At the halfway point in the registration, we're halfway there.
The goal of getting 64 teams to take part in the Geoff Gardner Memorial Bowling Tournament on March 1 at Westgate Bowl is right on schedule. So far, 33 teams have signed up for the Baker doubles tournament. Registration will continue through Feb. 23.
If 64 teams register, teams will be bowling for a $500 first-place prize. The entry fee is $40 per team, of which $32 goes to the prize fund. All teams will roll eight qualifying games, and the top 16 teams (based on a 64-team field) will go into a single-elimination match-game playoff format, which is best-of-3.
Some of Winona's top bowlers are already signed up, including Josh and Jeremy Wenzel, Geoff Schewe, Dale Bartelson, Jeff Hubbard, Joe Jasnoch, Scott Schultz, Seth Bonow, Mike Durnen and Tim Pozanc for the men, and Maggie Glenn, Mandi Steffes, Tina Wenzel, Julie Moldenhauer, Lindsay Serwa, Rose Schultz and Lisa Pietkauskis for the women.
There are a number of husband-wife teams, some boyfriend-girlfriend teams, some brother-sister teams, a couple mom-son teams, some teams consisting of brothers, and many more that have already registered.
Remember, teams cannot have a combined average more that 400. That should help level the playing field.
Registration forms are available at both Westgate and Winona Bowl.
We've had some businesses in town that have really stepped up to help sponsor the event, and we're still looking for more.
The tournament will help the Winona community remember and honor Westgate Bowl and Wellington's manager Geoff Gardner, who passed away suddenly in early December. All proceeds from the sponsorship will go to the Gardner family, who this year will put the money towards the junior bowling programs in Winona.
Over the years, the debate over which men's league is the best in Winona has raged on. The American League and Classic League at Westgate Bowl have consistently had the city's top averages. And the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl has also come up in discussion.
After looking at the final team standings for this year's men's city tournament, you'd better throw another Winona Bowl league into the mix - the Friday night Legion League.
Nine of the top 16 teams in this year's tournament came out of the Legion League, including scratch and handicap winner Winona Bowl Pro Shop and runner-up RTP/River City. Five of the top seven places went to teams from the Legion.
The Blue Ribbon League had four place finishers in the top 16, while the American League and PBA Classic League had just one each.
Mandi Steffes rolled her fourth 700 series of the season Monday night in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate Bowl. Steffes strung together games of 226, 246 and 228 for a 700 national honor count.
If you think women's 700s are coming in at a rapid pace this year, you're right. There have been 18 scores of 700 or better in the 2007-08 season, which is the same number that was turned in all of last year.
Angie Booher added a pair of big scores last week, including a 694 series in the Lamplighter League and a 668 in the Mixed Nuts League, both at Winona Bowl.
Rolling season high scores last week were Lindsay Serwa with a 674 series in the Pin Topplers League, Kim Kubis with a 669 in the Spinners League, and Roxy Kohner with a 665 in the Sparklers League. Julie Moldenhauer added a 661 in the Alley Gaters League.
Krystal Dorman didn't have any huge scores, but she certainly showed her consistency with a 600 in the Mixed Nuts League, a 618 in the Spinners League and a 630 in the Lamplighter League. Dorman has tossed a city-high 28 honor counts this year.
Other women's honor counts were turned in by Lisa Pietkauskis (615), Diane Marley (612), Joy Donnelly (611), Deb Fuerstenau (610), Wendy Fakler (607), Sue Yeoman (607) and Dana Jongsaard (606).
The Fakler brothers led the way for the men in the past week. Jeff Fakler tossed a season-high 773 series Tuesday night in the Blue Ribbon League, as well as a 704 last Friday in the Legion League. Brian Fakler pitched in a 749 in the City League and a 717 in the Blue Ribbon League.
Rounding out the men's 700s for the week were Don Skappel (742), Josh Wenzel (740), Dave Sobeck (730), Jeff Smelser (730), Geoff Schewe (718), Jerry Koutsky (718), Bob Jandt (710), Mike Ready (702) and Dale Bartelson (700),