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Kopp and Vasquez emerge with division championships in Best-3-of-4 tourney

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Bruce Kopp and Jose Vasquez emerged victorious in their respective average categories in the 5th annual Andy Rapone Memorial Best-3-of-4 Tournament, conducted at Sarasota Lanes on Saturday (Aug. 9).

Kopp posted a 778 scratch series -- using his top three scores (267-244-267) in a four-game set -- which, coupled with 59 handicap pins, gave him a net pinfall of 837, good for the top prize of $90 in Division A (averages of 185 and up).

Vasquez won Division B (184-under) with a net score of 811, based on a scratch series of 693 on games of 257,224 and 212, plus 118 handicap, and he took home $100 for his efforts.

Cindy Grich was runner-up to Kopp in Division A with a score of 780, which included a three-game scratch total of 705 on games of 246, 223 and 236.

Ken McDougall rolled games of 180, 268 and 245 for 693 scratch (763 handicap), which represented the third-place Division A score, while rounding out the list of Division A cashers were Richard McLaughlin Jr. (761), Chuck Souzer (756) and Josh Merkle (753).

Finishing second to Vasquez in Division B was Ken Combs -- with 628 scratch and 779 handicap -- while Josh Williams was third at 766. The remainder of Division B cashers were Charles DePalmo (749), Cliff Martin (747), Dom Locascio (745), Anna Mae Sweet (743) and Steve Polanski (738).

The always-popular event, conducted by the Sarasota-Manatee County Men's Bowling Hall of Fame, drew a total of 125 entrants, including 74 in Division B.

Robert Fletcher posted the high game of the tournament with 277, while other games of 260-plus were rolled by McDougall (268), Kopp (267-267), Merkle (267) and Robert Oden (267). Grich's 246-705 numbers were the highest scores among women.

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