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The Bowling Report (01/13/2008)

While warming up Tuesday night, Tod Walters had a hard time finding his line.

Considering it was his first time bowling after a two-week holiday layoff might have had something to do with. But once practice was over and the lights came on, Walters caught fire.

It started with a 299 the first game and ended with a 279 the third. His middle game of 257 gave Walters a career-high 835 national honor count in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl. That score is the best series in Winona this season and ties him for the eighth highest score ever bowled in town.

Walters went into the evening with a 220 average. Honor counts, however, were few and far between. He had just two going into the night.

"I bet I went eight weeks without getting over 660," said Walters, whose previous high series was an 826 - which came in the men's city tournament last year. "I couldn't put three good games together. I'd have two good games and then a bad one.

"The week before Christmas break I had the 764. I felt it was starting to come together. I was feeling better. But after a two-week break, I didn't know what to expect. In practice, I had no clue. I threw my last practice ball for a strike. From there I was in a zone."

Walters, who rolled 31 strikes on the night, realizes he's going to take some grief for the 299 game. His final ball crossed over to the Brooklyn side and left the 5-pin standing.

"Brian (Fakler) said that I did not throw a bad ball all night," Walters said. "He obviously didn't see that 12th ball in the first game. I had a groove. If I missed by a hair, it didn't hurt me. I was throwing the ball up the boards and not swinging it out."

With the city tournament approaching this weekend, the Super Bowl Doubles Tournament in La Crosse set for early February, and the men's state tournament just around the corner, Walters hopes he is peaking at the right time.

Last year, Walters was the all-events scratch champion and the doubles champion with Fakler in the city tournament.

"It's been a while since I was in a zone like that," he said. "Starting in January, you have to start clicking for the tournaments."

Who's hot?

Walters wasn't the only bowler rolling a career-high series in the past week.

Dan Schultz tossed his first honor count of the season Tuesday night in the American League at Westgate Bowl, and it was a big one - 789. Last Thursday in the Action League at Westgate, Keith Jenkin nailed a career-high 784 series, which included a pair of 279 games.

Kyle Malewicki recorded the first 300 game of his young career last Friday in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.

Josh Wenzel appears to be finding his groove just in time for the city tournament. He rifled a 772 series in the Legion League last Friday and a 714 Tuesday in the American League.

Other 700s in the past week were turned in by Adam Stockhausen (724), Dave Hultgren (719), Steve Poss (718), Richard Orlikowski (711), Nick Heilman (706) and Steve Walters (702).

Krystal Dorman rolled the top women's score of the week with a 666 series in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl. Tina Wenzel added a 651 in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate.

Rolling multiple honor counts in the past week were Dorman (666, 612), Wenzel (651, 637), Angie Booher (630, 609) and Keri Wegman (622, 614).

Also tossing 600s for the women were Lindsay Serwa (625), Beth Poulin (620), Kassi Kluzik (607) and Wendy Fakler (601).

The Bosteter's team from the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl added their name to the all-time top 10 with a 1,237 game on Wednesday. That ranks No. 9 for high women's team game.

Lisa Jaskola recorded the first 500 series of her career Monday night with a 505 in the Spinners League.



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