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Postgame Bowling Report (03/06/2006)
by Jim Kohner

For the past 15 years, Brian Fakler has been one of the best, if not the best bowler in the city of Winona.

He currently owns four series (841, 836, 835 and 831) in the all-time top 10. On two occasions, he set the city record for high series. Fakler has too many city tournament titles and too many 300 games to count.

But one thing keeps eluding the 42-year-old Fakler year after year. And he's having a hard time explaining why.

Despite all the big numbers, he has never had the top average in the city. The Winona Bowl owner has been consistently averaging between 225 and 230 for years.

His father Gordie has nine city average titles and his brother Greg owns two of them.

"That's a good question," Fakler said Thursday. "I would love to have the high average. I would love to have Winona Bowl have the high average. But all the big averages are at Westgate (last year 18 of the 20 top men's averages came from Westgate). When I walk in there, I always do well. I think I could average 240 over there. I don't know how many titles I'd have if I bowled there.

"One of these years, it will change."

After missing more than half of last season following major knee surgery, Fakler is enjoying another big year on the lanes. Last week he rolled a 761 series Monday night in the City League and a 763 on Tuesday in the Blue Ribbon League, giving him 30 honor counts for the season.

Fakler currently holds the top two scores in Winona (836 in the Winona-La Crosse Bowling Challenge and 835 in the City League). He's also got five other scores of 750 or better and three 300 games so far this season.

And he's been Mr. Consistent with his averages - 226 in the City League, 226 in the Blue Ribbon League and 223 in the Legion League. He's also carrying a 234 average in the every-other-week Mixed Nuts League.

"I'm probably bowling as well as I've ever bowled," Fakler said. "My knee doesn't hurt. I've got a good bowling ball. The lanes are running well so I don't have to run back and fix things. And I enjoy bowling together with the guys on my teams.

"I've bowled well in tournaments this year. John (Glowczewski) and me finished sixth in the Super Bowl Doubles Tournament in La Crosse. I was in second place in the Eagles Tri-State Tournament in La Crosse, where I averaged 249 for four games. It's been a good year."

And it's not over yet.

Who's hot?

Maggie Glenn wasn't kidding a few weeks ago when she said she was determined to battle her way back near the top in the women's high average race.

Monday night in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl, Glenn strung together games of 246, 210 and 248 for a 704 national honor count. She came back Wednesday in the Sunsetters League with a 626 series.

Mandi Steffes tallied a 686 series Wednesday in the Mixers League at Westgate. That gives her 15 scores of 675 or better this season. She also rolled a 615 on Monday.

Julie Moldenhauer continued her fine season with a 684 series Monday in the Alley Gaters League. Also breaking 650 last week was Angie Pomeroy with a 651.

Diane Marley joined Glenn and Steffes with a pair of honor counts (611, 603), and Mandy Kowalewski turned in her first 600 of the season Wednesday in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl with a 605.

On the men's side, Don Dennis rolled his first 700 of the year with a 719 series Tuesday in the American League at Westgate. Adding their best scores of the season were Scott Schultz (733) and Dean Ingram (724).

Even the junior bowlers are putting up big scores these days. Last Saturday in the Junior Gold League at Winona Bowl, Kassi Kluzik tossed a 253 game and 615 series, and Kyle Malewicki pitched in a 674 series. 


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