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The Bowling Report (12/03/2006)

Back on April 9, 2003, Keri Prigge joined a very exclusive club of women bowlers in Winona.

On that night at Westgate Bowl, Prigge became just the third bowler ever to roll a 300 game in the Winona Women's Bowling Association, joining Pat Meyer (Feb. 28, 1983) and Angie Pomeroy (Dec. 2, 2001).

Monday night in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl, Prigge started up her own exclusive club. And currently, she's the only member of it.

Prigge strung 12 strikes together in the second game to become the first Winona woman bowler to have two 300 games to her credit. She sandwiched that game in between games of 257 and 210 for a 767 national honor count, which is the fifth highest series ever rolled in Winona and the highest ever by a woman at Winona Bowl.

"I never dreamt I'd have another 300," Prigge said. "This is exciting.

"They were all pretty good shots. Luck was with me on some, especially the 12th ball. I thought I left the 5-pin. It was the last one down."

Prigge admits that she usually doesn't bowl that well on end lanes, but she certainly was in a groove on lanes one and two on Monday. The other ironic thing about the big score was it came at Winona Bowl, where Prigge has struggled over the years.

Her average has always been 10-12 pins higher at Westgate. But this year, she was averaging 206 heading into Monday night and 199 on Wednesday in the Sunsetters League at Westgate Bowl.

"I'm bowling better at Winona Bowl this year," she said. "I just started bowling well (at Westgate). Before the last few weeks, I couldn't make 600 at Westgate. It's been slow."

Prigge also has a 727 this year at Westgate, as well as a 725 at Pla-Mor Lanes in La Crosse during the Winona/La Crosse Bowling Challenge. Nine of her 12 honor counts this year are bigger that 650, including the last two Wednesdays at Westgate, where she's thrown a 658 and a 656.

The key to her big scores is simple - a new ball.

"I got a new ball," Prigge said of her Black Widow Hammer. "I love my ball. I can throw it out there and it drives into the pocket. This one has a lot of back-end action. I got it the week before the Challenge.

"Since I've been bowling with this ball, I've been having a 250 game or two a night. I never thought about a 300 until I got through the ninth frame."

Big scores are nothing new to Prigge. She currently has the fourth (769), fifth (767) and seventh highest (762) scores ever in the WWBA. She also has a 300 game to her credit while bowling in Lewiston, as well as a 298 game last November.

And she's just warming up this year.

"I owe it all to the ball," Prigge said. "It's fun to throw it. The last couple of weeks, I've just been coming on. I feel real comfortable throwing it."

All in the family

When Vic Schewe threw the first 300 game ever at Westgate Bowl (and third ever in Winona) back in 1968, little did he know what a trail he was paving for family members.

Since then, his son Greg and thrown a number of 300s. And now there's the list of grandsons. First there was Steve Hawley, then Geoff Schewe, Dennis Schewe Jr. and Josh Wrycza.

Last Friday night, the fifth grandson of Vic Schewe, Jeremy Peterson, accomplished the feat in the Masters League at Westgate. Ironically for all of the grandchildren, their first perfect game came at Westgate.

Men's city tourney

The deadline for accepting entries for the Winona Bowling Association Men's City Tournament is Saturday, Dec. 9.

Entry forms can be found at bowling establishments in Winona, Rushford and Fountain City. The tournament begins on Jan. 13 at Westgate Bowl and continues through Jan. 28.

Who's hot?

Bill and Seth Bonow have certainly been putting up their share of big scores on Tuesday night in the American League at Westgate Bowl. This past Tuesday was no different. Bill led the way with a 784 honor count, while his son Seth tossed a 300 game and 777 series.

Bill Benedict also rolled a 300 in the same league and finished with his first 700 of the season (715).

Diane Marley (678, 634), Wendy Fakler (635, 611) and Krystal Dorman (613, 610) all put up multiple honor counts in the past week. Dorman currently leads all women bowlers with 16 honor counts, while Marley has 15 and Fakler 13.

Adding their first 600s of the season last week were Shan Schammel (605) and Danielle Rasmussen (605). 


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