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Multiple champions top Good Life Games

Joe Mirande, Dorothy St. Pierre and Violet Shaffer were triple winners in the annual Good Life Games.

Winners in each of the nine age divisions (50-95) in the three-day competition recently at Sunrise Lanes qualified for the Florida State Senior Games.

Mirande captured the 90-95 singles title, teamed with Shaffer to win the 85-89 mixed doubles and partnered with Warren Werner to top the 75-79 men's doubles.

St. Pierre won the 80-84 singles, mixed doubles with Don Shaffer and women's doubles with Violet Shaffer.

Shaffer was the winner of the 85-89 women's singles, mixed doubles with Mirande and women's doubles with St. Pierre.

Other champions were Dorothy Thompson (65-69 singles and doubles), Karen Lartz (60-64 singles and doubles with Carol Stevens), and Sandy Lehman (50-54 singles and mixed doubles with Les Foerster).

Others posting two victories were Linda Cress, David Frankenfield, Robert Zumbahlen, Roy Dykes, Cliff Weston, Lyman Sosbey and James Kramer.

ABC UPDATE: Bill Peters, Dayton, Ohio, took over the Regular Division singles lead with a 772 series as the ABC Championships Tournament entered its fourth week in Billings, Mont. Bob Winston, Lexington, N.C., continues to head the Classified Division singles with a 695.

Brian Hock and James Wagner, Channahon, Ill., grabbed the Regular doubles lead with a 1,467. Russ and Rick Stevens, Clarion, Iowa, are the Classified front-runners, 1,232.

Rob Bailey's Pro Shop No. 1, Sun Prairie, Wis., remains the Regular Division team leader, 3,298. Pepsi, Hardin, Mont., is on top of Classified, 2,806.

Five 300s have been rolled.

WHEELCHAIRS ON LINE: The second annual Richard Baker Memorial Wheelchair Tournament is April 7 at Seminole Lanes. The entry fee is $100 per four-person team. Baker was a long-time wheelchair bowler and officer of several associations. Wheelchair players will not compete in the tourney. Instead, able-bodied competitors will bowl from the chairs to emphasize the difficulties and achievements of wheelchair athletes. For information, call the St. Petersburg Bowling Association, (727) 399-2695.

BROWN IN FRONT: Nancy Brown, coming off a 791 handicap series, was the singles leader entering the final weekend of the 59th annual St. Petersburg Women's Association Championship Tournament. Anne and Sharon Ranieti headed the doubles competition with a 1,415 pinfall. The Misfits (3,394) were the top team.

LOSCHETTER IN TOWN: The Chris Loschetter Florida State Youth Scratch Tournament is at AMF Clearwater Lanes for a Junior Olympic Gold event. It is a qualifier for July's USA Junior Olympic Gold Nationals in Lakeland and Winter Haven. The walk-in entry fee is $50. There will be a division for bowlers with a 185-plus average and another for individuals at 184 and below. Each winner earns $200 in college scholarship money, based on 30 entries.

DAUGHERTY WINS: Tampa's Tom Daugherty beat Tim Dunbar 224-215 at Sunshine Bowl, capturing his second Florida Bowlers Club Tournament title.Mike Pittman finished third, Gary Halstrom was fourth, and Steve Kenyon placed fifth.

BENEFIT SET: A bowl-a-thon for Kathleen Stepan is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Countryside Lanes. The entry fee is $20. A trust fund has been established for Stepan, a cancer patient, with Ron Mowbray, Darlene Mendenko and Donna Hannigan serving as administrators.

AROUND THE LANES: Scotty Gormley fired a 300-720 at Countryside Lanes. Lou Alessi had a 300-721 and Fred Aquino a 300-627. Tom Campbell rolled a 300-824 at Dunedin Lanes. Nick Cetrangola recorded a 300-680 at Seminole Lanes. Mike Earl had a 299-719 and Cary Cook a 299-757. Justin Veitch shot a 300-813 at Southland Lanes. Liberty Lanes saw 300 games posted by Paul Victory, Ty Hendricks, Chris Jennings, Guy Blazier and Charlie Stuart. Bill Mills and Joe Wendel each had a 299. Winners of Liberty's monthly handicap event were Chuck Welch, Keith Macbay and John Martino. Gary Gilkey rolled a 300-718 at Sunshine Bowl. Sam Martin recorded a 300-695 at Rainbow Lanes. Rich Novo-Mesky logged a 300 at Twedt's Lanes.

Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes8msn.com.

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