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The Bowling Report (01/27/2008)

It's been a year of peaks and valleys on the lanes for Krystal Beech so far this season.

The 20-year-old, who's in her second year of bowling in adult leagues, fired a career-high 677 series on Oct. 8 in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl. Between then and now, she's had her share of ups and downs.

Sunday, Beech reached the top of her peak in the Winona Women's Bowling Association City Tournament at Westgate Bowl with her first career 700 series. She rolled games of 267, 233 and 203 for a 703 honor count to capture the scratch singles title in the tournament. Beech finished second to Mary Walters in the handicap division in Division 1 with a 779.

"I haven't been bowling that well in quite a while," Beech said. "This year I've been up and down. I haven't been consistent at all. When I do well, it's consistent at both houses. When I do poorly, it's consistent at both houses."

Beech, who averaged 180 last year in the Sunsetters League at Westgate and 170 in the Spinners League, admitted she didn't think about the 700 series until the eighth frame of the last game when she threw a split. She finished with spares in the ninth and 10th and a strike on the final ball for the 703.

"I asked Lisa (Pietkauskis) if I had a chance and she said to just finish bowling," Beech said. "I needed to pick up a 10-pin in the 10th frame and then get at least seven pins.

(A 700) crossed my mind a couple times before. When I had the 677, I kind of messed it up. I never thought I'd have a 700 this early in my career."

A busy day

You couldn't blame Tina Wenzel if she was a little stiff last Saturday night from all the bowling she did.

Saturday morning in the women's city tournament, she rolled a 671 series in doubles to help her and partner Lindsay Serwa win the Division 1 scratch and handicap titles. Wenzel also tossed a 609 in singles.

Then she headed over to Winona Bowl to compete in the Men's City Tournament, where she was filling in for Dave Jumbeck. After rolling a 557 in singles, she came back with a 682 series in doubles, leading her and partner Dan Schultz to a ninth-place finish with a 1,406 score.

For the day, Wenzel rolled 12 games and averaged 209. Not a bad day's work.

City tournaments

Both the men's and women's city tournaments concluded last weekend.

Congratulations are in order for Bruce Dunbar, who claimed the men's singles title at Winona Bowl with an 802 handicap series. Brian Fakler and Nick Heilman tied for the scratch crown with 764s. Heilman also tossed a 300 game in singles. Steve Walters added a 299 game.

Randy Blaser and Denny Maloney teamed up for the doubles handicap championship with a 1,444 score. Adam Stockhausen and Jason Michalak were the scratch winners with a 1,382.

Steve Nelton swept the honors in all-events with a 2,129 scratch score and a 2,273 handicap.

For the women, Stacy Laschenski and Tina Cordes claimed both titles in Division 2 doubles with a 1,409 handicap and 1,093 scratch score. Mary Walters fired a 788 handicap score to take Divison 1 singles, and Joanie Gora won Division 2 with a 571 scratch and 764 handicap.

The all-event winners in Division 1 were Walters (2,142 handicap) and Mandi Steffes (2,078 scratch). The Division 2 winners were Katie Meadows (2,169 handicap) and Tara Peter (1,621 scratch).

Who's hot?

There's still plenty of game left in the right arm of Dave Hultgren. He proved that Tuesday night with a 776 series in the American League at Westgate Bowl. Another veteran, Bill Benedict, fired a 764 in the same league.

Tim Pozanc rolled his first honor count of the season with a 751 last Friday in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.

Other men's 700s came from Jeff Fakler (747), Brad Kanz (745), Dan Schultz (737), Geoff Schewe (730), Rick Prenot (729), Josh Wenzel (727), Greg Schewe (720), LeRoy Telstad (720), Brian Fakler (716), Aaron Serwa (712), Russ Prenot (706) and Sam Averbeck (704).

Krystal Dorman has certainly been on a tear lately. She fired a 673 Sunday in the city tournament, then came back with a 666 series Monday in the Spinners League and a 718 (236-268-214) Wednesday in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl. That was her third 700 of the season.

Christine Szulczewski nailed a 690 honor count in the Spinners League, Lindsay Serwa turned in a 670 in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate, and Angie Booher knocked down a 666 in the Spinners League.

Rounding out the women's honor counts for the week were Diane Marley (648), Jenny Glowczewski (634), Lisa Pietkauskis (622), Amy Christie (620), Tina Wenzel (611), Keri Prigge (607) and Laurie Wiseman (600).



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