug Hearl had the high series at 743.

Other 700 series were posted by John Hendrix (728) and Mike Finley (704).

Debbie Viveiros had a 244 game to edge Marty Medo (242-667) and Pat Brennan (237-664) for the women's high game for the week.

SPRING HILL'S BEST: Clint Bullock (280) and Kevin Williams (270) had the high games in Spring Hill's Suntrust league, but Mike Lambraia (729) and Bill Spicer (710) had the top series. In the TGIF league, John Zuidema Jr. (289-730) swept the high honors, while Ernie Quinn (266-703) still had a solid showing.

Al Smith (269-690) topped the Tuesday Nite Mixers, while Tom McGarry (279-719) swept the high scores in the Monday Night Men league. Michael Gennusa Jr. (279-710) had the only 700 series in the Kevin's Pro Shop league.

And from the Eerily Consistent Department, Elaine Greene had the dubious distinction of bowling a 175 game with spares in every frame in the S&W Thursday Nite Mixed league.

YOUTH SCORES: How's this for close: Three pins separated the high series from third place on the girls side of Mariner's Sunday Junior Olympic Gold league, where Kelly Slaga (236-561) and Tiffany Hicks (201-561) edged Diane Zeone (206-558). Allen Clark (237-626) eked past James Sauer (227-620) for boys high honors.

Chris Wilson (274-609) had the high game in Mariner's Saturday Junior Majors, while Joe Scarantino (223-647) had high series. Sal Gennusa (242-610) also had solid showings, while Slaga (225-520) led the girls.

SPARE NOTHING THIS YEAR: Forget about roses and chocolates. With Valentine's Day approaching fast, both Spring Hill bowling centers have special events planned to help get your relationship out of the gutter.

Spring Hill Lanes has a Valentine's Scotch Doubles Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. In scotch doubles, two-person teams alternate shots, so if your beloved leaves the 10-pin standing, you can finish off the spare. Entry fee is $17 per couple, and first prize is $200 and, ahem, a hotel voucher.

Mariner Lanes, competing for the affection of bowling lovers countywide, offers its fifth annual Sweetheart Scotch Doubles tournament, also on Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $28 per couple, with first place paying $300 based on 50 entries in the field.

No extra points are awarded for red shoes, but it is a nice touch.