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Postgame Bowling Report (02/26/2006)

Roxy Kohner's love of teaching young Winona bowlers the finer points of the sport hasn't gone unnoticed.

Last Saturday, Kohner was inducted into the Winona Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame at the Winona American Legion Club.

Every Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., you'll find Kohner at Winona Bowl, where she runs four junior leagues. She started in 1987 with two leagues - the Pinbusters and Next Generation. In 1990, she added the Pee Wee League for kids ages 3-5. And in 1994, Kohner created the Pinsmashers League. She has between 120 and 130 bowlers in four leagues.

"They asked me to help out," said Kohner, who's a certified Level 1 and Level 2 coach through YABA. "It was at the right time of my life. My girls were at the right ages.

"I'm an average bowler. I just happen to have a talent to get through to kids. They still listen to me."

Kohner has organized her own city tournament for kids, which also includes bowlers from Rushford and Wabasha. Her bowlers also take part in state tournaments and the Pepsi-Cola regional and state tournaments. For the past five years, she's also coached the Winona Senior High/Cotter High School bowling team.

Among some of the bowlers that came through Kohner's program were Dustin Holland, this year's all-events champion in the Men's City Tournament, Tina Benedict and Matt Wise.

Kohner has also found some success on the alleys. She started bowling in 1977 in the Twilight League at Mapleleaf Lanes. In 1978, she attended her first national tournament for couples. Kohner teamed with Julie Haessig to win the WWBA City Tournament Division 1 doubles title in the 1993-94 season.

Ten years later, in the 2003-04 WWBA Tournament, Kohner captured the Division 1 singles title and combined with Dana Jonsgaard for the Division 1 doubles crown.

She rolled her career high game of 290 during the 1993-94 season, which ties her for the fifth highest game ever recorded in Winona. She received the WWBA high game award and also a 250-plus award from the state of Minnesota.

Kohner's high career series is a 657 and her top average is a 186. She's also a member of Winona's 600 Club.

Jandt enjoys banner night

Bob Jandt has been bowling in leagues in Winona since 1952. He's had his share of success with numerous 700 series, along with high game, high series and high average awards from many different leagues.

He's also teamed with his son Paul to win the Winona Bowling Association Men's City Tournament doubles scratch title twice and handicap title once.

About the only thing that has eluded the WBA Hall of Famer is the magical 300 game.

Last Thursday night in the Action League at Westgate Bowl, the 70-year-old Jandt accomplished his final goal with a 300 game, which led to a season-high 745 series.

"It's great," said Jandt, who entered the evening with a 207 average. "In the 11th frame, Paul said I threw it a little weak but it carried the 10-pin. The 12th ball was a perfect hit."

Jandt previous high game was a 298, which came on Oct. 7, 1999. That was the same night he rolled a 787 series, which is his career high.

Who's hot?

Big scores were at a premium this past week. Only two women surpassed the 650 mark and two men went over 750.

Keri Prigge tossed the high women's score with a 678 series in the Sunsetters League at Westgate. Julie Moldenhauer added a 658 series, which is her sixth score of 650 or better this year.

Mark Walter flattened a 770 series Thursday night in the Classic League at Westgate to pace the men. Nick Heilman, who travels from La Crosse to Winona to bowl on Tuesday nights in the American League, added a 761 honor count.

Dan Schultz (745), Bob Bigelow (743), Curtis Czaplewski (739) and Jeff Besek (737) all tossed their season-high scores last week, while Greg Schewe (737, 710) and Dale Bartelson (720, 716) both turned in a pair of honor counts.

Dana Jonsgaard turned in a season-high 638 honor count Monday night in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl, and Pat Ellefson rolled her first 600 of the year with a 615 series in the Sunsetters League.

The Theis Printing team from the American League tallied one of the season's top series on Tuesday with a 3,675. 


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