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The Bowling Report (03/18/2007)

The list of women bowlers in Winona that have averaged 200 or better for a year is pretty short.

You have the four so-called big guns -- Mandi Steffes, Keri Prigge, Krystal Dorman and Diane Marley. Last year Julie Moldenhauer added her name to the list.

And this year, it appears a sixth name will be added - Angie Pomeroy, who has literally been on fire since the middle of January.

"Normally, I'll have a couple good scores, then go down to a 600 or 620,"¯ Pomeroy said. "(The scores) have never been this high."¯

Prior to last Wednesday, Pomeroy was averaging 201 in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl. And that was before her 673 series. She's also at 199 on Monday's in the Spinners League, prior to her 625 this week.

Just how hot has the 24-year-old been recently? In the past month, she's rolled two series over 700 (718, 705), three in the 670s (679, 673, 670), along with games of 279 and 278. For the season, Pomeroy has 24 national honor counts. Only 10 of those scores are lower than 650.

"When I'm feeling good and bowling well, I feel good throwing the ball,"¯ she said. "I had wrist problems last year. I haven't had to struggle with that at all. That's helped.

"I've been around 199 consistently in both leagues this year. I've been close, but I've never had an established 200 average."¯

She attributes her recent surge to her new ball - an Ebonite Angular One that she purchased in mid-January.

"At first sight, I wasn't liking it,"¯ Pomeroy admitted. "But I was making quite a few operator errors. My fiancĆ© (Doug Booher) said I was pulling the ball. Everything has been good from there. Doug is always there to let me know what I'm doing wrong.

"Every year I try to get a new ball. New equipment is challenging. I tend to get lazy with an old ball. Once I get a new one, I have more motivation to bowl well. It's something new."¯

That new ball may just take Pomeroy's game to new heights.

State tournament

A new leader emerged in the scratch doubles division of the Minnesota USBC Men's State Open Bowling Tournament last Sunday.

Winona's Brian Fakler and Tom Donnelly teamed for a 1,447 score at Westgate Bowl. Fakler tossed a 747 series and Donnelly came in with a 700. They overtook Greg and Geoff Schewe, also of Winona, who had a 1,430 scratch score earlier in the tournament. That impressive score wasn't enough to put Fakler and Donnelly in the top 10 in the handicap division. Two other Winona teams, however, did crack the top 10.

Duane Yeoman and Bruce Koehler moved into eighth place with a 1,470 total, while Dan Haney and Brent Decker took over 10th with a 1,461.

Joe Jasnoch of Winona fired an 805 handicapped series to move into sixth place in Division 1 singles. Robert Mann led a strong contingent of Wabasha bowlers over the weekend by taking over third in Division 1 singles with an 820 score.

Who's hot?

A week after Maggie Stockhausen and Lynda Krall added their names to the list of women 700 bowlers this season, Julie Moldenhauer decided to follow suit on Monday night in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl.

Moldenhauer, who got off to a slow start this year, strung together games of 244, 268 and 212 for a 724 honor count.

Nine women have accounted for 18 700 series so far in the 2006-07 season.

Mandi Steffes enjoyed a solid week with a 670 series on Monday and a 633 on Wednesday. She had to settle for the second-best score in the Mixers League on Wednesday as her mom and Walz Buick teammate, Gigi Larson, led the way with a season-high 654 series.

Keri Prigge joined Steffes with a pair of 600s - a 648 series Monday at Winona Bowl and a 647 Wednesday at Westgate.

Winona Bowl laid claim to the top five men's scores in the past week. Last Friday in the Legion League, Brian Cierzan rolled his first 700 of the season, an impressive 779 series, which included a 296 game.

Adam Stockhausen came in with a season-best score of 771 Tuesday in the Blue Ribbon League.

Joining Stockhausen and Cierzan with their top scores of the year were Tom Babler (747) and Jerry Bublitz (743), both in the City League at Winona Bowl. Brian Fakler paved the way in the league with a 764.

Fakler's 290 game and Bublitz's 279 led their Winona Bowl team to a 1,283 scratch game. That ties Winona Bowl for the third highest scratch game ever bowled in Winona. 


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