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The Bowling Report (09/23/2007)

For the first six years of the Winona-La Crosse Bowling Challenge, Winona's men's team has gone in as the big underdog. And even though it pulled out its first win over La Crosse by a 177-123 margin a year ago, make no mistake about it - Winona is still the underdog.

But this year, they'll be a more confident underdog.

"It will add confidence knowing that we are able to win," said Dale Bartelson, who is teaming up with Jeff Hubbard to captain this year's team. "But at the same time, we are the underdogs each year. I say this simply because of the number of tournament bowlers their team has and because most of them bowl traveling leagues at multiple alleys in the La Crosse area. We do have a confident group and know we are able to compete."

Added Hubbard: "I just think it was important to get the monkey off our back. Nobody enjoys getting beat year after year. A team always has more confidence going into the match knowing that you've beaten your opponent before. That goes for any sport."

The seventh annual Bowling Challenge will be held the weekend of Oct. 13-14. Saturday's action kicks off in La Crosse at 11 a.m. at All-Star Lanes with the women, while the men meet at 3 p.m. at Pla-Mor Lanes. The first day of action includes singles matches and alternate-shot doubles matches.

Sunday in Winona, the men square off at 10:30 a.m. at Westgate Bowl, and the women at 2:30 p.m. at Winona Bowl. Day 2 consists of doubles matches and Baker team matches.

Something the women have found out is that every point in the event is big. Three years ago, La Crosse pulled out a 152-148 win. Last year, Winona posted a 151-149 victory. That's just how close these two teams, who have each won three times, have become.

"I have always enjoyed bowling with the La Crosse women," Winona co-captain Julie Moldenhauer said. "They are a great group. I think we are pretty evenly matched in ability so you never know the turnout before the end of the weekend. No one can walk into the competition thinking ‘I know we are going to win' because of the strength of both teams. The closeness of the matches and abilities, to me, is what makes the weekend so enjoyable."

Angie Booher, the other Winona captain, agreed.

"I do feel there is a great deal of mutual respect between the two teams," she said. "There is good sportsmanship between Winona and La Crosse bowlers and friendships have been formed. I feel we all respect one another."

Both Winona teams may have new captains, but the teams have changed very little. The only newcomers to the men's team are Jeremy Wenzel and Don Boynton.

Joining Bartelson, Hubbard and Wenzel for the Winona men are Brian Fakler, Josh Wenzel, Seth Bonow, Steve Walters, Bob Prenot, Tod Walters, Nick Heilman, Brian Dunbar, Mike Durnen, John Glowczewski, Rick Prenot and Geoff Schewe. Boynton will team with Bill Bonow, Greg Schewe, Tom Donnelly and Steve Maliszewski on the senior team. Mark Walters and Bill Benedict are the alternates.

"It was difficult to make many changes," Bartelson said. "Last year we proved to have a good mix of the young guns, strong veterans and a much improved senior squad. Also, the entire team was fired up for the competition and really supported each other. Our new additions, Don Boynton and Jeremy Wenzel, are able to bowl well at multiple houses and will strengthen our team."

Lindsay Serwa is the only Winona woman who will make her debut this year. Maggie Glenn missed last year's event with a back injury, but she's ready to go this year.

Also picked to the team were Keri Prigge, Diane Marley, Krystal Dorman, Mandi Steffes, Wendy Fakler, Kim Kubis, Tina Wenzel, Shirley Benedict, Jenny Glowczewski, Laurie Wiseman and Sue Yeoman. The captains stayed with the same senior team as last year - Keri Wegman, Sue Buermann, Rose Schultz, Lynda Krall and Bev Porter. This year's alternates are Yvonne Guzman and Joy Donnelly.

"I believe each and every person on our team has the capability to beat anyone on their team no matter what their average is," Moldenhauer said. "We are all a great bunch of bowlers - La Crosse included."

Who's hot?

Lindsay Serwa turned in the top women's series of this young season on Monday night with a 669 national honor count in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate Bowl. She was one of five women to crack the 650 mark in the past week.

Wendy Fakler carded a 662 series Wednesday in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl, Keri Prigge rolled a 657 and Maggie Glenn added a 651 in the Sunsetters League at Westgate, and Mandi Steffes fired a 652 in the Mixers League at Westgate.

Dawn Bronk (617), Krystal Dorman (609, 601), Jenny Glowczewski (601) and Diane Marley (601) also rolled honor counts.

Scott Schultz paved the way for the men with a 761 series in the American League at Westgate on Tuesday. Todd Weege blasted a 750 last Friday in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.

Also tossing 700s last week were Tyler Brown (725), Jeremy Voshage (719), Bill Benedict (704) and Dale Bartelson (704).



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