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The Bowling Report (09/30/2007)

Bowling has always been a family affair for Lindsay Serwa.

As a youngster, she remembers the days her grandfather, Jim Boynton, would take all the grand kids bowling after a Christmas or New Year's meal.

Serwa has two uncles, Dan and Don Boynton, who are avid bowlers. Her Monday night teammates in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate Bowl include Sue Tarras, her mom, and Sharon Neitzke, her aunt.

In June, Serwa joined another bowling family when she married Aaron Serwa.

"Everybody always encouraged me when I was growing up, whether I did good or not," the 23-year-old Serwa said. "They said to get out and practice, that nothing comes easy. My mom always said not to get mad if I did bad one game. She didn't want me to have one game ruin my night."

All the encouragement and practice is starting to pay off for Serwa. She currently holds the top women's series of the season with a 669. She's coming off a season where she averaged a career-high 182 in the Pin Topplers League. Last year, she tossed 10 national honor counts, including scores of 697, 679 and 678.

And she was the only woman bowler in Winona to roll at least one honor count in all three houses - Westgate, Winona Bowl and the Winona Athletic Club.

"I think that helps me adjust no matter where I go," Serwa said. "I'm not afraid to move. Before, I just threw over my mark. At the Athletic Club, I can't use my new ball. It hooks off the lane. That has really helped me.

"Winona Bowl (where she bowls Thursdays in the Sparklers League) challenges me a little more. It's a more challenging shot out there. The pins don't go down as easy."

On Friday night, she joins her new husband and other members of the Serwa family in the mixed couples Tator League at the Athletic Club.

Her steady climb up the average ladder landed Serwa a spot on this year's Winona/La Crosse Bowling Challenge team. Not only will she be the youngest bowler on Winona's women's team, but she'll also be the only one taking part in the event for the first time.

"That means a lot," Serwa said. "I was really shocked when I found out. I wasn't expecting it. There are plenty of good bowlers out there. I figured it would be another year or two before I got asked, if I got asked at all. I'm really looking forward to it. I know I'm bowling (doubles) with Jenny (Glowczewski). That will help."

And you can bet she's have plenty of family members there to cheer her on.

Who's hot?

Darrin Aarre and Geoff Schewe paved the way with big scores for the men this past week.

Aarre fired a 780 series last Friday night in the Masters League at Westgate Bowl, while Schewe turned in a 772 Tuesday in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl. Those two scores trail only Jeremy Wenzel's 802 this season.

Four bowlers rolled 700s Tuesday night in the American League at Westgate, led by Dale Bartelson's 748 series. Don Skappel added a 731, Steve Hovell Jr. shot a 724 and Nick Heilman came in with a 712.

Brad Kanz tallied his first two honors counts of the season with a 731 in the Legion League and a 705 in the Blue Ribbon, both at Winona Bowl.

Keri Prigge's 656 honor count Wednesday night in the Sunsetters League at Westgate led the ladies. She also threw a 621 Monday in the Pin Spinners League at Winona Bowl.

Krystal Dorman's 632 series Wednesday in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl gives her a city-high six honor counts this year, which is one more than Prigge. Also in the Lamplighter League, Mary Walters (640) and Angie Booher (613) both fired their first 600 of the season.



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