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Teen finds stride

Beverly Hills Bowl regular Debbie McNall wowed the county with her performance this past week in the center's Good Times Mixed League on Monday night.

McNall, who has never registered a U.S. Bowling Congress honor score, came close to that accomplishment with her 278 high game. One spare in the middle of her game cost her a 300, but the game and series are still a strong statement of excellence for the longtime bowler.

The 278 came in the second game after McNall led off with a 229. She finished with a 210 for an astounding 717 series, leading the county by more than 100 pins over the second-highest female scratch score this week.

The 19-year-old averaged a 181 overall while competing in four sanctioned leagues between Beverly Hills and Manatee Lanes in Crystal River last season. This season she is competing exclusively at Beverly Hills.

CARNEY LEADS MEN: Brian Carney also led the county with his scores from Beverly Hills this past week.

During the Friday Night Match Play League, Carney tossed a 739 series with some consistent shooting. He pitched consecutive games of 245, 257 and 236 to gain the total.

2006 has been kind to Carney as he has thrown both of his career 800s to go with one perfect game. In September, he started off the 2006-07 season with a 299 in the Match Play league, his only USBC achievement this season.

Last season, he averaged a 221 while competing in leagues at Beverly Hills, Parkview Lanes in Holder and Hudson Bowl in Pasco County. He is currently a regular in the Tuesday Men's Handicap League at Manatee and the Match Play league at Beverly Hills. He also competes at AMF Galaxy West Lanes in Marion County.

HOLIDAY PIN DECORATING: Neffer's Bowl is one of many centers nationally participating in the Holiday Pin Art Decorating Contest held by the Bowling Proprietors Association of America.

The BPAA guidelines for the contest involve each center donating their used bowling pins and selling them for a reasonable price to the public for the contest.

All proceeds from the pins go to the Bowling Foundation in Arlington, Texas, a non-profit organization that supports youth bowling around the country.

Each facility will send in the photo of the a decorated entry before the deadline of Jan. 15. One entry must be chosen as the final entry from each center by Jan. 2.

The winning entry nationally will receive a prize of $5,000. If the winner is an adult, a check for the prize fund will be issued. If the winner is under 18, a scholarship for the denomination will be issued.

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