Tavares girls team deals Eustis first loss

The Eustis Panthers had not lost since falling to eventual Florida High School Athletic Association champion Timber Creek in last year's state championships.

In Thursday's match, however, it was Tavares that walked away the winners, knocking Eustis from the ranks of the unbeaten.


Tavares' victory put the Lake County Bowling Conference race with Eustis into a dead heat with only one week left in the regular season.

The Eustis boys erased a 2-0 deficit to win all three Baker games and defeat Tavares.


Leesburg retained its lead in the LCBC boys division with a victory against South Lake. The Yellow Jackets moved their record to 9-1.

300 games shine

The 300 games keep on coming, with Classique Scratch League getting the third and fourth ones within minutes of each other.

Mike Shay rolled his first career 300 during the second game of the league. Then, Jim Lynch followed Shay's feat with another perfect game about five minutes later.

James Higgs Jr. just missed in the first game with a 298 effort.

Other top scores were Craig Farnham's 299 game and Jason Hutcheson's 779 series.

Nicki Teston led the way for the ladies with a 267 game and 654 series, followed by Clara Brodil with a 264 and 660.

Senior scorers included Al Asbury with a 246 game, Bob Tighe with 243 and Chuck McGhaw with a 672 series. Karen Ault added a 210 game.


Tavares teammates Doug Thomas and Michael Houck paced the junior scoring, with Thomas posting games of 279 and 236 with a 760 series, and Houck adding games of 269 and 233 with a 648 set.

Katlyn Knecht led the girls with a 202 game.

Women's Open worth wait

The 2007 U.S. Women's Open was, by most standards, as unusual a tournament as ever was conducted.

Sixteen semifinalists competed after the conclusion of the USBC Queens Tournament, and then the field was cut to the top four bowlers.

Then they waited for two months to bowl the championship finals.


Meanwhile, bowling fans were treated to four weeks of great tape-delayed semi-final broadcasts, leading to the live finals this past Sunday.

While bowlers might not have waited two months ever to finish a tournament, Liz Johnson looked like she was ready from the start.

Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., defeated Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y., 248-215 for her second U.S. Open crown.

O'Keefe had dispatched Carolyn Dorin-Ballard 223-209 to reach the championship match, while Johnson took care of U.S. Amateur champ Lynda Barnes 257-187.