Coordinators Pat Scanlon, Ray Durbin and Mike and Linda Pavlak did not know what turnout to expect for the Pinellas County Spring High School League.
Their worries were groundless. A league-record 24 teams representing 12 schools showed for the first week of action Jan. 14.
"We wanted to give every youngster a chance to compete, and they responded," Scanlon said.
The Pavlaks, Scanlon, Durbin and Scott and Arlene Gross, not involved now, helped organize the league six years ago to compliment the long-established Pinellas County High School League.
Countryside's No. 1 squad led after the second week with 36 points and has not lost a match. The team is comprised of Timothy Reinoehl, Alex Mueller, Cassie Carpenter and Matthew Moenec. Tarpon Springs No. 3 is second, only two points behind. That squad features Jesse Francis, Andrew Owens and Ashly Galante, a 15-year-old who recently returned from competition at USA Bowling's National Amateur Championships in Reno, Nev. She finished 57th.
After only Week 2 in the prep league, scores are skyrocketing. James Croy rolled a 300-738, Andrew Owens fired a 278 game and Galante notched a 224-583.