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The Bowling Report (04/08/2007)
One of Winona's most consistent bowlers over the past 35 years, Ralph Dunbar, will be inducted into the Winona Bowling Association Hall of Fame Saturday night at the annual WBA City Tournament banquet at Westfield Golf Club.

There's not much that Dunbar hasn't accomplished in his long career. He's the proud owner of five 300 game and four 299 games. His high career average is 220 and his top career series is a 786.

Dunbar teamed with Buzz Reps to win the doubles scratch and handicap titles in the same year in the WBA City Tournament.

Bowling in tournaments is something Dunbar has thrived at. He has competed in 20 or more state tournament and has taken part in at least five national tournaments. Dunbar is currently tied for 10th place in this year's Division 1 state tournament in Winona with an 800 handicap score.

He was one of the first Tournament of Champion winners in Winona, and has also picked up numerous league awards for high game, high series, high average and league champion.

Dunbar served as the secretary of the Action League at Westgate Bowl for 15 years, and also served on the WBA Board of Directors for one year.

Over the years, Dunbar has shared his bowling talents with others. Two of his sons, Brian and Dennis, have multiple 300 games, and he currently has grand children taking part in junior leagues in Winona and Lewiston.

The Dunbar name has been prominent in Winona bowling for some 30 years, and will likely be around another 30 thanks to his love of the game, leadership and teaching.

State tournament

Despite 27 national honor counts last weekend, there were not a lot of changes in the top 10s in the Minnesota USBC Men's State Open Bowling Tournament at Westgate Bowl and Winona Bowl.

The top score in the team event at Winona Bowl came from Bryan Thelen of Osseo, who turned in a 793 series. Steve Bohn of Buffalo also rolled a 793 in singles and doubles at Westgate Bowl.

Eight bowlers from Arden Hills combined for nine honor counts in singles and doubles, led by Chris Loth, who turned in scores of 764 and 748. Jason Wagner of Buffalo fired a 300 game at Westgate.

Winona's Tod Walters added a 707 series in the team event.

There is no state tournament bowling this weekend, but the event will continue next Saturday and run through the second weekend of May.

Who's hot?

Keri Wegman, Mandi Steffes and Keri Prigge certainly know how to end a season with a bang.

Wegman, after watching her daughter Julie Moldenhauer rolled a 772 series last Monday, got in the 700 groove in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl. Wegman started the night with a mediocre 177 game, came back with games of 255 and 288 for a 720 series - her first 700 of the season.

Steffes almost tossed her fifth 700 of the season Wednesday in the Mixers League at Westgate, but came up two pins shy with a 698 series. Prigge capped a strong year in the Sunsetters League with a 668 series, which was her 36th honor count of the year.

Wegman also rolled a 607 series Wednesday, and Maggie Stockhausen tallied her 18th and 19th honor counts of the year with scores of 630 and 604.

The Classic League at Westgate made another strong statement last Thursday with seven national honor counts, led by Ed Board's 772 series. It was Board's first 700 of the season.

Jeremy Wenzel turned in his second 299 game of the year last Friday in the Legion League at Westgate Bowl. He finished with a 740.



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