Maggie Glenn kind of burst onto the Winona bowling scene on Jan. 24, 2000, when she rolled a 737 national honor count, which at the time was the second highest women's series ever rolled in Winona.
She's been kind of quiet the last couple years and saw her average dip to 184 in the 2004-05 season.
But some motivation by her fiancĆ© and the drive to rejoin the elite women bowlers in Winona has the 28-year-old Glenn enjoying herself on the lanes again.
Take last week, for example. She started out on Monday in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl with a season-high 657 national honor count, and that came after a dreadful 149 her first game (she ended with 245 and 263). Glenn followed that up with a new season-high series of 695 (224-245-226) Wednesday in the Sunsetters League at Westgate.
After rolling just six honor counts all of last year, she now has 15 in 2005-06. And her average is better than 190 in both leagues.
"I've been really knocking them good,"¯ Glenn said. "Part of it is my fiancĆ©, Adam Stockhausen. He's been really bowling well the last couple of years. He'd come home and tell me how well he bowled. He told me he was going to start coming to the bowling alley and watching me if I didn't get that average up. It was a shove in the right direction.
"It's that and my mental game. I've learned to slow down. It's the competitiveness between me and my fiancĆ©, plus my improved mental game."¯
Glenn got off to a rather slow start this year. In early October, she was teamed with Mandi Steffes in the doubles and alternate-shot doubles portions of the Winona-La Crosse Bowling Challenge. She learned a lot from Steffes in that two-day tournament, and it's carried over.
"She noticed that I didn't throw a bad shot, I just didn't have the luck,"¯ Glenn said. "She gave me more confidence. She helped me with the mental part. She has a great attitude."¯
It's Glenn's goal to join the likes of Steffes, Keri Prigge, Diane Marley and Krystal Dorman atop the league averages for years to come.
"I'm not going to get stomped on any more,"¯ Glenn said. "I'm going to attack the average. I want to break the records.
"This second half (of this year) and the rest of my career, I'm focused on being No. 1. I don't want to sound cocky, but I want to take the bull by the horns. I want to be in that high average run."¯
Wenzel lights it up
Big scores are nothing new to Josh Wenzel.
So when he rolled a career-high 833 honor count Tuesday night in the American League at Westgate, the 22-year-old took it all in stride.
"I only messed up one shot,"¯ he said. "That was the 11th ball in the second game. I threw it through the nose and left a split. Except for that, I left three 7-pins."¯
Wenzel tossed his second 300 game of the season to start the night off, then came back with a 244. He threw 10 straight strikes to begin the final game, before leaving his final 7-pin for a 289.
His series ties him for the ninth highest ever rolled in Winona. It was also his second 800 of the season. Wenzel is currently averaging 235 in both the American League and the Classic League on Thursday night. He's on pace to win the city average title for the first time in his young career.
Tod Walters is giving Winona Bowl owner Brian Fakler a run for his money for the top average at Winona Bowl this year.
Friday night in the Legion League, Walters turned in a season-high 786 honor count. He followed that up with a 709 on Tuesday in the Blue Ribbon League and now has 20 700s this year. The left-hander is averaging right around 230.
Fakler also fired a pair of honor counts (both 704s) last week. Greg Schewe rolled three 700s (743, 727, 721) at Westgate.
Bob Jandt rifled a 300 game and his first honor count of the year with a 748 series Thursday in the Action League at Westgate. Dom Ignash also rolled his first 700 in the same league with a 754.
Tim Wangen tossed a season-high 757 series last Friday in the Masters League at Westgate, and John Mayzek rolled his first 700 of the year with a 705 in the Blue Ribbon League.
For the women, Keri Prigge improved her impressive average to 213 in the Sunsetters League with a 684 series Wednesday night. Mandi Steffes, who's battling Prigge for the city's top women's average, added a 664 in the Pin Topplers League on Monday at Westgate.
Krystal Dorman has found her groove again with scores of 629 and 624 last week. Nancy Theis turned in her first honor count of the season with a 606 in the Alley Gaters League.