The pins were falling at a rapid (and almost record) pace Tuesday night in the American League at Westgate Bowl.
Three bowlers turned in honor counts of 760 or better, but even more impressive was the team scores that were recorded by Championship Trophies and Bonez Inc.
Bonez Inc. rolled a 3,719 series, which tied it for the sixth best men's team series ever bowled in the Winona Bowling Association. But on this night, that wasn't even the high series in the league.
That belonged to Championship Trophies, which tallied the third highest series all-time with a 3,766 score. If you were wondering, the city record is 3,826 set by Dan's Dugout on Oct. 8, 2004.
Leading the charge for Championship Trophies was Wes Palokangas with a 761 honor count. Steve Maliszewski added a 723 score, Dave Jumbeck carded a 677, Dan Schultz rifled a 669 and Jerry Nauman came in with a 585. They also combined for a 1,293 game, which was one pin higher than Bonez's top game.
Bonez Inc. actually finished with a higher scratch score (3,527) and had four bowlers toss honor counts. Bill Bonow led the way with a 770 series, Chad Whetstone had a 740, Seth Bonow rolled a 721, and Myron Weege Jr. tossed a 709. Myron Weege Sr. rounded out the team with a 587 series.
There was some other excellent bowling going on around those two teams as well on Tuesday. Josh Wenzel turned in a 290 game and 768 series, Geoff Schewe rolled a 710 and Nick Heilman finished with a 705. In all, there were nine 700s recorded in the American League.
The deadlines are quickly approaching for the men's and women's city bowling tournaments.
The Winona Women's Bowling Association City Tournament will be held at Winona Bowl starting the weekend of Jan. 13. Entries for that event close on Dec. 1.
The Winona Bowling Association Men's City Tournament is set for Westgate Bowl, also on Jan. 13. Bowlers have until Dec. 9 to register.
It's been a remarkable start to the season for Winona Bowl owner Brian Fakler.
Tuesday night in the Blue Ribbon League, Fakler rolled his fourth 300 game of the season, which led to a 773 series. That gives him 11 honor counts so far this season, including eight scores better than 750.
Myron Weege Sr. rolled a 300 game and 746 series last Friday night in the Masters League at Westgate.
Kyle Malewicki, who's competing in adult leagues for the first time this year, turned in a 751 series last Friday night in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.
Rolling their first 700s of the year in the past week were Mel Ott (732), Don Boynton (729), Steve Maliszewski (723, 708), Tim Pozanc (715), Christ Brown (710) and Tyler Brown (704).
Sue Buermann and Diane Marley led the ladies last week with a pair of honor counts each. Buermann fired scores of 628 and 617, and Marley added a 623 and 620.
Lisa Peterson's 635 series Monday night in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate was the top women's score of the week.
Adding her first honor count of the season in the same league was Joy Donnelly with a 604. Lori Hanus tallied her third straight honor count in the Lucky Rollers League at Nordic Lanes Monday with a 615 series.
And finally, first-year bowler Kelly Kukowski, who's probably noted more for her softball and basketball skills, turned in the first 500 series of her career with a 502 series Wednesday in the Sunsetters League at Westgate.