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The Bowling Report (02/10/2008)

For some, bowling is a mental game. They prepare themselves to go bowling, they get in the right frame of mind, and they go out and bowl.

Recently for Krystal Dorman, there is no time for the mental aspect of the game. She usually works at Winona Bowl until it's time to bowl, grabs her shoes and ball, and then goes out and does what come natural for her.

And recently, she's been doing quite well at what she does naturally.

Wednesday night, Dorman turned in a 602 honor count. That's no big feat if you're as talented on the lane as the left-handed-throwing Dorman. But considering it was her 13th national honor count in her last 13 nights of league bowling makes it very impressive.

That 602 series was her "little" score of the past week. It started Saturday night in the Mixed Nuts League when she rolled a 750 series. She came back Sunday and subbed in the Pin Setters League and tossed a 725. She followed that up Monday with a 664 series in the Spinners League.

"I don't think about it," Dorman said. "I come to work, I get off work and I bowl. Saturday night, I worked until 6:10, so I missed the practice. I started with an open, then got two spares. Then I found the pocket. I didn't think about it. I just threw the ball."

She put together games of 259, 267 and 224 for the big score, which is the second highest of her career (she threw a 766 last year). It could have been an even bigger series had she not left the 7-pin eight times - and missed them all.

"I got a new ball three months ago," Dorman said. "I didn't like it at first so I went back to my old ball. That wasn't working either so I went back to the new one and started working with it."

Dorman, who leads all women bowlers with five 700 series and 32 national honor counts, said her game started to come around at the Women's City Bowling Tournament, where she threw a 718 in the team event and a 674 in singles. She followed that up with a 699 series in the Spinners League, and she hasn't missed a beat since then.

In her three leagues, she's averaging between 200 and 205, which is right about where she finished last year.

Dorman says she's like to get back to her 2002-03 form, when she set the city record with a 211 average.

"It would really be fun to have me, Mandi (Steffes), Keri (Prigge), Diane (Marley) and Angie (Booher) all close together in average with about five weeks to go in a season," she said. "That would be fun to see what would happen. I love to bowl. I love the competition."

Who's hot?

Keri Wegman continued her amazing season Monday night in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate Bowl.

Wegman rolled her fourth 700 of the season with a 736 series. It was her final game that was even more special. She tossed a 299 to cap the big series. It was only the fourth women's 299 game ever bowled in Winona. Wegman threw her first career 300 game last year in the women's state tournament.

A pair of 300 games highlighted the men's action. Jerry Koutsky fired a perfect game Saturday night in the Mixed Nuts League at Winona Bowl, and Cody Monahan added a 300 Tuesday in the American League at Westgate Bowl. Those are the ninth and 10th 300 games in Winona this season.

Greg Schewe turned in the top men's score of the week with a 787 series last Friday in the Masters League at Westgate. He also rolled a 724 in the Knights of Columbus League. Koutsky finished with a 780 in the Mixed Nuts to go along with a 700 in the Legion League.

Brian Fakler (731, 716) and Brent Cordes (706, 701) joined Schewe and Koutsky with a pair of honor counts in the past week.

Other 700s came from Brad Kanz (738), Monahan (737), Rick Prenot (731), Joe Meyer (725), Bob Prenot (721), Erik Kanz (720), Dale Bartelson (716), Tom Donnelly (715), Curtis Czaplewski (714), Nick Heilman (713), Mark Walters (708), Mike Rose (707), Jeremy Wenzel (703) and Mike Durnen (702).

For the women, Mandi Steffes had a big night Monday with a 688 series in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate. Wendy Fakler turned in a 683 and Diane Marley added a 666 in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl on Wednesday. Also breaking the 650 mark were Maggie Glenn (652) and Wegman (651).

Rounding out the women's 600s for the week were Marley (648), Julie Moldenahauer (644), Tina Wenzel (627), Joy Donnelly (624), Dana Jonsgaard (619) and Dawn Bronk (600).



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