Caso earns first pro win in hometown tourney

Photography by Cheryl Clanton, Chris Bernhardt Jr.

Spring Hill native Anthony Caso, surrounded by Spring Hill Lanes co-owners Carlos Martins (left) and George Martins, holds his trophy and check after winning the Crystal Automotive Spring Hill Open. Photo by Chris Bernhardt Jr.

SPRING HILL – For a lefty bowler like Anthony Caso, leaving the 7-pin standing can be the greatest cause of frustration.
But when Caso left that pin on the first ball of his final frame on Sunday, the result was perhaps his happiest moment ever on the lanes.
At Spring Hill Lanes, the house where he bowled as a youth, and a day after his 23rd birthday, Caso cherished the first victory of his pro career, winning the Professional Bowlers Association South Region’s 29th annual Crystal Automotive Spring Hill Open.

Local youth bowler wins state tourney

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LeAnn Militscher won the Florida Pepsi Youth Championships in Winter Haven in April with a six-game series of 1,394. Photo provided

Since the age of 5, LeAnn Militscher has been a bowler, and for as long as she can remember she was spending time at a bowling alley.
At 16, the Weeki Wachee High senior has already risen to a 204 average and recently added a state championship to her resume. Militscher finished first in the U20 Girls division in the Florida Pepsi Youth Championships at Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven.

Remodel ushers in new beginning at Strike City

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Members of the Andrade family and Strike City staff at Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Employees and members of the Andrade family gathered on the approach at Strike City for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting Wednesday afternoon, a major benchmark in a difficult rebuilding process.
The former Mariner Lanes has undergone a near complete renovation over essentially the past two years, providing for a major facelift of the bowling center opened in 1989.

Daugherty collects third Spring Hill Open crown

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Tom Daugherty reacts after a strike in Sunday's stepladder finals of the Spring Hill Open. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL – Tom Daugherty may hail from Riverview, but Spring Hill might start feeling like a second home.
It was 10 years ago that Daugherty, then from Wesley Chapel, collected his first Professional Bowling Association title at Spring Hill Lanes, and he earned another one there in 2008.
These days Daugherty is one of the more established pro bowler in the field of the Spring Hill Open, a PBA South Region event sponsored by neighboring Crystal Automotive, with a national tour victory under his belt.

Caso Paces Locals at Spring Hill Open

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

SPRING HILL - Anthony Caso wasn’t exactly thrilled with the way things played out at Spring Hill Lanes over the weekend. Yet the 21-year-old from Spring Hill wasn’t completely disappointed, either. Placing 14th in the 27th annual Spring Hill Open, a Professional Bowlers Association South Region tournament sponsored by Crystal Automotive, wasn’t good enough for Caso to advance to Sunday’s match play.

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