by Jim Kohner, columnist
Another banner season for the Winona/Lewiston-Altura bowling team ended with a second-place finish on December 8 at the Class A Varsity State High School Bowling Tournament at Garden Center in Alexandria.
Winona, which won the regular season title in the Southeast East Conference as well as the Super Regional in Austin, was edged out by Princeton/Milaca 428-418 in the two-game, total-pin championship match.
“You always have high expectations when going into the tournament and the team performed well at both the regional and state tournament,” said Winona coach Bob Prenot, whose team averaged 204.6 in its 10 qualifying games, which was the top average in the 24-team field.
This was the first year that the state tournament went to two classes, and Winona was in the small-school division. Another Southeast Minnesota team, Rochester Mayo, captured the Class AA crown.
The future is very bright for Winona, which returns five of its six varsity bowlers, including Justin Prenot, who was selected third-team all-state and was the Southeast East most outstanding bowler. Gunner Bonow, Keyton Gibbons and Samantha Wangen also made the all-conference team. Wangen is the team’s lone senior.
“We have eight bowlers that will be seniors next year, so we need to get the numbers back up,” Prenot said.
Weege tosses season’s first 800
It may not have been quite the stage of his first career 800 series, but Myron Weege Jr. certainly isn’t complaining.
Pre-bowling for the Kickass Classic League at Westgate Bowl earlier this month, Weege tossed games of 265, 279 and 266 for an 810 series – the season’s first 800.
For those too young to remember, Weege’s first 800 also came at Westgate in the 1997 Minnesota Men’s State Bowling Tournament. That’s when he was crowned state champion for his 804 scratch score and 906 handicap mark.
City tournament entries
Entries for the 2020 Winona USBC City Bowling Tournament are due by Monday, December 30.
The event will be held the second, third and fourth weekends of January at Nordic Lanes in Rushford.
Entry forms are available at both Nordic Lanes and Westgate Bowl and can be turned in at both bowling establishments.
Kosidowski Junior tournament
The eighth annual Bob Kosidowski Junior Scholarship Tournament will take place on Sunday, January 5, beginning at noon at Westgate Bowl.
Entry forms can be turned into Westgate Bowl or bowlers can sign up the day of the event from 11-11:30 a.m. The Winona USBC is paying the entry fee for all bowlers.
Over $1,000 in SMART scholarships will be offered for the top division finishers. The event is open to all junior league bowlers in Winona and Rushford.
The big scores keep coming from two of Winona’s top women bowlers – Lindsay Serwa and Mandi Steffes.
Two weeks ago, Serwa rolled her second 700 of the year with a 720 series in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate. She followed that up with a 676 this past Monday. Steffes, meanwhile, tossed a 689 honor count recently in the Mixers League.
Serwa and Steffes both have three series in this year’s top 10.
One of the hottest bowlers the last month has been Meghan Manor, who rolled scores of 671, 645, 607 and 604 in the Mixers League.
Also breaking the 650 mark for the gals were Krystal Dorman (675), Kim Kubis (667), Yvonne Guzman (661, 650), Raylyn Prenot (656), Julie Moldenhauer (656) and Krystal Beech (653)
Heath Ronnenberg tossed the sixth men’s 300 game of the season in the Hiawatha League at Nordic Lanes. He’s been on a tear with scores of 752, 735, 727, 715, 712 and 712 in the past month.
Dustin Schewe and Jamie Niemeyer both turned in 299 games. It was Niemeyer’s second 299 of the season.
Tim Pozanc fired the fourth-highest men’s score of the year with a 792 in the Legion League. Mike Ellefson also cracked this year’s top 10 with a 781 score in the Wednesday Nite Trios League at Nordic Lanes.
Tod Walters (760) and Paul Ciszak (753) both bettered 750 recently in the Kickass Classic League.
And congratulations go out to both Denton Wirt and Kelly Anderson. Wirt nailed the first 700 of his career with a 706 series in the Hiawatha League, while Anderson tossed her first career 500 series (500 on the nose), which was also 125 pins over her average, in the Mixers League.