Sometimes a little help from Lady Luck can go a long way on the bowling alley.
Darrin Aarre can attest to that.
Last Friday in the Masters League at Westgate Bowl, Aarre connected for the first 800 series of his career with an 807 national honor count (275-255-277). And he’ll be the first to admit that at times it wasn’t a thing of beauty.
“If I was anywhere around the pocket, they were falling,” Aarre said. “There was definitely some help. I had a couple Brooklyns. You have to have a little luck for a series like that.
“Everything seemed to happen right. I had 530 going into the last game and had the first nine (strikes). I thought I already had the 800. I threw the first ball of the 10th kind of lazy and left a seven-count. Then I realized I needed that spare.”
Aarre, who averaged 210 in the Masters League last year, is off to a very strong start this season. He carried a league-high 224 average into last Friday’s action.
“I’ve been bowling very well (at Westgate),” said Aarre, whose previous high series with a 786, which he had twice. “I’ve been very consistent. I had three 700s in a row earlier in the season and I’ve been maintaining that pretty well.”
Bowling has become a very important part of Aarre’s life. Since October of 2005, he’s been part-owner of LA Lanes in Lewiston. His wife Heidi, along with Bob and Krystal Griffin, currently run the establishment.
They had to work to regain the Lewiston bowlers that went to either St. Charles or Winona to bowl when the previous owner shut the bowling alley down. They currently have men’s leagues on Monday and Tuesday night, a women’s league on Thursday, and two mixed couples league that bowl on alternate Saturdays.
“The first year, we didn’t get in until after the bowling season had started,” said Aarre. “We had half a league on Monday and half a league on Thursday, but we managed to have two mixed leagues on Saturday. When everyone knew we were going to stay in it, it really picked up.”
Aarre currently bowls in the two men’s leagues as well as one of the Saturday couples leagues. His big series Friday also gave him bragging rights of the family. His dad Dean rolled an 804 at LA Lanes last season.
Landon McGuire was the big winner Sunday in the Geoff Gardner Memorial Fund Junior Bowling Tournament at Westgate Bowl.
McGuire defeated Blake Budnick in the championship match to capture a $400 scholarship. Budnick, who was the top seed after four qualifying games, won a $200 scholarship.
Allyson Glowczewski and Jenna Wineski both earned a $100 scholarship for making the semifinals. Winners of $50 scholarships were Coltan Kline, Michael Glowczewski, Andrew Berg and Kodi Moldenhauer. They all qualified for the eight roll-off spots but were ousted in the first round.
Angie Booher rolled her first 700 series of the season Saturday night in the Mixed Nuts League at Winona Bowl with a 726 (278-234-214). And that score wasn’t even the top women’s series in the league.
That belonged to Krystal Dorman, who fired a 742 series (257-245-237). It was Dorman’s best score of the season and her seventh 700 of the year. Dorman nailed a 682 series Wednesday in the Lamplighter League and a 632 Monday in the Spinners League, also at Winona Bowl.
Diane Marley added her first 700 of the year Wednesday in the Lamplighter with a 719 series (214-237-268). Marley also shot 649 Monday in the Spinners League and 645 in the Mixed Nuts.
Keri Prigge (630, 620), Kim Kubis (623, 614) and Booher (637) also had multiple honor counts last week.
Sue Buermann tossed a season-high 675 series Monday in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl. Julie Moldenhauer rolled a 672 in the same league, and Krystal Beech turned in a 670 in the Mixed Nuts League.
Other women’s honor counts came from Jenny Glowczewski (641), Mandi Steffes (631) and Pat Beech (621).
Geoff Schewe and Jeff Smelser both lit it up last Friday in the Legion League at Winona Bowl. Schewe rifled a 775 honor count and Smelser finished with a 772. Schewe also nailed a 743 in the American League at Westgate on Tuesday.
Adam Stockhausen carded his first 300 game of the year Tuesday night in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl. He finished with a 739 series. Stockhausen also fired a 715 last Thursday in the Action/K of C League at Westgate.
Rounding out the big men’s scores for the week were Brad Kanz (749), Jason Michalak (747), Steve Walters (744), Tom Donnelly (741), Brian Fakler (732), Bob Bigelow (726), Rick Prenot (718), Curt Czaplewski (713), Larry Betchwars (711), Jeff Weifenbach (711), Steve Drazkowski (710), John Glowczewski (710), Bob Banicki (708), Erik Kanz (705) and Dick Flatten (704).