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Postgame Bowling Report - 3/12/06 (03/12/2006)

Julie Moldenhauer is quietly having the best year of her bowling career. For the most part, however, it's going unnoticed.

You see, it seems that every time Moldenhauer tosses a big score, either someone in her league or in another league on Monday night has a bigger one. Take two weeks ago, for instance. Bowling in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl, Moldenhauer tossed a 684 honor count, only to be outdone by Maggie Glenn's 704 in the same league.

Earlier in the year, her big scores were overshadowed by Mandi Steffes' marks in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate.

Talk about no respect.

"That's usually the case," Moldenhauer said. "I'm doing a lot better this year. Usually when I bowl good, Mandi does too. I've had quite a few high 600s the last couple of months."

The 33-year-old Moldenhauer is still seeking her first-ever 700 series in Winona (she did roll a 708 honor count in last year's women's state tournament). She came close two weeks ago, and this past Monday, she was even closer. Moldenhauer strung together games of 229, 235 and 234 for a 698 series, which is her highest ever in Winona.

She now has 11 600s this season, including eight scores over 650.

For the first time in her career, she has her average at 200.

"I gave myself a pep talk last Monday and it seemed to work," Moldenhauer said. "I really want to bowl a 700 in Winona this year. My goal is to get a 200 average and a 700 series.

"I got a new ball in November and it works. It carries everything. I had a 16-pound ball. The new one is a 15-pounder. I like a heavier ball, but the 16-pound ball was too heavy for my shoulder."

Moldenhauer's mentor on the lanes is her mom, Keri Wegman, the seven-time women's average champion. Wegman got her daughter bowling in adult leagues at age 16 and they've been teammates ever since.

They seem to bring the best out of one another. On Monday, Wegman fired a 647 for their Home Federal Bank team.

"She's real competitive," Moldenhauer said of her mom. "I give her the drive to try harder and vice-versa. She's big on challenges. If I'm bowling good, she wants to bowl better than me, and I'm the same way.

"It's always been my goal to beat my mom in average. I've never beaten her before. You always want to beat your teacher. I've bowled my whole life with her. I started when I was 16 and have bowled with her ever since. I don't think she'd let me bowl without her."

Moldenhauer knows she can't let up in the final weeks of the season because her mom is only four pins behind her in average.

Who's hot?

The list of women's 700 bowlers grew by one this week when Becky Pomeroy tallied a 704 series (190-238-276) Monday night in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl. Ten different women have now rolled at least one 700 this year.

Pomeroy and her older sister Angie may be the first sisters in Winona to both have a 700 series under their belts.

Joining Moldenhauer and Becky Pomeroy with season-high scores last week were Dawn Bronk (656) and Christine Tollison (632).

Diane Marley turned in three 600s (660, 619,604) in the last week, while Krystal Dorman (683, 635) and Keri Wegman (647, 616) both had two.

The Cars & Credit team from the Lucky Rollers League at Nordic Lanes recorded a 1,215 game Monday night, which is the ninth highest game ever in the Winona Women's Bowling Association.

It was a relatively quiet week for Winona men bowlers. Greg Schewe paved the way with a 773 honor count in the Masters League at Westgate. His son Geoff turned in a pair of honor counts (722, 719).

The youth bowlers at Winona Bowl continued to put up some amazing numbers. Last Saturday, Izak Walgrave rifled a 720 series. 


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