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The Bowling Report (10/07/2007)

The first 12 years of bowling in adult leagues was quite a challenge for Joe Jasnoch.

All 12 of those years were spent in the six-lane house in the basement of the Winona Athletic Club, which isn't known for yielding big scores.

It did, however, make him a better bowler.

"I learned so much from bowling at the Club," the 29-year-old Jasnoch said. "I'm always looking for a challenge. You have to learn when to adjust your speed. People always call me a sandbagger in tournaments. When you go from something tougher to something easier, you'll score.

"Week to week, you didn't know what to expect. I think a lot of it is the temperature control. There's actually no heat down there. On any given night, you can expect anything. As far as seeing different conditions, it helped."

Jasnoch, who averaged a career-high 183 last season, has put up some fine scores away from the Athletic Club, and they've always been in tournaments at Westgate Bowl. He threw his first career 700 series in the Winona Bowling Association Men's City Tournament in 2001.

Last year was a very special year for Jasnoch in tournaments. He tossed his second 700 in doubles in the city tourney. That led to the all-events handicap championship with a 2,379 score.

Then in the state tournament, Jasnoch rolled his first career 300 game en route to a 714 honor count in singles. He wound up taking 10th in singles and tied for fifth in all-events in the state event.

Now, for the first time in his career, Jasnoch is not bowling at the Club. He's taken his game to the American League at Westgate Bowl on Tuesday night and the Legion League at Winona Bowl on Friday. And he appears to be feeling right at home.

Tuesday night, he threw the biggest series of his career with an 805. Jasnoch put together games of 268, 258 and 279 for the city's top score so far this year.

"It was very unexpected," Jasnoch said. "It's still early. I was expecting to have a good season coming in from the Club, but I never thought I'd see this - an 800. I never thought I'd get a 300 either."

Jasnoch, who continues to bowl with his dad Greg and uncle Steve Jasnoch in the American League, is currently averaging 215 in both leagues. That's an average he'd like to keep the rest of the year.

"I would be phenomenally happy with 215," he said. "I think that's high. The season is young and you're going to have bad nights. Between the two houses, I want to average about the same. There's nothing like being consistent."

There is one other goal out there for Jasnoch. His dad, his wife Lindsay and his two children all bowl left-handed. He does everything left-handed but bowl.

"I said a while ago if I ever got a 300 and an 800, I'd switch hands," he said. "I would foresee in the next couple of years you'll see me change to left-handed. That's always been a dream. I don't know of anyone else who's thrown an honor count left-handed and right-handed."

Who's hot?

It was quite a week for Winona's two best bowlers named Keri.

Monday night in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl, Keri Wegman turned in the season's best women's game with a 289 and top series with a 723 (202-232-289).

Not to be outdone, Keri Prigge rolled a 729 series Wednesday night in the Sunsetters League at Westgate with games of 239, 247 and 243.

Diane Marley continued to put up big scores with a 652 honor count Monday night in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl.

Other women's honor counts for the week came from Kim Kubis (632), Krystal Dorman (631), Sue Yeoman (615), Dianne Cordes (605) and Rose Schultz (603).

Besides Jasnoch, Scott Fricke led the men with a 740 series last Friday in the Legion League at Winona Bowl. Joining him with 700s were Geoff Schewe (729), Bill Benedict (725), Brian Fakler (703), Nick Heilman (702) and Bob Pozanc (700).

Bowling Challenge

The top men and women bowlers from Winona and La Crosse will square off next weekend in the seventh annual Winona/La Crosse Bowling Challenge.

Saturday's action will be in La Crosse with singles and alternate-shot doubles matches. The women begin at 11 a.m. at All-Star Lanes and the men at 3 p.m. at Pla-Mor Lanes. On 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. The second-day event includes doubles and Baker team matches.



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