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Postgame Bowling Report (10/16/2005)

If you happened to catch a glimpse of Rose Schultz or Keri Prigge last week, odds were they were beaming from ear to ear.

Schultz and Prigge captained Winona women's team to an impressive 163.a5-136.5 victory last Saturday and Sunday in the Winona/La Crosse Bowling Challenge. It was Winona women's second win over the talented La Crosse team in the fifth annual event.

"We'll be smiling for a long time," said Prigge Wednesday night.

"I'm high-fiving everyone at the bank (Merchants Bank)," Schultz said. "I'm terribly intimidated by this event. For us to win, I was in awe. (La Crosse) has some pretty good bowlers. It was exciting for Winona that all the way down the lanes, everyone was taking points. Being captain made us feel better."

It was truly a team effort by the Winona women. The ones that got shut out in singles came back to pick up some important points in doubles. And in the Baker team competition, all 20 participants contributed in a positive way.

The key to the win, Prigge and Schultz agreed, was keeping the score close in Saturday's first day of action at All-Star Lanes in La Crosse. The host team took a 57.5-42.5 lead after the 20 singles matches, but Winona was able to cut the margin to 13 points (81.5-68.5) after the alternate-shot matches.

When the matches switched to Winona Bowl on Sunday, Winona dominated, taking the doubles matches by a 35-15 margin, and the Baker team matches 60-40.

"The individual competition in La Crosse was fun," Prigge said. "After Saturday, we wanted to be close. That was the thinking."

Added Schultz: "We figured they'd struggle at Winona Bowl. They had to figure the lanes out. We did pretty good Saturday for being in their house."

Winona women rolled five 600 series in singles in La Crosse, including a 684 by Mandi Steffes and a 674 by Diane Marley. Just to show the strength of La Crosse's team, Shirley Benedict (639), Krystal Dorman (625) and Prigge (622) also rolled honor counts, but came up short in their matches.

What may have put Winona over the top in the competition were the doubles teams that Prigge and Schultz put together. In the alternate-shot doubles and regular doubles, Winona held a 61-39 advantage.

"Our combinations worked well," said Prigge, who teamed with Jenny Glowczewski for a 4-1 win in the alternate-shot and a 4-1 victory with Laurie Wiseman in the regular doubles. "I had never bowled with the girls I bowled with."

"We tried to even them out with one Winona Bowl bowler and one Westgate bowler," Schultz said. "Most of our doubles worked out well. It's a team. They learned they had to keep each other going."

Winona's men's team lost to La Crosse for the fifth straight time, this year by a 165-135 margin. Winona made it interesting on Sunday by dominating the doubles matches 39-11, and edging La Crosse 51-49 in the Baker team matches. But that 90-60 margin wasn't nearly enough to make up for the big deficit. La Crosse outscored Winona 105-45 on Saturday.

In the past two years, Winona has more than held its own in town. But in La Crosse, Winona has been outscored 207.5-92.5. And it's not like La Crosse is rolling huge scores. Ten Winona bowlers failed to break 550 in singles at Pla-Mor Lanes in La Crosse.

Brian Fakler put on quite a show for the bowlers and fans on Sunday when he started the doubles competition with games of 300 and 299. Fakler's first 24 balls were all solid in the pocket, but he left a 10-pin on his final ball of the second game. His 835 series tied him for the seventh highest score ever bowled in Winona.

Who's hot?

Starting the evening out with a 162 game didn't deter Mandi Steffes Wednesday night in the Mixers League at Westgate Bowl. Steffes switched balls and came back with games of 278 and 258 for a 698 national honor count.

She also rolled a 610 series Monday in the Pin Topplers League, and was joined by doubles teammate in the Challenge, Maggie Glenn, with a pair of honor counts in the past week. Glenn tossed scores of 641 and 608.

Adding their first honor counts of the season for the women were Becky Pomeroy (623) and Teresa Zaborowski (606).

Brad Kanz paced the men in the past week with a 750 series last Friday in the Masters League at Westgate Bowl. Posting their first 700s of the season were Dan Schultz (733) and Dave Sommer (703). 


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