There appears to be no shortage of young talent that made the leap from junior leagues to adult leagues this year in Winona.
So far this year, three bowlers that made the move from Winona Bowl's Next Generation League to adult leagues have shown they belong with the big guns. All three also bowled on the Winona high school team that competes with other high school teams in southeastern Minnesota.
Kyle Malewicki has had no problem making the adjustment to men's leagues. He's currently averaging 218 in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl and 214 in the Legion League. Malewicki has a pair of honor counts (711, 707) to show for his efforts.
Krystal Beech, like Malewicki, is also a first-time adult-league and a two-times-a-week bowler. She's averaging 172 on Monday in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl and 185 while subbing in the Sunsetters League at Westgate Bowl on Wednesday.
Beech has thrown three honor counts (611, 607, 602) - all at Westgate.
The other young lady to keep an eye on is Kassi Kluzik. Last Thursday night in the Sparklers League at Winona Bowl, Kluzik fired her first career adult-league honor count with a 630 series, which helped boost her average to 175.
While watching a couple of the high school bowling league matches this year, I've noticed there's still plenty of talent coming up, including some very good bowlers from Nordic Lanes in Rushford, along with Winona's Joe Braatz, Brent Cordes, Tyler Jandt, Eric Thill, Aaron Shiroma, Brandon Beech and Sami Kohner.
Don't be surprised if you hear a lot from those young bowlers in years to come.
Entry forms are available at local bowling establishments for both the Winona Bowling Association Men's City Tournament and the Winona Women's Bowling Association City Tournament.
Both tournaments start on Saturday, Jan. 13. The men's tournament will take place at Westgate Bowl and the women's at Winona Bowl this year.
The application deadline is Dec. 1 for the women's event and Dec. 9 for the men's.
For those who may have forgotten, this year's Minnesota State USBC Association 2007 Open Championship will be in Winona on weekends from Feb. 3 through May 6.
The team event will take place at Winona Bowl, while Westgate Bowl will host the singles and doubles portion.
Entry forms can be found at all bowling establishments in the area. To guarantee reservations, entry blanks and fees must be received by Jan. 31.
Jerry Koutsky and Krystal Dorman turned in the top performances on the lanes in the past week.
Koutsky knocked down a 781 honor count in the Classic League at Westgate last Thursday night, while Dorman fired a 679 series Sunday night in the Pin Setters League at Winona Bowl.
Nick Heilman added a 773 honor count Tuesday in the American League at Westgate, and John Glowczewski tallied a 751 Tuesday in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl. Geoff Schewe added a pair of honor counts with scores of 710 and 706.
Adding their first 700s of the year were Joe Singer (725), LeRoy Telstad (720), Erv Mitchell Jr. (718) and Mike Benke (712).
Laurie Wiseman tossed her first 600 of the year with a 663 last Thursday in the Sparklers League at Winona Bowl. Penny Smith turned in the first 600 of the season at the Winona Athletic Club with a 631 last Thursday in the Ladies League.
Wednesday night in the Mixers League at Westgate, Gloria Schaefer rolled a career-high 278 game. Nicky Katula recorded her first career 500 series with a 533 Monday night in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl.