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The Bowling Report (12/09/2007)

For a one-night-a-week bowler, Tom Bambenek is having the time of his life on the lanes.

It took him 24 years to bowl his first career national honor count, which he accomplished two weeks ago in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl with a 704 series.

And lo and behold, the following week he was even better, as he rolled a 707 series this past Tuesday night.

"The last few weeks have been unreal," said the 42-year-old Bambenek, who's been bowling in leagues since he was 18. "I'm not that good of a bowler."

His scores tend to disagree with that assessment. Two weeks ago his big series was highlighted by a career-high 288 game. On Tuesday he fired a 278.

"I've been close before, but never topped (700)," he said. "It seems like I'll throw a couple of good games, then I'll have a real big one in there. I haven't thrown a game under 200 the last three weeks."

Bambenek, who averaged 186 last year, has rolled a 630 and the two 700s in his recent hot streak.

And he honestly cannot pinpoint anything that he's doing differently. But he's certainly scoring.

"It's the same ball I've had for a couple of years," Bambenek said. "I don't think I'm doing anything different, but apparently I am. These scores have come out of nowhere."

Who's hot?

It's been quite an impressive week of bowling by Winona women.

It started on Saturday night when Angie Pomeroy turned in a 728 series (268-193-267) in the Mixed Nuts League at Winona Bowl for her first 700 of the year.

Two nights later in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl, Keri Wegman tossed a 706 series (198-255-253). It was her second straight 700 in the league and third overall.

Not to be outdone, Krystal Dorman rifled a 731 score (266-222-243) Wednesday night in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl.

Keri Prigge had another strong showing Wednesday in the Sunsetters League at Westgate with a 686 series. Tina Wenzel carded a 682 series in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate, which comes on the heels of a 676 the previous week. And Mandi Steffes came through with a 669 series Wednesday in the Mixers League at Westgate.

Other 600s for the week came from Sue Yeoman (647), Jenny Glowczewski (619), Shirley Benedict (614), Beth Poulin (614), Lindsay Serwa (610), Pomeroy (609), Prigge (607) and Wegman (602).

Kelly Kukowski had the series of her career Wednesday with a 645 -- her first honor count -- in the Sunsetters League.

The Prenot brothers highlighted the men's scoring in the past week. Rick Prenot rolled a 755 series and Bob Prenot added a 747 last Friday in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.

Brian Fakler (737, 707) turned in a pair of 700s, while Tom Bell (714), Tim Wangen (708), Bob Barth (708), Robbie Waldera (705), Travis Gora (702) and Bruce Malewicki (702) also tallied honor counts.

Joe Braatz, who last weekend helped the high school team to a fifth-place finish at state, rolled a 717 series in the Next Generation League at Winona Bowl.

And congratulations are in order to Brad Helberg (616) and Chad Meyer (601), who both tossed their first career 600 in the Legion League.

(NOTE: I do my best to get all the big scores into this column, but I can't do it without the help of secretaries and the bowling houses faxing the bowling recap sheets into the Post).



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