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The Bowling Report (11/11/2007)
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There was a time when open bowling on Sunday nights was unheard of before 9 p.m.

Mixed couples leagues used to rule the alleys on Sunday. Westgate Bowl at one time had two shifts - the Kings & Queens League and the Guys & Dolls League. It also had a late Friday night mixed league - the Braves & Squaws League.

These days, late Friday nights and Sunday night are all about open bowling at Westgate. The mixed couples leagues are pretty much extinct.

"It's been a pretty slow thing," Westgate manager Dave Hultgren said. "Couples leagues were very social. They weren't as competitive as normal leagues. Now, couples pick and chose what they're going to do. That's when the couples leagues began taking a hit. That's the same with some men's leagues. Some of the social men's leagues have disappeared. You don't hear of a nine o'clock league any more."

The number of bowlers in Winona, the state of Minnesota and the country continues to decrease. Part of the problem, says Hultgren, is there is an increase in the amount of entertainment people can get at home with movie channels, movie rentals and the internet.

Plus the economy is getting a little tighter. A night of bowling for a couple, especially if they have to pay for a babysitter for the kids, isn't inexpensive.

"A lot of the teams that were bowling when I started here had kids in sports," Hultgren said. "They said they'd pick it up again once their kids were done with sports in high school and they didn't. Others got a little older and decide to hang it up and we didn't have people to replace them.

"They say that mixed league are increasing. Right now, the Classic League and Action League are considered mixed leagues because some women have bowled in them."

About a mile down the road at Winona Bowl, mixed couples league are making a comeback. The every-other-Saturday Mixed Nuts League consumes all 16 lanes with some of the Winona's better bowlers, both male and female, competing.

The Sunday night Pinsetters League consists of nine teams. And Winona Bowl owner Brian Fakler recently started up another 10-team mixed league that bowls the opposite Saturdays as the Mixed Nuts League.

"We're on the increase," Fakler said. "It's probably one of the easier leagues to fill."

Not all the teams in the Pinsetters League and the new Saturday night league fit the mold of a "couples leagues." Some consists of three men and one woman, or three women and one man.

"The only true couple league is the Mixed Nuts," Fakler said. "A majority of the others are two guys and two gals. But they have the option if they want to go with three guys or three gals."

Loss of a legend

The Winona bowling community lost a true legend with the passing of Vic Schewe on Wednesday. The Winona Bowling Association Hall of Fame member rolled the first-ever 300 game at Westgate Bowl on Dec. 26, 1968. That was just the third perfect game ever bowled in Winona and the first in 26 years.

Schewe passed on his bowling genes to his sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren, who are still very prominent bowlers in the city. They all had a great mentor who will be missed.

Who's hot?

Steve Brown and Wes Palokangas both enjoyed the sweet success of a 300 game in the past week. Last Thursday in the Action League at Westgate Bowl, Brown rolled his second career 300 game en route to a 710 honor count. Tuesday night in the American League at Westgate, Palokangas carded his third career 300 and finished with a 717 series.

Scott Schultz turned in the top men's score in the last week with a 772 series in the American League. He just edged out Aaron Serwa, who lit up the Winona Athletic Club lanes for a 769 series last Friday in the Tator League.

Also adding 700s were Paul Ciszak (751), Adam Stockhausen (748), Brian Fakler (747), Seth Bonow (739), Robbie Waldera (728), Bob Barth (721), Dusty Holland (711), Bill Bonow (703), Brandon Serwa (702) and Jeff Fakler (700).

Keri Prigge continues to tear up the lanes Wednesday night in the Sunsetters League at Westgate. She fired a 656 this week, along with a 622 in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl on Monday.

Krystal Dorman also broke the 650 mark with a 654 in the Spinners League.

The gals in the Pin Topplers League rolled a double-shift on Monday, with Mandi Steffes (648, 619) and Tina Wenzel (630, 624) both rolling a pair of 600s.

Rounding out the women's honor counts for the week were Julie Moldenhauer (645), Angie Booher (630), Kim Kubis (623), Lindsay Serwa (619), Diane Marley (607, 600), Laurie Wiseman (602) and Jenny Glowczewski (601).

 

 

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