The Winona Women's Bowling Association welcomed its newest member to its Hall of Fame Saturday night at the annual WWBA banquet as Loreta Kiger became the first Rushford bowler to be inducted.
Along with being an avid bowler, Kiger is also very active in the leagues in Rushford. She began bowling in her hometown in 1985 in the Lucky Strikes League. She accepted the position of president of the league and held it into the 1990s before handing the reigns over to her daughter. Kiger also serves as the secretary for the Ridge Runners and Saturday Nite Owls leagues.
Her bowling career started in 1963 in El Paso, Texas, where she joined her first women's league. She's been active in leagues ever since. She and her family moved to Minnesota in 1972 and she immediately joined the Kings and Queens League at Westgate Bowl.
During her 43 years of bowling, she's had the pleasure of bowling with several pro bowlers in pro-am events, such as Don McCune, Carmen Salvino, Robert Glass, David Turner and Dick Weber.
Kiger has been a member of the 600 Club since 1967 and won the 600 Club Tournament in 1998. Her highest score so far has been a 650. At one time she held the high average of 178 in the Lucky Strikes League.
In the Senior State Tournament, she missed qualifying for the national tournament in Reno by four pins. She currently remains active by bowling in the Lucky Strikes League, the Saturday Nite Owls League, and the senior traveling league. Kiger attends many of the bowling functions, including the city tournament, state tournament and national tournament, on a regular basis.
She has undergone two knee surgeries in the last three years and recently had knee replacement. But don't be surprised to see Kiger back on the lanes soon. Her dedication to the sport and the way she represents the sport with honor makes her a great addition to the WWBA Hall of Fame.
There were plenty of moves atop the leader board last weekend in the Minnesota USBC Men's State Tournament at Westgate and Winona Bowl.
MN Bowling.com took over the Division 1 team lead with a 3,476 series. Two Winona teams are still in the top 10 -- Firestone Roofing is third with a 3,444 and Dan's Dugout stands in ninth with a 3,314.
Junction Bowl #17 from Cambridge is the new Division 2 leader with a 3,539.
Winona's Geoff Schewe lost his Division 1 singles lead, as Joshua Peters of Isanti (873) and David Gordan of Richfield (816) passed him. But Schewe's 803 series remains the top scratch score.
Chad Miller of Annandale sits in first in Division 2 singles with an 848.
Josh Wenzel (2,167) and Schewe (2,157) continue to hold down the top two spots in Division 1 all-events.
Mark and Joe Kane of Champlin remain in first in Division 1 doubles with a 1,501 score. Josh Kolar and Nick Hansen of Cottage Grove lead Division 2 with a 1,643.
I have to pass on this story that happened last Saturday at Winona Bowl. A bowler from Isanti showed up two hours prior to his shift and asked Winona Bowl owner Brian Fakler to drill him a new ball. Fakler had one Black Widow in stock and drilled it out for him.
The bowler came into the tournament with a 151 average and had never thrown a 600 in his career. He proceeded to toss a 256 his first game and finished with a 672 series.
Diane Marley and Angie Pomeroy continued to crank out big scores in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl on Wednesday. Marley rolled the top series of the week with a 672, while Pomeroy was close behind with a 663.
Sue Buermann fired her top score of the season Wednesday in the Sunsetters League at Westgate with a 664 series. Shirley Benedict also carded a 664 in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate.
Marley (672, 629) and Krystal Dorman (621, 617) both tossed a pair of 600s, while Pat Ellefson (615) turned in her first honor count of the season. Lisa Klug enjoyed her first career 500 series Monday night in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl with a 562.
The top two scores of the week for men came from the American League at Westgate where Myron Weege Sr. tallied a 776 series and Nick Heilman added a 773.
Geoff Schewe rifled a 769 series last Thursday in the Classic League at Westgate, then followed that up with a 733 Friday in the Masters League and a 743 Monday in the City League at Winona Bowl.
Rolling their first 700s of the year were Erik Olson (756) and Mike Stark (719), both in the Action League at Westgate.
The Winona Lighting team from the Action League turned in a 3,723 series last Thursday. That score is the sixth highest series ever in the Winona Bowling Association.