It really wasn’t that long ago when female bowlers averaging over 200 in league play was a rarity in Winona.
Keri Prigge was the first to accomplish the feat in the 2000-01 season when she averaged 206. Mandi Steffes, Krystal Dorman, Diane Marley and Julie Moldenhauer also have carried an average of 200 or better for a season.
And in the 2007-08, Keri Wegman, Tina Wenzel and Angie Booher joined that elite group by averaging 200 or more. In all, seven gals bettered that mark.
No one had a brighter year than Prigge. She broke the city record with an 812 series, and shattered the city mark for high average for a season with 218 in the Sunsetters League at Westgate Bowl. The old mark was a 211 by Dorman in 2002-03.
Steffes tied her career high with a 210 average in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate. Dorman averaged 205 and Marley added a 204 in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl.
Wegman, who has seven city average titles under her belt, reached the 200 milestone for the first time in her career with a 205 in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate. Wenzel bowled at a 203 clip in the Pin Topplers League, and Booher came in at an even 200 in the Lamplighter League.
Moldenhauer (199) and Maggie Glenn (196) also made strong runs at 200.
For the guys, Josh Wenzel defended his city average title with a 231 mark in the American League at Westgate Bowl.
Brian Fakler continued to score big but wound up tied for the second highest average with a 229 at Winona Bowl. Nick Heilman also averaged 229 in the American League.
The eighth annual Winona/La Crosse Bowling Challenge will be held the weekend of Oct. 4-5 this year.
The event, which pits 20 of the top men and women bowlers from Winona and La Crosse in singles, doubles, alternate-shot doubles and Baker team matches, begins on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Winona. The women square off a 1 p.m. at Westgate Bowl, and the men follow at 4:30 p.m. at Winona Bowl.
Action moves to La Crosse on Sunday, Oct. 5, with the men bowling at 10:30 a.m. at All-Star Lanes and the women at 2:30 p.m. at Pla-Mor Bowl.
Men’s and women’s captains from Winona and La Crosse are currently finalizing their rosters. The teams will be announced in next week’s article.
You’d think last year never ended the way Keri Prigge and Krystal Dorman are starting out this season.
Wednesday night, Prigge blasted a 739 series (235-247-257) in the Sunsetters League at Westgate. That came two nights after a 676 honor count in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl.
Dorman, one of Prigge’s teammates on Monday, was even better that night with a 702 series (234-221-247). She was pretty solid on Wednesday as well with a 697 series in the Lamplighter League.
Diane Marley added a 691 in the Lamplighter League, and Tina Wenzel nailed a 663 series in the Mixers League at Westgate.
Also rolling honor counts for the gals in the past week were Julie Moldenhauer (626), Kassi Kluzik (624), Kim Kubis (617, 608), Sue Yeoman (617) and Tammy Bigelow (609).
The top five men’s scores this week all came from the American League at Westgate Bowl, paced by Joe Jasnoch’s 778 series. Greg Schewe added a 777, Wes Palokangas shot 772, Jeff Smelser came in with a 768, and Scott Schultz pitched in a 724.
Steve Drazkowski (718), Dave Hultgren (715), Tyler Brown (705) and Steve Walters (701) also tossed honor counts for the men.
Dennis Becker Sr. came close to firing the first 300 game of the season last Thursday in the Action/Knights of Columbus League at Westgate. He threw 11 in a row before leaving two pins on his final ball for a 298.