Steve Maliszewski was honored for his years of service to bowling in Winona on Saturday when he was inducted into the Winona Bowling Association Hall of Fame at the annual Hall of Fame banquet and city tournament awards night at Westfield Golf Club.
Maliszewski started bowling at the age of 17 at Hal-Rod Lanes before entering the military. He retired from the Navy after 20 years of service.
During his military service, Maliszewski started to bowl seriously and it continued until his retirement. While in the service, he was the secretary/treasurer of two leagues at the same time. He won numerous league and individual awards during this period.
He returned to Winona in 1988 and started bowling in the Quarterbackers League and won the high average award that year with a 190. In the 1990-91 season, Maliszewski began bowling in the City League and American League, the same two leagues he continues to bowl in today. He took over the American League secretary position in 1992 and continues to do an outstanding job to this day.
Maliszewski was elected to the WBA Board of Directors in 1994 and has served all four vice-president positions until this year, when he was elected president of the WBA for the next two years.
He has many accomplishments throughout his 30-plus years of bowling, including the 1997-98 American League high average award and the 1999 WBA scratch singles title with a 766 (at that time that was the highest singles score ever in the WBA Tournament).
Maliszewski has bowled in 15 ABC national tournaments and has cashed numerous times. He has bowled on several league championship teams in both the American and City leagues.
Over the last 30 years, Maliszewski has bowled over eighty 700 series. His highest game is a 300 and his career-high 825 series ranks 15th all-time in the WBA.
Maliszewski's dedication and accomplishments throughout his bowling career make him an outstanding addition to the WBA Hall of Fame.
Heer wins Pioneer Club Award
The fourth recipient of the WBA Pioneer Club Award went to Bob Heer, who started bowling in 1946 and still bowls every week in the Knights of Columbus League.
Heer is bowling his 60th year as a member of the WBA, which is a remarkable feat for any bowler. He has won many league championships, along with some league and ABC awards.
Heer has career highs of a 247 game and 628 series. His highest average was a 172. He is currently averaging 142.
While his average is not the highest, Heer's dedication to the Knights of Columbus League and the sport of bowling is second to none. He has been a member of the league and the club each year since 1946.
Heer has attained perfect attendance until his heart bypass surgery in 2001. He's only missed 14 nights of bowling since then.