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The Bowling Report (04/01/2007)
It's been a month Julie Moldenhauer will probably remember for the rest of her life.

It started on March 12, when she rolled a 724 series in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl. That was Moldenhauer's first 700 series in Winona. Her only other 700 (a 708) came two years ago in the state tournament.

Then on March 17, she had the thrill of watching her mom, Keri Wegman, toss her first career 300 game at the Minnesota Women's State Bowling Tournament in Brainerd. Moldenhauer was the first in line to give mom a big hug.

What could Moldenhauer possibly accomplish that could top mom's performance, and do it in the same month?

How about a 300 game of her own, and a 772 series just to boot. Those were Moldenhauer's numbers this past Monday in the Alley Gaters League. She strung 12 strikes together in the first game for the perfect game, and got a big hug from mom shortly after.

"My mom thought we were just cheering and making noise," Moldenhauer said. "Then she noticed in the ninth frame that I had all strikes. She kept sneaking over a little closer. She was right there when I got done. She gave me a big hug."

The 10th frame was a nerve-wracking one for Moldenhauer. Her first ball was solid, but it left the 10-pin. Luckily, there was a pin rolling on the deck that nudged the 10-pin over.

The 11th ball was a perfect pocket strike. Then came the 12th one.

"The 12th ball went Brooklyn," she said. "I just wanted to get it in the middle of the alley. Mandi (Steffes) said she could hear me yelling Brooklyn on lanes 3 and 4, and we were bowling on 15 and 16.

"I was very proud and happy for my mom when she got her 300, and I was proud and happy for me too. It was a little more nerve-wracking for me. One thing I'll remember is having all those people from our bus come up and congratulate her at state. I didn't think I could do something like that this quickly. To accomplish it a week and a half later shocks me."

Moldenhauer and Wegman now join Keri Prigge, Angie Pomeroy and Pat Meyer as the only Winona women to ever toss a 300 game.

Moldenhauer's series, which also included games of 257 and 215, added up to a 772, which is the fourth highest ever bowled in the WWBA and the top score this season. Mandi Steffes still has the three best scores - 787, 780 and 774.

The big scores for Moldenhauer came shortly after purchasing a new bowling ball - the Hammer Rawpain.

"I was reading up on this ball and it said it had carrying power," Moldenhauer said. "It's a duller finish. I wanted a ball that I could throw as hard as I can and still get it to the pocket. Obviously, I like my new ball. If I have to slow it down, I lose my accuracy."

Moldenhauer, who carried a career-high 201 average last year, was down almost 15 pins from that average a month ago. Her big score Monday should put her average in the lower 190s. But most of the season has been a struggle.

"I'm averaging higher in Lewiston than at Westgate," she said. "I had a very slow start. It was very frustrating. I had a terrible time carrying at Westgate. It's been tougher there this year. I knew then that I needed a new ball."

State tournament

There were a couple changes atop the leader board in the Minnesota USBC Men's State Open Bowling Tournament last weekend at Westgate Bowl and Winona Bowl.

Burt Everett and Chad Glover of Red Wing took over first in Division 1 doubles with a 1,586 score. The scratch leader in that event also changed as Brent Prentice and Matt Meyer of Eagan shot a 1,476, which knocked Winona's Brian Fakler and Tom Donnelly to second with their 1,447.

Art White of Red Wing moved into the lead in Division 2 scratch singles with a 738 honor count. His 857 handicap score trails only Jaret Glover of St. Charles, who shot 864.

In the Division 1 team standings, Kendell Lumber from the Legion League at Winona Bowl moved into third place with a 3,546 score. They were led by Dan Haney, who threw his first career 700 series with a 720.

Jason Shiroma of Winona accomplished a rarity Sunday at Winona Bowl by converting the 7-10 split.

Great River Open

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bowl with the pros?

Now's your chance.

The second annual Great River Open at Riverboat Lanes in Wabasha will be held the weekend of April 13-15. On hand for the event will be Parker Bohn III, Pete Weber, Norm Duke and Brian Voss.

There will be two shifts on four-game qualifying on Friday, April 13, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., as well as four shifts on Saturday, April 14, at 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Two of the pros will be bowling in each shift.

The top 28 scores, as well as the four pros, will move into Sunday's match play beginning at 10 a.m. There is a $500 bounty for beating a pro head up in match play.

The entry fee is $150 per person. For more information, contact River Boat Lanes at (651) 565-3911 or see its web page at riverboatlaneswabasha.com.

Durnen benefit

There will be a no-tap bowling tournament and silent auction benefiting the Mark and Samm Durnen family on Saturday, May 19, at Winona Bowl.

The mixed doubles bowling tournament starts at 1 p.m. and costs $25 per couple. Couples should sign up at Winona Bowl.

Last fall, Mark Durnen was diagnosed with cancer. The benefit will help the Durnens with medical bills.

Who's hot?

It was quite a night of bowling Monday in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate Bowl. Six national honor counts were recorded, led by Lindsay Boynton and Lynda Krall with scores of 652. Tina Wenzel was close behind with a 651.

Three bowlers from the John Glow's Pro Shop team, Beth Poulin (649), Mandi Steffes (646) and Jenny Glowczewski (629), also broke the 600 mark and helped the team to a 3,371 series, which just missed the all-time top 10.

It was Poulin's first 600 in Winona this year. Samm Durnen and Stephanie Rochester also rolled their first 600s of the year last week.

The top men's score was a 750 by Chuck Ingram in the Root River League at Nordic Lanes.

Nick Ostrander fired his first career 300 game Sunday in the Pinsetters League at Winona Bowl. He finished with a 707 - his first 700 this year. Damon Dais added his first honor count of the season with a 724.



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