There’s nothing new with Krystal Dorman’s bowling game this year.
She’s using the same ball as last year. Her approach to the game hasn’t changed. She still has the same smooth delivery that’s made her one of Winona top female bowlers.
Right now, Dorman just happens to be bowling as well if not better than anyone – male or female -- in town. She’s having a start to the season that no one’s ever seen before.
And she can’t explain it.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” Dorman said. “I just feel real comfortable. It’s the same ball. Me and the ball are clicking.”
Through the first eight weeks of the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl, Dorman’s scorecard looks like this: 684, 600, 697, 700, 665, 704, 708, 723. Add it all up and she’s averaging 228.4.
Her latest and biggest 700 came this past Wednesday, when she ended her series with games of 257 and 279. That comes a week after rolling a 289 game en route to a 708 series.
Dorman also has two 700s in Monday’s Spinners League, where she’s carrying a 215 average. That was before Monday’s 662 national honor count. Just for kicks, she also threw a 634 in Saturday’s Mixed Nuts League.
That’s six 700s and four other scores of 662 or higher this year. And we’re only eight weeks into the season.
“I’m lucky if I have three of four 700s in a season,” the left-hander said. “I’m usually back and forth early in the season. I’ll throw a 650 and come back with a 510. I’ve never been so consistent with big scores. I’m just really comfortable bowling right now.”
A year ago, Keri Prigge recorded the highest women’s average ever in Winona with a 218 at Westgate Bowl. The previous record of 211 was held by Dorman in the 2002-03 season.
At this pace, Prigge’s record may only stand for a year.
“I told Keri I was coming back for her,” Dorman joked. “She laughed at me.”
It’s been quite a week for the staff at Winona Bowl. To go along with Dorman’s three honor counts, owner Brian Fakler fired a 725 series on Monday night in the City League, and Matt Wise rolled his first two 700s of the season with a 706 in the Legion League and a 703 in the Blue Ribbon League.
Paul Ciszak rifled the third 300 game in Winona last Thursday in the Action/Knights of Columbus League at Westgate Bowl. It was the second of Ciszak’s career and led to a 731 score.
The top men’s score of the week also came from the Action/K of C League as Doug Drazkowski blasted a 760 honor count.
Scott Schultz added a 753 series in the American League at Westgate and Rick Prenot tossed a 752 in the Blue Ribbon League.
It was a memorable night on Saturday for the husband-wife due of Ray and Beth Poulin in the Mixed Nuts League. Ray rolled a 732 series and Beth added a 604.
Other men’s honor counts came from John Glowczewski (722), Adam Stockhausen (717), Jerry Koutsky (714, 702), Jeremy Wenzel (710), Wes Palokangas (706), Dave Sommer (706), Tom Bell (704), Brad Kanz (700) and Tom Donnelly (700).
Diane Marley has quietly been having a strong start to the season. Unfortunately for her, she’s had to play second-fiddle to Dorman. Last week Marley turned in three honor counts (628, 614, 601) in the same three leagues at Dorman bowls in.
Laurie Wiseman fired her top score of the season Wednesday in the Mixers League at Westgate with a 676 series. Keri Prigge pitched in a 653 series in the Sunsetters League, and Mandi Steffes joined Dorman and Marley with multiple honor counts with scores of 647 and 600.
Kim Kubis rolled strikes in the first 10 frames Monday in the Spinners League en route to a career-high 288 game, which ties her for the seventh highest game ever bowled by a gal in Winona. In the same league, Michelle Kohner tossed a 618 for her first career honor count in a women’s league. And if you’re asking, yes she got the best of her dad again.
Also throwing 600s were Sue Tarras (640) and Julie Moldenhauer (635).