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Kenny Combs, Nellie Ralston capture Valentine Doubles; 700-Plus event is Sunday

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Kenny Combs and Nellie Ralston captured top honors, and the first-place prize of $160, in last Sunday's (Feb. 9) Bill Wenzel Valentine Doubles tournament at Sarasota Lanes.

Combs posted a three-game handicap score of 798, while Ralston added 741 in combining for the winning score of 1,539, while the runner-up spot was taken by the duo of Paul Nicolazzi and Wanda Dunlap with 1,527.

With the tournament's top score of 818 -- with the help of a 729 scratch series that included a 267 game -- Nicolazzi won the optional handicap singles competition, while David Shedrow's 737 series, bolstered by a tournament-high 280 game, was good for the title in the optional scratch singles.

In the regular mixed doubles, third place went to Maxine Johnson and Dylan Clark with 1,489, while the remainder of the cashers were Alison and David Shedrow (1,467), Thomasina Peksa and Brian Shaffer (1,449) and Patricia and Manuel Fontanot (1,324).

Combs finished second to Nicolazzi in handicap singles with his 798, while rounding out the list of cashers in that event were Patricia Fontanot (753), Janet Romig (748), Ralston (741) and David Shedrow (737). In scratch singles, Shaffer was second behind Shedrow with a score of 670.

Other significant men's scratch scores were posted by Shaffer, with a 277 game, and Craig Ripley, with a 718 series, while among the women, the top numbers were rolled by Alison Shedrow (256-660) and Romig (258-659).

To view complete doubles standings, click here. For full handicap singles results, click here. And for a scratch singles recap, click here.

700-Plus tournament to be held Sunday at AMF Venice

Competition will begin at noon Sunday (Feb. 16) at AMF Venice Lanes, and entry fee will be $20 per bowler per event, although walk-ins will be assessed an additional $5 expense fee for singles only.

Scratch singles is open to all SMCBA members who have rolled a certified three-game scratch series of 700 or better, while handicap (90 percent of 220) singles is open to SMCBA members who have never rolled a 700. The top five players in scratch singles will enter a final-five stepladder rolloff at 3 p.m.

Virtual handicap doubles will feature one SMCBA member who has rolled a 700 series within the past four years and one SMCBA member who hasn't. A player must bowl singles to enter virtual doubles, and multiple doubles entries will be permitted. To view or download an entry blank, click here.

Cottrill wins senior scratch sweeper at AMF Gulf Gate

Dave Cottrill claimed the title in last Saturday's senior (age 50-up) scratch sweeper at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes.

After qualifying fourth with a three-game score of 580, Cottrill won the final rolloff for the top prize of $135, while Kevin Reichenbach was second, Peter Varga finished third, Steve Rocha -- who was top qualifier with 641 -- wound up in fourth place.

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